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“No, it’s not about New Jersey! [laughs] There’s actually a Bayonne in France, which is where this song got its title. I was doing amphitheatre dates in Europe last year with ZZ Top, and in a lot of these cities, when they say 'amphitheatre,' they’re not kidding. They’re talking about Roman-style bullrings.
“Over the years, I think they phased out the killing of the bulls. The matadors are there more for show these days. But during one of these gigs, I was standing in one of the areas where the matadors were kept, and I saw this little door. So I opened it and I saw this little prayer booth, where I guess a matador would sit and pray before going out to face a bull. I started to think, Who was the last guy to do this?
“It was a great concept for a song - again, to think that you may die doing what you do for a living. After I cut the track, I met up with this amazing musician, Tony Cedras, who’s played with Paul Simon, and he came to the studio and listened to it. He put down this incredible trumpet part, absolutely brilliant. It really added the right amount of pathos. Now I can’t picture the cut without the trumpet.”