We once did six tours of America in 15 months.
Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at.
My nerves before a gig got worse; I had terrible bad nerves all the time. Once we started... I was fine.
I dare not drink before a gig because I'll get tired and blow it. So I have to sit drinking tea in a caravan.
Not everybody likes or understands a drum solo, so I like to bring in effects and sounds to keep their interest.
Sometimes you'd come up against a brick wall... or sometimes you go into a fill and you'd know halfway through it was going to be disastrous.
I remember in the early days when we played six nights a week for a month and I was doing my long drum solo every night. My hands were covered in blisters.
There were times when I blundered and got the dreaded look from the lads. But that was a good sign. It showed I'd attempted something I'd not tried before.
If we'd have said we were not upset, they would have thought we were so rich it meant nothing to us, and if we say we're upset about it, they'll say money is all we care about.
There was absolutely no intention of splitting up. We had so many great ideas to use on the new album. John Paul Jones was incredible, coming to the studio each day with new instruments to play.