at the Disco’s Brendon Urie: 31
Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto: 46
Crunching the numbers, the average age is just slightly under 39. For the most part, they are much older than the target fanbase and that age gap is setting up some interesting dynamics within the music business. And in the buildup to the show, Pitchfork reviews editor Jeremy D. This article at Medium.com takes a look at the problem and why you should care. As was quickly established in his mentions, Larson wasn’t basing his observation on actual math but, rather, a feeling about the age of these vocalists. It’s important that you keep reading. This creates a certain level of relatability and communion. Larson noticed something interesting about the Best Rock nominees: They’re all old dudes. Nowadays, if you’re coming of age, your rock stars are older guys. This is not the case with today’s rock stars. In the past, a front man was a voice of a generation — or at the very least, somebody from your generation. Still, Larson’s comment got me thinking about our relationship to the people singing rock songs. A few weeks ago, the annual MTV Video Music Awards took place, honoring what’s best or most popular or whatever in music videos. This is not a “YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN” rant. If you look at the world of pop and hip-hop, the majority of performers are close to the same age as the fans. For the record, here are their ages:
Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump: 34
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: 49
Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds: 31
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: died last year at the age of 41
Panic! And just as rock music’s cultural importance has shifted radically over the last couple decades, so too do we no longer look at vocalists the same way we did in previous generations.
Can anything be done about it? We have a growing age gap in rock.