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Tommy Shaw Quotes

Around '75 when the recession hit, club owners started going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just buy a sound system than it was to hire a band.

As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand. There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member.

By the time I did that third solo album, I'd finally learned how to do it, but I'd also learned that I liked being in a band.

I don't like looking back.

I don't write on tour. There is so much to do day in and day out when you are on the road.

I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.

I have always been a sucker for the big, upbeat chorus.

I like being on the road, living in hotels. While I've got a real nice house, I go crazy when I'm there.

I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds.

I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.

I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church. Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television singing their hearts out.

I wish I had a nickel for every song that I've left in the bathroom, written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about.

I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.

I'd better be on the road, or I'll be going nuts. I'm not the kind of guy who sits around with a pipe and slippers watching soap operas.

I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I'm too rough on instruments.

I've always stuck with Gibsons. I've had Guilds and Fenders, too, but I always wind up going back to Gibsons.

If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually carry a little dictation machine with me because I'm too lazy to write.

If music became extinct now, I don't know what I'd be good for.

It is all about being open and paying attention to the music in your head. I think most people have original music playing in their heads from time to time.

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords.