Saturday, April 11, 2015
Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack: "Rock and Roll is in a difficult place right now, but..."
Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has responded to Kiss' Gene Simmons recent comment "rock is dead". You can read some excerpt below:
"I think that statement was a little misconstrued. I think what he was trying to say, and what probably wouldn't have gotten the big headline, is that the reality is that rock and roll, in the mainstream, it's in a difficult place right now. People don't buy music, and they certainly don't buy rock bands' music in the way that they used to. And so, for our genre, it's kind of... We're limping along when it comes to public appeal."
He continued: "It's really up to the kids who listen to rock music to get out there, come to the live shows and buy the records when they can and really support the genre. Otherwise, it will get taken away from us, because the hip-hop fans and the pop fans, they buy the records and they go to the shows in big numbers. So I think it's a little bit of both. But I believe that rock and roll is alive and well. I just think that people need to show their support and let the genre keep thriving."
"The current touring community is... really, the large arenas and stadiums and shed shows are all predicated on the idea of older artists. In five or ten years, when those artists cannot tour anymore, we're gonna see a huge shift in concers and concert attendance. As much as I'd love to think that The Rolling Stones can go on forever, or Aerosmith or whoever else, physically, they will not be able to, eventually. And when that is done, it's gonna be very interesting to see, because the younger bands don't really have the opportunity to move into those venues."
He add: "A band like Avenged Sevenfold I've praised quite a bit publicly, because it's a band that has moved into that arena-size thing for a hard rock band. Obviously, there's bands like Fall Out Boy and many others who are huge in scale and play those arena shows. But if you look at, like, a hard rock bands with guitar solos and pyro... Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold... There's really only a few."