On Friday, January 8th, nearly six months after his escape from Mexico’s most secure prison, Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a.k.a. El Chapo, was apprehended and taken back into custody. Just months earlier, Sean Penn had traveled in secret through the Mexican jungle to meet with Chapo, then America’s most wanted international fugitive. Upon meeting Penn, the drug kingpin consented to an interview at a later time. Ultimately, it proved impossible to do the interview in-person, but Penn sent questions by BBM device and Chapo agreed to record his responses on videotape. Without being present, Penn could neither control the questioning, nor prod for elaborations into his responses. Here, you can view the 17-minute video that Chapo sent back in its entirety.
Source: El Chapo Speaks | Rolling Stone
After the record came out, you hit the road with Neil Young and Sonic Youth. What was that tour like?
It was good and it was bad. For us, it was a great opportunity to play in front of some crowds that maybe weren’t around during the punk scene. The problem was if we were at, for instance, Madison Square Garden, if we did have 300 fans there that night, we’d have never known it because it was arranged seating and our fans aren’t used to that. On the good side, I was becoming very groove-oriented at that time and I would watch Crazy Horse turn their back on 10,000 people and walk back up to the drummer and lock into the groove, and I was realizing that if the song doesn’t have a groove, you’re just bashing through chords. So it really reinforced the foundation of music I had grown up with prior to punk, from the third grade on: the Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and ZZ Top, all those bands had thick grooves. It was a schooling for me.
via Story of My Life: Mike Ness Talks 25 Years of ‘Social Distortion’ | Rolling Stone.