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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Predicts New Rock Revolution

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was a guest on the ‘Howard Stern Show’ yesterday (June 18) and the veteran rocker had some incredibly interesting insight on today’s musical landscape. Cornell spoke about the recent surge in popularity for electronic dance music (EDM), comparing it to disco and predicting a rock revolution that will overthrow the current craze.

Cornell called into the show from Tel Aviv to discuss Soundgarden’s tour with Black Sabbath, the group’s future dates with Nine Inch Nails, performing ‘Superunknown’ in full and much more. However, the most fascinating part of Cornell’s ‘Stern’ interview came with the prediction of a new rock uprising.

History certainly does repeat itself, and if you think about Cornell’s position, it actually makes a lot of sense. Rock ‘n’ roll music overtook the popularity of doo-wop back in the ’50s with artists such as Elvis Presley. The 1960s saw yet another rock revolution thanks to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, while the genre evolved yet again with Jimi Hendrix and the psychedelic movement. Then, when disco was arguably the most popular type of music in the early 1970s, genres like punk, heavy metal and other forms of in-your-face rock beat the trend into submission.

The 1980s was filled with synth-based pop before hair metal rose up, and of course, the grunge movement superseded it all once Nirvana and the like pioneered a fresh take on heavy rock. Alternative rock was strong in the ’90s, but for the past 15 years, boy bands, girl groups, pop singers, rap and EDM have filled the airwaves ad nauseam. It’s the perfect time for a new rock revolution to take over, as Cornell pointed out in his ‘Stern’ interview.

“I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day, that 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into Electronic Dance Music, and that it goes up every year, which I don’t know how much more it can go up,” Cornell begins. “The only thing I can say, is that tends to be the beginning of like a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating. All of the sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it, where everyone said: ‘You know, this sucks.’ So maybe that will happen now.”

He adds, “[Now people] will be looking at each other a rave, their E will kick in, and they’ll go: ‘This sucks.’”

Do you agree with Chris Cornell? Check out his full ‘Howard Stern Show’ interview above and let us know in the comments section!

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