John Lennon
John Lennon

John Lennon has been hero-worshipped around the world since his death, achieving quasi-demigod status like no other. However, it was this attitude that offended the late Beatle when Neil Young wanted to pay tribute to rock’s dead troops.

Young’s legendary song “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” explores this hackneyed concept and, unfortunately, has been inextricably tied to Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, which included the lyric “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

“It struck a deep chord inside of me when he died and left that message.” “It messed with me,” Young later said. “I had been attempting to contact him by chance.” I wished to speak with him. Tell him to only play when he’s in the mood.”

Young was deeply impacted by Cobain’s death, which inspired him to write the album Sleeps With Angels, which he dedicated to the late Nirvana frontman.

Sadly, the song Cobain referenced in his final performance honors departed rockstars who spent life in the fast lane and, as a result, died tragically young. Lennon, on the other hand, came from a different school of thought. He didn’t think Young’s use of his platform to glorify this lifestyle was healthy, and he publicly opposed the lyric.

“I despise it,” Lennon told Playboy in one of his final interviews. It’s preferable to fade away like a veteran than to burn out. If he was referring to Sid Vicious-style burnout, forget it. I’m not a fan of dead Sid Vicious, dead James Dean, or dead John Wayne being worshipped. It’s exactly the same. Jim Morrison, I think making Sid Vicious a hero is a waste of time. Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo are two of my favorite survivors.”

“They say John Wayne defeated cancer – he whipped it like a man,” Lennon continued. I’m sorry he died and everything, and I’m terrible for his family, but he didn’t beat cancer. He was whipped by it. Sean should not idolize John Wayne, Johnny Rotten, or Sid Vicious. What do you learn from them? Nothing. Death. What did Sid Vicious die for? In order for us to be able to rock? “I mean, it’s crap,” says the narrator.

“If Neil Young admires that sentiment so much, why doesn’t he do it?” he concluded. Because, like all of us, he faded away and reappeared numerous times. Thank you, but no. “I’ll take the healthy and the live.”

Despite his admiration for John Lennon, Young felt obligated to speak out in defense of the meaning of his work, which he believed had been misinterpreted by the bespectacled Beatle. “The core of the rock ‘n’ roll ethos to me is that it’s better to burn out tremendously bright than to sort of deteriorate off into eternity,” the Canadian explained. Even if, when seen objectively, you could conclude, “Well, certainly, you should decay out into infinity and keep continuing along.” The future of rock ‘n’ roll isn’t so bright. Now is the time for rock ‘n’ roll. “This is what’s going on right now.”

While Young’s song certainly honors sorrow, he believes it is more about the immediacy of rock ‘n’ roll than anything else. Despite his dislike for the message, Lennon perfectly embodied Young’s concept of rock ‘n’ roll, which is odd given his viewpoint.

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