“Dave – I got along with him really well. He wasn’t a taskmaster with me. I always went in very, very prepared, I did my homework so much that he really didn’t question a whole lot.
“When it came to solos, I would do something and then Dave would go, ‘Why don’t you try something like this?’. Dave was not singing all the notes in the solos, he just kind of mimicked the actual melodies and the flow of the tempo of the solo. That’s what it was like for me – I can only speak for myself.
“I remember doing this one solo on the first song on the [‘United Abominations’] album called ‘Sleepwalker.’ That song wasn’t going to make the album. Thank god it did because it’s pretty much one of the very few up-tempo tracks.
“There were too many mid-tempo songs and we needed something that was going to be more of a fast one. But Dave didn’t want to do it. In the end, what happened was that me and [co-producer] Andy Sneap did a demo of it and sent it for the record company and they said, ‘Yeah we’re using this one.’
“So I guess Dave was overpowered on that. Sorry Dave. But that’s how the story went.”