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I've always played every amp I've ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that's how you get your sustain.

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.

If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.

If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.

Jimi... He was the gov'nor and that's it. He was brilliant, wasn't he?

Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated.

Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.

Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He's overrated.

Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune.

Session work makes you more strict. You can't hit notes all over the place. You've got to make each one really count.

Simplicity is the key.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that's what caught everybody's attention. As a player, he didn't do anything amazing.

The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.

The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal.

Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.

What's the point of re-releasing an album? The original sounded good, why change something about it?

When I was 20, I didn't give a damn about song construction. I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.

When something is not good, it's bad. Period.

When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.

When you're recording, if you're not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.

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