John Mayall is another compatriot who runs a tight ship; former Bluesbreaker band members have said similar things as about Anderson. Artists generally aren't down with any sort of top down structure. Anderson & Mayall have had 40+ years of success and still tour, so that says a lot. There's several ways to interpret Keef's statement (if its accurately stated). Its not like he had settled into a working relationship with Ian and the others. His experience sounds like the kind of thing people go through when they're 'temp'-ing somewhere. The guy who 'knows' or runs the show has a new person to work with, so they're taking no chances and can come across as a bit overbearing....meanwhile the new or temp person is suddenly in a clique that been together a while... so their short term recollections or perceptions have to be taken in context.