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" As I've gotten older, I've found that I'm not afraid anymore to throw my influences into making a record. "
" I'm going to take care of myself because that's what I need to take care of. "
" Who you are as a person has to do with what you think and how you feel. It has to do with how you love and how you care for people. "
" Bowie's obviously my biggest influence. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Computers and the Internet have made it really easy to rant. It's made everyone overly opinionated. "
" When I formed the band and created the Wildabouts with my friends, we decided we wanted to make a band-sounding album, a rock-sounding album. I made two solo albums before that were more experimental albums, and I think that they didn't really resonate with my fan base because they were too out-there, too artsy. "
" When I was around nine years old, I was a fan of Shaun Cassidy's first album. "
" Having children showed me a whole different kind of love that I had never known. It was something that had always been missing. Complete love. I would die for them. "
" People read things on Google, and they have these perceptions, these misconceived perceptions of who you are. At times that hurts, because they really don't know who I am. "
" The thing is, unfortunately, I write the best songs when I'm miserable. "
" 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. "
" As I've gotten older and my life is a lot more stable, I've gotten more into storytelling. "
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" Dead fish don't swim around in jealous tides. "
" Sing the song or keep it inside. "
" I had a period in my life in the '90s where I was definitely young, dumb, and full of even more dumb. "
" I prefer to break new ground, but it gets harder and harder with the territory that's already been walked on. "
" I played in Velvet Revolver, which is a raw, bombastic blues band with a punk rock edge to it. It's like everything is based around the blues, no matter what the groove is. "
" It doesn't matter what kind of problems a family is having; it should always stay in the family. "
" It seems like everyone's got an agenda, and the agenda seems to be selling magazines or air time with sensational stories. "
" There was a period when STP and I weren't making music - we weren't getting along very good at all. But I had my studio, so I was writing and recording a lot of music. But something told me not to put it out. It was all stream of consciousness; it was clever, but it didn't really have substance. "
" Electric red hair is more for, like, people in their 20s and early 30s. "
" I want my ex-wife and children to be happy. "
" I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they're not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them. "
" As horrible as jail was, there were some first-rate guys in there. "
" My favorite hobby is writing and recording songs at my studio. I like to surf, but I don't get a chance to do that as much as I'd like. I don't live close to the beach. I also like to ski, but I don't get to do that much, either. "
" You can't be seen in your mid-40s wearing leather pants. No leather pants anymore. "
" 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. "
" Processed pig is white trash meat. Some people call it Spam. "
" I sang in choir as a kid. "