"The advice I give to any young kid is just do it to enjoy it. But what you can get out of it is that there is an introduction to discipline with passion. To be great at anything, you have to work hard at it. When you’re young, you want it to be fun. But to somehow convince them the practicing they’re doing it going to make it more fun, because they will have so much more facility on the instrument and be able to do more things with that instrument. Which will make it more fun and entertaining for them and the people around them. First and foremost, you don’t want it to be an un-fun experience. By the same token, you need to practice on that instrument to be better at it, and therefore you’ll enjoy it more."
"We were on tour with The Bangles a couple years ago and we were talking to the Peterson sisters. They were like, “What the hell? We were so sure that after we broke and all the success that we had that it would be like floodgates [of all girl bands].” Even The Bangles were saying this! “There was The Go-Go’s, and then us, and then we just figured, here we go! It’s going to change everything.” But there hasn’t been a successful all-female band since The Bangles. We were the closest thing that came to it. We got signed to Atlantic, we were on Lava, stuff happened with VH1. It seemed like we were going to break that way. And somehow the music industry just put the breaks on."
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The Ten Most Dad Things Classic Rock Dads Have Told Me Lately
1. ”If it wasn’t for the Lady Gagas and Katy Perrys and Rihannas and Beyoncés, there’d be no attempt from the guys.”
- Adam Ant, on his love of costumes
2. “I enjoy people and I enjoy playing with different styles of music but also different styles of people who play different styles of music.”
- YES drummer Alan White on his love of people, places, things
3. “I'll put on a musicologist hat.”
- STYX singer Lawrence Gowan on classic rock transcendence
4. “Two months ago today, I had back surgery. I’ve got to do stretching exercises and get on a treadmill and do that. Then, about 30 minutes prior to rehearsal, I get on a treadmill. And that’s stretching.”
- Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on recovering from surgery to play drums again
5. “If you’re having a good time and you can jump in the ocean together and have dinner and have a laugh, you can definitely get on stage.”
- Jane’s Addiction Stephen Perkins on his band’s tumultuous relationship (but love of jumping in the ocean)
6. “Goddammit. Where am I? I’m lost.”
- Kenny Loggins, who was lost for our entire conversation
7. “I’m drawn to that boy from Owl City, lots of different things. Bruno Mars is a great, great artist and writer; those kind of people, that make real hits.”
- Justin Hayward from the Moody Blues on what kind of music he’s listening to now
8. “But I still took my drum and bells to school every Wednesday, because if I had told my parents I had quit after they bought those things for me, they would have killed me.”
- Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman on quitting his fourth grade band
9. “Why did you quit playing the piano, Katherine?”
- Johnny Marr asking why I quit piano lessons, quite concerned
10. “I like that Ed Sheeran boy.”
- REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, who listens to his daughter’s iPod on the way to school
Amended to add more dads:
11. “I took my baby into the bar for the first time the day before yesterday.”
-Spoon bassist Rob Pope opened a bar and had a baby this year, so the baby’s gotta visit some time.
12. “One [piece of advice I give] is lifting weights, which keeps your hormone levels up. And when your hormone levels are up and you’re strong like that, you can fight off the big three: cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Cardio also helps in that area. Keeping you fit, keeping all your organs working properly, keeping your basic machine, keeping your body healthy and operating properly, without getting into details. Keeping you strong and fit. Some form of stretching; yoga keeps the body limber. … You need to have flexibility. Diet. Without getting too much into detail about that, [that’s] staying off all processed foods, eating lots and lots of vegetables. Nobody dies from eating too many vegetables.”
-This entire interview with Kenny Aronoff.
13. “When you hit buttons [on the remote] accidentally and shit goes on, you’re like, ‘Oh my god!’ “
-KISS drummer Eric Singer on accidentally pressing buttons on remotes that you didn’t mean to press.
14. “I guess I’ve got two great jobs. I get to play in a great band and I get to drive a big ol’ truck around.”
-Guided by Voices’ Mitch Mitchell, on jobs.
15. “Don’t be silly. Come down to Earth. It’s gonna be all right.”
-The Clean’s David Kilgour, when I told him I was nervous to interview him.
16. “How are you doing up there? Are ya cold?”
-The Chieftains Paddy Moloney (calling from Florida) was worried about Indy’s frigid temps.
17. “We got married nine months after we met, and have been married ever since. The first marriage for either one of us, and I hope it’s our last. It doesn’t happen, especially in rock and roll, or any profession, really. No one has any interest in commitment. You tell me why; I can’t figure it out.”
-Melvin’s Buzz Osborne doesn’t get why the kids can’t stay together these days.