Gene Simmons: “I stand by my words, rock is dead and the fans killed it.”

Its been almost 8 years since Gene Simmons first declared to the world that rock is dead, but even as rock albums catapult up the charts, streaming figures hit the billions and new acts make the leap up to arenas around the world, the Kiss bassist isn’t backing down.

Speaking to Metal Hammer ahead of Kiss’s upcoming appearance at Download Festival in June – scheduled to be the band’s last performance in the UK before they retire in 2023 – Simmons talked at length for our regular Life Lessons feature, covering everything from his birth and upbringing in Israel to why he never got involved with drink or drugs. He also had some choice words about his  past comments that rock was dead.

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