“Don and Ian Paice can go to whatever feel you want – Roger, too – so that makes it easy for everybody to fall in and jam. I’m always surprised by the lyric ideas that come up with; they never happen until we’re done with the music.
“Roger tells a funny story about a time when he and Ian were working on lyrics while Bob was in the room. They were in the studio control room, with Roger and Ian together at one side of the room and Bob was sitting all the way at the other end. Bob had his face in a magazine, but I guess he heard what they were saying, and without even looking up he said, ‘I’m not liking this!’ [laughs] It does save a lot of trouble, though.
“Soloing on this song was great. It’s so easy to play over these guys’ rhythm. I have to say, I really enjoy the guitar playing part of my job.”