"Each gig is an hour of madness, and
afterwards I'm absolutely exhausted, shaken to bits. The
adrenaline charge and energy needed are shattering. "
"I spent half of the time shouting at
people in the crowd anyway, so it was a natural progression
from there really, getting it out from my mouth to express
myself further. I don't think the lyrics are part of that
expression, it's nice if they are truthful to yourself, but
that's not what it's all about. The lyrics are things
that just sound good, hard and fast, it's more about the
noise I make than what I am actually trying to say. The delivery
is more important than the message. You can get very safe
going on stage doing the same thing - I had been doing that
for five years before 'Firestarter', and I was confident,
comfortable. But starting vocals changed that - suddenly
I was wondering what would happen. I was telling Liam it
was not a problem, easy, but all the time I was shitting
myself, but I went out and it went off straight away. I did
a parachute jump just before that first vocals gig and in
the plane getting ready to jump was a similar feeling. The
countdown to both was 'My word, what am I doing here?' When
those first lyrics came out is was the same as leaping out
of the plane. Amazing. It's not a character, it's me, driven
by adrenaline and the amazing music. I enjoy being able to
totally express myself, and the band is a good excuse to
do that. It's not so much singing as vocal expression. "
"I'd spent years expressing myself with
my body and suddenly I had the chance to express myself with
my voice. "
" I can't go out on stage and have glow sticks
waved at me! That's not representative of anything!" KEITH
"At the end of the day, if people find
me scary, fuck 'em. "
"Sometimes after a few hours sleep I
have a little grizzle but I very rarely bite back. "
"I enjoy being able to express myself
and the band is the perfect way of doing that. "
"Look, at the end of the day, we do what
we do because it suits us. Don't you think it's kind-of cool
to have a band that offends MTV, that puts out a video that
real fans have to dig around for, or stay up late to see?
The point is to be true to yourself otherwise you may as
well give up. "
When, and if, I get to 65, I'd like to
say that I did everything - the lot. I'd like to think I
bedded loads of babes and lived out my ultimate sex fantasies.
I'd like to think I'd been through every colour with my hair
and everywhere that could have been pierced on my body and
been pierced. Even if all my beloved tattoos have gone saggy
by then, at least I can stand up and say, I did it. Anyhow,
can you think of any other job I could do? My school results
were terrible and I don't know how to wallpaper or do anything
else.Without this group and this job,I could be making lives
a little more miserable for everyone by being the nasty one
on the counter at a McDonald's somewhere. Think about it.
KEITH on himself.