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by Martin Popoff

"Well now, Martin, I trained, and I trained for at least 45 years, by the supreme humanity of the US Marine core. So I know what improvise, adapt, and overcome means. And musically, what that means, we're taking the hill. What are the best weapons at our disposal? Who are the best commandos in our unit, and of course, we are the best commandos in our unit. Literally what we do is we look at it as an artillery choice. And I know what Mick and Greg and Derek can do, because I still live that garage band dreamer, trying to play Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley stuff with the spirit that those originators provided us. And I played bass for Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry for a couple of gigs, so I've been in the belly of the beast. I've ridden that angry stallion onto the mountaintop. A very happy angry stallion (laughs)."

"And so I just instinctively know when Derek brings his artillery, his musical artillery, to our charge, I know what songs exemplify that. That's why when I wrote 'Stranglehold', when I wrote 'Just What The Doctor Ordered', when I heard his song 'Hey Baby', I knew what his capabilities were, and how to push those, and milk the blood from his spirit. And so when we get ready to go on stage, and I go, my God, Derek's back in the band, here's the songs we have to perform (laughs). So I'd like to think we are a democracy, but I'm fooling myself, because I dictate. But you know, I love the guys, and I've got to tell you, nobody loves my music more than these three guys. So they are just chomping at the bit to play certain songs, and they loved the music as much as I do, and that's really, really saying something, Martin. So we have little BS sessions, we have little campfire sessions, and we talk about our favorite songs, and we realize that there's some songs that the live stage demands we perform. And that's what we put in the list."

Question # 3, in a nutshell, "Greg?"

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