If people get to the end of the record, then that is a treat.
Spitfire asked me if I had a problem talking about Van Halen or Extreme. I really don't. There are people who are just going to want to know what it was like to play with Eddie.
There is nothing like singing a song that 20,000 people know and are singing back to you.
When I was singing Jamie's Cryin', people were going out of their mind because it was the first time they got to see Eddie, Michael and Alex play those songs. That was a thrill.
When people don't get enough information, they make it up.
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.
I have had success throughout the years. Some of the hard rock bands today don't have the history that I have.
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.
It was fun while it lasted, but it never seemed real to me. I could not believe I was in Van Halen.
If I had had a chance to tour with Van Halen before the record, I think it would have been a different record.
We weren't One Hit Wonders. We had a few hits.
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.
I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
I did some research and tried to pull out some old, classic Van Halen that they had not played in 10 or 15 years. I think that was Sammy's mistake. I he didn't want to do the Dave stuff.