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" I wanted my voice to be a tenor sax, really. "
" I hate cliche. "
" I've been scared and I've liked not hanging on to stuff where I know that I'm in my comfort zone. "
" It's not some great work of beauty and love to be a rock-and-roll singer. "
" I still like to get carried away - but passively. "
" I daresay one good concert justifies a week of satisfaction at home. "
" There's no point stepping up to the golden platform if you're going to repeat yourself. "
" I think we're in a disposable world and 'Stairway to Heaven' is one of the things that hasn't quite been thrown away yet. "
" I hate wasting time. "
" It's crucial that I kind of keep up, without drifting into the backslapping land of cliche and lifetime achievement awards. "
" Led Zeppelin has been there through three generations of teenage angst. And there's a generation of kids now who won't know it, post-Linkin Park. "
" I think I could sing and shear a few sheep at the same time. "
" You can't give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside - so be it. But at least you know you've tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it. "
" I'm British - ostensibly British - but I don't know where I really belong, you know? "
" Old men do it better. We're not so sensitive in certain areas. "
" I really had to think and learn about musical intervals. "
" I've stopped apologizing to myself for having this great period of success and financial acceptance. "
" I have to try and change the landscape, whatever it is. "
" Lately, I'm spending more and more time working with non-rock musicians and leaving the mainstream - almost dissolving into another world, musically. "
" I think that passion and love and pain are all bearable, and they go to make love beautiful. "
" There's nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts, and that's a fact. "
" How can you consider flower power outdated? The essence of my lyrics is the desire for peace and harmony. That's all anyone has ever wanted. How could it become outdated? "
" I don't want to scream 'Immigrant Song' every night for the rest of my life, and I'm not sure I could. "
" The past is a stepping stone, not a millstone. "
" I think I surprise myself. "
" I've got the big name, but I've always wanted to be in a band, one of a band. "
" I don't know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer. "
Rock And Roll
" Entertainment isn't just based on the very structured syndrome of European popular music, and it's great that there are so many thousands of people who are of the same opinion. "
" So for a long time I closed my eyes to the possibility of America having a white voice. "
" I'm so aware of the fact that if I hadn't taken the chances that I've taken along the line, I probably wouldn't be getting the best out of my voice anymore, I might have messed it up in that awful, predictable place. "
" People have got to let their bodies breathe a little bit more. That's the great thing about being a pompous, jumped-up rock god. There's plenty of air around you. "