THE ULTIMATE ROCKSTAR TEST BERT MCCRACKEN THE USED

MORMONS LOVE HIM. DRUM TECHS FEAR HIM. BUT DOES THAT MAKE BERT A GOLD-MEDAL ROCKSTAR?

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ON ROCK’N’ROLL… WHERE’S THE WEIRD­EST PLACE YOU’VE EVER BEEN RECOG­NISED?

“At the Taber­na­cle in Salt Lake City, see­ing my dad sing in the Mor­mon Taber­na­cle Choir. There were quite a few peo­ple notic­ing me, and it be­came a weird lit­tle meet-and-greet sit­u­a­tion. All the Mormons, they love The Used!”

WHAT’S THE WORST STATE YOU’VE LEFT A HO­TEL ROOM IN?

“In the early days we de­stroyed two ho­tel rooms – lit­er­ally de­stroyed them. We carved a man-sized mouse hole be­tween our rooms and threw stuff out of this 30th floor win­dow into the pool be­low. It’s all very foggy now, but we were charged $30,000.”

HAVE YOU EVER SHED BLOOD IN THE NAME OF ROCK’N’ROLL?

“Not just blood – I’ve bro­ken a lot of bones, and frac­tured a few of my emo­tional bones, too! I once fell 12 feet right onto my el­bow and shat­tered it to pieces. My whole arm was black for ages! I was a com­plete mess, but I got back on­stage and fin­ished the show.” In­stead of go­ing to the hos­pi­tal? Maybe that’s why your arm went weird…

FAIL­URES AND FUCK-UPS… HAVE YOU EVER GOT­TEN RIDICU­LOUSLY LOST ON TOUR?

“I got lost in tran­sit on our way to Yeka­ter­in­burg in Russia. I had a re­ally long lay­over in Dubai and none of the air­line desks were open, and when they did open my ticket wasn’t com­ing up and no­body had ever heard of Yeka­ter­in­burg! Fi­nally, I man­aged to find some guy who spoke Rus­sian and he helped me get there, but time was re­ally tight.”

HAVE YOU EVER AC­CI­DEN­TALLY IN­JURED A BANDMATE?

“Not a band mem­ber, but once in Barcelona I whipped this mic stand around my head, and the con­crete base flew off like a dis­cus and hit our drum tech right in the head! He was re­ally messed up and had to get a bunch of stitches. I felt so ter­ri­ble! I’ve been su­per-nice to him for the rest of my life.” We should bloody well hope so!

LIFE­STYLES OF THE RICH AND FA­MOUS… WHO IS THE MOST FA­MOUS PER­SON IN YOUR PHONE BOOK?

“Dave Grohl. Around 10 years ago I started say­ing in ev­ery in­ter­view,‘ if you ever see Dave, tell him to call Bert!’ His tour man­ager heard and gave me his num­ber. I called him and he didn’t an­swer, but he later left me this re­ally sweet voice­mail. Since then we’ve be­come friends and we recorded at his place, Stu­dio 606. He’s a fine gen­tle­man and a scholar among men.”

WHAT’S THE MOST EX­TRAV­A­GANT THING YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT?

“Right now, a brand new Hyundai that cost at least $13,000, so noth­ing too crazy! We tend to strive for less than what we have, and I’m try­ing to teach my daugh­ter that.” Steady on there, Gene Sim­mons…

ON THE HYPOTHETICAL… FOR $100,000 WOULD YOU GO WITH­OUT WASH­ING FOR THREE MONTHS?

“Of course! Don­ald Trump is try­ing to hold up aid to the Pales­tini­ans, so if I got all grungy for three months I could do­nate it to them. If it’s for a good cause I think my band­mates would stand be­hind me. Or in front of me… Whichever way the wind is blow­ing!”

IN THE MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE, WHO WOULD PLAY YOU?

“Mac Culkin. He doesn’t like Macau­lay any­more, it’s just Mac. I think he’s un­der­rated! What more do you have to be in than Home Alone? That’s enough for me!” Com­ing to cin­e­mas soon: Bert Mccracken is The Stinky Ban­dit!

SPIR­I­TUAL HEADMELTER… DO YOU THINK YOU’VE LIVED A PAST LIFE?

“No. I sin­cerely hope we’re get­ting to a point where be­lief be­comes com­pletely ar­bi­trary, be­cause we’ll know the truth. I don’t dis­credit any be­liefs, but un­til there’s proof, I’m go­ing to be­lieve I came here out of blind noth­ing­ness and I’ll re­turn to the void as ter­ri­fied as I was com­ing in.” Well, that’s cer­tainly a cheery note to end on. Thanks, Bert…

“I GOT LOST IN TRAN­SIT ON MY WAY TO RUSSIA!” BERT MCCRACKEN

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