I wasn't the leader of the whole band. I was kind of musical director. But watching how he ran his show was a learning experience.
A lot of people say he just throws his songs to the wind. I didn't get that feeling. A song might come up that we hadn't rehearsed. But he had confidence in us that we would catch on quick. That was so liberating: "Wow, we just played something we'd never even practiced. That's in the show now." We started to try that when we went back to our shows. And Bob used to do these great things with Benmont, where he'd say, "OK, it's just piano on this one," and he'd go into a Hoagy Carmichael song. And Ben would know it. Ben knew how to play with him.
(Source : Interview with David Fricke, Rolling Stone, November 2009)