Monday, December 7, 2015

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale about Gene Simmons comment "rock is dead": "He's been misinformed"


Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and guitarist Joe Hottinger were interviewed by Black Veil Brides CZ on November 14. You can read some excerpts below.

About KISS' Gene Simmons' statement that "rock is dead", Lzzy Hale said: "Obviously, rock is not dead. The thing about that statement, for me, is that Gene Simmons is a millionaire; he's a businessman. And so, maybe rock and roll isn't making everybody millions of dollars the way it used to, but we never got into this to make millions of dollars. But from what we see on the frontlines every single night, every country that we play, people come out to the rock show on a Tuesday. You can play in Prague on a Tuesday night, and everybody shows up and they've got their fists in the air and they need to be there. So rock is definitely not dead. He's been misinformed. [Laughs]"

About there not being very many female rockers: "I think there's starting to become more. I think in earlier years, my opinion or my… I think that girls that are my age that grew up with… I was lucky enough to have parents that were very supportive of whatever I wanted to do in life. But growing up, you do have that pressure to get married, have kids, get a normal job, go to college, all these normal things that you are expected to do. Especially as a young girl, we're not encouraged to take the risky route and be a rock star; nobody's encouraging that. Now I think that people are encouraging it more. I think there's parents that are my age now that maybe grew up with everyone saying, 'No, you can't do it.' So I think that there's a lot more parents now that are putting more faith in their children's dreams and wanting to be musicians, or whatever they want to be. So I hope for the future. [Laughs]"