Oh, B-Flow, you’ve done it again. The famously filter-less frontmanfor Vegas glam-rock revivalists the Killers seems to have a gift forembroider-this-shizz-on-a-pillow quotes, and his latest verbal cherrybomb is kind of a doozy, even for him.
On the 15th anniversary, no less, of Cobain’s suicide (or, at least, the discovery of his body), Flowers told the UK’s DailyStar, “I don’t mean it in a bad way, but I think Kurt Cobain and grungetook the fun out of rock ‘n roll. Everything’s changing, though, andit’s starting to become a lot more playful and brighter.”
(Then again, he also went on to say, “I grew up seeing people likeMorrissey. I think I’ve still got a lot to learn, but there’s somethingabout performing a big show that makes it more incredible for me.”Because Moz, as you know, is a real ray of sunshine.) They’remostly silly words from a man known for silly words – and this is comingfrom an unabashed Sam’s Town fan – but it does raise the question:
Did Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley, and other Singles-erasuperstars really snuff out the fun-lovin’, lipsticked lights ofPoison, Motley Crue, et al? Is the later success of bands likeNickelback and Buckcherry, with their whiskey-swilling,groupie-guzzling hedonism, just part of rock & roll’s circle oflife? (Hakuna matata to you, Hinder!).
You’d be hard-pressed to call most of today’s rock stars fun,per se – unless chatting with Coldplay’s Chris Martin about free tradeagreements and Gwyneth’s tofu-quinoa casserole gets you juiced – butit really depends what you’re looking for. Is musical escapism theanswer to these economically scary times? Or should what comes out of your speakers reflect what’s going on in the world?