I really didn't get obsessed with Bowie until my freshman year in high school. I remember listening to 'Starman' and thinking it sounded like it was a song for kids, like a lullaby. The Thin White Duke is my favorite look that he created.

I want my ex-wife and children to be happy.

My favorite hobby is writing and recording songs at my studio. I like to surf, but I don't get a chance to do that as much as I'd like. I don't live close to the beach. I also like to ski, but I don't get to do that much, either.

I was on the pro-Nirvana, anti-Pearl Jam bandwagon.

You can't be seen in your mid-40s wearing leather pants. No leather pants anymore.

Anytime I feel squeezed into a box, I just lash out. My gut reaction is to strike. It's a different character onstage: there's a whole dark sexuality that's completely different from me. You know, I don't let anybody know who I really am.

When you're in love, you've found your soul mate, you think life is going one way, and suddenly it's completely apparent it's not. You have to rethink your whole purpose.

Music, as many people have said, is the universal language. Of course points are made which make you think about things, but ultimately it makes you feel. And that's why people remember more songs that have meant something during their life than films. They start to define periods in your life, and that's kind of the beauty of it.

I'm one of the luckiest people in the world that I was able to do what I fell in love with and be able to make a living doing it.

Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of their biggest hits. But that's something for the lawyers to figure out.

It's a horrible thing to have someone pretend like they know what you're about and call you a fraud when they haven't given you a fair shot.

I'm going to take care of myself because that's what I need to take care of.

Life doesn't make any sense unless you can enjoy the journey, and sometimes I take that for granted.

Having children showed me a whole different kind of love that I had never known. It was something that had always been missing. Complete love. I would die for them.

I think to stay in one sound is a career killer.

It seems like everyone's got an agenda, and the agenda seems to be selling magazines or air time with sensational stories.

The great thing about kids is the immediate gratification. As soon as I get home from touring, my wife and kids become my life. There is nothing sweeter.

Great classic music that I've been turned on to has not only inspired and influenced me, but it has had an effect on my songwriting.

I can't read sheet music, I have to just listen to it, and then just go for it.

It doesn't matter what kind of problems a family is having; it should always stay in the family.

Who you are as a person has to do with what you think and how you feel. It has to do with how you love and how you care for people.

Processed pig is white trash meat. Some people call it Spam.

If I was in a zombie apocalypse, I wouldn't be playing music, because that would attract zombies.

When you become a television personality, it's difficult to maintain your musical credibility.

You know, you've got to be careful with how you educate your kids in rock'n'roll fashion.

There was a period of time where I really hated rock music.

When I put out a record or single I don't allow myself to set up expectations like, 'This song must be a number one hit. Its got to sell X amount of records.'

Computers and the Internet have made it really easy to rant. It's made everyone overly opinionated.

Dead fish don't swim around in jealous tides.

For the most part, rock fans don't go and buy CDs any more, very rarely. It's pretty much about downloads and streaming.

I had always sung in choirs. Even when it was something to be laughed at or made fun of, you know, in school. And I was always the kid who was picked at the Christmas concert to sing the solo, you know, while the other kids snickered in the front few rows.

I suffer from manic-depressive disorder, and I've chosen not to take medication for it. Because of that, every once in a while I go through manic episodes and really depressed episodes.

Who you are as a performer is one thing, but when you're making records, you're dealing with musicians' tastes, their goals, their wants, their needs, everyone's individual pride.

When I was around nine years old, I was a fan of Shaun Cassidy's first album.

Well, a lot of successes come by mistake.

Eventually I want to subsidize my income with other creative outlets that are going to not keep me tied to the road so much.

I want a performance style that's more cerebral and emotional than physical. I want to be a creative artist, not a whirling dervish.

I like wearing fitted jackets mixed with jeans, a button-down shirt and a tie. I like to keep the rock and roll feel but class it up a bit. As far as stage clothes, I prefer John Varvatos and All Saints. They have clothing that is really accessible for wearing every day as well as for wearing on stage. I also love J. Lindeberg's suits.

Writing the songs and producing the songs and arranging them and recording them is your canvas and your palette and your brush.

I still love making records, and I'm able to do it because I own my own studio, and I try to do it as much as possible.

Sing the song or keep it inside.

Not many people are able to say that they had in their professional career the chance to perform in two bands that won Grammys and were multiplatinum bands.

There's a beauty in being part of a band, when there's equality and trust.

People read things on Google, and they have these perceptions, these misconceived perceptions of who you are. At times that hurts, because they really don't know who I am.

The Beatles have always had a big effect on me.

I've seen guys on the street who look the part of a rock star just as much as any rock star. If you feel it and you believe it, then you can get away with it. Rock on!

I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they're not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them.

A lot of journalists like to suck up to celebrities, and then as soon as they're a safe distance away at their computers, they take shots. But that's the way society has become, especially in pop culture.

But at this phase of my life, I want to write and not have to think about whether a song is going to be a hit. I want to explore the music that inspires me, and I don't want to ape myself.