KISS co-founder and rhythm guitarist Gene Simmons made some comments to be discussed and blamed young fans for killing rock music while speaking to New York’s Q-104.3. According to Gene Simmons, new artists will not become as famous as KISS did and it is because of young rock fans.
When the interviewer asked Gene Simmons that if he meant to say that “rock is dead,” Gene Simmons said, “In all ways. And the culprits are the young fans. You killed the thing that you 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 ’cause 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. And so you’ve gotta have millions to millions, and even billions of downloads before you can make a few grand. And the fans have killed that thing.”
Gene Simmons continued by saying that the business is dead, and added, “And that means that the next Beatles or the next whoever is never gonna get the chance that we did. We had record companies that gave us millions of dollars so we can make records and tour, and not worry about a nine-to-five [job]. Because when you’re worried about nine-to-five, you don’t have the time to sit there and devote to your art, whatever that is.”
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