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Ryan Adams Tosses Barbs at The Killers, R.E.M.

November 19, 2008 5:03 PM ET

Perhaps touring with Oasis has taught Ryan Adams a thing or two about starting a rock feud. In an interview with The Guardian, Adams responded to the question "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" with an assault on R.E.M. "I mean, seriously, who is Kenneth? The answer should be, 'Hey Michael [Stipe], what would happen if you sat down and actually thought this shit out for 10 minutes?,'" Adams said. "I mean, no offense but there's a slight difference between Monster and Fables Of The Reconstruction and we all know what that is; it's a level of giving a fuck. $80m will do that to anyone who has a credit card and access to a Barney's." Perhaps Adams would be better served checking Wikipedia to find out whom Kenneth was. Next, Adams took aim at the Killers. "Fame is an unnatural construct and those who go in search of it are the least likely to find it. I mean, really, does anyone want to sit through a show by the Killers?" Adams says. No word whether Adams also misconstrues the Killers' "Human" chorus lyrics as "dancer" or "denser."

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