LOVE: Orianthi and a few other girls. But [Linda] said, "Look, there's, like, me, there's, like, you, there's maybe PJ [Harvey] -- you gotta stop hiring chicks. Not this generation." And it was so sexist and such a horrible thing to say, but it actually happened to be true. My all-chick band -- and I took the best of the best of the best at the time from that generation -- no heart, no soul. That is my experience and I hope it's not something that continues. There aren't a lot of, you know, chicks that play. All the chicks that play went snowboarding or something. [Micko] just came in and he had a big beer stain [on his clothing] and like every kid in London, was trying out to be in this band. He was so good that it didn't matter. It was just like he actually played a better lead than [Billy] Corgan. And Corgan is a deadly guitar player. He's amazing. Anyway, [Micko and I] live together, too. We're roommates. So he has to live with my hoarding and my dramas. He also gives me the best advice about men because he says about three words a year. In terms of rhythm, I don't think that there's anyone generationally that is better than [Micko]. It's very freeing because Micko is such a liberating guitar player that I would never have had to make something ... I could write a 'Doll Parts.' I remember the moment I wrote 'Doll Parts' -- like, I could write R.E.M. songs, I could write Echo and the Bunnymen songs. I could write U2 songs. They were my mentors. At 14 -- U2 'I Will Follow' and I f---ing followed. Most girls could get $500 a month from a trust fund, which was kind of like getting blood from a stone, but I managed. I would tell them the hugest lies. I need a modeling portfolio and they hadn't seen me, or I went through a cab windshield -- I need $6,000. I made up the craziest s---. But they gave me 500 bucks a month, and so most girls, I think, would've gone to New York or London from Oregon, and I went to Dublin. It turned out to be one of the great things I ever did because I got to meet U2 I got to work on -- very, very briefly -- the second U2 record ['October']. Then I got kidnapped by another rock star and none of this was sexual or romantic. Some of it was in my head but A) it would've been illegal and B) it would've been wrong. Someone asked me to name my record company and I called it Cherry Forever. And I have an almost 18-year-old daughter and obviously I take this s--- pretty damn seriously. I'm really big on the people that didn't molest me. One of them that did actually tried to make me take a Polaroid of my boobs that were barely there. That's the guy I slapped at [a show at] Jones Beach. There was this guy onstage and he kept winking at me as he was playing. It was a Bad Company reunion. I had a really big mouth on me. So I could get these guys to give me laminates and all my girlfriends. All those groupies love my ass. But I couldn't figure out what I wanted to be 'cause I certainly didn't want to be a groupie, but there were groupies in Portland and then there were drag queens, and I found this very happy medium, between having been in very chichi boarding schools to juvenile hall. I watched 'The Runaways' [movie] the other day and it was like porn. The first frame is just a drop of menstrual blood. Love. I wonder how many girls -- I know 'The Runaways' isn't a hit -- but I wonder how many girls are watching 'The Runaways' right now and thinking that didn't really happen. I grew up living like the Runaways. I ended up in Juvenile Hall because I thought that would be the cool place to go. Like, when [Dakota Fanning] walks across the parking lot to do the abandoned phone, I know where that is. It's in San Bernardino, Calif. But the point is that it had a huge impact on me and I really wanted to have the first all-girl band to make it. That was my big, big goal for many, many, many years. And then I gave up on it and just gave in. I think because I'm sort of the last one standing that's female, or what I was trying to say the entire time about having boobs is just because I have boobs doesn't mean I'm second banana. I've worked my ass off.