So, I’m just surfing around, looking at quotes from famous musicians on random websites. Fascinating! Some made me literally laugh out loud, others made me immediately go and play some of that artist’s music again to listen with “new ears”. Overall, I’ve passed a very entertaining hour or so, which I desperately needed after this crazy-nuts day from suck that I’ve had today!
And, being the loving sweetheart that I am, I’m of course sharing with you.
Now, these are totally random grabs, and may have to be the first in a series because there’s a crap-ton of quotes out there. Evidently musicians never shut up…
“Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay £75 to see them should be shot. That’s me off her Christmas card list. But do I give a toss? No.”
— Elton John in October 2004, accusing Madonna of lip-synching during her Re-Invention world tour (Madonna denied it)
I made ‘Bo Diddley’ in ’55, they started playing it, and everybody freaked out. Caucasian kids threw Beethoven into the garbage can. — Bo Diddley
“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” –Annie Lennox
My vocal style I haven’t tried to copy from anyone. It just developed until it became the girlish whine it is today. — Robert Plant
“Actually ’78 was a really exciting time for U2. We had just discovered F sharp minor. So we had the fourth chord and we’d only had three up to then.” — Bono on U2’s early days
“When we lost Freddie, we not only lost a great personality, a man with a great sense of humor, a true showman, but we lost probably the best, the really, the best virtuoso rock ‘n’ roll singer of all time. He could sing anything in any style. He could change his style from line to line and, God, that’s an art. And he was brilliant at it. ” — Roger Daltrey about Freddie Mercury
“AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ is the greatest meshing of vocal, guitar and content I’ve ever heard. That’s what I aspire to.” — Bonnie Raitt
Journalist: Do you think of yourself primarily as a singer or a poet?
Dylan: Oh, I think of myself more as a song and dance man, y’know.
— Bob Dylan, press conference at KQED, San Francisco, Dec. 1965, quoted in: Joe Kohut and John J Kohut, eds., Rock Talk (1994)
“I heard that your brain stops growing when you start doing drugs. Let’s see, I guess that makes me 19.” — Steven Tyler
We like this kind of music. Jazz is strictly for stay-at-homes. — Buddy Holly on rock and roll music
Either be hot or cold. If you are lukewarm, the Lord will spew you forth from His mouth. — Jerry Lee Lewis
If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’. — John Lennon
Rock and menopause do not mix. It is not good, it sucks and every day I fight it to the death, or, at the very least, not let it take me over. –Stevie Nicks
I just didn’t expect an acoustic version of Rock’n’Roll All Nite. –Ace Frehley
I think the rock’n’roll myth of living on the edge is a pile of crap. –Robert Smith