There is nothing new in music… lets just get that out there now… phew you feel better right?
Rock was birthed out of blues… blues out of Negro Spirituals… Bluegrass even was inspired by some Jazz influences…
If you take away the distortion and yelling, and unplug everything heavy metal sounds just like a mixture between classical and country… it’s can actually be ‘pretty’.
What about band’s making their careers longer by using other bands members?
Now I have been thinking recently specifically about the old Christian rock groups of the 90’s (specifically DC Talk, Audio Adrenaline and Newsboys) swapping band members… my reaction to it is “Meh”
Bands have been doing it for ages…
Van Halen, had Gary Cherone from Extreme… look back further… band members from other groups used to form ‘Supergroups’ all the time, Crosby (The Byrds) Stills (Buffalo Springfield) Nash (The Hollies) and Neil Young… Or The Traveling Wilbury’s with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.
Heck even New Kids on The Block decided to join forces with The Backstreet boys to form NKOTBSB *sigh*.
So why is everyone so upset when Soul tinged singer Micheal Tait, grabs the mic for Newsboys… or when Kevin Max grabs the Mic for Audio Adrenaline?
Isn’t it about the music, rather than the personalities?
And while I think about the fact that it’s a sign that often the music industry is wanting to hold onto the past it has to be pointed out that if there’s nothing else new and exciting coming through the other side from new and upcoming, then they(the music industry and music labels) have to scramble to keep revenue ticking in right?
Music is always about personalities… Elvis, the Beatles, Prince, Michael Jackson, KISS, Ben Harper, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and of course the list goes on… however… it’s always the MUSIC that lives on…
As Frank Zappa famously quoted:
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”
So lets not worry about who is singing with who… but the fact that someone is still singing!!