The Boomtown Rats star, who is reuniting his band for a performance at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight Festival in June (13), fears shows including American Idol and The X Factor, which launched boyband One Direction, have changed the face of the music industry forever and rock bands can no longer survive.
In an interview with Absolute Radio's Martyn Lee on the station's Absolute 80s show, he says, "The rock and roll age is essentially over. Rock and roll needs a context in which to exist; the context is there but I'm not sure rock and roll is any longer the right vehicle for it. That's a personal point of view but I think that's true; you see the declining sales, you see less fascination, it's less central a thing to a young person's life...
"You can have the teeny kids, the One Direction kids which is fantastic and important. You can have The X Factor generation but that is great television, it's great entertainment, it's great Tv; it's not much good for music.
"Certainly, great voices come out but it isn't much good for articulating the moment. And if you don't articulate the moment, how can it therefore be popular music? How can it be pop music?"