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After his outbursts directed at some of rock’s most popular bands, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has apologized for his comments regarding the Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon.
The two bands had previously deniedÂ Glee the right to their songs, leading to pretty angry retaliation from Murphy: “(Expletive) you Kings of Leon. They’re self-centred, and they’re missing the big picture.”
While the Kings were simply confused as to “where [Murphy’s] anger [was] coming from,” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was slightly angrier:
“It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do (expletive)Â Glee. And then the guy who createdÂ Glee is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his (expletive) show. that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to doÂ Glee.”Â (Even Gorillaz creator Damon Albarn joined into the fray.)
Now, a week before the Foos drop their new album Wasting Light, Murphy is backpedalling on his angry comments. “I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked. Who am I to say ” That’s not what I meant.”
“I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. It’s their personal work and I’d feel the same way. We get turned down all the time and I’ve don’t fight it or even go back after a rejection…. I’ve never felt that if you don’t giveÂ Glee your music, there’s something diabolical about you. To the contrary: I support artists and what they choose to do…
“I think Kings of Leon are coolt. The Foo Fighters are brilliant. We’d love to do one if their songs, if they were ever interested. But if it’s not their thing, then OK. I personally wish them luck and will still listen to their music.”
What do you think of Murphy’s one-eighty? He certainly didn’t explain his other comments. Not speaking with “clarity” and running off angrily at the mouth are two completely things. But, I suppose, it’s nice to see this feud be finally put to rest. What are your thoughts?