I had concussions as a kid playing football and basketball, and know what it feels like and to have someone say 'Just rub some dirt on it, and get back in there.'
I grew up in the suburbs and basically associate the suburbs with cultural death.
I look at other members of my generation who have basically done one thing, and one thing well, and have been handsomely rewarded for it.
I'm definitely responsible for coming in with some basic chord changes, or ideas. Everybody in the band looks to me to come up with the basic seed, so it's not very productive to come in with nothing.
Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.
When I've tried to reinvent the wheel, I get bashed for not doing the familiar things.
Well, all rock and roll is based in artifice.
Compliments and criticism are all ultimately based on some form of projection.
I was brought up Roman Catholic. I'm not even baptized.
Personally, I think Jesus would like better bands.
James, that's a bad situation. I'm not saying it's not repairable, but it's pretty far. When you go from being in one of the best bands in the world to some cover band... as far as I'm concerned, he was playing down at the pub.
You're in a band 24 hours a day.
Ultimately, running a band is about the relationships you have with people.
I'll come in with a string of riffs and direct the musical ideas. But you still need a band and their input to make the ideas come alive. You can't underestimate band chemistry.
I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity.
I'm from a lower middle class background; all my family were immigrants.
Somewhere between the intellectual idea of why we're attracted to certain things and the pragmatic reality is some form of ever-evolving truth.
In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me.
I'm attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I'm sick of that.
I think when I listen to old records, it puts me back in the atmosphere of what it felt like to make the record and who was there and what the room looked like. It's more a sensory memory.
Rock and Roll is still asking people like me to live up to the old guard's concept of what success is but it doesn't mean anything.
You know Americans are obsessed with life and death and rebirth, that's the American Cycle. You know, awakening, tragic, horrible death and then Phoenix rising from the ashes. That's the American story, again and again.
Injuries are nothing to be ashamed about.
I think I'm an artistic radical, and I think I'll be recognized as one. I'm a really good musician and a songwriter, but I think my real legacy will be as a radical.
I mean my point as an artist is I'm on my own little weird journey across the sky here and whether or not anybody's listening, or listening to the degree I would like them to, at the end of the day has to be an inconsequential thing because I can't chase this culture.
More than any audience in the world, Americans will cross their arms, stare at you and say, 'OK, whaddya got?' - no matter how many times you've proven it to them.
To be able to put your arms around 24 years of music, it's really fun.
Most of my arguments with musicians through the years have had more to do with their attitude about music, or their attitude about their own lives, or their personal responsibility. Music has never really been the big centerpiece of the fight.
What most people do is try to find a comfortable persona that they're in alignment with and the public likes and appreciates them for.
One thing I've learned to appreciate as I've gotten a little older is direct forms of communication.
If I worried about appearances, I wouldn't be at Cubs games.
I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apparatus behind it all to push it on us through fear.
Radiohead and Our Lady Peace are doing the seven layers of guitar, and I kind of jumped on that before anyone else did.
In the beginning, though, I have to admit that I did have a chip on my shoulder. I did want to prove everyone wrong. But after I went through the process and came out the other side, it wasn't about anyone else.
I started thinking that if post modernism is about people opening up all their skeletons, I'm going the other way. I don't want anyone knowing anything about me anymore.
I had such a big mouth for so long that it doesn't faze anybody anymore.
I don't wanna play this kind of cartoon character anymore.
Do I belong in the conversation about the best artists in the world? My answer is yes, I do.
My pat line about the Cubs and payroll is that the amount of merchandise the Cubs would sell off a world series championship would more than cover for a big payroll.
My mother and I parting company at four years old is a recurring theme; although it's not symbolically necessarily present, it's present in all my relationships.
I always thought Kurt Cobain was the perfect embodiment of the great alternative guitar player.
Indie world won't have me, and mainstream world treats me like an alien, but here I am still floating between these two worlds.
My step-mom would tell me that she would get complaints from adults that I stared too much at them.
You have to keep adapting to the times. If you kind of go with it, it can kind of fun.