Slash Blasts Rock Scene

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash thinks there is "nothing positive" to say about the current rock music scene.

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Slash thinks there is "nothing positive" about the current rock scene.

The legendary guitarist admits he is unhappy about the lack of "spirit" in the current guitar-based music scene and doesn't know where the next big thing will come from.

He said: "I usually hate talking about the state of rock music, because there's nothing positive to say about it. The whole vibe of new, exciting hard rock bands seems non-existent right now.

"I always say that the heavy metal spirit is alive and well and holding its own, but the broader rock 'n' roll thing of bands like AC/DC or Guns N' Roses seems pretty slim. The rock 'n' roll spirit is extremely diminished.

"There's no shortage of bands out there trying to make it, but they're hard pressed to get a foot in the door. There's no movement on the streets."

Slash admits he can understand why pop artists now outsell rock musicians and insists he appreciates the "truly gifted", regardless of the genre they perform.

He added: "As a musician who has played with a lot of pop artists over the years, I can appreciate anyone who is truly gifted in one genre. Like in any genre, there's a couple of people in the pop world that are brilliant and then there's a lot of fluff and c--p. You can't hold it against pop music for being popular."

Thanks for the report to Contactmusic.com.

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    metalmaniac90
    GN'R was my fav. and I used to agree with this statement, but take a few looks around. Saosin, Nickelback, Escape The Fate, Seether, Alter Bridge... These are some examples of some GREAT modern rock bands.
    Zeppelin Addict
    hahaha.. i see an entire group of 'musicians' posting here and they all have is different opinions on who is good and who sucks.. what i dont get is why nobody here is doing anything about the state of music and were all just accepting it for what it is... whos goin to step up?
    Zeppelin Addict
    Slap-happy wrote: Zeppelin Addict wrote: hahaha.. i see an entire group of 'musicians' posting here and they all have is different opinions on who is good and who sucks.. what i dont get is why nobody here is doing anything about the state of music and were all just accepting it for what it is... whos goin to step up? How do you know none of us are doing anything to change the face of music forever? You've only got usernames to go by...
    and you only prove my point by staying behind a user name.. wheres your recognition from the industry if youre doin so well dude?
    '93
    of course there are good bands but there isnt a good rock and roll scene right now most of the good bands sstarted out in the 90s or have musicians who have been professional for a while
    dustjunk
    PumpyFly wrote: I think the last great band musically was System Of A Down. Nobody was like them.
    Only in the sense that there was no one as shit them.
    Slap-happy
    Zeppelin Addict wrote: hahaha.. i see an entire group of 'musicians' posting here and they all have is different opinions on who is good and who sucks.. what i dont get is why nobody here is doing anything about the state of music and were all just accepting it for what it is... whos goin to step up?
    How do you know none of us are doing anything to change the face of music forever? You've only got usernames to go by...
    Deck_dalo
    I think that the "rock scene" isn't the same as it used to be, but you have to take into account that music is an ever-changing thing. Avenged Sevenfold ftw!
    Engel22
    Slash is right. In this world where the Top 10 seems to rule things its hard to succeed as a serious rock n' roll band. All I ever hear these days is bands like All Time Low and Metro Station on Kerrang and Scuzz, and as a musician I wanna play Motorhead and Saxon, but can I start a band with guys who feel the same way? No. Slash really hit the nail on the head, its about time someone ****in' did!
    Stikit2duhman
    if STEEL PANTHER started to get serious then i think they could change the whole state of music today!
    DroogieSteve
    Agree completely with Slash. I haven't found a single exciting new band in anything listed by the users above.
    Slap-happy
    ai4281 wrote: I think Slash is just jaded. His career isn't doing so well right now, and I can see why he has negative feelings towards the rock scene.
    Not sure why you think his career isn't going so well. Solo album, sales from the GN'R back catalogue, royalties from his guest appearances (Michael Jackson etc), endorsements from Gibson/Epiphone, Marshall, Dunlop, Ernie Ball, selling out shows in less than 10 minutes... If that's your idea of a career in the doldrums then I'd be glad of a fraction of that.
