“Not many people give it up for C.C. DeVille, but I love him. His playing is so excessive and, at times, so borderline comical, but that’s what’s so great about him – just like his hair, it was ridiculous, but I think he knew it. That was the whole point.
“Every Rose Has Its Thorn is the first song from that era where I noticed an acoustic guitar. To me, for a band that was supposed to be tough – although, listening to it now, I wouldn’t classify them as ‘tough,’ but back then they were metal – but the use of the acoustic guitar really stood out and gave the song a lightness that I really, really loved.
“C.C.’s playing has a random quality that works for me. He’ll start playing a lick in the middle of a song for no reason at all. Not a lot of guys would do that; they’d wait for the designated solo break. C.C. seemed to do whatever he wanted. And he played a skull-and-crossbones guitar in the music videos – I thought that was pretty badass back then.”