Does he have a point? The Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea has weighed in on where he thinks the state of rock music is today. He gave his rather stark and honest point of view during an interview with fellow rocker Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio.
Flea opens up during the interview both looking back on what it was like to play in a band during the ‘90s and then gives his opinion about the state of rock music today.
Also during the interview transcribed by Alternative Nation, Flea asserted: “I look at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways.
“I just remember being so excited that we were playing with [Pearl Jam] and with Smashing Pumpkins, because it was just an exciting time for rock music. A lot of times, especially recently, I look at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways.” He added: “Nothing to take away from us and [Pearl Jam], because obviously I believe we’re relevant bands that come with a real energy.”
Talking of the state of today’s music scene Flea said: “But if you’re a kid today, and you get in a rock band, it’s like – when we were kids, when I said I want to be in a rock band and that’s what I’m doing for my life, that’s what I was going to do, no question. You’d get: ‘You are a f—ing lunatic, you are crazy. You’re never going to get a decent job in your life. What are you doing? You’re ruining your life.”
“I was like f–k it, I don’t care, this is what I want to do, this means everything to me, I found a home. I’ve been a weird, neurotic, loner kid all my life, I was always the kid you called fag in high school, punk rock gave me a home. But nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band it’s like, ‘Oh great, let’s get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let’s see what we can do here. It’s a great money making opportunity for you junior.”
As Dylan said: “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ”.