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Foals: 'Kanye West is not the greatest living rock star on the planet'

Foals will be heading out on tour this November


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Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has said that Kanye West isn’t the “greatest living rock star on the planet” after the always outspoken rapper’s comments at Glastonbury.

Speaking with Digital Spy, Yannis did explain that he was still a fan - but disagrees with the comments that Yeezy made during his Glasto headline set.

 "I do like him. I don't think he's the greatest living rock star, but I don't know who is, so maybe he could be," said Yannis. "He's definitely a damn sight more exciting than a lot of people."

He also spoke extensively about his issues with talent shows such as the The X Factor and his concern for how music is now created and shared.

"I'm probably a bit out of touch with that kind of thing. It's important that people don't make music through that channel. If that becomes the only channel with which younger people view their access to music, that would be a shame.”

Thankfully, though, he still has some hope for the music industry:

“But I don't think that's happening at all. There's a certain type of person that's attracted to going on The X Factor, and there's always going to be other people who view that with suspicion and derision, and do the opposite. Whether they pick up a guitar or lose their minds in Ableton for a decade, I don't have a preference about what they do."

Watch our interview with Foals below

Foals will be heading out on tour this November in support of their new album What Went Down. Check out the dates below and click here for tickets and more information.

5 November - Nottingham, Rock City
6 November - Liverpool Olympia, Olympia
7 November - Norwich, UEA
8 November - Cardiff, Uni Great Hall
10 November - Aberdeen, Music Hall
11 November - Newcastle, O2 Academy
13 November - Southampton, Guildhall
14 November - Margate, Dreamland 'By The Sea'
15 November - Bristol, Anson Rooms
16 November - Cambridge, Corn Exchange

You can also read our verdict on the innovative album here, an LP which the band promoted by hiding cassette tapes in various locations throughout Europe.

Below: Photos of Foals storming Bestival

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