If you had not chosen Dave Amato
to replace him, then it could have gone bad.
is the first guy that we really tried.
There was one guitar player in-between Gary and Dave
Pretty quickly, we found Dave
and found Bryan Hitt.
was also the first guy.
came over to Kevin's house and we went back in his
studio and we just jammed for a half an hour.
There wasn't much to it.
We stopped so fast that I think Dave thought that he
didn't get the job.
We just said, "We will go talk about this for a second, Dave
I am sure he
thought it happened too fast and that we must not like him.
We got inside the house and said, "That guy is great.
looks like rock star.
Let's get him.
We went back in the studio and said, "Okay, Dave
, you're in the band.
It was the shortest audition in history.
is such a likeable guy that there is no way you wouldn't give him a good chance.
is a great guitar player.
If not for Dave
and Bryan, both of them being the right guys, we may have quit ten years ago.
Whereas I love Dave as a guitar player, he is not really a songwriter.
is even taking a bigger role in that song as well.
felt an obligation to stay true to Gary's most famous solos.
wasn't able to really show what he
could do as a guitar player and it turns out he's
Sometimes, now, he
will really get going on something in "157" and he
really shows people what he