Rock Is Dead?

Hard rock bands are not getting the kind of attention from radio stations and mainstream media that they did two or three years ago.

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Hard rock bands are not getting the kind of attention from radio stations and mainstream media that they did two or three years ago.

Staind has gone from co-headlining Xcel Energy Center in 2001 to playing the smaller Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Tuesday. Likewise, Canadian pop metalists Nickelback have failed to repeat the success of their 2002 hit "How You Remind Me". At Target Center last weekend, Nickelback played to only 5,500 fans, about a quarter of the arena's capacity.

Most telling, '90s rap-metal kings Limp Bizkit and Korn are playing Roy Wilkins together Monday, when each of them used to headline arenas twice that size. The pair still had not sold out the Wilkins at press time.

Although Linkin Park remains a huge succees[sic], rap-metal as a whole is seen as a dying genre. Korn's last album stiffed. Limp Bizkit's new CD had strong first-week sales of about 500,000, but with little radio or MTV play, it has slipped to No. 21 on the Billboard album chart.

Staind, too, might have fallen victim to too much, too fast. Its new album, "14 Shades of Gray", has barely sold a million copies after four months, compared to the nearly 10 million that its previous disc, "Break the Cycle", sold.

Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, a friend of Durst's, said the backlash is just a temporary result of "overexposure."

"I honestly never really understood why when a band gets big, people want to knock them down, but it happens," the guitarist said.

"It's how the music industry works nowadays," Mushok said. "It's harder for everyone to maintain a career in the music industry right now, whether they're rock, hip-hop, whatever. Album sales are down across the board, and stardom is totally fleeting."

