CROBOT frontman Brandon Yeagley says that if Gene Simmons is right about rock being dead, the KISS bassist is partially responsible for its demise.
Simmons gave the 20th century’s preeminent art form its last rites in September during an interview with Esquire magazine, prompting endless hand-wringing from within the industry.
Yeagley, at the forefront of the revival in retro riffage worldwide, tells Hot Metal: ” “When you hear people like Gene Simmons quoting the things that he said, about rock’n’roll being dead, which could well be for publication servicing types of motives…
“But I kind of look at it and – forgive me if you are a KISS fan but I – sort of think bands like KISS are what killed it, they sort of put a price tag and dollar sign on everything.
“That’s not what it’s about. It’s about the music and what it means to you.”
If Simmons was seeking publicity from his comments, they have certainly done the trick. Among those to respond publicly are Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Slash and Judas Priest, Slipknot and Sebastian Bach.
A full Crobot feature will follow on Hot Metal. Listen to Yeagley’s audio below.