Charting rockers' vigor by their backstage aphrodisiacs:

+3: Lemmy from Motörhead — Consciousness.

+2: Kid Rock — A free hand. Anyone's.

+1: Metallica — Cold beer and a group hug (both for courage).

-1: Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian — Good reading material (a secondhand copy of Lucky Jim or the band's latest Pitchfork blurb will do).

-2: Tom Chapin of Keane — Bono's voicemail greeting.

-3: John Mayer — Red carpet and paparazzi (Jennifer Aniston optional).

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