9 Reasons Rock And Roll Is Dead (And Never Coming Back)

R.I.P. R-O-C-K.

According to pioneering "rock star" Gene Simmons, there is no future for rock and roll. The genre has already met its untimely end, and there's nothing we can do to save it. Now, normally when old blowhards like Simmons start talking about the abysmal state of rock and roll, it's easy to just shrug it off as the uninformed ramblings of an out-of-touch curmudgeon. But, shockingly, it may be more than just a bunch of hot air. Because despite what other rock legends like Dee Snider and Dave Grohl offer as counterpoints (namely, we're still making music...jag-off), it really does appear that rock and roll as we once knew it... is over. But, that old, oft-repeated phrase "Rock and roll is dead" probably doesn't mean the same thing the Kiss bassist thinks it does. It doesn't mean modern music is rubbish, or rock music as a whole has somehow slipped off the face of the Earth. It just means the traditional rock and roll music, the kind that kicked off way before Simmons ever donned his famous face paint and cod piece, has morphed into something much different than the genre's pioneers probably intended. So yeah, in a way, rock and roll is dead. And it's not coming back. But...what exactly does that entail for us....

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