Q: Can you tell me a little about your upcoming tour?
A: This will be the last leg of this year, than well probably start again next year in the spring. We’ve been all over this plant, we’ve done the States a couple times, Canada with Monster Truck before, we did South America, all of South America; we did Australia, Singapore, Japan, we’ve been to Europe twice. We just got back from doing a bunch of stadium gigs with Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden in Europe. This will be the final 14 shows of this year, so we’re going to go out with a bang and leave it all out on the field.
Q: This new album you have, ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’, seems to be getting great reviews. In fact, I understand it came close to number 1 on the billboard charts. How does that feel for you and the band members?
A: Over the years, we don’t really pay attention to those numbers anymore as much. I don’t think it means as much as it use to. Everybody downloads it, steals it, or gets it other ways… I don’t think those numbers are as significant as they used to be. It’s still a nice feeling, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing; it’s just not as good of thing as it use to be.
Q: In the past, you’ve been honoured with 8 Grammy nominations…
A: Even more than that. I’m not sure.
Q: Over the years I would imagine you start to loose count.
A: It’s always a fun party every time we get nominated. You get to go there, fly to L.A. or New York and you get to hang out, go to these parties, and see people like Celine Dion and Michael Bolton in the flesh.
Q: That must be a story for another day. Some great parties at the Grammy Awards, eh?
A: Kind of boring, our parties are way better.
Q: How do you usually celebrate a successful concert?
A: It’s funny; everybody thinks it’s a Saturday night, beautiful weather in Paris every night we play. But for every time there’s a nice night like that, there’s always a bad night like in Wichita, Kansas when you have the flu and have to play for a few hours in the middle of winter.
Q: Why did you choose the lifestyle of a rock star? What made you take that route?
A: I come from a long line of musicians and I always knew that I would be a musician. I didn’t know I would be in the Ozzy Osborne band at 23, which kind of just changed my life right there. I always wanted to be a musician, but I didn’t know what it actually entailed until I was in the Ozzy Osborne band…It’s been an amazing run for me; I got a lot of stories and it’s really fun to see it at that level at such a young age…I’m 48 years old now so I’ve been doing this for almost 25 years and I got to tell you, I still think it’s one of my favourite things in the whole planet. When (I’m) walking up the ramp and my base tech hands me my instrument. Just that moment before you walk out there to play, it’s so exhilarating and fun. After all these years, I still love it like a kid.
Q: What do you owe your success to?
A: What’s the definition of success, you know? For me, it’s being happy and healthy, and consistent. I think that’s the whole key to this business. It’s not of 1 success and than you’re done with it, it’s about always moving the ball forward, as a team too, I think it’s very important. After all these years, we’re still best friends and we still want to keep moving the ball forward.
Q: I would imagine that would be your motivation, just having a good time with friends?
A: If it wasn’t for music I would have never scuba dived off the Great Barrier Reef, or just recently, I was standing in the Sistine Chapel, looking up at Michael Angelo’s art, or just meeting friends all over the world. Still to this day, I just really, really love it. It’s scary too because, especially here in America, they’re pulling back the funding on music programs. My biggest fear is that there is a young Kurt Cobain out there who is a great song writer that is not going to get into music because there’s no money in it. I hope people stay motivated to make music.
Q: Is there a message you would like to send to that generation?
A: Oh god, just make noise, make a lot of noise. I always break it down like that. We’re still just 4 guys in a room making noise. Whether it’s a very small rehearsal room or playing these big stadiums, it’s just 4 guys up there making a lot of racket. It’s just a beautiful feeling when you get with your friends and create something cool that you feel is special and take it out, play it live and see the reaction of people liking that, it’s just such a good experience.
Q: Going back to your new album, ‘’The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’, what can people expect?
A: I think we have a new video coming pretty soon, I think (the album has) been out for well over a year now, I would imagine. It’s just been a long rush for us. We released it and than pretty much we’ve just been on the road for 18 months straight. We’ve been just working it and working it. I think we start in the spring again and we got some really good plans, so we’ll see how that develops. Like I said before, we just keep going forward. You can’t rest on your loyals in this business, especially in this day and age.
Q: What would you say to people who may have never heard your work?
A: Have a listen, come to our show, drink our beer, and eat our food. We’re very blessed…We can pretty much go anywhere and play, and people show up. For that, we’re very, very grateful and blessed. We don’t take that lightly at all; we just really love the people we meet while we’re out there. It’s always a good, collective experience when we all get together with our audience. Just come on by, it’s really easy. If you like our music, support it. Come by and see a show.
Q: Before I let you go Mike, is there anything you would like to add that I didn’t touch on?
A: I just can’t wait to get up there to B.C. Canada is actually my favourite country in the world. The people are fantastic, and the way the country works. I just can’t wait to get up there.
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