Flea Says Rock Music Is Dead

Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Calls It A ‘Dead Form’.

Flea, who recently ‘performed’ the US National Anthem as a bass solo at Kobe Bryant’s final game, has claimed that rock music is currently a “dead form” in a recent interview with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready on SiriusXM.

As reported by Alternative Nation, Flea compared the bands of 2016 with music of the early 90s, naming RHCP, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam as examples. “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,” he said without a hint of irony.

“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.”

He continued: “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.”

This June, RHCP will release their new album The Getaway. It promises to take rock music in hitherto unprecedented directions…

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  • Barking dog

    It’s even harder now to make it because you have so much competition, if rock to you is mainstream record deals then you don’t really know what rock is about.

  • Barking dog

    When he talks about being kids, he forgot to mention that his singer’s rich parents funded their early career and most likely got them in contact with the record label that signed them….

    • Ben Malki

      LOL you do know that Anthony K grew up bouncing around from two broken homes… Not a rich kid at all

  • Fabián Flrz

    Chilli pepers are pop

  • TheWiseNoob

    Says the sellout who writes formulaic pop rock.

  • OlivierDuluth

    Although “Dark Necessities”, the first song off the new album to be released, is a solid, catchy track, it doesn’t exactly appear to take rock into “hitherto unprecedent directions.” It remains to be seen what the rest of the album will have to offer.

    • Jamie Coughlan

      I guess my sarcasm about the album did not come through. 🙂

      • OlivierDuluth

        Haha, it might have been a little to subtle for me to detect it 😀

  • Ben Malki

    Haha there’s alittle rock band called Phish maybe you’ve heard of them… Rock and roll is far from dead my friend, you’ve just stopped listening.