Alice Cooper has slated modern rock music, throwing his ire at Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.
Alice Cooper is one of rock music's most potent incarnations. Someone who has spent decades entertaining, his idea of rock focusses on the outlaw, the unhinged performer who can summon strange forces within their audience.
Something which is sadly lacking in a lot of new groups. Speaking to Fuse, Alice Cooper lamented the sad state of rock music before demanding that the younger generation "quit eating vegetarian food" and "eat a steak" instead.
"I just feel that this whole generation needs to all eat a steak" he said. "Maybe they just need to quit eating vegetarian food and get out there and get some blood pumping in their system. Rock 'n' roll is not about 'Happy happy happy, everything's okay. We're The Lumineers, let's clog dance.' Hey, there's a place for that. If I wanted to see a great clog dancing band, I'd see The Lumineers."
Continuing, Alice Cooper hit out at Mumford & Sons. "Mumford And Sons are great at what they do. But it's not rock 'n' roll. Don't call it rock 'n' roll. It's an offence to rock 'n' roll" he said. "I get they want to be folk rock, and I guess they want to look like everybody else," he continued. "I'm old school when it comes to if you're in a band, you're an outlaw. You don't play by those rules, you're a rock 'n' roll outlaw".
"It doesn't mean you have to be on drugs, but when you get onstage you don't play the guitar up here, and it's not an acoustic guitar. You play the guitar down here. It doesn't come from your brain, it comes from your guts. It comes from your groin. It's sexual. It's tribal."
Finishing, the legendary rocker said: "Finally, I just went 'Okay – you guys don't want to be rock bands, great. That's better for us'. There's more for Foo Fighters, there's more for Green Day, more for the bands that really are rock bands. I don't understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band."
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