“It’s a guitar solo that I’ve been doing live. I was going to play it that way on the record, but Fabrizio suggested that I cut the whole song. So I said, ‘Sure. I’ll sing it, we’ll put drums and bass on it and see how it turns out.’ What did I have to lose? The song is one of the all-time best, so I just had to let it happen.
“I talked to Waddy Wachtel the other day. He and I lived in the same apartment building when we were growing up. I remember when I Feel Fine came on the radio for the first time. I grabbed my guitar, ran to Waddy’s apartment, and guess what? He had heard it, too, and he already learned the whole song. He used to show me all the Beatles tunes.
“The Beatles songs with strong guitar intros and riffs, those are the ones I really love. Ticket To Ride is another one. I love playing the opening to that, with those big, open chords. I hopped up my version of I Feel Fine some. The original is kind of a bossa nova beat, whereas mine is a fast boogie. It jumps, it moves, it’s fun.”