The world of music is vast and diverse, with a wide range of genres and artists to suit every taste. While some bands enjoy universal acclaim, it’s important to remember that not everyone will be a fan. This was recently demonstrated by Adam Slack, the guitarist for The Struts, who shared his unexpected disdain for Van Halen and Led Zeppelin in an interview with Jeremy White.
In the interview, Slack explained that while he used to pretend to be a fan of both bands when he was younger, he eventually realized that he didn’t actually enjoy their music as much as he thought. While he can appreciate a few songs from each band, they don’t resonate with him on a personal level. And that’s okay.
Slack’s honesty about his musical preferences is refreshing, especially in a world where it can be easy to feel pressure to conform to certain standards. He isn’t afraid to communicate his actual feelings and stand out from the crowd, even if that means going against the grain.
When it comes to Van Halen, Slack cited the ’80s hair metal scene as a major turn-off. While he enjoys ballads and the band’s hit song “Jump,” he emphasized that the rest of their music simply isn’t his style. He doesn’t dislike the band or their music, but it doesn’t speak to him in the same way as other artists do.
Ultimately, Slack’s take on personal preferences serves as a reminder that everyone’s taste in music is different. What one person loves, another may not. And that’s perfectly fine. As music fans, we should celebrate the diversity of the industry and embrace the fact that there’s something out there for everyone.
Here is what the musician said about his thoughts on Van Halen:
“This is controversial, but like I’m not a Van Halen fan. It’s just I’m not gonna pretend to be something I’m not. I used to say that sh*t when I was younger. ‘Oh yeah, I love that.’ Like Led Zeppelin; I’m not a big fan of them either, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God.’ I’m like, ‘Oh no, I should like a couple of songs.’ Now I’m like, ‘I do like a couple of songs, but that is about it.’”
When asked what he didn’t like about Van Halen, he said:
“It’s just that a lot of like the ’80s hair metal stuff was never really my thing. I really like ballads. I like ‘Jump,’ but that’s about it. It is just not really my [thing]. I’ve tried.”