Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards blasts rock, metal: “Sounds like a dull thud to me”
In a recent interview with NY Daily News, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards dishes out his thoughts on the current state of rock and metal, along with some abrasive comments regarding rap. “It sounds like a dull thud to me,” he explains. “For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation. Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes.”
“Rap—so many words, so little said,” continues the 71 year-old rocker. “What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”
Throughout the rest of the interview, Richards goes on to jab at the Beatles, Mick Jagger and “narcissistic lead guitarists.”
Do you agree with him? Is rock and metal in a rough place? Or do you think Richards just needs to familiarize himself with the genre’s current scenes?