Last month in Dublin, in an interview with Slash, journalist Ronan McGreevy learned about one of the guitarist’s most recent solos:
Apocalyptic Love, your latest album, has been well received by music critics and by your fans. How do you feel about it?
I make a point of not reading what other people think, good or bad. I think it is a good record and I had a great time making it.
It started out as a pick-up band to support my first solo record , but it was one of the one-in-a-million situations where all the pieces fitted together.
During the 2010 tour, I decided to make another record and that is what Apocalyptic Love is. It was a really inspired couple of weeks in the studio recording it. It was done as live, recorded to tape and Eric Valentine is a great producer and engineer. It was a really good time.
There is one song on the album called Anastasia which has a neo-classical intro. Some of your fans say you borrowed it from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor [BWV 565]. Is that correct?
In this really interesting day and age of social networking, it started with just one person who said it was a Bach thing. I had no idea it sounded like a Bach thing and then everybody asked me about it. I think it is just the style of the arpeggios that makes people think of Bach. Still, there are worse musicians to be compared to than Bach. I’m proud of the song. I always liked it. It was one of the songs that came up at the tail-end of the recording when we were in pre-production.
It actually started when we were playing our last European tour. When I was doing a guitar solo, I stumbled on this little phrase and it stuck in my head. I kept trying to do something with that phrase every night after that. Then it got longer and longer.
When I came home off the road, it became the intro riff. The rest of it just fell into place.