'Christmastime for heroes'


Where will you be this Christmas?
"I'll be in Los Angeles with my mother and my father and my sister and her stepfather and her stepfather's brother and lots of aunts and uncles. We're just going to eat.
  The wife cooks, but everyone brings a little something to the table. My wife and her family are into Californian cuisine, but my mom brings sweet potatoes and marshmallows and candied yams and all that stuff."

Complete this sentence: "The real meaning of Christmas is...."
"I wasn't raised in a religious house - there wasn't a whole lot of church going on - but there was a whole lot of whisky and a whole lot of presents. There'd always be a huge party - we would never need to send out invitations, just a hundred or so close friends would come over and it'd turn into a raging keg party. Those parties were always pretty epic. Now the house I live in is a little bigger and things are a little more formal. I actually put on a jacket. And sometimes a tie."

What was your worst Christmas experience?
"I was 14 and a friend of mine gave me a bag of magic mushrooms for Christmas. So I took them and went to my parents' party and just when the party started picking up the mushrooms started really coming on. I just had the night of my life. I was so obviously out of it that a friend of my mother's took me to one side and said, 'David, have you been doing cocaine?'."

What's your favourite Christmas song?
"I think Nat King Cole. (Sings) 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ... '. That one always gets me going."

Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
"No I don't. But 2006 is going to be a very exciting year for me for many reasons. There's going to be a lot going on here at home, I think. I'm going to be making up for the fact that I've spent most of 2005 on the road. Happy holidays!"