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Band Quotes by John Seagall, Craig Finn, Jeff Bridges, Robert Fripp, Bobby Vinton, Malcolm Mclaren and many others.

Have pride and entertainment. I think that a lot bands just don’t know how to do it anymore or they lost interest in it or don’t care and are just cashing a paycheck.
John Seagall
I can still sing most Eagles songs, even though I never bought a record and never liked the band.
Craig Finn
I play music as much as I can. I have a band called The Abiders. We’ve put out a couple of albums you can find on iTunes. We tour and all that stuff, so music is very much a part of my life.
Jeff Bridges
There is a difference between being a timekeeper and keeping the pulse or being in step with the pulse in the band.
Robert Fripp
To me, there is nothing better than me going into the studio with a live band and hearing those violins and that echo and that sound. I mean I loved it.
Bobby Vinton
Rock and roll doesn’t necessarily mean a band. It doesn’t mean a singer, and it doesn’t mean a lyric, really. It’s that question of trying to be immortal.
Malcolm Mclaren
All the art for Tool is done by the me and the band.
Adam Jones
I never thought of Green Day as a punk band. Just bubblegum, really.
John Lydon
In a way, it’s my way of dealing with, finding closure with Grateful Dead music, and giving thanks in a way to Jerry and Bob and all the guys in the band for making up this wonderful music.
Phil Lesh
Queen and Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses – I had a huge rock-band mania. I play a little bit of drums.
Venom were the first thrash band i heard on record-it really pushed me to the best!
Kerry King
A weird thing about Gossip that I’ve always said: ‘If I weren’t in this band, I would never listen to it.’ But I would go see it. It’s a band you would go see that you don’t necessarily listen to. We’ve always wanted to do a live album because personally, I think we’re a way better band live than on record.
Beth Ditto
Anyone interested in the world generally can’t help being interested in young adult culture – in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language.
Margaret Mahy
I almost rely on other people to say, “Hey, you ever hear of this band?” And I’ll say, “Oh, I’ve never heard of that!” And I listened to them and thought, “What the hell?”
John Petrucci
It seems to me that references to bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin meant more to me a year ago and all those old things are totally losing importance.
Billy Corgan
I always knew I’d be in music in some sort of capacity. I didn’t know if I’d be successful at it, but I knew I’d be doing something in it. Maybe get a job in a record store. Maybe even play in a band. I never got into this to be a star.
Bryan Adams
When you look at bands like Take That, who have come back bigger than ever, you can see there will always be a market for good pop bands.
Shane Filan
It might sound chauvinistic, but there is a sad reality in rock music: Bands who depend on support from females inevitably crash and burn.
Chuck Klosterman
I just wanted to be a part of the band. Actually, that’s what inspired me.
Jam Master Jay
Just because we give the impression that life’s a certain way because of technology, there are still people having a rough time of it. So there are bands trying to do it, and there always will be. You’ve just got to go and find them.
Steve Ignorant
I started a band [Big Japan] for fun. These sticks break easily, but they feel good.
Adam Brody
On MySpace … the whole demographic of the stand-up comedy fan has changed. It’s like an indie band thing. People think they’ve discovered you.
Jim Gaffigan
Composing is just another exciting thing. It’s as exciting as being in a band. It’s kind of like joining a new band for three months.
James Iha
Everybody who wants to be in a band should be made to join the marines.
Huey Morgan
As much as I want to go out and tour every single day and I’m ready to rip it right now, there’s five people in the band, there’s five people who’ve evolved and grown and there’s five people who have to get on the same page and want the same things, and it takes a lot to tour.
Fred Durst
Gord [Downie] does so much Waterkeeper stuff. They were involved in [protesting clearcuts at] Clayoquot Sound [in the early ’90s]. It’s hard sometimes to use the capital you have as a beloved rock band and put it to various causes, especially when they’re a bit more controversial, like energy issues.
Sarah Harmer
I realized when I was taking care of my problems that the band is all I really care about.
Steven Tyler
When we walk onto that stage I’m not feeling like I’m ruled by any other band.
Keith Flint
I feel more confident about what we’re doing as a band and what we’re trying to do as a band and the way we’re looking at it as a band.
Shannon Hoon
In this new world, this day and forever, then, we are not only Thebans – we are all Stepsons. We are all one Sacred Band. If you will have us. And mine will fight by yours, henceforth, as brothers.
Janet Morris
To the U.S. and the world, I’m just known as some funny song and some funny music, some funny video guy. But in Korea I’m doing one of the biggest concerts; it’s not a dance music concert. I’m playing with the band, so I change my every song to a rock song.
I think some of the musicians are more like punk rock musicians. It’s like an art as opposed to being a musician. It’s definitely more radical psychedelic bands, more than anything.
Wayne Coyne
I think it’s really hard being in a boy band. There’s a lot of dynamics.
Leona Lewis
We manage to bounce ideas off one another. Every band fights, but at the end of the day, we’re very positive about the way we fight. At least we come out with a result.
Keith Emerson
Usually I can hear the pianos, the saxophone, and usually I can hear Ronnie. But I really need to listen to Keith and Mick. The rest of the band is sort of an embellishment to that.
Charlie Watts
If you take your last album & try to copy it, then thats sure to hell the way to stagnation. And that makes me bored…and if I’m bored then the music is boring and so are the band!
Joe Perry
I wouldn’t do go to another band.
John Deacon
The troops were occasionally occupied in pursuing scattered bands going north or south, and on three occasions the large camp of Sitting Bull ventured south of the Canadian border, and important expeditions were sent against them.
Nelson A. Miles
Working with the brothers can put pressure on my voice, so I choose to do my own solo thing so I can save my voice. I couldn’t do both now. The Neville Brothers is a funk band; they play loud, and I have a strong voice.
Aaron Neville
Ironically, when I was playing in my first band, I would deliberately not write down any lyrics. I have a really good memory and I would just keep them in my head.
Craig Finn
I do some solo, acoustic stuff, but I also like plugging in my electric guitar and playing loud with a band.
James Bay
While I was in Montrose, the publishing checks went into the band’s coffers. This was our management’s decision; we were just financing ourselves on the road.
Sammy Hagar
Everything is completely democratic in this band so far and that is the way that we would like to keep it.
Adam Rich
I have two pairs of stretchy maternity leggings and jeans, which I will never give up, because once you experience an elastic band for a waist, you will never go back.
Daphne Oz
My father shared the ethos of many of the beat writers and was a friend of Allen Ginsberg. Probably for 25 years of my father’s life, He had been an itinerant piano player and so traveled the road with bands and that sort of thing.
Anne Waldman
I’d played in about four or five bands before we started up, only a couple of which did club dates.
Scott Putesky
Kiss is the number-one American band in gold-record sales. In the world, only the Beatles and the Stones are ahead of us. Every other band should be wiping my ass. The line forms over there to the left.
Gene Simmons
Just getting movies made is difficult because it takes a lot of money; I mean, it costs more money to make one movie than most bands will spend on every single record of their entire career; it’s a huge undertaking.
Rob Zombie
I didn’t realize Metallica was as big as they were. I just thought it was my buddy Kirk’s band – we went to high school together. I wasn’t really following metal.
Les Claypool
I like bands for a long time, even when they’re not trendy anymore. I still like Arcade Fire. I’ve always liked Stevie Wonder.
Sia Furler
After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band.
Henry Rollins
I had a jazz trio, a rock n’ roll band, and I played drums in junior high, high school, college, big bands, and I played timpani in the symphony. I am a drummer. It’s the one instrument I actually play pretty well. It’s just hard to carry on your back.
J. D. Souther
My first rock band was called Mike and the Majestics. I was about twelve, and my older sister Kathy was the manager. There were three of us: me and a friend on guitars and a drummer. We were young, but we played for a lot of fraternity parties, plugging both guitars and a microphone into one little amplifier.
Michael McDonald
I like to play video games like ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero.’
Carmen Electra
By the time I did that third solo album, I’d finally learned how to do it, but I’d also learned that I liked being in a band.
Tommy Shaw
That was what they did with themselves, those two Gracelings, along with a small band of friends: They stirred up trouble on a serious scale—bribery, coercion, sabotage, organized rebellion—all directed at stopping the worst behavior of the world’s most seriously corrupt kings.
Kristin Cashore
A lot of people say, ‘AC/DC – that’s the band with the little guy who runs around in school shorts!’
Angus Young
You know, being in a rock band, you can’t overdo the costume changes too much because everyone thinks, oh, that’s not a real rock band. Look how many times he changes costumes. That’s not rock. Rock’s about going on in a T-shirt and staying in it and getting it all dirty. But that’s not really my approach.
Mick Jagger
Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the hard work in that we did when we were young performers.
Elton John
For me, once I count the band in, and I delve deep into my song, I feel a certain sort of integrity and integration that I rarely find in my daily life.
Bruce Springsteen
It’s always nice with two guitarists in one band to have some contrast.
Derek Trucks
I produced the Buckcherry album and I just finished a band called American Pearl on Wind-Up Records. That’s Creed’s label. They’re pretty rocking. Now I’m looking for another band to produce.
Steve Jones
We are different people – you get a different take on the band whoever you speak to. Somehow, at the end of it, it goes through the filtering process and out comes the Radiohead thing.
Ed O’Brien
Phish is such a good band; they just make stuff up as a jam band.
Sharon Jones
Some people even went off to form another band, Power Station.
