KISS‘ Gene Simmons has blamed “young fans” for the downfall of rock music.
During an interview on Q104.3‘s “Out Of The Box,” Simmons said that rock music is dead “in all ways,” and he blamed “the young fans,” who he says “killed the thing” that they love.
“Because as soon as streaming came in, you took away a chance for the new great bands who are there in the shadows, who can’t quit their day job because you can’t make a dime putting your music out there, because when you download stuff, it’s one-hundredth or one-thousandth of one penny,” Simmons explained.
He continued, “And so you’ve got to have millions to millions, and even billions of downloads before you can make a few grand. And the fans have killed that thing. The business is dead, and that means that the next Beatles or the next whoever is never going to get the chance that we did.”
Simmons also compared his era with the present period, saying, “1958 until 1988, that’s 30 years, during that time you got Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones, just thousands of bands – Bowie, and Prince, U2, maybe us in the ’70s. AC/DC, Metallica, on and on. And disco, you had Madonna and Motown, great black music – forever!
“From 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatles? That’s more than 30 years. That’s around the time when Napster and all that stuff started to happen,” he went on. “The fox goes in and steals that first egg from the chicken coop, and when the fox isn’t killed, all the other foxes say, ‘Hey, we can get eggs for free.'”
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