“This record’s wild. By this point, some critics were complaining that my albums were a little mismatched and kind of thrown together, and I’m probably guilty of all that here, too. I wasn’t bound to a format. I liked a lot of different things, different styles, different players – I didn’t see why I had to do just one thing.
“On the drums I had both Jeff Porcaro and Stevie Gadd, so I got the best of both worlds. We had a blast. The title kind of says it all: I wanted to play.
“Contrary to what some people might think, I was never intentionally trying to push myself technically. I wasn’t one of those guys who picked apart a B minor scale and tried to figure out everything you could do with it. I just liked to be inside the music and respond to what other people were doing. You can hear that on this record. I had reached an apex and I was having fun.”