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

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween every day. — Gwen Stefani

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do. — Keith Richards

I wasn’t, you know, Mr. Popular. I was somewhere in the middle ground. I was quite alternative, the things I liked to do. Skateboarding, at the time. Playing in a band as opposed to playing in the rugby team. You know, that kind of thing. — Iwan Rheon

I’ve always loved the mixture of crushing live drums with a programmed groove, that really cool blend, like in the verse there’s a really funky drum beat that is programmed then it comes in to the chorus; you’ve got that enormous human feel where the band kicks in. — Tommy Lee

I can remember the first time I ever recorded my vocals on to a beat. Cat Coore from Third World – a legendary Jamaican band – had a little demo set up at his house. I’m very good friends with his eldest son, Shiah, who plays with me now. So we were rhyming over a track by the dancehall artist Peter Metro. I’ve still got it somewhere. — Damian Marley

In a way, it’s my way of dealing with, finding closure with Grateful Dead music, and giving thanks in a way to Jerry and Bob and all the guys in the band for making up this wonderful music. — Phil Lesh

All I can say is thank God my stepdaughter’s favourite band in the whole wide world is The Beatles. We do have dance parties to ‘Wannabe’ though. — Emma Ishta

Whenever I am not traveling during the winter, I am pushing hard in the gym. Even when I am traveling, I try to fit a workout in at the hotel. And if the hotel doesn’t have a gym? You can get a good workout in your room with an exercise band and some imagination. — Charlie Kimball

Most of the time I was in grammar school through high school, I was in some kind of rock n’ roll band. I would say that at least 80 percent of my energy was involved with whatever band I was involved in. — Lee Atwater

That was the whole point in forming a band. Girls. Absolutely gorgeous girls — Simon Le Bon

In the early ’90s, it was grunge; everybody was fully clothed. Alanis Morissette was one of the biggest artists in the world, never wore makeup, wearing Doc Marten boots, and then the Spice Girls turn up, and suddenly it all looks a bit burlesque; suddenly they’re the biggest band in the world. — Caitlin Moran

I haven’t a great Jazz band and I don’t want one. — Glenn Miller

I’ve got guys in my band that have been there for about 35 years. They’re great players, and we still enjoy doing the music. — Lynn Anderson

Big band music, to me, it really has three key elements. First is the lyrics are really sweet, and they’re just really family-friendly. The second thing is the music is jazz music, so the music is complicated enough to hold your attention for 5 or 6 million plays. That makes the songs interesting. The last part is the fact that it’s danceable. — John Tesh

The situation in America is when it starts moving there, all the bands from England move over to America and work from there, so that they’re available all the time for everyone that wants them in person. — Bjorn Ulvaeus

What I liked about doing a soundtrack is that it’s almost the opposite of any kind of normal recording that a band does, because it’s very much a restricted, narrow… And I kind of like that, I find it exciting to work within these things. — Tim Gane

I think we all appreciate it now just how lucky we are to be in a band like Judas Priest. — Glenn Tipton

I try to get the hip-hop aesthetic, most times without an MC. I don’t use a rapper or a DJ to give it the hip-hop style; it’s strictly the band that makes that music, which is a lot harder to do. — Robert Glasper

I started going to Madame Louise’s, the lesbian club where all the punk bands used to go – the Sex Pistols, the Clash. I remember seeing Billy Idol walk in there; he was gorgeous. — Boy George

I used to play the piano in the band, and so there’s some horrendous scenes of me playing the keyboards. — Caroline Corr

I think now, more than anytime I can remember, bands are sounding pretty similar whether they’re English or American, from Manchester or London… or Leeds or Welsh or Irish. — Graham Coxon

I literally came out of high school thinking that I was going to do something in the sports world because I grew up with a very sports-oriented family. My last year of school, I got involved with playing guitar and singing, and I joined a band and I just decided that year somehow that I was going to play music. — Dean Geyer

I did the marching band all throughout junior high and high school. Music was one of my favorite things in school. — Tommy Lee

