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When people attack Gene Simmons for his “rock is dead” comments is proof people know nothing about music…

I see a lot of people attacking Gene for his “rock is dead” comments. The most popular attack that I’ve seen that is aimed at him is, “The only reason he’s mad ’cause Kiss is no longer successful”. I’ve seen you guys said it on here and a lot of people in facebook made that claim. I see that claim all over the internet. It’s just people way of saying that Gene is just jealous. Which is nothing new when people decide to be realistic or have an opinion in music. When people decide to be honest or have an opinion music related, they always get called jealous. I always get called jealous when I criticize the local music scene. When you criticize other bands or the music industry, being jealous is the only response that people can come up with.

Like I proved the other day, Kiss has always been in the spotlight and they’ve always been successful. ALL of their albums sold pretty well and they still have a huge fan following. They still tour on a yearly basis. As a matter of fact Kiss just played a show in Saratoga Springs not too long ago, SOLD OUT show of course. Plus, KISS are rock n’ roll Hall of Famers now so they’re definitely not jealous of other band’s successes at all.

Ya know, when people makes these claims and lies that Kiss is no longer successful, it sounds like that you’re the one who is being jealous of Gene.

You see, today’s industry is different than the past. There’s a lot of kids and a new generation of music fans who don’t understand how the industry was back in the 70’s and 80’s. I believe that’s why a lot of people attacked Gene for his comments. When I see people attack Gene for his opinion when that’s all it was, I think to myself… all these kids probably listen to stuff like Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold and stuff like that. How much do you wanna bet that kids in this generation don’t even listen to KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, etc.??? A lot of new music fans don’t understand how the old days were.

Ask yourself this… do you think new bands like Slipknot or Avenged Sevenfold would be as big as Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones??? Yes, Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold are two metal bands that are pretty huge but I don’t think they’ll get the legendary status like bands from the 70’s did.

I know Dee Snider of Twisted Sister responded to Gene and I actually enjoyed what Dee wrote.

However, no matter what people think of Gene’s comments, I’m just glad that he brought it up and it sparked a huge debate. It really helped bring to everyone’s attention. I’m pretty sure the major record labels are pissed that Gene said that. LOL!!! It would be nice if we could get another rock revival just like the good old grunge days in the 90’s. Aaaaahhh, those days were awesome. I miss the days when bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains were all over the mainstream.

Will rock n’ roll and metal ever take over the mainstream again? It could but it would be very tough.

I’m still siding with Gene, though. Gene definitely got people going on this.I don’t see what Gene said was so bad at all. He just simply wants the industry to give the new rock bands a chance. There’s a lot of talented new rock bands today that deserves more recognition and success like the pop stars are getting. Bands like Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and Black Label Society deserves more mainstream recognition… all three of those bands I listed are great.

When people attack Gene, I believe they don’t understand how the music industry works. I’ve been around long enough to see what music was like back in the 80’s and I’ve been paying attention to 70’s music too. That’s what I prefer to listen to the most, I love 70’s rock music. Why do you think I love Led Zep, Hendrix, The Doors and The Allman Brothers??? How come bands like Slipknot and Avenged Sevefold don’t get the iconic status like them? That’s all Gene is saying, people!!!! Chill out and relax.

I’m sure the music media won’t leave Gene alone on this topic and interviewers will ask him about it again. It’ll be interesting to see how long this debate goes.

Kev

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Several Ways Rock Music Can Get Big Again…

I know Gene Simmons comments on “Rock is Dead” is pretty debatable and controversial but I got something else I would like to get off my chest about it. I know rock music is still here and in different forms but either way it is still a dying industry and struggling.

What are ways that the mainstream and commercial music can respect rock n’ roll again???

Here’s a short list:

  • Start inducting actual “rock” bands in the Hall of Fame: I know I’ve spent years defending the Hall of Fame but I’ll have to admit it is pretty weird. The Hall of Fame seems to be inducting questionable artists like Pop and Rap artists just so they can fit the current mainstream. While it’s great that the Hall of Fame finally inducted Rush and Kiss, there are still other true rock bands that the Hall of Fame are ignoring… where is: Yes, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, SRV, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, etc.??? The list can go on. I understand people trashing the Hall of Fame, I mean if you’re going to do a “Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame”, you induct real rock n’ roll. Not pop artists.
  • Fix the broken music industry: Like Gene Simmons said, the major labels aren’t the same anymore. The labels are manufacturing artists without any real talent. Don’t have a good singing voice? No problem… the studios will improve it with auto-tune. Nobody in this industry can really sing these days. The major labels needs to start signing bands who play their own instruments and write their own songs if they want respect again. These days it’s the major labels writing the songs, look it up.
  • Trash crappy magazines like Rollingstone, SPIN, etc.: These are the magazines responsible for changing the industry. They’re the ones who help promotes rap and pop so they can sell subscriptions. We need more magazines that promotes rock music. There are magazines that promotes rock music like “Revolver” but I haven’t seen too many magazines that are about rock music.
  • Get rid of MTV/VH1 and other music channels that promotes mainstream pop: No explanation necessary???
  • Trash the MTV VMA’s and The Grammy’s: Award shows are obviously responsible for helping to kill the rock industry. We can all probably agree on that one.
  • Fix the Billboard Charts: I think the Billboard Charts aren’t honest as everyone thinks it is. I’m almost positive that rock bands sells a lot of records than the pop artists on the charts. The Billboard Charts seem to be broken too. I used to enjoy looking at the Billboard Charts but not anymore.
  • Promote rock music more: Rock music is still here yes but it’s the less promoted genre. When you see people listening to garbage like Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber , Toby Keith or Kenny Chesney and all that crap, try to turn people onto rock music. The reason rock is almost a dead industry is ’cause kids these days would rather listen to those artists I listed above. That’s what I’m gonna do when I get kids of my own someday. If I ever get kids of my own someday, I’ll introduce them to Led Zeppelin, Ac/Dc, Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, The Clash and Sabbath when they get a little older. You should do the same to your kids. If you want rock n’ roll to get big again, then people need to listen to it. Teach people rock n’ roll and maybe people will get interested.

Seriously, I’ve listened to rock n’ roll all my life. It’s my preferred genre although I do listen to a little bit of everything else. Don’t get me wrong, though, I do like some pop and rap, just not all of it.

There are still tons of great rock bands out today that a lot of people are missing like Dream Theater, Black Label Society, Avenged Sevenfold is pretty good, Ghost B.C., Animals As Leaders and tons more to name. The list can go on forever.

Yes, Gene’s “Rock is Dead” comments are debatable but you can’t deny that rock n’ roll is struggling a little bit.

Kev

In defense of Kiss…

There’s a lot of misinformed idiots making claims that Kiss is no longer successful or in the spotlight anymore. I call BULLSHIT. Do people even get their facts right before they open their idiot mouths???? Kiss has always been successful, love ’em or hate ’em. The only reason people think Kiss is no longer big in the mainstream is ’cause they haven’t made a new studio album in a long while. Agree with it or not, Kiss is still in the spotlight. 

Their last three studio albums were pretty high in the Billboard 200. Look it up. “Psycho Circus” (1998) made it up to no. 3. “Sonic Boom” (2009) made it to no. 2. Their latest album, “Monster” made it to no. 3. The band never made a no. 1 album before but they are still successful. 

On top of that, Kiss still sells out concerts and they’re on a successful tour. 

Love Kiss or hate ’em, they are legends. 

When Gene says that “Rock is dead” and he says that newer bands deserve the “iconic” status he’s only speaking from his experience of what Kiss went through back in the day. Gene has been in the music business for over 30 years or more so he has seen how the music business changed. He has more experience in the music industry than any of us so the man knows what he’s talking about. 

I know Gene is a crazy guy but him saying crazy stuff is nothing new. I’ve been reading interviews with Gene and Paul in interviews for a long time and those guys aren’t afraid to tell things like it is. They maybe egotistical yes but at the same time those guys are honest. 

Why do people have to be such negative pieces of shits??? Take your hateful opinions and shove ’em up your ass. 

Kev