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…