Mick Jagger on modern artists: favorites and favorite bands of The Rolling Stones singer
Even if you're the coolest musician on the planet, you'll have idolsthat will give you inspiration and a positive attitude, after all! And, it should be noted, this is quite an interesting phenomenon, which, as a rule, affects two completely different parts of your life: when you are a young and budding "youth", you find an idol to emulate. And when you are already an established and renowned maestro - you look at the younger generation of artists, who give you a little different inspiration, faith that all is not lost.
When Mick Jaggerthe lead singer of the iconic The Rolling StonesWhen he was just starting out, he drew inspiration from blues artists, icons of their time and genre. He, like a sponge, absorbed their movements, manner of performance, their behavior on stage ... All this allowed the frontman of the Rolling Stones to gradually develop his recognizable and win-win style. But what does Jagger think about modern performers from the height of his life and creative experience? Is there any hope rock will go on with its life?
Yeah, Mick has really come into his own in recent years. few favoritesthat he truly admires. However, the tastes of the favorite singer can very much surprise the loyal fans....
Even Americans have "caught" the culture shock
In the spring of 2022, Mick Jagger performed on the airwaves of a Swedish radio station. The iconic frontman was asked about music, current trends and how he looks at them. And, perhaps, in this broadcast Jagger made his most sensational confession, revealing which young performers he sincerely considers to be "continuers" and how he sees them. "prime mover" in 21st century rock.
The musician began his speech with the fact that, in his opinion, modern rock lack of energyand that every year there's less and less of it...
"In rock music, energy is the dominant force, and there aren't many new rock artists around. There are very few, in fact...".
However, the two artists to whom Jagger attributes the development of rock music in recent times have proven to be highly controversial choices, given that they are almost outside of the genre. Specifically, a British Yungblud and a Texan Machine Gun Kelly. Speaking about their work, the Rolling Stones frontman emphasized:
"That kind of post-punk atmosphere makes me think there's still a little bit of life in rock 'n' roll..."
Of course, it's hard to claim that Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly are his modern idols. However, the fact that against the background of a rather extensive list of bands and performers (for example, those same Greta Van FleetThe fact that he singled them out is thought-provoking... At the very least, he certainly listened to them for a long time. It's worth noting that even the Americans "got" culture shock at the mention of Machine Gun Kellywhich: firstly, is more rap, and secondly - does not cause a serious attitude of the Western public... What can I say? There's no arguing about tastes.
A band that's been called a parody of rock
But old Jagger has another group up his sleeve that he admires. And that's the Italians ManeskinEurovision 2021 winners. And here, too, not everything is unambiguous - or rather, the criticism that is being hurled at the band is ambiguous. Commercial success does not mean the respect and praise of critics (and the public itself, actually). This certainly applies to Måneskin as well. Yes, their music is quite good - energetic, driving, with fire... However, not everyone likes their overly epathetic image.
Thus, some foreign critics call Måneskin "a parody of rock" or "a caricature of a rock band" (which is actually the same thing). The members themselves are used to this state of affairs - and apparently, they are not criticized at all. doesn't bother. As the vocalist stated Damiano David:
"We don't really aim to please everyone, and we know there's a part of the audience that will never like us."
By the way - Damiano has his own opinion about everything. So, he called Jagger's reflections (talking about the dying rock on Swedish radio) "old-fashioned.", stressing:
"No one is responsible for the viability of rock. It just can't be killed."
The members of Måneskin were stunned when the leader of the Rolling Stones personally requested that the then fledgling Italian hard rock quartet perform as a warm-up act for the band at a concert in Las Vegas in November 2021. It is worth noting that this became the Italian's biggest performance to that point.
"It was our first stadium, so it resembled some kind of madness!" admitted bassist Victoria De Angelis.
According to the young rockers, Mick turned out to be very cool in life: with a good sense of humor and a lot of stories. Also, according to them, he knew a fair amount of their songswhich couldn't have been more surprising.
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