Basic rock followers have lengthy grappled with the identical nagging query: Why do not their favourite artists launch new albums?
It is a daunting job for artists who’ve been round for 30, 40 and even 50-plus years to write down new materials that may resonate with listeners in the identical means as their beloved hits. Nonetheless, that does not cease a few of them from attempting. Legacy artists like Alice Cooper, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Deep Purple launch new music with stunning regularity, which is a bonus for die-hards. McCartney’s headlining set at Glastonbury 2022 even included two songs from his 2018 album Egypt Station, proof that the ex-Beatle nonetheless sees advantage in his new work.
Not all followers are receptive to new music from legacy acts, nonetheless. Whereas some concertgoers enjoyment of contemporary materials, some act extra like Homer Simpson when he interrupted Bachman-Turner Overdrive to demand, “No talkin’! No new crap! ‘Takin’ Care of Enterprise’ now!”
Little question it is disheartening for legacy artists to see their new materials obtain such a lukewarm response from followers — and the dearth of profitability definitely does not assist both. When requested in August 2022 about writing a follow-up album to Kiss’ 2012 album Monster, Paul Stanley informed Howie Mandel (by way of Blabbermouth), “I feel it is setting myself up for disappointment. Not crushing disappointment, however if you put your coronary heart and soul into doing one thing and it form of will get a well mannered nod, there’s different issues I might fairly do.”
Gene Simmons was much more direct. “To not say we don’t benefit from the inventive course of, however Kiss isn’t a charity,” he informed Basic Rock in Could 2022. “Working your ass off to have any individual obtain or stream your music at no cost isn’t my concept of how issues ought to be. If you don’t put a price on music, it doesn’t have worth.” Stanley and Simmons are usually not alone, as you may see on this gallery of rock stars who have not launched an album in over 10 years.