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Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down
You know 3 Doors Down. Even if you think you don't, you do. You probably hear one of their hits every time you turn on a radio. First breaking the sound barriers with "Kryptonite," a song the unschooled masses still associate with Superman, these guys have been screaming along with an enormity of success that is mind-bending.

It is also of note that several of the songs off that same first CD were drummed up - literally - by a 15-year-old Brad Arnold. Delving more deeply, the very question inherent in "Kryptonite" can be viewed as a prophecy of sorts. Intense stuff.

On the day we caught up with Brad, he had left his serious facade in a cupboard, broken out the hometown Southern lilt, met us with a genuinely endearing humor and personality, and gave us a candid look into the semi-charmed life of a rock star.
Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down
Shawna Ortega (Songfacts): Hi Brad. How are you doing today?

Brad: You know what? I'm actually down in Mississippi today. I'm down here and just got done cutting up tuna. (laughing) Me and my bass player, we went tuna fishing yesterday and I caught a 150lb tuna, and I've been cutting it up all day long. That was a big fish.

Songfacts: How hard was that to haul in?

Brad: It took me an hour and 40 minutes to reel him in. And you know what? I was done. When he was done, I was done.

Songfacts: My God.

Brad: That's what I said.

Songfacts: (laughing) I'm just trying to picture 150lbs - that's bigger than me.

Brad: It's almost bigger than me. (laughing) That's what I said in the boat, I was like, "Where did it come from?" You catch them in about 300 feet of water, and they're the best divers. And they'll come up and you think, Oh goodness, somebody catch him! Because you just hook 'em and pull 'em in, and there's like a hook on the end of a stick. And... just out of reach… and he'd dive, I mean, he'd take another thousand feet of line. I was like, I gotta reel this thing - and you don't just reel it in, and it ain't like it just takes a little while to reel that much line in. You're fighting to get three feet of line, and then he takes 5 feet. And you're like, "this is going backwards." (laughing) It's so hard. But it's so fun when you finally get him in there.

Songfacts: I just can't even imagine. What do you do with all of that meat?

Brad: I live up in Nashville and I don't get to come back down here that much, but my parents still live down here on the Pascagoula River and I have a little camp down here beside theirs. So tonight we're going to have a big grilling of it, and me and another buddy of mine, we cut it into big pretty steaks. Big ole pretty steaks. And I just vacuum seal 'em. You put 'em in the freezer and they'll last for months. I like sushi, so I always let them thaw out, and just come in at night and chop it up real thin, put me some wasabi and some soy on there and go to town.

Songfacts: A man that can cook! Congratulations on that catch.

Brad: Thank you. You know what? By the time I reeled him in, I felt like somebody should tell me congratulations. (laughs)

Songfacts: Yeah, you should have a whole crowd waiting for you on the docks, on their knees bowing to you.

Brad: No, they're all out on the docks wanting some meat. (laughing)

Songfacts: They're holding their plates out and their forks. Nice. (laughing) Okay, Brad, I've got to confess, I'm surprised that you have such a Southern accent going on. I did not expect that.

Brad: (laughs) Thank you. I'm from about as far south as you can go without getting wet. I'm from a town called Escatawpa, Mississippi. And that is about 20 miles east of Biloxi, and maybe 20 miles west of Mobile, Alabama. Right down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But I live up in Nashville.

Songfacts: Nashville is the place to go. In Nashville you can walk down the street and you don't get mobbed by people.

Brad Arnold from 3 Doors DownBrad: Yeah, you don't. So many people live there, I'm more likely probably to go up and ask somebody for their autograph then have somebody want mine. (laughs) You know, it's such a good place. It's full of artists, and it is absolutely full of talent. And I'll tell you, I love living up there. You can write with a different person every day, or you can not write at all. And it's good people there, it's just a good vibe. It's a city without being so city-like. I tell you, it works out, also, to be a big advantage when we're on tour, because it's a lot more central than south Mississippi. You've got 2 or 3 days off and you're in southern Ohio, you can slide down to Nashville for a couple of days, easy, and spend 'em at home. It really helps to break up those two or three month tours if you can just come home for two or three days every two or three weeks. That's fine with me.

Songfacts: Did you ever consider doing a "writers in the round" at the Bluebird or a place like that?

