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A band is sort of like a star.
by Adrian Smith

A band is sort of like a star.
It reaches a peak and burns out.
To have five guys working in perfect harmony longer
than a couple years is difficult.
- Adrian Smith

We are one of the last heavy metal bands.
Iron Maiden has always been unique.
- Adrian Smith

The band has always stayed close to its fans and not sold out.
That's a very rare thing.
I can see how rare that is having been outside of the band for eight years.
Maiden has integrity.
I think people appreciate that.
- Adrian Smith

We try and stay out of the corporate side of it.
The band has never compromised.
At some point in our career we could have made a certain
type of record and sold millions of units,
as they are called.
- Adrian Smith

 

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

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While I was into many different types of music,
and played with many different local groups,
I really didn't have a band to call my own until Dire
Straits was formed in 1977.
- Mark Knopfler

I am always looking for a cool tee shirt;
maybe one with a rock band or an old advertisement.
- Bridget Hall

Rock is about finding who you are.
You don't necessarily have to play your instrument very well at all.
You can just barely get by and you can be in a rock band.
- Gene Simmons

Yeah, yeah I think that's one of the biggest misconceptions towards the band.
The biggest one is that we're Satan worshippers,
but next to that just the fact that we're normal.
- Tom Araya

Willie Nelson, out there 200 days a year,
calls his band family.
And it is.
- Brad Paisley

If I could be in any band, I think it would have to be the Beatles.
That would have been a lot of fun.
- Jason Behr

I opted out of the band.
- Lou Gramm

What we used to say was whoever had the bow tie got to lead the band.
There was never any jealousy.
- Pete Fountain

In S Club I played a role in a band,
but now I can go off and be me -
My horizon's wide open now.
It's scary and it's daunting, but it's an absolute thrill.
I feel brand new!
- Rachel Stevens

I'm like a twenty-two-year-old kid in a new band trying
to get noticed and break through,
because the vast majority of people have never seen me play live.
- John Fogerty

Being in a band is far more than playing an instrument.
It's surviving.
It's getting an album together.
- Josh Silver

Rock and roll doesn't necessarily mean a band.
It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric,
really.
It's that question of trying to be immortal.
- Malcolm Mclaren

In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of
a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind.
- Charles Ives

At the moment I really love listening to the Dave Matthews Band.
- Nancy McKeon

Over all our happy country - over all our Nation spread,
Is a band of noble heroes - is our Army of the Dead.
- Will Carleton

We've never been a religious band, but the media wants us to be.
- Amy Lee

And the White Album is important to me for different reasons.
One - I had left the band on the White Album.
- Ringo Starr

And if you are playing in several meters at once,
there has to be a - not a rigid - but there definitely
has to be a reference to a common pulse in the band.
- Robert Fripp

I love being in a band.
I love that collaborative spirit, although some would
suggest that I don't get involved in the collaborative spirit,
but it's not true.
- Trevor Rabin

No.
Better research needed.
Fire your research person.
No fishnet stockings.
Never.
Not in this band.
- Gene Simmons

I was in a band called Hooker for a while.
- Travis Barker

But if you want to be in a band and write music,
then you should just be in a band and write music.
- Adam Jones

Yes was a band where we could explore some of those ideas,
but I knew that if I wanted to get into orchestral
music and make a living at it,
movies seemed to be a perfect spot.
- Trevor Rabin

If you are any competent musician, if you have creative ideas,
ideas of songs, of arrangements, in a band like the Stones,
where these 2 people do all the things,
there is no freedom.
- Bill Wyman

Nobody told Don Henley or me that we were going to make it as solo artists,
but I can speak for Don when I say that we are both
really happy now that the band is not together.
- Glenn Frey

I was in the band as a boy and was taught music and learned to compose.
- Norman Wisdom

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill -
spending billions of dollars to build more prisons,
to place more band-aids on society's scars.
- Carrie P. Meek

