Zitat des Tages von Tommy Shaw:
I don't like looking back.
When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me, this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue.
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.
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.
I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.
Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side of the scale from touring. They balance me out creatively.
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.
I have always been a sucker for the big, upbeat chorus.
I like being on the road, living in hotels. While I've got a real nice house, I go crazy when I'm there.
I don't write on tour. There is so much to do day in and day out when you are on the road.
There were some older guitarists on my side of town, and I got to know many of them.
I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.
I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I'm too rough on instruments.
We're kind of defined by our mistakes.
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.
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.
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.
I've always stuck with Gibsons. I've had Guilds and Fenders, too, but I always wind up going back to Gibsons.
If music became extinct now, I don't know what I'd be good for.
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.
Timing is everything.
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.
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.
When it stops being fun, stop.
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.
When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected.
Make sure you know what you are signing when you sign a recording contract.
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.
Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.
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.
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.
When I became 16 I started thinking seriously about singing.
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.