In a recent interview with Listen Next!, Phil Collen, guitarist for Def Leppard, discussed the current generation of musicians. He noted that although Foo Fighters are talented, they lack the star power of Nirvana. Each generation of bands enjoys a moment in the spotlight. They are frequently compared to their predecessors and criticized as to whether or not they will cement their legacy in rock history. They are compared regarding their appearance, sound, and overall industry presence.
Phil Collen, guitarist for Def Leppard, made similar comparisons in his recent remarks regarding young acts. He expressed skepticism regarding the ability of the new generation of bands to compete with genre-leading acts such as Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. He stated that none of them are particularly original. Phil Collen observed that Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, and Nirvana have star power when viewed live. They have the awe-inspiring quality that turns heads. He added that he did not observe this ability and desire among contemporary artists. Collen asserted that Foo Fighters are nearly a branch of Nirvana. They are good, but cannot compete with the major league bands.
Phil Collen’s assessment of the contemporary generation of artists: When compared to Metallica, there is a vast difference. Guns N’ Roses are outstanding. No longer do I observe this. I do not perceive any star power. I don’t observe such behavior. So this is what I’m anticipating. That has not been the case. Nirvana was. Foo Fighters is a Nirvana offshoot. Moreover, I adore the Foo Fighters. I think they’re wonderful. But when Nirvana was released, I thought, “Wow, this is incredible.” The Sex Pistols are spectacular. But I’m only waiting, and I’m still waiting.” The interview can be viewed below.
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