How has the band not crumbled underneath the weight of all the stuff that went on over all these years?

Well, there isn’t all that many examples of a band that really goes on and keeps working into their mid-50s, I mean constantly—even if we weren’t working together, we were all always working. We do have a lot of drama. And drama keeps people together. And drama makes people have fun—even if it’s bad drama. It still has its very exciting moments and we have arguments and disagreements and we make up and that’s great. We got to know each other a little bit better. Over the last year and a half we’ve been together almost every day and that’s hard for anybody, you know? So the fact is that it’s worked out into these 18 songs.

It’s almost like a marriage.

You pick your things to get mad about and you pick your things that aren’t that important and you let go of stuff and of course, in all of our wisdom we hope that we all learn how to let go of the unimportant things. And if you’re going to argue about something, make sure it’s really important because nothing is worth breaking the whole thing up over a stupid argument.

How are things different from 25 years ago when you started out?

Before we would stay up later. Now we stop at about 7 or 8 p.m. We get to the studio at around 2 p.m., and Lindsey gets there at 9 in the morning. But we don’t stay up all night long and record anymore because you know what? You don’t get anything done, so you just have to get to a place finally where your wisdom again says, ‘It’d be really fun to stay here until 4 in the morning, but isn’t it interesting that nothing gets done after 9 p.m.?’ So, you know, we’re smart enough to realize that now.

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