Roger Daltrey has blasted Simon Cowell, saying he is part of the reason the music industry is in decline. The Who frontman believes the music industry is in crisis — and he blames Simon, according to the www.sunvote.co.uk website.
“We really need to break away from The X Factor and American Idol — that Simon Cowell thing,” Daltrey said. “I really think the music industry will beat this slump and come back stronger. Groups like The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles wouldn’t have made it past the audition stage, let alone be shown on TV. That’s the joke of it.
“The music they make on the shows is absolute tripe. He’s made a good industry out of it, but it’s belittled the power of music. He wouldn’t know what the ‘X Factor’ was if it bit him on the (bleep).”
A little harsh, Roger? I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more wrong with the music industry than Simon Cowell’s influence. Oh, and if memory serves, I believe most of today’s (and yesterday’s) major acts love to appear on the show. Their CD sales always receive an immediate spike afterward.
Daltrey, 66, sounds more like a frustrated, angry old man than anything else.