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A lot of our tracks have sounded a lot better than I thought they would because of recording, mixing, and because I probably didn't hear it that way. I'm not a songwriter.
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For some reason at 12 or 13, I just heard Gerry Milligan and fell in love with that, whatever it was called.
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Half of it is being born with that. Of course, 80 percent is work. But, you have to be born with that little bit that makes you an Earl Palmer.
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I am a romantic anyway. You don't like Fred Astaire unless you're a romantic, because he is the epitome of that.
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I didn't know what the hell Charlie Parker was playing... I just liked the way he played.
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I don't like drum solos, to be honest with you, but if anybody ever told me he didn't like Buddy Rich I'd right away say go and see him, at least the once.
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I don't need to hear Bill to go through a song. I need to hear Keith to go through a song. I know Bill will be playing what I'm playing anyway. I need to hear Keith because it's all there: the time, the chord changes, and all the licks you have to follow.
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I hate leaving home. I love what I do, but I'd love to go home every night.
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I never had lessons. Used to try to play to records, which I hated doing. Still can't play to them.
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I practiced rudiments. I've always done those but I work harder at it now than I used to when I first started to play. I used to just sit there and think I was Kenny Clarke or something.
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I saw Al Foster with Miles Davis the other week. It was beautiful. But, the whole thing was, Al Foster played as well as everybody else, but all of them were quite brilliant under Miles Davis' direction.
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I think it's an awful drink, to be honest with you.
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I think you get to a point where you watch something just to enjoy it. I don't think it's really done so that you're supposed to feel, Oh, he's the most wonderful drummer. I think the whole lot is what's more enjoyable.
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I used to bang in nails in the front with me shoe. We used to play set up flat on the floor in a theater where everybody dances and they don't have risers or anything. Actually, I prefer to be on the floor, but then equipment starts moving. It depends on what the floors made of.
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I wanted to play drums because I fell in love with the glitter and the lights, but it wasn't about adulation. It was being up there playing.
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I'm very strict with my packing and have everything in its right place. I never change a rule. I hardly use anything in the hotel room. I wheel my own wardrobe in and that's it.
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I've had a record collection ever since I was a kid. I don't listen to one thing. Maybe I should've done that. I may have been better.
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I've seen Keith fall asleep at business meetings about millions of dollars for him-because of heroin, just nod out and then wake up and answer a question.
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It doesn't really change, actually. I think The Rolling Stones have gotten a lot better. An awful lot better, I think. A lot of people don't, but I think they have, and to me that's gratifying. It's worth it.
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It's been years and years and years I've been playing the drums, and they're still a challenge. I still enjoy using drumsticks and a snare drum.
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Maybe I should've stuck with one thing and just done that. You meet players who play in different styles, all as good as the other.
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Mick's good at interviews, you know, and you get only so much, and he doesn't want you to have any more, whereas I'll prattle on forever.
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Mick's not good on his own problems, but he's very good at other people's. He's been wonderful over the years. I don't mean I ring him up every week, but he's fantastic.
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People say I play real loud. I don't, actually. I'm recorded loud and a lot of that is because we have good engineers. Mick knows what a good drum sound is as well, so that's part of the illusion really. I can't play loud.
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People wake up at different tempos than when they went to bed. Sometimes things are too slow and sometimes things are too fast.
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Physically, drumming is quite exhausting. When you see someone like Kenny Clarke, someone in his 60s like Buddy Rich, who has an enormous amount of energy! Those two guys don't play in a little club and they don't starve. They don't play everything at half tempo. It's amazing physically.
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Recording is different. We don't work sometimes for a year and a half or two years live. I often play live with another band.
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Rock and roll has probably given more than it's taken.
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The weight of your cymbals is only how comfortable you feel. It has nothing to do with drum magazines or drumming really.
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The world of this is a load of crap. You get all these bloody people, so incredibly sycophantic.
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To be able to play as slow as Al Jackson is almost impossible.
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Usually I can hear the pianos, the saxophone, and usually I can hear Ronnie. But I really need to listen to Keith and Mick. The rest of the band is sort of an embellishment to that.
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We always work at least a month to six weeks before we go on the road, usually for something like eight to 12 hours a night. It took six weeks to do it this time. We just play virtually everything we know.
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When I was a kid I never learned to play. I actually got in bands through watching people play and copying them.
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When people talk about the '60s I never think that was me there. It was me and I was in it, but I was never enamoured with all that. It's supposed to be sex and drugs and rock and roll and I'm not really like that. I've never really seen the Rolling Stones as anything.
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With The Rolling Stones you keep your chops going, really. We do a long show. I think it's a bit too long, really.
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You need better technique than I have to play jazz, but what you have to do is the same thing, isn't it?
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You'd imagine Mick would be the happiest person in the world, and yet a lot of the times he isn't.
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