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The reason why Keith Richards hates Heavy Metal and rap


The reason why Keith Richards hates Heavy Metal and rap

Keith Richards doesn’t mind talking about bands and artists he doesn’t like, having even revealed 5 bands he hates. And in an interview with New York Daily News back in 2015 the Rolling Stones guitarist revealed why he hates heavy metal and rap. He even mentioned some bands he doesn’t like, explaining why and even calling them “great jokes”.


When asked by the newspaper if Rock and Roll was dead, Keith Richards replied talking about Heavy Metal:

“It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation. Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes. Rap — so many words, so little said.”

“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”

Keith Richards guitar

In another interview, the guitarist said he also hates Led Zeppelin, that is one of the bands that started hard rock, also inspiring Heavy Metal. About Robert Plant, he said: “The guy’s voice gets on my nerves. I love Jimmy Page, but not as a band. Jimmy is brilliant. But I always thought there was something a little empty in the group, you know?”. Jimmy Page already recorded with the Rolling Stones.


Keith Richards (Dartford, December 18, 1943) is a British musician, composer and actor, considered to be one of the great names in 20th century rock. Richards is best known as a member of The Rolling Stones and is considered one of the most influential guitarists in history, being voted the fourth best guitarist by the American magazine Rolling Stone.

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