Foo Fighters to Gene Simmons: ‘Not So Fast’ on ‘Rock Is Dead’ Declaration
KISS' Gene Simmons recently made headlines for declaring the death of rock 'n' roll in an interview with his son Nick for Esquire Magazine. But while his reasoning and point were well thought out, there have been some dissenters. One of those is Foo Fighters, who weighed in on Simmons' declaration with a tweet.
To refresh, Simmons stated, "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."
Simmons added, "'Don’t quit your day job' is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.”
As for Foo Fighters, they simply responded to the comment with the following tweet, saying "not so fast" to the God of Thunder:
Foo Fighters have been doing their best to keep rock alive, championing the cause at more pop dominated award ceremonies, addressing some of the things that to kill the spirit of rock in online commentary and even dedicating their latest album and HBO series to exploring some of the great music scenes of America.
The band's 'Sonic Highways' album arrives Nov. 10, with the HBO series preceding it on Oct. 17. The group just teased three intimate U.K. club dates this week to coincide with their larger performance at London's Invictus Games' closing ceremony. Foo Fighters are also booked for Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful festival Oct. 26 and New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Nov. 2.
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