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