Being Josh Todd
I love Josh Todd. Everybody should love Josh Todd. Josh Todd is opening for my Aerosmith overseas. Josh Todd. This is a high point for me, I love Josh Todd-did I tell you? Josh has one of the
greatest rock and roll voices of all time. Here’s what he had to say:
MI: What is your birthday?
Josh: April 4th.
MI: How do you think the new band is different than Buck Cherry?
Josh: It’s a younger, fresher sound. It’s more of a modern rock and more melodic.
MI: If you were King for one week what would you do?
Josh: I would have a harem of women. I would also give a lot of money to AIDS research.
MI: What is your favorite song to play live?
Josh: I’ll Be Broken.
MI: If you could be a super hero, which one would you be and why?
Josh: I’d be Superman so that I could fly.
MI: If you have your CD player on right now what would be playing?
Josh: The new Blink 182 record.
MI: Who is your favorite poet of all time?
Josh: Robert Frost.
MI: Are you reading any new book out on the market now?
Josh: Last one I read was Fat Food Nation. It was very informative and scary.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
Josh: Many times.
MI: What’s your opinion on the legalization of drugs?
Josh: I think it should happen. We could tax it, we could control it, we could make sure people get clean needles and it would be great.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
MI: How did you pick guys for the new band and who are they?
Josh: I called an ad I found in a music magazine and found a band that was looking for a singer. I thought it would be a cool way to find some no name guys that were rally hungry. I did it and it worked out, I can’t believe I only called one ad.
MI: What advice would you give to any young musician just starting out in the business?
Josh: Make sure you pay attention to the business. Don’t be so wrapped up in being an artist.
MI: What pisses you off most about the world today?
Josh: Everybody isn’t free like America. Everybody takes America for granted. People are so ungrateful in this country.
MI: When and how did you first get interested in music?
Josh: I have always loved music. When I was 16 was the first time I really sang on a microphone.
MI: Who influenced you in your vocal style?
Josh: Prince, Ian McKay, and Bon Scott.
MI: What was the most memorable show live you ever played?
Josh: The HFS festival in Washington, DC. We played in RFK stadium and I’m a huge pro football fan. We were playing where the Redskins play and it was packed and it was crazy.
MI: If you could play any place in the world where would you pick?
Josh: Japan. They really get it over there. They really get interested in your entire career, not just your record, what your interests are, how you came about writing music…. They’re really thorough and they’re really humble and wonderful people. I love the culture and the art. The fans are very gracious and they go crazy and it’s cool.
MI: If you weren’t a musician right now what do you think you would be doing?
Josh: I’d be a boxing promoter.
MI: Which was your favorite movie to be in? The Salton Sea, Triple X, The Banger Sisters, or The New Guy?
Josh: The Salton Sea. I got to work a lot longer on that film. I worked about two and a half weeks on that film and the actors were incredible and I got to do a lot more scenes. I have a new movie coming out called Lightning Bug. It’s an independent film and I got do some acting in it.
MI: Is Fred Durst really an asshole or is it just an act?
Josh: I only met him briefly at a party. He was nice to me.
MI: What three people would you like to be stranded on a life raft with?
Josh: Prince, Meryl Streep, and Sean Penn.
MI: If you were stranded on an island and could have one book, one cd, one person, and a bottle of booze, what would they be?
Josh: Prince’s Purple Rain, my wife, Henry Miller’s Rosy Crucifixion, and Jack Daniels.
MI: Who do you think the greatest musician of all time is?
Josh: Stevie Wonder.
MI: What is your greatest achievement?
Josh: Getting clean and being a good father.
MI: What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Josh: I had to fucking take everybody’s recycled cans and throw them in the fucking trash in the back of a fucking grocery store where it just reeked of fucking garbage. That was my worst job.
MI: Who would you like to have lunch with most?
Josh: Donald Trump, Prince, and Jack Nicholson.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Josh: No, I don’t really. I think that if you don’t fin yourself in your life you will come back and do it again until you do get it right. Once you find yourself and get it right you move on to the next thing.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
Josh: I was on a tour bus headed for San Francisco and I woke up and it was on the TV. I saw the plane going into the building and couldn’t believe it. That day they had a lot of San Francisco blocked off and it felt like I was in a third world country. The next day my tour manager wanted me to cancel the show and I said “Fuck no, I’m not canceling the show. We’re doing the show. Fuck these terrorists, fuck all that bullshit, we’re not going to cancel out lives because somebody is trying to scare us.” So we did the show.
MI: What kind of memorial for the victims of 9-11 would you build?
Josh: I would put them in a New Orleans style cemetery where they’re all above ground and people could come visit.
MI: What do you think about America’s doings in the Middle East?
Josh: I think it’s a fucking mess. It’s turning into this prolonged never-ending mess where soldiers are getting killed every week. I wish we could come to a conclusion and a plan on how to solidify that country so that we can get our troops out of there.
MI: What do you want people to know about you?
Josh: I’m a very passionate man. I love what I do.
MI: When you’re not on tour, what are you doing?
Josh: I spend a lot of time with my wife who is my best friend. I write a lot of music and read a lot of books. I go surfing and box a lot also.
MI: Give me your opinion on computerized music.
Josh: Everything is computerized now, even rock. I think it’s great. I love all the new technology. The only bad thing is you can make a really bad singer sound great, but when they play live the singer can’t hit any of their notes.
MI: What do you think about the state of the music industry today?
Josh: The music industry is in chaos. They don’t know what to do with them selves right now. All the burning and downloading has put everyone in a tailspin. Whenever there’s chaos there’s opportunities and that’s what we’re all about. We’re all about opportunities.
MI: How do you feel about the free downloading?
Josh: It’s a problem. A good thing is that free music turns on people to us. The problem is these kids are downloading the records and they don’t need to go buy the record anymore. I think in some ways it’s great and in some ways it’s bad.
MI: If you could play with anyone, who would it be??
Josh: If I could be on the ultimate bill it would be: Prince, PJ Harvey, Local H, Blink 182, and us.
MI: How did a nice sexy guy like you wind up in Calvin Klein ads?
Josh: That was just a big music campaign. A lot of music people did it, like Moby, and a couple of rap artists, and I got thrown in the mix.
MI: What is your favorite movie?
MI: What do you like to do most and why?
Josh: Making music really gets me off.
MI: What makes you the happiest?
Josh: Being content and being at peace with who I am.
MI: What does success mean to you?
Josh: Success means that I have peace of mind and I know who I am. It took me a long to get that.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Josh: Only when I was on a large amount of acid.
MI: How would compare the MTV of today with the MTV we grew up with?
Josh: The MTV we grew up with had music videos and the MTV now you rarely see music anymore. It’s all these reality shows. It’s boring. I want to see music.
MI: What do you think the best thing to ever happen to Rock ‘n’ Roll was?
Josh: The best thing to ever happen to Rock ‘n’ Roll was the demise of 80’s rock. It was just fucking contrived and stupid.
MI: Do you have a message that you would like to send to your friends?
Josh: Go pickup You Made Me in stores right now.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Josh: Victory or death.
MI: What’s your web site?
Thanks Josh. Do you know that I love you?
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