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says. “So I de­cided a long time ago to play places where I can drag the au­di­ence along with me, play new songs, do what I want to do, and not make this about ‘Am I the big­gest rock star in the world?’ ”

Four decades in, he’s reached the point where “I don’t get paid for go­ing on­stage, I get paid for leav­ing home,” he says.

He em­pha­sizes that he has lit­tle use for money or fame. The for­mer he says, he too of­ten squan­dered when he was young — “I ei­ther spent it or lost it or wasted it on whiskey or women,” he says — while the lat­ter has only proved to be an ir­ri­tant, es­pe­cially when he found him­self tabloid fod­der as he dated Ryan and then Christie Brink­ley, with whom he split last year.

“I hate it,” he says. “I don’t know why any­body would give a [crap] who an old man would go out with. I could [not] care less about any­body’s per­sonal love life.”

These days, his con­stant com­pan­ion is his paint­brush. At the time of this i nter­view, t he ac­com­plished painter de­clared that he had not left his prop­erty in 45 days, in­stead spend­ing eight hours a day on his feet, paint­ing. His Mid­west­ern work ethic doesn’t tol­er­ate sit­ting around.

“I’m a very ac­tive, Type A-type of guy,” he says. “If a day goes by and I don’t make some­thing, I feel guilty. I ex­er­cise every day. If I don’t paint or I don’t write a song or I don’t do a per­for­mance, then I’m be­ing lazy and I need to get to work.”

But he warns this sum­mer could be the last chance to catch him in large out­door venues and vows that he is one act who will never play the fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

“If I have to do those things, I’m quit­ting,” he says. “If your mo­ti­va­tion is the money, it’s the wrong mo­ti­va­tion.”

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