You can't afford to think about what might have been. You just be aware of what is.
I don't dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the '80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it's all about status and bling now, and it doesn't say anything to me.
Fame is something that is bestowed upon you because of success. Success is something you have to chase.
I remember the '70s constantly being winter in Manchester and the Irish community in Manchester closing ranks because of the IRA bombings in Birmingham and Manchester, and you know the bin-workers' strike, all wrapped up in it... They were violent times. Violence at home and violence at football matches.
There's no reason, ever, to be late. Or early.
We're not arrogant, we just believe we're the best band in the world.
Producers like to record all the drums first, then they do the bass, then all the guitars, so you're constantly moving from one song to another.
I've never been asked to do a collaboration. I guess I just don't give off that come-and-get-me vibe. I wouldn't be adverse to doing one with Coldplay or U2 - anyone who sells 50 million albums.
You can't be a mod and a rocker. You have to choose sides.
You can't put a load of rockstars up on a stage and expect to wipe out global poverty. That's ludicrous.
Music is a thing that changes people's lives. It has the capacity to make young people's lives better.
If I can give you any advice, it's this: every hour that you spend sat on the couch doing nothing, put it to good use, because when you have kids, an hour is like a lifetime.
If everyone in the music business were brutally honest about what their intentions were then you could sort things out, but it's all smoke and mirrors.
I've grown to love California: It's the dream of every English musician to come here and work in the sunshine. To walk up Sunset Boulevard, knowing you're going to make music - that's it.
Gone are the days when Virgin Records was owned by Richard Branson, a fan of music. Now they're all owned by some guy who bought it off some guy who bought it off some guy who wants a return on his investment.
I have 3 kids and a cat and a busy, noisy house. I get more time to relax when I'm working.
When I was 16 I'd watch 'The Godfather,' but I didn't think, 'Right, I'm going to go down the barber's and get some protection money off him.'
I'm not interested in making money. It's just that with my talent, I'm cursed with it.
I'm a little bit of a control freak when it comes to my music, unfortunately.
You've got to be strong enough for love. It's very easy to be cool and cynical. It's very difficult to just let yourself go and be in love. You've got to be strong enough for that.