The Hold Steady

  • Aired:  05/13/10
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Craig Finn and Tad Kubler talk about Heaven, Mother Teresa and their rock prophets. (3:34)

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW ALBUM

CALLED "HEAVEN IS WHENEVER."

WELL, I'M GOING TO GIVE THEM

HELL RIGHT NOW.

PLEASE WELCOME SOME OF THE BAND.

TAD, CRAIG, THANKS FOR COMING

ON.

A LOT OF EXCITEMENT IN THIS

BUILDING BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE

THAT YOU ARE HERE.

>> LIKE 35 TO 40-YEAR-OLDS.

>> Stephen: REALLY, REALLY

SUPER EXCITED.

YOU GUYS ARE ROCK STARS.

>> WE ARE IN A ROCK 'N' ROLL

BAND.

>> YOU'RE SURE YOU'RE NOT LIKE

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS?

>> LAST TIME I CHECKED WE WERE

FULLY EMPLOYED AS A ROCK 'N'

ROLL BAND.

>> Stephen: THE NAME OF YOUR

ALBUM IS "HEAVEN IS WHENEVER."

HEAVEN IS NOT A TIME.

HEAVEN IS A PLACE.

OKAY.

IT IS CLOUDS, GOD, NAKED BABIES

WITH WINGS.

EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY HEAVEN IS

WHENEVER?

>> I THINK HEAVEN IN THE

CHRISTIAN SENSE IS AN ULTIMATE

REWARD.

>> Stephen: RIGHT BECAUSE

WE'RE GOOD.

>> I THINK IF YOU'RE GOOD THEN

EVERY DAY YOU'RE REWARDED WITH A

GOOD LIFE AND YOU HAVE JOY IN

YOUR LIFE, AND I THINK BY LIVING

A RIGHTEOUS LIFE YOU'RE,

REWARDED EVERY DAY.

THAT'S WHAT HEAVEN IS WHENEVER

MEANS TO ME.

>> THAT REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING

MOTHER TERESA SAID.

WHEN ASKED IF WE WERE HOLY, SHE

SAID WE'RE ALL HOLY AND THAT'S A

NATURAL STATE.

I SHOULDN'T BE AMAZED WHEN

SOMEONE IS HOLY.

MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS DO YOU

RIP OFF MOTHER THERESA A LOT?

>> CHAD'S THE GUITAR PLAYER.

>> Stephen: THIS IS NOT THAT

USUAL FOR THE ROCK CROWD, THE

RELIGIOUS IMAGERY, THE

CATHOLICS.

WHO IS CATHOLIC, ANYBODY?

>> I WAS RAISED CATHOLIC.

>> Stephen: RAISED CATHOLIC OR

CATHOLIC?

>> I STILL GO TO CHURCH, BUT I

DON'T THINK THE POPE WOULD AGREE

WITH MY VERSION OF CATHOLICISM.

>> Stephen: WELL, THERE'S THE

DOOR, BUDDY.

[LAUGHTER]

OKAY.

IT'S YAWWAY OR THE HIGHWAY.

YOU SAY OUR PSALMS ARE

SING-ALONG PSALMS.

WHAT IS A SING-ALONG PSALM.

>> THE SING-ALONG PSALM IS THE

LYRIC.

OUR SONGS ARE SING-ALONG SONGS.

I THINK IT MEANS PEOPLE IN OUR

GENERATION TAKE INSPIRATION FROM

ROCK 'N' ROLL IN A WAY THAT CAN

BE AT TIMES LIKE A RELIGIOUS

EXPERIENCE OR TAKE ON THAT MUCH

MEANING.

>> ARE THERE INFLUENCES THAT YOU

HAVE THAT DID THAT FOR YOU?

WHO WAS YOUR ROCK PROPHET?

IS IT GLENN BECK?

[LAUGHTER]

BECAUSE YOU KNOW GOD IS TALKING

TO HIM.

>> I THINK WE ALL LOVE LED

ZEPPELIN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THE

ROLLING STONES, THE

REPLACEMENTS.

>> Stephen: THE ROLLING

STONES?

GOD IS TALKING TO MICK JAGGER

AND KEITH RICHARDS.

YOU KNOW WHAT HE'S SAYING TO

KEITH?

TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF,

BUDDY, YOU LOOK TERRIBLE.

>> SOMEONE IS WATCHING OUT FOR

KEITH RICHARDS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S TRUE.

HE'S GOT A GUARDIAN ANGEL.

I THINK IT'S JOHNNY DEPP.

NOW, WOULD YOU HANG AROUND?

WOULD YOU... YOU GOT THE STUFF

HERE.

WOULD YOU ROCK US OUT AND HIP US

TO YOUR SPIRITUAL VISION?

>> I THINK WE'D LOVE.

TO.

>> Stephen: WELL, WE WILL BE

RIGHT BACK IN THAT CASE WITH

CRAIG

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