What are your views of the current state of rock-n-roll in both the business end and live performances? There are people who think rock is dead. I disagree. Your views? -Charlie S.
Answer: Good question, Charlie.
Rock is just like Rog. I’m not dead. I have two current injuries from which I’m recovering, a dislocated, broken shoulder, and a badly bruised knee. In addition, I’m reminded every day that I’m getting older, and obviously, everything that lives eventually dies, although I know rock and roll will not be forgotten for a very, very long time.
Rock has injuries: its ego was badly bruised by the young-uns picking up the EDM, Rap, and video game torches, but rock is a temporarily semi-dormant, seething dragon, waiting for the perfect moment to emerge from its secret hiding place, anxious to devour all doubters.
ROCK IS NOT DEAD.
In the market place, Pop and Rap rule, but in live performance, Classic Rock is huge. There are so many tribute bands, it’s amazing, and the real artists enjoy guaranteed spots in many, many venues.
People don’t buy music anymore…at least not like in the old days, when our lives revolved around our stereo systems and the music we regarded as second only to food.
But that could change. The industry is unpredictable, and I see the possibility for a major breakout rock group.
Like Rock, Rog will come back. And it won’t be the same. It’ll have a limp and will look a little twisted, but it will carry the same old message: HAVE FUN at 100%, with one foot in the gutter and the other in the stars!