Eric Church takes aim at Blake Shelton, 'The Voice,' wussy rock music -- UPDATE

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That Eric Church guy is a wild one.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview with the country star, we learn that the Chief chief’s hobbies include: riding around in four-wheelers while clutching loaded guns and beer, getting cowboy boots thrown at him during shows, and punching security guards.

Oh, and he also likes to talk a lot of smack.

Take, for example, Church’s assessment of today’s music industry:

“It’s become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal. That’s crazy.”

“I don’t know what would make an artist do that,” Church continued. “You’re not an artist.”

Naturally, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert (whose career began on the reality talent show Nashville Star in 2003 and who also played a part in The Voice this season) were none too pleased.

“I wish I misunderstood this…” Shelton said in a tweet that included a link to Church’s comments.

“Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist,” Lambert wrote on her own Twitter. “Or @kelly_clarkson@carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban.”

Added Lambert, “Your welcome for the tour in 2010.”

But that wasn’t all for Church. Not content to simply bash country and pop stars, the “Drink in My Hand” singer also offered his take on the current state of rock music:

“Rock & roll has been very emo or whatever the f—. It’s very hipster. We played Lollapalooza, and I was stunned at how pussy 90 percent of those bands were. Nobody’s loud. It’s all very Peter, Paul, and Mary s—.”

(If you’re wondering which bands Church is talking about, take a look at the lineup to 2009’s Lollapalooza and make some guesses.)

So, what do you guys think of Mr. Church’s many opinions? Sound off in the comments.

UPDATE: Church has issued a statement: “The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves. The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success. There are a lot of artists due to their own perseverance that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry. Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them. I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue. I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements.

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