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I'm just not a big fan of the too-cool-for-school indie world. Metal bands have never been invited or been able to be part of the cool kids, and I like it that way.

Music and songs are written at different periods of time, at different times in your life. They reflect the feelings you have and to be honest, I quite like having positive emotions.

Why would heavy metal ever go away?

Anthrax, it's something that gets you sick, it's horrible, strong. It's a heavy-metal band name if there ever was one.

As big as Metallica are, they're still not like a pop act. As big as they are, they're still not U2 or Lady Gaga. It's still underground.

Frank Zappa... was Beethoven for insane rock guys.

I could care less about sitting around and practicing the guitar for hours a day and trying to be the best guitar player on the planet.

I don't even know who that person was in the '80s. I see pictures of myself from back then and I don't even recognize myself.

I have enough to think about - I just don't ever want to have to think about my car.

I kind of live in this weird world where I am exposed to a lot of stuff, but then again I am not exposed to a lot of stuff.

I love what I do, somehow I have been able to play in a band for my entire life and that is all I ever wanted to do. I love that I get to do that.

I think the best riffs and the best songs come when you're jamming and having a good time.

I will absolutely say that Johnny Ramone was a huge influence on me. I'm a giant Ramones fan.

I'm not the kind of guy who sits around at home and writes songs. Once in a while I'll pick up a guitar and noodle around, but it's rare.

I've always been a true believer that if men had babies, nobody would be trying to tell them what they can and can't do with their bodies.

Metal guys are huge nerds. A good percentage of them are either horror or sci-fi or comic book or fantasy nerds.

Nobody gets into a band and thinks they're going to have a 30-year career.

There's a thousand other things I would rather spend money on than a car.

To be honest, I'm one of the least-technical guitar players around. I just want a guitar to feel good and sound good. That's it, period.

To me, the guitar is a tool for songwriting, and it's fun, too. The day that it's not fun, that's when I'm not gonna play guitar anymore.