KC: That's the downside&ldots;.It's funny, 'cause let's face it, we're always defending kids and our fans to the point where every other night in the old days, we'd be outside rolling around with the security. If I saw security roughing someone up, I'd always just assume from the old day's mentality, 'Bouncers goddamn roughing up the kids!' I think it was in Hartford, the bouncer's wrestling with a kid, and I'm like, 'Leave him alone!' The bouncer's wrestling the kid, and he's like, 'He's got a knife!' The victim is not always in the right, like we assume. The kid's got a knife in his hand, and trying to stab the bouncers or one of us, so we're like, 'Okay, you can kick him out.' Sometimes you have to make exceptions to the rule. Generally, it's 'Let the kids do what they want&ldots;Unless they've got a knife or a gun.'
How old are you both, and where do you live these days?
KC: Do we have to say this?
AB: I don't think we do.
Eh. you can lie if you want.
AB: I'm 28.
KC: I'm 30, from parts unknown.
AB: Let's just say I'm old enough to know better than to say my age. I'm 120 in rock 'n roll years, let's put it that way.
KC: And I'm 118 in rock 'n roll years.
AB: I live in the live free or die state of New Hampshire.
You moved back?
AB: I never moved. Well, I lived here, in Boston, when I was a kid.
KC: He refuses to pay the taxes.
AB: I've always been live free or die. I'm not the non-Irishman in the band. I'm the Scottish/German New Hampshire liver. That's never been a secret.
KC: He's almost talked us all into moving up there at some point. Maybe start a commune.
AB: More of a compound.
KC: Not a gun-toting compound, more like a practice space with one baby sitter for all the kids. The entourage is growing now. We want to eventually turn it into the punk rock Menudo, where our kids take over the band. We just retire. I went to my daughter's string recital last night. She plays strings on our new album.
AB: We just need to have one other guy have another kid in the band, 'cause there are now six kids in the camp. Bagpiper (Scruffy Wallace) has one, Kenny has three, and I have two. We really just need one more to fill the seven.
KC: Not to sound like New Kids on the Block, but you get people finding your address and stuff. Kind of bugs me out when I'm on tour.
AB: I don't worry about anybody ever trying to get to New Hampshire.
KC: That's my only hesitancy about saying where I live. Not that you can't go on friggin' Wikipedia and probably find my exact home address and home phone number.
AB: But Wikipedia is known to be wrong.