Melissa Etheridge's new album, Breakdown, is now in stores.
Q. Do your parents own VH1?
A. I know, I'm all over the dang thing. It's vhME1.
Q. When you were 11 you wrote a song about Vietnam. You were this close to being Natalie Merchant, weren't you?
A. So close. I came to that crossroads, and I said, "No. Let's rock."
Q. Fans toss their bras onstage at you. And you wear leather pants a lot. Are you the lesbian Tom Jones?
A. Someone has to be. It happens a lot when [it's] in an article, and everyone takes an...