Roger Andrew Taylor
I don’t know how it happened, but everyone thinks I’m this crazy b***h. Maybe because I don’t have eyebrows. A lot of bands talk s**t about me and I post a blog calling them out. F**k them. The future is bright pink so put on some sunglasses, b****es.
Jeffree Star
You just have to work with your discomfort. … It’s challenging, but you have to dance the dance that the band’s playing. You can’t say: “I came here to Cha Cha and they’re playing a Waltz, godammit!”
Jeff Bridges
In high school I wanted to be a rock star and was in a lot of bands.
Adam Sandler
There were a lot of times where there was a great deal of fodder recorded and played, because there was a market for it – just as there is today. And there were more bad bands than there were good bands – I think that should always be remembered.
Woody Herman
We didn’t know what the reception was going to be when we walked out on the runway, but it felt like we were in a rock band. People started cheering. It was a nice way to begin Zoolander 2, with that kind of reception.
Owen Wilson
As you do with any band you’re in, you get to know everyone too well all too soon. When you’re crammed into a small space, proximity leads to familiarity.
Henry Rollins
Once I got into punk rock, I started mail-ordering albums, because a lot of the record stores in my area didn’t carry the punk bands from England or Sweden or Chicago or Los Angeles
Dave Grohl
I think that band [Glenn Miller] was the beginning of the end. It was a mechanized version of what they called jazz music. I still can’t stand to listen to it.
Artie Shaw
I had glow in the dark bands made up and I’ve given away a ton of them.
April Winchell
I’m not excited when bands strip things down. I’m not excited by the White Stripes.
Matt Tong
I drummed in some rock bands. I asked for a drum kit when I was 15 and my parents were kind enough to buy me one and I just started playing with my buddies who played guitar.
Miles Teller
Since I’m in a band, and I’m not usually in situations where I need to read, it doesn’t come up as often, and I don’t rely on it as much.
John Petrucci
I went out and started on my way up in television. I wrote music, I wrote books, I played an instrument half-ass. I would always have liked to play in a band. I would always have liked to be a substantial writer, to write country music for big singers. I had all sorts of proclivities, but I never had any big success.
Chuck Barris
I think getting the rest of the guys in the band to write is important.
Donnie Iris
We became friends as we became a band. Our friendship evolved as the band evolved. It had its ups and downs, but it was mostly ups for the four of us. We got along well almost all of the time. Hey! We liked each other and we still do.
Dave Schulthise
We’re a rock n’ roll band. We play heavy metal music. And we want to give you a great time. That’s basically how it all boils down.
Rob Halford
Well, Steve Vai joined my dad’s band right around the time when I actually started playing guitar. So he gave me a couple of lessons on fundamentals, and gave me some scales and practice things to work on. But I pretty much learned everything by ear.
Dweezil Zappa
Mysticism is concerned primarily with moving our awareness field from the beginning of the band of perception, the human band, up to the enlightened bands of perception.
Frederick Lenz
Plays bass guitar in rock band “Capitol Offense”.
Mike Huckabee
There’s a band from Brooklyn called Frankie Cosmos, which is very nice.
Finn Wolfhard
I have this theory, bands with enigmatic lyrics attract crazies.
Michael Azerrad
The ONLY thing that seems to band all nations together, is that their governments are universally bad.
Frank Zappa
I would go see local bands play, and noticed how many girls were there to see the band, and that’s what inspired me.
Phil Ehart
I’m like a twenty-two-year-old kid in a new band trying to get noticed and break through, because the vast majority of people have never seen me play live.
John Fogerty
The ’80s were the worst period. You had these horrible pop bands growing their hair and calling themselves metal.
Geezer Butler
As good as I am, I’m nothing without my band.
Steven Tyler
Early on, I was into David Bowie. Then someone in the band suggested I try a Bryan Ferry type of thing. That’s when I started wearing three-piece suits. It wasn’t unnatural for me.
Robin Zander
You learn how to compromise and you learn how to read each other. Honestly, being in a band with two guys has prepared me so much for when it’s time for me to get married!
Hillary Scott
Smashing Pumpkins has never been a band about hit songs.
Billy Corgan
I’m more interested in the meanings and the bands that fill up the spaces known as new wave and post punk.
Martin Popoff
I like a little bit of everything. I think I’ll put on Guns ‘N’ Roses or Rolling Stones any day. But recently I like a band called Bastille, or The Weeknd I’m a big fan of as well.
Steven R. McQueen
I pretty much built a band out of the most incredible guys I could possibly find. I didn’t really want a six-piece band, but it just ended up being a six-piece band because these guys are all awesome.
Les Claypool
The last true punk band to get a major label contract was The Dickies.
Jello Biafra
Around ’75 when the recession hit, club owners started going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just buy a sound system than it was to hire a band.
Tommy Shaw
I was always in bands before, but on ‘American Idol,’ it was about getting my voice out there. It was always my goal, though, to get a band together again.
Chris Daughtry
It’s time for new bands to step up because KISS and Mtley Cre, Aerosmith, The [Rolling] Stones… we’re not always gonna be here. Who’s gonna replace us? There’s no one out there. It’s sad.
Nikki Sixx
We owe America something because they turned us into a touring band. But at least we feel confident about appearing in Britain again now. Hyde park was the first time over here for ages.
Steve Marriott
I played in the high school band. I was the one baritone saxophone out of 80 other people. No one could tell whether I was hittin the right notes or the wrong notes.
Bobby Keys
It is inspiring to see bands still trying to do significant and new things in the realm of sound. Most people in any category are more or less filling out the forms they’ve been handed. But there are always exceptional gems.
David First
A government held together by the bands of reason only, requires much compromise of opinion.
Thomas Jefferson
I’ve been asked to write my autobiography and really they only want 8 years (1962-1970), and I keep saying it would be five volumes before I even got into the band!
Ringo Starr
I want to be the band everyone knows that goes hardest. Plays the hardest, parties the hardest, lives the hardest, loves the hardest, does everything the hardest, harder than anybody else.
Austin Carlile
Look at The Beatles: how they struggled, how they worked in order to become such a good little band. And that’s why they had such longevity and are still admired today.
Bjorn Ulvaeus
The beauty of the band was you never knew what was going to come out next.
Jimmy Page
What we aspired to in 1998, we have wildly surpassed. And I know we all feel incredibly grateful and lucky this band has been able to have the life that it’s had.
Ben Gibbard
I had no real photography experience, thankfully. I consciously took a lot of crowd shots. I was influenced by Seattle photographer Charles Peterson, who always seemed to incorporate fans in his live band shots.
Bruce Pavitt
I’m inspired by the sheer ingenuity and intelligence possessed by my fellow band mates.
Brad Delson
I wish to be put away in a western dress I designed, with my daughter’s little gold cross necklace and my son’s small white testament in my hands, and my wedding band on.
Patsy Cline
The electric guitar meant that you could have a band with a drummer and a couple of guitars. And that put a lot of horn players out of work.
Keith Richards
I think the furthest I ever got was Guitar Hero. If I could start a band like that, I think I could do it.
Gabriel Iglesias
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers – joined in the serious business of keeping our food, shelter, clothing and loved ones from combining with oxygen.
Kurt Vonnegut
A lot of the bands I loved, I didn’t know where they came from or where they were going.
Bucky Pope
Without getting real personal, we liked our bass player Ed. He was a great guy and he was a good bass player but his playing was suited for a different style of band.
Lou Gramm
We started this band as kids, and as time has gone on, we’ve grown and are learning to accommodate each others’ differences.
Layne Staley
I came up in a time when Springsteen, the Stones, Dylan, and the Beatles were still dominant. For every magazine cover with a new band, there were five covers with one of those guys.
I made out with a homeless guy by accident. I had no idea — he was really tan, he had no shoes on. I just thought it was, like, his thang, you know? I was like, ‘He’s probably in a band.
Amy Schumer
The band projects just took natural priority. I didn’t really have a solo career, just wanted to share the music in another way and to learn more about writing, recording, etcetera.
Ken Hensley
Feast for the Fisherman, the ultimate emo band. Said to be sold with a complimentary prescription for antidepressants and a free flatiron.
Libba Bray
I have this rubber band that I have all the time on my wrist, and sometimes when I get nervous or anxious, I’ll do this twiddle thing with my finger and I’ll snap the rubber band. A lot of people use rubber bands to cope with things like anxiety and depression and addiction.
Tate McRae
I listened to classic rock and roll, and punk rock. ‘Goon Squad’ provides a pretty accurate playlist of my teenage years, though it leaves out ‘The Who,’ which was my absolute favorite band.
Jennifer Egan
The Meatbats are a throwback band.
Chad Smith
I like what’s going on in Finland, with the rebirth of Beherit. I also like a band called Oranssi Pazuzu and a band called Spiderpact. There’s a great scene there where they don’t really care what’s going on elsewhere and create music in their own vacuum.
Mat McNerney
There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go.
Rainn Wilson
I didn’t love Jim Morrison. There was something very reptilian about him. And I didn’t care for his singing, but his band! The Doors were fantastic.
Linda Ronstadt
I just started as a part of the public school music program. I took lessons at the school every Friday and was a part of the school band. I was just a normal kid taking instrumental lessons at school, nothing special.
Kenny G
Any artist manages his own business along with his manager. Every band should.
