Howie, I agree that we need new talent and innovaters to keep music exciting, but I don't agree with you when you say there is a lot of young talent out there, or at least that it is being played. I'm talking now about MTV. Bands like Limp Bizkit and N'SYNC and Britney Spears, while playing quite contrasting styles of music, have one underlying thing in common: it's not about music, it's about image. wtf is britney spears so popular? Is she THAT talented of a singer or dancer? There are girls in my school who have better voices... or is it because she's young and gorgeous and gives lonely men something to dream about? (Someone who is way more talented and doesn't get anywhere near as much showtime is Alanis Morresette (anyone seen her live? her band rocks, the guitarist really knows how to play too)). Same goes for N'SYNC. As for Limp Bizkit, I give them some credit for at least still using instruments (it seems a lot of groups these days forgoe instruments entirely and simply use drum machines and synthesizers), but it's the same deal with them. Most people who listen to Limp don't get into the music, it's a status symbol. So that when they're cruising down the road with their bass turned up full blast listening to Limp, they can say to themselves, "I'm a real badass".
But I do agree that there is talent out there, and that just because they're not making epic rock songs or shredding at the speed of light that their music is any less worthy. For one, I really liked Rage Against the Machine (sad to see 'em go). They combined funk and rap and metal in an awesome way, and lyric wise, had real substance to them. Creed is a good band, sure they haven't written an equal to Stairway to Heaven, and sure they're on MTV every once in a while, but that doesn't mean that they can't be counted as a rock band. There's a ton of good music out there, and yes, every once in a while (extremely rarely) that music shows up on MTV. However, I don't count on seeing Al Di Meola, Kenny Wayne Sheppard or Vai on MTV anytime soon.