Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi disagrees with Gene Simmons’ claim from 7 years ago now that rock is dead, saying Metallica are keeping it alive.
Iommi told Consequence of Sound, “I don’t think rock is going to die. That’s been said for years. I mean, how many times I’ve heard that statement over the past 50-odd years? It’s quite a lot, really.”
He added, “I think good music is not going to go. There’s always going to be a market for it. There are going to be an amount of bands that fall by the wayside — as there always is, there always will be.
But there are certain bands that are going to stick out and going to be there. You’ve got Metallica up there — they’re not going to go away. They’ve got a lot of fans and they’ve got a great fanbase. There are a lot of bands out there. No, the music is not going to go away.”
Gene Simmons first claimed in 2014 that rock was dead, and he’s basically ended up being right, as in the last 7 years no rock bands have managed to cross over into mainstream culture, with bands like Greta Van Fleet even failing to become arena acts.