Adele And Rihanna ‘Can’t Rely On Themselves’ For Good Music, According To Keith Richards

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03.30.16 19 Comments
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Because clouds can’t yell at themselves, we have the eternal wellspring of hot air that is asking aging rock stars their opinions on currently popular music. The latest to hop on the pop-bashing train is Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards.

In an interview with Time Out London, Keef responded to a question about Adele and Rihanna hiring songwriters with, “Well, they can’t rely on themselves, can they?”

He went on to say that music is currently in a gilded and superficial period:

“We’re in the midst of a heavy-duty ‘showbiz’ period, even stronger than when we killed it last time. The X Factor and all this competition sh*t. It’s just for people who want to be famous. Well, if it’s fame you wants, good luck. You’d better learn to live with it.”

Noel Gallagher is nodding in approval somewhere, failing to note that a musician whose tickets go for somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 a piece calling someone else “showbiz” is inherently ridiculous.

Of course, we shouldn’t be too hard on Richards. After all, The Rolling Stones did just share video from their massive, free concert in Havana. And he can still shred, regardless of his amber-encased opinions.

(Via NME)

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