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Where Are The Rock Stars?

Something that I have touched upon throughout this site over the last few years is the state of today’s rock music and how something needs to be done to preserve it.  Rock has been in a state of mediocrity for well over a decade and my belief is that it’s always been the fault of the music itself.  I recently read an interview from the Daily Record that has altered my point of view and made me think it’s not just the music in rock that is lacking, but the ‘Rock Star.’  The interview is with none other than Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.  As always, Trent is someone who doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind when it comes to, basically anything.  This is no different than in the interview for the Daily Record.  Reznor spoke about rock musicians today:

“A pretty conservative nature has crept into music and I don’t mean sonically”

“I get the sense that a lot of bands today are designing themselves to get a good review in the hip blogs and that is probably the safest and most cowardly thing you can do as an artists”

“If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules”

When I read this I thought, this couldn’t be any more true.  There is very little of the traditional Rock Star mentality left in music today.  It really is all musician expressing pure reverence for each others music and every rock musician seems to take the safe route and doesn’t want to cause any shit.  The only ‘Rock Stars’ out there right now are the people who cemented their status as ‘Rock Stars’ years ago; the Gallagher’s, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor himself, Bowie, Ozzy etc.  The ‘business’ aspect of the Music Business has taken over rock and it seems that what Reznor says about ‘bands designing themselves to get a good review in the hip blogs’ is unfortunately true.

I will continue with my belief that rock music is in a state of mediocrity because the music just hasn’t been there in up-and-coming bands, but it’s also missing the most integral aspect of the genre itself, and that is the Rock Stars stirring shit up.  Rock has become as lame as walking into a bar in the financial district full of wankers in suits who are sipping their vodka-waters before trekking off to a Nickelback concert.

Another time.

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