"Or is Gene just being his dramatic self?" Absolutely. He can't suck any more money out with his tired music and horrible reality shows so he thinks it's dead. Please just go away Gene ....
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I guess it depends on how you want to define it. On the basis of record sales, he's probably right. OTOH, touring is still big business for (mostly aging) rockers. U2 made over $700MM on their 2011 tour and The Wall was pushing about $500MM when it shut down in 2013. Not as many big numbers this year, but Fleetwood Mac will probably end up north of $200MM before the calendar turns. The numbers may be trending down for rock tours, but I wouldn't call $200MM+ "dead" by any means.
My understanding is that Gene is kind of an eccentric guy (a friend of mine worked closely with him for almost a decade), so you've got to take his view with a grain of salt. Ultimately, I'd say that there's a nugget of truth in the statement...it's just overly broad.
"Who cares what GS has to say? What is your opinion, and why do you care what others think about this, or, why would you care about why others feel the need to buy expensive cables? You must know the responses you're going to get without even posting.
Just wondering why you ask."
Then what's the point of a forum...??
By your statement you should not want to be on here.
To be fair, Kiss was a live spectacle. It took a dbl live Lp (albeit doctored) to break them, but they really pioneered for better or worse what we now as a modern stadium show, minus the LCD/led screens. Their use of pyrotechnics, lights, and volume made for thrilling theatre youngsters in the late 70s. Although one could argue Cooper did it first and much better.
I think Bowie was the first with the big stage show, although
there might be some overlap. Before that, major artists would
just come out on the Filmore East stage in T-shirts and play the
most incredible (rock) music the world has ever heard. Funny -
Hendrix, Sly, Joplin, Cream, Tull, Creedence didn't seem to need
fireworks, guys running around in gorilla suits, makeup or
explosions to hold an audience's attention. I wonder why. Well,
Joplin and Hendrix didn't wear T-shirts, but the point is the
same. In fact, they dressed rather alike, now that I think of
it. The San Francisco thing, I think.
Re: large scale theatrical shows and Kiss
It's tough to recall who started the whole production intensive rock show thing. I remember that a bunch of prog bands were doing the full-blown production well before Kiss came along (+/-1973 IIRC). Yes, ELP, and a few others were doing that in 1970ish. I saw Genesis in 1971 and they already were employing costume changes, lighting effects, flash pots, etc. Kiss may well have commercially exploited that approach on a mass scale earlier than most and tip your hat to them for that. However, the approach was already well established before they came along.
Kiss and Cooper both captured audiences with a "shock and awe" approach that incorporated gimmicks and visual tricks. Although on first listen maybe not a revelation, but Coopers' band was highly musical with above average musical chops. Kiss was more of a phenomenon, as musical ability was not as advanced. Still, hard not to like "Do u love me", " King of the night time world", etc.
Tempting though it is, irresistable as it is to continue commenting upon the Mr. Simmons until we're collectively as numbskulled as his product was, the subject at hand regarding the demise of the rock business depends upon whom is attending the wake.
I'm 59 this year. Motown. The Beatles. FM Radio. Woodstock. Altamont. MTV. Vinyl. 8 Track. Cassette. Compact Disc. Napster. iTunes.
THE DEAD: 8 track, cassette, FM radio.
We'll live. It ain't dead, it's just pining