Art Alexakis
There was a time, from 1935-1946, when teenagers and young adults danced to jazz-orientated bands. When jazz orchestras dominated pop charts and when influential clarinettists were household names. This was the swing era.
Scott Yanow
All I can say is thank God my stepdaughter’s favourite band in the whole wide world is The Beatles. We do have dance parties to ‘Wannabe’ though.
Emma Ishta
I was in a vintage pub rock band called Clover in the 1970s.
Huey Lewis
I’m the band leader. That’s not to say that the other people are my minions – they all put in a tremendous amount of personality, and push the music in ways I would never expect.
Michael Gira
I’m a single girl. I like to have a good time. I just sleep with the guys in the band all the time because it’s easier.
Lady Gaga
Even though there’s reasons to try things that may or may not work, it’s still a real intimate way to finish the song with everybody right there in the band just locked in.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
When I was a kid I never learned to play. I actually got in bands through watching people play and copying them.
Charlie Watts
A great rock band searches for the same kind of combustible force that fueled the expansion of the universe after the big bang. You want the earth to shake and spit fire. You want the sky to split apart and for God to pour out.
Bruce Springsteen
It was a fun job but I’d never claim Busted was anything other than a pop band.
Charlie Simpson
The lousy guitar player in any band is the bass player.
Jimmy Iovine
From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.
Dave Grohl
If anyone saw Fall Out Boy’s first 400 shows, we were the worst band of all time.
Pete Wentz
I’ve been doing my record label for 15 years called Dim Mak. I started my label when I was 19 in ’96. I started putting out an eclectic roster of artists. In 2003, we found a band called Bloc Party, and in 2004, we started getting remixes for Bloc Party, and at the same time I was throwing Dim Mak parties in Los Angeles.
Steve Aoki
When I was young I wanted to make films and then I got into folk music when I was about 12, and started going to this folk club in Auckland. My dad [Barry Andrews] was in punk and post-punk bands, so I guess it was a side of music I hadn’t really listened to before – the really narrative form of songwriting.
Finn Andrews
I’ve always gravitated naturally towards a little bit of a heavier thing, having been in punk bands and metal bands before I ever got into pop.
Kurt Cobain was Nirvana. He named the band, hired its members, played guitar, wrote the songs, fronted the band onstage and in interviews, and took responsibility for the band’s business decisions.
Courtney Love
The life of a rock & roll band will last as long as you can look down into the audience and see yourself.
Bruce Springsteen
But I think bands that rolled in with a big attitude, like they were some big deal, I just found that very strange.
Rob Zombie
I had the first integrated Army band in World War II.
Dave Brubeck
We few. We happy few. We band of brothers, for he today That sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother.
William Shakespeare
Being 16 years old and getting an electric guitar is never going to get old. There’s always going to be kids making music. There’s always going to be kids in bands.
Dan Auerbach
Major labels blow all their money massively and blame it on the band.
Bruce Dickinson
They [muslims] are chopping off heads in Syria. Christianity is under siege. I’m Protestant, Presbyterian, and I’m proud of it. Other religions frankly are banding together, we need to band together.
Donald Trump
I’d say that my musical influences are anywhere from pop-rock electronica, new age and classical. But I think that specifically, bands – I love Jem, I love Sigur Ross, I love David Gray, I love Elliot Smith… a lot of different people. But I don’t find lyrical inspiration from anybody.
Emmy Rossum
I grew up with a piano, and my aunt taught me chords. I played with bands in high school and I could do like, C chord, G chord, D chord; really simple, rhythm piano.
Cristin Milioti
There’s always some promoter having an ’80s night, saying, We’ll supply the band. All you can drink.
Nik Kershaw
I was very shy when I was younger. But I did have a terrible temperament. I would get angry very quickly, but the rest of the time I was this big goofball, playing the drums in a band and making out with girls.
Jeremy Renner
Whitesnake more than most rock bands would get a very significant percentage of women in the audience and those were the ones I’d hear the voices because from where I am on stage is a pretty good spot.
David Coverdale
After I moved with my mother to St. Louis, my older sister and I went to see Ike Turner, who was the hottest then. His music charged me. I was never attracted to him, but I wanted to sing with his band.
Tina Turner
The only thing that’s really riled me up in the last ten years has been the White Stripes. That’s the one band that’s gotten me competitive, and that’s good.
Courtney Love
Led Zeppelin sounded like nobody else. That spoke to the individuality of the band and the direction Jimmy Page wanted to pursue.
Jason Bonham
For Sleeping or Jumping couldn’t be a better band name at a better time in music.
Ben Weinman
For a while I was perfectly happy not performing with ‘The Who.’ From 1982 to 1989 I felt ‘The Who’ did not exist. I let the band go, in my heart. However, Roger Daltrey had other ideas. He would not let go.
Pete Townshend
As much as I love Slipknot, I don’t want that to carry over into what I do for Stone Sour. I want both bands to stand on their own.
Corey Taylor
In his musicals with Garland, Rooney was the sparkplug for prodigious entrepreneurship – that era’s predecessor of the garage band, but with Gershwin tunes and an all-star cast.
Richard Corliss
When it comes to girl bands, we’re all rivals.
Jenny Frost
Well, to tell you the straight honest truth, it was like a Grateful Dead cover band. I didn’t feel – and nothing against the guys – I didn’t feel that they were opening up like they should. I’ll tell you what, with guitar players, Steven has what I like in guitar players.
Bill Kreutzmann
Were not a festival band, playing during the day was something we had to get over, I was like uhh this sun stuff kind of sucks
Gerard Way
For a band like us tracklisting is a massive, massive task.
Ed O’Brien
I suppose one thing that’s always fascinated me is that thing where you’re a band and you want to start recording and you get a label and a producer, and then there’s that pressure to go out there and really toil.
Thom Yorke
The Who is now a brand, not a band; but it is a brand that is upheld by its audience, not an industry or a cynical moneymaking machine.
Pete Townshend
Why are there no clouds in the sky? … ‘Cause God wants to watch his favorite band again!
Tre Cool
I always wanted to be in a band with a bunch of dudes who loved Green Day and all that.
Ashton Irwin
If you don’t try and explore genres and have freedom of creativity, you’re just wasting your position as a pop band.
Adam Anderson
How do you be a 45-year-old man in a rock band, do it well, keep your dignity and not become a parody of yourself? I don’t think it will be simple.
Nate Mendel
I was just a music lover who wondered what it would sound like if Otis Redding strapped on a guitar and played in a punk band. Thats it.
Benjamin Booker
It’s healthy for a band to become slightly less relevant
Max Bemis
When you’re in a band, you’re all in it together. You’re always available. You’re always available for the albums; you’re always available for the tours. There’s no question of that.
Steven Wilson
I felt rich when I was 20 years old and my wife was paying my bills. Just being in a band, I’ve always felt blessed.
Don’t believe bands who say it’s all about the fans and they want to give their music away for free. The result is they will continue to live in their mother’s basement.
Gene Simmons
It was pretty common to form bands that only lasted a few years. Slint was my favorite band that I was in at the time, and I didn’t realize that I was bummed out about it until quite a while later.
David Pajo
I understand the rock star deal having been one and still going out strapping my guitar on and performing. Now, I probably do 30 or 40 dates a year and I get to relive how I felt at 19 when I played in some really bad bands.
David Cassidy
When I was younger and first started watching MTV I loved watching TRL. I loved watching my favorite singers/bands perform.
Victoria Justice
A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.
Glenn Miller
That’s one of the good things about a lot of the young British bands, they are mixing all styles of music. I think that’s very good because that’s very now.
Mick Jagger
It’s stupid to expect perfection from bands because afterall they’re just human beings.
Neil Young
Conservatively, I am saying that social networking has made being in a band more fun, but not necessarily changed how the business works.
Chris Cain
It’s pretty easy to lose money on tour – most bands do on their first couple of tours. We’re more established, but I think it was just poorly booked. It was a mess from the get-go.
Zachary Cole Smith
When you’re in a band and there’s five of you, you have to accommodate five people in every song.
Noel Gallagher
If when you hear a song by OK Go you conjure up thoughts of a gigantic Rube Goldberg device or treadmills or drones or perfectly executed dance routines, then you know that this is a band that is masterful at coming up with amazingly creative music videos.
Rachel Martin
I went to art school and interned at DC, and then did the band. When that stuff comes up, you’ve gotta embrace it and run with it for as long as you can, and I did. I did that for as long as I felt I could.
Gerard Way
I don’t know what happened. I just exploded. I’d never sung like that before. I used to stand still and sing simple, but you can’t sing like that in front of a rock band. You have to sing loud and move wild with all that in back of you. Now, I don’t know how to perform any other way.
Janis Joplin
I enjoy playing the band as the band. I be the whole band and Im playing the drums, Im playing the guitar, Im playing the saxophone. To me, the most wonderful thing about playing music is that.
Chick Corea
One of the reasons we survive as a band is that we are seen as a band of today. We don’t want to be seen as a band that tours and plays old songs. We feel that we are making the best music of our careers.
Andrew Fletcher
Ben Brantley
I like that band Get Hustle. They’re cool live. I haven’t heard their records, though.
Stephen Malkmus
I grew up with Al Jarreau. We had a band together and worked these places for three years when neither one of us knew we could make a living doing music.
George Duke
I was at the first Minor Threat show, and you could tell, ‘This band is going to be the king of the town.’ It was obvious. They were so good.
