“I got called to record the basic tracks of bass, guitar and drums, and we did the lead vocals and some backing vocals for four or five songs [for the X album]. We recorded in California at Rumbo Studios.
"They were all great players. It was amazing to watch Rick Allen do what he does with a combination of his feet and hands. We did some segregation of his drumming. We split his drumming so he wasn’t making any compromises that he felt he was making by playing with his feet and hands. Using his feet, he uses a lot of samples, and we were trying to pull away from anything that was overtly sample-y. Instead of a sample, we wanted him to hit an actual drum or a cymbal.
"We split his performance in half and had him play the songs twice. It was amazing how flexible and adaptable he was. He was so driven to do a fantastic job. When you see that band in the studio, it becomes obvious why it has lasted such a long time. Phil Collen, as well, is a great guitar player with a lot of great production ideas.”