KISS’s GENE SIMMONS: ‘The Fans Are Killing New Bands’

June 22, 2015

Sofie of Studio Brussel recently spoke to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer when the band played at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 19.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21:  Musician Gene Simmons of KISS performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol" XIII Finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 21: Musician Gene Simmons of KISS performs onstage during Fox’s “American Idol” XIII Finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Elaborating on his controversial “rock is dead” remark from last year, Simmons said: “The biggest bands in the world are not 20 years old. There are no big new bands.”

Asked if he think newer bands are simply less creative than the artist from the earlier generations, Simmons responded: “It’s not that. It’s just there’s no record industry. You hurt the thing that you love. The fans killed record companies. Record companies paid new artists to come out.”

Check out the interview below:

 

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