Another Rocker Thinks Rock Might Be Dead
. (Classic Rock) Gene Simmons has finally found an ally to back his claim that Rock Is Dead - in Anvil frontman Lips. The Kiss bassist repeated his often-used comment on the music industry last year in an interview with Esquire magazine, suggesting that it is almost impossible for new artists to make a living from songwriting.
The headlines generated by 65-year-old Simmons' soundbite created an uproar from several corners of the rock world - including Dee Snider, Slash and AC/DC, among others.
Anvil have been fighting the good fight in metal's name since forming in Toronto in 1978. The band have released 15 albums through the years, and had their career re-energised following the success of the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, which recounted their struggles in the hard rock music industry.
Frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow tells Horns Up Rocks that he's unsure how he would launch Anvil as a new band today given the current state of the rock industry.
He says: "I don't know how you make it. Maybe Gene Simmons is right. Maybe rock is dead. I don't know. Certainly the business of rock is dead. But I really don't know you would tackle getting known in today's day and age. I just don't know.
"I don't think there's anything that can be done differently. You know, there is no music industry as such. Starting out today, you might as well not bother. There's no industry. How can you start? I don't even know. I wouldn't even know how to begin tackling that problem today." Read more here.
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