Gerard Way on rock music's resurgence: “People missed the sound of the guitar”

Gerard Way
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While some proclaim the death of rock and roll – including Gene Simmons, who last year reasoned that new bands “haven't taken the time to create glamour, excitement and epic stuff” – others are far more hopeful for the future of guitar-based music.

Take Alice Cooper, for example, who reminded the Kiss bassist earlier this year that “there's a bunch of 18-year-old kids” out there “learning Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses”, and yearning for a resurgence in “that whole area of hard rock”.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.