"We make music for escapism. It's like Star Warsfor the
ears. Cult movies are really cool, but I'd rather go see a Steven Spielberg
"I can't help that all my $h!+ sounds great!"
On "High 'n' Dry:
"We thought a lot of the heavy metal stuff was ridiculous. And
we still do. We didn't want to be Duran Duran either, so we were somewhere in
the middle. We always felt a little bit different because we were never really
part of any movement. People said what we were doing wasn't pure rock and stuff
like that. Then we said, yeah, but what we did was better than pure rock."
"You're only as good as your latest album. You just have to try
"We have a fining system if anyone's late, a dollar a minute. It
all goes into a cup and at the end of the tour we have a party."
"I just really have a problem with people stereotyping in any
shape or form. So yeah, I never really wanted to do that. You know I'm married
to a black woman and people get surprised when you say that. They expect you to
have some big, blonde, busty chick." (During his time with Anita)
What was your favorite childhood toy?
"Action Man (G.I. Joe)."
What was the wildest party you went to or
"Still waiting, although the last night of the Hysteria shed
tour with the guys from Europe was hiliarious."
What's your guilty pleasure?
"Caffeine and Indian food."
Do you have any hidden tattoos?
"I had this hickey once, but it
If you could relive one day from your past, which
would it be, and would you do anything differently?
months ago I would have reversed my car in the opposite
Last Time You Were Caught Doing
"Obviously it was shagging. I used to have this
Escort van, and I used to f*ck in it all the time in it. One night I was f*cking
some girl and a copper shines his torch in through the window. My arse is going
up and down and he's going, 'What are you doing in there, sir?' And I'm like,
'What the f*ck do you think I'm doing?'"
If you won the million dollar
lottery, what would you do with the money?
"Spend it as quick as I
could on something really indulgent."
What turns you
"Nice long legs."
How Long Can You Last?
"What, shagging? It really depends who I'm with and what we're
doing. I won't say the real answer, because it'll sound like I'm
What song would you like to cover?
"Bowie's 'Moonlight Daydream."
Have you ever had a supernatural experience, seen a ghost or UFO?
"In our apartment in New York we'd see something out of
the corner of our eye but we didn't know what it was, and when we moved we never
saw it again."
What was the best pickup line you ever used?
"I can't even bring myself to say."
What was the biggest mistake you ever
"Getting married." (Speaking of his marriage to Jacqueline)
the best concert you ever attended?
"Probably a Prince show."
What's your all-time favorite TV
musicians, living or dead, would you put together in a supergroup?
"It would be this lot. Good musicians are often
difficult to hang out with; that's the hardest part, finding people you get on
Last Time You Ate Meat?
"I was on a plane
with Joe (Elliott, Leppard singer) from Tokyo to Stockholm in 1983. I was
absolutely bollocksed drunk and I tipped food all over me. It was disgusting, I
stopped drinking at that point, too. As far as most people are concerned I'm
almost a vegan, but I still have milk in my coffee and I eat chocolate every now
On What TV Show would you like to be a guest?
"Batman, the animated series. He's so
Last Time You Pissed In The Street?
"Yesterday. It happens all the time. I drink loads of water, so I'm always
nipping off for a piss when we're doing a gig."
What's always in your refrigerator?
What's your favorite childhood memory?
"My first concert was pretty memorable - Deep Purple at 14.
I had a really good childhood, I got along with my parents. I never rebelled.
Pretty much all of it was cool. I wouldn't change any of
What was the worst thing that ever
happened to you on stage?
"My Levis split and my bollocks fell out. I had no idea at first."
Can you tell us about your first car?
"Ford Escort Van, various colors."
I've never been able to ...
People who knew me in high school thought I was ...
"I didn't graduate and I never went back to
reunions, so I don't really know."
Last Party You
"F*ck, I can't remember. Jesus, we are getting boring! I
suppose the last one I recall was at Sav's (Leppard bassist, Rick Savage). He's
got a place in Dublin. It was very cool, but I left at 2am when a lot of people
were just arriving. When you don't drink, you tend to leave before people start
slobbering all over you."
What three words describe you best?
"I like working hard and achieving things, so determined,
independent, and a nice guy."
What was the worst time in your life?
"Recording Hysteria and Rick's accident, and the Steve thing,
but that was over a period of years. I miss him more now than I did when he
first died. I think about him all the time. It bugs me more now. What a
What was the worst advice you ever got?
"'Forget about being a guitar
player. There's plenty of guitar factories and shops - you can do that'. That
was my career officer at school. My mom said 'Fuck them, do what you feel, don't
be discouraged by it'. That was cool. We all came from a working class, very
supportive background. Joe's mom helped him fold sleeves of the first
The Name Game: Rockers' Best Aliases
"Vic Sinex, Phil Meass."
What was your most memorable birthday?
33rd springs to mind. We were in Omaha, NE, playing in the round with the whole
place singing 'Happy Birthday' - I felt like I was standing on a huge birthday
cake. Very weird."
What's your most prized possession?
"My '54 Gibson guitar and my '59
What was the best trick you ever played on someone?
"I surprised my dad with a car for his birthday a
couple of years ago, a BMW wrapped in ribbon, Jacki did that to me last
Christmas. We had a party at our house and I was upstairs playing mixes of the
album for Joey Allen and Rudy Sarzo. Jacki says there's kids fighting in the
driveway, and I go outside and there's a Corvette with a bow around it. Everyone
knew about it but me."
What's your ultimate sexual fantasy?
If you were stranded on a
deserted island, what three things would you want the most?
"A helicopter with pilot, Kashoggi's yacht with crew, and a small town with a
What album influenced you most, and
"Deep Purple, 'In Rock'. My cousin got me into it. I really dug
it and that's why I started playing guitar. There's been other albums over the
years, but that was the first one."
What was the worst meal you
"Some weird blue sh*t that someone gave me during our 1992
Australian tour. I didn't eat it."
What was the most romantic
thing you ever did for someone?
"I never used to be into flowers and
stuff like that but I do it for my wife all the time now, I'm really soppy with
"Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the
"Where I live now, in Laguna Hills, CA. It's brilliant, love the weather and
going to the beach and all that stuff."