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DEE SNIDER On GENE SIMMONS Saying ‘Rock Is Dead’: “I Wish He Would Just Shut The Hell Up”

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider has dismissed the notion that rock is dead.

Remember when a few years ago, KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons told Esquire magazine that “rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won’t because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it”?

Well so does TWISTED SISTER vocalist Dee Snider.

Snider, who is currently promoting his new solo album, “Leave A Scar”, spoke about rock’s supposed diminishing status during a recent interview with Consequence Of Sound. Addressing Gene’s “rock is dead” comment, Dee said: “He makes me crazy. I mean, I love him, I love KISS., but I wish he would just shut the hell up with this. And he doubles down on it. This statement of ‘rock’s dead, there are no rock stars, don’t bother,’ all that shit, it’s just so self-serving and self absorbed. It’s selfish. It’s, like, ”Cause it’s not doing it my way, it doesn’t have value. It’s not the way it was when I was coming up, so it’s not rock and roll anymore.’ Anyway, that’s bullshit.”

“Leave A Scar” was released on July 30 via Napalm Records. The album was once again produced by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, with co-production, mixing and mastering by drummer Nick Bellmore.