There are quite a few folks saying that Machine Gun Kelly has brought new “life” back to the rock and roll genre. One of those individuals happens to be The Rolling Stones lead vocalist Mick Jagger. In fact, the The Rolling Stones singer recently shared that both Machine Gun Kelly, and that of Yungblud, make him believe that “there is still a bit of life in rock and roll.”
Via a recent interview with that of Swedish radio station P4, The Rolling Stone singer spoke to which young artists in today’s scene he feels are bringing “life” to the rock and roll genre. Via The Independent, The Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger shared the following:
“In rock music you need energy and there have not been a lot of new rock singers around. Now there are a few.
“You have Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly. That kind of post-punk vibe makes me think there is still a bit of life in rock and roll.”
It still continues to baffle us how some people see Machine Gun Kelly as a beacon of rock being “revitalized.” In terms of mainstream success – yeah the guy is killing it. But while the rock and roll genre has certainly evolved, and always has room to evolve further – is MGK really the artist “bringing back rock”?
As we’ve written about before in a previous op-ed, there are so many individual artists and bands throughout rock, punk, and metal that are absolutely kicking ass today; bands as big as Ghost and Code Orange, to relatively lesser known acts like Primitive Man and Thou, all delivering remarkably fascinating works of heavy music.
What are your thoughts on what The Rolling Stones singer has said? Do you think artists like MGK and Yungblud are helping the rock and roll genre?
Words by: Michael Pementel