For the past years, there has been a lot of criticism on rock music today. Kiss man, Gene Simmons caused an online storm when said that ‘Rock music is dead’, and there were more to follow.
Looking back to the 1980’s and 1990’s, bassist Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers said that times have changed. And there is really no way for a new young and exciting rock group to make it today. The interview was inducted by Flea’s friend, Pearl Jam’s guitarist Mike McCready. Listen to the entire interview below.
“I just remember being so excited that we were playing with Pearl Jam and with Smashing Pumpkins, because it was just an exciting time for rock music”, said Flea.
“A lot of times, especially recently, I look at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways. Nothing to take away from us and Pearl Jam, because obviously I believe we’re relevant bands that come with a real energy. But if you’re a kid today, and you get in a rock band, it’s like – when we were kids, when I said I want to be in a rock band and that’s what I’m doing for my life, that’s what I was going to do, no question. You’d get: ‘You are a fucking lunatic, you are crazy. You’re never going to get a decent job in your life. What are you doing? You’re ruining your life.”
“I was like fuck it, I don’t care, this is what I want to do, this means everything to me, I found a home. I’ve been a weird, neurotic, loner kid all my life, I was always the kid you called fag in high school, punk rock gave me a home. But nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band it’s like, ‘Oh great, let’s get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let’s see what we can do here. It’s a great money making opportunity for you junior.”