There’s always a spattering of people who see Hanson who were influenced by classic ’60’s and ’70’s rock and roll. In a lot of ways, we’re sort of the anatomy of a ’70’s rock band if you examine what we do: white guys who grew up listening to soul music from the ’50’s and ’60’s. — Taylor Hanson

I am always looking for a cool tee shirt; maybe one with a rock band or an old advertisement. — Bridget Hall

Green, red, and mixed shades of haemins are known. If magnesium is replaced by iron in chlorophyll, green haemins are obtained. Their colour is due to a strong band in the red which is already recognized in chlorophyll. — Otto Heinrich Warburg

The Rolling Stones set the bar to where I look to as a band. But I don’t envision myself touring in the way they do. My knees won’t hold out. — Jon Bon Jovi

I think what’s cool about Slayer is no matter how old their albums are, it’s the one band to me that their sound is immortal. It never sounds corny to me. You can go back and listen to some Pantera and Metallica albums, and you’re like, ‘OK, great music.’ But Slayer, you go back, and they always sound fresh and hard as hell. — Blake Anderson

What we used to say was whoever had the bow tie got to lead the band. There was never any jealousy. — Pete Fountain

I go out with my band six months of the year and the rest of them with the Blues Brothers. — Eddie Floyd

Phish is such a good band; they just make stuff up as a jam band. — Sharon Jones

I like that band Get Hustle. They’re cool live. I haven’t heard their records, though. — Stephen Malkmus

There’s a lot of bands that get to a certain level, and it just stops. They scrap it. Compare this to, say, The Rolling Stones or The Who, where they just continued on forever and are still playing, or they quit after 20 years. — Eddie Vedder

Starting a band is the easy part. Once you’ve formed the band, you have to tell a story, and that story requires songs. And not just good songs, but great songs. After a while, great songs won’t do – they have to be the best. Success doesn’t make it any easier. Each time I start a new record, it’s a brand-new search. — The Edge

All the bands get along really well. That’s one of the biggest things on a tour. It’s great to get all these cool bands together, but if they don’t get along it sucks. — Brandon Thomas

Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands. — Ryszard Kapuscinski

There were a lot of times where there was a great deal of fodder recorded and played, because there was a market for it – just as there is today. And there were more bad bands than there were good bands – I think that should always be remembered. — Woody Herman

I feel far more connected to the whole band if I can somehow physically respond… with my body. — Kimbra

When my sister and I were kids, swimming down in Charleston, there was this pizza parlor that had this old Dixieland band play, and I just loved Louis Armstrong and the sound of his voice, and I got up there with the band and started singing Louis Armstrong songs when I was a kid. I have no idea why, but I did it and I loved it. — Thomas Gibson

What music I listen to day to day changes very, very much. I can go from bluegrass to heavy metal, to blues, to classical and big band and then go to pop and rap. — Casey James

It’s hard for bands to stick it out because people grow up, and it never really pays off. If you’re looking for some sort of payoff, it’s not gonna happen — Thurston Moore

You can never rely on musicians. I quit high school at one point to make a go of it with this band and we kept breaking up. So I went back to school. — David James Elliott

I’ve worked with a band, and it’s nice to have someone to travel around with, but I didn’t like it as well on stage. — Randy Newman

You know, in the 1970’s, when I was in high school, I belonged to a band called the Happy Funk Band. Until an unfortunate typo caused us to be expelled from school. — Colin Mochrie

I look upon meself as… You take a band that’s made up of arms, legs, bodies… I happen to be the piece that talks. And does all that area of it, you know? I’m also very easy to recognize; the darkie in the middle jumping around with the guitar, you know. Dat boy’s got rhydm!!! — Phil Lynott

Anyone who knows the history of the Pete Best Band or the Combo, we were on the verge of breaking in in America. In the mid-’60s, I had great songwriters; we wrote some great stuff. — Pete Best

As soon as it was understood that we could handle things in our own way, it was the thrill of my life to walk out on that stage with people just hemming the band in. — Benny Goodman

