Zitat des Tages von Joe Cocker:
I had a job when I was 16 at a gas fitter, which was a bit like a pipe fitter.
It's interesting, as I said on the last tour in America, the audience actually came out, they had to have been the kind of fans who listened to my music via their parents, you know what I mean?
Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be.
In the end, I don't think you can find soul. Soul finds you.
When I look back, I didn't take care of myself at all.
The world is a tougher place to live in than it was back then, as we come into the computer age.
I was in Germany when the wall came down.
I have sung to large crowds since then, and there is a feeling that once you get over 100,000 people, you kind of lose the control element, you don't know if you are really getting through or not.
It's nice to get a response from the artists that I cover.
'You Are So Beautiful,' I think, is probably the, you know, the strongest tune I ever did in just the simplicity in it.
Well, over the years, I've developed a stable of songs of which I'm known for and never get tired of singing.
Yeah, one of the main ways is for songs that make me want to move.
I never picked up a guitar as a kid, partly because my dad didn't want the noise in our little back-to-back in Sheffield.
Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It's somewhere I can just get away and relax and think.
For me, the focus are songs, which really get the audience moving.
Making music, if you're a real musician, you carry on regardless in this world.
I have always been a sucker for ballads, but you have to be careful these days, you can't overload people.
It's all a matter of hearing what I like and seeing if I can make it fit into my style.
A lot of times, it's nice to open, because the heat's off you. You just go out and blast your set and say to whoever's going to finish, 'There you go.' Even though when you first start, people are drifting in, and that's kind of a bit disconcerting.
Some of the songs I do once in a while that I kinda... my set list is basically like my hits, there is a good reason why they are there; people really like them.
I think the only thing I would've ever been any good at was probably being a pub landlord. I've thought of that a couple of times.
Don't go on American Idol, I think you'll spend the rest of your life living it down and I think it's getting kinda scary, isn't it?
Unfortunately I was in New York when 9/11 happened.
Over the years, I've worked with just about everybody.
I've been touring now since about '68.
I love songs that have a rocking and grooving feeling.
God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?
I would like to be able to do a song with Ray Charles, before we both get too old.
I like to use effects, but a lot of the time I just can't deal with these tracks with all these artificial sounds.
I'm getting older; you realise you are on the countdown of what you are doing, so performing means more than it ever did to me.
I have one message for young musicians around the world: Stay true to your heart, believe in yourself, and work hard.
I'm no good at breakin' off with people.
There are people who'll dismiss me as 'just' a singer. That's how it is, how it's always been, but just because I'm not hunched over a piece of paper with a pen in my hand doesn't mean I'm not putting in the graft.
If you're going to have a cabin fever, have a big cabin, you know.
My strongest audiences are in Germany and France - they stuck with me through my dark days in the '70s.
I don't think you can live as long as I have in rock n' roll and not take a few hard knocks.