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About Mike/Personal Stuff - Personal Questions

  1. Did Mike have a back-up plan (alternate career), just in case? faq id: 30
  2. How and why did Mike quit smoking? faq id: 31
  3. Does Mike drink alcohol or smoke pot still? faq id: 32
  4. What kind of jobs did Mike have before his music career was able to support him? faq id: 33
  5. How many tattoos does Mike have and what’s the story behind each of them? faq id: 34
  6. Why did Mike cut his hair? faq id: 35
  7. Would Mike consider himself a spiritual person at all? What is his philosophy of life? faq id: 201
  8. What are Mike’s favorite cities? faq id: 268
  9. What types of things occupy Mike’s time when he isn’t writing, recording or touring?
    What are Mike’s favorite pass times?
    faq id: 269
  10. What’s the story behind Mike’s mugshot (from Long Beach)? faq id: 270
  11. What is Mike’s opinion on bootlegs – including the selling of them? faq id: 271

Questions and Answers

  1. Did Mike have a back-up plan (alternate career), just in case? faq id: 30
    MP: I never gave myself an option. As soon as you have a “back up plan,” you will be likely to fall back on it the minute the times are tough. Succeeding requires 100% dedication and perseverance, which means you have no choice but to keep trying and moving forward. And to be honest, I never “thought” about making music my career...it kinda just happened because it is what I “did.”

  2. How and why did Mike quit smoking? faq id: 31
    MP: Because of my addictive personality, I had to COMPLETELY quit in order to stop. It is always all or nothing with me. I promised my grandmother on her death bed (from a smoking related illness) that I would quit and it was that promise to her that enabled me to stop once and for all.

  3. Does Mike drink alcohol or smoke pot still? faq id: 32
    Mike is a recovering alcoholic, which means he has been clean and sober of all drugs and alcohol for some time now.

  4. What kind of jobs did Mike have before his music career was able to support him? faq id: 33
    MP: I delivered Chinese Food for 7 years!! I also worked in a record shop for a while and didn't collect a paycheck. I just took my pay in store credit! (I'm not joking!)

  5. How many tattoos does Mike have and what’s the story behind each of them? faq id: 34
    MP: 1. Majesty symbol on left shoulder (first one I got back in 1988 after finishing When Dream and Day Unite....Charlie Dominici went and got an identical one a few days later.) 2. A bit of a design surrounding the majesty symbol consisting of a twisted musical staff, stars and a peace symbol. 3. Underneath that on my left shoulder is my tribute to John Lennon. It is an exact replica of one of his paintings of a whole bunch of people hanging off a musical staff. (It was used in the artwork for his Anthology Box Set) 4. My left forearm is the most meaningful tattoo I have. It says “Carpe Diem” and has the date of 11-16-84 underneath which is the date I lost my mother in a plane crash. “Carpe Diem” means Seize the Day in Latin and was part of a lesson I was taught earlier that day in high school. A lesson that provided me with a final moment with my mom and a final hug and kiss before she left for her flight. (See A Change of Seasons) 5. Well, let’s go from the most meaningful to the least.....The “Twin Peaks” tattoo on my right calf is a tribute to one of my favorite filmmakers David Lynch. It is the same tattoo that the Log Lady had when she returned from her abduction by space aliens! 6. I have an ankle bracelet on my right ankle which I got together with my brother, so I suppose it is a symbol of our brotherly bond. 7. The Sacred Heart on my right shoulder was gotten shortly after finishing Images and Words and was a souvinear for me to represent that album and turning point in my career. 8. The japanese writing above that is the only one I got outside of America. I did actually get it in Japan and it says “Mikey” (or at least that’s what they tell me!!) 9+10. Also VERY important tats to me, these being on my left back shoulder....these are Melody & Max’s footprints from the hospital records the days they were born. Melody is on the left 5-2-97 and Max has the bigger foot on the right 3-7-99. 11. The Infinity symbol on the inside of my right wrist....got it after completing FII...

  6. Why did Mike cut his hair? faq id: 35
    MP: Same reason I sometimes have a beard, sometimes a goatee. Sometimes I eat cheeseburgers and sometimes I eat Pizza...sometimes I listen to the Beatles and other times Slayer. Nobody wants to do the same thing over & over forever.

  7. Would Mike consider himself a spiritual person at all? What is his philosophy of life? faq id: 201
    MP: Uh, I've never really been a very spiritual person at all. But, uh, in the past year or so I have learned a lot about spirituality, and a higher power, and belief in a higher power. It's been a big part of my life (for) the past year or so. So it is something that I'm slowly developing. But up until this past year I never really have been. So it's something that's very new for me. My philosophy of life…that’s been pretty well documented. Carpe Diem. It's something that I totally live my life by and dates back to when my mom died in 1984. To a situation that we had the night that she was killed. It's a very long involved story. It was a really, really heartfelt, emotional lesson that I learned and that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

  8. What are Mike’s favorite cities? faq id: 268
    MP: To visit: Paris, Amsterdam, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles To play: Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, London To live: New York City

  9. What types of things occupy Mike’s time when he isn’t writing, recording or touring?
    What are Mike’s favorite pass times?
    faq id: 269

    MP: My wife and kids mainly and when I am not with them, I am usually catching up on movies and TV shows. I also spend a tremendous amount of time on the Internet.

  10. What’s the story behind Mike’s mugshot (from Long Beach)? faq id: 270
    MP: I was arrested for breaking a store glass window...actually my friend broke it and I didn’t run when the cops arrived, so they picked me up....I was eventually let off the charges. The picture was taken 2 days after the arrest on my way to the court hearing (thus the suit and haircut)

  11. What is Mike’s opinion on bootlegs – including the selling of them? faq id: 271
    MP: I am totally pro-boot - live and rare stuff that is... Selling boots of “official” releases is low though..But I am totally cool with the boot scene as I am an avid collector myself...