Brad: I would like to do that. But I like going and hearing those things a lot more than I like doing them, because those guys just smoke me. I can't play the guitar, so I'd either have to have my guitar player there, or I'd just have to sing a capella. Unless they have a drum set or something. But those writer-in-the-round things are amazing.

Songfacts: Okay, down to business.

Brad: I think I can handle it.

Songfacts: I think you can. You sound very energetic. Can we talk about "Loser"?

Brad: "Loser" was about one of my buddies growing up when I was a teenager. I actually wasn't telling him he was a loser, but me and him come from a good family - and I love my family - and he was from an equally… well, I ain't gonna put 'em equal with my family (laughs) but he was from a good family, too. But when we were teenagers, he got kind of mixed up in cocaine and stuff. And that song wasn't me calling him a loser, but it was how I think he viewed himself through the cloak of that drug. It's kind of like his own self doubt. And thankfully he's doing a lot better now. I get a lot of people that really can identify that song with their life in some way. And I think everybody feels like that every now and then.

Songfacts: Does he know this song is about him?

Brad: No. I didn't tell him. I would never tell him. I wouldn't want him to think I was calling him a loser.

Songfacts: Do you guys still talk at all?

Brad: You know what? I haven't probably seen him in 10 years or so. I haven't seen that boy in a long time.

Songfacts: Maybe it's better that way.

Brad: It might be. I think he just moved off and I don't think he comes around anymore. But the idea of the song - breathing right away and all that - it's really in the chorus, talking about the physical act of doing the drug, and how the physical act makes you feel. I could identify with it, because I've done it a couple of times when I was a teenager, I just never did it like he did it. And I wouldn't ever do it again. So I knew how it made me feel, and that was always one of those things with me that I could feel that monkey pulling, and I was like, Uh-uh. And a lot of people just couldn't. The verse is really about the physical act of taking the drug, and the choruses are kind of looking for the outcome, the inevitability of sooner or later it's gonna kill you.

Songfacts: Okay. Let me ask you about "Be Like That."

Brad: "Be Like That" is strange, because I wrote the verses and the choruses at two completely different times, and I couldn't think of the verse for the chorus, or the chorus for the verse. I always sing in my vehicle on my way home from band practice, and one night I was sitting there singing, and I put those two together, and I was like, Duh. And like I said, I don't play guitar at all. But I can just like sit down and chicken peck a note out or something. I went home and got a three chord structure going for the melody of it, and took it to practice the next day. I asked Chris to make something out of it, and he came back the next day and he had it, and it just went from there. But that song is just really about following your dreams. And I know everybody has 'em. It's not just about following your dreams, though. It's a little bit about dreams that you've missed, and a little notion of regret, also.

Songfacts: The very first verse in that, you're talking about how he spends his nights in California watching… and then at the very end of that first verse, "he looks up with a little smile at me, and he says…" That sounds like somebody that you know, that you're talking about somebody that you know who looked at you and said that. Is it?

Brad: No. It's just kind of an idea. And it's kind of weird. Maybe it doesn't have a perfect string full of lyrics in that first verse, and for me I've never thought it had a perfect one, because it's almost suggesting that it's an older person, but in a lot of ways it's kind of suggesting it's a younger person. But I left it like that because I want things to be like that. I want it to be interpreted a lot of different ways. I used to do that when I would write lyrics - I don't do it so much anymore, but I tried to do every line to where it could be taken more than one way. And my thought process behind that was, Well, if I can get two meanings out of it, then there are countless meanings out there for somebody else to apply it to their own life.

I've said it a million times, but it really is true: the difference in a good song and a great song, to me, is the difference in a good book and a good movie. They're both telling you the same story. They both have the same outcome. But whereas the movie is telling you exactly what to see and be heard, the book lets you see whatever your mind comes up with. And it makes it a lot more applicable to your life in a lot of ways.

Songfacts: Let's go back into the past. And I know that you've talked about this one a lot. "Kryptonite." You wrote that in math class?

