No, you make absolute sense. I get it, Mick. So, now can you explain a little bit about this Guitar Center and Make Rock History promotion that you have going on right now?

Well, we are the first band since Led Zeppelin that Guitar Center has actually sold an album at their stores, which is kind of tied in, or if you’re a songwriter, a collaboration to do a contest to open for the Mötley Crüe tour, whether it be CrüeFest next year or opening up later this year on another leg of the tour. It’s also to promote Guitar Center, like they need anymore promotion, and our new CD Saints Of Los Angeles. It’s kind of a cool thing to do, I think, to find an unknown band and take them on tour with you. Kind of like what Ozzy did for us. When we thought of it, we were all like, ‘Yeah!’ and thought that it was a hip thing to do. I don’t think that anybody’s done that. The only bad thing is that you get bombarded with emails and stuff from people saying, ‘Pick my band!’ or ‘Rig it so we can win!’

Oh, so you did get all of my emails?

Oh, was that you? (laughs)

How would you compare the road now to being on the road back in the ‘80s and ‘90s?

The buses are better! (laughs) Being clean and sober like I am now—I wasn’t in the early days—it’s a lot easier because you don’t have a hangover and all that other crap, but that’s just me personally. It’s much easier today. It’s that gypsy thing. You’re only here for a few hours. Like today, we got in at 9 a.m. this morning and we’re leaving at like 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. It’s a lot of pack and unpack, pack and unpack, but I’ve grown accustomed to that after doing this for so long. This is why bands start to do crazy things, like draw clown faces on themselves. (laughs) But it’s fun!

CrüeFest, which features Trapt, Sixx A.M., Papa Roach, Buckcherry, and Mötley Crüe stops at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, on Saturday, Aug. 23. For more info, log onto motley.com

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