MAROON 5’s Adam Levine Says “There Are No More Rock Bands”

Brown 5 frontman Adam Levine is best known for his role as a judge on The voice lately, so you’d think he knows what’s going on in the music world, but according to him, there are no rock bands. Oh really?

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Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, he begins, “I played him a lot of Avril Lavigne records,” I meaaaaaaaaan. Alright, but anyway he goes “Like, man, ‘I’m with you’ it’s like – it’s, yeah, it brings you to tears. It’s crazy, because you don’t don’t remember it the same way, because you took it for granted, because it was like when you were growing up, and it was just part of what you had on the radio. But there are some really good songs which I didn’t understand how good they were at the time,” then Levine drops the bombshell.

“It’s funny, when Maroon 5’s first album came out, there were still other bands. I feel like there’s no more bands, you know? That’s what makes me a little sad is that there were only bands.”

Yes, it feels like there are no more bands because there are fewer mainstream outlets for bands to thrive, thanks to shows like The voice.

Levine continued, “There’s no more bands, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. And so I’m kind of, in a weird way, to the extent that …I mean, there’s still a lot of bands, and maybe they’re not quite as much in the limelight, or in the pop limelight, but I wish that ‘there’s more around.”

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In 2018, Levine made a similar proclamation saying Variety “Something unique to this band is that we’ve always embraced hip-hop, R&B, all rhythmic forms of music, from when we were writing our first album until today. Rock music is nowhere, really. I do not know where it is. If it’s around, no one invited me to the party. All the innovations and amazing things that happen in music are in hip-hop. It’s better than all the rest. Hip-hop is weird and edgy and flawed and real, and that’s why people love it.

At the time, Corey Taylor (who was much more active online) saw this and retorted “Just because you claim to have ‘Moves Like Jagger’ doesn’t mean you come anywhere NEAR ROCKING like Jagger Tell that schmuck to come back to The fucking ‘Voice’??”

You would have to agree. Although, ironically, Taylor has recently been heating up for his own thoughts on modern rock bands. Fun fact, Levine once went to guitar summer camp with Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan. He certainly enjoyed rock:

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Virginia F. Goins