On the 2012 US Presidential Election:
'You have a black president, so all kinds of veiled, encoded statements will be made. God, gays and guns ó thatís how Republicans get their people emotional. But I donít think any of them are electable. I think the smart money is looking at 2016, which the Republicans could very well take. This year, whether people like Obama or not, the troops have come home from Iraq. Osama Bin Laden is dead. More jobs are being created. Cash For Clunkers worked. The stimulus worked. Bailing out the auto industry was a great idea. Thatís why Republicans are saying God, guns and gays, because they canít talk about their accomplishments. All I hear is, ďObamaís bad, gays are bad, Muslims are bad and capitalism is good.Ē Capitalism is fantastic, as long as itís regulated. I like capitalism; it rewards me for my ambition. I donít want Communism. Iíve been in Communist countries, and they suck.'On public opinion turning in favour of same-sex marriage:
'To me, itís never been anything more than a civil right. If two people are that crazy about each other, why donít we just let íem have a little happiness? Iíve always vociferously protested against those who would limit peopleís civil rights and treat them like second-class citizens. Maybe some people are finally reading the Constitution. I read the front of the damn thing every day! All of this is covered by the 1st and 14th Amendments.'On no longer performing music:
'I donít know what else I could do that I havenít done before as a younger, stronger man. I canít bullshit people; I canít even bullshit myself. Stopping music was very difficult, but at least it was honest. Iíd rather be honest and missing it than on stage looking ridiculous at age 50-plus.'You can check out the full interview over at Folio Weekly.