“Rocks is one of my favorites, but again, there was no material at first. The band had been on the road touring Toys In The Attic. Slowly, ideas started getting tossed around. Tom Hamilton wrote the music for Sweet Emotion. He had that bassline, and when Joey Kramer came in, he played on the twos and fours instead of the ones and threes, so he was playing on the backside of it. When we heard that, we went, ‘Oh, boy! Magic… ’ We knew it something special.
“We spent three or four months in pre-production. The pressure was on us to come up with something better than or at least comparable to Toys. We were rehearsing in this big warehouse, and to try to make the place sound decent, I hung up these carpets and laid down rugs – anything I could do. It took a while to get a good sound.
“In a way, doing those things worked for the overall sound of the record, because the music that was being created was done so to fit the room. We didn’t do it on purpose, but particular keys or riffs just sounded right in that warehouse. Finally, I said that we weren’t going to go to New York to record – we were going to stay right there and do it. I brought in a remote truck. The vibe stayed the same while we recorded those basic tracks, and it really contributed to the magic on Rocks.”