A: Well, you grow up, you know what I mean? Yeah, I was rowdy at the rowdy stage in life. And he's still there in me. I've learned how to control him, I guess, and that's what "Demon" is about, too. You've got to come to terms with it and call a truce--uneasy truce, but a truce nevertheless.
Q: Making Keith Richards albums, most people would assume, is a lot easier than making Rolling Stones albums--the single-boss factor and all that. Is that true?
A: I suppose that would be the impression. But I've never been happy working from that perspective. If I throw myself into a band, I throw myself in as just another member, and they yell at me. One of the great things about the Winos from the word go was that these guys weren't scared to kick me up the ass. You can either go, "Ouch, nobody kicks me up the butt" and then get high-handed, so that they go, "Oh, we'll never do that again" and you break contact, or you go, "God, yeah, I really need that. That felt good!"
Q: How's that different from working with the Stones, where most people also assume you're the musical leader?