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    Default You Can't Be a Rock Star (per Yngwie Malmsteen)

    In many ways he's right. In other ways, it's easier to get exposed than ever before. But he's right in the sense that you have to be simply amazing to be a rock star in the future. People may give you five million likes on Facebook or Youtube or whatever, but it's not necessarily going to generate much in terms of income.

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    In a brand new interview with The Rockpit, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen spoke about how his career has been affected by the fact that, in the age of streaming music and social media, albums don't sell like they used to.

    "I'll put it in a nutshell," he said. "Basically, what happened with the Internet was that the money machine was eliminated. When the money machine was eliminated, all these people who had nothing to do with the music, and who used to make millions of dollars, started to do something else. Then everyone went, 'It's fine. Bands are still signed.' But it's not! The reasons bands were signed and new acts could get a shot was because people thought they could make money from these bands. So the fans got to hear new music while the machine was going around, investing a million and getting ten million back. Now when there is no return, no new bands are being signed or exposed and no record labels are acting like they did before."

    He added: "People love heavy metal, people love rock and roll and people love guitar players, but there's no money in itÖ There's nothing new [coming out]! Simply because the labels, the retailers, the distributors, the manufacturers graphic designers, photographers and so on, they are not making money... so they say, 'Fuck this,' and they go do something else. The new groups that start in a garage are not going to get exposed and the fans are not going to get new music."

    Asked if he thinks that's led to an upsurge in the live music scene, Yngwie said: "Look, the thing is, if you're already established, if you're JUDAS PRIEST or Yngwie Malmsteen, you're fine. There's no difference; you do what you've been doing and it's the same. But if you're a nobody and you want to sound really good but you want to start out, you can't get a tour bus or an opening act slot because there's no machine there to invest in you.

    "All the old acts, like ALICE COOPER, the SCORPIONS, THE POLICE and more, they're bigger than ever.

    "Do you remember the days when there was a new band every fucking week? It's not happening! Back then, someone could sink a few hundred grand into a band and make millions.

    "If you make a product that people steal and it costs money to make that product, you get no say in who's going to put money into it.

    "To me, I thank god every day for being where I am. I can do whatever I want and not worry about airplay or the first single. I don't have to worry about any of that shit.

    "If you're not established you're never going to have a big mansion, you're never going to have a big mansion and a Ferrari, you're never going to be a rock star. That's the shame of it all. If you're established, you've got nothing to complain about."

    Asked if he thinks that's leading to the rise of nostalgia for the '70s, Yngwie said: "The biggest reason for that surge in all those bands is because of record sales is because there's nothing new, because the people who put those bands on the map only did it for the money! If I said, 'Hey, I've got a YouTube video. Check it out,' what's going to separate it from a billion other people?"

    Malmsteen recently headlined the "Guitar Gods" tour with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal of GUNS N' ROSES and Gary Hoey. He also spent time in the studio mixing a live album and DVD recorded at back-to-back shows in Tampa and Orlando. According to the guitarist, it will probably be called "Spellbound Live". He told CitizensVoice.com about the live album and DVD: "That's a perfect example of how when I play, it's always different. Because one's from Tampa and one's from Orlando, and it's completely different."

    Yngwie's latest album, "Spellbound", was released in December 2012.

    Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/yng...5g1Vj0Ld9hz.99

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    I agree with him. Every decade had their "legendary" bands but have there been any since Napster?

    The U2 Apple thing seemed like a smart move for both of them. U2 makes the money they would have from a huge album and Apple has a great advertisement for the new line. As it turned out the new U2 album was regarded as spam. I pity the current generation.

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    Not legendary to us, we're old timers. But there are plenty of bands touring and selling out arenas just like VH, Motley Crue and other bands from our time did. Times change. In some ways it is now harder for bands, in other ways it is easier. The good bands that work their asses off get rewarded, same as it ever was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Not legendary to us, we're old timers. But there are plenty of bands touring and selling out arenas just like VH, Motley Crue and other bands from our time did. Times change. In some ways it is now harder for bands, in other ways it is easier. The good bands that work their asses off get rewarded, same as it ever was.
    I am curious if our age is the reason. I think the last band that had a huge following was Muse. Are there any new bands hitting the level of household names, selling out multiple nights at Madison Square Garden?

    Teen idol stuff excluded what rock band is the new Metallica or GnR to this generation?

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    They should do an American Idol for rock bands.
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    Several of the old acts want to help break new bands but can't, or at least say they can't. According to interviews I've read in the last few years (Joe Elliot, Joe Perry, for example), promoters are in large part nixing old bands bringing along newer bands as opening acts. They feel that more people would rather see Def Leppard/KISS than Def Leppard w/special guests Rival Sons. Heck...several years ago, we had Def Leppard and Poison w/special guests Cheap Trick. What's gonna suck is when the old acts are gone and these promoters have failed to establish new "big" classic rock acts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    They should do an American Idol for rock bands.

    Yeah. That'd be cool. AXS TV, what are you waiting for?

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    He's wrong. There are tons of new bands every single DAY.

    Kids still listen to music just as much as we did, but there is only so much time in a day. The pie is just as big...but the slices are much smaller.

    The record companies used to decide which small number of bands would get to be heard. Now...everyone gets to put out their music. Kids get to choose from a insanely larger number of bands. The "rock star" was an invention of the record companies because all the attention was sharply focused on a tiny percentage of the available bands. It was great if you were among those select few of course.

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    Very true and its sad. And sometimes I see an original opening act at a concert and not many people pay much attention to them even if they are good.

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    I think Malmsteen is confusing people downloading his albums with people not even caring about what he puts out now. People have been wondering what's going to happen when Black Sabbath and even Metallica retire. Who's going to headline the rock fests or fill the arenas? Here's a list of bands (off the top of my head) that have gained fame since 2000-ish that fill stadiums/arenas and festival headliners, whether you/I like them or not.

    Avenged Sevenfold
    Muse
    Paramore
    The Strokes
    The Libertines
    30 Seconds To Mars
    The White Stripes
    Coldplay
    The Black Keys
    Alter Bridge (huge in Europe from what I understand)
    The Killers
    My Chemical Romance (now broken up, however)
    Arcade Fire
    Fall Out Boy
    Arctic Monkeys
    Kings of Leon
    Nickelback (much to our dismay)
    Linkin Park
    Slipknot (though they did gain a good following in the late '90s)

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    i think he overstated it but the main point is true. It's just so much harder to break as a new band for all the reasons he listed. When I was teenager (late 80s early 90s) there'd a big rock concert almost every week in Toronto. The big amusement park here had an ampitheatre that sat like 12-15 thousand. There'd be a bunch of rock shows every summer, everyone from David Lee Roth to the Scorpions to Poison to a number of bigger Canadian bands none of you likely know. Rock music was a big industry. Rock bands had big cross over hits. I looked at the list of the bands that Jake listed above and I (and I'm assuming most) can't name one song from most of them. It's just a different time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arson View Post
    I agree with him. Every decade had their "legendary" bands but have there been any since Napster?

    The U2 Apple thing seemed like a smart move for both of them. U2 makes the money they would have from a huge album and Apple has a great advertisement for the new line. As it turned out the new U2 album was regarded as spam. I pity the current generation.
    it's so hard to sell new music that even huge acts like U2 have to use a trick to get people to listen to their stuff. Madonna gave her new cd to anyone who bought a ticket for her tour.

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    I agree with Yngwie. Gene Simmons said something similar a few months ago, too.

 

 

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