Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has let rip on the music industry, fan attitudes and just about everything else in a sparky new blog.
Robb viciously attacks the lack of passion for music that is, in his opinion, prevalent amongst many young fans, as well as the lack of bands “pushing the envelope”.
Our Robb’s never been one to hold his tongue, but this is an eye-opener:
“The music business has sucked the life out of creativity,” he laments. “No one is encouraged to take risks, no one is encouraged to push the envelope, because it’s all about first-week sales! It’s about pointless radio play and how good your last tour went. How venues and promoters are squeezing the last drop of spontaneity out of your soul by not ‘allowing’ you to playing past curfew and not drawing outside the line.
“Music isn’t important anymore. Say it is all you want, but the fact is, the 2 biggest rock records of last year only sold 400,000 copies, neither even went gold.
“Music is in the background of a game. Why go to a show when you can watch clips of it on YouTube and bitch about how it stinks live. And you know what, I miss music being important! I miss live shows being important. I miss feeling a part of something that was so high on my list I’d crawl through broken glass to get it.
“All this technology we have now that’s supposed to make us ‘connected?’ It’s making me feel more fucking disconnected than ever. I mean watching all the things that other people are doing that I’m not invited to or even a apart of? And yet at the same time completely disgusted by faux-self-importance it has given everyone, (here’s my dog or cat for the millionth time, here’s a selfie for the millionth time, here’s my kids for the millionth time, here’ the food I’m eating for the millionth time, here’s what I’m doing and you’re not). Don’t you wish you were eating what I’m eating?
Read the blog in full here.