"I'm sure it appeared on the surface that I
jumped from band to band for the sake of my career, but that's never been my
intent. My whole desire in my career was to be in one band."
always felt that I inherited an old soul, and I've tried to live my life with
equality and balance. I do not, nor have I ever, considered myself anything any
more or any less than a musician, and I cringe at the term 'rock star'. I
suppose I'd like to be known as more than a hard rock guitarist. That was my
purpose and ambition twenty years ago and there's been a lot of growth since."
"I don't have to try and be a comedian to fit in the band. It's such a
comfortable vibe. Had I been born in Sheffield, I probably would have been in
the original lineup."
On the differences between working with Def Leppard and previous bands:
"This is a real band, a real organization. No petty bullshit. None of that, 'My champagne is not perfectly
chilled, cancel the tour.' No eggshells to be walking on."
"I don't know how anyone could vote Republican. It's so obvious that their only interest is
keeping the rich rich."
"When I first saw Marc Bolan I was like nine
years old, I said, 'That's what I want to do.' The long hair, the makeup, having
girls around was cool."
On Def Leppard:
"I therefore consider it a great privilege to be part of a band who, as a fan, I
have watched grown from young hopefuls to a bona fide rock institution."
Response after being asked if he felt like the "Ron Wood" of the
"Yeah, I'm the 'new guy'."
"I still have people
saying to me, 'Oh, you're still together?' They don't realize Leppard's been
around this whole time, because people just don't get to hear us."
never had a real job, you know, I always knew I was destined for stardom. That's
tongue in cheek by the way in case you haven't noticed."
On what attracted him to music:
"Girls..... really um nah, I always just liked the sound of an electric guitar."
When asked if he was
nervous auditioning for Def Leppard:
"No, no no, I knew...I
actually knew I was going to be perfect for Def Leppard, sorry I hate to say
that but I knew it, and I was very well prepared, so no, I wasn't nervous about
What was your scariest moment?
"Getting into a helicopter with the band."
What's your most prized
What did you do with your
first rock 'n' roll paycheck?
"Paid my phone bill. I had to borrow
seven times what it was to pay the bill."
What's the strangest
thing you've ever autographed?
"A goat's hoof, while on tour with
Dio. Some weird chick thought we were into devil worship ... It was cold, wet
What's the strangest bill you've ever
"With Dio, my first time to Japan, middle of summer, and it
was rainy, hot, humid. We went on at 2 AM after Foreigner and Sting and there
were a couple of Japanese bands before us. Mama's Boys went on at the crack of
dawn. They were serving breakfast backstage."
What was your
favorite childhood toy?
"My toy guitar."
your favorite place to play?
"I really enjoyed South America last
year but I think it's because of where my head was at. If your head's in the
right place you can enjoy anywhere."
What was the wildest party
you went to or gave?
"My 22nd birthday, live at the Philadelphia
Spectrum with Dio. Tobruk was recording and invited us over for a very wild
What's your guilty pleasure?
"I don't have
any guilt. Because I grew up Catholic and with so much guilt, I've worked hard
at getting rid of it."
What was the biggest mistake you ever
What's the best concert you
"U2, four guys who listen to each other."
What's your all-time favorite TV show?
What's your specialty in the kitchen?
"The tin opener."
On What TV Show would you like to be a
"The Nanny 'cause Fran's lovely."
the most unusual place you had sex?
"In an elevator"
What's always in your refrigerator?
What was the worst thing that ever happened to you on
"Falling off it!"
Can you tell us about your
"Honda Civic, '78, gold. It was luxury."
What was the best pickup line you ever used?
never been that good with pickup lines. I'd always let them come to me. The
great thing about being in a band is if you wanted to meet a girl, most likely
they'd find you. You don't have to work too hard. I was always pretty polite.
I'd always ask girls' permission to kiss them."
ultimate sexual fantasy?
"My wife is my ultimate sexual fantasy.
But there was this cute sheep back in Arclove ..."
definition of the word 'love'?
"That's very hard to define. I
guess, commitment. I don't believe in love at first sight. I'm in love with my
wife, but I don't always feel the same level of love. Your emotions go up and
down. The strongest love is between family members, and ultimately, it boils
down to commitment."
What album influenced you most, and why?
"Come Taste the Band. That was the only Deep Purple lineup I really
liked. It was really funky and different for hard rock."
was the most romantic thing you ever did for someone?
became engaged, my wife was having surgery to have her spleen removed. I drove
to the hospital and got into her bed so she would get up next to me before the
The Name Game: Rockers' Best Aliases
Rishman, for obvious reasons and Stark Rousseau, the name of the hero in a
crappy spy novel I read."
What famous people would you invite to
a dinner party?
"John Lennon, Marc Bolan, the guys from Leppard and
Sweet Savage, and my folks."
What was the best trick you ever
played on someone?
"Giving bogus answers to questionnaires."