Henry Rollins
I have a whole iPod full of exceptionally bad music, truly awful stuff including a disproportionate number of one hit wonders from the early ’80s and lots of hair bands. I find it utterly impossible to love a song until I know every single word, so listening to live music or new bands is pretty much out.
Lauren Weisberger
The Rock’n’Blues Fest is my kind of festival series! It’s always great playing shows with my brother and, add to that, all the other great artists and their bands and this should make for one historic round of concerts.
Johnny Winter
Of course it’s fantastic to have bands formed in garages, but there is a market for other types of music.
Rachel Stevens
Nobody gets into a band and thinks they’re going to have a 30-year career.
Scott Ian
I never do releases to try and make or break some contemporary band.
Thurston Moore
The band we have now on stage is the band I always wanted to be in.
James Young
As a band gets more successful, there’s a danger of falling in love with your own shadow.
Bryce Dessner
I don’t need a captain’s band to lead a team to victory.
Hope Solo
Both of us knew the band had run its course. We were both unhappy doing it, but I think the way Andrew [Ridgeley] was being treated as the less important half of the duo had finally taken its toll on him.
George Michael
The energy strands and bands of our being are linked in a certain way and makes us what we are. It causes us to perceive a certain level of the dream of life. But you can reorder those. That’s magic, you see.
Frederick Lenz
People say, ‘Why don’t you do interviews? What do you think about this? What do you think about that?’ My job in the band is to play drums, to get up on stage and hold the band together. That’s what I do. At the end of the day that’s all that’s important. Everything else is irrelevant.
Larry Mullen, Jr.
My dad was a real working musician in the late ’70s and early ’80s. He had a band that was signed to Elektra/Asylum and they would perform at like Madame Wong’s and Whiskey A Go Go all the time.
Weyes Blood
You know, punk bands now sell with one record – their first or second record – sell 10 times the amount of records than the Ramones did throughout their career with 20-something records. That’s why I go over to Johnny Ramone’s house and do yard work three times a week, just to absolve some of the guilt.
Eddie Vedder
They’ve gone to great length to disguise the fact that I’m not in the band, even sending out a photo to promoters with my picture in it which then winds up in some of the ads on the flyers.
Jello Biafra
A band is a great way to destroy a friendship, and a tour’s a great way to destroy a band.
Julian Casablancas
We get along, we talk music.Lenny Kravitz took me to Harlem to see this little jazz show in the back of a church. It was just shitty fluorescent lights and a small stage piano, but this band tore it up.
Penn Dayton Badgley
I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter.
Count Basie
I’m disappointed by bands left and right, every day.
Henry Rollins
Our country, the United States of America, may be the world’s largest economy and the world’s only superpower, but we stretch ourselves dangerously thin by taking on commitments like Iraq with only a motley band of allies to share the burden.
John Spratt
I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.
Quincy Jones
I’m delighted to be Number 1, but next week I don’t want people to buy my record, I want them to buy Band Aid.
Jim Diamond
Without a band, I’m much more free to improvise.
Kane is a band I formed with my best friend Steve Carlson. We just got together and started playing guitar. He was playing some old school rock and roll, and we got together and thought, ‘Hey, let’s take this on the road.’
Christian Kane
I played the drums, and I was in a band called Funkasaurus Rex in Toronto. When I left for school, it became hard to play as frequently.
Jake Epstein
When a band means a lot to you, you build the fantasy more than the reality. Always.
Stephen Malkmus
Long, flat expanses of professionalism bother me. I’d rather have a band that could explode at any time.
Neil Young
What you hear about the band is always going to be more disturbing than any particular song.
Scott Putesky
Fans these days seem to almost expect a response from band-members any time they tweet or leave a comment etc.
Beau Bokan
I like those guys who brought dub into live band context too, Peaking Lights. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals!
As a woman, you listen to more female singers, like guys listen to more rock bands. So in that way, they influence you because you’re trying to create an identity; you look to others to model.
Joan Cusack
Around the time the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, I was already in a band.
Dan Fogelberg
I’m basically in every band I ever was in, and the songs, I still mean them all. I don’t take anything back, so I do look after them to some degree. But my main focus is on what I’m doing now.
Ian MacKaye
Child development: Most damaging course of action is attempting to keep children from experience or protect them from pain, for it is this time that children learn that life is a magic thing, if “not a rose garden.” The parent’s role is primarily to stand by with a good supply of band-aids.
Leo Buscaglia
Of course I knew The Band’s Canadian keyboard player, the late Richard Manuel, but I didn’t play that night because I was there as a guest with my record executives. People ask, “why didn’t you play?” If I had known I was going to be playing then I would have been prepared for it.
Gordon Lightfoot
I did do an off-Broadway show for about 15 months. ’91 and ’92. It was nice to have a steady paycheck for a while. It was Oliver Jackson and Earl May, Art Barron and myself were the house band. I was 24 and 25 at the time.
Jon Gordon
I’ve had people call me from bands that are very popular, and they’re like, “What do we do? We want to do what you do.” It’s almost impossible to do what I do, because you would have to start in 1980. You can’t just do it.
Ian MacKaye
But the irony is that because the band isn’t the focus any more, it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more.
Rick Allen
I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have a headshot. I didn’t even know if anyone would know where to find me. I just went back to high school and started playing with my band.
Jason Schwartzman
For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.
Robert Jastrow
The music industry is not what it used to be. Being in a good band is great, and I’ve been lucky to be in great bands. I’ve done solo stuff, and that’s been great. I also produce rock bands and I do co-writes, where I write with different singers in bands and songwriters.
James Iha
This was a nightmare scenario for any bodyguard: stuck in the middle of a transparent tube, several miles underwater, with a murdering band of fugitives at one end and an enthralled but still highly skilled police officer at the other.
Eoin Colfer
Of course, we didn’t survive to play all the way through the ’90s, so I can say that – as I said, everybody in the band was aware of this, and we trying to figure out ways to make it different.
Phil Lesh
Ask yourselves if the gods are angry, you who have seen Harmony come among us, walk among us, touch us, look kindly upon us. We are the Sacred Band of Thebes. We fight in the forefront, therefore we bleed first. We live, therefore we die.
Janet Morris
I’ve been thinking about songwriting more in terms of playing it live, and how it will sound as a band.
Florence Welch
My dad was a bass player in a Latino band when I was growing up. So we always had musical instruments in our basement.
Lindi Ortega
Nobody’s dumb in this relationship [with his wife] or in the relationships of any of the other guys in the band. But it’s also not the clichГ© that those on the outside envision.
Jon Bon Jovi
We are aiming to create a new genre with a new style in terms of visuals and sound. A mixture of dance and metal which strays away from the traditional or conventional metal band.
Yui Mizuno
Every band needs it’s own special chemistry. And Bez was a very good chemist.
Tony Wilson
Even when I interviewed bands, it was about asking them about writing songs, so it was more for me than anybody else.
Benjamin Booker
Besides the vocal warm ups, me and my band have a secret hand shake that we do just to get us all pumped. It’s nice.
Jay Sean
I think I’m a fun flatmate. I’m always cheerful. I go on tour with my band so it’s 12 people on one bus and I feel like I’m the one who’s happy in the morning. I’m not a chaotic person, but I might slack off on doing the dishes from time to time.
Zooey Deschanel
A lot of times, when a band finds success with a certain style or sound, they have a really hard time breaking away from that to grow as artists.
Matt Cameron
I played trombone for 10 minutes, and then I was in an accordion band in school for even less.
Colm Meaney
There are lots of things I like about playing in a band, the things I cant do by myself you know.
Elliott Smith
I don’t think there’s anything remotely “new” or “experimental” about any modern metal bands.
Mat McNerney
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys are simply the best band that ever was.
George Strait
I asked all through third, fourth and fifth grade, when they were asking kids to be in the band, to be in the school band. But they wouldn’t let me do it.
Jon Gordon
Most people in England don’t live in the North, and people are snobby in England, so they wanted a band from the South.
Mick Jagger
I love Coldplay. I love Steely Dan – Steely Dan’s probably one of my top three bands of all time.
Judd Apatow
Every 15, 20, 25 years, a new rock and roll record needs to come out and a new rock and roll band needs to come out.
Steven Adler
I struggled more than anything else to find a voice for this band.
Roger Daltrey
It’s been such a group effort. When you’re a new band and you have limited resources, you end up getting people that are there because they love what you do, and that’s great.
Balthazar Getty
It’s heartening to return to live music, heartening for people like me in a band. It’s a very traditional thing to return to. It re-validates the original form that we fell in love with.
Mick Jagger
But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness
John Green
I tell you, when we travel with our own band and we’re on the road… Well, I can’t even believe this is work.
Jane Monheit
I remember a time when I would hear a band and then want to hear everything that sounded like it; I wanted it to feel like I was tapping into a thing, even if it wasn’t.
Alan Palomo
I love the band Haim. I would love to do something with them.
Tom Odell
One of the pleasant duties of America’s most famous announcers during the relatively short swing era of the big bands was to host late-night remotes from some of the most famous ballrooms throughout the country.
Nick Clooney
The Impressionists had to fight the gallery system for many years before becoming accepted. One of their methods of fighting was to band together and hold their own shows.
Oliver $
I know I could never be in a pop band. I honestly have an appalling voice.
Gary Lineker
Ninety percent of all music is always crap, and when too many people decide they’re going to have guitar bands, then ninety percent of them are going to be crap. It’s just a given law.
