I've never been able to sit round on my own and play drums, practice in the back room, never been able to. I've always played with other musicians. It's how I play, there's no joy for me in playing on my own, bashing away. I need a bass, a piano, guitar, whatever, and then I can play.
George was getting alot of independence for himself in those days. He was writing more, and wanted things to go his way - where, when we first started things basically went John and Paul's way. You know, 'cuz they were the writers.
I never studied anything, really. I didn't study the drums. I joined bands and made all the mistakes onstage.
I've said this over and over again, but I love being in a band.
And I came back and it was great, 'cuz George had set up all these flowers all over the studio saying welcome home. So then we got it together again. I always felt it was better on the White one for me. We were more like a band, you know.
I couldn't put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would've stayed with the band.
And the White Album is important to me for different reasons. One - I had left the band on the White Album.
Gene Autry was the most. It may sound like a joke - Go and have a look in my bedroom, It's covered with Gene Autry posters. He was my first musical influence.
And in a marriage you can't TRY and be married. You're married or you're not married... as far as I'm concerned.
I'm not sleeping with all the women I appear with.
People only look at me as a Beatle, but my friends look at me as a whole person. That's how life works, but it's not bugging me anymore.
First and foremost I am a drummer. After that, I'm other things... But I didn't play drums to make money.
That's all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end.
I want to deal with what's in front of me now to the best of my abilities, and sometimes that's not very good. But a lot of the days it is really great.
The second side of Abbey Road is my favorite.