KF: What are five things that every rocker needs?

BM: Obviously in my situation, for styling purposes, I need a bandanna. That's number one. You have to have a good pair of cowboy boots. I know that's so old school, but they're just like sneakers to me. They're just comfortable. All right, a quality pair of leather pants if you can handle it.

You've got to have a good tour bus, and you have to have a good crew. I'm friends with my crew, and people forget that's what makes my world go 'round. I've been blessed. I've got some really good people who have been with me a long time.

KF: What do you want your legacy to be?

BM: I'm hoping that I was able to rock the world. In doing it, I was able to take it to the heights, but also be a very, down to earth, grounded Pittsburghian. ... You hope, when it's all said and done, you made some good friends along the way.

KF: And gave us some great music.

BM: And left some good music behind.

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