DIAMOND HEAD - "You Don't Have To Worry About Certain Songs" Page 2
by Martin Popoff

"That's a very good question," begins Tatler, asked about why these songs, particularly the ones from seminal debut Lightning To the Nations, have endured so well. "If only I could bottle it. I would only think that the songs that were written back in '78, '79, '80, were the peak of what... writers, you know, you probably get your best ideas when you're a teenager into your early 20s, and I think we just learned a lot by then, and we experimented. We were trying to kind of push forward the boundaries, and give something back. I always felt like we weren't just copying people. We were almost trying to do our own thing, find something new and creative, within the style of heavy rock or heavy metal. And I don't know, there is definitely a magic about those songs. Playing them, rehearsing them or playing them live, they do have something about them that connects with an audience. I'm very grateful for it."

"'Am I Evil?' is always great live," continues Tatler. "You sometimes think, should we even bother rehearsing this one, because I've been playing it for over 30 years. But it still sounds great. And of course, when there is an audience there, you know this beast is coming up in the set someplace. So if you're going crazy now, wait until 'Am I Evil?'. That runs through my mind sometimes. So I don't know, there's something about the dynamics of that song and the riff and the relentlessness of it, that it definitely just works. You don't have to worry about certain songs (laughs)."