Keith Richards Blasts Black Sabbath, Metallica and Hip-Hop
Published Sep 03, 2015When promoting a new album, it's common to take shots at other artists in an effort to drum up some press. Iconic Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been doing just that. He recently called the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band "rubbish," and now he's airing out his beef with, well, basically all other music.
In a new interview with the New York Daily News, Richards had plenty to say about modern rock bands. "It sounds like a dull thud to me," he said of rock music in general. "For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."
Don't worry, he also took some shots at some specific artists. "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath," he said. "I just thought they were great jokes." It's worth noting that Metallica opened for the Rolling Stones alongside Everclear in 2005. Perhaps he has Metallica and Everclear confused?
Despite being nicknamed "Keef," don't expect the guitarist to be collaborating with Chief Keef anytime soon either. In fact, he loathes rap music. "Rap — so many words, so little said," he said. "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there.... All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."
Whether or not it's better than Black Sabbath, Metallica and all rap music ever, Keith Richards' Crosseyed Heart arrives on September 18 through Republic Records.