I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity.

People think I take some sort of masochistic pleasure out of putting out music that's gonna be unpopular.

I believe that if the Tribune company ever tries to close down Wrigley Field that you will have a protest from every corner of the globe.

I never wanted to leave the Smashing Pumpkins. That was never the plan.

The things I'm guided to do are really strange to me.

I feel like I'm always fighting not to repeat myself.

In our lives in a lot of ways it's all about fake. You've got people wanting things for fake reasons.

I'm from a lower middle class background; all my family were immigrants.

Injuries are nothing to be ashamed about.

Saturn Return is just the return of your planets to their original position.

Sometimes people just like being around each other, and good things come out of that.

The funny thing about me that most people never really understand is that, at heart, I'm really a jock.

Where is this great love for rock and roll that existed for 50 or 60 years?

We've turned into a whining society.

I don't wanna play this kind of cartoon character anymore.

My pat line about the Cubs and payroll is that the amount of merchandise the Cubs would sell off a world series championship would more than cover for a big payroll.

You have to be willing to deal with the ups and downs of the music, the ups and downs of the audience.

There's nothing wrong with technology. It's when technology is the story and not the artist, that's the problem.

Most people don't know that wrestling came out of the circus.

My father was a guitar player, and I was raised with a super high standard of what good guitar playing was.

I often have deer on my property and there's a fox and owls. You're not going to see that in the city.

I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers.

Indie world won't have me, and mainstream world treats me like an alien, but here I am still floating between these two worlds.

In my case I don't mind playing a character that irritates people or makes people question my sanity.

I was raised a Christian, but I wouldn't call myself a Christian now. I think when I was younger it was easier to focus on the negative, nihilist vision... this is sort of picking up on the other half of the body, which is God and white light.

I'm sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car.

The great thing about rock n' roll is, if you want to fight - like, fight the system, fight the man, fight the government, fight the people in front of you - it's Don Quixote all over again. You're really chasing windmills.

I'm prepared to spend the rest of my life playing clubs, if that means I'm playing music that I believe in.

Even if you don't believe in God, exploring fully the idea of a god or gods should pose no threat to you.

When I've tried to reinvent the wheel, I get bashed for not doing the familiar things.

Compliments and criticism are all ultimately based on some form of projection.

I think the days of working with producers in the conventional sense are over for me.

I was trying to be this person who is cool, eternally rocking.

When you actually like each other, it translates to the music.

The ideology of the Smashing Pumpkins was ultimately more valuable than the music of the Smashing Pumpkins. That's what critics can't put their finger on.

I think rock & roll has prepared me for a lot of flexibility.

I did 13-something years of talking to wrestlers and promoters about why they did certain things and why they booked matches a certain way and what they were thinking and whether they were satisfied with the draw. And I got a lot of insight in the business.

Do I belong in the conversation about the best artists in the world? My answer is yes, I do.

Soon you won't even have the choice to live or die as you wish!

The deeper I get into my life as a musician, I'm discovering that it becomes less and less about other people, and more about what I want to do. And that's a good place to be.

Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.

I don't have to play by these rules or do these things... I can actually have my own kind of version.

Wrestling is one of the last truly rebellious American things left.

To re-embrace what I once loved about music has been a warming process for me, because it's a good, earned feeling now.

I had concussions as a kid playing football and basketball, and know what it feels like and to have someone say 'Just rub some dirt on it, and get back in there.'

I walked away from going to church when I was 8. I didn't set foot in another church until I was 28.

There's a difference between being a poseur and being someone who's so emotionally challenged they're kind of just doing their best to show you what they've got.

I look at other members of my generation who have basically done one thing, and one thing well, and have been handsomely rewarded for it.

I just don't want to live in the past. I'm really disappointed by so many people of my generation who - in order to promote their new work, they have to constantly lean on their past. I don't want to be that type of artist... I see a lot of people out here doing really marginal music.