Do you feel that writing the song did something for you guys creatively before going out?

I think so. The best thing was getting on the road and experiencing what the band does for other people. The song is fucking sick, by the way. I was just yelling, ‘It’s so good! How did we fuck up? It’s so good!’ It’s not like we’re embarrassed by it because it’s probably one of the top three songs we’ve ever written. It’s great. But when we first got back together, we started bouncing ideas around. I think all of us were excited to come back and kind of show each other where we’ve been what we’ve learned and how we’ve evolved as individuals and it served that purpose for sure.

Do you have to be in a different headspace for Angels than Blink? Is this two different halves of yourself at this point?

Oh, that’s what I try to explain to people. Both bands are totally me. But they’re so Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I read books on politics, I read books on alternative history, I study. The things that I do to educate myself about the world around me is totally relevant and that’s what I do. But I also in the middle of that will tell stupid jokes and get crazy and act like an imbecile with my friends. It’s not like I have a pipe and an ascot. I still like dick jokes. The cool thing is I really get to be both parts of myself. It’s really funny in how different they are. Angels & Airwaves, before a show, it’s a whole different thing. People make jokes that it’s like church with people crying, and there’s lasers and it’s super epic. With Blink I’m blasting Van Halen and getting really drunk and seeing what happens.

Are there any worries that you’re on too many projects? Do you feel like more of a businessman than an artist sometimes?

No, because the cool thing is I have a lot of good people around me. Modlife is ran by one of the guys who started Guitar Hero and Rock Band. There are rad people running these companies. I’m like a visionary, kind of a macro occasional objective viewer that comes in and gives my two cents, but I really am a musician. That’s where I spend most of my time. I have a few meetings a week where I can try to contribute but I usually do more harm than good. Angels & Airwaves, it takes up most of my time, it takes up almost all my time. But now that Blink just came back into the picture, we have one thing on our plates right now, and that’s this tour. So we’ll see what happens after this tour and how everyone recuperates from it and see what the next plan is. There’s sputterings about Europe, obviously we’re talking about the next record, but it has to fit into everyone’s schedule, and everyone has their things and none of these things are going away and we’ve just got to figure it out.

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  2. Vaughn Keasey

    I’ve always loved Tom Cruise’s acting and his looks. I even had a dream about him recently. I think he likes being a father; he always has a big smile on his face when he’s with his kids.

  3. Audrey_Delaware

    Use your passion and geek expertise to liberate the latent creativity that resides in readers, something that works better than the linear, sequential and fast fading stream of comments (yeah, this is recursive). Comments are writing, but lets have something not as we know it. Writing in this box just feel a little klunky, there must be a better way, make a better blog :),

  4. Lillian_Nebraska

    Use your passion and geek expertise to liberate the latent creativity that resides in readers, something that works better than the linear, sequential and fast fading stream of comments (yeah, this is recursive). Comments are writing, but lets have something not as we know it. Writing in this box just feel a little klunky, there must be a better way, make a better blog :),

  5. Brooke_Ohio

    I think greater interaction among groups would result (mix up the tech bloggers and the marketers and the VCs and the usability people and, hell, even the sex bloggers) ;) and really spark some awesome conversations.,

  6. Sofia_Arkansas

    That’s fine for the House and Senate but for president, there is no way any conservative should vote for either Democrat that will be stuffed down our throats next year. The House is the grand prize. If we had someone like Jim Jordan as Speaker and more than the current 3 reliable conservative senators, the president wouldn’t matter.,

  7. Kaylee_New_Mexico

    I was thinking the same thing about Alexa as there was quite a lot of movement. They might have readjusted their adjustment for “technology skew” – or what ever it was…,

  8. Bailey_Hawaii

    I hate to see us lose your input but I wonder if simply publishing articles with no comments enabled and having a members-only forum wouldn’t be a good compromise. There’s something about the immediacy of the response form and the lack of accountability available from anonymity (oh, hypocritical me) that seems to encourage people’s awfulness.,

  9. Leah_Hawaii

    Kathy, the content you have graciously shared with us every once in a while is both inspiring and entertaining. And a blog is the perfect medium for this. A lot of the content is about your style and creative personality. Thus, I would rule out the community-based ideas. I would probably only read your stuff anyway.,

  10. Charlotte_Louisiana

    Good for Hannity, hammering Mc Cain. Mc Cain off as so slimey. He completely bought into the Obama narrative and talks about the great calamity to come if there is no agreement, and continues to blast the Tea Party.,

