MYLES KENNEDY

THE SIL­VER-VOICED SINGER AL­MOST QUIT MU­SIC AS A YOUTH. WOULD ROCK’S LOSS HAVE BEEN HIS­TORY’S GAIN?

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MY FAVOURITE SUB­JECT AT SCHOOL WAS…

“His­tory. I re­ally en­joyed learn­ing about the pe­riod around the 1700s in Amer­i­can his­tory. I was born in Bos­ton, and so there was a cer­tain East Coast con­nec­tion for me. I guess it made me feel warm and fuzzy to learn about all these things that hap­pened around where I was orig­i­nally from.”

MY WORST HABIT IS…

“Be­ing a wor­ry­wart. that’s def­i­nitely some­thing that I’ve tried to over­come for most of my life, but to no avail. In fact, it’s been go­ing on so long that when I was in sixth grade, our teacher gave out awards at the end of the year – things like Best Stu­dent and Best Ath­lete – and she pre­sented me with the Worry wart Award! So not much has changed. She re­ally marked me for life when she gave me that award!”

THE FIRST THING I DO WHEN I GET HOME FROM TOUR IS…

“Play with my dog. He’s a Shih Tzu called Mozart: he’s a two-year-old trou­ble­maker, and a funny lit­tle guy who gets re­ally ex­cited when I get back home from tour. We have this game called ‘Hands As Toys’, where he ba­si­cally just likes to at­tack my hand. He can’t get enough of do­ing that. Thank­fully he’s only small, so he can’t do me too much dam­age.”

MY FAM­ILY WOULD DE­SCRIBE ME AS…

“A nice guy, even if I tend to fall asleep at fam­ily func­tions. For some strange rea­son, any time I go and hang out with my fam­ily, I crash out. I’ll get there and be hap­pily chat­ting to ev­ery­one, and then I’ll nat­u­rally get to this point where I need to take my­self off some­where and start doz­ing on the sofa!”

THE BEST PIECE OF AD­VICE I’VE EVER RE­CEIVED IS…

“Don’t give up on mu­sic. that was from a teacher I had in high school called Bob Ker­now. I was go­ing to quit mu­sic be­cause I didn’t think I was good enough, and I said to him that I was go­ing to take up another vo­ca­tion be­cause I didn’t think I was cut out for it. Luck­ily, he told me that he thought that was very fool­ish, and that he be­lieved in my gift – so that was a piv­otal mo­ment for me.”

IF I COULD PLAY ANOTHER IN­STRU­MENT, IT WOULD BE…

“The pedal steel. I can ac­tu­ally play the lap steel al­ready, but I’d love to be able to mas­ter the pedal steel, be­cause it’s a very chal­leng­ing in­stru­ment, but it’s very cool-sound­ing. Robert Ran­dolph, from [funk and soul band] Robert Ran­dolph And The Fam­ily Band, is the per­son that makes me want to play pedal steel, be­cause he’s just fe­ro­ciously tal­ented!”

MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE FILM IS…

“The first ‘Va­ca­tion’ movie [1983’s Na­tional Lam­poon’s Va­ca­tion] with Chevy Chase, of course! That’s nat­u­rally a re­ally tough ques­tion, be­cause you never know whether to go with the best film, or the one you’ve seen the most times. An­swer­ing to­day, I’m go­ing to go with the lat­ter. I have seen that movie so many times, and I can pretty much re­cite it line-by-line. Watch­ing it makes me feel re­ally good – it’s a to­tal clas­sic!”

THE MOST BEAU­TI­FUL PLACE IN THE WORLD IS…

“Lake Como in Italy. It’s an ab­so­lutely stun­ning place – beau­ti­ful and very peace­ful. I’d love to have a house out there and be neigh­bours with peo­ple like Ge­orge Clooney, but I don’t think I’m in quite the same tax bracket as he is, so I can’t re­ally con­sider it, un­for­tu­nately! My wife and I are happy just to go once in a while, so we’ll just keep it as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.”

THE BEST SINGING VOICE IN THE WORLD BE­LONGS TO…

“[Cana­dian singer-song­writer] k.d. lang. I love her voice. I first heard her singing in the early ’90s, when she put out her sec­ond record, In­génue [1992]. Strictly from the point of the ‘bal­ance’ of her voice, there’s some­thing so per­fect in terms of its fre­quency and con­trol. To me, she’s the singer’s singer. What a gift she has.”

“I AL­MOST QUIT MU­SIC – I DIDN’T THINK I WAS CUT OUT FOR IT…” ● MYLES KENNEDY●

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