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I can totally identify with the younger kids. I'll never do what Jon Spencer did to me when I was 16, though. I made a tape with my friends and I put it onstage right near his mic stand by the pedal board and he pulled it out with his foot, kicked it to the center of the stage, looked me in the eye and stomped it to pieces.
I have a background in theater. At the time I read 'The Loved Ones' script, I was playing Catherine the Great of Russia onstage. Straight after that, I played Stella in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and Isabella in 'Measure for Measure.'
I laugh all the time - at things, people, stuff, whatever. But, I don't laugh onstage because then it's serious business.
I have a wonderful psychiatrist that I see maybe once a year, because I don't need it. It all comes out onstage.
When you're holding people's attention, I feel you must give them high-quality ingredients. They deserve nothing but your best. And if they need information, get it, cross-check it, and try to be right. Do not waste their time; do not enjoy the ego trip of being onstage.
The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
I like touring extensively because I think the more hours you spend onstage, the more you know who you are onstage.
You want to have butterflies in your stomach, because if you don't, if you walk out onstage complacent, that's not a good thing.
In the early days, we just wore black onstage. Very bold, my dear. Then we introduced white, for variety, and it simply grew and grew.
Onstage I'm the happiest person in the world.
What I learned is that acting is to a large extent about trying to stave off self-doubt long enough to be natural and real onstage.
I remember times when I was at shows and the person onstage locked eyes with me. And in that moment, everything was right with the world. I think that's part of my job, to create these thousands of moments every night. And for the rest of their life, they can say, 'You guys looked at me,' or 'You sweated on me,' or 'I got your gum.'
I still have my eyes on the prize: I want to be that old lady onstage shaking her hips and singing her greatest hits.
When you're onstage and the audience is smiling and singing and bopping along and you're all on the same level, it's the best feeling in the world. It may sound dumb and corny to say it, but it's like pure love.
As a rapper, you sort of act in music videos and in the persona you adopt onstage. You kinda have to put yourself out there and be courageous even to be a rapper. So, to step into acting was not that difficult a transition to make.
I never wanted to be a magician. I never wanted to be a comedian. I never wanted to be onstage.
When you're onstage and you know you're bombing, that's very, very scary. Because you know you gotta keep going - you're bombing, but you can't stop.
Maybe people have no idea how much work is behind a picture. It can seem very effortless, but there is a lot of work. It's exactly like doing ballet. It's hours and hours, but when you go onstage, it's just the pleasure of dancing.
Everything you need to know about Iron Maiden is onstage.
There's always been an element of 'right time, right place' to Nine Inch Nails. When we stepped onstage at Woodstock '94, I could sense it. I get goosebumps thinking about it now. Like, 'I don't know how we did this, but somehow we've touched a nerve.'
If I go onstage, I want to give people everything they want and more. I'll wash their car for them on their way out.
I really don't think of myself as a singer. I think of myself as an entertainer, and the best place I do it is onstage.
Performing is my therapy, to become different people onstage.
You can't drink on an eight hour flight, pass out, and then go onstage... well you can, but then you're Spandau Ballet.
When you're onstage and you know you're bombing, that's very, very scary. Because you know you gotta keep going - you're bombing, but you can't stop. And you know that half an hour from now, you're still gonna be bombing. It takes a thick skin.
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