Myles Goodwyn

10 questions for the lead singer of April Wine.

What are your current obsessions?
Current obsessions? The blues. For the last year and a half I’ve been concentrating on the blues. Rediscovering a passion I’ve had for many years. I went back to all my records, pulling out just the blues ones, and a lot of them were just worn to the point where they were skipping.

It all came back: Taj Mahal and all the other artists I used to love more than anything. Once I put it all aside for pop rock, now as I get older I want to be doing something that really, really means something, so I’ve been having a lot of fun researching and trying to write and sing the blues. That’s my obsession.

Just now I’m halfway through making a blues album with a lot of great artists called “Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues.”

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
Music. Absolutely, totally, completely. I’m obsessed with music. All of my energy goes into the blues, not doing April Wine .… I have to be honest: it’s really the blues that’s the obsession.

What turns you off?
Bullshit from people. My philosophy is if I don’t like somebody, they don’t exist. I’m at an age now where I have no tolerance for anything that isn’t real. I don’t care how close they may be …. If I get rubbed the wrong way, I turn ‘em off. It’s a nice way to not get angry or upset or troubled. I just stick to the good stuff.

Who are your heroes?
Wow. I’d say that’s a tough one. It’s such a broad question, you know?

What came to the top of my head is my wife and my son ­– my youngest son … he was diagnosed with diabetes, type one, so we’re up to four needles a day now. Every day is life and death, in that if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do and when you’re supposed to do it, it can get pretty heavy.

He took a wrong insulin about a week and a half ago and the next 12 hours were pretty damn scary. We had to inject him with an emergency needle – the kind paramedics carry with them. It’s a frightening-looking needle, it’s nasty, it hurts, but it’s necessary to avoid a coma.

To see him dealing with that at ten years old – he was eight when he was diagnosed – it’s terrific strength this young man has. He’s a hero to me.

His mother pulls it all together too with the stuff she goes through to make sure he’s okay while I’m away in the studio, or on the road.

My heroes are those two, hands down. Yeah.

What historical figure do you most despise?
…Hm… Who would you choose?

I’d go for a clichē answer and say Hitler
Hitler eh? My son is Jewish. My wife is Jewish. I’ll go with that. Hitler is a good answer.

What super-power would you most like to possess?
I’d go with strength. Vitality. As I approach 60 (I’m 58) the joints are hurting and I’ve got a little arthritis here, there …. My feet hurt. It’d be nice if I didn’t have that. And if I was strong like Superman. No aches and pains. [laugh]

It’s hard to play guitar when you have arthritis, especially now that I’ve taken a new love for it through the blues. I really want to become a good player, but it’s hard to play when your hands are achin’.

What is your favorite curse word?
Uhh… “Darn.” [laugh] My son just walked in the room. [laugh]

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
If I could be really good at it, there’s no question, I’d love to be a pro golfer. I like being out in the sunshine, I love competition, I love the feeling of doing something creative – creating a great shot that pays off. And the money’s good on the Tour. I love golf.

It was more important to me than music up until recently but now music has taken over again.

What profession would you not like to do?
Medicine. The pain, the suffering. Wouldn’t want to know about it. Yeah.

How would you like to die?
I’d just like to go to sleep, you know? Just avoid going through months or years of suffering. I’d like to get old and enjoy a long, healthy life, and one night go to sleep and just not wake up. I think that’d be a nice way to go.

And then they can cremate me and sell my ashes on eBay. [laugh]

I told that to my son and he had a nightmare that night. I told him after, “No, I’m not serious!” But I freaked him out.

April Wine’s new album Roughly Speaking was released in December 2006. His blues album, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues is expected to be released this summer. April Wine will be playing at Club One on March 3. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. Tickets: 1-800-874-1669

17 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day to my wonderful little family. I love you more than life. xoxox From Maureen

12 January 2012

  1. Ian Astbury · January 12, 2012

    The Cult in its waning years is infinitely superior in musical relevance than the drivel of the snotty nosed
    April Wine frontman. I have over the years marvelled at
    the utter sugar coated syrup AW spews out. An example
    of this utter crud would be “Anejo” or “If you see Kay”.
    Pure idiocy was the element passing this excuse for
    artist competency. By a Cult album instead…pure
    genius if I do say so my self. Recently I listened to AW’s
    “caught in the crossfire” and nearly shot a projectile of
    my Earl Grey I was sipping, into my bloody ceiling fan.
    Come now Myles, please try your hand at the blues.
    I eagerly await your attempt at meaningful music which
    you have not yet attained.
    Best wishes, Ian.

