You know, I dont get fans. Especially teenagers. I commented on a video of Joey Jordison from Slipknot on his drum solo from the Disasterpieces DVD and the people there are ignorant. I am sure most are teenagers. Teenagers seem to think that if a band doesn’t play fast ripping metal guitar solos and drum solos that they are poser ass pussy mother fuckers. Another thing with these fans is that they seem to think that because JJ can solo double bass at 170bpm that no one else in the world can do it. I got news for you kids……WATCH YOU TUBE!!! In fact there are plenty of aspiring drummers and guitarists out there that can play their favorite bands music. I add my own style into songs when I play. Maybe a harmonic or pick slide here and there. Tremolo bar here and there…etc….On drums I try to stick with the way the song goes but I do add in my own spice.
I just think its ignorant that these fans get so upset when people critique their favorites. I have my favorite artists. People say shit about them. Doesn’t piss me off. Its their opinion. The only thing I hate is how rock music gets put aside for shit like rap and pop. Rap and pop may be the popular shit today but its NOT the only music people listen to. In fact watch movies today. How many times do you hear a rock song or a metal style beat? Plenty of times. Action movies use rock styles all the time.
Some guy posted on the video that we are all posers and that we have no musical taste or knowledge. Ok wise guy if I dont have any musical knowledge then why in the fuck have I been touring with bands for over 12 years of my life? ….BEOTCH!! lol Everyone has their own taste in music. Remember this youngsters….speed does not make you a better artist. A metal guitarist can blaze though solos all night but BB King can play the fuck out of the blues and to be honest, there is more feeling in the blues than metal. Ever wonder why bands that once were so popular are gone? They lived it up. They partied too much. Drank too much, did too many drugs and fucked too many women. You can only do that shit for so long before it comes back to haunt you. The music industry may be about getting women and money but honestly, do you want to fuck some woman you dont know? Get some disease and possibly knock her up so that she comes back to you years later wanting 80% of your earnings? I didnt think so!
Musicians are influenced by others. In fact everyone is influenced by others. For everything we do someone has at one point or another influenced us to do what we do. I was influenced by Alex Lifeson and Eddie Van Halen. I was influenced on the drums by Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich and Buddy Rich. There were others but the point im making here is that for every artist we idolize there was someone they idolized. To say Joey Jordison is the best drummer ever but Keith Moon sucked or whomever is stupid. Music evolves just as we do. Music today is nothing like it was when our parents were kids and so on. How about when our grandparents could remember listening to Bing Crosby? Today people would say Bing sucks balls…At least thats what the teens would say yet the adults would praise him and remember listening to that. Hell i listen to Bing, Frank, Dean, Sammy…etc….I have a wide musical range. its a shame that teenagers and other people think that music is just one style and thats it.
The media likes to label people when they die. They say a President was one of the best ever or that a rockstar was the best ever. Why label people? WHen they were alive they many times would be criticized and considered shit or fake. Then when they die they become the best. Sort of like how movies are rated today. Every time I watch a movie trailer the same shit is said….”the best movie of the year…” ok how can every movie be the best movie of the year mother fuckers? Im sick of it. The media is responsible for much of the outcry. Like right now all I hear is Lady Gaga….Ok that bitch is annoying. To me she is a Amy Winehouse ripoff. What those people wont do for attention. A meat suit? A meat hat? Come the fuck on man. Seeing how these people are today really makes me appreciate artists like Neil Peart. He doesn’t like all the attention. He does his job and at the end of the night he owes you nothing more. You pay for the concert. You get 3 hours of music and at the end he waves goodbye to you and thats it. Its over. No waiting by the buses for autographs and “dude your the best drummer ever and im your biggest fan” You know how many times bands hear that shit? Im sure they lost count!
People tend to think that bands and crew owe them the world. You pay for a concert. Honestly i dont know why they offer VIP tickets and meet and greets anymore. Before it was a privilege to meet your fav bands now they just sell tickets to an event. Many artists love writing, recording and performing but not always meeting people. They cant meet and greet all 80,000 of you that pack the arena. In fact you are meeting them when they walk out on stage. ive seen women practically rip guys clothes off backstage. Cocks get sucked. Women get their panties torn off and fucked. Honestly, its gross. I’d rather go home and have meaningful sex with the woman i love rather than some groupie that hits up every concert looking for a good time with whatever famous guy comes out.
I remember on the early Slipknot tours there was this one teenage girl that would goto every concert in her area that she could. She would whore herself out to Corey Taylor and when other girls came around she got bitchy and would tell them to leave her man alone. Corey would be like WTF man go away. i think this girl was about 16 or so. I just dont get it though. Ignorance!!!
Another thing that pisses me off that ive discussed before is fans that think they know it all or guys that try to impress their girlfriends. They talk shit to the crew and then afterwards when their cute girlfriend gets backstage they get pissed off because I wont let them back. Its called karma bitch! You treat me like shit and I return the favor back to you!!! Why? Because I dont owe you a mother fucking thing! Dont try to be my best friend like we have known each other for 10 years. Say hi and shit but geez dont expect for me to open the world of the backstage area to you because you are nice.
Anyways, going back to my first point about fans and music. I just cant stand how fans get so pissy about things. See, Joey Jordison is a great drummer. He is well respected in the music community. If he wasn’t then he would not have had the opportunity to jam with so many bands. for example Korn and Metallica. You have to be pretty damn well respected for Metallica to say, “come up and jam with us man.” A person that studies drums will tell you that he has good technique but they might not tell you they like his style or his drumming in general. There are plenty of bands that i dont like but maybe their drummer or guitarist, bassist or whatever is damn good. Give credit where credit is due. Neil is the last person to tell you he is the greatest drummer. Its been a label he has been given for years. He has a unique style and technique. He doesn’t go out there playing speed metal he just plays. To me there is no such thing as the greatest of anything. People call Tiger Woods the greatest golfer ever yet im sure out there somewhere in the world someone plays golf better than he does.
Evolution is constant. Just like many things. Ignorance is constant. It will never change. Some people really need to get a grip on reality and realize that just because someone criticizes you or your favorite people it doesnt make them any better or worse than you. Its just their right to their own opinion.