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‘The Fans Are Killing New Bands’

Sofie of Studio Brussel conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer when the band played at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 19.

Elaborating on his controversial “rock is dead” remark from last year, Simmons said: “The biggest bands in the world are not 20 years old. There are no big new bands.”

Asked if he think newer bands are simply less creative than the artist from the earlier generations, Simmons responded: “It’s not that. It’s just there’s no record industry. You hurt the thing that you love. The fans killed record companies. Record companies paid new artists to come out.”

Added Eric: “You took away the developmental aspect. Bands used to struggle, play, tour… Maybe by the third or fourth record, they’d start gaining some momentum and get famous and become well known around the world. Now, what record label is there to give the infrastructure to support for three albums, or four albums, before the band finally makes it. It doesn’t exist anymore. That’s the hard part. The talent is there. Maybe even more talent than ever.”

Continued Gene: “[There are] fifty thousand people over there [at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival]. Should they get in for free, or do they have to pay?”

When the interviewer responded that “nothing is for free,” Gene said: “Yes, it is. You can download and you can fileshare for free. And so you’re killing the next new band — you’re killing them. It doesn’t affect us; we’ve been around 41 years. But it’s very sad for a new band. We want the baby bands to succeed.”

(via Blabbermouth)

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