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“The ‘80s were kind of void for me. It was a weird period, but I did a lot of touring, and I got Keith Richards to play on my record – it doesn’t get any better than that. You wanna talk about the guy who’s had the most influence on me than any guitarist on the planet? I mean, right down to the jeans.
“If you’re going to emulate someone, you might as well emulate somebody as big as Keith. I look at my thing with Keith the same way he looks at his thing with Chuck Berry. I studied Keith the way he studied Chuck. He’s very open about that, and I’m very open about this.
“For My Mistake, it was a simple as asking him. I was in the studio mixing the Phantom, Rocker and Slick record, and I got a phone call from the co-producer, Steve Thompson, saying that he was working with Mick Jagger and David Bowie, who had redone Dancing In The Street. So he says, ‘I’ve got Jagger in the studio, and he wants you to come in and play guitar on it.' So I said, ‘OK, I’ll see you guys tomorrow.' And Steve said, ‘No, he wants you to take the red eye.’
“Now I’m like, ‘What the fuck, man? What’s the difference whether I get there in the afternoon or first thing in the morning?’ I hear this pause, and Jagger gets on the phone. ‘What do I have to do, come and get you?’ he asked. I said, ‘OK, I’ll see you in the morning.’
“As a result, I get in there, we put the guitars on, but it was his birthday, too. So he invites me to his birthday at the Palladium. And, obviously, the Stones were there. I ran into Keith and Woody, and as I was chatting with Keith, I said, ‘You know, Keith, I’m mixing a record, and I’ve got a track that I’d love you to play on. How do we do that?’ And he said, ‘Done. Call my manager and make arrangements.’ So he’s on My Mistake.
“I took my solo and fills off, and if you listen to it, Keith’s on the right and I’m on the left. You can tell the difference. As much as it’s a Stonesy guitar part for me, Keith did the solo, and we did trade-offs at the end. It’s just phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal to have done that. If you look at Keith’s site, he’s got it listed in his session work. Not too bad.”