At the Grammy Awards, things did not go well for some of our favorite rock artists. Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, and QOTSA, were cut off during a performance, BLACK SABBATH's award ceremony was NOT televised, late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was not honored in the "In Memorium" tribute, and worst of all IMAGINE DRAGONS won Best Rock Song for "Radioactive."
The reason why traditional rock fans can't stand groups like IMAGINE DRAGONS, MUSE or FOSTER THE PEOPLE is becuase, it doesn't feel like "rock n roll." It's just a bunch of punk kids on their computer with downloaded beats and auto-tuned voices.
Look, I'm with Josh. I hate all this electronic driven music! I can barely stand the latest wave of beard driven hipster rock (The Black Keys, Beware of Darkness) that all the coffee snobs love.
Today, a ray of hope shined on the horizon. DEFTONES' Chino Moreno's new project CROSSES released their first studio album today. Not since Maynard James Keenan's side project A PERFECT CIRCLE's debut, have I been excited for new, fresh rock.
As I anxiously start tracking through CROSSES' self titled release, I was surprised to hear, it's as electronic and poppy as anything I've heard from IMAGINE DRAGONS. WHAT THE HELL!?
Is this the direction rock n' roll is going? Are bands like IMAGINE DRAGONS, CROSSES, and MUSE, the "new" rock n' roll? Are we experiencing the next evolution of modern rock music?
If the answer to all those questions is YES, then guys like Josh Homme who complain about new artists and the Grammys, are the same as the old man, who stands on the porch in his underwear screaming at the neighborhood kids to "GET OFF MY LAWN!"
Perhaps this is our rock n' roll future and we should just accept it. Like gay marriage or legal marijuana. Times they are a changin'.
Just when you thought all hope was lost, last week CBS broadcasted a tribute to THE BEATLES, a 2 hour special highlighting the career of the worlds greatest rock band. Dave Grohl was there, Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne and yes, even IMAGINE DRAGONS. All talented musicians, honoring the greats who came before them.
Like I mentioned in a previous blog, rockers need to do better if they want to remain relevant. THE BEATLES always kept it fresh, always reinventing themselves. Bands need to take a hint from the "Fab Four" and take chances. The future of rock n' roll depends on it.
Let me ask you a question. In 40 years, when CBS does a tribute to another great rock band, will it be FOO FIGHTERS or IMAGINE DRAGONS?