Shoot the bad guys and I’ll gladly sing a tune for you.
Making an album should be an honest experience. It shouldn’t be about trying to gauge where popular music is today; it should be about artistic expression and putting down what you want to put down.
I can’t read sheet music, I have to just listen to it, and then just go for it.
I prefer to break new ground, but it gets harder and harder with the territory that’s already been walked on.
To be a great band it’s like you have that telepathy. You know when the bass player’s in back of you without even looking. You know when your guitar player’s coming up to you to lean up to you and sing into your microphone. You just know these things. You feel it. You feel the energy of it.
I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they’re not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them.
When I’m not completely loaded, it’s a much more vulnerable place. I can feel the music, I can feel the energy and I really have to put it out there. When I was loaded, I was just oblivious.
It’s got big riffs and really it’s a rock and roll album. I think Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans will relate to that
I want a performance style that’s more cerebral and emotional than physical. I want to be a creative artist, not a whirling dervish.
I had a period in my life in the ’90s where I was definitely young, dumb, and full of even more dumb.
I’d sell one of my songs for any car commercial in the world that paid enough money.<br> But to stay in the Top Ten for weeks on end when I’m<br> in my forties by letting Glen Ballard write songs for me? F**k that.
There’s a beauty in being part of a band, when there’s equality and trust.
I sang in choir as a kid.
Dead fish don’t swim around in jealous tides.
It seems like everyone’s got an agenda, and the agenda seems to be selling magazines or air time with sensational stories.
When you’re really looking forward to something, you don’t feel the sense of pressure.
To be appreciated by a whole ‘nother generation of fans, all of a sudden discovering you, it’s kind of what I did with the classic bands I love – the ones that influenced me.
Writing the songs and producing the songs and arranging them and recording them is your canvas and your palette and your brush.
But at this phase of my life, I want to write and not have to think about whether a song is going to be a hit. I want to explore the music that inspires me, and I don’t want to ape myself.
I’m going to take care of myself because that’s what I need to take care of.
I suffer from manic-depressive disorder, and I’ve chosen not to take medication for it. Because of that, every once in a while I go through manic episodes and really depressed episodes.
Bowie’s obviously my biggest influence.
When you’re in love, you’ve found your soul mate, you think life is going one way, and suddenly it’s completely apparent it’s not. You have to rethink your whole purpose.
Well, a lot of successes come by mistake.
When people ask me if I have a hobby, a lot of times my answer is that I like to surf in warm water. I like to ski, if I have the opportunity. But really, I like to go to my studio and write music that I want to write, where there’s no pressure to come up with a hit single.
I want my ex-wife and children to be happy.
Who you are as a performer is one thing, but when you’re making records, you’re dealing with musicians’ tastes, their goals, their wants, their needs, everyone’s individual pride.
Music, as many people have said, is the universal language. Of course points are made which make you think about things, but ultimately it makes you feel. And that’s why people remember more songs that have meant something during their life than films. They start to define periods in your life, and that’s kind of the beauty of it.
Rock and roll doesn’t allow you to grow up – especially if you’re not trying very hard to.
Great classic music that I’ve been turned on to has not only inspired and influenced me, but it has had an effect on my songwriting.
It’s incredibly stressful when the person you love is having a child.
You are only as big as your experiences.
It doesn’t matter what kind of problems a family is having; it should always stay in the family.
The thing is, unfortunately, I write the best songs when I’m miserable.
Processed pig is white trash meat. Some people call it Spam.