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Nice Talking To Aaron (Part 3/4)

What are the band's expectations on the new album? Do you want "Nice Talking To Me" to become a number one record?
Honestly, I don't really have a lot of expectations. I am really proud of the record. The thing that I wanted more than anything was just for us to make a great record. The thing that the band got back together... It was such a cool thing for us all to be back after years of being apart, it was great for us to just take our time and make a record that we all feel is so strong. To me, that's the best part. You know, the best part of being a musician is the creative process - writing material, going into the studio, and walking out with something that you're really proud of. And then going up, doing a great gig... This is really the reason why you do it.
Of course, when you sell a lot of records and have a hit song - that's a great thing. I never take it for granted at all that the Spin Doctors had the success we had... And of course, I would love to have more of that. But I don't sit around worrying about it all the time. I'm not going to be disappointed if that doesn't happen. It's such a hard thing to achieve that level of success, and it's even harder in today's world than it was back in the Nineties when we had it.
So I just hope that the record does well enough - with people hearing it and enjoying it - that it will help us to keep a good level of career going for the Spin Doctors, that we can continue to make records and continue to do shows. That's really my expectation: I'd be happy if it does enough to keep us going...

Hopefully, it'll do...
Yeah, anything more would be icing on the cake, you know... I'd be disappointed if it came out and if absolutely nothing happened: if nobody bought it, everybody hated it (laughs) You know, if it made it impossible for the band to continue - that would be the real disappointment. But I don't think that's gonna happen...

I don't think that's gonna happen, too - just think of all the reactions on "Can't Kick The Habit". Yes, some people were surprised that you're releasing a ballad, a very untypicial Spins song as the first single. But the overall reactions are very very good... I really think the people are ready for some new Spins stuff...
Yeah, hopefully...

Aaron, right now, I got some real "fan questions" for you, you know, questions from nitpicky hardcore fans like me - ready for that?
(laughs) Sure, go ahead!!

Lately, some of the fans complain about the setlists - they were pretty much the same throughout the whole summer... What are the reasons for playing similar setlists night after night?
Well... When the band first started, it started as a bar band. We played three or four sets a night and we never even used a setlist.
We went through that whole thing. And then, as the band started developing and developing, we continued to switch it up and then it got the the point when we were really going strong, when the record was really peaking out - with "Two Princes" being a hit and all that... And before we knew it, our fanbase changed and we were playing in front of 15.000, 20.000 people a night. And whenever we went out and just did what everybody wanted, it alienated people a lot. You wanna make everbody happy, but at the same time, I think it's extremely important as a musician and an artist to put on a great show and entertain the people that are there to see you that night.
Even now, we're just getting our feet back on the ground and we're going around playing these clubs and usually, it's not like the Grateful Dead with people who follow us every night and with thousands of the same people in the room every night. If that was the case, we would do different stuff every night, because nobody wants to hear the same set again. But you have to remember if we're going from Cleveland to Chicago, it's a whole different crowd that night. And our job is to put on the absolute best show we can in every town we go to!
So right now, we're kind of concentrating on showcasing a lot of the new material off the new album and at the same time playing three or four of the songs that people pay money for when they come to see us... You know, they'd be really disappointed if we came out and didn't do "Two Princes" or "Litte Miss"...

...that sounds logical...
Yeah, I mean, there might be a few guys like you people, you and David Landsberger who would be really psyched, but... (Aaron and Daniel laugh) ...but the other 800 people would be really bummed and want their money back...

Don't get me wrong, I think your current set works great - there are a lot of new, excited fans who post to the message board after seeing you live these days...
That's the point. I think you have to keep it in perspective, and we try to keep it in perspective: it's usually only a small group of people that complain about that stuff. I can relate to them, and I would love it - nothing would make me happier... The whole band has talked about this. If we can get back to a point where we really have a stronger fan base and things are really going well, you'll see us mixing it up a lot more. But right now, we're trying to get our feet back on the ground so we just feel like: every night, we gotta play the best we can possibly play.
But at the same time, if you look at the last three or four shows... we've been making a point to break it up...

Really?
The other night, we played "Shinbone Alley", we did "Sweet Widow" recently, we did "How Could You Want Him"... If you look at all of the sets from the last ten or twelve gigs, you see a few things in there. We're making a point to mix it up a little bit.
But we're following a basic set which is really working great right now - we try to change it a little bit, throw in a few things here and there, but as I said before: at this point, it's really important that every night, wherever we go, we've got to make fans. We want these people to go home and think: "Man, this was one of the best concerts I ever saw. The next time they come, I have to come back and bring some friends with me", you know...
If we just went out and did whatever we wanted every night, it might be a whole lot of fun for us but then, you end up alienating a lot of people out there. You have to look at all sides of these things if you are a member of a group.

By the way, please bring back "Tonight You Could Steal Me Away". I loved it when I saw you in Prague this year...
Oh, yes. We've done that a few times, we've been trying to work that one back in as well... And we will! (laughs again)

Wonderful...
If you start to look at the setlists from here to the next couple of months, and there will be a lot of shows, we will start mixing it up . Keep a look! You'll see some different songs coming into the set for sure...

That sounds beautiful...
Absolutely, absolutely!!

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