Mick Foley's UK spoken word tour, Tales From Wrestling Past, starts tonight. To celebrate this we got New Found Glory guitarist and wrestling-addict Chad Gilbert to ask the grappling legend a few questions. See the bottom of the page for the dates.
Chad: Out of all the faces of Foley [Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack], if there was a fight between the three, who do you think would win?
Mick: "Probably The Dude. He'd run away, let the other two pretty much kill each other, then swoop in for the easy victory. It would be mind over matter!"
Looking back, what is the craziest thing that you've done? Is there a specific event you think back to and think 'Wow, I'm insane!'?
"Well, in 1994 I lost my ear doing a specific move, where my head got caught between the ropes, then I tried that move again in 1995 with barbed wire replacing the ropes..."
I've been playing music for 15 years, and I've come across bands who play for the love and music and some bands who are doing it for the wrong reasons. Is there a parallel to wrestling there?
"Everyone does it because they love it, but there's a point for a lot of people where wrestling becomes an 'occupation' too. I remember, back in 1999, almost every show was selling out, and you'd look out and see 17,000 fans, you'd do whatever you had to do to make sure you'd be out there for the next five nights."
How do you feel about new acts taking inspiration from Mick Foley? Do you look on them as a rip-off or a tribute? I sometimes see bands and think, 'Man, that band just totally bit my wrist...'
"I don't really like the Mick Foley rip-odds on the independent scene, because they're just taking fans' money. That's not a tribute. But I love the idea of guys following what I've done. I had a top WWE superstar ask me about incorporating one of my offensive moves - one of the five! - into his repertoire and I said, 'Man, I'd love it!'. Stuff like that is flattering."
10 London, The Leicester Square Theatre
11 London, The Leicester Square Theatre - 2.00pm
11 London, The Leicester Square Theatre - 7.30pm
12 Southend-on-Sea, The Palace Theatre
Tickets are available on Mick's official website.