Charlie: Love and abuse seems like a running theme with rock bands that have been around for a while, because you love those guys, but at the same time you're probably sick of them. You're tired of looking at them after being on the road for a long time . . . did you have to go to those guys with some of these stories and be, like, "look, this would be cathartic for me to write about this. Do you mind if I put it in there?"
No. I'm putting my balls and my life on the line because I believe that it will help people.

Charlie:What about their balls, though? Are you concerned about stepping on Steven's feet?
Well, there's nothing in there that will, uh — I mean, I didn't make anyone out to be a monster. You know, we've all done the same stuff, and I wouldn't do that. I'm not that kind of a person. I wouldn't do that to any of my partners, anyway, because they're all my brothers and I love them all dearly. I'm not a vindictive person — that's just not part of my make-up.

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Fletcher: One of my friends that worked in the record industry for a really long time said that in the '70s and '80s there would be these glamorous post-show parties, and there was always a ton of blow on a table somewhere. You knew you were at a really great party when it was in the shape of something. . . she talked about this party in Miami — they walked in and there on the glass table was Michael Jackson's face in coke! Did you ever attend such a party, and what was the sculpture of the drugs?
[Laughs] Ahh, well . . . many, many years ago, Bill Ludwig from Ludwig drums, whom I endorsed at the time, used to have a drummers' convention once a year, and that took place at the party. It was the Ludwig logo . . . and I remember snorting the dot off the "I."

Charlie:I don't know if it's one of those urban-legend things or what, but did you set yourself on fire while gassing up your Ferrari?
Oh, no, that's a true story. I didn't set myself on fire — I'm not quite that hot.

Fletcher:Can you explain how something like that goes down?
Well, I pulled into the gas station . . .

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