This Interview took place on November 15 at Jude Katz’ Manhattan penthouse. In size and decor, his home wasn’t much different than Lincoln or Lando’s, however one thing that caught my eye was a striking number of empty liquor bottles, broken glass here and there, and a white powdery substance on his coffee table I don’t dare speculate about. The items were out in the open and he eyed me as I noticed them, almost daring me to bring them up. There was also a striking lack of band paraphernalia, unlike in the other two homes— no records or magazine covers hanging on the walls, his Grammy wasn’t even on display like in the homes of the other two men. If I didn’t know any better, there wouldn’t be anything to make me guess this is the drummer of arguably the most popular rock band of all time.
The interview was conducted on Jude’s couch where he sat tapping his fingers against his thigh, beating out the rhythm to some familiar songs in his apparent nervousness.
As difficult to read as Lincoln and Lando were, I get the immediate sense from Jude that he’s not planning to let me see behind the mask he’s pasted on for the public persona, but this reporter was determined to try.
— Thomas Riley
Lincoln and Lando talked about the band getting together in high school, can you tell me how you came to be part of the group?
I knew Lincoln first. We met in elementary school and...um...had a lot in common, let’s just say. We were close, like brothers. I didn’t know much about music, but I always thought the drums seemed cool, so when Lincoln became pathologically attached to his guitar, I figured I’d see if I had any musical talent. Jude shrugged, giving me a cocky smile. Turns out I’m okay at playing the drums I guess.
You said you were close with Lincoln, are you no longer as close as you were in high school?
Ah, this is what you get paid the big bucks for, right? Twisting people’s words, digging where there’s nothing to be found. Lincoln is Lincoln, he’s not always easy to deal with. But then again, neither am I. Like I said, Lincoln’s like my brother.
I noticed you don’t have your Grammy on display, any reason for that?
Lincoln wrote that song, all I did was beat the hell out of my drumset.
I wanted to press for more, but Jude’s dark expression warned me against this line of questioning.
You’re known as the troublemaker of the band, what do you have to say to your critics?
Jude’s cock smile is turned up a few notches.
I do what I want to do, people who have a problem with that can suck a bag of dicks. I could give a shit what anyone else’s opinion is of my life. I learned a long fucking time ago that I can’t please anyone, so why bother trying?
Lincoln and Lando have love lives that are wildly speculated about, and yours is no less so. Are the rumors about prostitutes true?
Jude shrugged and pulled a cigaret out of his pocket, lighting it and taking a deep drag.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with paying for sex. I want sex, they need money, it’s a win-win. People need to get off their fucking high horses about that shit.
And what about your recent DUI?
That was bullshit. I wasn’t driving, I was sleeping in my car, that’s it.
There’s been a lot of recent speculation about the band possibly breaking up, do you think you’ll make it through, or are we witnessing final days of Downward Spiral?
Do I look like a fucking psychic? The situation is what it is, we’re all reaching the end of our rope. As for how things will turn out, I guess time will tell. Are we about finished here or what?
****If you missed the previous interviews with Lincoln and Lando, click below to see them!