I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
In my writing with Extreme, there are heavy themes. The cover photo has me with a gun to my neck. I am not advocating suicide. I am taking the philosophy that man is the measure of his own fate.
I tried to stick with what I knew best, which is writing rock n' roll songs and melodies. I am as passionate as I was when I was 20.
I think there are some good players coming up. I think we are at a point where people can swallow a guitar solo in a pop rock record again.
You are in a state of mixing, and you just live with it. There is not one musician who is completely happy with a mix.
I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record.
You can tell the difference between songs that were created in a garage and songs that were created in the studio.
We weren't One Hit Wonders. We had a few hits.
My favorite Extreme records were the last two. I can't listen to the first one.
If I had had a chance to tour with Van Halen before the record, I think it would have been a different record.
When people don't get enough information, they make it up.
When 5150 came out rock was king. Post Nirvana and Pearl Jam 1996 is a different story.
You have Extreme and Van Halen and the history that I have with other people I played with. There are some effects that will hopefully break that stereotype.
Your woman pisses you off so that gets in there; that's rock n roll.
Whether I sound like Sammy or not is purely coincidence. You have got to hand it to him, he sings his ass off. There is no moss on that stone.
There is nothing like singing a song that 20,000 people know and are singing back to you.
When I was in Van Halen I was hitting notes that were out of my range. I never went for those registers before until Eddie pulled it out of me.
I sing in a higher register, and you haven't heard that on the radio in years.
The voices on the record, that was trying to treat my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones.
I am a big Pink Floyd fan. That is where a lot of the concept lyrics come from.
It was fun while it lasted, but it never seemed real to me. I could not believe I was in Van Halen.
Michael Anthony is the Diplomat of Rock N Roll. He is the regular guy.
Dave thought he was bigger than Van Halen the band. So there was this catfight going on for 10 years.
If people get to the end of the record, then that is a treat.
I have a little history. I met Stone Temple Pilots, and their guitar player was a huge Extreme fan. Somewhere down the road, Extreme made its statement.
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