-You’re gonna go on tour. Smashing Pumpkins,
through the fall. And how is touring these days? I’ve heard you say
that it’s less fun being on a bus for six weeks.
-With guys. -With guys, yeah.
-With guys. Used to be, yeah, in the ’90s,
but I got my own bus now. -Oh, gotcha.
So you’re solo bus? -I’ve got my 11-piece band
all squashed up in a little camper van,
and I’ve got a huge bus about the size of this studio. Touring America, like, “Great.”
[ Laughter ] -Do the other —
Do they resent you, you think, your 11-person band, that you have this lovely bus
to yourself? -I thought so, yeah.
-Yeah. -Yeah, yeah.
[ Laughter ] -You don’t feel it on stage,
though. -Not particularly.
-Okay. That’s good. -It’s my name
on the poster, so… [ Laughter ] -That’s a good way
of looking at it. You’re also touring with U2
in Australia in November. -That’s right.
-And I heard that you and Bono had a night where you sang
karaoke together. And yet there’s no —
no memory of it. -Well, apparently —
Apparently, they had a party for the crew in Bogotá,
and apparently we did karaoke, and we did the song,
“Kung Fu Fighting.” -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -And, apparently —
You haven’t got footage of this? -No, no, I swear we don’t.
[ Laughter ] -And, apparently,
we did the moves, as well. -Yeah, you did some
kung fu fighting. -So they say.
[ Laughter ] But, I mean,
it was full of Irish people who will notoriously
exaggerate everything. -Could’ve been
some just soft kicking. -I mean, I genuinely have no
recollection of it whatsoever. Neither does he.
-Wow. It’s one of those lovely myths that we will never know
whether it was true or not. -I mean,
thank God no one’s got footage. [ Laughter ] -How is it for you now?
I mean, obviously, you’ve been doing this
for a long time. How have your fans,
how have the concerts changed 20, 25 years into doing this? -It’s, uh —
I guess, uh… I’ve got young kids coming,
and I’ve become quite the thing for middle-aged women.
[ Laughter ] On my last tour in America,
we did a gig somewhere up north in the snow,
and it was — There was like three women
on the front row, and it became apparent that one
of these women was a huge fan and the other two weren’t.
[ Laughter ] And I was halfway
through a song, and I’m giving it the [bleep]
-Yeah. -And one of the women
on the front row, she’s doing this with her phone.
And she just goes… [ Laughter ] And she looks over,
sees me looking at her, she just goes, “Sorry.” [ Laughter ] And I’m kind of playing her,
going, “I’m sorry about that.” [ Laughter ] “Go buy a T-shirt.”
[ Laughter ] -What about you?
You have three kids? Is that right?
-I do have three kids. -Do they have a connection
to your music? -Well, it’s kind of a rule. They’ve got to kind of fake
a little bit of interest in it. -Okay. -Even at a lower level,
they’ve got to go, “Yeah, yeah. It’s a great song.”
[ Laughter ] They like — They like
the modern hip-hop, Kanye, and all that kind of thing.
-Okay, gotcha. -They’re kind of into it. You know, they’ve got to be
into it because, you know, they’re gonna benefit from it.
-Yeah. -At some point.
-Down the line, yeah. This is sort of —
This is a big deal for them. You’re sort of famously —
Your football club is Manchester City,
coming off an incredible season. -Amazing.
-Amazing season. And, you know, we sort of
from a distance know there are two big clubs in Manchester — Manchester United,
Manchester City. -Well, we don’t mention
the other one. -We don’t mention the other one. Well, we were talking
about your kids and how they sort of are — You know, you asked them to be
a little bit of fans. What would happen if one of
your kids wanted to be a fan of the other Manchester team? -[ Breathes deeply ] [ Laughter ] That would be tough. I mean, I’d probably drive him
as far away from my house as possible.
[ Laughter ] And I’ll leave him
on the motorway. [ Laughter ] -The point would come across. -These things get sorted out
quite quickly in Manchester. It’s just like, you know — You say to, like, a baby,
“You don’t know this yet. You don’t know this yet. But you’re gonna support City,
and that’s the end of it.” -That’s it. -That’s it.
That’s the end of it. -So you have had no trouble
on that front. -No, no, they’re kind of
big into it, and they — I mean, when they first came
to the matches, like all kids, they’ve got the attention span
of a small flea. -Yeah. What’s the right age,
did you find? When can they finally engage? -I’ve brought my eldest son
when he was about 7. And, you know, kids now,
they’re onto social media, so he brought his iPad
to the match. -Yeah.
-And I was like, “I’m not sure
you’re gonna need that.” [ Laughter ] And he ended up on it,
you know. Because the match is too long.
It’s like an hour and a half. They’re kind of into it now,