Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd Legends Against Music Games

September 8, 2009 by Andy Giff  

Former Rolling Stones Guitarist Bill Wyman and Pink Floyd Legend Nick Mason are against music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band

Former Rolling Stones Guitarist Bill Wyman and Pink Floyd Legend Nick Mason are against music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band

Bill Wyman, guitarist for the Rolling Stones from 1962-1992, and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason have both said that they are against music games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

72 year-old Wyman said:

“It encourages kids not to learn, that’s the trouble. It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument. I think is a pity so I’m not really keen on that kind of stuff.”

Mason had similar thoughts:

“It irritates me having watched my kids do it – if they spent as much time practising the guitar as learning how to press the buttons they’d be damn good by now.”

Personally I think that this kind of opinion is very narrow-minded. I play the guitar myself, but I do enjoy playing Guitar Hero every so often, and I am eagerly anticipating The Beatles Rock Band. The two things are separate in my mind as I have been able to play my instrument for a while now. However, I can see the other side of it where the games introduce people to music that they otherwise may never have heard and gets them interested in picking up a real instrument.

I just believe that people who think like Wyman and Mason are not looking at it with an open mind…

Comments

2 Comments on "Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd Legends Against Music Games"

  1. Rob Knight on Wed, 9th Sep 2009 12:20 am 

    Always smacks of Sour Grapes when these stories surface. The oddest one was Jack White bemoaning a similar thing a while back, only for his pockets to be lined shortly after by the inclusion of some of his tracks in Guitar Hero 5 !

  2. Daniel Gillespie on Wed, 9th Sep 2009 9:30 am 

    Know what you mean, Rob.

    Read somewhere yesterday saying that Nick Mason would be open to the idea of a game dedicated to Pink Floyd.

    Bizarre after his comments above.

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