Regrets—Art Alexakis has had more than a few. And he’s had his share of losing, too. But the Everclear frontman has always done it his way. While far too many of his ’90s Pacific Northwest brethren (Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Andrew Wood, et al) ended up six feet under, Alexakis has been a survivor, enduring arrests, attempted suicide, drug abuse, divorce, depression, bankruptcy and much more. Despite being dubbed Nirvana lite by music critics, Everclear soldiered on, becoming a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, hit-making band, and Alexakis used this success to champion causes close to his heart. The revolving-door group’s latest release, In A Different Light (429), is a collection of (mostly) older Everclear songs reinterpreted in a stripped-down manner. Alexakis is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with him.
Alexakis: Here’s how bad it is. When I am on tour with the band and a pretty girl walks by, we don’t even notice. We are probably talking about food and cooking. We watch cooking shows on the bus. We email recipes to each other. We cook on the bus; I feel sorry for the drivers. We get on and drag a George Foreman Grill, a crock pot, an electric skillet, a toaster oven and a whole guitar tech box that has become our cooking tech box, with utensils, spices, mixing bowls, etc. It is getting kinda stupid, but cooking to me is a different kind of creative outlet. I am so happy that my wife Vanessa has caught the bug. She is a way better cook than me. And smart. And sweet. Not to mention super hot. I win! Video after the jump.