It seems everyone today has this strange pessimist view on music. Just about everyone is complaining about how music has lost touch, or how solos are missing. I used to be one of these people, making little sarcastic comments about how many of today's bands don't play solos like it made me cool. You may find yourself in that same situation. But think about this: who's listening to you? Who really cares anymore? Music is about opinion, and other people aren't going to care enough about yours to change their mind. So stop while you're ahead and don't complain.
There's also a lot of hatred towards Fred Durst now for some reason. Why do you hate Fred Durst? Is it his cocky attitude? His giant fan base? His "mindless" lyrics? If you hate Fred Durst you've probably said yes to these questions. But do you hate Fred as much as you hate David Lee Roth? Think about it. They're both cocky. They both are extremely popular. Their lyrics are not exactly genius. But why does everyone love Diamond Dave and hate poor ol' Fred? Because it's cool to hate Fred and it's cool to love Dave. They both make great original music. It is about time you guys learned some respect.
"Where are the solos? I can't live without my solos!" What's the problem here? There are no rules on how to write music, except one: be creative. Use your mind along with your instruments and don't just play how you think you're supposed to play. Solos are awesome and fun to hear/play, but if you don't want to put a solo in your song, then whatever. You don't have to. Take Tool for example. They have incredibely long songs, some without solos. The rarely ever follow the whole verse/chorus/verse/chorus/end pattern that is so popular, and still make great music. You can make great music going off on your own. You can also make great music following the pattern, just don't strictly follow it.
Something that particularly sets me off is everyone's hatred towards rap. Rap is definately not the same thing as rock. A lot of the lyrics are about partyin' or women or life on the streets, and rock's lyrics aren't. But this is what rappers have to offer. This is the material they feel like writing about. You probably can't relate to many rap songs or just don't care about what they are saying, but other people can and do. Rap is poetry spoken with music in the background. You may not like it but it appeals to many people. Some people don't even really care about lyrics and just want something to dance to or party to, and there is nothing wrong with that. Rap music is also expression of what's on the mind. The things on rappers minds may not be on your minds, but get over it.
If you truly have a love for music then you should learn to appreciate what it is: art. It is a puzzle you can put together any way you want to. You don't have to do what's "cool" and complain about how much someone sucks. If you were really smart and not so weak-minded you would realize that the artist is just doing what they love: making/performing music. People like Limp Bizkit, Blink 182, Avril Lavigne, all rappers, and all nu-metal groups are constantly picked on. They're just doing their thing, they're expressing themselves. And if you are still that stubborn and thick-headed after reading this article to complain about solos or how much a musician sucks, I pity you. You may continue to complain, but just remember that no one is listening to you and no one really cares.