Dave Grohl Shuns 'Rock Is Dead' VMAs Comments: 'Speak for Yourself'

"Rock seems pretty alive to me," says Foo Fighters mainman.

Dave Grohl Shuns 'Rock Is Dead' VMAs Comments: 'Speak for Yourself'
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Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl wasn't too thrilled with the latest NY Daily News report from this year's VMAs ceremony, causing him to publicly react on Twitter. The part of the report claiming "rock is dead" seemed to have the frontman stirred up the most. "Hey NY Daily News - speak for yourself," he reacted. "Rock seems pretty alive to me." The given article noted that "rock, hard-core hip-hop and country have seemingly been phased out of the Video Music Awards, and the winners have become less diverse as well." Apart from calling rockers an endangered species, the author underlined that not a single winner of this year's ceremony came "from the more segmented worlds of rock, hard-core hip-hop or country." "It wasn't always this way," the article further reads. "In the VMAs' first decade, the '80s, we often had rockers triumphant, from Dire Straits ('Money for Nothing') to Peter Gabriel ('Sledgehammer') to INXS ('Need You Tonight')." The report ended on a less optimistic note, saying that "today we're living a One Direction world - at least in MTV land. The teen idols stole the 'Song of Summer' prize from expected winners Daft Punk or Mr. Thicke, purely on the hyperactive voting abilities of their teen fan base. "In theory, there's nothing wrong with that. Today, MTV reflects its audience's tastes, they don't shape it. But it's disappointing that, in a YouTube world filled with such amazing diversity, MTV would point us all in one direction," the author concluded.
So on which side do you exactly stand here? Does rock "seem pretty alive" to you or was it killed by the likes of One Direction crowd? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    Way Cool JR.
    I had to stop watching the VMA's years ago because it's just pure torture watching them anymore. It amazes me what people are entertained by these days.
    DaniArrow
    Really, it's more like MTV is dead. Rock is alive. The dead alwas envy the living. ;
    jordo246
    I couldn't agree more, aside from the Miley Cyrus thing (which was atrocious) everyone their just seems like they're trying to be different and weird and well they just come off as trying way too hard. I wouldn't really call it music awards.
    sideslick
    LOL, we get it already! You're not freakin' Hannah Montana anymore! Stahp!
    Anxiety.Anxieti
    God, yes. It's like they all were like "Look at me! I'm so different! I'm so unique!" and people just worshipped that, like they used to praise Lady Gaga in a friggin' meat dress attention whoring.
    SocksAndTrees
    Why would I care if rock isn't as popular as it once was? there's still loads of good music out there, so why should it matter if that music isn't as appreciated as it once was? You've seen the crowd that are responsible for award shows like this, stupid kids who run around shouting "OMG YOLO", would you really want rock to be associated with that stupidity?
    Blurshouha
    Because it might make more newer bands give up since the only thing they are getting from trying to play music they like are bills they cant afford to pay for.
    DickHardwood
    In a sense, it's true. New rock bands can't get a huge following or become massively successful like in the early 90's, to give off one example. MTV markets music to 14 year olds and they're the ones dominating the internet, and the voting, and promoting shitty Disney acts. If hipsters didn't love indie so much, we wouldn't have so many new indie bands doing well either, I think. The rock bands that appeal to teenagers are scorned by rock fans to the point of kind of getting exiled from the genre. Older bands still have big followings, sell albums and all, so it's natural for a guy like Grohl to think rock is alive but I think people here in relatively uknown bands will agree how much harder it is to get any attention, especially without compromise.
    qwerty-pop
    Just because a band is indie, doesn't mean all their fans are hipsters, doesn't mean they can't have huge followings, and definitely doesn't mean that they don't rock. Case in point: Arcade Fire.
    DickHardwood
    I said hipsters like indie, I didn't say nobody else does.
    ruipalmeira
    hipsters like whatever is different, I'm more inclined to think hipsters hear to pretty unknown stuff, just because no one else hears it. got some hipster friends that only listen world music/country/whatever genre/artist doesn't play on the radio..
