Queens Of The Stone Age Guitarist Gets Involved In The Discussions That ‘Rock Guitar Is Dead’

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen opened up about the Smashing Pumpkins‘ lead singer Billy Corgan‘s statement when he, once, revealed that rock guitar is dead according to him, apparently, Leeuwen completely disagrees with Corgan.

As you may know, there was a time period when rock was the dominant form of popular music, however, despite the fact that rock still remained a force until the late 1990s, electronic music started to take over once it came out in the 70s and later on when it evolved into a whole new genre.

Due to this evolving period, Smashing Pumpkins’ vocalist Billy Corgan made a statement during an interview back in the 90s revealing that rock guitar is dead according to him due to the new music genre that involved electronic music. While some agreed since pop music took over rock music over time, some considered rock guitar sound as timeless.

During e recent interview with Guitar Player Magazine, Troy Van Leeuwen opened up about Corgan’s statement and revealed that the guitar is such an authentic instrument that every music involves guitar one way or another according to him, therefore Leeuwen stresses the fact that he does not agree with Corgan’s statement.

In addition to this, Troy Van Leeuwen kept on praising the guitar by stating that the guitar is so imperfect that it cannot be imitated with any other instrument, that is what makes a guitar so special.

Here is what Leeuwen said:

“I remember, it was like the mid-’90s or something, I remember Billy Corgan was saying, ‘Rock guitar is dead’ ’cause all this electronic music was coming out. And I was like, ‘I just don’t see it.‘ The guitar is such a unique instrument, people like it because it’s, like, the way it’s tuned is so not intuitive to what a piano is or any other instrument.

And it’s so imperfect – there are imperfections in the guitar that you can’t mimic with other instruments. I just never bought it. Even though I program drums all day long and I produce stuff – the new Gone Is Gone stuff is very electronic, but there’s the guitar in everything.

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