The legendary front man of acclaimed group The Who, has slammed rock as a genre recently to the surprise of many. In a recent interview with English newspaper The Times, the infamous singer threw out some harsh words on the current state of rock music. Where it gets slightly odd, is how he has praised hip hop. Who saw that coming? Don’t say you did because we all know you’d be lying!
Roger, who has just finished gigging with The Who on their 50th Anniversary tour, stated, ‘The sadness for me is that rock has reached a dead end’. He then went on to add, ‘the only people saying things that matter are the rappers and most pop is meaningless and forgettable’. He laid the gauntlet down when he said, ‘you watch these people and you can’t remember a bloody thing’.
Now to me this statement is far to broad to criticise. I agree with him that pop music is at a whole new low this year with some of the worst music hitting the charts ever as we approach the tail end of the year. That I’m fine with. But to say rock is at a dead end, is just ludicrous depending on what you class as rock. If he is meaning rock as in beat music, classic rock, hard rock and pop rock, then that’s fine I agree with him again, but if he is meaning rock as in all genres that connect to rock like prog, metal and stoner rock, then he is completely and utterly wrong. We have some of the best ‘rock music being made ever in the current climate and it’s the only thing keeping me able to review such a quantity of music. Prog in particular has grown tenfold in the last 5 years with technical music hitting new heights. However, I’m going to cut this segment short in hope that Roger concedes to saying he was wrong or that his statement is too broad to take in.