New York – Musician Paul Westerberg says that even though he spent his life as a working musician, his father never really understood the whole rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.
“He kept it pure that I was his son, that I was no more than the little boy he played catch with who now plays catch with his son,” Westerberg said in an interview with AP Radio. Westerberg’s father recently passed away and he writes about it on his new album, “Folker.”
Westerberg, who was a member of the 1980s band the Replacements, says his dad never came to see him perform which was fine by him. Instead, he said that all his father ever wanted was an autographed ticket.
After all, Westerberg said, his father was the kind of guy who thought that going to work meant going into an office. He didn’t understand that writing songs or making records or getting paid for making the records was work. He only understood live performances.