Brad: I did. I think I was actually 15 when I wrote that song. And that's like the third or fourth song I ever wrote, like, period. That skippy little drumbeat was just me beating on my desk. That's the beat we almost played, too, just kind of drumming, just skipping along with it. And I was so bad in math. (laughs) I'm telling you. Thank God for the little dude in front of me. That dude deserves a credit on the album. (laughing) But my teacher knew I was not good, not paying attention, but he just kind of let me go. But yeah, I wrote that song, and a few more in there. I believe I wrote the lyrics to some others in that same class. "Life Of My Own,"… I wrote probably about half of that Better Life album in that math class. That song, seems like it's really just kind of like asking a question. Its question is kind of a strange one. It's not just asking, "If I fall down, will you be there for me?" Because it's easy to be there for someone when they're down. But it's not always easy to be there for somebody when they're doing good. And that's the question it's asking. It's like, "If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?" It's asking, "If I'm down, will you still be there for me?" But at the same time, "If I'm alive and well, will you be there holding my hand?" That's kind of asking, "If I'm doing good, will you be there for me? Will you not be jealous of me?" That's the basic question that song's asking, and maybe throughout the years of singing that song, I might have come up with more meanings for it than it actually might have originally had. (laughing)

Songfacts: That sounds exceptionally deep for 15.

Brad: But you know what? That's something that's always stuck with me: every 15-year-old has those questions in their head. They might not know quite how to say it, or they might not feel like it's acceptable to say something. And the biggest thing that I've had as an artist is to be able to say something, and after I say it, it's okay. After an artist says it, if a rock star says it, okay, it's fine. That really boils down to why music inspires pop culture so much: because artists push the envelope. They go out on a limb to say something else. But it also comes with responsibility, you gotta watch what you say, because kids listen. And I try to watch what I say, too.

Songfacts: Do you have kids?

Brad: I don't. Not yet. I have a lot of nieces of nephews, but not kids yet.

Songfacts: Well, I do, and I appreciate that attitude.

Brad: I think more artists ought to do it, personally. They shouldn't just blurt out whatever comes to their mind.

Songfacts: The line in "Kryptonite," the dark side of the moon, is that a reference to the Pink Floyd album?

Brad: It wasn't. That is just a happenstance line. That song is so little about Superman. It's just really about that question. That's just something that everybody can identify with. And it's got that line in there, and all it was, was Superman - I'm not sure which part Superman it was, it might have been the first one - and they're talking about something going to the dark side… he's fighting these people in space, it's like they're going around to the dark side of the moon. And I was like, "What?!" And it was after I wrote that song. That was weird.

Songfacts: People go really deep into your songs.

Brad: Sometimes I've been thoroughly surprised how deep people go.

Songfacts: Yeah, but you like it when people interpret your stuff differently.

Brad: I definitely do.

Songfacts: I think that's really cool. Which is actually a good seque… I was gonna ask you about "Pages."

Brad: Off the new record?

Songfacts: Yeah. And by the way, I did a lot of research on you, Brad. I probably know more about you right now than you know about yourself. (laughing)

Brad: Awesome. I hate when somebody asks me, "Could I just ask where you got the name of your band?" Look it up on Wikipedia. You know what I mean? (laughs)

Songfacts: (laughing) Oh my God. You're human. I like that. "Pages" is exactly that, it's about your writing, and then people interpreting it?

Brad: It is. It's about pouring your heart onto a page, and how it leaves you there just vulnerable. How it leaves you waiting for somebody to maybe even care to read what you wrote. And then if they read it, do they really see it? And if they see it, do they relate? And is it comfortable for them? Or is it a crutch for them? It seems like sometimes you hold up a lot of weight with what you say. I mean, you're obligated to. But that song is kind of griping about being a songwriter in a way (laughing). But it's a beautiful thing that we do: you pour your heart out for everybody to see it. And I don't mind anybody looking at my heart. A lot of people like that song and that introspective view.

Songfacts: Have you ever been frustrated when you have read things that people may interpret about any of your songs?

Brad: Not so much. Sometimes they're right and wrong… but sometimes they're a lot closer to right than they are wrong, without actually knowing what the song is about. And I always just find it really, really interesting.

Songfacts: But you've never read something and gone, "Oh, my God, you're kidding. They actually thought that?"

Brad: (laughs) Not so much. My nephew - he was a lot younger then - but when we were on tour for the Better Life record, I'd be standing there singing "Loser" trying my best because I'd heard him sing it once, and his words to it were, "you're getting closer to pushing me off the lobster legs." So I'd be standing there for the next 6 months, I mean, every time I played that song, I'm trying not to sing "you're pushing me off the lobster legs." For six months. That's the more frustrating interpretation that I'm talking about.

Songfacts: (laughing) That's hysterical! How old was he when that happened?

