Modern Drummer, April 1985

Certain people expect me to shine all the time, but artists can’t be at their best every day. No one is perfect.

If a song is a good song, it’s much easier for me to play well. But if it’s a bad song, then I might not sound so good, no matter what. That’s the way of music. Also, me and Robbie [Shakespeare, bassist] always try to keep something in reserve. If we perform today and play well, in the back of our minds, we know we could do even better. But we try to hold a little back, so that the next time we play, there is something extra special. Not too many drummers like to think like this—not too many bass players, either—but that’s the way Robbie and I execute the best.

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