Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella responded publicly today to rock legend Tom Petty’s (pictured) recent drug- and death-focused critique of electronic music culture and Electric Daisy Carnival in particular.
Petty offered his two cents in a July 25 interview with USA Today:
Watch people play records? That’s stupid. You couldn’t pay me to go. I’m not oversimplifying it. That’s what’s going on. I don’t think it would be any fun without the drugs. It’s a drug party…
You take that many kids to Vegas in the summer, what could go wrong? 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?
Rotella’s response was published today on Insomniac.com:
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about records, DJs and dance music, including Tom Petty. We’re living in a very electronic era with constantly evolving forms of entertainment, which may be a daunting thing for a classic rocker in search of contemporary social relevancy as he starts promoting new music. But I would think that someone who played shows with Dylan and the Dead—someone who lived through and actively contributed to the counterculture era of the ’60s and ’70s—wouldn’t be so quick to drink the overhyped media Kool-Aid about our festival experience. If he wants to come to EDC Vegas next year and see what it’s really about, we’ve got a ticket with his name on it. If he doesn’t want to wait that long, Nocturnal Wonderland is right around the corner. My Mama Irene would be stoked to meet him! Who knows? He might just have a “Change of Heart.”
We seem to remember a past culture movement pretty heavily regarded as a “drug party” that earned Petty a good deal of popularity and money, but who are we to judge? Anyway, maybe he should take Rotella up on his offer, and if he wants to get more involved, surely Avicii would be open to collaborating.