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There are no rockstars left: Dave Mustaine

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

frontman says true rockstars don't exist in the 21st century.

"There are no more rockstars. You know what you got? You got a lot of snot-nosed kids that work at magazines - no offence," Mustaine told Hammer.

The 57-year-old rocker blames it on the "internet" and press for making it more about gossip than the music, reports

He said: "But there used to be an honour code between the bands and the magazines. Then the internet came out and started tearing bands apart, and it became normal happenstance where people would make a story just to destroy the bands.

"It became more important about who the was rather than the bands they were covering. I yearn for the days when it was about the music and not about the reviewer."

Asked if he thinks it has gotten harder or easier for budding metallers to do well, he said: "It's a double-edged sword. It's so much easier for new bands to get their music out, but it'd be safe to bet one of my b**ls on the fact that Scott (Ian, frontman) used to go into the same record store I did in called The Record Well.

He added: "And the fact that back then you could find a record store that's strictly metal, and you walk in there and the person behind the counter will know you, and you can walk in and they can tell you what's new.

"'The new Tank record's out!' or 'The new Raven album's out!' or, 'Dude, what do you think of the new 'Witchfinder General'?' And we were in there, like, 'God damn, these are my people!' It just feels great when you used to go into one of those stores, and you see people there that are like you. There's not a lot of stores out there like that any more."



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 08:00 IST