Velvet Revolver (and the state of the industry)

We went to see Velvet Revolver last night at the 9:30 Club and Jeff Jones got me a photo pass courtesy of OnTap Magazine. A bunch of my photos are going to run in the new issue, but we’re not able to put them online just yet. Basically, before I get into my complaint mode, let me state the facts:

Velvet Revolver blew the doors off the 9:30 club.

They are incredible. They know how to work a stage and how to write and perform great rock music. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. And heck, with Slash, Duff, and Weiland close enough to touch, how can I complain? Well, I can’t complain about the show, but the industry is a whole other beast. We had this discussion while at the concert and it still rings true with me now.

Rock n Roll needs a jump start.

It’s amazing to me that rock music has gone so far downhill in recent years. The rock that came up while Britney Spears, et al we’re running around with their chests out and skirts up is lacking as much in substance as the crap pop they’re fighting against. It just points to how the music industry is destroying itself one band at a time. Velvet Revolver is simply some seasoned vetrans dropped into a combat zone. They know the lay of the land, they’ve got their backsides covered. They know how to play the game. They can make it through and do well.

The rest of these artists seem to just be flashes in the pan. Where’s the next Bruce Springsteen? Some would say it was Jeff Buckley, but he’s no longer with us. But where are those artists that mattered? The ones who made great songs that stuck with you? The artists who sang more than “oh baby baby, don’t say maybe, i want to do you tonight” and the like?

I’m hoping that iTunes can really shake things up and kick things back to where the song was important. “All killer, no filler” is exactly what artists should be striving to create. I want to hear a good album from every band, not just the avant garde (e.g. radiohead). Am I asking too much?

  1. chris says:

    I chalk it up to a revolution. No, you're not asking too much, it just takes time for the studios to realize that the new model of business is significantly more decentralized, and to start making moves with iTunes and other sites. I wager you'll start to see smaller, independently-owned studios begin to crop up, pressing their own hard copies, selling them only at shows, and providing new, original content by the track, or group of tracks.

    I'm definitely naive, but I believe people WOULD pay $1 per song, if they could choose before-hand what they like, instead of buying an album of 15 or so songs, only a handful of which might strike a chord with them.

    Just because it's structurally POSSIBLE for one person to download, say, an album of Rotoscope and throw it into newsgroups doesn't mean they would if they understood that in order to produce more music, they have to support the artists' efforts.

    Personally, I think the prevalence of garbage music is an attempt to browbeat tastes into liking mediocrity by ubiquity, so that all the new stuff gets no attention. A little paranoia goes a long way. ;)

  2. Hilal says:

    thats why i am having pbmlreos following youtube guitar lesson people lol any tips for someone who wants to learn but hard time getting thingsefbbbf to click in their brain? yes i mean me i feel so stupid tryin to teach myself but i want to learn again i have to take baby steps again because i forgot most of the things i have already learned :(

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