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.
I grew up in the suburbs and basically associate the suburbs with cultural death.
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.
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.
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.
Well, all rock and roll is based in artifice.
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.