There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.
I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you're 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life - certainly by the time you're 18.
Steve Van Zandt, the poor guy, doesn't get to play enough as it is with me hogging a lot of the solos. Steve has always been a fabulous guitarist. Back from the day when we were both teenagers together, he led his band and played lead and was always a hot guitar player.
If they had told me I was the janitor and would have to mop up and clean the toilets after the show in order to play, I probably would have done it.
B. F. Skinner