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    Meh. Whos f*ckin cares? Hope Fred Durst falls down and dies.
    Emenius Sleepus
    I've just happened to read the comments, and most of them are aboud defending someone's favourite bands at the expence of hanging shit on any other band they can think of. The music industry has a way of clinging on to POPULAR music trends, whether it will be R&B, death metal, rock, teenybopper shit or whatever. Within each genre there are always some talented bands that have awesome songs, that are great musicians and stay true to the ideals of the genre - that goes both for rap and punk and rock and whatever the *** else. So anyway, what happens, is people just happen to like the music these artists are playing, so instead of just another band or solo performer, they become popular, their songs are requested on the radio, and appear on the internet, which means a lot more people have access to it. SO they happen to like it too, and next thing you know that song you heard the other day is played everywhere. So those good bands play their music, and because so many people like that style, some big record company takes a business approach on things (it is their job, after all - business needs profit) and manufacture another 20 wannabees that lack the talent but want to be just like their idols. Except they dont last as long. And that's why, for instance, you might see 20 Nellys or 50 Cent look-alikes taking the first 20 chart spots. I'd say that it's very lucky if a rock or punk band ever gets that high - it's just a passing time. It is disappointing that real musicians that play real instruments have to make way for DJ scratching and monotonous rhymes of fake gangsta rappers, but there is no way that is gonna endure because ppl will just get sick of it. Also, once a band takes a new direction, they immediately get slammed by some fans or not fans, because supposedly they instantly "sold out" or lost talent. Of course it happens, and there are bands that were corrupted by record companies. However, a lot of artists are simply making music they like, they don't want to be stuck in a rut making the same formulaic approahc over and over again (by that I don't mean a distinct sound, but rather just playing the same sort of music, because if System Of A Down played blues it would probably still have the signature System sound to it somewhere). So they try something new. If fans try to control what the band plays, they are as bad as the record companies. Music is art, and art is supposed to be free. For all it's worth - and this next comment is especially for all the guitar players on this site - listen to everything. Being open minded reduces irritation, which is undue mental anguish, and there are good things to every genre.
    Rock is not dead, but if bands like Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park still try to make "music" rock will die soon. Commercial crap music. These groups are like Avril Lavigne!
    im gettin the feeling that that ug strager that being racist is the guy that made a thread in the pit about hating niggers and trying to act all cool and got baned like 10 times. Stupide f-ckin low life has nothing better to do than come her ant try to act cool. Why dont you get some friends and go out side.
    Brand Nizzle182
    what exactly is Blink 182s image JimmyHendrix? Normal guys with a couple tatoos (except travis). KILL YOURSELF FOR TALKING ABOUT SUM 41 AND LACK OF SOLOS IN THE SAME POST. YOU ARE THE DUMBEST MOTHERFUCKER EVER TO POST ON HERE. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE YOU POST. LISTEN TO THE HELL SONG AND THEN ADMIT YOU ARE AN IDIOT any other punk band lacks solos for the most part you are stupid enough to put sum 41. gad damn what a FUCKING moron
    alot of bands today are pretty bad but there are some survivors of the good stuff. rancid for example
    Lets just face it that everyone who has their favorite genre of rock will say that it isn't dead and that other genre's of rock , rap, or even rap-rock "SUCK!". Be original and shut your mouth if you don't have anything more to say. How about you make an agreeing or disagreeing statement and back your statement up on THOUGHTFUL reasons why you think that. Some of you actually have sense to do that... now, here's my view: Every category of music has been taken a hit from downloading on networks. Other people are exploring other genres. But also, most others aren't totally abandoning their genre... they just aren't attending most concerts because less people are going to concerts of bands they don't know too well... only certain groups they really love. Rock, as a whole, is always progessing because new bands are always being uncovered. No matter what your view is on the most popular category of rock, ITS POPULAR FOR A REASON AND YOU NEED TO ACCEPT IT INSTEAD OF WHINING ABOUT IT AND SAYING "YOUR" ROCK IS BETTER!
    listen you retarded "punks" get off this page this is about metal we dont give a FUCK about your good41 poser bullshit so *** off, this message board has been run by pop loving non musicaly inclined corny folk I have nothing against real punks just those nysnc poser punks
    listen you retarded "punks" get off this page this is about metal we dont give a FUCK about your good41 poser bullshit so *** off, this message board has been over run by pop loving non musicaly inclined corny folk I have nothing against real punks just those nysnc poser punks
    people always complain about nu metal its called underground asswipes there is still real metal its called cradle of filth yes theyre a band a good death metal band that promotes self expression *** and if you dont like them than dont pretend to or it will become a ***ing fad long live underground death metal and non posers!!!!!
    rock is supposed to be about the music not the amount of records sold or the money..the real rockers like led zepplin adn the who had to have real talent. back then a 8 minute song would be played on the radio from start to finish but now it would take up too much commercial time. everyone just needs to chill out
    Brand Nizzle182
    If we all listened to Cradle of Filth would they become posers too? god you think you are such a FUCKING BAD ASS. JESUS FUCKING CHRIST GET OVER YORSELF. YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHO CAN POST ON THIS FORUM. YOU POSE AS MORE OF A BAD ASS THAN YOU ARE SO **FUCK OFF**!!!!!
    UG Stranger you are a gay fagat. Have you no life? all you do is post a gay comment about every topic or news column you can find like your stupid opinions matter. you must live with your mom in her basement, you queer. your mom probably picks out your cloths and washes your hair types for you on the computer cuz you have absolutley no life.
    abd kid
    NOW i'm leavin. you'll all be glad to see me go im sure. PS~ blink-182 kicks ass!
    Brand Nizzle182
    I cant find anywhere thats gonna open at midnight to sell the blink CD in the toledo area. they would have done that back in my hometown. college sucks.
    abd kid
    i've been waiting since the first day they went into that house in cali to start working on the new ..i want that record....NOW!!!!!
    Brand Nizzle182
    so have i. i have waited for every FUCKIN one of those house videos. and have been watchin there every move. I want it NOW but can wait til they want me to have it.
    Rock is repeating it self, sorda, its really shitty right now, punk and rap-rock are all cheap imitations of real hard rock bands like van halen and led zeppelin, when bands are being signed today they are going for image, not playing ability, look at blink 182 and good charlotte for ***s sakes, they suck, this is why ppl are listening to rap, i know a lot of kids who like 70's and 80's rock but listen to rap now cuz no good rock is coming out, i'd love to see a new band come out with solos and more creativity than a song with repetitive chords, audioslave is like one of the only solo playing, authentic rock groups, right now, i think a lot of ppl are sick of seeing sub genre rock! i want good authentic rock!!!! ***!!!! i mean come on, ppl's influences are always zeppelin and hendrix, why can't bands like sum 41 change their style, i mean make an effort ppl, rock is being ruined
    abd kid
    hey hendrix, im guessing you play guitar....get your ass oput there and write something fantastic and shut your face.
    they say rock is dead but rock, rocks(except for st,anger, That just completly suck ass)but anyway,they say rock is dead....but i wish ug strabger was dead.....MeTaL-Man...d u u agree?