You also do a lot of finger pointing at the crowd during your live shows. But somehow it never seems as stupid as when some rock stars do it.
I think it’s about acknowledging that people are there, and we’re all in the same room together. When you go to a concert, you often don’t know if the performer can see you. So it’s like, “Yeah, I know you’re out there! I see you! You’re rocking!” It’s a respectful acknowledgement that they’re part of it.
So it’s not like when somebody from Mötley Crüe or Poison does it, and they’re just picking out the girls to be given backstage passes?
I don’t know if you’ve been to one of our shows, but there aren’t many women there. (Laughs.)
That’s probably not the best way to promote your tour. “The Hold Steady in Concert: No Chicks, Nothin’ But Dudes!”
I probably shouldn’t keep joking about it and putting that idea out there. It could be a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s actually been getting better. I think the percentage is changing in a good way.