Best Quotes from Bill Kreutzmann

Maybe because I’m a Taurus, I like to watch plants grow.

Bill Kreutzmann

I’ve gone through guys who want to lay on their backs and play like they’re full of themselves. You know, I don’t care about posing. I mean look at me, do I care about posing?

Bill Kreutzmann

I went to prep school for one year in Arizona. It was called Orme.

Bill Kreutzmann

In the very beginning we were a real tight family but now it’s different. You know, toward the end, we had separate limos, stuff like that. It’s hard to get six giant egos in the same place.

Bill Kreutzmann

I just don’t see myself as retiring. As long as I’m healthy and can play the drums, that’s what I’m going to do because that’s the most fun thing that I know how to do.

Bill Kreutzmann

I didn’t play after the Grateful Dead stopped playing. I didn’t touch anything for three or four months, and I just got pretty crazy.

Bill Kreutzmann

Well, to tell you the straight honest truth, it was like a Grateful Dead cover band. I didn’t feel – and nothing against the guys – I didn’t feel that they were opening up like they should. I’ll tell you what, with guitar players, Steven has what I like in guitar players.

Bill Kreutzmann

My dad loved black singers. So listening to New Orleans music, eventually I wanted to play an instrument.

Bill Kreutzmann

I’m really thankful and complimented when people come to me and say, thank you for the great times for all these years. But I don’t think about it as being a leader.

Bill Kreutzmann

I’d rather play here in this small bar and just do a good show. Because it’s fun and there’s no expectations, it’s encouragement to be different, do something new.

Bill Kreutzmann

I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t fun. It’s just a whole different thing these days.

Bill Kreutzmann

Oh yeah, it’s great see music and to play music in small places. And it’s really fun for me to play here because, you know, I played two feet from people all night. And after all those years, it’s great to be able to talk to folks.

Bill Kreutzmann

I mean, we just started, it’s a new thing. We’re doing this for fun and we’re going to see where it goes.

Bill Kreutzmann

I made that decision back in 1985. I was out here getting certified in SCUBA with Garcia in Kona and I thought to myself, this is a place to wake up in in the morning.

Bill Kreutzmann

When Garcia died, and I decided not to play, I came out here.

Bill Kreutzmann

I love the farm, I love growing stuff.

Bill Kreutzmann

I saw a drummer play once when I was a kid and I thought, that’s really cool. You know, you’re moving. You’re using your arms and fingers. So I tried it and I loved it.

Bill Kreutzmann

I mean, when it gets down to it I just wanted to play the drums. The rest of it never meant that much to me.

Bill Kreutzmann

I am just a guy who plays drums.

Bill Kreutzmann

I always thought it would be really cool to be playing the drums in the show and then have your astral body or whatever travel all through the audience and dig whatever it’s like out there.

Bill Kreutzmann

At first I missed it, but it was the amazing energy thing that happened during shows, when a lot of people were like Yay Yay Yeah! I missed that for a while. But I don’t miss the regular and the business side of that whole thing.

Bill Kreutzmann

I care about being able to play. If you’re playing with integrity in the music, then that’s what matters. But it wasn’t that great for me because it was kinda like going back into the old times without the guy.

Bill Kreutzmann

It’s not the same without Jerry. It never will be.

Bill Kreutzmann

Playing music is just one of the best things. I can’t retire.

Bill Kreutzmann

I’ve always loved New Orleans music. I always loved it when the Neville Brothers opened up for the Grateful Dead and the Dirty Dozen and all that.

Bill Kreutzmann

I really like to go for the essence of things – the most beautiful parts of things – of human beings or of music. If there are things in there that are getting in the way and complicating it, it’s just not good for me.

Bill Kreutzmann

No matter how nice a hotel is, it’s not home.

Bill Kreutzmann

When you go on the stage before thousands of people, you can be excited and nervous, but it’s not fear.

Bill Kreutzmann

In the Woodstock movie, you see Justin, my son, who is now a filmmaker, being carried off by my wife at the time to the helicopter. He’s just this little bundle of joy in her arms. And it’s 1969.

Bill Kreutzmann

I find inspiration and rhythm in everything. Really I do. And I find inspiration in the really quiet moments.

Bill Kreutzmann