    Suckatrainblues
    Went to borgata show this weekend , Slash sounded great with myles but no magic with this pair . Last night saw AIC and STP at camden center , sorry slash rocknroll is alive !!!! Best bands right now if you get a chance catch a show people !!!!
    akong.supern00b
    I think the issue here is that musical taste has just become so much more diverse that it's hard to say any one band is "the best" band or is "revolutionizing rock and roll". Rock genres have splintered into so many different niche groups that their fan bases don't overlap as much anymore. Some people like Nickelback and similar sounding bands. Some people like stuff like Jack White's and Josh Homme's bands. Others like bands like Disturbed. A lot of people like the "indie" sounding bands. I, personally, don't really like any of the above. All of these bands have incredibly different sounds, at least to those who listen to rock enough to distinguish different styles. It's kinda ridiculous when people fight over stuff like that. It's pretty much apples and oranges at this point. 20-40 years ago (wait. the 70's started 40 years ago? ... I know, right?), this was not as much of an issue. It also seems to have a bit to do with the record companies less willing to take risks on new bands with different sounds.
    ai4281
    Meh, there always are good bands if you look hard enough. Underground music will always be fresh, because that is where people try new stuff. And when a genre gets popular, that is when people start copying each other and everything gets stale. Right now, we are at a stale state where all these 'rock' bands are starting to sound the same. But there still are bands like Muse and Mother Mother that are trying new things and sounding awesome. I think Slash is just jaded. His career isn't doing so well right now, and I can see why he has negative feelings towards the rock scene.
    Eifler121
    Jet_Black88 wrote: I got a good band nobody listed yet - The Parlor Mob.
    I did.
    Zeppelin Addict wrote: Slap-happy wrote: Zeppelin Addict wrote: hahaha.. i see an entire group of 'musicians' posting here and they all have is different opinions on who is good and who sucks.. what i dont get is why nobody here is doing anything about the state of music and were all just accepting it for what it is... whos goin to step up? How do you know none of us are doing anything to change the face of music forever? You've only got usernames to go by... and you only prove my point by staying behind a user name.. wheres your recognition from the industry if youre doin so well dude?
    Anyone else could just spit your argument right back at you. You can't even make your arguement effective, therefore who are you to make as statement about people being uneffective. I'm more than happy to step up, however it's the difficulty of getting in the industry as a legitimate band these days. And from there, there's the difficulty of promotion.
    GJisMetal02
    PatVanHalen5150 : ACDC is bad.....36 years in music, the 2nd highest selling album of all time & arguably the biggest fanbase in rock history disagree with you. Yes, Disturbed is "metal". They are a form of "metal". Just as Dio, Ratt, Behemoth, Down, & Pantera are all forms of "metal". Just because they don't play 8 string, 4 step downtuned guitars, don't have guttural vocals that hardly anybody can understand & don't play a double kick drum at the speed of light, doesn't mean they aren't "metal." Its good to see that your idea of good rock is guys who dont shut up after 36 years and have high sales. Id rather listen to s a crappy local band with 10 fans then AC/DC with all their so called "Rock Experience". I guess you can call Disturbed metal but its not good metal. Also thety dont have to have all those metal qualities to be metal. Jerkoff
    GenerationKILL
    -Airbourne -Wolf mother -Black Stone Cherry -Them Crooked Vultures -MUSE Theres plenty of great rock music out there right now, Slash just has a notorious reputation for being picky and a bit of an ***** on his own. And to the guy that said ACDC is "bad" ??? What the hell are you even talking about buddy? "Black Ice" their newest album went number 1 in every country in the world, so they can't be as bad as you think they are.
    Lespaul Requiem
    Dude NOT Shinedown, NOT Nickleback. I think some good bands would be A7X, MCR, Billy Talent, Zombie Talkshow, or Black Lacquer. BEFORE the bashing begins, just give them an actual, unbaised listen. A7X has great songs all over(kinda biased but meh) but defining ones are Radiant Eclipse, and Trashed and Scattered. As for MCR just listen to their old album 3 Cheers for Sweet Revenge, and focus on the energy of the music rather than the creepy lyrics. Billy Talent needs no defending. And the last two and going to change the world. Trust me. =)
