Our 20 favourite musician quotes

Our 20 favourite musician quotes


Anyone who has worked in live music, be it from behind the mixing desk or at the front of the stage, will know just how funny a place it can be. Just like a football dressing room, the camaraderie is – usually – unbeatable and full of characters you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Friendships are forged, the occasional enemy made and incidents take place that will forever be useful icebreakers during dinner table discussions.

But it’s the laughs that stick out the most. They’re the things that are most memorable when gigging. Laughing so hard your sides hurt is a regular occurrence when out on the the road.

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to dig out our twenty most favourite quotes from famous musicians. You’ll doubtless have heard a few yourself.

1. “If I didn’t do this well, I just wouldn’t have anything to do…I can’t cook, and I’d be a terrible housewife.”

Freddie Mercury

2. “All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”

Frank Zappa

3. “I smash guitars because I like them.”

Pete Townshend

4. “When I was a little boy, I told my dad, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a musician.’ My dad said: ‘You can’t do both, Son’.”

Chet Atkins

5. “To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder.”

Keith Moon

6. “If I knew I had to play this song the rest of my life I probably woulda wrote something else….”

Joe Walsh (“Rocky Mountain Way”)

7. “I never practice my guitar… from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat.”

Wes Montgomery

8. “After I saw Jimmy [Hendrix] play, I just went home and wondered what the f*** I was going to do with my life.”

Jeff Beck

9. “We’re not arrogant, we just believe we’re the best band in the world.”

Noel Gallagher

10. “I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music.”

Elton John

11. “Playing ‘Bop’ is like Scrabble with all the vowels missing.”

Duke Ellington

12. “For us the most important thing is to be visual, and for the cats watching us to have fun. This is all we want. We get very upset if people get bored when we’re only half way through smashing the second set.”

Roger Waters

13. “I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.”

Elvis Presley

14. “A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn’t.”

Tom Waits

15. “Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.”

Mark Twain

16. “All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.”

Louis Armstrong

17. “I should think that being my old lady would be all the satisfaction or career any woman needs” 

Mick Jagger

18. “Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.”

Janis Joplin

19. “I’m not vicious really. I consider myself to be kindhearted. I love my mum.” 

Sid Vicious

20. “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”

David Bowie

Have we missed any? Tell us your favourite musician quotes in the comments section below!

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