Is rock music becoming unimportant in the US?
At the Grammies last year Chad Smith pleaded to America's youth to get out there and start rock bands. In an interview after the show, he talked about America's rock music scene going stale and the need for new blood. The RHCP were the only rock band nominated in general categories at the 2007 Grammies.
I don't pretend know much about music (I'm here at the Coachella board to learn), but it looks to this outsider like Rock is being increasingly divided and re-divided into sub categories that are increasingly self-contained, with crossover acts becoming rarer. The big rock singles aren't coming from garage bands offering something new, they're 90s acts re-examining themselves as they hit adulthood.
I know this is Coachella so the mainstream can go fuck itself, but what if smaller numbers are the future of rock? Any chance the future of rock is increasingly small, specialized, and cool, and we've seen the last of Super Nova Mega bands? Or am I totally wrong and looking for clues about rock's health in the wrong places?