Dave Grohl Diagnoses ‘The Problem With The Music Industry’
Every day there is a new editorial focusing on the troubles facing the music business, with many of those at least taking a sidebar to identify rock & roll as the most endangered of all musical species. Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl has been fortunate enough to become incredibly successful with more than one act — but still goes on the defensive when people say that the trade he deals in is in danger.
Recently Grohl spoke with Billboard and was asked about the problems plaguing the industry, to which he responded:
“Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you think the problem with the music industry is?’ I said, ‘take the Adele record, for example. It’s an amazing record and everybody’s so shocked that it’s such a phenomenon. I’m not. You know why that record’s huge? Because it’s f—ing good and it’s real. Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? F— no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they’re not.’”
Grohl was also quick to dismiss the journalistic cliche that his beloved rock & roll is dead:
“There’s always gonna be rock’n'roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock’n'roll records, and there will always be rock’n'roll. I travel all over the world and play music, and it’s easy to think rock’n'roll has gone away when you’re in a country like America. We just got back from a trip Down Under, we did a tour of Australia and New Zealand where we were pulling 40,000-50,000 people a night, selling out stadiums. To me, that means rock’n'roll is alive and well. The thing that will never go away is that connection you make with a band or a song where you’re moved by the fact that it’s real people making music. You make that human connection with a song like “Let It Be” or “Long and Winding Road” or a song like “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Roxanne,” any of those songs. They sound like people making music. In America, rock’n'roll isn’t in the forefront of the mainstream as it is the rest of the world…I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of the few countries in the world where rock’n'roll is not huge.”
The Foo Fighters latest album ‘Wasting Light’ was one of the most successful rock albums of 2011 and was nominated for six Grammy Awards — the second most nods behind Adele’s ’21,’ which received seven.
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