Buy real records in real shops, or I’ll come round your house and scream at your mother.
I haven’t ever had any ambition in my life. I just drift from day to day with a stupid grin on my face.
We spent a long time learning the craft of songwriting, Roger Glover and I, for a few years before we joined Deep Purple. You learn about the percussive value of words, and you learn about rhyme and meter. You learn that you can’t transform a poem into a song lyric, mostly because the spoken shape of words is different than the sung shape of words. You wouldn’t use the vowel ‘U’ or the vowel sound ‘ooo’ for a high note for example, its very difficult.
Heavy metal drives me bonkers, it makes me want to vomit, heavy metal really is a pile of puke.
I totally ignore people who criticize me for coming to Israel, including whats-his-name [Roger Waters]. If he were to contact me, I would tell him to tell it where the sun don’t shine.
How could I resist? Look, I love that record and have nothing but great, great memories of my time with BLACK SABBATH . Tony was really busy but got his solos to me at the last minute as he promised and they are just fantastic. I think BLACK SABBATH fans will be over the moon when they hear what he’s done. As for Roger and Ian , well, they just sound great on this song so it really did become ‘Black Purple’. Personally, I love the irony of it all.
After my early days of being a passionate young Elvis fan, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, etc. I got interested in Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. Then I got turned on to the blues. I realized how important it was to our music in England at the time. Everyone was into the blues. Then you start looking at the different kinds of blues, and you follow the journey backwards from Chicago to earlier times back down to the Delta to the Memphis Blues.