When I look back, I didn’t take care of myself at all.
When I used to put an album out, I knew everyone on the charts. There weren’t that many bands. Now, I couldn’t even name half the new groups.
A lot of times, it’s nice to open, because the heat’s off you. You just go out and blast your set and say to whoever’s going to finish, ‘There you go.’ Even though when you first start, people are drifting in, and that’s kind of a bit disconcerting.
People have said I played some pretty amazing gigs in the seventies, but in all honesty, I probably played one good show in three.
Rock and roll came into my life when I was about 12, 13, when Little Richard and Chuck Berry had just started hitting the shores of England.
To be on the road, even if you’re not that happy, is all right, as long as I’m pourin’ me heart into it.
My strongest audiences are in Germany and France – they stuck with me through my dark days in the ’70s.
In me soul, I’m gentle.
Making music, if you’re a real musician, you carry on regardless in this world.
I think to be a good songwriter, you have to be able to play an instrument.
I used to get so carried away while I was on stage that I’d be physically damaged by the end of a concert.
I’m no good at breakin’ off with people.
I don’t think you can live as long as I have in rock n’ roll and not take a few hard knocks.
I like to use effects, but a lot of the time I just can’t deal with these tracks with all these artificial sounds.
I never picked up a guitar as a kid, partly because my dad didn’t want the noise in our little back-to-back in Sheffield.