On December 2018, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine spoke in an interview with Variety. He said that ‘rock music is nowhere, really’ and continued:
“I don’t know where it is. If it’s around, no one’s invited me to the party. All of the innovation and the incredible things happening in music are in hip-hop. It’s better than everything else. Hip-hop is weird and avant-garde and flawed and real, and that’s why people love it.”
Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor has reacted to Levine’s statement on Twitter. Dee wrote:
“Hey @adamlevine remember when you were young & went to clubs & small venues & stuff? 😉 That scene is alive & well & you would be STUNNED by the talent & passion that is out there!
You told me the 1st song you sang that set you on your path was “I Wanna Rock”, right? #NeverForget”
“Just because you claim to have ‘Moves Like Jagger’ doesn’t mean you come anywhere CLOSE to ROCKING like Jagger. Tell that schmuck to go back to The fucking ‘Voice’”
A fan named Destinee Crystal-brown has shared the photo of Levine’s statement on Instagram. Then, Adam Levine explained why he said ‘rock is nowhere’ via comment section and wrote:
“Ok. I’ll bite. Context is everything. When it comes to nostalgia and history, some of the best songs ever written were all rock and roll all the way. Rock and roll is a rich part of my history as a music lover and I’ll never turn my back on the classics. In the quoted section that you ripped out of its context and posted, of course my words looks pretty narrow minded.
If you took a moment to think, you’d realize that looking to the future doesn’t mean I’ve turned my back on the past. I was simply Alluding to the fact that the old version of rock and roll hasn’t evolved much in many many years. You don’t have to like what we do now. To each their own.
But try listening to the whole story. It’s merely a broad strokes look at the evolution of music. Ask 20 highschool kids what they’re listening to. All 20 will say hip hop. Just as we were listening to rock and roll. Personally, I think it’s awesome to look at what younger people are listening to. Keeps me connected to the kid I was when I got started. It’s the marriage of those two generations that hopefully yields something new.
Maybe you’re the one whos too narrow to realize that hip hop IS the new rock and roll. Travis Scott IS the new punk rock. But you’re just a punk. I didn’t get to where I was by having a narrow view of musics broad and sophisticated landscape. So spare me the “rock and roll will never die” shit. Just makes you sound like a dinosaur bro. Rock on.”
You can see the Adam Levine’s comment below.
Whatever he was trying to do on stage tonight is way more dead than Rock will ever be https://t.co/SljG9KGWtv
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 4, 2019