Interview: Jackyl Lead Singer Jesse James Dupree Talks... and Talks... and Talks... and BOOM! - Page 3
But we do what we do and people either get it or they don't. If they get it, then they're out in front of us with a cold beer in their hand being part of the show. And if they don't get it, they're at home studying for their underwater basket-weaving class or something."
Jesse James Dupree is quite a character which is extremely refreshing, particularly in a world where P.R. companies scrub the images of their clients so clean that they almost seem to have no personality at all. But the one thing you'd have to note about Jesse, more than anything else, is that he's quite comfortable in his own skin. He has a great attitude when it comes to life and what's truly important--making the most of it.
TW: Being on the road as long as you guys have been, it does take certain sacrifices. There has got to be some things that you've sacrificed in your life to stay on the road and be out there for your fans.
Jesse James Dupree: "Well, I can't call that a sacrifice. We do sacrifice time away from home, but hell, you call that a sacrifice? I mean, my work is play. I poured concrete for a living so I'm not gonna sit there and try to paint a story of "Woe is me" because I'm having to go out and play rock and roll shows--I'm a lucky son of a bitch!"
During our interview Jesse talked about how his band, Jackyl, has managed to stay together over the long haul. He mentioned the bands that he's felt honored to have been able to tour with over the years: ZZ Top, Kiss and Aerosmith, as well as his long-time friendship with rapper DMC, "He's just a great guy. If any body's ever spent time with him he's really cool and fits into the Jackyl camp very effortlessly."
I asked who he'd like to tour with in the future.
"I'd love to do some dates with Iron Maiden. I'd love to do dates with AC/DC. Although Brian's come out and played with us, we've never toured with those guys. They're good guys, I've hung out with them a good bit, they're a lot of fun."Continued on the next page