Simmons reckons rock is dead

Gene Simmons reckons rock is dead and there is an obvious dearth of new bands coming through.

In a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone, the Kiss singer also took aim at rap music which he says can’t die quickly enough, insisting it is a genre ‘without melody.’

Also in the firing line for Simmons is the Queen of Pop, Madonna, who can’t sing he says.

“I am looking forward to the death of rap," begins Simmons.

"I'm looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody.

“Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”

The Foo Fighters come in for special praise from the Kiss mainman but he bemoans there is no new generation of rock bands kicking the doors down.

“As far as I'm concerned, rock is dead,” he states.

“There ain't no new bands. Foo Fighters, I love 'em, but they're a 20-year-old band. These are long-in-the-tooth bands: Nirvana, Pearl Jam. They're old bands.”

He continues: “I hate the Internet.

“I make a living, but to be a new band now and just give out your music for free, it's the crime of the century.”

While Madonna, Shakira, Ciara and Jennifer Lopez all come in for criticism from the sharp end of the famous Simmons tongue, he does reserve some admiration for Lady Gaga.

He adds: “That doesn't mean there's not new bands out there.

“As far as I'm concerned, if Lady Gaga dropped the disco and the pole dancing and all that stuff and put together a rock band, that would be legitimate, because she's got the musical goods.

“She can write songs, play instruments and can actually sing. And she understands the fearless quality of spectacle. I'd love to see her do Queen-style music. She can do it. Madonna cannot.”