Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Foo Fighters challenge Gene Simmons over rock is dead comments

The Foo Fighters are stepping up to challenge a recent claim by Gene Simmons that rock is dead.

“Not so fast, Mr. God of Thunder,” tweeted the band in response to comments made by the 65-year old during an interview with his son, Nick, that was published in Esquire magazine.

“For performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it's finally dead,” claimed the KISS bassist. “Rock is finally dead.”

Simmons, who this fall will publish a marketing advice book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business", also suggested kids give up trying to learn instruments or to attempt to make it in the music industry.

KISS have released just two albums in the past 15 years as they forgo creating new music in favor of playing the classic tracks that defined their career. 2009’s “Sonic Boom” and 2012’s “Monster” are two of just four of the band’s 20 album-catalog to fail to achieve gold status in the US for sales of 500,000 copies.

Read more of Gene’s comments here.

The Foo Fighters, meanwhile, are cranking things up as they prepare to release their 8th album, “Sonic Highways”, on November 10.

The band will play three UK club shows this week ahead of their headline performance at the closing ceremony of London’s Invictus Games this Sunday.

The September 14 event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will see the Foos top a bill that includes Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, James Blunt and others.

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Over 400 competitors from 14 nations will take part in this year’s games, which use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

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