“Simon Phillips! His playing on this record is amazing, and what he’s doing on the song Give Blood is unreal. Every fill is fantastic, every part is performed to perfection. If they gave out Grammys for drumming, Simon should have gotten one for this record. The way he plays off of David Gilmour’s guitar work – it gives me shivers to even think about.
“Actually, what’s funny is that Simon didn’t even know he was playing with Gilmour at the time. He did the session, and then he went home and told his wife about it. ‘Hey, I did this really great session today,’ he said. ‘The guitar player was so cool, and he had amazing tone.’ He described what the guy looked like to her, and she went, ‘Could that have been David Gilmour?’ Simon went back to the studio the next day and saw a briefcase that had the name on it: David Gilmour. He couldn’t believe it!
“There’s another track on the record called Face To Face, and man, that has some deep shit, as well. It swings like crazy and grooves like mad. It’s hard not to feel happy when you hear it. Everybody in the drum community was listening to this when it came out.”