Watch: Machine Gun Kelly Butchers System Of A Down’s ‘Aerials’ on ‘The Howard Stern Show’

Machine Gun Kelly performed a cover version of SYSTEM OF A DOWNit’s “Air” during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” earlier today (Thursday March 31).

The 31-year-old rapper-turned-rocker, whose real name is Baker Colsonappeared on the program to promote his pop-punk/emo-inspired second album, “Mainstream Sellout”which was released on Friday (March 25).

Among those who reacted to Machine Gun Kellythe attempt to “Air” has been SYSTEM OF A DOWN bass player Chavo Odadjian who shared the video of the performance on instagram and asked his 365,000 followers for their “thoughts on MGKthe cover of Antennas live of Howard Stern”.

Machine Gun Kelly made headlines last September when he publicly argued with Corey Taylor after the NOOSE the leader subtly and indirectly insulted the rapper in a “Cutter’s Rockcast” interview, referring to the latter as an artist who “failed at a genre and decided to go rock”.

Earlier this month, Machine Gun Kelly spoke to Billboard about the criticism he faced after his transition from rap to rock, stating that he “earned this shit”.

“I know it kills some bands in this community that I’ve had the success that I’ve had. But I’ve earned this shit,” he said. “Man, I was loading up the van with our batteries and amps in 2010, I was driving to Indiana and Chicago, I was playing Distorted tour. I can tell you the fucking Wi-Fi codes for venues in Blackfoot, Idaho. Can you say this shit as a group?” he asked.

Addressing his role in the ongoing revival of the pop-punk genre, he commented, “The 2010s were great for singers and rappers, and I was a part of it. But I think we needed something else: we needed an instrument. for me, like, ‘Man, the first time I saw someone play guitar in concert was at your concert – and now I’m taking guitar lessons.’

“[Rock] needed a defibrillator,” he added. “Who cares who gives it, as long as that motherfucker doesn’t die?”

During his “Howard Stern Show” appearance, Machine Gun Kelly confirmed that he’s frequently targeted by haters who think he doesn’t deserve the success he’s achieved, especially rock fans who have misconceptions about how long he’s been in their scene .

“It takes my breath away, even in the genre I’m in, when people act like that, it’s like something new,” he explained. “It takes my breath away. You can literally look back 10 years ago at rock festivals, and my name is right there on the flyer. Like, we’ve always been in the culture. I’m super confused where that , like, ‘Oh, he’s new on the scene’ [claims come from]. Like, fuck you. We’ve been here for so long, defying boxes, genres and odds.”

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