Rock legend Tom Petty isn’t mincing words when it comes to Electronic Dance Music festivals. In a recent interview with USA Today, Petty called it “stupid” to go to and “watch people play records.” Referring specifically to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Petty says that he doesn’t think it would be any fun without the drugs.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singled out the annual event in Vegas following the recent deaths of two attendees from drug-related causes.
“You take that many kids to Vegas in the summer, what could go wrong?” Petty remarked. “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?”
EDM isn’t the only genre affected by drug and alcohol abuse by youthful fans. Just last weekend nearly two dozen people were hospitalized at a Keith Urban concert in Boston due to alcohol poisoning.
While it’s no secret that drug use is rampant among Electronic Dance Music concert goers (like it is with fans of many other genres), it seems that a reporter for a Boston CBS television station thinks that the music genre, often abbreviated as EDM, IS a drug! WBZ-TV reporter Christina Hager was citing the increase in police activity surrounding dance events and efforts to educate cops about dance culture when she said, “Part of that education is around the drug molly, also called MDMA or EDM.” Oops!
WBZ-TV quietly removed the report from their YouTube feed. However, one Vine.co user managed to post a short loop of the gaff here.
And, yes, while we all make mistakes, it’s kinda funny when they’re made on TV. For the record, Hager is an award-winning reporter who’s been on WBZ-TV since 1999. More than anything, this makes for a good laugh, and, this article is not meant as a slight towards her.
New York wants to trump Los Angeles as the new capitol of EDM, and the party’s getting started at Madison Square Garden. Several major players are confirmed at the Garden later this coming summer and fall including Steve Aoki, Eric Prydz, Bassnectar and Above & Beyond and Hardwell.
The Wall Street Journal notes that Swedish House Mafia first helped pave the way for dance music at the Garden with their sold-out show in 2011 (the trio returned to the venue again in 2013 for their farewell tour). They were not alone. Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz have also made their bones at the famed venue.
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