Interview With Jaret Von Erich, Bowling For Soup
How did you get the name 'Bowling For Soup?
We used to be called Bowling For Shit. We got it off a Steve Martin comedy album. He was working on a T.V show called Bowling For Shit. But we couldn’t really be called Bowling For Shit because our grandparents would be upset so we changed it to Bowling For Soup.
How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be in a band?
I was 13 when I got in my first band. It was just for fun. It was later we decided to do this for a living. But I always wanted to be in a band.
Can you describe each band member?
the big sweet teddy bear. Big guy but he’ll do anything for you.
the guy that gets picked on for pretty much just about everything.
Gary is everybody’s best friend. He never has a bad word to say about anybody. He is a funny character that Gary.
What has been your most Rock ‘N’ Roll moment to date?
Oh boy, there’s been quite a few. Probably playing the main stage at the Reading festival. That was pretty freakin’ Rock ‘N’ Roll. There was a lot of hands up in the air making the rock sign.
What bands influenced you as a child?
I always wanted to be Motley Crue. Now that I went back and read their book I’m not so sure I want to be them anymore. I was very influenced by Motley Crue and the bands of that time. The whole eighties was so larger than life, everything was so bigger than what it is and it was a really good time.
If you could choose any musicians (dead or alive) to create a line up of your own personal supergroup, who would you have?
Dave Grohl because he is a genius. It would be cool to play with Dave Grohl. Yeah, just me and Dave Grohl, we would be the whole band!
Which band would you like to see reform?
It would be cool to see the original line-up of Van Halen. It would be cool to see old Diamond Dave again. He is a nutcase!
What song makes you think, “Damn I wish I wrote that?”
Which question would you like to be asked in an interview that you’ve never been asked?
Can I get you another beer?
What is your ultimate ambition?
To be the best person that I can be and I want to be known as an all round swell guy.
Do you write from personal experiences?
I do. I write about personal things. I also write about observations that I make about others around me as well.
Tell us a funny story about someone you’ve toured with.
Oh boy, there is a lot of those too. I thought we were going to get chased out of Liverpool last time we were there because the Simple Plan guys and the rest of our guys threw a refrigerator off a balcony. If you’ve never seen a refrigerator fall off a balcony it is quite a sight to see.
Is there a message you would like to give to your fans?
I always like to just say thanks, because without the fans we definitely wouldn’t be here and we are happy to be here.
What’s in your pockets?
I’ve got a lot of freakin’ change. Two dills of lip balm, a magic marker, two cell phones and my wallet.
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