Metallica Is A Joke, Rap Is For The Tone-deaf: 5 Things That Keith Richards Can’t Stand
The Rolling Stones guitarists spares no one-not even Mick Jagger- as he takes down metal, rap and most of rock
To say Keith Richards is opinionated is an understatement.Â In what was supposedÂ to be an interview (with Daily News) forÂ his first solo LPÂ Crosseyed HeartÂ since 1992’sÂ The Offender,Â the Stones guitarist expressed his disdain for metal, rap andÂ The Beatles. Here are five of his mostÂ outrageous statements.
1. ‘Rock sounds like a dull thud.’
It’s rather contradictory that the guitarist of the world’s biggest rock-and-roll band would dismiss the entire legacy of rock by saying,Â “It sounds like a dull thud to me.Â For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”
2. ‘Metallica and Black Sabbath are great jokes.’
Richards is not a big fan of metal either. In blasting the pioneers of metal and thrash respectively, he said, “Millions are in love withÂ MetallicaÂ andÂ Black Sabbath.Â I just thought they were great jokes.”
3. ‘Sgt. Pepper’s a mish-mash of rubbish.’
Keith RichardsÂ Â was also quick to dismiss one of The Beatles’ most iconic works, saying thatÂ Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts ClubÂ wasÂ “a mish-mash of rubbish.”Â He was equally unimpressed with their historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert, concluding thatÂ “As a band, they weren’t in sync with each other.”
4. ‘Rap is for tone-deaf people.’
“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so manyÂ tone-deaf peopleÂ out there,” said the 71-year-old guitarist, clearly not impressed by hip-hop either. “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.”
5. ‘Mick Jagger’s a snob.’
Keith Richards spared not even his own bandmate, calling Mick Jagger a snob.Â “His daughter, Georgia Mae, was sitting around in my room and she said, ‘oh, you know what dad’s like. He’s such a snob. He can come off that way even to me and the rest of the band,” Richards says.Â He was quick to add that Jagger is “one hell of a frontman,” and that he still loves him dearly.”
Which is more than he can say about most music.