  11. Zoey_Wisconsin

    In doing this blog and thinking about this stuff, have you ever had any ideas for what kinds of tools (software, that is) that people could use to do things like share creative ideas in groups, create customer community, etc. etc.?,

  12. Claire_Rhode_Island

    I’m not sure what you have against “The Five”. I mean, four of the five panel members are on the right. The only creep is Bob Beckel. I admit, his creepiness makes the show a bit harder to handle. But Greg Gutfeld makes up for it! I LOVE him!! Beckel will probably have a stroke or a heart attack on the show one day and they can just shove him off the stage and continue on.,

  13. Kayla_Montana

    Just look at the difference just 20-30 rock solid Tea Party conservatives have made in the House already. They’ve turned “1/3 of the government” on its head and started a war between the establishment party and the Tea Party.,

  14. Jocelyn_Kentucky

    I think greater interaction among groups would result (mix up the tech bloggers and the marketers and the VCs and the usability people and, hell, even the sex bloggers) ;) and really spark some awesome conversations.,

  15. Madison_Alabama

    The reality is that the establishment in the Senate HATE CCB, modest as it really is and see the new Boehner plan as an out, since they figure they will get Reid to make a compromise since it is only 22 Billion in cuts.,

  16. Alexandra_Nevada

    It’s entirely possible that I copied that individual number across incorrectly (and that the index was correct), but when I did the query just then it returned a Technorati Rank of 37, so as you say there would be no change in the rank, but an improvement in your index.,

  17. Amelia_Connecticut

    I think greater interaction among groups would result (mix up the tech bloggers and the marketers and the VCs and the usability people and, hell, even the sex bloggers) ;) and really spark some awesome conversations.,

  18. Hailey_Florida

    Use your passion and geek expertise to liberate the latent creativity that resides in readers, something that works better than the linear, sequential and fast fading stream of comments (yeah, this is recursive). Comments are writing, but lets have something not as we know it. Writing in this box just feel a little klunky, there must be a better way, make a better blog :),

  19. Isabella_North_Carolina

    I was thinking the same thing about Alexa as there was quite a lot of movement. They might have readjusted their adjustment for “technology skew” – or what ever it was…,

  20. Alexis_Wisconsin

    It’s entirely possible that I copied that individual number across incorrectly (and that the index was correct), but when I did the query just then it returned a Technorati Rank of 37, so as you say there would be no change in the rank, but an improvement in your index.,

  21. Hannah_New_Mexico

    I’m not sure what you have against “The Five”. I mean, four of the five panel members are on the right. The only creep is Bob Beckel. I admit, his creepiness makes the show a bit harder to handle. But Greg Gutfeld makes up for it! I LOVE him!! Beckel will probably have a stroke or a heart attack on the show one day and they can just shove him off the stage and continue on.,

  22. Emily_Louisiana

    I do think that by working in a team, it will make it easier for you. The passion moves away from you and to the team of writers, the hate will move with it. Being a part of a groupblog would be a good solution.,

  23. Addison_New_Hampshire

    I’m not sure what you have against “The Five”. I mean, four of the five panel members are on the right. The only creep is Bob Beckel. I admit, his creepiness makes the show a bit harder to handle. But Greg Gutfeld makes up for it! I LOVE him!! Beckel will probably have a stroke or a heart attack on the show one day and they can just shove him off the stage and continue on.,

  24. Taylor_Hawaii

    I see two basic options for you: Reduce visibility and do something completely different, or stay visible and continue publishing your own stuff under your own name. All the options you cite can be assigned to one of these two categories. I dearly hope you go with the second option, even though I would totally understand if you decide otherwise.,

  25. Maria_Georgia

    What is really infuriating is his denial that he was attacking the Tea Party. He was “only reading a WSJ article” on the floor of the Senate. Hannity could have done a better job of hammering on THAT giant piece of brazen hypocrisy.,

  26. Molly_Wisconsin

    What is really infuriating is his denial that he was attacking the Tea Party. He was “only reading a WSJ article” on the floor of the Senate. Hannity could have done a better job of hammering on THAT giant piece of brazen hypocrisy.,

  27. Gabriella_New_York

    In doing this blog and thinking about this stuff, have you ever had any ideas for what kinds of tools (software, that is) that people could use to do things like share creative ideas in groups, create customer community, etc. etc.?,

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