We were really grown up for our age and it was an incredible special band.
- Joan Jett

The band was rejuvenated by that wonderful day.
It breathed new life into us.
- John Deacon

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band.
No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.
- Wyclef Jean

We had no sleep or days off or anything like that and then,
when the band became big, Hendrix became a star and looked down at us lot.
- Noel Redding

I refuse to dance.
And I can't dance anyway.
I'm not in a band for that.
- Liam Gallagher

What they're not doing is marketing the Dead Kennedys
in the spirit of what the band stood for.
- Jello Biafra

If you're the band leader you ask more of yourself than anyone else,
so they tend to raise the bar for me.
- Kristin Hersh

I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.
- Glenn Miller

Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College,
which was in southern California; they had one of the
best big band programs in the country at the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

When you keep the caliber of musicians very high in the band,
people are going to come and go.
Some of them will be people who have to try various things,
it's natural.
- Kathy Mattea

Lawyer acted without authority from our band.
He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
- Chief Joseph

Each member of the band has varied influences,
and the same diversity is reflected in our fanbase.
- Daisy Berkowitz

The reason I formed my own band in the first place
is so that I could step up as the singer.
- Ben Jackson

I like that band Get Hustle.
They're cool live.
I haven't heard their records, though.
- Stephen Malkmus

I picked all the tunes before I went to Memphis,
and the band was all set.
Willie Mitchell is an arranger like I am,
and he let me do what I had to do.
- Otis Rush

I think we are looked upon as a veteran band.
- Lou Gramm

My other family is Fleetwood Mac.
I don't need the money, but there's an emotional need
for me to go on the road again.
There's a love there; we're a band of brothers.
- Stevie Nicks

I'm delighted to be Number 1, but next week I don't
want people to buy my record,
I want them to buy Band Aid.
- Jim Diamond

So, practice, particularly after you've attained a job,
any kind of job, like playing with a four piece band,
that's...
an opportunity to develop.
- Buddy Rich

We all enjoy the band and what we're doing,
but we know this isn't gonna last forever.
- Shannon Hoon

The Misfits pretty much funds the Misfits.
It used to cost me money to be in the band.
I think we got paid the last gig we ever did.
After that, we had to work to support our families.
- Jerry Only

The Band was always famous for its retirements;
we'd go and play and get a little petty cash together,
and then not see each other till it was time to fill our pockets up again.
- Rick Danko

It was mind-blowing.
It was a small place with 2,000 standing-up tickets.
It's great to have your band back and working and playing again,
people have been so generous.
- Andy Taylor

Music is more difficult - try naming a political band.
The Dead Kennedys.
The Dead Kennedys are political, but they are more
funny than they are political.
- Thom Yorke

I played the tuba in high school.
I wanted to be a member of the marching band.
I thought, what can I play that has the most effect?
What can I play to get people to laugh?
- Patti LuPone

I thought I might be a band instructor,
someone who plays all the instruments and teaches others.
- Adrian Belew

I had the first integrated Army band in World War II.
- Dave Brubeck

I grew up in a very musical family, my father was a
musician and a big band leader and made records.
- Billy Sherwood

Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
- Barry Cornwall

But primarily, the drummer's supposed to sit back there and swing the band.
- Buddy Rich

Any band that is out there chasing it is doing more
destruction to music then someone who is out there
playing what they truly feel.
- Bret Michaels

I think we all appreciate it now just how lucky we
are to be in a band like Judas Priest.
- Glenn Tipton

I don't think having a My Chemical Romance action figure
will make a kid start his own band,
I like to think it will make him save children from a burning building.
- Gerard Way

Sometimes the band can't fully hear your fill,
so they come in differently.
So I've also learned not to really step out too much,
because you sacrifice the band when you do that.
- John Otto

I write the music, produce it and the band plays within
the parameters that I set.
- Sting

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band -
we wanted to play rock and roll only.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I was in a band called the valentines and they broke up last week.
- Bon Scott


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