    LoloLalaLe
    It's a vicious circle. Most people don't care about what they listen to, so they follow the crowd. Or they do care, so in order to be with the majority, they listen to pop (this is mostly teens who do this). The larger the crowd of the pop genre, the more people get into it. People without taste and people that don't take time to select good music, or actually find some music by themselves are a majority as well. That's the people that's easy to manipulate. So, when big radio stations and television tells them what to listen to, they don't protest. Then there's the people that buy compulsively, fanatic teens, which are easy to impress. They'd take anything with bright colors and catchy tunes. If you look at it that way, makes sense why there's a lot of fans of one direction instead of the Foo Fighters. And yes,in conclusion, it's way harder for a rock band today to get attention.
    leo4sf
    MTV has nothing to do with music. It is a company owned by a corporation that owns many other channels, one of which being Nickelodean. Their entire reason for existence is to create profit through advertising. 16-18 year old girls are one of the toughest markets for advertisers to reach through television. Therefore MTV sells advertisers on their ability to reach 16-18 girls by putting on the music they like. Hence you get Hannah Montana humping some dude on stage. The VMA's, or MTVs music rotation in general, have no reflection on the state of music in general.
    BigMikeBDD
    My wife wanted to watch it for a few minutes the other night and it took everything in me not to gag. Some guy called 2 chains came out, mixed with the rest of the manufactured garbage that was vomited all over that show was disgusting. I gave up on MTV 10 years ago and I'm happy to report I don't regret it!
    OUhockey10
    I would rather saw my own nads off with a kite string than watch the VMA's... but I'm glad that such shitty music exists because it allows me to fully understand what I don't like.
    CraftyDoc
    It may be dead in the US, but in South America and Europe, even here in Asia, its alive and kicking.
    Metal G
    No doubt about that! I see all the metal music festivals that happen in the UK and they don't do them in the US. It's shit.
    CraftyDoc
    Yeah man, Metallica just played China for the first time, They played Jakarta after 20 years (since the ban), they added Kuala Lampur and Singapore to the Asian leg. Last year Iron Maiden did SEA region for like the 5th time. The dates in South America have been increased for a lot of tours. If people move out of their cocoon, the rock world is pretty vibrant.
    CraftyDoc
    And if anyone has any doubts, check out the documentary Global metal by Sam Dunn.
    Brands99
    well the VMA's can SMD! either bring the rockers back into the picture or have a RVMA's (Rock video music awards)
    Triggernator
    Rock is not dead, I see plenty of fledgling rock bands and their fans are all dedicated. OK so they may not end up living it up in Bel-Air, If you only support established bands then the grass roots will die. Us rock fans should be out and about going to gigs for up and coming bands, before they become popular. If rock music dies it's the fault of the fans for not supporting local bands
    Oraznatac
    Rockers just dont care about awards anymore, to mainstream.
    Rex Inclitus
    They never did care, and I feel the same way. If the awards were given by your musical peers then it carry some merit.
    finallife6
    I actually watched it because my mother wanted to (boy that was a mistake). I'm just amazed at how people treat these as awards. They mean complete shit. MTW doesn't even show music, it shows shitty reality shows and is powered by my age demographic of idiots (14-22) of people who vote up this music. I'll have to stop myself though, to be honest this crap isn't music unless music has just become audible sound in sometime recent. Because all these people are just and foremost performers, people with absoulute no talent who can't even write a song without people making music for them too write on. And through the whole show the only people to acknowlege this fact was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the only people to acknowlegde others they work with then the cliche fanbase and producer and family shit. It has more to do with everyone allowing the shitty music to flow in and us be trampled with how much power these one hit wonders are creating. I agree rock is still alive, but letting MTV be the judge (just a source that hangs on to anything popular/mainstream) is to be expected. (These is the station to air Smells like Teen Spirit every 10 mins for christ sakes)
    El.Roberto.net.