Brad: Oh, shoot, he was probably 3 or 4. He's always been a little cat like that. He's just the funniest little dude.

Rock stars: they're just like us. With the noted exception that when they get married and divorced, they write hit songs about it. Then they get to re-visit those harsh memories every night on stage in front of thousands of adoring (if unknowing) fans. When it's what you do for a living, it's all in a day's work. Slap on a smile and ride the wave.

There's also the necessary perk of getting to go undercover at Wal-Mart.

Songfacts: I wanted to hit a couple of your big hits. You've got so many hits.

Brad: Thank God for it.

Songfacts: It's crazy to me, because a lot of times I will hear your stuff on the radio, and I don't even know it's you.

Brad: I get that more than you know. And I like it, because I care absolutely nothing about fame. I like the fact that we can go out and be successful, and we can still go to Wal-Mart. Like, in my hometown, I think, Okay, that's one Wal-Mart I can't go to! Pull the hat down and like, "Argh!! I don't see you! I don't see you!" (laughing) But I like the fact that people sometimes don't know me, and then if they say, "What band do you play for?" And I tell 'em. And they're like, "Oh, what songs y'all singing?" And they might or might not know "Kryptonite" and some of that stuff. But you throw out "Here Without You" and things like that, they're like, "You sing that?" I'm like, "Yup." They're like, "Wow."

Songfacts: Talk to me about "Here Without You" then.

Brad: "Here Without You" was a song that I wrote for my now-ex-wife. I didn't write it for her, I guess, she was just mainly the inspiration for the thought process. And it was really kind of about all of us, in a way. The song's about being away from someone, or missing them. And it really doesn't matter if you're here without them for all day or all month. It's about the loneliness and missing of somebody. But in a way, people take that as a little bit of a sad song, and I kind of meant it as a happy song, because it's talking about being here without you, but she's still with me in my dreams. And tonight, it's only you and me, so the song was really about that dream. And being in a state of peace, because you've got that person there with you in your sleep. In that way I kind of meant for it to be a little bit of a happy song.

Songfacts: I've always interpreted it - there we go, interpretation - I've always heard it as a positive thing. I've never heard it as a negative song.

Brad: Awesome.

Songfacts: Interesting. Can you tell me about the line, "And when the last one falls, when it's all said and done…" What does that mean, "the last one falls"?

Brad: When everything is over here, when the world falls apart, I'll still be loving you.

Songfacts: Oh, got it.

Brad: And, boy was I wrong. (laughing) That's so bad. That is so bad.

Songfacts: You're funny. We've all been there, though. It's okay. Talk to me about "It's Not My Time."

Brad: "It's Not My Time" is a song about being resilient. It's a song about going against the grain and going against the world when the world's trying to push you down, or take you out. It's about never giving up and not letting it get you down and just going through it.

Do you remember the movie Poseidon that came out a couple of years ago? With like Fergie in it and all them? Well, I wrote that song for that movie. It was gonna be a track on that movie, in that they're trying to escape their death, and there's a ship sinking. They showed me like a 30-second clip of the movie, and I went and wrote that song from it. They wound up not wanting it, so I was like, Cool! We'll keep it. And that's actually the second song off a film like that. I wrote "Let Me Go" off of Seventeen Days for Spiderman, and they didn't want it, so we kept it.

Songfacts: Too bad for them.

Brad Arnold from 3 Doors DownBrad: I'm glad. I had no problem with it.

Songfacts: Can you tell me where the video was shot?

Brad: That was shot in Cincinnati, Ohio. Because Cincinnati has a big city look and a lot of different cityscapes, but at the same time without a lot of the big cities' kind of red tape. You try to shoot that video in New York it'd take you a month and cost you ten million dollars. But in Cincinnati we shot it all in three days. We shot our part in one day. But normally it's a lot harder, because normally you have a story line, but you just have one video set up that the band's performing in. But we shot six places that day, and it didn't wind up showing all of them. But that guy - we had it easy - that guy, all the stuff he's doing, there's no special effects, and there's no pads. I mean, when there was a pad, it was like a little pad. All the flips and stuff, he had to do them three and four times. And those camera guys, they're like, that dude is 35 years old, he is not gonna be walking. They said it was hard core.
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Songfacts: It looks it.

Brad: Yeah, it makes my knees hurt just watching it.