  2. Billy Bob Thornton · January 12, 2012

    I am a big fan of April Wine’s. Ian, you are jealous.
    You were probably jealous of me when I was married
    to John Voigts daughter. You my man are pathetic.

  3. Rush Limbaugh · January 12, 2012

    Looks like these liberal lads should become ditto heads.

  4. Gail Rogers · January 12, 2012

    Mr. and Mrs. Goodwyn:

    I just read who your heroes are and I can say that I know how you feel. On September 14 of this year my 11 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I am sure you can appreciate the feeling of being hit by a train. Since then my son David is in his honeymoon phase and going low all the time – still tweaking the insulin doses. My girlfriend actually saw April Wine at The Deerfoot Inn & Casino last night in Calgary and called me first thing this morning to tell me how you spoke about your son’s diabetes. Keep it up – we absolutely need more people with a voice like you to raise awareness and get people thinking about funding research into this devastating disease. I had an acquaintance tell me this isn’t devastating – I beg to differ – I am devasted. I wish your son luck with managing his diabetes. Thank you so much for speaking about it. I would have loved loved loved to have seen April Wine last night, but instead had a great night with my son and helped him through 2 different lows in his sugars last night.

    Gail Rogers
    Calgary, Alberta

    P.S. My son is my hero too – he has accepted this disease with nothing but grace and courage.

  5. Wayne Marshall · January 12, 2012

    For those of you who do not know what a real Canadian rock band is,I suggest you take in just 1 April Wine “live”
    show and really see for yourself! Myles Goodwyn is a true artist and it shows in the music he has written over the years.Look at the “love ballads” he has written……..they speak for themselves.

  6. Sippy Cup · January 12, 2012

    I am a Loyal fan of April Wine…and I have heard stories of Myles being a Snotty Frontman…BUT! those are just stories…and you dont get ripped at for nothing…

    P.S. Im very confused by what “Ian Astbury” is saying…

  7. Ian Astbury · January 12, 2012

    To clarify myself, April Wine is inferior to my great band The Cult. But alas, I did not spew my tea. Best wishes, Ian.

  8. Selden Feremin · January 12, 2012

    I came to America from France in 2000. I have never heard such Flatuscence from citizens purported to be conisseurs of Canadian music. In France we have a saying for these benign beings “le sacrede de mosier et lovrency la choppen desridere muchausen.” translated “I too believe the Cult is great and April wine sucks”

  9. DON MARCO · January 12, 2012

    Selden Feremin… I think you should go back to wherever you from in France and continue to write BS.

  10. Selden Feremin · January 12, 2012

    Don Marcos, heed my words of wisdom: Le chopin les misrables un los minhas et libre sochle de marisally un choi. Translated: it is high time you retreat back to your american trailer park to weep upon my finesse of your unwell being.

  11. Edward Lancer · January 12, 2012

    Selden Feremin, you my friend are an idiot. We will not give you any credit to bestow upon your unwell being. Idiot.

  12. Selden Feremin · January 12, 2012

    Who may I ask is this person with the initials BS so I can properly castigate them for doubting my authenticity.

  13. unclerodsknife · January 12, 2012

    Wow, this is some serious post-modern shit.

  14. Selden Feremin · January 12, 2012

    Mr. Rod, to what do we owe the gratitude you bestow on my assessment of post-modern hipocracy defined by the belittlement of simple peons such as yourself? My home country of France will always be the model for idiot Amerikans who fail to bequeath the rights of humans in general for the movement of societal devolution of amerikans’ so called culture.
    Best regards, Sel.

  15. Sidney R. Stott · January 12, 2012

    Wow, this is freaky! You guys really talk funny! I think this is fake talk going on here. Please cool it.

  16. Joe Sallinster · January 12, 2012

    What a bunch of stuffy old acronymically incorrect self-absorbed budding blooming idiots who comment on here. This forum is to bolster the non-existent creative adolcence of far inept vascillating mimicking trolls who protend to be the movement of post modern pre-illistrative non-vehemently incorrigible super long suffering song writers of a long gone era. But I digress.