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Do you still feel a pressure with each new album to replicate Dookie?
“That’s long gone. Dookie is like a moment in time, and I’m really proud of it. We were acting our age, that’s what we were doing. We were being exactly who we were, and it was the truth. There’s still that element about us; I tell everybody, ‘I’ve been a cross between 18 and 40 ever since I was 10 years old!’
“So, I don’t know, God, no... it’s so f**kin’ long ago! I think, for me, it was always important to outgrow Dookie, to move on and to evolve, but do it slowly. It’s not like all of a sudden we were gonna turn into a techno band overnight or do this self-reinvention like David Bowie or something – it’s just not on the cards for us.
"But what we want to do is let that evolution take its course. I think, within the last 22 years of us being a band, people have grown up with us, and that’s what gives us even more of a connection to our fans than anything else. I think when people get the chance to hear ¡Uno!, they’re gonna hear that spirit.”