RHCP bassist: Rock is “kind of a dead form”
By David Sands
May 24, 2016
If you can picture Flea sitting in a rocking chair talking about how much better things were in the good ol’ days of the 1990s, you might not be that far off from the truth.
During an interview on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio (transcribed by Alternative Nation), the Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist told Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready that he felt contemporary rock was essentially “dead.” He compared today’s grim state of affairs with the exhilaration of the era when grunge and alternative rock ruled the airwaves.
“I just remember being so excited that we were playing with [Pearl Jam] and with Smashing Pumpkins, because it was just an exciting time for rock music,” Flea said. “A lot of times, especially recently, I look at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways.”
The puckish bass player went on to say that rock music’s present malaise didn’t apply to his or McCready’s groups, because they were still “relevant bands that come with a real energy.”
“When we were kids, when I said I want to be in a rock band … You’d get: ‘You are a f***ing lunatic, you are crazy,’” he continued. “… But nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band it’s like [in businessman voice]: ‘Oh great, let’s get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let’s see what we can do here. It’s a great money making opportunity for you junior.’”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently got back to touring after a short hiatus; their singer Anthony Kiedis had been hospitalized due to a case of intestinal flu and some related health issues.
The group’s new album, The Getaway, comes out next month. See the video below to listen to their new single, “Dark Necessities.”
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