The Web does not stop controversy and discussion about the famous statement of the CISS frontman Gene Simons that, in his opinion, rock is dead today.
Simmons criticized the current model of the modern music business and said that it prohibits rock bands from achieving modern success. People stopped paying for music, they have music streaming services, they do not need to pay for tickets to concerts or CDs. Namely, entertainment was the main trump card of most rock bands, to which, undoubtedly, the legendary Kiss also belongs. He believes that rock was alive and flourished within the framework of the old model, the personification of which can be called the Beatles. It was relevant from about 1958 to 1988. After 30 years of domination of the groups, a new era in music began.
But since 1988, Madonna and Motown began to dominate the stage, and not, for example, ACDC or Metallica. And this generation that idolizes them doesn’t really know who the Beatles really are.
Alice Cooper does not agree with colleague and opponent, citing One Direction and BTS as an example. These groups instantly achieved tremendous success, but it was short-term and melted like sugar in tea. He will not bring much energy in the long run to fans, and they will soon and completely forget the former idols. But this will happen to rock, according to Cooper, can never.
Simmons’ latest comments come after he was criticized by his fellow Kiss Alice Cooper, who recently told NME that a new generation of rock stars is now preparing for future greatness.