The Scottish musician Ian Anderson, the bandleader of the British rock band Jethro Tull, has spoken out about The Rolling Stones and Elton John and mentioned their music styles by saying they were doing a ridiculous American accent.

During a recent conversation with Rock History Music, Jethro Tull frontman was asked what he thinks on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Opening up about his thoughts on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ian stated that Rock Hall is an American institution.

He Criticizes Elton John and Mick Jagger Because of Their Styles

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When the interviewer said if is it important that not to be nominated for Rock Hall, he claimed that the musicians Mick Jagger and Elton John have been singing in an American accent which is weird for him.

“It’s not important at all because I think, for me, the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is really an American institution, primarily, in my view, about American music,” Ian said. “And it might spin on to perhaps some non-US-based bands or performers who are deeply infused with Americana and American music.

“So you could say The Rolling Stones because Mick Jagger sings in a sort of weirdly fake American accent, and they were a blues-R&B band in their early days. And so there’s a lot of Americana in The Stones’ music, mostly I would describe them as being very American influence. That’s OK.

Elton John, 2020. (image credit: Dave Simpson)

“And there are other people who also sing in ridiculous American accents like Elton John. It doesn’t sound that way at all when he speaks, he just puts on this silly voice to sing it.”

“But there are bands who I think really exist outside that world and whose music really doesn’t owe a great deal to anything American. There are a whole host of great American bands and artists who deserve to be in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame much more than Jethro Tull. Because their credentials are real, they truly are part of American musical history.

He Reveals How He Would React If Jethro Tull Was Inducted Into Rock Hall

Ian Anderson. (image credit: Will Ireland)

When he touched on the issue that if his band was inducted into Rock Hall, he said he finds it quite awkward. The frontman also said that he doesn’t think that will be happened and explained why.

“I would find it quite awkward if for some odd reason it was decided that we should be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” the frontman said. “I would find that a real head-scratching moment because it’s not something I would really want to happen.

“And I don’t think it will because I have fairly good authority that we are not a band that would be in favor with the head honchos who make these decisions. And so I think we can rest assured that my need to scratch my head will be for other reasons.”

[via UG]