At the end of the day, you, as the player, create the tone coming out of the amp. The gear is part of it but by no means all of it.
You often see lifestyle over substance in L.A. Some rock stars dress up like they're going to play a gig when they're just going to the 7-Eleven store on a Tuesday night.
Being a niche kind of artist, you're not going to make a lot of friends in the traditional music biz.
If I'm soloing, I usually try to start with a theme, which will often stem from the blues.
I'm a self-loathing slide player. Some people like the way I play slide - I hate it.
There was a rumour that I was buying Gibson. It circulated around the Internet... And I just go, 'How well off do you think I am?' I play blues-rock for a living. It's like a vow of poverty.