When Someone Says Rock is Dead

Saturday, September 13, 2014

 It’s not just anyone actually, Gene Simmons of Kiss said this in an interview for Esquire magazine.

Gene Simmons

“The death of rock was not a natural death,” Simmons offers. “Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.” x

Dave Grohl was quick to respond via twitter

Dee Snider of the Twisted Sisters defended the name of Rock in Facebook:

So in conclusion: Record company executives killed the old rock 'n' roll business model…and Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Dead! x

There was also a point in my life where I said the same thing as Gene Simmons. I once did believe that rock was dead here in my country. The scene was different, people were different from back in the days, the music, the bands. I just actually gave up and said pinoy rock is dead.

I see in TV and hear in the radio about these new breeds of pinoy rock, while some of the bands I grew up with are still there, I see them and these kids that watch and listen to them. It hit me, I used to be one of them. I used to be that kid that loved listening and going to band gigs.

Not only was I wrong to say that pinoy rock was dead, I was also wrong about the new musicians that were arising and making name for themselves. Just because their music is not my type of music or the fact that I still haven’t listen to them doesn’t mean they’re not any good.

It was just that I was getting old and maybe a little bitter that the times they are a-changin’. Change is always good.

Mr. Simmons, just be more open-minded about things especially the scene right now, You’ll see. While it’s still true that the record execs ruin things, Rock ‘n Roll ain’t definitely dead!


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