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Born: 1964-04-17
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I'm a lot easier to work with now than I have been in the past, for sure.

Tags: Past, Sure, Work

The record company's worst fear is that you'll fall in love or get rich.

Tags: Fear, Love, Rich

Yeah, because I think it's more important just to inspire people to wake up one day and pick up a book and start feeling it out for themselves.

Tags: Book, Feeling, Start

I think the biggest problem working with me would be that I'm an only child, and so I have an internal dialogue that goes on that I just assume you can hear.

Tags: Child, Problem, Working

After all, in today's music scene every band seems to steal from other bands.

Tags: After, Music, Today

Everything revolves around the music when it comes to Tool.

Tags: Music, Revolves, Tool

I always knew that I wanted to be creative, that I wanted to create something.

Tags: Creative, Knew, Wanted

I've always had an affinity for growing things.

Tags: Affinity, Growing

Shows are really strange. Sometimes you really don't know what to expect.

Tags: Expect, Sometimes, Strange

There is still a future with music, because people want music.

Tags: Future, Music

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots in Latin and Greek words. A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.

Tags: America, Europe, Words

A lot of people into Tool, for some reason, are not interested in humor.

Tags: Humor, Interested, Reason

Actors have these delicate appendages called Egos.

Tags: Delicate, Egos

Actually I never did stand up. I'm not that funny.

Tags: Actually, Funny, Stand

I always knew that I wanted to be an artist.

Tags: Artist, Knew, Wanted

I think everything Joni Mitchell did for music was big.

Tags: Big, Mitchell, Music

I think the media made Manson, turned him into some larger than life figure and surrounded him with mystery and some shady glamour.

Tags: Him, Life, Media

Most religious stories and mythologies have some sort of similar root, some sort of global archetypes.

Tags: Global, Religious, Stories

Nowadays, you have to sell, like, half a million or a million records just to break even.

Tags: Break, Half, Million

One of the challenges we set up for 'Puscifer' was to come up with a core identity and see how far we can push it.

Tags: Challenges, Far, Identity

Prescott National Forest is right on the edge of my home in Arizona.

Tags: Forest, Home, National

We're just four guys and we are enjoying what we're doing with Tool.

Tags: Four, Guys, Tool

You know, I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell.

Tags: Listening, Mitchell

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There were a lot of choices to make and I always picked artist. I never once picked doctor, lawyer, firemen or something like that. It was always artist.

Tags: Artist, Choices, Once

Adam does most of the work when it comes to videos and he basically does the same as I do with the lyrics. The videos are his visual interpretations of our music.

Tags: Music, Visual, Work

Just in general, any government throughout history hasn't really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn't control them as easily.

Tags: Control, Government, History

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.

Tags: End, Put, Reflection

Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them.

Tags: Artists, Hurt, Insane

People have to follow their hearts, and if their hearts lead them to Wal-Mart, so be it.

Tags: Follow, Hearts, Lead

Music is about listening, the more you play, the more the magic spreads.

Tags: Listening, Magic, Music

I believe that music is a force in itself. It is there and it needs an outlet, a medium. In a way, we are just the medium.

Tags: Force, Music, Needs

I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do.

Tags: Hope, Music, Whatever

If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers - if that's where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets.

Tags: Education, Kids, Knowledge

But I'm a hot-blooded Italian by nature. Whatever the situation you present, I'm going to make something out of it.

Tags: Nature, Situation, Whatever

If you take different mythologies from different cultures, the names may change and the story lines may vary but there is always something in common.

Tags: Change, May, Story

The idea is, if I can't heal from my art, then how can you heal?

Tags: Art, Heal, Idea

But you know, I'm the negative-Nancy, curmudgeon, glass-half-empty-with-a-leak-in-it guy - which is basically the fuel that fires me up anyway. Without that, we wouldn't have me.

Tags: Anyway, Fuel, Guy

I can't be a legend yet. I'm not dead.

Tags: Dead, Legend

Because as an only child, you have your own little world.

Tags: Child

Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.

Tags: Art, Once, Yourself

But then it hasn't really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people.

Tags: Educated, Focus, Government

And if you don't live, you have nothing to write about.

Tags: Write

I'm a pessimist. But I'm a pessimist with a sense of responsibility.

Tags: Pessimist, Sense

For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere. It doesn't matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live.

Tags: Life, Matter, Writing

Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function.

Tags: Music, Process, Reading

We're five people, five individuals who came together to create something, to make music and to complete each other musically, to form a perfect circle.

Tags: Music, Perfect, Together

I see a lot of patterns in our behavior as a nation that parallel a lot of other historical processes.

Tags: Behavior, Historical, Nation

I think people in general have neglected to learn about history.

Tags: General, History, Learn

I would hope they would be our fellow artists, rather than trying to emulate or idolize clowns like us.

Tags: Hope, Rather, Trying

Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music.

Tags: Inspired, Music, Tool