Songfacts: I've noticed you guys seem to be really into making videos. I'm talking put-together nice little movies for all of your songs. And I know a lot of songwriters, a lot of bands out there just hate that aspect of it. Do you guys do that because you're told to do that? Or do you say, "Wow, I love making these little movies, this is great"?

Brad: You know, I think it's just been a blessing to us that we've been involved with a lot of good directors that have had that vision, because honestly, I am so bad at coming up with these things, like "Away From The Sun" is the only video treatment that I've ever written. I wrote that one and I got on the phone, and I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to see in that video, and the director just made it happen. That kid in the "Away From The Sun" video is actually my nephew. He's never done any acting before or since. But he did a great job on that video, and I'm proud of him. And he got the stuff at school, like the next school year: "Ha! You made a video!" It was funny. And you know, the "Citizen Soldier" stuff and Antoine Fuqua, who directed Training Day, directed that video. Antoine's great for all kinds of stuff. You could really see the difference in a real movie director doing it. It was just a great experience, and it turned out to be in a great project.

Songfacts: That particular one - we're talking "Citizen Soldier" - my first experience with that was on the big movie screen.

Brad: Yeah, that's what we wrote the song for. They wanted like a Minority Report video that showed the future of the National Guard, it was an original video treatment. I wrote the song "Citizen Soldier" kind of to it, and they wound up changing the video around to go with the song more. Antoine did that, and he did a real good job on it. I've never seen it in the movies, as much as it's played. I've seen it once, at like the little premiere party we had for it. That was it. That was on a pretty small screen, actually. I always tried to get there early and stuff, and I always miss it. (laughing)

Songfacts: "When I'm Gone."

Brad: "When I'm Gone"'s really kind of about when I'm gone. And it's asking a question, just please love me when I'm gone. And not just like when I'm dead and gone, but when I'm gonna come back. But at the same time it's about unconditional love. It's a lot of different statements, it's asking of the person in that song. And it's like the fulfillment of those different needs for every situation that it mentions. So I guess that song is about needing someone to be there for you unconditionally, and when you're gone.

Songfacts: What's an education x-ray?

Brad: You know what that's talking about? Like, when kids… their mom and dad's quick to take them to a psychologist or something, and it's like talking about their education x-ray trying to look into you. It's like, "if your education x-ray cannot see under my skin, I'm not gonna tell you a damn thing that I wouldn't tell my friends." You know what I'm saying?

Songfacts: Oh, that's perfect! I would have never guessed that. I like that.

Brad: Thank you.

Songfacts: Okay, you brought up that your nephew was in "Away From The Sun," you did the video treatment for that. Can you tell me about that song?

Brad: "Away From The Sun" is just about those days. A really important little phrase is at the beginning of the chorus, it says, "Now again I found myself so far down." It's like, yet again I've fallen. It's not like just once you're in a hole, it's like, here I am again. You watch the kid in the video, it's over and over he's at the bottom again. It's like every time he crawls back up someone just pushes him down. And for about a two-to-three year period in my life, I really felt like that. I didn't even feel like climbing up the hill anymore, because every time I climbed up somebody was gonna push me back down it. That song is a reflection of that time period in my life. And thank God it's over. But I just felt away from the sun.

Songfacts: And when was that time period? Was that during your divorce?

Brad: No, it should have been. (laughs)

Songfacts: Onward! "Pop Song."

Brad: Oh, "Pop Song" was just like a good angry song. "Pop Song" is one of the most angry songs I've ever written. It's, "I just can't go on with you, because I can't get up, you keep knocking me down."

Songfacts: That's not directed at like a management company or a record producer, a label?

Brad: Um, no. (pause) Maybe a little bit of the idea of it could be just kind of aimed at whoever…

Songfacts: Okay, we won't get you in trouble. Are you guys fixin' to come out with another CD soon?

Brad: We've got the self-titled one (released May, 2008), and I know it's kind of a little bit confusing, because it's self-titled. Most people have their first album be their self-titled one. That's the one with "Not My Time." But it's been out since last May, and we are going to actually start writing a new one this coming-up month, but then we're going to tour off this last one throughout the summer. And then after summer we're going to go back into the studio and record that one, and just try to never skip a beat of touring, really. A lot of bands go on tour to promote their records. We just make records so we can go on tour.

Songfacts: I've got a question that I've been wanting to ask somebody, and you seem like a perfect person to ask.

Brad: (hesitantly laughing) All right.