David Byrne
Before I knew how to do anything, I was figuring out how to be in a band.
Tim Kinsella
I am very proud of my musical growth and contributions to the band in the last four years. I have nothing but positive thoughts and feelings towards John, Mike, James, and John. Jordan Rudess is a friend of mine and a great talent. I wish all of them the very best!
Derek Sherinian
Band chemistry is a tricky thing. If one guy isn’t feeling right with the other guys, everything gets thrown off. When you get the personalities and the chemistry right, that’s a grand slam.
Les Claypool
I do try to pay attention to new bands and what’s happening within the scene. I try to make sure I give everything a listen – even if I loathe it.
Mat McNerney
It wasn’t until The Sixth Sense that people started saying, wow, man, you’re an actor. People didn’t think of me as the guy in a band anymore.
Donnie Wahlberg
I survived a number of garage bands during my teens and early twenties, both as drummer and guitarist. It’s nigh impossible for me to listen to music without parsing it.
F. Paul Wilson
My first influences for playing were Johnny Ramone and Jimmy Page, the same as everybody else. Joe Perry. The guys in Alice Cooper’s band, whatever their names were. Mick Ronson from David Bowie. You know who really influenced me to write songs? Iron Maiden.
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein
It’s much easier to work on other people’s music and play in other people’s bands as a guitar player instead of being the main songwriter and singer. That’s a really big job to do that.
James Iha
I enjoy playing the band as the band. I ‘be’ the whole band and I’m playing the drums, I’m playing the guitar, I’m playing the saxophone. To me, the most wonderful thing about playing music is that.
Chick Corea
It’s important for all people, and not just people in bands, to speak out on social justice issues. That means journalists or plumbers have just as much of a responsibility to do that as artists.
Serj Tankian
Those who love and who have a sense of purity live in a very luminous band of awareness.
Frederick Lenz
If I were a cassowary On the plains of Timbuctoo, I would eat a missionary, Cassock, band, and hymn-book too.
Samuel Wilberforce
My focus is always on the day. What I’ve done behind me, I try to have respect for it, and keep an eye on it, and make sure it isn’t abused, and obviously be thoughtful about it, because it’s all real to me. I’m basically in every band I ever was in, and the songs, I still mean them all.
Ian MacKaye
Too bad that Paul Ryan confessed to being a fan of Rage Against The Machine. By doing so, he not only begged for a bucketing by many of their fans but actually got one from the band’s guitar player, Tom Morello.
Henry Rollins
It’s only people that aren’t goths that think the Cure are a goth band.
Robert Smith
Fleetwood Mac is just one of my all-time favorite bands.
Chris Hardwick
Because music wasn’t free yet, they wouldn’t really offer MP3s so you had to buy things to see if you liked it or not. Which is crazy if you think about how much music you bought and then didn’t even like the stuff. It was a different world where bands made money off their music.
Marnie Stern
I’ve always worn jewellery but for a time it went out of fashion. Like grungy and punk bands didn’t wear jewellery because it was stupid.
Tom Jones
See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland; I did strictly special material, special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
Mel Torme
My band can tell you, I’d rather do anything than rehearse.
Shelby Lynne
New Kids on the Block are on season two [Full House ], so that was just a huge lifelong dream come true. Joey McIntyre is great. He is a real actor too; he is just not a famous boy-band musician.
Andrea Barber
Being in a band is about making the band the priority.
Adam Duritz
If I went crazy and tried to make pop music, my band wouldn’t record it! I love them too much to do that.
Leon Bridges
I would never talk to a girl in a bar, like a pick-up thing. But I could talk to anyone if they wore a t-shirt of a band I like.
Craig Finn
My older brother and myself always played together in bands, but we never knew we would be professional musicians.
Wynton Marsalis
Rock is about finding who you are. You don’t necessarily have to play your instrument very well at all. You can just barely get by and you can be in a rock band.
Gene Simmons
It’s always the negative things that seep through into your consciousness. Most of the positive things just roll off real fast. I just try not to pay attention to it, because I’ve never read anything about my band that’s accurate.
Conor Oberst
At some point I was hanging around with the Butchies – a band I ended up playing with a lot – and it just brought out this thing in me… and it felt very different from the Indigo Girls.
Amy Ray
My life had become a catastrophe. I had no idea how to turn it around. My band had broken up. I had almost lost my family. My whole life had devolved into a disaster. I believe that the police officer who stopped me at three a.m. that morning saved my life.
Trey Anastasio
When I was younger, my dad was making a music video for a band in Montreal. I was goofing around and being a ham. An agent was there and she was telling me, ‘Hey, do you think you’d want to go out on auditions?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, what’s an audition? Sure, I’ll do it.
Vanessa Lengies
One day I would love to do rock a gig on the moon – how rad would that be? Isn’t Richard Branson flying planes to outer space? Motley Crue could be the first band to play on the moon.
Tommy Lee
I’ve been in very many situations where I’ve not liked the other members of the band or they have not liked me. I grew up presuming that’s the way music was made. It doesn’t need to be that way. It’s taken me years years to find that out.
John Lydon
I would say that I’m very proud that Metallica plays heavy music – but equally proud that we don’t think like a heavy-metal band.
Lars Ulrich
Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.
Tom Morello
I’m gonna design my own fleet of trailers. No! I’m gonna record an album like Jennifer Lopez. It’ll be an acoustic version of K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Then maybe I’ll design a line of clothes like Puff Daddy, but all in synthetic fur.
Brad Pitt
I started performing at home as a kid putting on shows and lip-syncing Michael Jackson for the grown-ups. Then, in musicals and plays in school. At 17, I was performing in coffee shops and in parking lots at Phish shows. At 18, I had a band that played local shows in the Northwest.
The thing about rock is that people are not just interested in bands because of where they want to go. It’s where they want to escape from that matters.
Colin Greenwood
It’s the faster bands that made me want to play guitar, bands like The Jam.
Graham Coxon
A lot of guys get slammed pretty hard. I do think there’s a tendency with women performers to just sort of write them off. The “Flavor of the Month” kind of thing. Or as a novelty, because I do think women in bands are still considered a novelty, or a little confection.
Nina Gordon
And as the players tried to take the field, the Marching Band refused to yield.
Don McLean
I decided to build up my band in Buffalo because Buffalo was where I had originally built up my own musical strength.
Rick James
I could never settle down into a reggae band, that’s too bizarre.
Doug Martsch
I originally wanted to be a singer, but I was average. I made 18 records, but none were that great. I was in a dance band at Bournemouth Pavilion for three years, and I played guitar too.
Tony Blackburn
If you are in a band or in any situation with other people there are obviously brilliant aspects to it, but there are also things that you start finding yourself tied to.
David Gilmour
That’s kind of a nostalgia thing. Nirvana was my first favorite band, in third or fourth grade. Then I got out of them. But one day in college a few buddies and myself all started listening to them again and it blew me away. They still stand out as my favorite band ever.
Girl Talk
Within you there are thousands of rings of luminosity, bands, and each one is a universe of perception. In the average person’s lifetime, they might just open up two or three, maybe four of those bands.
Frederick Lenz
We really try not to spend too much time thinking about what we’re supposed to be a punk band, or whatever. We do the exact same thing today that we been doing for years and years and years.
Mark Hoppus
There’s no real template to follow these days for what a band should and shouldn’t be – bands are just becoming these weird little Internet avatars that you either follow or download or interact with in some removed way.
Alan Palomo
It was great to be the rock comic, the shock comic. But after you’ve played Giants Stadium with Bon Jovi in front of 82,000 people, after you’ve done the ‘Wild Thing’ video with Jessica Hahn and every rock band from hell, you’re not gonna top that.
Sam Kinison
The writing process was some of the most exciting and rewarding moments of my life. It felt a lot like being in a band.
Ethan Hawke
There are a few things that I will hopefully be credited for as a pioneer. One is my four-mallet playing. Another one is the starting what was first called jazz rock in 1967 when I started my first band, later became jazz fusion by the 1970s.
Gary Burton
The magic that you find in surf music, I think, is really timeless. You know, when I was very young, I was in a surf band. Surf music is an instrumental music that still means a lot to me, not in an nostalgic way, but as something that really gets to the heart of the guitar itself.
John Zorn
When I was young, I wanted to do something more low-key, like become a drummer in a rock band.
Brooke Burke
I would urge all bands that say they only care about credibility and don’t care about money to send Gene Simmons every dollar that they don’t want. I’d be happy to take it off them.
Gene Simmons
You wouldn’t be a complete band without a slightly cocky frontman, would you?
Adam Levine
You hear about bands who say, “We did one show where only 20 people showed up”, well that was our average gig for five years.
Dexter Holland
Every band I’ve been in, it’s just become my total life. I feel like a child star – I’ve missed out on so much.
Kathleen Hanna
You know, we have a long history of covering different periods of this band’s development with a live record… a sort of live thing that would be done for three or four records, and that was the intention with this particular package.
Alex Lifeson
We demonstrated what you could do when a band of entrepreneurs settles an empty country with vast resources. The Chinese have a billion people and are running out of water. Tougher problem for sure.
Charles R. Morris
I played a lot of music all throughout my life, actually, but in high school I was in marching band and all the bands. So, I was big into music, I was big into drawing and sculpture, and all these different things.
Kirsten Lepore
We’re not like Alice In Chains where somebody dies and the band breaks up.
