Whether rock music is dead, dying, thriving underground, or alive and well has been the source of much debate for what seems like… well, far too long now, actually.
In 2014, Kiss’ Gene Simmons proclaimed that the days of rock music were over, and ever since, musicians and fans have been bickering over whether that’s really true. Because, respectfully, we all know that older rockstars can sometimes be a little… out of place when it comes to what’s popular and what’s not. Has Gene ever heard of nu gen?
One of the countless voices weighing on the debate is shock rock godfather Alice Cooper. In a new interview with THE weekly, Cooper explains that he too thinks the genre has entered a new era, but not in the way that Simmons believes. In fact, he thinks rock music’s lack of popularity is making the genre more rebellious again, as it was first seen in his youth.
“Well, you have certain bands – you know, the Foo Fighters still exist. green day, things like that. I see it a little differently. There was a time when we started playing, when rock bands were outlaws,” he explains.
“We were outside watching the party and we weren’t invited to the party. It was more pop music, dance music and disco. I think we got back to that point I think it’s pretty healthy that rock bands now aren’t number one, number two, or number 3. We’re back to the point of being rebels again.
Responding to Simmons’ “rock is dead” comment, Cooper says he agrees to some degree, but only financially.
“Gene Simmons said rock was dead but I think he was talking financially. I think there are kids in garages right now who are learning Guns N’ Roseslearning Aerosmith, learning Alice, learning Ozzy… 16 year olds rocking, rocking.
“It’s healthy. It’s really healthy. I don’t think rock is ever going to die. When you talk about hard rock, like the Stones, The Who and all that, it’s the only music that’s lasted. Grunge was there for a while. And punk was there for a while. Emo was there and all that, but the hard rock bands went on. So if you’re in a hard rock band, you can go there go as long as you want.