Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 5:05 PM
photo: Stewart O'Shields
Guitarist Warren Haynes talked to Billboard about the current state of rock. So, is rock is dead?
Man, I've been hearing that for over 10 years, and I'm sure some elements of rock, particularly in the mainstream, appear to be deceased. But I think there are independent young bands that are going at it the right way and hopefully are bringing back a resurgence. There's no shortage of ticket sales for classic rock bands, but the marketplace is just so cram-packed with product that it's hard for a lot of things to find air. Unfortunately, as much as I hate to say it, in the case of rock music, the bar is very high. If you're going to be a rock'n'roll band you've got to compare yourself to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Stones, the Allmans, the Gratfeul Dead, and that's a high bar to contend with. I hear a lot of really cool young music that I hope will cause a new wave of excitement but I don't know that I hear a lot of stuff that competes with the greatest rock music ever made.
(Warren Haynes Band - Baby Love)