Ann Wilson
They gave it to us for about five bucks a week, and we just went there to live. Probably the first band that ever did that back then and it became the famous cottage.
Jim Capaldi
Even when I’m touring, I feel like a sideman … everybody’s working together. We get to play longer solos; it’s not just “Here’s the record! Thank you for coming Goodnight” … it has always had a “band” feel instead of being a singer and his backup band.
Vince Gill
There’s no substitute for live work to keep a band together.
Keith Richards
My manager, my band members, we’re all good friends. You need that because a lot of times an artist will be so sheltered he will lose touch with what the fans want.
Keith Whitley
I mean, I don’t think I would call Claus to do an album of big band tunes. You know, just like arrangers write for the artist they have in mind; you have to keep in mind if you’re going to work with Claus Ogerman. You invite him to do what he does.
Diana Krall
It was by listening to Goodman’s band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.
Alvin Lee
I realized that calling yourself a feminist or not calling yourself a feminist, just by being in a band of all girls, it’s all you talk about.
Kathleen Hanna
All I really wanted to do was make an album that was going to be just back to what I like to do… And it was a coincidence that these new bands, this new wave of bands, were doing Alice and Iggy rock.
Alice Cooper
That’s what you join a band for, is to make music. Not to sit around and have five years off. We’re not getting any younger.
Liam Gallagher
I do a lot of curiosity buying; I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination. I still like to go to record stores, I like to just wander around and I’ll buy whatever catches my attention.
Bruce Springsteen
I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
Ruben Blades
Well before I was in a band, I wanted to be everything from a vet, an astronaut, an archeologist was a big one. It could be very wide-ranging because I had a lot of different interests including music so I’m very happy where I wound up.
Joan Jett
You can see it in people’s faces, when they’re into a metal band. It’s cool to see that being passed on.
Chris Reifert
I’ve played drums since I was 15. My sisters and I all played instruments. I kind of started with piano and then I actually played saxophone with a jazz band in middle school. So, any knowledge I had of jazz music was from playing alto-sax back then.
Miles Teller
It was great being together as a band, but much more difficult being brothers than it was being in a band.
Barry Gibb
All I’ve got on my iPod is every single Queen song and every single Judas Priest song. Queen were an incredible heavy metal band. I saw them on their first ever tour, at Birmingham Town Hall. They just blew me away.
Rob Halford
I write the music, produce it and the band plays within the parameters that I set.
I learned the songs and played the gigs, and then they called me about a month later. They told me they were like super stoked on me and asked me to join their band.
Travis Barker
With the exception of Megadeth, I can’t imagine any band we were hesitant about touring with. I mean we liked the original Megadeth, but I can’t think of any band we toured with we weren’t psyched about.
Reed Mullin
When we first met, I was trying to put a band together. I asked around at school for other guys who wanted to play in a band. Someone told me about a juvenile delinquent they knew who played bongos.
Wayne Kramer
I thought my goal in life was to be in a successful band, and I had got that, but I was as miserable as I had ever been, and I couldn’t understand why that would be.
Trent Reznor
It’s funny, now there are so many bands that I can never remember any of their names. Maybe it’s because I’m old.
Judd Apatow
My first band was called Nubert Circus, a very embarrassing, dumb name. It means nothing. We were kind of grunge. I would say we were more funny punk, a lot of songs about food and stuff like that.
Phil Elverum
Upwell is one of the most terrifyingly great bands I have ever known out of Seattle. Their musicianship and songwriting is monstrous… They’re heavy like Soundgarden or Zeppelin with killer female vocals, but with their own unique style.
Jack Endino
The band has always stayed close to its fans and not sold out. That’s a very rare thing. I can see how rare that is having been outside of the band for eight years. Maiden has integrity. I think people appreciate that.
Adrian Smith
If there’s ever a kid out there that can’t afford to buy the music, I still want them to hear it, and hopefully they’ll go to the show, or buy a T-shirt from the band. That’s the idea.
Conor Oberst
We never want to be a band that keeps our fans at arm’s length. This has always been about us and our fans together. We’ve been on an amazing journey with our fans already, but knowing that the best is still to come is a pretty
exciting feeling for all of us.
Jared Leto
I like all of the typical hard rock bands. I’m an AC/DC fanatic. I love ZZ Top, just about any Van Halen, any Judas Priest, the list goes on and on, most of the Iron Maiden stuff. Those are the big bands, but I got my feel from, I grew up on Mountain and Humble Pie. That kind of stuff is where I get my feel from.
Mark Mendoza
I thought eventually I’d have a family and I really didn’t want to be a loser like that guy in his 40s still shopping his band’s shitty demo tapes around.
Joe Rogan
My approach is to be part of a band that makes music, not hit songs.
Adam Jones
We’ve got the best kind of parents for us, in this situation. My parents are super supportive of me and really into our band. They get just as excited as we do, about stuff that we do. So, it’s pretty cool.
Mattew Nicholls
The thing that helped me get into the film business was that I went to school in Athens, Georgia and managed to get on, um, working on music videos for a band called R.E.M. and that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.
Alton Brown
These new bands sound like Gang of Four — if Gang of Four sucked.
Carrie Brownstein
I have been doing merch’ since I was 15 and in bands when I was a teenager – silk-screening shirts, making the emulsion in my mom’s closet I converted into a dark room, through college. That’s essentially how us bands survived was selling homemade t-shirts.
Steve Aoki
Have to stay together, can’t switch band, but you can have a boyfriend, have to get a boyfriend..!!!
Kim Kyu-jong
The breakup of my first marriage was my first failure; I had to learn to accept that and support the people involved. The court case brought against me by three of the band was awful, but learning how to let it go, move on, and come back together as friends and creative partners was a life lesson above any other.
Gary Kemp
Just a lot of those bands [like The Blue Jean Committee] started off in blues, and then they all transformed into other kinds.
Fred Armisen
I am lucky to have the greatest band and when you add a symphony orchestra to the mix it brings all of my songs to a whole new level. I wouldn’t say I really change what I do but, having those talented musicians behind me, along with my band, really makes the songs so much bigger and more fun to sing.
Olivia Newton-John
Jon Davis of Korn and Frank Mullen of Suffocation are one of my favorite bands and from that moment, we started a conversation and lead to the song.
Mitch Lucker
Part of me wishes some of the more obsessive fans would spend a fraction of the time they spend studying the band.
Dave Matthews
There’s no leader of this band, and there never will be. That’s the key. You can’t control how the public perceives you-people see rock’n’roll bands as the guitar player and the singer.
Shannon Hoon
I was happiest, frankly, when I had a day job and then I went and was in my band that I never, ever had dreams of making money, ever.
Sasha Frere-Jones
I was 16 when I came to New York. I had graduated to a tenor banjo in the school jazz band, and it was kind of boring – just chords, chords, chords. Then my father took me to a mountain music and dance festival in Asheville, North Carolina, and there I saw relatively uneducated people playing great music by ear.
Pete Seeger
After all these years, I’m finally into soccer. The World Cup is on, and my band is an international group – they’re all around me, cheering in the hotel bars.
Art Garfunkel
I thought I’d do something nice for the band… I’ll hang myself.
Jason Newsted
We saw the band as an acting job – it was an extension of ‘Byker Grove.’ We were even still called PJ and Duncan.
Declan Donnelly
As a result, I had to get my own playground which was my band Colours. This band lasted for about eight years and then the air was out of it and it was time to finish.
Eberhard Weber
I’m not naked, I’m in the band.
Steven Wright
You always come back to Duke Ellington – he’s kind of like the thread that holds everything together from the big band descending to lots of jazz, actually.
I love a lot of the New York bands, but Patti Smith stands out. I just read ‘Just Kids’ and it’s an inspirational, well-written account of an emerging New York artist in the late seventies.
James Iha
Anyone who grew up with me knows that Queen is my favorite band of all time.
Adam F. Goldberg
I can tell you there is no finer stadium to play in. The traditions that they place in that stadium like when they announce that it’s Saturday night in Death Valley, when the band plays, when that crowd stands and cheers for the Tigers, there is no place like it in America.
Les Miles
It’s hard to play a laptop in the midst of band and have people want to buy your t-shirts and CD’s.
Girl Talk
There are loads of bands I’d love to produce.
Alex Kapranos
I’m a terrible musician. While the band members are great, I’m tolerated and affectionately regarded because I do movies, but if I had to make my living as a musician I would starve. I’m like a Sunday tennis player.
Woody Allen
Pantera is the only band I’ve ever been in, and at the start we used to play covers to make a living.
Dimebag Darrell
Because, first of all, we were becoming aware during that tour that there was a group of people that was following the band around, and they weren’t interested in coming in to the shows, they were just interested in hangin’ out outside and tryin’ to break in.
Phil Lesh
Touring is exciting, fun and the reason why you want to be in a band.
Joe Casey
The Jug Band was exactly what I wanted to do, and it wasn’t my idea.
John Sebastian
J.T Woodland, known as “the cute one” in The Corporation’s seventh-grade boy band, Boyz Will B Boyz. Due to the success of their triple-platinum hit, “Let Me Shave Your Legs Tonight, Girl,” Boyz Will B Boyz ruled the charts for a solid eleven months before hitting puberty and losing ground to Hot Vampire Boyz.
Libba Bray
To actually get together and make a band record feels like a bit of a big deal, and that can be quite daunting when you’re musicians.
