Q: So that moment was the culmination of an entire lifetime spent burning the candle at both endsfinally, that was the first big sleep.
A: I think it really was.
Q: Does your wife ever say, ďTony, for Godís sake, will you get out of self-help modeĒ?
A: I used to be so rigid. I hadnít had chocolate in 20 years, I didnít touch ice cream. When I first went out with her, she talked about wheatgrassand then one night, after dinner, she orders this banana split. I said, ďWhat the hell is the matter with you?Ē And she said, ďNothing, you anal bastard.Ē She loosened me up completely.
Q: Do you ever read self-help books?
A: Iím more of a biography guy. I like to read something real, and the reason self-help has such a bad reputation is because most of it is a pump-upand most of it, frankly, I donít have a lot of respect for.
Q: Are there prominent people who donít want to say publicly that youíre coaching them?
A: Well, of course. I have a financial trader whoís a very private guyhe calls me when heís lost $50 million and heís going to get his guts checked. The people I get are incredibly diverse: Anthony Hopkins, Quincy Jones, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Green Day.
Q: So Billie Joe Armstrong calls you to ask questions about music?
A: He doesnít call me for musical decisions. Before their American Idiot Tour, a lot of people thought they were just making the same stuff, and that they werenít very strong. But he got my tapes, and they transformed his psychology. When they were at the Grammys, he was listening to my tapes backstage, before he went on. I listen to U2 and him; he listens to U2 and me.
Q: Iím sure everybody assumes you wake up in the morning and listen to Van Halenís ďJump.Ē
A: And that my hair is still glued together. Iíll hear something like that from the eighties at the right time, and Iíll love it still. Music is one of the ultimate triggers of memory.
Q: Where were you when you first heard Lionel Richieís ďAll Night LongĒ?
A: Man, I remember the girl I was with . . .
Q: No kidding? Tell me about that.
A: No, no. Thatíll stay private.