Songfacts: Artists/writers say, "The band is gonna get together and sit down and write for this record," or "as we were writing for this record…" But I find that a lot of songs come from years ago. So how does it work that you just go and sit down and write for a particular record?

Brad: You know, we just go sit down and write songs. We've never really written a song for a record. We just try to make all the songs on the record different. Not all about the same thing. Although because they're gonna tend to be directed in the same vibe or thought process a little bit, because you're in a similar place, or you're in a particular time in your life, the songs tend to follow that vibe. I love when they all don't sound the same, and I love when they're all a little different. But we just sit down and write and however it comes out is how it comes out.

Songfacts: But a lot of times you bring in stuff that you've had for a while, right? And you present it, and say, "How about this one?"

Brad: We used to do that, and then we kind of stopped. But like with "Citizen Soldier," that music was written during the Away From The Sun writing process, years ago. But that's the one time that we've brought something back. And typically, if we don't use it, we just say, "If it was really good, we would have used it." We don't throw it away, but we'd rather use something new.

Songfacts: Right. Well, I've got an idea for a song for you. (laughing) I was just reading in my Newsweek about the Pakistani proverb about three cups of tea, have you heard this?

Brad: Uh-uh.

Songfacts: On the first cup of tea you have together, you are a stranger. On the second, you are a guest. By the third cup, you're family. I said, "You need to write a song about three cups of tea."

Brad: That's pretty cool. (laughing) That's pretty cool.

Songfacts: Okay, Brad. You're fabulous. I really appreciate this.

Brad: Oh, well, thank you very, very much. I appreciate your time today, too.

Our conversation with Brad took place on March 20, 2009. And we're still laughing.

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Hi Brad, came across this interview while buying tickets online to your show this weekend. I have been listening to you guys since your first cd came out during my senior year of high school and I have listened to you evolve into an awesome rock band presently. My friends and I are looking forward to you playing at our venue on Jan 26th, @ BOK center. I have been wanting to see you guys play live for sometime now. And let me just say I hope you rock out like you never have before. I think we truly will be having the time of our lives this weekend, especially a good friend of mine!! Cheers! JC
-James C from Tulsa, OK

Hey brad Arnold it's me Kirsten I just want to say hi and I want to see if I can get your cell number please love ya
-Kirsten from Texas

concert on october 15 so ready
-L.R. from MS

I just love your song Kryptonite, Brad. i am actually doing a project on you in my mississippi studies class. i just moved from escatawpa. i just love how you wrote the song, it is a real good song for a guitar player, such as myself, thanks for all that you do, Your Loyal Fan, Dalton Allen Dunaway
-Dalton Dunaway from Pascagoula Mississippi

I love your music I always have. And I love kryptonight and be like that. I love all of your songs!! I remember when I was like 3 I used to get in my dads car and say let's listen to superman (kryptonight). Now I have that cd but it's sad cause it's cracked but the cool thing is it still works perfect!
-Lacie R. from Mississipi

I have never to been to a 3 doors down concert but i dont really care as long as i have every album they came out with. i use to listen to kryptonight when i was 3 years old.
-Tj Herbst from Lansing MI

your band is the band ever I can't belive u wrote kripinight when you were only 15 years old GO 3 DOORS DOWN
-Cassanra from Wiconsin

yor songs are amazing
you have no idea, how much they have helped, through deaths an addiction's an so on, completely saved me,
thank you <3

you are just ''wow'
-vivienne ronoh from kenya

I really love your band and your music! I do hope you can have a concert here, I bet many would love to see and hear you perform here someday! Much love!
-apL from Philippines

