Some people say that practice makes perfect but I just feel that the repetition works against me and I start thinking too far ahead during a show.
Before my accident I was a little too... selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I'm blessed. I'm really blessed.
Chasing the sensation. Whether it was drugs or sex or whatever. Those things had become my main focus in life.
I was happy in Dublin because it is very cosmopolitan.
And more importantly, I wouldn't be the person I am today, I wouldn't be where I am now and I may not even have been here if it wasn't for the accident.
Just the same way I'd say a prayer before going onstage, taking that even further and using the drum to inspire people. And using that as a vehicle for the intention.
America feels like home as much as it does here. Although it's a strange situation as I feel almost like I'm in no-man's land some of the time, because although I'm a resident, I still can't vote so I don't really have a say in what goes on where I live.
My situation should have been a lot worse. By rights I shouldn't have survived the crash.
But the irony is that because the band isn't the focus any more, it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more.
'Cause I felt I didn't have anything else to prove as a musician... and boy was I wrong about that one.
I have never been one for the over-the-top.
I prefer the rather old and battered, things with character, to the brand new.
Yes, of course that's true but you know, the irony of all that is that before the accident, I'd pretty much lost interest in playing drums.
But it's funny that now I'm in such a happy situation, I look more objectively at my own past and see what others have seen for a long time and I'm just so glad I've been able to get to this point.
I think all of those things, but certainly the booze really brought out the really unreasonable side of me, and I just didn't want to revisit that place again.
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