That was a very good interview.
Good answer about doing the cover John, that strikes me as a prime example of why 80s bands captured so much magic - sheer dedication and playing through ideas for hours on end.
It always amazes me how frequently some of the '80s greats used to rehearse - perhaps because all the bands I'm in are relatively sporadic, but I think it may be a symptom of the modern age, feeling so connected by technology but not actually making the time to jam ideas out constantly.
Another example is Voivod, I think at times they used to rehearse every week night, trudging through the snows just to get there. It seems a rare thing nowadays, everyone wants the quick fix and there's so much legacy to fall back on that it's not that hard to throw together passable (if generic) metal on older blueprints.
I'm rambling now, but I think it's true.