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Why is Billie Eilish the hope of Rock 'N' Roll music?

Kiss iconic bassist Gene Simmons has made a bold claim by proclaiming that rock ‘n’ roll is dead. The legendary star said the music genre has been "dead" for 30 years. The golden years were between 1958 until 1988. During those decades we had amazing artists like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Today there are no exciting bands on the horizon. BTS is a popular band but they’re not the new Beatles. Scroll down as we reveal how Simmons praised Billie Eilish as one of the most original contemporary artists!

  • Rock band Kiss are known for their larger than life live performances, elaborate outfits and face make-up. They rose to stardom in the late 70s and they said goodbye to 2020 in an amazing concert on New Years Eve at Dubai’s Atlantis
  • In 2014, the Kiss bassist accused record companies of failing to support rock artists and claimed that rock, as genre was dead.
  • Simmons doubled down on the claims, now in 2021 saying there are popular bands like BTS but that doesn’t mean they’re “iconic and legacy and for all-time”.
  • Billie Eilish is one of his favorite contemporary pop artists.
  • Eilish creates her own songs with her brother and they’re original musicians. She has a fantastic voice and she’s not a diva who can’t write or play instruments.
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Rock 'N' Roll has been king of the music world for decades. However over the last 30 years years it has been overthrown by the growing popularity of hip-hop with artists like Cardi B, Drake and Beyoncé. This has caused many experts to make claims that the genre is dead from the music industry perspective.

Gene Simmons said that rock is dead because new bands have not taken the time to create glamor, excitement and epic performances, like he used to produce with his band Kiss.

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Simmons recognised that Foo Fighters are a terrific band, but they started playing almost 30 years ago. The best rock originates from 1958 until 1988. During that period there was the king of rock Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Rolling Stones.

Madonna - Source: Getty Images

According to Simmons during the 80s Madonna was a great pop artist and in hard rock AC/DC and Motown were amazing bands, but there’s no big stars from 1988 until today in 2021. That’s more than 30 years ago!

There’s not a band like the Beatles. BTS are very popular, but for him it doesn’t mean they will leave an iconic legacy that makes music history and that they will be remembered for decades like The Beatles. They are not the "new Beatles."

South Korean group BTS - Souce: Getty Images

What made the Beatles so unique is that they were a band that wrote their own songs, arranged and produced their music themselves. The members played their own instruments. They didn’t have backing tracks or digital enhancement, like vocal correctness. The big difference is that modern artists rely mostly on technology.

Billie Eilish perfoming at the Apple Music Awards

However, Simmons really loves Billie Eilish and his older brother Finneas O’Connell who is her artist collaborator. The 71-year-old hard rocker praised Eilish:

"I think Billie Eilish is fantastic, she's interesting because she and her brother actually write the material and are unique to themselves.”

Eilish is currently working with Finneas finishing the follow-up to her debut LP, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” released in March 2019. 

Billie Eilish and Finneas at the 2020 Grammys

We can’t wait for her new most anticipated album and the documentary "Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry" that comes out in February. The “Bad Guy” singer promised her fans on social media that she is getting ready to begin a new era in her music career in 2021 with the new album and the new movie.

Natalie Baldwin

Graphic Designer graduated from University of Southern California. Bookworm. Nature, coffee and books are my best friends.+ info

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