“I thought it would be great to do something symphonic. This was me saying, ‘Let me steer the music.’ The tempo almost matched what I had on the demo, which is great – that doesn’t usually happen. I put down a MIDI demo for a beat, sort of a fake drummer. Ian took that and made it work a lot better. He made it sound more natural, but he kept the weird backbeats on the snare – that’s not predictable.
“Roger did what I imagined and hoped that he would do. Everybody contributed in some very creative ways. There’s a lot of layers. I did six or eight guitars on verses, and Bob used all of it. I thought, at first, that the guitars might be seen and not heard, but he went for the whole thing. I do a little solo at the end, very subtle. It’s not a very soloing song.”