Brian recalled, “Yeah, he came from my area, so he was like a local guy. I watched him play so many times, always with his jaw on the ground thinking: ‘How does he do that?’ I often think that it must have been like being around Mozart and seeing an incredible genius at work and wondering where he could come from. How could he be so big? And if you were with Jeff, if you were at his house, he would come out of his garage after having been under one of his cars for the last few hours, his fingers covered in grease and dirt and looking like he just crawled out of a ditch somewhere. And then he would pick up a guitar and this beautiful, beautiful, sensitive music would come out.
“I think he was very shy, I didn’t know how to talk to him. I couldn’t follow it at all. He was not an easy person for me, maybe because I admired him a lot. But I was never comfortable. And I wrote a song about him called The Guv’nor for one of my solo albums and he came to my place here in the studio and played with me. We laughed and he played amazing stuff and again my jaw dropped. I couldn’t really pick up a guitar when he was in the room, because he was so amazing. I just wanted to watch and listen. So he played on the track and said, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ I don’t think he can put into words exactly how much he revered him. I hope I gave him the photo, but I don’t know if he knew. But I feel like I wasn’t a good enough friend to him and I guess that’s one of those things that happens. Particularly in this case, I feel like there were many times where I could have called him and wish I had, to be a proper friend.”
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