Tracey Thorn
Deep Purple is a damn good band and we’ve made a niche in rock ‘n’ roll history. Maybe not a huge one but enough to be very proud of.
Jon Lord
If you have a counterculture band, you put a name on it, you call them beatniks, and you can sell something – books or bebop. Or you label them as hippies and you can sell tie-dyed T-shirts.
Jim Jarmusch
The stage show is, in some sense, highly theatrical. It’s definitely not just a band in jeans playing rock and roll.
Amanda Palmer
I really believe that we’re a studio-based band, and I have always thought that.
Josh Silver
I think that it’s not enough to do the little Band-Aid things of having celebrities come and read to children. Not that we don’t need to read to children, but we don’t need to just do it one time and feel good about it. I think we need to think long range about poor people and their relationship to libraries.
Sandra Cisneros
A band that we supported called Blackfish in Manchester, played the most insane gig I’ve ever been to. Everything was set on fire, and then they came on and played one of the coolest gigs I’ve ever seen.
Matthew Healy
If I could be in any band, I think it would have to be The Beatles. That would have been a lot of fun.
Jason Behr
People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.
Andy Warhol
People don’t seem to care about convictions any more. When I was a teenager, the deal was that, y’know, you had a band that you were really loyal towards, almost to a fault, and you stayed really loyal to that band. That was the whole thing, that was such a big deal.
Marnie Stern
I understand why there’s a natural suspicion of the “Next Big British Band.”
Gary Jarman
When I was in top 40 bands, I always had to learn new material and new styles.
I don’t know if I’ve ever screamed or cried for a band.
Kiernan Shipka
And the White Album is important to me for different reasons. One – I had left the band on the White Album.
Ringo Starr
Bands– enough with the crayon face-paint– you’re better than that.
Ted Leo
Pat Benatar might need a rock band, but I can just sit with a blues guitar for an hour and a half and do folk songs and great contemporary ballads, and not many people can pull that off.
Bonnie Raitt
It’s important to have a life outside the band.
Liam Payne
I would’ve loved to have been in a band, but sadly I just wasn’t good enough.
Tony Blair
It was Miles Davis who took me to New York, and Coltrane was in the band, as well as Paul Chambers, Philly Jo Jones. ‘Trane took me aside, and, of course, we did Blue Trane, which was my first album-and that started everything. He had confidence that I didn’t have; he saw something that I didn’t see.
Curtis Fuller
I was in a band called the valentines and they broke up last week.
Bon Scott
Any time somebody is into your band that’s a good thing. And if they’re in a really cool, really popular band, that’s a better thing.
James Hetfield
In 1989 I sort of got back into the music business and one of the reasons I got back in is [that] I put the first All Stars band together. It’s actually progressed from that every other year, or every two years, I’ve put that together…more and more realizing that’s what I do.
Ringo Starr
It is never wise to slip the bands of discipline.
Lew Wallace
It’s kind of strange to be in a band for ten years, because you’ve just given ten years of your lives to it from touring, and you don’t know [or] even notice the passing of time.
Ryan Jarman
We are probably the most frustrating band to soundcheck because we always go off on jams and our sound-man is sitting there going: “oh god, I don’t want to interrupt this, but… we’ve got to get things moving along…” We’re just easily distracted because we want to be writing all the time!
Theresa Wayman
Music is a very personal thing, so if you hear one type of song that you don’t like, you pass judgment on whole band’s repertoire.
Chris Metzler
Yes was without a singer at that point, cause they were doing ABWH, so you had ABWH, and then you had the 90125 band without a singer.
Billy Sherwood
I wasn’t really terribly familiar with the Beatles when I met George. They were just emerging. They certainly weren’t as big as they became later on. I just knew them as a pop group, and that’s all. I was keener on George as a man and a person, as opposed to someone in a band.
Pattie Boyd
That’s what so sad about a lot of modern music, in my opinion, so many young bands never stay around long enough to fulfill their ultimate promise. They only get halfway there or a quarter of the way there.
Alan Vega
When I was younger and bands were formed that way, out of friendships rather than anything else. It wasn’t like we put up want ads.
David Pajo
I love a lot of people in bands and people doing weird art stuff, but i will always forget someone and i don’t really want to be part of stamping the boundaries on a scene.
Brian Chippendale
The thing I like about the band [Dead Child] is that there’s no pretense. We aren’t even trying to be artists or poets.
David Pajo
It just seemed like there were loads of bands in England writing about walking down the street and falling in love.
Simon Taylor-Davis
My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band- it is an idea.
Gerard Way
I do like writing songs in a band. When it’s rock, it’s such a different kind of dynamic, obviously.
Colin Hay
After I quit my band, I definitely was so full, like I’m so full I could never eat again. I had that kind of feeling where the elements, like the touring stuff, were harder for me and I definitely felt fine not experiencing it again.
Jason Schwartzman
I wanted to make the kind of records that I heard in the discos that I danced in at that time. Funky, electronic sounds, while the musicians in the band were more rock oriented. This I suppose created the sound we know as Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Holly Johnson
I was really running a music school back then, because my band wasn’t making any money. I keep talking about money, because most people don’t understand the part of money in running a band.
Artie Shaw
I did Albert Hall, I got to play the Hall of Fame with Prince. So I’ve done that kind of stuff for ages. It wasn’t until after we finished working on Brainwash, my dad’s album after he died, then it was like ‘That phase is over in my life now, now we can get on with our music, with our band.’
Dhani Harrison
The Misfits pretty much funds the Misfits. It used to cost me money to be in the band. I think we got paid the last gig we ever did. After that, we had to work to support our families.
Gerald Caiafa
This is funny because I just had a job over the summer for VH1, a project I did called Strange Frequency where I got to play a Goth rock band singer.
Charisma Carpenter
We’ve done every record on our own. Its produced by our guitar player and sometimes we’ll have some help mixin’ it and have some outside engineers but for the most part, it’s done by the band and I think that’s the reason why CKY sounds like no other band, ’cause we make our own albums.
Jess Margera
Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times.
Levon Helm
I had this one rock band I used to listen to, but I forgot the name of them.
Ace Hood
But we’re very much an American band and that’s that. I think that’s part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of the reason people turned away from us within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.
Michael Stipe
When I first heard bands like Tortoise, it seemed to come off the back of that world, like let’s make a record with three vibraphones and release it on a seven-inch with black-and-white artwork.
Kieran Hebden
When we did a lot of that Motown stuff there were four of us on the front line. When we started the evening we’d start from one end of the band and just go along. The lead singer would change all the time. That’s the first time that I actually managed to put it into a record.
Roy Wood
Also, we’re all actually different blood types and we have one represented by each guy in the band.
Anthony Kiedis
I was in lots of dodgy bands growing up and I always fancied myself in a band. But, you know, I was rubbish at writing music. So maybe one day I’ll play a rock star, or punk rocker.
Gemma Arterton
Puffy’s the only guy who’s jealous. All drummers want to be singers. I think it’s a myth that the singer needs to be the focus. Bands perpetuate that myth. With somebody like Sebastian Bach it makes sense. Look at him. He could be in an Avon ad.
Mike Patton
The pirating thing is bad. The people it hurts the most are the ones you least think it hurts. It’s not the big Britney Spears albums that are being pirated; it’s the indie bands that don’t have two cents to their name
Rob Zombie
Not only was it enough to be a cover band, it was perhaps the highest calling. After all, if you could play music recorded by others, stay true to the original, and still add fire and flare, why not?
Paul Shaffer
We’re a band and we just happen to be chicks, that’s the way we’ve always thought of ourselves.
Charlotte Caffey
The only band I was really over-into was Cream. And the only thing I really liked about them was their live stuff ’cause they played two verses, then go off and jam for 20 minutes, come back and do a chorus and end. And I love the live jam stuff, the improvisation.
Eddie Van Halen
But persistent name calling? that prolongs hurt. It stretches out. Each nasty word stretches the rubber band further away until finally, one day, it snaps back at you with maximum impact
Randa Abdel-Fattah
The first band I saw were Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders, in their brown mohair suits, in 1966.
Jeff Lynne
I don’t need a Rolls-Royce, I don’t need a house in the country, I don’t need to live in the south of France. I’m quite happy as I am.
John Lydon
Wilberforce and the band of abolitionists knew that a private faith that did not act in the face of oppression was no faith at all.
Charles Colson
So there was something of a learning curve with doing your own thing and people seeing you outside of the band. I mean, people have never really heard my voice before – or heard a whole record of mine before. So it was a completely new experience.
James Iha
I used to hang out a lot in jazz clubs, and the groups took to a kid like me who wasn’t afraid to get up and sing with a jazz band. Then I started to hang out in rock clubs and learned to carry off different styles.
Eric Burdon
As I kid, I was always jealous of the music that my favorite bands had written – but not really of how they played. So I’d daydream about having written songs, and this way above being able to perform them.
Jonny Greenwood
And if I had to spend 20 years in the band just to play that show, I think it would have been worthwhile.
Larry Mullen, Jr.
I try to devote my afternoons to making music in my home studio, but it’s a lot more fun hanging out with musicians and friends, and trying subtly to influence a band than making your own stuff.
David Byrne
I think that the jazzy approach that I have is based on the way that I hear music and in the way I play a supporting role to the other people in the band.
Jimmy Chamberlin
With a rock band, you play the same things over and over and over.
