The news that Muse are to headline Download Festival 2015 has predictably drawn out the tribal idiots of the rock world. If The Prodigy can headline the same festival, and Metallica can headline Glastonbury, then a band as over the top and bombastic as Muse ought to go down a storm at Britain’s premier metal festival. Surely people can remember “Knights of Cydonia“?
When Fleetwood Mac are charging £125 for floor-level tickets, you can assume their audience is predominantly 50-somethings who go to one gig a year, and haven’t listened to much new music since they got married and had kids. You could see many newer, better bands for a fraction of that money.
Now Playing: Pink Floyd’s Endless River. There may be a full review along later, but for now I’ll say that the late Richard Wright was to Pink Floyd what Malcolm Young was to AC/DC. Unassuming and understated, but absolutely central to their sound.
The lesson you learn from following people on both sides of #GamerGate on Twitter is the effect too much time in internet echo chambers has on people. It makes it far too easy to demonise large groups of people who don’t share your exact values, especially if all you see of them is their very worst, retweeted as “outrage porn”. And too many people appear unable to see the harm being done by elements of their own side.
It seems as though “Gamers are over” is the new “Rock is dead”. We’ve been hearing that rock is dead from people that have never liked rock in the first place, but rock has always refused to go away.
So Beady Eye have split after failing to set the world on fire. If they had hoped to be Whitesnake to Oasis’ Deep Purple, they ended up being Paice, Ashton & Lord.
Was Michael Moorcock’s Law and Chaos based on any real-world religious or philosophical system, or did he create it from the whole cloth? It’s remarkable how manycultural conflicts that cut across traditional political and religious lines make more sense when framed as Law vs. Chaos, or between conflicting strains of Law.
If Q Magazine can name Kasabian as the best band in the world and the best live act, we have reached Peak Q. Anyone who still takes that magazine seriously needs to get out more.