A good bassist determines the direction of any band. — Ron Carter

A friend of mine introduced me to Thurston Moore because she thought I would like him. He was playing with the tallest band in the world, the Coachmen. They were sort of like Talking Heads, jangly guitar, Feelies guitar. Anyway, it was love at first sight. His band broke up that night. And we started playing. — Kim Gordon

I remember Glenn Miller coming to me once, before he had his own band, saying, How do you do it? How do you get started? It’s so difficult. I told him, I don’t know but whatever you do don’t stop. Just keep on going. — Benny Goodman

My mom was in a band for over 30 years, and my brother, sister, and I start taking classical piano lessons when we were three. She’s really the reason why I’m still playing piano – she made me practice every day before school and made it a priority even when we didn’t necessarily want it to be. — Tess Henley

Fleetwood Mac are more like a folk-rock band. — Ann Wilson

None of the other guys in the band really sang, so that’s when I brought Roy Clark in. — Wanda Jackson

Whatever our personal differences are, there are no bigger fans of this band than the people who are in this band. — Alex Van Halen

If journalists ask you again and again about the same bands, you’ll end up saying you hate them just because you’re so fed up with being asked all those stupid questions. — Billie Joe Armstrong

I hope to find the perfect band as well, I really do, and I’m working very hard to find that band. — Vinnie Vincent

Sometimes I wish I was just a girl in an indie band. I could dance around on stage and it wouldn’t be so much about me. — Lily Allen

Everybody in my band is married, pretty much, and have lives at home, and I don’t want them to be away from their families so long that they just start to feel psychotic. You have to go home and stand around in your bathrobe doing your dishes to feel like a normal person sometimes. — Neko Case

Kane is a band I formed with my best friend Steve Carlson. We just got together and started playing guitar. He was playing some old school rock and roll, and we got together and thought, ‘Hey, let’s take this on the road.’ — Christian Kane

I still do a lot of shows with Brian Koonin, but we haven’t had a full band lately. — David Johansen

If this war is not fought with the greatest brutality against the bands both in the East and in the Balkans then in the foreseeable future the strength at our disposal will not be sufficient to be able to master this plague. — Wilhelm Keitel

I was just a music lover who wondered what it would sound like if Otis Redding strapped on a guitar and played in a punk band. Thats it. — Benjamin Booker

The Doors were successful. It was Jim Morrison as the centre and the figure and the spokesman, the figurehead, but we were all into the same thing. That’s why we were a band. — Ray Manzarek

We were over in Europe all the time their posters were up. That’s why I liked them. So now all of a sudden they’re going to get a band hat on, and say people aren’t acting the right way? — Kim Deal

I was in a band called The Valentines and they broke up last week. — Bon Scott

With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band. I made the blues jump. — Louis Jordan

I played in rhumba bands, mickey mouse bands; all kinds of bands. — Stan Getz

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill – spending billions of dollars to build more prisons, to place more band-aids on society’s scars. — Carrie P. Meek

There’s pride on Bourbon Street for the musicians that work there. They take it very seriously. I’ve never worked there or played in band there, but it’s a part of the city. They play for the tourists and represent a whole different side of the culture of our city. — Trombone Shorty

My very first gig was with the Sex Pistols, and it was also our first-ever gig. It was a very short set, and it was at Saint Martins College of Art in 1975. We were opening up for a band called Bazooka Joe, and their bass player at the time was Adam Ant, who went on to form Adam and the Ants. — Steve Jones

We’re not arrogant, we just believe we’re the best band in the world. — Noel Gallagher

The chances of a reunion now are less likely. I was thinking of having a 40th anniversary of the band, but now they are really another band, so it’s all a bit weird. — Alvin Lee

Even when I interviewed bands, it was about asking them about writing songs, so it was more for me than anybody else. — Benjamin Booker

I formed a band when I was about 13, and we all listened to punk – or what we thought was punk! — Tim Gane

