The Beatles Rock Band may be the most talked about item in music, but that hasn’t stopped a few veteran stars casting disparaging glances in its direction. Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason have both spoken out about the Rock Band format and its influence on potential musicians.
“It encourages kids not to learn, that’s the trouble,” said Wyman. “It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument. I think it’s a pity so I’m not really keen on that kind of stuff.” Wyman quit the Stones in 1992, shortly after his marriage to teenager Mandy Smith came to a sorry end.
Mason has similar feelings about the game, saying: “It irritates me having watched my kids do it – if they spent as much time practicing the guitar as learning how to press the buttons they’d be damn good by now.” The makers of the game have countered such statements by claiming they are “constantly hearing from fans who were inspired by Rock Band to start studying a real instrument.”