Kissin Gene Simmons: ”Missä on seuraava The Beatles tai The Rolling Stones?”

Suomeen toukokuussa saapuvan teatraalisen rockin legendan Kissin basisti-laulaja Gene Simmons on tullut vuosien saatossa tunnetuksi varsin kärkkäistä mietteistään joista viimeisimpiä on tyly kommentti Princen kuolemasta sekä kommentti rockin kuolemasta. Gene on antanut hiljattain WWL-nimiselle radiokanavalle haastattelun, jossa Genelta on kysytty onko hän yhä sitä mieltä, että rock on kuollut. Genen mukaan kukaan nykypäivän rockyhtyeistä ei pysty koskaan nousemaan Elvis Presleyn, The Rolling Stonesin tai vaikkapa The Beatlesin tasolle:

”Rock is dead. It’s because of the Internet and Napster and all that stuff. Once you download and fileshare, then you’re not making it possible for a new band to be able to do this full time.

”There’s every bit as much talent out there as there [was] when we first started, but the new bands have to live in their mother’s basement because they can’t afford to do this full time, because people are just filesharing and downloading,” he continued. ”And that’s their prerogative — we allowed it and we haven’t sued everybody’s pants off for doing that. So that’s everybody’s fault — the record company’s fault.”

”Try this: 1958 until 1988 is thirty years, right? During that time, with record companies — the big, bad corporate entities called record companies… Well, without them, there wouldn’t have been Elvis [Presley], The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix… you know, just a thousand classic bands. Even in disco, you got Madonna, you had Prince, U2, AC/DC, us maybe and a few others. And even in pop, you had Michael Jackson, Jackson 5… I mean, it’s just endless. From 1988 until today, who is the new Beatles? Name five bands that stand up to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and so on.”