Flea: Rock is dead

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea reckons rock music is dead and band's now are viewed as a money making venture.
Flea was chatting to Pearl Jam's Mike McCready ont he latter's radio show on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio when he took aim at the current state of rock music which says 'is a dead form.'
"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," recalled Flea as he reminisced on his band's early days.
"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.”
Flea also revealed that he pursued a career in a rock band because he was 'a fucking lunatic.'
He explains: "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."
He adds: "Nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band [and] 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.’"
Red Hot Chili Peppers will release their eleventh album, The Getaway, in June.

 

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