Q: Do you feel any pressure when recording to make an album as commercially successful as your previous one?
A: After Dave Navarro left the band and John came back, no one really knew what was going to happen. We just started making music again, and we knew it felt good to us, but we had no idea it was going to be our biggest selling record and how successful it would be commercially and artistically.
If we had put that record out and nothing happened, it would be, “Oh well, whatever,” and we’d move on. The fact that it sold millions is just gravy on the mashed potatoes.
Is that going to happen again? Who knows? You can’t concern yourself with that. You just make the best record you can.
You can try to out-guess the public – “We need a slow song.” Things like that we can’t bother with. Whatever comes out, comes out. We pick the best songs and hope people like it. We’re getting better at being songwriters and maturing a bit as musicians and Rick has had a lot to do with that, making us think about writing songs, not just jams with raps.
Songs have melodies and everybody wants to sing along with a song. We like working that way more and more. No matter what we do – fast, slow, hard, soft – it still sounds like us, which I think is a cool thing.