Rick Wakeman slams fame-seekers

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2012
Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman has slammed fame-hungry musicians, saying they're only interested in the lifestyle, rather than being great musicians

Rick Wakeman has slammed fame-hungry musicians.

The 63-year-old piano wizard hit out at modern acts, as he believes they only get into music because they want to live a showbiz lifestyle, rather than succeed at something they love.

He told BANG Showbiz: "Everybody used to get into music because they wanted to be the best they possibly could be, and to learn as much as they could about music and to be part of a band. They didn't want to be famous.

"Becoming famous and being successful, that's great, that's a bonus that comes with it. But that wasn't the be all and end all. It's a huge problem for the industry now, a massive, massive problem."

Rick also hit out those running the music industry, saying they "don't know a hatchet from a crotchet" when it comes to getting the best out of groups.

He added: "We have a very bad policy in this country where something new comes along and we use the word 'replacement' instead of 'addition'. When 'The X Factor' came along it should have been thought of as an addition. When Harrods opened their online shop they didn't close down their high street store.

"Why does the music industry always work on the principle of replacement rather than addition? It's because it's run by people who haven't got a f***ing clue. They don't know a hatchet from a crotchet. They've got no idea."

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