I listen to Bill Stewart play the drums and when I have finished doing that, I listen to Bill Stewart.
Plus I am being hounded by all the fabulous new drummers, Bill Stewart at the head of the pack.
My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent at the hands of Steve Hamilton.
Drummers haven't managed to develop their individuality quite as well as guitarists have. We can be so focused on the nuts and bolts that we overlook the importance of individuality - the broader picture, if you will.
And we'd drink huge amounts of scotch and coke, which is a ghastly sweet drink... And now people don't drink nearly as much, for good reason. We're all a little wiser.
Holding on to some of your uniqueness is the trick instead of surrendering it at the Academy of Contemporary We're Gonna Make You a Star.
One of the great things about having good players in your band is that you just ask them questions. You can pick up some good information that way.
Entertainment is about telling everybody that everything is alright but music is on the side of the upsetters and that's where I'm at.
The piano is kind of my second instrument.
This amateurism however, can sometimes be helpful in forging a style; you have to work around your weaknesses.
We used to drink an awful lot of alcohol.
If I was hearing something I couldn't do, I would figure out how to do it.
A rock band used to be four guys and a drummer. Now it's five guys sitting around reading manuals!
I don't really remember a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, really.
I didn't write any music at all, and then, I remember Jon Anderson being very insistent saying that there were two kinds of musicians: the ones who wrote music and the ones who didn't.
But what I think my emphasis is, is on the fact that I like music a lot.
At the end of the whole day of working with people you want some privacy.
Sometimes I had to room with Tony Kaye and that was awful.
Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind, Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise, all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention.
The best practice you can get is on the bandstand, but in between gigs I feel I have to stay in shape.
I seldom play in a trio, but acoustic music is likely to be lighter, quicker, and quieter.
I warm naturally to the drummer whose ideas and approach are strong, even if he doesn't quite have the ability to carry them out.
And I like messing around in the engine room of music. Seeing what happens in the rhythm section area.
So I have the classic amateur's technique; I know some very tricky bits and I have large gaping holes.
We were from totally different social backgrounds. This is what is very hard for an American to understand, but we could have been five guys from Mars.
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