Ikue Mori
I think of a band like Animal Collective where they really follow their own sound and I think that’s a really important thing to do. You can find an audience if you can find your voice.
Andrew Dost
Sometimes playing TV can be really nerve-wracking, and I think I tend to handle that by trying to look at my band-mates as frequently as possible and ignore everything else.
Keith Murray
I’ve always played music and I’ve always been in bands and there have been periods in my life where the music has taken a much more front row seat than any acting. For a big period of time the acting work was really a way of raising money to fund my music. And then that all sort of changed around and that’s fine.
Jim Sturgess
I am the pinball geek of the band, probably of the nation of Canada. I’ve been a pinball fan my whole life. I started collecting machines in the late ’90s.
Ed Robertson
Ambition is sneered at by some bands. It seems like a pretty good thing to me.
Alex Kapranos
Led Zeppelin. Queen. Deep Purple. These were the bands I listened to. I still listen to them.
Yul Vazquez
A baseball team is like a band. Because, conceptually, there are no heroes in baseball – there’s just the team.
Cass McCombs
King Diamond was always more satanic than Mercyful Fate. And I’m not saying anything bad about Mercyful Fate – I love that band but sometimes people forget that King Diamond is the satanic philosophy through and through.
King Diamond
Music should not be a contest, it should be an individual thing that each band is putting out from within themselves.
Chuck Schuldiner
I found out about college radio and this whole noise genre blew me away. When I saw that guys could just get up there and have no traditional music ability and be in a band, it was really appealing to me.
Girl Talk
I think the notion of success is fairly destructive. You can see elements of this surrounding any band becoming too popular. On the other hand, survival means you are doing fine.
Howe Gelb
It’s like people believe all you need to do is like the same bands in order to be soulmates. Or book. Oh my god…you like The Outsiders too…it’s like we’re the same person! No, we’re not. It’s like we have the same English teacher. There’s a difference.
John Green
I wasn’t, you know, Mr Popular. I was somewhere in the middle ground. I was quite alternative, the things I liked to do. Skateboarding, at the time. Playing in a band as opposed to playing in the rugby team. You know, that kind of thing.
Iwan Rheon
I just can’t believe that anyone would start a band just to make the scene and be cool and have chicks. I just can’t believe it.
Kurt Cobain
I love Black Sabbath. They made an amazing contribution to music today. Almost every band that made it big in the Nineties owed a debt to them.
Dave Grohl
Well… I had braces and I had to wear headgear! I loved my braces, actually. For me, they were like a piece of jewelry! Instead of the silver or pewter I had gold braces. It was so much fun, I loved them. I got to change the colors and stuff and I had the rubber bands.
Jordin Sparks
Jesu’s walls of distortion are uplifting in comparison to those of its doom-driven contemporaries. The band’s 2009 album ‘Infinity’ has its bleak moments, but that album’s single 49-minute song resolves into something inspirational and grandiose by the time it’s over.
Anthony Fantano
You can’t be a band and not play, and playing is so invigorating. It breathes life into you. So does creating something out of nothing.
Taylor Momsen
Of course, music is an art form, and it’s not all that competitive. But we don’t ever intend to be the second-best band on a stage at any show.
Tom Morello
People really need to show up early to hear Hollis Brown. They are just an unbelievable live band.
Adam Duritz
The equation Bubble Tea = Something to Look Forward To depressurizes the misery of capitalism and is a Hello Kitty band-aid on the festering wound of Neo-Liberalism.
Vanessa Veselka
Most managers in the rock n’ roll world… don’t care so much about who’s in the band as long as it’s making money.
Jon Anderson
When you’re in a band with three writers, three great writers, you only get one third of the writer thing. So that’s the whole reason that I did a solo career. And that’s, you know, when I told Fleetwood Mac I was going to do that, they were of course terrified that I would do that record and then that I would quit.
Stevie Nicks
Great, the worlds coming to an end and we’re fixing it with Band-Aids
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Every band I knew or played with had flyers and properly-recorded demos and contacts; I couldn’t even get a gig.
Parents often brag about the amount of money spent per child, but I think, perhaps ironically, those great monies that are spent – I call it putting a band-aid on a hemorrhage.
Marva Collins
If you’re a good band then the filter of the band is pretty strong.
Black Francis
I was so anxious to succeed that I made a practice of appearing on all the disc jockey shows I could, in order to publicize the band.
Lawrence Welk
I was producing demos for a band that was called Physical Ed. Out of production of demos I went and did a few jam sessions with then in Northern California clubs, but I never actually toured with them.
Ronnie Montrose
we Irish don’t really need thousands of people surging behind a big brass band to have a parade. One guitar player and a few people whistling will do the job.
Gene Tierney
My whole background was with bands, so I always thought of “fashion” as performative. It took me a long time to bridge the gap between my music and what I was studying in school, [which was] dance and being a performer.
I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.
Ben Folds
The sexiest thing in the world is to be totally naked with your wedding band on.
Debra Winger
When I left the band I said Look, I am ready to move on. I was interested in playing with some of the other people that I had bee a studio musician with.
John Sebastian
I wrote poetry, which got me into lyrics. Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John pulled me into pop. I started singing with a band – just for fun – when I was 17. And pretty soon, I was thinking I could sing pop in English as well as Spanish.
Gloria Estefan
I’m busier than a busy person. People aren’t scared to play this raucous, harsh music over radio speakers, so I think it’s the perfect time to get in with some real serious, heavy bands.
Jason Newsted
When we encountered a band of souls coming along the barrier, and each was gazing at us in the evening people gaze at one another under the new moon
Dante Alighieri
In my bands, I don’t really walk around telling people what to play, just out of respect really. I mean, if there’s something I feel in my gut, I’ll bring it up.
Jack White
Hail, Columbia! happy land! Hail, ye heroes! heaven-born band! Who fought and bled in Freedom’s cause.
Joseph Hopkinson
My band is the best band in the world, period. So, I insist on every song being better than it is on the record. So by the end of the tour, we have to be playing the song better than how it’s recorded.
Ben Harper
I’m always interested in new things. I don’t go seeking out every band I can hear because there are too many, especially now with the Internet. There’s no way you can collect everything.
Chris Reifert
I have no skanky guys in my band nor on my bus. If they are they get the boot real quick
Lita Ford
It’s the most dangerous world for bands nowadays because everybody’s branding and trying to steal your vibe as soon as you do anything that anyone cares about. It’s very weird.
Alex Scally
My brother and I moved out to Hollywood initially to be a band, and where we lived, there was crime all over with my brother and I being the victims sometimes.
Troy Duffy
Most people found out about Slint in the mid or late 90s, but we were an ’80s band. We started in 1986 and broke up at the end of 1990.
David Pajo
When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band.
Sammy Hagar
What we need to envision the future, … stop thinking about the present and saying, ‘Let’s put a Band-Aid here.
Bill Vaughan
I sang opera, I sang show tunes. I got into a rock band for a while. I’ve sung a lot of different things.
Tom Wopat
But there’s actually a lot of punk bands out there that go out of the norm, use odd time signatures, or a lot of different tempo changes in a song.
Travis Barker
We [ The Kansas]’re somewhat hard-pressed at this time to imagine any bands that’ll be around 40 years from now (and that’s our personal opinion).
Phil Ehart
True fans stick behind bands through thick and thin and we’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing fans.
Johnny Christ
My band and music are so intense they scare me, and I’m not afraid of anything. We love our music with everything we got and deliver the most inebriating fun concerts on earth every night.
Ted Nugent
I’m quite good at water skiing. Dave Clark, from the 1960s band Dave Clark Five, taught me how to water ski in Spain one year. I can do jumps too. I used to go to a club in Heathrow, but I don’t do it any more, as it’s given me a bad back. I was brought up in Poole, Dorset, so I’ve always loved watersports.
Tony Blackburn
I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn’t into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I’m still surprising people.
Bobby Vinton
When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France. I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
Carla Bley
What I always look for in just about any band or artists I sign is their songs.
Seymour Stein
If I was just in one band, I would have a problem with the amount of time between records because I don’t want to wave one flag. I just want to be part of something cool.
Josh Homme
If it’s a band I like, I just hope they will survive it all. And I’ll admit that if it’s crap music, I hope they won’t and it’ll go away. Simply because there are too many great bands who should be heard in their place.
Eddie Vedder
I still do a lot of shows with Brian Koonin, but we haven’t had a full band lately.
David Johansen
Other than a few years of piano as a kid, I don’t have all that much musical training. I played piano for all the musicals in high school and was in a few bands, but never really considered music as a viable career until I was in college.
John Keltonic
The music I wanted to get into when I went to California, was to, uh, get into, uh, pop, mostly. And the big band era was on at that time. I was doing the “Mona Lisa”s, the “Stardust”s, “Stars Fell On Alabama,” all this kind of stuff. And that was my thing that I wanted.
Carl Gardner
With so much of music blurring the lines between ersatz and authenticity, at least the ‘Rock Band’ game is a tribute to rock rather than an affront.
Carrie Brownstein
A rock band is a mysterious thing. Somehow, every once in a while, a few individuals bump into one another, and they look exactly right together and share a focus and an aspiration and the right balance of musical similarities and differences.
Alan Light
In a way, as much as we love to be a big, loud rock band, the acoustic album was a lot easier to make than the rock records. I think because it was brand new territory for the band.
Dave Grohl