    hairmetal98
    airbournes pretty good ,But ALL music today sucks. Disturbed= metal, thats bullshit . dont need to scream your lungs out to be metal. CLASSIC METAL all the way,Metallica(not the new pussyass metallica)megadeth, And ANTHRAx!!! **** yeah!!!!
    Jemon
    Sounds like he is pulling the same thing for his genre as Nas saying hip hop is dead, which it is, I'm not going to argue. However, I will attempt to clarify by saying, of course there are some great smaller bands, but in the direct "mainstream" world, no one is doing anything worthy of note. The masses are getting fed crap these days and they don't know any better. The average casual music listener is just going to go with what's on the radio. They aren't going to dig for what is actually great but unknown. The mainstream scene is what is actually dead. I'm kind of disappointed that no one has named The Black Keys. Though I guess they aren't straightforward rock. But if you are only looking for what came from the past, you will never be able to get past that point where style has changed.
    Jemon
    greensmith999 wrote: Definately agree with Slash on this one, specially the stuff about pop too. The only bands that I know of with a good hard rock sound are Blackstone Cherry and The Answer (who are awesome, modern led zep imo. Specially there first album)
    I wouldn't say that about The Answer. Except the singer 'looks' like a total wannabe of Robert Plant.
    Deacon Blues
    there are just as many good rock bands today as there were in the 80s...rock just isn't as front and center as it used to be in the popular music scene
    Fausch
    metalmaniac90 wrote: GN'R was my fav. and I used to agree with this statement, but take a few looks around. Saosin, Nickelback, Escape The Fate, Seether, Alter Bridge... These are some examples of some GREAT modern rock bands.
    I'd have to disagree on Nickelback. Their lyrics just seem too raunchy, and needlessly so.
    Lespaul Requiem
    GJisMetal02 wrote: PatVanHalen5150 : ACDC is bad.....36 years in music, the 2nd highest selling album of all time & arguably the biggest fanbase in rock history disagree with you. Yes, Disturbed is "metal". They are a form of "metal". Just as Dio, Ratt, Behemoth, Down, & Pantera are all forms of "metal". Just because they don't play 8 string, 4 step downtuned guitars, don't have guttural vocals that hardly anybody can understand & don't play a double kick drum at the speed of light, doesn't mean they aren't "metal." Its good to see that your idea of good rock is guys who dont shut up after 36 years and have high sales. Id rather listen to s a crappy local band with 10 fans then AC/DC with all their so called "Rock Experience". I guess you can call Disturbed metal but its not good metal. Also thety dont have to have all those metal qualities to be metal. Jerkoff
    He kinda JUST said that last sentence about metal qualities...sooooo....
    slaptasticdave
    I don't see where there's any problem with the Rock scene, there's plenty of great modern bands. Pearl Jam, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and bands that have released really promising first albums like Fleet Foxes and Alberta Cross. There's good music out there, its just original sounding
    crowdpleaser
    Two ****ing words.....AMERICAN GUNFIGHT! You know that band you've been waiting for to answer the ancient question;What the ****???? I ****ing found the answer, American Gunfight. Check these guys out. Probably one of my new favs right now. I found them through Slash's record deal contest site. They're not everyone's cup o' tea but I sure like em.'
    SG-Burchett
    and also-why are there so many douchebags commenting on this page? arguing and saying all other music that doesn't fit in your narrow minded ideas is crap?
    Zeppelin Addict wrote: hahaha.. i see an entire group of 'musicians' posting here and they all have is different opinions on who is good and who sucks.. what i dont get is why nobody here is doing anything about the state of music and were all just accepting it for what it is... whos goin to step up?
    exactly
    SG-Burchett
    AlterMonte wrote: Maybe he's forgetting Alter Bridge..
    not really-cos thats the whole point-alter bridge is made up of people who started doin stuff in 90s....his whole ppint is that there are no NEW people comin in...
    #_of_the_beast
