As if there weren't a vast number of people who disagree with Kiss front man Gene Simmons's statement about rock being dead, another major player has tacked their name to the list: AC/DC.
Singer Brian Johnson and lead guitarist Angus Young were recently interviewed by Ultimate Classic Rock, during which they were asked about the state of rock n' roll. During this part of the interview they were asked about their views on Simmons's comment.
“With all respect to the lad, I think he’s terribly wrong for a start. I really do. I don’t think anybody should have the nerve to stand there and just say that a certain genre of music has just ff—- disappeared overnight…Well, I’m here to tell you, Gene, you’re wrong. And I’m saying it’s alive and kicking. My name’s Brian. How do you do?”
“It’s been a long, long, long funeral” — he says just as he was about to go into a bit of wisdom for up and coming bands “If they think they’ve really got something,” he said. “They ought to stick with it…When people find their direction and…they finally kind of define what they are as a band, then they should hang on to that.”
I have to agree with Johnson's comments. Rock hasn't just vanished over night. It would be quite strange if it had, to be honest. Granted, it isn't what it was 30 years ago any more but that just means that the bands that are making their way today are doing it for the actual love of the music and not just trying to be pretty boys getting rich and famous just to have it all.
AC/DC's upcoming album Rock Or Bust will be hitting shelves and the internet on December 2nd.
You can watch this part of the interview below: