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It seems like everyone is talking about Gene Simmons‘ recent claim that “rock is finally dead.” Always one to make headlines with his words, Simmons spoke of the declining music industry, rise of illegal downloading, shortcuts to fame such as ‘The X Factor’ and much more. The latest rock legend to respond is Twisted Sister‘s Dee Snider, who respectfully offered his own retort to Simmons’ claims.
Just a few days ago, Foo Fighters tweeted out a short reaction, ‘Not so fast, Mr. God of Thunder…’ to the KISS veteran’s quote. Foo Fighters have been doing their part to keep rock breathing, creating a tremendous buzz for their upcoming studio album, ‘Sonic Highways,’ which was recorded in eight of the United States’ most rock-rich cities. An HBO series named for the record will further place rock music in the spotlight once it debuts on Oct. 17. And let’s not forget that Dave Grohl also released the phenomenal rock doc ‘Sound City’ in 2013.
Recently, my esteemed colleague, Gene Simmons of Kiss declared that "Rock 'n' Roll is finally dead". Really?
While I have nothing but respect for Gene, he couldn't be further off the mark. Yes, the rock 'n' roll "business model" that helped Kiss (and my band for that matter) achieve fame and fortune is most certainly long dead and buried, but rock 'n' roll is alive and well and thriving on social media, in the streets, and in clubs and concert halls all over the world. And the bands playing it are more genuine and heartfelt than ever because they are in it for one reason: the love of rock 'n' roll.
Courtesy of Newsday
An estimated 2,000 bikers slammed the kickstands up about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, signaling the start of the 2014 Ride to Fight Hunger at Lido Beach Park.
The annual charity event, started 12 years ago by rocker Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame, drew hundreds more motorcycle enthusiasts than last year's ride, according to Paul Pachter, chief executive of Long Island Cares Inc., a Hauppauge-based nonprofit established in 1980 by singer Harry Chapin.
Carole Kaye, 53, a social worker from Levittown, was readying to hop on a 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail with her boyfriend, Ken Paras, 57, an oil truck driver. It was the couple's first time at the annual event.
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A fleet of hogs is gearing up to fight hunger on Long Island this Sunday.
“Twisted Sister” frontman Dee Snider is calling upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares.
The not-for-profit operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
“I’ve seen the work of Long Island Cares first hand and know how important their services are for families, children, and others who rely upon the assistance of charitable organizations just to get by,” Snider said via the event’s website deesnidersride.com.