How lame is this? Two of my favorite musicians are dissing Guitar Hero and Rock Band (from NME).

"It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that [‘Guitar Hero’] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music," White said. He added that although he doesn’t try to dictate "which format people should get their music in…if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that’s a little sad."

Page added that he can’t imagine that people are really learning anything significant about playing instruments by playing video games.

"You think of the drum part that John Bonahm did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, ‘Good Times Bad Times’," he said. "How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?"

Far be it from this blogger to call anybody uncool, but how are two of the most original musicians around coming off on this? If anything, I’ve watched Rock Band and Guitar Hero introduce great rock n’ roll to game geeks who would otherwise spend their lives listening to Puffy Ami Yumi. Meanwhile, there’s nothing wrong with White and Page disliking video games (or admitting that Guitar Hero doesn’t equal guitar playing), but one would hope that these two vagabond musicians might be a little more open minded. Page, don’t you play guitar on songs about being a woman’s "back door man?" White, isn’t your ex-wife your sister now? Congrats fellas, you’re now fit to join my old man on the back porch to sip bad beer and dis the youts’.

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