Wow. I mean, we all have our personal preferences when it comes to music. But for Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards stating: “I just thought they were great jokes” in reference to Metallica and Black Sabbath, I can’t help but thinking that Mr. Richards might be – how can I say that without sounding bitter – a little bit out of his mind. Of course, as everybody else, he is entitled to his own opinion. But whether you like them or not, calling them a joke suggest that he’s just pissed about something. I don’t like Pink Floyd but that doesn’t mean I can’t acknowledge their contributions, talent and greatness.
We know that Keith Richards always has been very vocal about other bands, artists and genres. Good for him, he’s an accomplished musician and certainly knows the business. And as a matter of fact, I don’t even disagree with him on many things. For instance, when he a while back ago eloquently summarized what he thinks about the Rap hype: “I don’t want to be yelled at, I want to be sung at.” Well put. And just recently, while trashing Metal, Metallica and Black Sabbath, he again pulled a punch at Rap and Hip-Hop, describing the whole genre as a means to use many words without saying much. For tone-deaf people.
Pretty strong statement, isn’t it? Well, I personally wouldn’t go that far, but admittedly, I must say I can help but sympathize a little bit. I just don’t get Rap, Hip-Hop and what they call “Rhythm and Blues” these days either (just to be clear: “Rhythm and Blues”, to me, is something completely different compared to what the term is used today to describe a sub-genre).
And while Keith Richards was at it, he also mentioned that he loves the Rolling Stones. Well, anything else would have been pretty weird. But what about their old pals “The Beatles”? Well, calling the “Sgt. Pepper” album ‘rubbish’ is outright blasphemous. And I’m certainly no Beatles disciple. But deriding a milestone record in Rock history such as Sgt. Pepper in such a way….I mean, I’m honestly out of words.
Let’s hope he just had a (yet another) bad day.