‘There is no future; it’s over’: Gene Simmons declares rock dead — but not Kiss

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Gene Simmons is never one to shy way from an incendiary comment, even if it has nothing to do with music. Of course, he has plenty to say about rock, too.

Beginning with its future: “There isn’t one,” the Kiss stalwart tells the Toronto Sun.

Simmons blames this sad demise on the emerging online culture: “The freckled-faced boy who decided to download all his music for free ruined the business,” he says. “As far as rock ‘n’ roll is concerned, there is no future. It’s over. Can you name me one superstar act these days? You can’t.”

That said, Kiss isn’t going away. He describes their on-going tour as one of the most harmonious in memory, and says the group has already started work on a follow up to 2012’s Monster. “We enjoy what we do,” Simmons adds, “and we’re all on the same page, so there’s no reason to stop.”

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