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Gene Simmons says not only is rock dead — but rap will soon follow, as well. During a chat with Rolling Stone to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Kiss‘ groundbreaking 1976 album, Destroyer, he couldn’t help but talk about the current state of music, explaining, “I’m all for anybody talking. ‘Wild Thing’ was talking: ‘Wild thing, she makes my heart sing/ she makes everything. . . ‘ There’s no melody there. That’s cool. Napoleon XIV, ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!’ That’s a funny song, but those are novelty records. So was Dickie Goodman and ‘Mr. Jaws.’ These were all hits, by the way. But predominantly, music is about melody and lyric, whether it’s rap or doo-wop, or yeah, even rock. As far as I’m concerned, rock is dead. 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.”

Simmons went on to explain: “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.”

  • Simmons went on to predict: “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. . . I am looking forward to the death of rap. 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. . . or just melody.”
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