The 'great wizard' of rock n'roll enlightened us further when RIFF RAFF spoke to him at the outset of his recent British tour...
What's it like for you now with a revamped band?
"Well, all the way down the line it feels really excellent! I think the proof of the pudding was when we did the five dates with Metallica. It was really the way for us to find out how the band was going to work on stage because it really had never played together before that. It was interesting to jump into the fire that way for me because I'd been used to the same players for the last seven years. The new band responded just incredibly well. It was as though we had been together for a long time. It just got better and better!"
There's such a different feel on the album. It seems more 'direct' to me.
"That's much more like the first few albums that we did. They were more direct. The first things that you do are usually more natural. You don't take so many chances because you're not quite sure of who and what you are. So, you're right in your estimation of that! I'm very pleased with the way it's all turned out. It's just what I wanted it to be."
So how did you find 'whizz-kid' guitarist Rowan Robertson?
How satisfied are you with the new album then?
Lyrically, how have you approached your songwriting this time?
What do you think is so special about the British rock fans?