I'm not a guy to go in the studio and spend months, let alone years, like some people do. I cannot even be in the studio for a month, it will drive me nuts.
In a lot of aspects it's cooler that we don't have a lot of really overly famous people in the band.
There has been the biggest black cloud following me around. People believe it's all my fault that Steve is not here. He has always had an open door, and he doesn't choose to do this any more.
You learn at a certain point that you have to focus on the business side of music. After getting ripped off a couple of times, you figure out that you need to get a grip on it.
What I have is a bunch of really hungry, amazingly talented guys that can kick anybody's rear end.
During the 1970s and 1980s Gibson did use my likeness, but we never signed anything. This new Signature model is the first time we struck a formal written deal for a guitar with my name on it.
I haven't stopped playing. If you play all the time, then your chops are up and you tend to grow.
I met the Santana band when I was 14. By the time I was 15, I was a member of the band.
Nobody's perfect. Everyone slides here and there, and they have their ups and downs. When they are down, that is not the time to step all over them.
I never got into sports at all until I was in my early 20s, after my music career got going.
The heavy guitars are the ones that sound good. They are not that comfortable, but they do sound great.
World Play is very '70s arena rock, very raw and in your face, and that's what we wanted. We recorded it in a very off-the-cuff manner and didn't really plan out how we were going to play. My solos are first takes.