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A couple of phone calls and an airline ticket to Chicago and we were in business again.
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Anything that get a song to start coming to you is good, whether it is piano, guitar, mandolin, drum grooves, whatever.
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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.
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As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand. There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member.
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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.
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Damn Yankees had been dropped by the new Warner Brother's brass, who decided to get rid of the older acts and sign only new ones.
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Damn Yankees is a guitar band. We create all the sounds on electric and acoustic guitars.
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Fortunately I have this artistic freedom with Styx to walk around in circles and write songs.
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Go out and entertain the people and satisfy yourself.
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Have a life outside of career, but let's face it, this is a fantastic life, so there is little motivation to make a great escape.
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I always made money playing guitar. I started working steady in nightclubs when I was I3, but before that I was jamming around.
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I don't like looking back.
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I don't want to confuse people. I think most entertainers do that.
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I don't write on tour. There is so much to do day in and day out when you are on the road.
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I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.
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I get inspired when music strikes a feeling in me. Something happens when a guitar chord or piano creates a certain mood that resonates with this feeling.
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I got older, and the teen thing quickly became just a passing phase. You never see me on those Teen Age Heart Throbs: Where Are They Now shows.
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I had years of energy and material stockpiled. The band and I were ready to go into something new, so when we got together the sum was greater than the parts.
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I have always been a sucker for the big, upbeat chorus.
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I have been lucky to be in the midst of such legends.
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I have never been a speedster on the guitar. Just not my way.
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I just love that Explorer. They haven't made too many good ones, but the '76 I've got is a killer. It's kind of an ugly guitar, but boy it responds like crazy.
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I like being on the road, living in hotels. While I've got a real nice house, I go crazy when I'm there.
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I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds.
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I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.
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I use the first guitar I can get my hands on.
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I want people to be able to relate to songs and to tap their feet to them, because I like to be loved.
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I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church. Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television singing their hearts out.
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I was the monster throwing the TV out the window. I was being a little wild man behing the scenes.
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I wish I had a nickel for every song that I've left in the bathroom, written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about.
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I write songs however I can get them, though most of the time I wind up writing them in my head.
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I wrote Crystal Ball in Alabama, and Kiss came through town, and we were hired on the spot to open.
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I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.
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I'd better be on the road, or I'll be going nuts. I'm not the kind of guy who sits around with a pipe and slippers watching soap operas.
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I'll write it down phonetically, not musically, just to get an account of it somewhere. Otherwise, I forget.
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I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I'm too rough on instruments.
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I've always stuck with Gibsons. I've had Guilds and Fenders, too, but I always wind up going back to Gibsons.
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If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually carry a little dictation machine with me because I'm too lazy to write.
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If music became extinct now, I don't know what I'd be good for.
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If you ever want to do anything and make a career of it, you first need an audience.
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It is all about being open and paying attention to the music in your head. I think most people have original music playing in their heads from time to time.
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It takes a very delicate touch to do a song like Mister Please.
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It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords.
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It's been a real journey. I've been very fortunate.
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Les Pauls work out real well for me because I'll beat the hell out of them and they'll still work. The only trouble with them is finding good ones.
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Make sure you know what you are signing when you sign a recording contract.
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On acoustic guitar I tend to stay in the key of D for some reason. On electric guitar I keep basic: C, G, D, and A. The key of D minor is also real good for me.
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Once you start thinking about it in a mercenary frame of mind, then you're finished. You're a joke, because there are too many mercenaries out there already.
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Recently, I came up to my studio and got all of my CDs of everything that I've ever recorded on a major record label, and I put all of it on cassette.
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Some songs are so inspired that they've got a really special treatment. They can't just be jammed out, and they're scary.
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Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side of the scale from touring. They balance me out creatively.
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Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.
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Ted Nugent was the first to come into the band with Michael and me. We hit it off immediately.
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The acoustic is a much more introspective instrument, requiring nothing more than a pick to get going. It evokes a much different type of music.
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The only time I've ever done a direct electric guitar was on Castle Walls. The kind of jazzy guitar on the end of the song I played direct with my Les Paul.
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The times we have recycled songs on STYX albums, it has usually resulted in songs I never listen to. They feel like outsiders to me.
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The worst thing I do is, I wind up resting my hand in a kind of cup shape on the bridge. A lot of times I do that to get the harmonic effect.
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There are songs I have recorded that only a handful of people bought.
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There have been times when people showered money and media upon my partners and me.
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There were some older guitarists on my side of town, and I got to know many of them.
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There's an insatiable desire to be loved by millions of listeners.
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These songs get played all over the world, in people's cars, and they're very public things.
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Timing is everything.
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Tour until you feel you have made your mark. Write new music. Record an album. Start the cycle all over again.
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We are not afraid to get into the trenches to move STYX along.
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We were playing popular music, but we were doing our own arrangements because we were too lazy to sit down and figure out the originals.
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We were playing standard music, wearing dinner jackets and stuff like that.
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We're kind of defined by our mistakes.
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When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me, this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue.
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When I became 16 I started thinking seriously about singing.
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When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs.
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When it stops being fun, stop.
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When you perform on a regular basis, you have the opportunity to attack different areas and work on them, constantly improving upon them.
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When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected.
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You can have fun, but you also have to put on your thinking cap every day.
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