“On this record, I played all the bass, keyboards and all the guitars, obviously. Eric Caudieux may have done a string patch here or there – I can't remember. I got two drummers – Jeff Campitelli is doing most of it, and Simon Phillips did four songs on his own in his studio.
“It was a lot of fun to do because I felt like I was better at recording myself at home. It should be mentioned that with each record, John Cuniberti helped me out a lot, offering so much guidance about being able to record myself properly. John and [engineer, co-producer] Mike Fraser had to deal with these recordings that I was bringing to them, and each time they'd say, ‘Now, next time could you… ’ Like John would say, ‘Please don't use any more limiting. Let me do that later.’
“There were negatives that I had to deal with. I remember thinking I might not be able to tour again because I hurt my right hip – I did something, I don’t know what. I remember hobbling around a lot thinking, ‘Hmm, what's going to happen once the record's done? People want me to walk around on stage with a guitar.’
“We went to Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Jeff and myself, and spent a week or two just doing drums. It rained for 30 days straight, which drove me crazy. Not only is it tough to be in the studio for 10 hours a day, but it was just rain and gloom. It was in November, so we’re talkin’ cold and wet. Thank God I did 99 percent of all my work ahead of time in sunny California because I just would have put in lots of bummer performances otherwise. Even so, it was a great set of sessions.
“Crowd Chant is on the record. We just didn't know until everybody was there and we did a couple passes if it was going to work out or not. Mike Fraser was recording a group of 30 people, and after about three or four takes he said, ‘It's getting too big.’ So the problem went from ‘Can we make it big enough?’ to ‘Oh, my God, it’s too big.’ That was a fun moment. It made me forget about my hobbling.”