Naturally, the times when they can all swing it have become fewer over the years. "It does get harder and harder," McCaughey observes. "Because now [bassist] Jim [Sangster] and his wife just had a baby, so it's not a great time for him to be footloose and fancy free. None of us are footloose and fancy free anymore. We're all 40 -- or more, in my case -- and, you know, we have certain responsibilities.
"Amazingly, none of us actually have jobs," he says with another hearty laugh. "Which is either really admirable or really embarrassing."