Behemoth’s Nergal on Josh Homme Kicking Photographer: Rock ‘Can Be Dangerous’
Behemoth mainman Nergal has shared his thoughts on the state of rock and roll, telling Kerrang! that rock has become "too safe" and that people are losing sight of the freedom rock affords artists to do as they please.
Nergal cited the online reaction where "It seemed like all the world was against" Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme after he kicked a photographer at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas show. Illustrating his point, he commented, "On the one hand, of course, I think that was a bad thing that he shouldn’t have done. But, on the other, I’m thinking, ‘Hey people, this is rock 'n' roll!’ It can be dangerous. It can be chaotic. It can be stupid. It can get out of control. It has its own set of rights and rules!"
Noting the prevalence of political correctness in recent years, Nergal continued, "Back in the day, people would OD all the time, people would die, people would kill each other. We’re a culture that’s always used drugs and alcohol, and you’ve got to accept that we can occasionally use them too much." He even singled out Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who was known to wear a shirt with a swastika and stated, "You need to understand that doesn’t mean the guy is actually a fascist. It means he’s pissed off, he’s probably on heroin and he’s out of control."
Ultimately, Behemoth's leader concluded, “We’ve got to remember that this genre is about that freedom, that honesty. Sometimes rock 'n' roll can hurt you. If you don’t want to be hurt, you should go listen to Justin Bieber."
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