This hype word bothers me though It always sounds like an accusation, what does it mean, advertising, column inches in the press? Bands themselves are never really responsible for all of that. That is something that happens to you when you sell millions of records. — Holly Johnson

Heart has always been a rock band. It’s always been hard-rock. — Ann Wilson

I think we in the Alpha Band, which was a strange group anyway, weren’t dealing with any of these issues. They sneaked up on us and took us over, before we know what was going on. — T Bone Burnett

It’s impossible to compare two bands. It would be like comparing two lovers. — Dave Navarro

If you were looking at where you would like your career to go, then you would have to cherry pick The Stones. People love coming to see them. They are it, they are the most definitive rock n roll band ever. — Andy Taylor

I’m not a figurehead for anything. I was a single mom with two kids. What else was I going to do? It was either be in a band or be a waitress. — Chrissie Hynde

My teammates at Duke – all of them, black and white – were a band of brothers who came together to play at the highest level for the best coach in basketball. — Grant Hill

I don’t think anyone ever plans to change line-ups, but it’s something that comes with being in bands. I was in a band once and there were always problems – members come and go – and some of the world’s biggest bands have changed line-ups loads! — Bruno Mars

I’m a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar player and we’ve been in many bands. — Adam Jones

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. — Tony Iommi

We wanted to guide the musicians, so we could create our own sound. We would never let the band just go in and play the chord sheets. We were very focused on what we had in mind for these productions. — Lamont Dozier

I am Evanescence. I am the only original member. I have basically hired the band. Evanescence has become me. It is mine and it’s exactly how I want it to be. — Amy Lee

The first band I was in, I think was called The Strangers. I got the sack because I was too small! — Noel Redding

To fans in a festival setting it’s like a picnic. You want to have a good time with your friends in that crowd. And in the background you hear the band play, ‘Oh, that’s my favorite song!’ everyone is there to enjoy the afternoon and that’s about it. — Tom Araya

I always thought if I had a band it would have the energy and feel of early Police, since that’s where my roots are, and then the harmonies of the Eagles, and the technique of King Crimson or something like that. Fast, up-tempo, beat-the-hell-out-of-the-drums, because that’s my style. Energy, but sophistication, rhythmically and melodically. — Taylor Hawkins

Crowdfunding as an idea itself isn’t new – bands have been doing it since the dawn of time. — Amanda Palmer

I was in a rock band; I was my own folk singer; I was in a death metal band for a very short time; I was in a cover band, a jazz band, a blues band. I was in a gospel choir. — Kiesza

I did some stage when I was a kid, around 16 or so. I was living in Melbourne and had a band. I was quite young. We weren’t very good. Then I found a band in Perth. We played around for three years. We’re in the ‘History of Rock’N’Roll,’ a book about Perth music. — Paul Eenhoorn

The REM and Nirvana successes don’t mean much to me except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend. Don’t try to sound like someone else. REM and Nirvana don’t sound like anyone else. — Greg Ginn

I grew up with the Beatles and they are still to this day my top band played in my iTunes. — Greg Laswell

Because nobody wanted to play bass, I was instantly in a band. — Les Claypool

One of the reasons we survive as a band is that we are seen as a band of today. We don’t want to be seen as a band that tours and plays old songs. We feel that we are making the best music of our careers. — Andrew Fletcher

As far as the grunge thing, there are three bands from Seattle that I would call true grunge. — Adam Jones

My mom eventually told me if I wanted to be in the music industry, I should start writing my own songs. At that time, I was in junior high and had no idea where to start – I was writing joke rap songs with friends. Eventually ,I wrote my first song in high school, and my mom took me to go record it with one of her band member friends at his house. — Tess Henley

My favorite song to play is ‘Smokin’ by Boston. I actually had a chance to play that with the band Boston live. — Doug Flutie

‘Red Band Society’ is inspiring, funny, and an uplifting story that makes you want to make the most of your life, love and live to the fullest, and that’s a great message. — Nolan Sotillo

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