    Wow Slash, as much as I love your music and everything you have done for rock n roll, this is just plain arrogant. There are a ton of up and coming rock bands that are pushing the boundaries of forward. Just because the scene that you were apart of has come and gone is no reason to down some of the amazing acts that are coming out year after year. The classic hard rock sound still exists through bands like WOlfmother and The Parlor Mob. And new experimentation has led bands like MGMT, Yeasayer, and Animal Collective to gain fame through a whole new way. Cmon man I know you know that rock music evolves and exists outside of AC/DC and Aerosmith.
    jbrownjr
    I think it just comes down to age...I'm close to 40, when groups first like GnR,Nirvana,AIC,etc. Made a significant impact in Rock at that time...and not many in this day in age are doing that,I'm sure there is bands out there who can get the heart pumping like AC/DC did once upon a time but...the record execs. just love the same auto-tune sound because that have to compete in a market were Lil' Wayne and Gaga shit reigns supreme
    duzit89
    queens of the stone age ...is one good rock band i respect for not going over the edge of sell out status that slash has already done
    napalm890
    jhyduk wrote: Seriously? Nickelback... Seether... these are the bands that are the modern rock scene that he should be talkin' about. I can't stand to listen to the radio anymore due to a constant shit-stream of songs with such uninspired playing. If I have to hear another damn solo that is nothing more than the vocal melody note for note, I'm gonna flip. Josh Homme is one modern artist I'll give props to who is doing something decent all the time. Alterbridge has it's moments... Myles is excellent and Tremonti's showing his skill but... the music isn't as inspired or fresh as they could be making it.
    I hate to break it to you man, but despite what you want to believe Nickleback IS NOT ROCK. They are a pretty big part of that "shit stream" you mentioned.
    Just1Guitarist
    metalmaniac90 wrote: GN'R was my fav. and I used to agree with this statement, but take a few looks around. Saosin, Nickelback, Escape The Fate, Seether, Alter Bridge... These are some examples of some GREAT modern rock bands.
    Nickelback is decent rock and Seether is good, but nothing comparable to what Slash means.
    Slap-happy
    There seems to be a lot of people mentioning Nickleback as being a "decent rock band" in context to what Slash said. The interview was originally on Australian radio - Nickleback was one of the bands that Slash actually singled out as being dull and uninspiring - citing them more as a pop band with guitars than a real rock band. Unfortunately I am inclined to agree with his comments. bands like the aforementioned are pretty bland in the grand scheme of things. And whilst some people here are citing other bands like the Raconteurs, Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of the Stone Age, in the grand scheme of things they are few and far between.An awful lot of really good music is not getting the exposure it deserves as the media is geared towards insipid, short-lived trends and fads in various genres. The examples that many are pointing out here aren't really that indicative of the genre as a whole or simply aren't gaining the respect and coverage in the media that they rightfully deserve. Sure, I love QotSA but they are a long way off selling 16 million albums (like Appetite for Destruction, say) and being recognised by everyone from you work colleagues, fellow students, bosses, tutors, parents and even grandparents.
    cuscus97
    Everything Jack White and Josh Homme have been involved in has been good...QOTSA, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Them Crooked Vultures. A lot of current indie is pretty good with some good guitar-y stuff as well..The Arcade Fire, Foals, The Cribs, Florence + The Machine, Passion Pit, MGMT, Mars Volta, Los Campesinos, Temper Trap. Lots to like in the music scene today, imho.
    Comeback Kiddd
    metalmaniac90 wrote: Slash thinks there is "nothing positive" about the current rock scene.
    including Slash
    PumpyFly
    I agree with Slash completely. Alter Bridge is decent. But take away the lead singer and they're music still sounds similar to everyone else. Just because you're lead singer is good doesnt mean the entire band is good. I think the last great band musically was System Of A Down. Nobody was like them. Chad Kroger from Nickleback knows how to write, but its just too pop sounding. I never listen to the radio anymore cuz everything sounds the same to me. I'm just so happy we have some of these old bands coming back together like Soundgarden, STP, Alice in Chains, and heck even Blink-182. There has never been a better time in rock history to have a band break out and create a new type of rock music than right now.