Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo criticized the memorializing and glamorization of rock star who die young due to the rock and roll lifestyle in a new Celebrity Dinner Party interview.
“Rock and roll is unforgiving, it really is unforgiving. If you get caught up in it, it can eat you. It’s kind of like joining the circus, everything’s there. You’ve got the fat lady, it’s all there. You better be tight with yourself, because if you’re not, you’re going to go down a slide, and fall into the mud, and get shot out of a canon.”
He added, “It’s tragic. It’s taken a lot of great people. It kind of pisses me off a little bit when those people get memorialized as this great thing, and it’s like, no, it’s not great. Jim Morrison died at 27. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, they died at 27. Look how much they could have had to offer.”