"Im not your friend"
Not that anyone expects a band of guys you dont know personally to be considered friends.or even friendly...but if fans were the reason my bills were getting paid youre damn skippy id consider them my friends.
I'd rather a band be honest and tell it like it is than pretend to be my friend just to make me give them more money. He's just being honest -- they appreciate the fans but they wouldn't be like "Oh you're a fan of my band? You should come to my 4th of July party" so we are not actually his friend. Brian tends to have a knack for having the right idea but not really communicating it best in interviews (see the whole replacements thing). This is really just another of those cases if you ask me.
Anyways, Brian and Jesse need to team up and write a bitter jaded album lashing out against the hero worship/idolization that has come with their increased popularity (which ironically would just cause everyone to love the two of them anymore).