I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
The voices on the record, that was trying to treat my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones.
There is no substitute for jamming and getting to know each other on the road.
You have Extreme and Van Halen and the history that I have with other people I played with. There are some effects that will hopefully break that stereotype.
I have a little history. I met Stone Temple Pilots, and their guitar player was a huge Extreme fan. Somewhere down the road, Extreme made its statement.
When I was in Van Halen I was hitting notes that were out of my range. I never went for those registers before until Eddie pulled it out of me.
Whether I sound like Sammy or not is purely coincidence. You have got to hand it to him, he sings his ass off. There is no moss on that stone.
In my writing with Extreme, there are heavy themes. The cover photo has me with a gun to my neck. I am not advocating suicide. I am taking the philosophy that man is the measure of his own fate.
We didn't gel with Poison and the Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi was the best of the pop metal bands, but we never fit in with the hair metal stuff. We were never as hip as the Chili Peppers. We were in the middle.
Michael Anthony is the Diplomat of Rock N Roll. He is the regular guy.
When 5150 came out rock was king. Post Nirvana and Pearl Jam 1996 is a different story.
I am a big Pink Floyd fan. That is where a lot of the concept lyrics come from.
Dave thought he was bigger than Van Halen the band. So there was this catfight going on for 10 years.
I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record.
I have had success throughout the years. Some of the hard rock bands today don't have the history that I have.
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