During a recent interview with Heavy Consequence, Black Sabbath’s lead guitarist Tony Iommi responded to whether he agrees with KISS’s Gene Simmons on his claim that ‘rock was murdered’ and explained why he believes that ‘good music is not going to go’ anywhere.
As you may recall, the ‘rock is dead’ argument was initiated by KISS’s legendary bassist Gene Simmons in 2014. He repeated this claim at the beginning of January 2021 and said that rock was murdered by streaming platforms as now music is for free and people prefer to download instead of buying hard copies of records.
However, it seems like Black Sabbath’s lead guitarist doesn’t agree with his fellow rockstar. In his recent interview, when he was asked about his take on the ‘rock is dead’ argument, Iommi said that he doesn’t think rock music is going to die, as this has been said for the past five decades but rock music is still here.
He went on to say that he believes ‘good music is not going to go’ anywhere as there will always be an audience for that. Although there are some bands ‘that fall wayside,’ which has always been the case, there are still bands that thrive and are definitely going to survive, such as Metallica who has a great fanbase.
Here’s what Tony Iommi said in his recent interview:
“I don’t think rock is going to die. That’s been said for years. I mean, how many times I’ve heard that statement over the past 50-odd years? It’s quite a lot, really.
I think good music is not going to go. There’s always going to be a market for it. There are going to be a number of bands that fall by the wayside — as there always is, there always will be. But there are certain bands that are going to stick out and going to be there.
You’ve got Metallica up there — they’re not going to go away. They’ve got a lot of fans and they’ve got a great fanbase. There are a lot of bands out there. No, the music is not going to go away.”
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