During in a recent interview with 94.9 The Rock Radio from Canada, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has shared his thoughts about current statue of rock music.
He has reacted to KISS bassist Gene Simmons’ saying ‘rock and roll is dead’ and said:
“You’ve got these people out there [who say], ‘Rock and roll is dead’ or ‘let me tell you something: rock and roll is dead and I wouldn’t pick up a guitar if I were you.’ Gene Simmons [KISS] famously said, ‘Rock and roll is dead.’ And I famously argued back and said, ‘Obviously, you’re not in tune. Obviously, you’re not headed out to the clubs, you’re not going to the small theaters or the alt fetivals.’
There’s a passion out there, there’s great music out there, but it’s not receiving the attention that it used to receive. Things are very target-marketed, social-media-marketed these days. The record companies know how to reach out to the specific fan. But my kids are all metalheads. They’re all grown, but they’ve taken me to metal shows throughout the last three decades and I’ve been in touch.
And I see that the passion is still there. But I’m kind of feeling it in a way that I’m getting to be a voice of the community, since I am O.G. metalhead. And with [my latest solo album] ‘For The Love Of Metal’, I’m making some kind of statement that people of all ages are getting behind and saying, ‘Yeah, thank you, Dee, for standing up and shouting it out loud and proud.”
Dee Snider’s latest solo album “For The Love of Metal” was released on July 27, 2018. You can watch the official video below.
Back in 2014, Gene Simmons talked with Esquire and said:
There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.
I am so sad that the next 15-year-old kid in a garage someplace in Saint Paul, that plugs into his Marshall and wants to turn it up to ten, will not have anywhere near the same opportunity that I did.
You can listen to the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement.