Tom Petty Slams EDM Culture and Electric Daisy Carnival

"I don't think it would be any fun without the drugs. It's a drug party." - Tom Petty
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Tom Petty (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tom Petty (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By Scott T. Sterling

(RADIO.COM) – Rock legend Tom Petty pulled no punches during a recent interview in regards to electronic dance music and one of its flagship events, Electric Daisy Carnival.

Petty slammed EDM while talking to USA Today, equating the music with drugs and death.

“Watch people play records? That’s stupid. You couldn’t pay me to go. I’m not oversimplifying it,” he seethed. “That’s what’s going on. I don’t think it would be any fun without the drugs. It’s a drug party.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee went on to single out Las Vegas’ annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which this year saw two attendees lose their lives from drug-related causes.

“You take that many kids to Vegas in the summer, what could go wrong?” Petty quipped. “I knew it as soon as I saw the ad. I went, ‘Ooh, dead people.’ Do you need the money so bad that you’ll put some kid’s life at risk?”

Petty’s anti-EDM stance could be attributed to his assertion that pop, rap and electronic music have replaced rock as the prevailing sounds of young America.

Along with Kanye West, The Killers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is headlining Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, early August.

Read more at Radio.com

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