100+ Best Band Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational band quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Band Quotes

What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band? Hey, I wrote a song. Dave Grohl

We’re not a political band. We don’t want to tell people what to do or what to think. We just want to tell them to think. Billie Joe Armstrong

Marching band, the sport for intelligent people. Severe Heta

Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the hard work in that we did when we were young performers. Elton John

All bands eventually break up because of one or more of the four P’s: power, property, prestige, punani. Dave Mustaine

That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed. Albert Einstein

There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind. Duke Ellington

It comes down to building your own world out here on the road. It’s who you surround yourself with. My band and crew are really positive guys. Brad Paisley

I’m my own worst critic, and I think everyone in the band is a perfectionist. Adam Jones

Bands always call me when they are in need of a boost and I come in and put them back on top. Nile Rodgers

Marching band, sacrificing all respect from your peers so that you get to wear funny hats.

Artie travels all the time. The rehearsals were just miserable. Artie and I fought all the time. He didn’t want to do the show with my band; he just wanted me on acoustic guitar. Paul Simon

I’m about as privileged as you can get. I’m a white, male, heterosexual frontman of a rock band. Dan Reynolds 

If I wasn’t bound to Brooklyn, due to my own personal reasons like taking care of my mother and the fact that this is where the band is based, I would probably move to Iceland. Peter Steele

Traveling with a big band is like being an inmate in a traveling zoo. Hoagy Carmichael

Ibrahim tells his story without a grain of complaint, and this was true for all of the band members. This is very much part of the Cuban spirit and soul. Wim Wenders

Playing an instrument is its own reward. Cleaning out a spit valve is its own punishment. Peter James West

I have such a great band. We had played all this material on the road. I just wanted to let it fly. Lucinda Williams

Finding a good band is Like finding a good wife. You gotta keep trying till you find the right one. Ace Frehley

It is not a band. It is an idea. Gerard Way

Just as people need water to drink, people also need music. If it is true music, people will be drawn to it. Ziggy Marley

If your album sells, that’s cool, more people find out about you, more people get turned on to what we’re really about-which is a live rock and roll band. Nikki Sixx

Music is about communication, creativity and cooperation. By studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives and experience the world from a new perspective. President Bill Clinton

From the beginning of Queen, there was such momentum that I never had any time to do anything else. My energy was 95% focused on the band Brian May

It’s not about perfection, it’s about effort, and when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens, that’s how change occurs. Julián Michaels

When I was 14 years old, I was a huge fan of the Velvets, the Stooges, and the Modern Lovers. They are my three favorite bands. I never get sick of ’em. Evan Dando

Musicians should never forget that we’re blessed. We have a special gift that people can enjoy through us. Ed Thigpen

Almost every band has somebody who’s the main songwriter and who has a vision, a very clear idea of how a song should be. Stephen Malkmus

It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Sebastian Bach

But, then again, I wouldn’t call myself an indie rock supporter even if there are some really good bands out there and there will always be some real good new bands. Stephen Malkmus

If you play an instrument, it makes you a better singer. The more you play, the better you sing, the more you sing, the better you play. Amy Winehouse

Insurrection by means of guerrilla bands is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke. It is invincible, indestructible. Giuseppe Mazzini

Instrumentalists can best interpret a work if they sing it to themselves first. Toscanini

One of the things I’ve always personally tried to stress with this band was to have some kind of visual aspect and to be consistent with it  like, not to change. Peter Steele

Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human. Jewel

A lot of bands that reunite do it for the wrong reasons. They do it for the bucks and everybody can sense it. Glenn Tipton

Early Music training seems to shape the young brain, strengthening the neural connections and perhaps establishing new ones. Dr. Frances Rauscher

Yes, my mother was a singer, and my father played piano and keyboards. They were in a band together, though they also had regular jobs because they had kids and stuff like that. Caroline Corr

Don’t play it until you get it right, play it until you can’t play it wrong.

I would like not only to have a successful band, but I want to have children, a home, and a husband. Two or three. Children, not husbands!!! Caroline Corr

There is no place for fear and music in the same room. Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner

I was in a little punk band and we put out a few punk records that weren’t very political, at all. Billy Bragg

It takes a long time to sound like yourself.  Miles Davis

I’m like a twenty two year old kid in a new band trying to get noticed and breakthrough, because the vast majority of people have never seen me play live. John Fogerty

The only really good performance is the one where you make yourself vulnerable, while pushing beyond your familiar comfort zone. Kim Gordon

We should have gone over years before that. I always wanted to and I think most of the band did.Roy Wood

When you get together in a group, it becomes like a family, with the different personalities and the politics that come with being in a band. It’s different than bringing something in by yourself. Albert Hammond, Jr. 

Every now and then, a lot of bands doing the same kind of music will organically sprout up at once. Kathy Valentine

A band is as solid as its drummer is. Joey Kramer 

I see myself as the buffer between the band and the record company. Jerry Harrison

No band is special, no player royalty. Krist Novoselic 

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we’re a heavy rock band. We’re definitely not a metal band, but we’re a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody. Adam Rich

It’s the group sound that’s important, even when you’re playing a solo. You not only have to know your own instrument, but you must also know the others and how to back them up at all times. That’s jazz. Oscar Peterson

In 1973 we moved to the British Isle of Man, and I put my first band together for one year, named Melody Fair. Andy Gibb

For me performing has a lot to do with being fearless. Kim Gordon

To me, there is nothing better than me going into the studio with a live band and hearing those violins and that echo and that sound. I mean I loved it. Bobby Vinton

The regular rhythm and upbeat tunes of military music or marching bands positively affect your mood even if you don’t actually ‘enjoy’ listening to it. Liz Miller

So when bands work with me and it’s 10 o’clock, usually you’d have to be getting out of the studio, we could go on until 2 in the morning cause it’s my place! Billy Sherwood

Few occupations pass the solitary hours more fruitful than the playing of a musical instrument. Stephen Hough

Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times. Levon Helm

The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well. Andres Segovia

The regular rhythm and upbeat tunes of military music or marching bands positively affect your mood even if you don’t actually ‘enjoy’ listening to it. Liz Miller.

If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it. Jascha Heifetz

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. Charlie Parker.

You learn how to compromise and you learn how to read each other. Honestly, being in a band with two guys has prepared me so much for when it’s time for me to get married! Hillary Scott

I was in every band class I could get in, like after school jazz band and marching band, and that’s where I really learned to read music from elementary all the way through junior high and high school. Chad Smith