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Still waiting for Gibson to release these unless they've killed the idea already. lol
Why the hell people keep saying that Jimi Hendrix played with the strings upsidedown too? Ignorant.
There are good bands out there, but none larger than life or have any mystique, that is the point being made not a lack of talent. It doesn’t help we live in the internet age where everybody does interviews and gets followed on the street with a camera. It used to be people wondered what rock stars were really like behind closed doors or under the face paint, that mystery is gone.
Power metal is most definitely dead. Modern metal is going strong.
There's a line from an old movie where the old guard simply says, "New music doesn't have any heart in it!" Meaning that most modern music doesn't come from the heart because it is simply going through motion. That's what Gene is referring to. He is absolutely right in that post early 90s music doesn't move you. It's simply there to be enjoyed for 5 minutes and it's off to the next thing. New music doesn't have the staying power because a) it's not from the heart b) modern culture is such that people don't care about music as much as they did 30 years ago. Music today is simply background music.
Well, this guy literary invented heavy metal, so i guess he knows if it's dead or not 😀
Hendrix flipped the guitar but did NOT have the small e string on top. He flipped the guitar AND the strings to keep the Thick E string on top like right hand guitar players. I thought Simmons would know this.
Weird take for one of the biggest sellouts in rock history, but ok.
Finn McKenty of Punk Rock MBA touched on this. The reason rock is dead is because it’s still uses traditional methods and values and the rest of the music landscape is passing it by. Young people could like rock music if they wanted to, but it refuses to promote itself it in a way that speaks to the younger generation.
The music industry created it's own demise. Back in the pre MTV days, bands put out albums that had very little, if any filler. Labels put their money behind the artists.70's Bands like RUSH, Queen, Aerosmith, BOC etc were given 2 or 3 albums to make their mark. If you put out crap music in the 60's or 70's it was the kiss of death. Fast forward to MTV, the start of the end…Looks over substance, one hit wonders and albums/CD's with more filler than quality tracks…The cost of vinyls and CD's was fairly outrageous, given you might get 2 or 3 good songs out of a dozen or so. Solution…downloads, get the music you want without having to buy the crap. Record labels and the artists suffered. Fast forward…the shift went to streaming and download services, others now make a lot of money and the artist gets screwed. Newer bands can barely survive, as their main source of exposure / evenue is from playing live, and that cost $$$. A large tour costs major amounts of money, and without a label behind you footing the bill….good luck
OK, I sort of get Gene's point. Yes, it did turn out that streaming isn't as beneficial.
BUT! There are two butts… Aaaa I mean buts.
1. Go to any music news site, you'll see a ton of new releases, most of them from people you've never heard about, and who are sometimes newbies. It's the urge to release music that drives them despite lack of money. Do they make the rules? No, dummy, they don't! And make your own concert tickets a normal cost, you ass rip-off! A guy who complains about getting ripped off by companies cries fans are rip-offs!
2. Since 1988: Nirvana, Oasis, Green Day, Linkin Park, System Of A Down, Ghost, some Oxford band called Radiohead… which tons of people claim are the best ever (not me though)… Need I go on? I can ^^
While, again, I do agree it's hard to make cash with music these days, Gene, as usual, shows anal beads in his head!
Para mi que viva e Rock. Lo malo de ahora es la basura del regueton perreo trap bandas ya mucha basura más.
Basically correct. Nevertheless, all the old Rockers has play the biggest shit, all the good stuff away from us younger musicans. Only with Fender we can't get far anymore, you know (?!) Since glad to have been born in a better time. Yes i would swap and therfore die because i older with the deal, year ! I don't even talk about all of the sharp girls/ mam's . Just be satisfied, men ! Music business in main the social media is completly antisocial. Fuck off !!!
There are pretty good bands out there these days, especially in the progressive rock / metal scene (Leprous for example). From his point of view there is just no chance to make millions anymore and be independent as an artist, which is absolutely right. But art taken as a hobby instead of a way to get money… Is simply more passionate …and the results are more real and creative.
He's right. Music has been dead for 4 decades. The golden ages of music were the 1950s-1980s. The only people who disagree with his statement are the millennials who were born between the 1980s and 1990s since they missed out on the magic.
There are absolutely new rock and metal bands that make good music. Never thought I'd see Gene Simmons become the old man shaking his stick at the youngsters.
I love how he describes, word for word, a predatory capitalist system and then blames the fans for it existing.
Sit down, gramps.
There are plenty of good newer 'rock bands. You just gotta know where to look. 5FDP, Bad Wolves, newer Asking Alexandria, starset even bands like Alter Bridge, and hell yeah. I mean He probably doesnt even know Mudvayne. I just think what he sees as mainstream is it. Which yea you would think Nickleback was the last rock band unless you count Imagime dragons? So idk but just think he hasnt really looked
He is totally right. Talents exist in every age. But there's NO market. So musicians have this as a hobby.
I'm talking about real music here not billie eilish bullshit.
When CD sales are close to zero and buying music is a matter of CHOICE, then you have no market.
People also DO NOT HEAR ALBUMS, they just check out couple of seconds of a song on Youtube.
Now here he has a point, young fans are not carrying rock like we did back in the day. They are migrating towards inferior genre music, mainly because of lousy parenting……Goes back to the Cobra Kai mentality, too many soft young fans accepting mediocrity these days.
You can tell if a youngster had good parenting, they love rock music.
Daddy, do you remember Huntington's disease?
Uncle Gene !