Rob Zombie has recently stated that staging a festival similar to UK's Download would be an impossible task in the US, blaming the everlasting impact of the grunge movement for such state of affairs.
Chatting with Team Rock Radio, Rob has also seemingly praised rap artists as saviors of the rock spirit.
"In the '90s, when the grunge rock thing hit, with Nirvana and all that, everybody thought it was cool to be anti-rock star," the singer said. "But in a way they sort of anti-rock-starred themselves right out the door, because the rap guys came in and they said, 'F--k it. We'll be the rock stars then, if you guys are going to wear flannel shirts and stare at your feet.'
"And in the US, truthfully, rock music has never recovered from that," Zombie added (via Blabbermouth). "A whole generation of kids thought, 'F--k this! Rock music is boring. Let's go listen to rap music.' And it's never recovered. I mean, over [in the UK] it's different. You could never throw a festival like [Download] in the US and get this many people, with just rock music. Never."
The number of Download visitors typically goes around 100,000 fans, and went as far as 120,000 back in 2009. The festival features strictly guitar-driven performers, so a brief question for UG users from the States - is Rob right?