It was just such a sense of discovery happening that night, ... We did a tour in the spring -- this is God's honest truth -- and it wasn't really together yet. At 10,000 Lakes Festival, every time we played a song, the chemistry was there. I knew the next phase had begun. Since then, it has gotten better and better.
John Lennon is the model for what I'm trying to do; that he grew and changed, ... It's been hard because you left your friends and I don't see them very much anymore, but look what happened with 1/8 Lennon) and those albums. They were struggling to progress beyond the greatest band that ever existed.
It's a thrill to be on Columbia Records. Columbia has been home to a lot of my favorite artists -- like Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and Bruce Springsteen -- and it feels great to be working with people who really understand what I'm trying to do and allow me the freedom to go in new musical directions. I'm very proud of the way Shine has turned out and I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.