Greta Van Fleet Disagrees with Gene Simmons

Greta Van Fleet: BOSTON, MA – MAY 24: Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet performs onstage during Day 1 of the 2019 Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Boston Calling ) 

Gene Simmons: LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Gene Simmons of US rock group Kiss performs live on stage, for a one-off Independence Day show as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity, at The Kentish Town Forum on July 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Do you remember in 2014 (and again during 2021 New Year’s Eve) when KISS bassist Gene Simmons said “rock is finally dead”? At the time he told Esquire, “Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support.…There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead.”

Josh Kiszka, singer for Greta Van Fleet, has a different point of view on the topic. He fired back by saying, “Maybe the world of rock [Gene] remembers is dead…I don’t know. I think rock ‘n’ roll is a very elastic genre, it’s a very eclectic genre. It seems like every once in a while, a generation reinterprets what that is.”

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