Over the summer of 2003, Fans For Peace combined their
most burning questions into a Virtual Interview for the Goos.
While we were never able to conduct an official Fans For Peace
interview with the Goos, Robby did answer a few of these questions
in September 2003. You can read that interview here.
1) You’ve said before that you feel a responsibility
to share your opinions. Why do you think that talking about
the issues is important, and do you think that ordinary people
like your fans have any impact on world affairs?
2) Celebrities and artists speak out about "politically
charged" issues all the time.... gun control, AIDS, gay
rights, environmental issues, animal rights, racism, etc.
-- so why do they have to fear repercussions (i.e. blacklisting,
boycotting) when speaking out against war? What makes this
subject different than the others? Also, why is writing an
anti-war song different than actually speaking out against
war? It's all freedom of speech, isn't it? Green Day, Lenny
Kravitz, R.E.M., and others have recently written anti-war
songs, so why do you think people aren’t “up in
arms” over that?
3) A song like “Flat Top” seems to accuse the
media of causing or contributing to many problems. Do you
think the media has obscured or polarized the facts in current
affairs? If so, how? Also, how have things changed or stayed
the same since you wrote “Flat Top?”
4) Do differing political opinions get in the way of friendships
within the band? If so, how do you “agree to disagree”
or get past those differences? Do you have any suggestions
for fans to keep the peace with others of different opinions?
5) It’s easy to complain about Bush’s damaging
choices, but many of our enemies are not into diplomacy. In
your opinion, what could Bush be doing differently to address
the current world situation? What are some of the options
he has? Also, do you think he’s being honest with the
American public about his reasoning?
6) What are your thoughts on some of the post-911 changes
here in the U.S., like the USA PATRIOT Act, the Department
of Homeland Security, and our struggling economy? What do
you think are the most important issues to focus on?
7) With all the changes going on everyday, have your opinions
about war and politics changed at all? Do you feel like being
on tour isolates your from world affairs?
8) The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. What
do you think is the most important thing to teach our children?
Also, every generation has to struggle to “come of age.”
Do you have any words of wisdom for your young fans who are
going through that struggle now?
9) Is the world a better place now than when you were younger?
How do you guys maintain your sanity with so much madness
in the world?
10) You’ve mentioned that you’re proud to see
your fans participating in demonstrations and rallies. Do
you have any suggestions for other ways to get involved? What
else would you like to see your peace-conscious fans doing,
and would you ever consider a collaborative project with Fans
Question for John: You’ve mentioned that you
want to finish your degree in political science and music
theory.... What would you do with that degree? Are you interested
in getting into some sort of political arena?
Question for Robby: Your wife is Japanese….
How has her international perspective changed your opinions?
Do you see America in a different light? Also, do you think
she’s treated differently because she’s not from
For everyone: To end on a positive note….
What are some of the positive things you see happening in
the world right now? What gives you hope that we human beings
aren’t going to completely screw ourselves up?