I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
There is nothing like singing a song that 20,000 people know and are singing back to you.
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 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.
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.
We weren't One Hit Wonders. We had a few hits.
I sing in a higher register, and you haven't heard that on the radio in years.
My favorite Extreme records were the last two. I can't listen to the first one.
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.
If I had had a chance to tour with Van Halen before the record, I think it would have been a different record.
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.
You can tell the difference between songs that were created in a garage and songs that were created in the studio.
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.
I have had success throughout the years. Some of the hard rock bands today don't have the history that I have.
I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record.
If people get to the end of the record, then that is a treat.
Dave thought he was bigger than Van Halen the band. So there was this catfight going on for 10 years.
Michael Anthony is the Diplomat of Rock N Roll. He is the regular guy.
It was fun while it lasted, but it never seemed real to me. I could not believe I was in Van Halen.
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.
When 5150 came out rock was king. Post Nirvana and Pearl Jam 1996 is a different story.
When people don't get enough information, they make it up.
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