Back in September Gene Simmons said that Rock And Roll is officially dead. He stated that the system that was in place when Kiss came on the scene back in 1974 is gone and rock bands don’t get the support they once had. He went on to say that it’s to easy for the younger generation to steal music and not pay for it and this is what killed rock and roll. To further prove his point he asked people to name a rock band who came out in the last 20 years that is a household name today. He didn’t say that there weren’t good newer rock bands out there, he just said that you can’t get rich off of Rock And Roll like you could in the past.
After Gene made his comments several other Rock stars such as Dee Snider, Slash and Rob Halford agreed with him. They said that he was right that Playing Rock And Roll isn’t something that can make you rich anymore. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market out there for guitar based rock music and there are lots of new young rock bands out there that just need to get a little more attention to break through to a wider audience. It’s not as easy as it use to be but it can be done.
When I was a kid growing up in the eighties there were a lot of great rock bands out there. You could see bands like Aerosmith, Poison, Dokken, Motley Crue and Cinderella on MTV and hear them on hit music radio. In the present day you don’t hear rock music on hit music stations. Even the rock music stations don’t seem to play a lot of stuff from the last 15 years.
That being said I know there is good rock music out there still getting made. I hear it on podcasts and indie music radio stations like WMSE.org. Good new rock music is out there, you just have to look a lot harder to find it then you did 20 years ago. To quote Joan Jett: “I Love Rock and Roll,” and just in case Rock is dying I want to quote The Who: “Long Live Rock, Be It Dead Or Alive.”
So if you stumble upon this blog post, I want to ask you is rock dead? I can name lots of great rock acts from the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. But what about the last 15 years? If you know of any good rock bands from the last 15 years, leave a comment on this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m hoping to start writing blog posts on new rock bands who need more publicity, so help me out and below you will see a you tube video from one of my all time favorites: