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Lest anybody be fooled, the eternally wild child says he works hard behind the scenes to prepare for whatever comes on stage. That means sitting down with the old records and singing along with himself “at the top of my range,” and mentally preparing in a way befitting a mature punk.

“You need a real close connection with the words, and you really can’t sort of waltz in there between calls to your broker and expect to stand up there and be able to sing the songs and tell what they mean,” he said.

Still, he adds, “I’m really not looking for a job at the Met, you know?”