“Of all the songs on this record, this one had us the most excited and intrigued. I’m a huge Elton John fan, and I say that without reservation – he’s not a guilty pleasure at all. He and Bernie Taupin are two of the finest songwriters the music world has ever seen.
“When Rocket Man showed up on the list, I was like, ‘Wow! That’s sooo far from what Puddle Of Mudd has ever done.’ But that’s what was so cool about it: I want to knock people out with this record and have them say, ‘I never thought they could do stuff like that.’
“I didn’t know if we could pull it off. But our producer, Bill Appleberry, is a great piano player – he plays with Joe Walsh and the James Gang, and The Wallflowers from time to time – so he really set the tone. When you have piano playing that amazing, you’re halfway there. We laid our parts down and everything came together beautifully. Really happy with this one.”