Dokken guitarist George Lynch recently opened up about the changes of generation in rock music during an appearance on Guitar Autopsy. According to the musician, he has concerns about the musicians that will follow the rockers we lost including David Bowie, Dusty Hill, Joey Jordison, and many more.
After many years of making music that gave him the informal title of the ‘greatest rock star ever’ by many critics, David Bowie passed away due to liver cancer in his New York City apartment at the age of 69, on January 10, 2016. The musician had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but decided not to make his condition public.
The music world also lost another precious musician when ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill passed away at his home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 72, on July 28, 2021. After his death, many rock stars paid condolences through social media including Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and more.
It’s quite heartbreaking that the past couple of years has been quite tragic in terms of losing legendary rock stars, either to the coronavirus, or other illnesses. During a recent interview, George Lynch reflected on losing so many musicians one by one.
According to the rocker, it’s insane how many important artists passed away in a short time including Dusty Hill, Joey Jordison, Tom Petty, and David Bowie. He also expressed his concerns about the musicians that will come next and stated that the machines will be playing music instead of people.
Lynch’s statements about the future of music read:
“All our guys are disappearing so quickly now. Dusty Hill the other day, the drummer from Slipknot… All the icons including Tom Petty and David Bowie… God, it’s just insane. Obviously, you know that nobody lives forever or 100 years. Everybody that’s on the planet is going to be gone but that whole generation of iconic musicians, talent, and songwriters are just melting away before our eyes.
It’s just like, ‘What’s going to come after that?’ I wonder. It’s out of curiosity, you know. Unless you’re a futurist and you can tap into that because you’ve got a giant brain and a vision, but it’s pretty hard to anticipate what would be coming down the pipe.”
“My inclination is that there will be no distinction between the appreciator and the creator of art. We’ll all be our own creators, we’ll all be our own musicians because the interfaces will be kind of hidden just like code.
Binary code will be masked and remarked and proxied to the point where you’ll have some kind of implants or sensors. Anything you can think of, you can manifest it. If I can think of a shred thing, some machine will play that.”
You can check out the whole interview below.