Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Reveals What Killed Rock & Roll


Former Hole drummer Scott Lipps recently interviewed Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis on Dash Radio. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments.

Lipps asked, “Culturally, do you think that kids that are living on their phones now, and things like that, do you think it’s bad for culture? Because obviously we grew up in a time when that wasn’t the case. Everyone’s whole life is on display now.”

Kiedis responded, “Yeah, it makes it more difficult to be unique, original and yourself, because, everybody gets exposed to everything. Which is tricky but that’s for music too. Joe Walsh was talking about how the internet killed rock & roll because you just press a button and you can hear it all but you used to have to work for it, live for it and breathe for it. You know, sweat for it, bleed for it, and come for it and now it’s just like ‘oh there it is on the internet.’ So, it’s a little less weighty, but that’s okay we’ll get through it.”

Kiedis later praised Chad Smith, “Besides being a great drummer, he is music, he lives for music and you know there’s all varieties of art, like sometimes there’s the raw spirit of an individual and they don’t even have to be great at their instrument, but their spirit is so on fire that whatever they do is just contagious and you want to be a part of it. And then there are these prodigies that are kind of born genetically predisposed to math and they’re just advanced from age five.”