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We played our hearts out. We always did. We’ve never not given 120%.
dUg Pinnick on playing to three people in clubs on the Out of the Silent Planet tour, Rick Davenport’s Rock Show
My career started at 38, so I always try to tell people don’t give up on it if you believe. Just keep doing it.
I was so sick of trying to figure out what people wanted to hear. One day I just woke up and said, “I’m not gonna play that game. I’m gonna write whatever the heck I feel like. Whatever comes out is whatever comes out, and that’s gonna be that.”
Ty Tabor on his songwriting mindset for King’s X, Rich Davenport’s Rock Show
There’s been a lot of pressure on [the Rock Hall] to induct us over the years, and they resisted. We could’ve been inducted 15 years ago. You’re eligible after 25 years as a band, but they waited 40. Sooner or later, it doesn’t matter to me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a big honor and I plan to have a good time.
Ace Frehley on KISS’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Noisy interview

Dave Ellefson and Frank Bello talk bass gear with Sweetwater Music’s Mitch Gallagher for the Guitars & Gear series

Yep. More bass.

Frank Bello sets the record straight on Loudwire’s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?

Looks like it’s a bass kinda day, huh?

Soundgarden sits down with Guitar Center to discuss the band’s history, their influences, and their breakout album Superunknown

Bono answers the question, “Who is Jesus?”

I think it’s the defining question for a Christian–’Who was Christ?’ And I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying, ‘A great thinker,’ or ‘A great philosopher,’ because actually, he went around saying he was the messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the son of God. So he either was the son of God, or he was nuts. Forget rock ‘n’ roll messianic complexes, this is Charlie Manson-type delirium. And I find it hard to accept that all the millions and millions of lives…for two-thousand years have been touched–have felt their lives touched and inspired by a nutter.

My respect for Bono just increased. Watch the entire video to find out what he also believes about prayer, miracles, and the resurrection.

I did a little digging and found out this interview comes from the June 25, 2013 episode of The Meaning of Life, a series on Ireland’s public broadcast network RTE. Hosted by Gay Byrne, it delves into matters of faith and religion with public figures.

And it turns out this isn’t the first time Byrne interviewed Bono.

…I’m a person who can go pretty dark. That’s the other thing that a lot of these songs, as happy as the choruses may be, my brain tries really hard to make me destroy myself.
Glen Phillips on writing for Toad the Wet Sprocket’s New Constellation, Whopperjaw interview

James Hetfield at Guitar Center

James Hetfield, the man himself, sat down with us at Guitar Center in San Francisco. In the small room, he shared stories about becoming a musician, rising to fame, and even played a bit. All the while, customers continued to shop in the store, having no idea it was James playing.

I wonder if he played “Stairway to Heaven” while he was there?!

Great Things Happen When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

Off Camera, Episode 7: Dave Grohl

“What could be more simple than just hitting a red button and letting a tape reel f*cking roll?” — Dave Grohl on recording Wasting Light to tape

For episode 7 of Off Camera, a webzine, television show, and podcast, photographer/director and founder Sam Jones sat down with Dave Grohl to discuss a little bit of everything going on his world. Among other things, topics included Dave’s punk background, his main gigs Nirvana and Foo Fighters (of course), the recording of Wasting Light, the filming and recording of the Sound City documentary and companion album, where the music industry is headed, and probably most importantly, working as hard as you can at what you love while keeping things simple.

If video ain’t your thang, you can also read the full interview at the Off Camera site or listen to the podcast version.


If you don’t make it so people listen for you and what you’re going to do and have on and what you’re going to say and what you’re going to play, ultimately you’ll be replaced by a computer.
Eddie Trunk on the fate of terrestrial and satellite radio DJs, Rock and Roll Geek Show Episode 516
If it was 1990, we would have MTV and radio, and the war would be trying to get the band to sell lots of records. Nowadays, it’s like the Wild West, so I have no idea what can or will happen. We can make plans—touring, making records, and doing all the interviews in the world—but at the end of the day, it’s a new way of thinking. There are no guarantees.
Doug Pinnick on the current state of the music industry, Premier Guitar, June 2013
The whole project didn’t take more than two weeks to do—two weeks. The core tracks were done live… Once you know the direction you’re going in, it should be a continuous driving force, and the people you’re working with will help you refine it. I don’t think it should take six months or a year to do a project. You can lose the freshness.
Guitarist Eric Gales on the making of Pinnick Gales Pridgen, Premier Guitar, June 2013
All the best metal bands are really punks. When they forget that, that’s when they start sucking.
Eureka Machines’ Chris Catalyst, Über Röck Midnite Mixtape Massacre interview