Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Tom Petty's Dismissal of Dance
Will fans see Tom Petty at Nocturnal Wonderland this year? He now has an open invitation, thanks to Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella.
Let's back up: A few days ago, Petty gave an interview with USA Today, where he was asked about Electric Daisy Carnival and EDM. Petty responded, "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?"
Naturally, fans of the festival weren't exactly thrilled. Today, Rotella issued a statement on Insomniac's website:
"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.'"
No word yet on whether Petty will be attending Rotella's upcoming fest.