It's near [legendary Sunset Strip rock club] the Rainbow, and it's controlled rent. I've been there since 1990, so it's pretty cheap.... I'm looking for a slightly bigger place than I've got now, but not a freestanding chateau. I'm not looking for a big house — you can only be in one room at a time.

Do you plan to stay in the United States or retire to England eventually?

I'll stay in America. There's more scope.

Do you ever go back to England?

I only go when we tour there. I was there in the summer for a couple of weeks. The attitude's a lot more upbeat [in America], you know? In England, the main emotion is resentment. They're still trying to get over losing India.

What was the band's best payday? Does Ace of Spades still sell?

The best payday was when Metallica did some of our tracks on one of their albums.

Do you still follow British football, or do you follow American sports?

I don't. I don't like football either. I like rodeo and pool.

What do you consider the band's low point?

Probably the Brian Robertson era [1983, when the former Thin Lizzy guitarist joined the band]. Because the things he did — you alienate whole entire families — just about all by himself.

And your high point?

This is one of them, for sure. Obviously, Hammersmith going straight to No. 1 was the 'igh point of that band, for sure. This band's just done three of the best songs anybody's ever done, you know?

How long do you see yourself doing the band?

I dunno. How long do you see yourself talking on the phone and writing? You don't know, do you? You can't tell yet. I'm sure it'll all become terribly clear suddenly one day.

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