Is Keith Richards iPod Snub Another Sign of The Stones' Being Out Of Touch?
Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod, though is he - and the Stones- out of touch with the modern musical landscape?
Keith Richards says he isn't a fan of Apple iPod device and favours CDs, vinyl and sometimes cassettes to MP3's. The 69-year-old says music lovers are "all being short-changed" with the sound that comes from an iPod, which first launched in 2001 and has gone onto become a must-have piece of technology on a global scale.
"I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It has much better sound; a much better sound than digital," he said in a recent interview with the Associated Press, "My old lady's got one. My kids have got them. I say, 'Look me up this.' Or, 'Oh I like that. Check me that. I know what these things can do. I'm not totally anti-them."
The Rolling Stones guitarist, who kicks off the band's '50 and Counting Tour' in Los Angeles tonight (May 5, 2013) says he's accepted that the music industry is digitally driven nowadays, "They're sucked into it and they can't get out of it, nor can we; so is the public.There's something missing there, but it's the price of the future I guess," he said.
The veteran rockers were accused of being out of touch with the modern day music industry after charging a whopping $600 for some tickets on their North American tour, and it's a move that may have come back to bite the group, According to the Independent, their concert at the Staples Center is far from sold out. More than 500 tickets were available with one merchant, StubHub, earlier today.
Before the band announced their headlining slot at this year's Glastonbury Festival, drummer Charlie Watts was deadset against it the 'hippy' gathering, "I don't want to do it. Everyone else does," he told The Guardian, "I don't like playing outdoors. But Glastonbury, it's old hat really. I never liked the hippy thing to start with."
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