(On the wearing of fur) My great-grandmother was a Cherokee. With the Indians, it wasn`t slaughter. I have some vintage fur. I don`t buy new stuff.
I want to do interiors, furniture. I want to do architecture, although I`m not an architect. Nor am I a trained interior designer.
God forbid you sing about love. It`s a lost concept.
The image that the public gets is whatever they perceive it to be. Everybody has an opinion, everybody has their own vision, so I don`t know what my public image is. I have no idea.
I just need to know that I did the very best I could and that I was true to myself.
For the last few years, it`s been so chic for everybody to be miserable. Like if you`re in with the cool crowd, you can`t be happy.
The loyalty rate isn`t that high. I could have a big hit, then put out the next single, and they say, Oh yeah, who are you? Prove it again.
I`m more hungry now than I was 11 years ago. Which is great because I see a lot of artists that have been out for a long period of time. They get kind of fat.
I`ve had to work very hard, and I don`t really have a category or fit into any niche, so each time I come out with a new record, it`s like, I`m a new guy.
I don`t think about the styles. I write whatever comes out and I use whatever kind of instrumentation works for those songs.
People feel they have to live that stereotypical lifestyle in order to be a rock star. You don`t have to shoot heroin and act a certain way to be a rock and roll musician.
Every night is different, you never know what it`s going to be like. I remember every night. I don`t like to compare them.
We`re getting so pulled in by computers and technology, and our kids have their face in the computers all day. The human relationship is being diminished by this.
It`s like a dream to come to Spain and stay for a couple of years and get somebody to teach me Spanish music.
It was amazing to me that, all of a sudden, I was hearing my music on the radio and coming out of cars.
I am trying to get closer to God.
My mother gave lots of good advice and had a lot to say. As you get older, you realize everything she said was true.
My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master, I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
I don`t play the tuba.
I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me, and if somebody is moved by it, that`s beautiful.
It`s very important to vote. People died for this right.
I wasn`t the kind of person that liked waiting for autographs or following them, I just liked to go to the shows, study their records, driving many, many hours to different states to go to concerts.
I knew Slash in high school, but not very well. Just knew him as this kid that used to hang out in the hallway. Pretty much looked then the way he does now.
My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.
Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised.
If I were white, I`d get less criticism.
A lot of people don`t listen to the lyrics, really.
I have a great time with my band and on the stage we get along well.
I mean, there are only so many notes. What makes something original is how you put it together.
The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up. Being bi-racial, growing up in a big city and being an artist.
I am still into the people I listened to growing up, so I completely remember what is like to be a fan, I haven`t changed.
I`ve woken up from dreams and the whole song is there. I`m listening to it in my dreams. I consciously have to wake myself up and get a tape recorder because I hear it like a record.
That`s a big gift when people say to you that a song helped them or brought them to some place in their life where they needed to be.
I`m half Jewish, I`m half black, I look in-between. I dress funny. I play all these different styles of music on one record. It`s like, What is he doing?
They think I`m being serious when actually I`m a very big clown. But you have to know me to see that. I`m constantly cracking up and cracking everybody else around me up.
I`m always sort of reflecting on what I do on what I`ve done. Usually before I make a new album, I`ll listen to the previous albums just to see where I`ve been.
I think it`d be a real nightmare to put a record out and sell 20 million copies and then that`s it.
You`re never promised your next breath.
I never sit down to write. When I`m moved, I do it. I just wait for it to come. You just hear it. I can`t really describe writing. It`s in my head.
There`s definitely an old school element to my music, but I also think it`s modern.
It`s a trip to have a Greatest Hits record. It`s a trip.
I knew what I wanted to do from the time I was 5.
People see my photos and think I labor over my image and I`m this cool, brooding artist. But I`m just having fun with it.
A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad.
I identify with women more than men. I guess I have a strong feminine side.
When I was a kid and I bought a record, I ripped that thing open, I wanted to know who was playing what, what studio it was cut at, who was the string arranger, who was the engineer.
You can be around 100 people and be completely alone. People don`t realize what it`s really like.
The image is an image.
I wouldn`t play together with someone who likes to control everything like me.
God is always in my life, and that`s the most important thing to me.