“This one came about from us jamming. Don tends to go for some strange Phrygian riffs. On our last album, Rapture Of The Deep, we had some pretty interesting examples of that. We pushed and pulled with what Don had, and I tried to influence things. I tell Don all the time, ‘You’re a genius. The only time that you’re wrong is when you disagree with me!’ [Laughs]
“Along the way, Roger and Ian were commenting on what we should do – or not do. It gets to be a flurry of ideas sometimes, as it was here Everything is considered until we figure out what works best.
“My solo probably reflects what Bob was looking for. He and Roger always tell me to “just play something good” – as opposed to what I would normally do [laughs]. Style can be the repetition of certain things, and I do recall them asking me to phrase things a little differently in this solo. So this is a compromise – me playing what I want and them pushing me here and there. I want them to give me that input, actually.”