The singer, 39 years in the business, spoke of his sense of being a rock dinosaur. "There's just me and Mick Jagger left," he said.
Many of his fellow rock originals had become "petits-bourgeois", who had sold out to "sugariness". Others, like "my friend" Jimi Hendrix and "my friend" Brian Jones, were dead. Both died from drugs overdoses.
"Myself, I'm like one of those mortally ill people who keep on fighting just so as not to die."
Johnny (ne Jean-Philippe Smet) then launched into a long description, and defence, of the place of drugs in rock music.