If you’re a fan of head-banging, guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll who feels that today’s music is has shifted too far toward pop pablum, Bono feels your pain.
In his new cover-story interview for Rolling Stone, the U2 frontman addresses the state of music right now and is not thrilled by much of what he’s been hearing.
Telling RS that his son, Eli, is a fan of hard rock, Bono elaborates: “He believes that a rock ‘n’ roll revolution is around the corner.”
Does Bono himself believe the same? “I think music has gotten very girly,” he declares. “And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment — and that’s not good.”
This, he continues, is a far cry from the music scene that U2 entered when they broke onto the scene in the 1980s, noting that today’s pop-dominated music scene apparently has little outlet for the teenage rage and rebellion that has fuelled rock since its inception.
“When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me,” says Bono. “You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is f**king over.”
While classic rock fans may be pumping their fists in agreement, those who prefer the music of today had a lot to say about Bono’s “girly” remarks on Twitter, such as the following tweets: