Melissa Etheridge

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...

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