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Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.
So when I got to be about 13 or 14, I started listening - even though my parents music was way cool - to contemporary hard rock at that time, which was Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and all that, and that's just where I came from.
I have always felt I was more accurately a Hard Rock musician.
I like mellow music. I like some jazz. But I'm not a big hard rock guy.
Hard rock for me is AC/DC, Def Leppard, Tesla, Kiss. Metal tends to be louder, ruder, darker, like Judas Priest, Slayer, Iron Maiden.