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Born: 1947-10-13
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I'm John Lee Hooker in the sense that he was a blues man and he played blues his whole life. I'm a rock guy and I'm going to play rock music my whole life.

Tags: Life, Music, Rock

I've never met or spoken to David Lee Roth, yet it's rather ironic that even he's saying Eddie's lying about things. I'm saying he's not telling the truth, yet Eddie insists that the two of us are lying! You be the judge.

Tags: Judge, Saying, Truth

If I would have ever dreamed that I wouldn't be in Van Halen anymore and was going to have resume my solo career again, I would have never contributed anything towards my own greatest hits package.

Tags: Again, Career, Greatest

It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it.

Tags: Greatest, Guitar, Hard

The reason I didn't fly over from Maui at their beck and call is my wife was about to have a baby at any time. Those guys knew that. These guys would not compromise and meet me halfway.

Tags: Reason, Time, Wife

We needed time off from each other after our last tour because there was a lot of personal stuff we had to take care of. Eddie needed hip replacement surgery. Al needed his back worked on. And I was going to have a baby.

Tags: After, Care, Time

When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band.

Tags: Band, Left, Musicians

When we were on the road, I found out that my greatest hits album went Gold. They freaked out. Things really came to a head when we started arguing about a Van Halen greatest hits package.

Tags: Greatest, Road, Started

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.

Tags: Birthday, Chance, Start

Overall, we had about 50 meetings where the brothers would say that I couldn't do any solo records, I couldn't write for other people, I couldn't do this and I couldn't do that. These guys were trying to nail my feet to the ground.

Tags: Guys, Trying, Write

Sometimes you're afraid to fall in love with a chick, but she sucks you in anyway.

Tags: Afraid, Love, Sometimes

I've been drinking tequila for a long time now, and it's never been about drinking to get drunk. I don't do that. I never drink tequila during the day, and I don't drive at night.

Tags: Drunk, Night, Time

I see couples fighting about the stupidest things. You just have to rise above everything.

Tags: Above, Fighting, Rise

I think all the bad blood started when Geffen released a greatest hits package of my solo stuff.

Tags: Bad, Greatest, Started

If you don't ever stop singing, your voice stays in shape. It's like the marathon runner. You've got to run, run, run to stay in shape.

Tags: Run, Stop, Voice

I had written lyrics to a song called The Silent Extreme, which Alex later renamed Humans Being.

Tags: Silent, Song, Written

In Van Halen there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang 'em, I gave myself goosebumps.

Tags: Heart, Put, Soul

I didn't think I'd be around 30 years later.

Tags: Later

I had a solo career before Van Halen. My fan base filtered through Van Halen with me and came right on out the other side with me.

Tags: Career, Fan, Side

I looked at Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and the boys up there thinking, I want to be that.

Tags: Looked, Thinking

I would like to enlighten people.

Tags: Enlighten

I'm still raising kids myself, so I don't feel like a grandpa.

Tags: Grandpa, Kids, Raising

I've never done a box set, and Eddie's full of it if he says otherwise.

Tags: Done, Full, Says
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If I would go up on a high note, Eddie would want a low one. That's how petty the situation had become.

Tags: Become, High, Situation

It's a good thing I don't read everything Eddie says, or I'd be up in arms and not enjoying my life.

Tags: Good, Life, Read

The reason my voice is sounding more passionate is because I'm singing directly from the heart.

Tags: Heart, Reason, Voice

To stay a great singer or guitar player, you've got to do it 24/7. That's what I do.

Tags: Great, Guitar, Stay

When they brought Roth back into the picture, obviously I didn't go along with that too well.

Tags: Along, Brought, Picture

All he cares about is going out there with his Jack Daniels bottle. Nothing has changed. That's kind of sad. If David was doing better than he used to be, then that would be different. But it was a joke and he made it that way.

Tags: Joke, Sad, Used

Dave was great in Van Halen. No question about it. He was one of the best at being Mr. Rock Star. But it's sickening to see a guy still trying to be that with a wig on 20 years later.

Tags: Best, Great, Rock

Everything that Eddie has said about me is the total opposite of what really happened. Eddie says I wanted to be a solo artist. No, Eddie wanted to be a solo artist.

Tags: Artist, Said, Wanted

I don't want to talk about negative, dark things. The only thing I've got against stuff like Marilyn Manson is, they make unbelievable videos and unbelievable images.

Tags: Dark, Negative, Talk

I wasn't writing the music. Ed would write a piece of music. I'd listen to it and come up with a melody and then we would arrange it. We'd put it together and I would write lyrics to my melodies.

Tags: Music, Together, Writing

I'm an underdog person, so I align myself with those who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.

Tags: Seem, Society, Underdog

Life is not simple, and people can't be boxed into being either heroes or villains.

Tags: Either, Life, Simple

My identity is linked to my grandmother, who's pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify.

Tags: Filipino, Identity, Pure

Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher, stronger writer.

Tags: Mother, Stronger, Writer

Everything matters. Time is precious.

Tags: Matters, Precious, Time

I also identify as a Latin person, a person who has Latin blood.

Tags: Blood, Identify, Latin

I don't believe in sampling some Tibetan music just to make it sound groovy, but you do your homework, you understand what you're doing with it.

Tags: Music, Sound, Understand

I love writing dialogue, and I think a lot of my writing is visual and very cinematic.

Tags: Love, Visual, Writing

I think for a lot of so-called post-colonial peoples, there's a feeling of not being quite legitimate, of not being pure enough.

Tags: Enough, Feeling, Quite

I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City.

Tags: City, Coming, Music

Music is very influential to my writing, as are theater and film.

Tags: Film, Music, Writing

There are certain regions in the country where the indigenous people eat dogs.

Tags: Country, Dogs, Eat

But I think there's a genuine joy, too, a sense that no matter what, even if my stomach's growling, I'm going to dance. That's what I want to leave people with at the end of the play. After all this, people still know how to live.

Tags: After, End, Joy

Growing up in the Philippines, I loved all kinds of movies. We had a very healthy film industry there when I was a child. It's now gotten very limited. They only make action movies and hard-core exploitation movies. Women get raped; men get shot.

Tags: Men, Movies, Women

Hybridity keeps me from being rigid about most things. It has taught me to appreciate the contradictions in the world and in my life. I scavenge from the best.

Tags: Appreciate, Best, Life

I don't know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up.

Tags: Coming, Fiction, Heard

There were also horror shows on the radio. Very terrifying and thrilling to me as a kid. They had all these creepy sound effects. They would come on at ten o'clock at night, and I just would scare myself to death.

Tags: Death, Kid, Night

We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child.

Tags: Child, Movies, Old
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