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Allee Willis: Boogie Wonderland, Friends theme
Amanda Palmer
Amy Grant
Andy McClusky of OMD
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash
Angelo Moore of Fishbone
Ann Hampton Callaway
Anna Canoni about Woody Guthrie
Annie Haslam of Renaissance
Anthony Raneri of Bayside
Antigone Rising
Art Alexakis of Everclear
Asher Roth
Badi Assad
Bart Millard of MercyMe
Becca Stevens
Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl
Benny Mardones
Biff Byford of Saxon
Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers
Bill Withers
Billy Gould of Faith No More
Billy Joe Shaver
Billy Montana ("More Than A Memory" - Garth Brooks)
Billy Steinberg
Bo Bice
Bob Daisley
Bobby Liebling of Pentagram
Bobby Whitlock
Boz Scaggs
Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down
Brad Smith of Blind Melon
Brandi Carlile
Brandon Heath
Brenda Russell
Brian "Head" Welch of Korn, Love and Death
Bronze Radio Return
Bruce Robison
Bryan Adams
Butch Vig
Buzz Osborne of the Melvins
Carol Kaye
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)
Chad Urmston of Dispatch
Chan Kinchla of Blues Traveler
Charles Fox
Charlie Benante of Anthrax
Charlie Daniels
Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's
Chris August
Chris Fehn of Slipknot
Chris Isaak
Chris Knight
Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes
Chris Squire of Yes
Chris Tomlin
Chris Willis
Chris Wilson of The Flamin' Groovies
Christopher Cross
Chuck Billy of Testament
Cody Hanson of Hinder
Colbie Caillat
Corey Hart
Craig Goldy of Dio
Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets
Cy Curnin of The Fixx
Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay
Dan Reed
Daniel Moore ("Shambala," "My Maria")
Danko Jones
Danny Kortchmar
Dar Williams
Darren King of MUTEMATH
Darryl Worley
Dave Clark
Dave Innis of Restless Heart
Dave Mason
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave Stewart of Eurythmics
Dave Wakeling of The English Beat
Dean Pitchford
Denny Randell
Desmond Child
Devin Townsend
Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)
Dez Fafara of DevilDriver and Coal Chamber
Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed)
Dino Cazares of Fear Factory
Don Brewer of Grand Funk
Don Felder
Donald Fagen
Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)
Dr. John
Dropkick Murphys
dUg Pinnick of King's X
Duncan Phillips of Newsboys
Dwight Twilley
Eddie Carswell of NewSong
Eddie Reeves
Edwin McCain
El Sloan of Crossfade
Elvin Bishop
Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power
Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls
Emmylou Harris
Eric Burdon
Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots
Francesca Battistelli
Francis Rossi of Status Quo
Gary Brooker of Procol Harum
Gary Lewis
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
Gary Numan
Gentle Giant
Georgia Middleman of Blue Sky Riders
Gilby Clarke
Glen Burtnik
Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Gordon Bahary
Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)
Graham Parker
Graham Russell of Air Supply
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg Puciato of Killer Be Killed and Dillinger Escape Plan
Gretchen Peters (Independence Day)
Guy Clark
Gym Class Heroes
Hal Ketchum
Harold Brown of War
Harry Shearer
Hayes Carll
Henry McCullough
Henry Paul of The Outlaws, Blackhawk
Holly Knight
Holly Williams
Howard Bellamy
Howard Jones
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"
Ian Astbury of The Cult
Ian Thornley of Big Wreck
Ingrid Croce
J.D. Souther
Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees
Jake Owen
James Williamson of Iggy & the Stooges
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed
Jamie O'Neal
Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Go`s
Janis Ian
Jann Klose
Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup
Jason Michael Carroll
Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)
Jason Reeves
Jason Roy of Building 429
Jay Graydon
Jeff Walker of Carcass
Jello Biafra
Jeph Howard of The Used
Jeremy DePoyster of The Devil Wears Prada
Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas
Jesse Valenzuela of Gin Blossoms
Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds
Jimbeau Hinson
Jimmy Jam
Jimmy Webb
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
Jo Dee Messina
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
Joe Ely
Joe Grushecky
Joe Jackson
Joe King Carrasco
Joe Rickard of Red
Joel Crouse
Joey + Rory
Joey Burns of Calexico
John Doe of X
John Gallagher of Raven
John Lee Hooker
John Oates
John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls
John Waite
John Wheeler of Hayseed Dixie
Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde
Johnny Winter
Jon Anderson of Yes
Jon Foreman of Switchfoot
Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Jon Tiven
