Cult Frontman Feels Rock Star Title Has Been Hijacked

01/03/2014
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(Classic Rock) Ian Astbury has compared people who create music alone in home studios rather than live with a band to those who play video games instead of being active in real life.

And the Cult frontman says he's not sure where the idea of a "rock star" fits into the modern world, insisting the title has been hijacked by "accountants and four-year-old girls."

Astbury is gearing up to record new music with his band, which will start with a "discovery session" in a rehearsal room, after they completed a tour on which they played 1987 album Electric in full.

He tells Esquire, "An accountant does something amazingly well on the stock exchange and his buddies high-five him he's a rock star. A four-year-old girl learned to ride a bicycle she's a rock star!

"What does that mean any more? What is the popular image of rock star? A rail-thin, overly-paid, narcissistic, average-talented individual who self-implodes in front of everybody, eternally having a party and who looks eternally youthful?" He also has some surprising opinions on who he considers rock artists.

Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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