    Rock is going back to where it, METAL, and PUNK came from UNDERGROUND welcome to the late 70's early 80's my friends. The music industry can't make any money and the only way it knows how to now is by promoting Disney *****s and homos because little kids can get their parents to buy it. Word to the wise FORCE your kids, nephews, and nieces to listen to PANTERA and LED ZEPPELIN whenever you are in their presence. There may still be hope for rock/metal if we all do our part and ram it in their ear holes at maximum DB.
    Elderer
    Its definately harder to ''make it'' without compromising.90s are over Dave.
    hudsonstradlin
    here's the thing- I don't think that musicians who see what they do as art, as opposed to entertainment, really care about the VMAs or Grammys, or Billboard awards, whatever. Rock acts who cared about awards or these accolades were eclipsed by the 90s alternative/Seattle thing. Motley Crue is just One Direction with distorted guitars. I'm just waiting for the next Nirvana/Pearl Jam/Soundgarden/Alice in Chains to phase out the current Motley Crue/Def Leppard/Poison/Journey.
    FlameOn
    Rock is dead on the singles charts - that much is obvious. I think it will be back one day though. These things come in circles. Though I do admit since it's beginning rock of some sort has been popular all the time. This is probably the first time that no sort of rock has been somewhat popular - that is a bit concerning.
    mmurphy789
    Rock is dead. I get reminded of that every time I leave the house. There is always some gangsta fag's on the corner. I go to the mall and its all Shiny rims, and bro-stare downs. I wear my rock shirts to school and get strange looks. I don't care, pop culture is lame as f***. The VMA's have been full of shit forever. Real metal was never accepted. We have always been underground, Exodus, Slayer, DRI, they have never been about pretty princess pop cock suck. I want to shit on Jay-Z's face, and make a bloody mouthed beyonce give head to festered rotting cock meat. I harbor a lot of angst, pain from the years of watching true talent get sidelined. I'm glad there are still people that get it. We are a dying breed, real metal fans only look like a lot at a gathering. Out in the real world tho, its full of gangsta wanna b's, pop princesses, and sheep mentality types. The individual thinker travels alone. So. fuk em, I will keep my head up and continue on with the truth as my shield.
    southernsoulo
    Its foolhearty to state that "Rock is dead".Because it simply is not the most popular genre it once was?Hahaaha,,and this coming from MTV's VMA awards of all sources,just what in the hell do they know about music anyway?Ill tell you ,,not a dam thing.Its just marketing and numbers to them,,thats it.
    connor494
    rock will come back to the mainstream again one day, hopefully when the pop fans realise what shit they are actually listening to. Just need a new band to come along and give the same impact as nirvana did with nevermind.
    sonic_hippy
    i think rock is dyeing due to being phased out by record comps due to lack of fans. which = no money.lack of fans is possibly due to the stigma that non-rock and roll fans apply to rock fans, The bad boy image has scorned metal irreversibly, dooming it to be a laughing stock or fans just being a generality. but on the contrary it is a vast ecosystem of diverse music genres, there is pretty much a genera for everybody. if ppl would be willing to try new bands and throw out any preconceived notions of stereotypes associated with hard rock they would be surprised at its greatness. but i dont think this is possible, thus resulting in record comps not promoting rock (mainly hard rock bands) bands and with out major promotion most bands will be only underground. this is probably why mainstream rock is dyeing.
    ibanez124
    It's sad that the only rock bands that get any kind of press these days are bands that have been together 20-30 years. There doesn't seem to be any hope for up and coming bands, or even smaller local bands that are sometimes better then the crap they put on the radio. Maybe if there was an outlet for these bands, there would be some new acts to get excited about. Rock isn't dead, it has just been hibernating.
    CraftyDoc
    There is, Youtube. Man I have found so many gems on Youtube playing covers and originals than I did ten years ago browsing through record stores. The only problem is there is no concerted effort to promote them.