The early Billy Joel stuff I fell in love with, like Glass Houses, is a real rock record.
When I was a kid I got busted for throwing a rock through a car window and egging a house on halloween.
So yeah, I play the piano for most of the show, but I like rock and roll
I don’t limit my taste. There’s some jazz that I like and there’s some opera. I’ve been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock.
I think that I recall the nostalgic ’50s: the start of early television and rock-and-roll, and I think everything seemed to get very generic. Not much has changed.
There was a time in America not long ago when rock ‘n’ roll was called race music, and white kids who wanted to go see Chuck Berry were completely forbidden.
It is entirely possible to create something totally artificial within the realms of rock and roll.
I think that the history of rock could be recycled in a different way and brought back into focus without the luggage that comes along with it.
I wanted to rewrite how rock music was perceived.
I didn’t say that wearing a glamorization of the rock artist was any truer from the other thing.
This ain’t rock ‘n’ roll. This is genocide!
Rock has always been the devil’s music… I believe that rock & roll is dangerous… I feel that we’re only heralding something even darker than ourselves.
The world that I inhabit in reality is probably very different world than the one people expect that I would be in. It is quite sedate. It’s far removed from a lot of what they would feel to be the limousine traveling rock existence, or whatever.
Rock’s always been the devil’s music.
Trying to tart the rock business up a bit is getting nearer to what the kids themselves are like, because what I find, if you want to talk in the terms of rock, a lot depends on sensationalism and the kids are a lot more sensational than the stars themselves.
I liked rock music, I kind of moved into that sphere, somehow thinking that somewhere along the line I’d be able to put the two together. And I suppose I very nearly did with the Ziggy character.
Pop stars are capable of growing old. Mick Jagger at 50 will be marvelous – a battered old roue – I can just see him. An aging rock star doesn’t have to opt out life. When I’m 50, I’ll prove it.
I once asked [John] Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said ‘it’s great, but its just rock and roll with lipstick on’.
Lou Reed is the most important definitive writer in modern rock. Not because of the stuff that he does, but the direction that he will take it.
You would think that a rock star being married to a super-model would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.
I thought that I could do some kind of vehicle involving rock musicals and presenting rock and characters and storyline in a completely different fashion.
I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they’re not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them.
Rock and roll doesn’t allow you to grow up – especially if you’re not trying very hard to.
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
You know, you’ve got to be careful with how you educate your kids in rock’n’roll fashion.
We aren’t trying to make poetry or anything beautiful. It’s just a rock show. We just want to enjoy playing loud. That’s just about it.
You can go to any small town in America, there’s going to be a metal fan there. You can’t say that about post-rock.