I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing.
You will never see the four original Pumpkins on stage ever again, unless it's a Hall of Fame thing. But you would never see a tour. There's so much damage, there's no way.
Every day, I work at not taking this fame thing seriously. Fortunately, I have a great group of friends who help me do this.
That whole Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing - at least half the people in there don't have a place in any kind of hall of fame anywhere, in my opinion.
Aside from the whole Richard and Judy fame thing, I am incredibly lucky they're my mum and dad.
The fame thing has happened very gradually, so I've been kind of lucky.
You have to put time into the art to do it, and you have to know that what you'll get out of it is not a financial or a fame thing. It'll just be the pleasure of being an artist. And I'm cool with that.
It's a very complicated issue, this fame thing - I was not really cut out for it. There are some really fantastic things about it, but it's difficult for a private person like myself.
The Hall Of Fame thing, it's an American thing. We don't have that in England or Germany or Australia or Russia or anywhere in the world apart from America. And it's an institution. What's that got to do with rock and roll?
The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous.