People know you from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but you also do a million other things. Lets talk about you, where did you come from?
I grew up in Princeton New Jersey. I have been acting since I was a kid. I think I did a stand up in fifth grade. I was about ten years old. Its hard to remember but I did a lot of Steve Martin Jokes from the album Let's Get Small. I don't know what half the jokes were or why they were even funny. The fifth graders liked them.
How are you guys preparing for The Tonight Show?
I don't have too much to do with it. The set is done, we finally built a whole new set. It's very exciting, we are bringing the tonight show back here to New York. Nothing is really going to change that much. The same staff, same office, it's just a new set in pretty much the same room it has always been in.
Let's talk about the show on National Geographic
Duck Quacks Don't Echo. It's National Geographic's first science comedy. It's hosted by three different comics. Each one of us has a different series we present. Sometimes we do giant production experiences with a LIVE audience.
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The Name “Bear Hands”
I guess we had started the band while I was still in college with Ted. We recorded a bunch of demos right off; like I had already had the songs written and I was just looking for a band to get together to record them. And as soon as we did that we gave them to a little indie label that Ted had known the owner of, and he really dug it, and he wanted to take a meeting like really quick and we didn’t have a name. You know, we had like 3-song demos that this dude really liked but we didn’t have a name. So literally on the drive to this guy’s house in New Jersey we had to name the band. And Val our bass player had the name Bear Hands hanging around from a previous band, like rolodex of potential names and we settled on it.
“Giants” (single) – Where did the name come from?
That song name just fit. I remember writing both the verses in a spree. I don’t think I’d written the chorus yet – the “loving you more” line. But I had written both the verses like immediately just after having a really skeletal beat and for some reason the word “giants” came to mind when I was naming the Garage Band file or whatever and it stuck. That name just makes sense to me but it doesn’t really apply to the lyrics...There’s not a specific person that that “loving you more” line is about. But I have felt like that I loved someone more than the loved me. Universal experience.
Watch the Lyric Video HERE
If I had to name my pantheon – you know the greatest of all time – it would have to be Kurt [Cobain] and Bob Dylan and Notorious B.I.G. Those are the three gods of my music world.
Can't Read Music
No I don’t know how to do that. That’s embarrassing. At Wesleyan I took one semester of piano classes with this little Asian lady who was really not incredibly helpful. Didn’t learn so much there. I think I took maybe five guitar lessons when I was 12 or 13 from an overweight guy in some mini mall in Connecticut. Didn’t pick up much there. I started playing guitar like punk songs and stuff, and really once you learn the power chords you can play any punk song. I also was disinterested quickly in learning other people’s songs, so I really started to write my own even though they were really heinous and painful and awful in the beginning. It was just more interesting to me than learning what other people have done.
Distraction out February 18, 2014
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On having his daughter on the bus with him:
"Ever sine I was a teenager people would ask me what is your goal in life? To sell a bunch of records and be able get a bus that sits your wife and your kids one day so that when you go out you can go everywhere with them. So now I get to live that dream, it's hanging out with them and then going and rocking until three in the morning and then hanging out with them again."
On life right now:
"Things are amazing, I never knew that things could be so good ya know? I think back in 2008 when "Hate Me" blew up, that was a little crazy, that was real crazy. But now we're starting to feel that whole thing happen again with "Bleed Out" and I think I'm in a lot better place for it to happen. I enjoy life now, I enjoy every day."
"I came out with songs like "The End" and songs like "Dirt Room" which were great songs, they just- they weren't connecting. I was taking that depression and that honesty and I was pushing it up so far up everybody's face that it was like oh god, this guy's got some crazy ass issues. Which of course I did, but I could have stopped and gone, yeah that's the song not me. But what's really cool about now is that I can get on stage and I play them- man all that energy is so much more there and say (whining) look at me! Now it's just so much passion.
Todd Nuke'Em hung out backstage to chat with Pete Wentz & Joe Trohman (of Fall Out Boy) before their SOLD OUT show at In The Venue.Photos from the Meet & Greet, CLICK HERE! Photos from the show at In the Venue, CLICK HERE!
Check out the interview:
Jared Leto (from 30 Seconds To Mars) calls in to the X96 studio to chat with Richie T about 30 Seconds to Mars' new album, "LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS" Also, more on what Jared does in his free time and his thoughts on touring.
Jared Leto - 30 Seconds To Mars
On Up in the Air being sent into space: "I had this crazy idea to send this song actually up into space so we contacted NASA, and sent it to the international space station where it had its debut, and what an incredible way to launch not only a brand new song but the video and the tour"
On the new album LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS: "We're incredibly confident about the album. It's, I think the best thing we've ever done. I'm excited for people to hear it. I'm excited to get out on the road and play it for people"
On what he does in his free time: "I love going on a hike, going snowboarding, doing something outdoors"
On Touring: "My Favorite part is playing the shows, my favorite part is connecting with audiences, night after night after night.
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