Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.
I however don't go to clubs to show off and to be seen, and certainly not to make statements. I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.
I don't put myself on Jeff Beck's level, but I can relate to him when he says he'd rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar.
I was impressed by Hendrix. His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.
They used to complain at school that I looked out of the window for long periods of time - that sums up my life. I like to look out the window, do nothing, daydream.
Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.
If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.
When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.
The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal.
I've always played every amp I've ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that's how you get your sustain.
Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune.
I'm not into that Keith Richard trip of having all those guitars in different tunings. I never liked the Rolling Stones much anyway.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that's what caught everybody's attention. As a player, he didn't do anything amazing.
The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.
When something is not good, it's bad. Period.
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