Josh Kelley
Josh Shilling
Josh Thompson
Judas Priest
Julian Lennon
Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues
Kasim Sulton (Utopia, Meat Loaf)
Keith Morris of Black Flag and OFF!
Keith Reid of Procol Harum
Kelvin Swaby of The Heavy
Ken Block of Sister Hazel
Kenneth Nixon of Framing Hanley
Kenny Vance
Kerry Livgren of Kansas
Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
Kip Winger
Kirk Franklin
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristine W
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust
Larry Burnett of Firefall
Larry Wiegand of Crow
Laura Bell Bundy
Lee Ranaldo
Les Claypool
Leslie West of Mountain
Lindi Ortega
Lisa Loeb
Lita Ford
Little Big Town
Lori McKenna
Loudon Wainwright III
Louie Perez of Los Lobos
Lukas Nelson
Mac Powell of Third Day
Marc Roberge of O.A.R. (Of A Revolution)
Marcy Playground
Maria Muldaur
Maria Neckam
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
Marshall Crenshaw
Martin Gordon
Martin Page
Martin Smith of Delirous?
Martyn Ware of Heaven 17
Marvin Etzioni of Lone Justice
Mary Gauthier
Mat Kearney
Matt Pike of High On Fire
Matt Pryor of Get Up Kids
Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon
Matt Sorum
Matt Thiessen of Relient K
Matthew West
Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)
Meshell Ndegeocello
Mia Doi Todd
Michael Bolton
Michael Franti
Michael Gilbert of Flotsam and Jetsam
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root
Michael Schenker
Michael Sweet of Stryper
Michael W. Smith
Mick Jones of Foreigner
Mike Campbell
Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies
Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater
Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid
Millie Jackson
Mitch Myers about Shel Silverstein
Mitts of Madball
Mountain Heart
Neil Fallon of Clutch
Neil Giraldo
Nick Van Eede from Cutting Crew
Nick Waterhouse
Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects
Nina Persson of The Cardigans
Nona Hendryx
Oliver Leiber
Our Lady Peace
Pam Tillis
Pat Alger ("The Thunder Rolls", "Unanswered Prayers")
Paul Dean of Loverboy
Paul Evans
Paul Williams
Pegi Young
Penny Ford of Snap!
Pete Anderson
Peter Lord
Petula Clark
Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")
Philip Cody
Queensrÿche founder Geoff Tate
Radney Foster
Ralph Casale - Session Pro
Randy Goodrum (Oh Sherrie)
Randy Houser
Randy Montana
Randy Newman
Randy Sharp (From Glen Campbell to Edgar Winter)
Randy Stonehill
Rebecca St. James
Reverend Horton Heat
Rhonda Vincent
Richard Hell
Richard Marx
Richard Patrick of Filter
Richie McDonald of Lonestar
Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)
Rick Finch
Rick Springfield
Rick Wartell of Trouble
Rik Emmett of Triumph
Robert Ellis
Roger Clyne
Rosanne Cash
Rupert Hine
Ryan Star
Sam Phillips
Sandy Chapin
Sarah Brightman
Scorpions Rudolf Schenker
Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders
Scott Jason of Thriving Ivory
Scott Stapp
Scotty Emerick (Beer For My Horses)
Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities
Serena Ryder
Seth Swirsky
Shane Volk of One Bad Son
Shaun Morgan of Seether
Shawn Smith of Brad
Shelby Lynne
Skip Ewing ("Love, Me," "The Gospel According To Luke")
Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D.
Speech of Arrested Development
Spooner Oldham
Squeeze: Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford
Stan Ridgway
Steel Magnolia
Stephen Christian of Anberlin
Steve "Zetro" Souza of Exodus and Hatriot
Steve Azar
Steve Hindalong of The Choir
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai
Sum 41
Sunny Sweeney
Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson
Tanita Tikaram
Taylor Dayne
Terry Cashman
Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")
Terry Taylor of Daniel Amos and Lost Dogs
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The Dandy Warhols
The Fratellis
The Limousines
They Might Be Giants
Thomas Dolby
Tim Butler of The Psychedelic Furs
Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles
Tina Shafer
Tobin Esperance of Papa Roach
Toby Lightman
Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down and 7dayBinge
Tom Gabel of Against Me!
Tom Johnston from The Doobie Brothers
Tom Keifer of Cinderella
Tommy James
Tommy Lee James ("She's My Kind Of Rain")
Toni Wine
Tonio K
Tony Hiller and Brotherhood of Man
Tony Joe White
Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria
Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels
Udo Dirkschneider (UDO, ex-Accept)
Van Dyke Parks
Vanessa Carlton
Ville Valo of HIM
Vince Clarke
Vince Gill
Vinny May of Kodaline
Vonda Shepard
Wayne Hussey of The Mission
Wayne Swinny of Saliva
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Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Black Light Burns
Will Jennings
Yael Naim
Yoko Ono
Zac Hanson
Zakk Wylde
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