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Morning chaps. Bright and breezy at H.T. Here goes...
Alexander Falk Jr: Why not!
Bucks Burnett: Progressing nicely.
Geoff Bryant: 'All's quiet at Hunter Towers'. Not really, the CD's almost done. We're tinkering. Haven't started shopping yet. That's the next step.
Willie Fi Glasgow: Boshy's on it as is Steve, the two Andy's, Graham Maby, Jack the Mechanic, James and Mary Lee Kortes, Soozie Tyrell and Christine Ohlman. Kazoo not working this time out.
Andy Baker: 'When you get your music published does that mean I could get sheet music?' Not necessarily.
Tom McGary: 'Ever consider doing a Jackson Brown solo acoustic thing? Just you - audience and piano/guitar?' I do the occasional acoustic thing, but always take a couple of the guys with me as it's boring on your own.
Mikey: Madly in love through this web site! Is this a first? Congrats.
Judy Mantyla: 'Which guitar do I enjoy playing the most?' There's nothing to beat a Les Paul Junior if its electric rhythmic. I like Rainsongs acoustically. Mick Ronson's favourite would probably have been the old steel blue Tele. Susie still has it.
Malcolm Johnson: I think you're referring to 'Sons and Daughters' on the double live album that Ronno and I did at the Roxy in LA.
Dan Baker: I don't remember this - I don't think it's legit.
Jeffrey: No turbulence on Indianapolis flights. Oh, the album's called 'Shrunken Heads.' No more suggestions, please.
Tom: Actually, somebody did just cover Rock'n'Roll Queen. Someone told me recently, but I've forgotten who it was.
Angel says go to Wolfgangsvault.com. They have vintage items re: MTH from Bill Graham's collection, i.e. handbills, posters and programs.
Rick G: It's my least favourite album and it was my fault. I haven't changed my opinion.
Ian Lewis: They may well see DVD releases in the future - when the companies concerned start offering me what they're worth. Ian says he's very impressed with service from the online store.
Scott Mueller: Would like to know tour date for the U.S. 2006. So would I!
Mark Leigh: Oh you naughty boy!
Lynne: Do Toads! When they make me an offer I can't refuse, I will. 'Or maybe the Wolf's Den at Mohegan Sun Casino.' Well, I'm in the middle of this record stuff at the moment. We'll get to it.
Stano asks of I'd rather start a career today or would I never change a thing about the way my career panned out? Well, I never looked at it as a career. I did at first, but then it became a life and I've had a great one. If you're thinking in terms of huge sales and mammoth gigs, you've got the wrong guy. What I wanted was to make music to the best of my ability. Write good songs - that's the fun for me. The rest is a pain in the ass, to be honest.
Bryan McGowan: They've go to live with themselves. I don't.
Tim Kearns: As of March 28th he's teaching English in North Korea (the only foreigner teaching English there outside of University level [where they have four Brits]). Says he's donating a copy of 'Rant' to their Grand Peoples Study Hall. Be careful - let us know how you get on.
Oystein says new album is a 'major event in his world.' Call it 'Pilgrims Progress'. That's one I've rolled around for years now and I like it, but I think 'Shrunken Heads' is more apropos to this record.
Bart: What cars do you and the Mrs. Drive? I've got the Volvo - she's got the Merc. (Ask who car who drives which most - Trudi) Put your solo videos on DVD? That's not up to me.
Graham: Tell him to get in touch with Emma Banks at Helter Skelter Agency in London.
John McMillian: 'Ever consider a cover CD of your favourites?' Not really.
Phil Monaghan: I don't know where you get your information from but it's off the wall. Mick was helped - not only by me, but by Joe Elliott and a number of people and he was living in a house on Hasker Street - which is located right behind Harrods in Knightsbridge - certainly far from a council house in Hull. Enough of this rubbish, please. It annoys me.
Rooster: Play Penn State! Why no CD's, DVDs, re-releases for sale on your website? Because the record companies want to charge us more money than you can buy them for on discount internet store!
Phil again: Play Blackpool Grand. That would be nice if they came up with a decent offer.
Al Maddox: Apparently Al was at Cheltenham the night after MTH was banned from the Albert Hall. Al says I told the crowd to 'rip it up'. Al says he'd never been to a gig like that before. I've reformed, Al.
Harry Smash: Do I answer all emails? Not all of them - too many - and some are just statements and don't need answering. Sometimes my hand gets tired as I try to do it in one session.
Matt Nojonen: I've tried the show a few ways, Matt, but never actually started on my own. Not a bad idea. Sharing the stage with other bands can cause problems logistically, but not necessarily. Matt none too happy with the 'Xmas' chap.
Stano: 'We wish you a belated Xmas, Ian, for the last Xmas and the Xmas before that.' Good oh!
Ken: 'Funky little boat race'? Cockney for face mate.
John O' Rourke: I think we are looking at London in early November, but nothing set in stone yet.
Hope Campbell: Don't get it - what did I say?
JTLI: Life's too short and opinions make the world go round. I like what Boy George said, 'When I want your opinion - I'll give it to you!' Absence of brass on later records? I don't believe in putting brass on just for the sake of it. If it were warranted we would. Yeah, I liked 'Beg' - good lyric.
Ellen Cherry: The latter!
Alan: El Rushbo does have good music on his show. I consider it an honor mine hasn't arrived yet. Tapes better, digital's cheaper!
Steve Scariano's reviewed 'Dudes' and 'Mott' on his blog: http://rollawaythestone.blogs.com/ Nice one Steve.
Mandy: Any UK plans? We're working on it.
Roly: Tell him I love him and he's a fat bastard!
Kevin: There won't be as many UK dates - five or six and then a few in Europe. Getting older!
Kevin Morrissey: Can't help you there, Kevin. Try eBay.
Campin Patty: I think it got lost. I haven't heard this. I've been busy but I think this is a postal snafu. Been getting other stuff.
Jackie R wants tour dates. It's not as easy as that. First the album has to be finished, then we need to find a label and then we design the tour around the release date. It all takes time.
Alex Abajian: yeah, me and Ronno did 'Whizz Kid' in Canada one time and MTH probably did it back in the day when touring the album.
Steve Abs: We'll see.
Barry Cobb: It's a possibility.
Dan Baker: This is just one of the alternatives we're seeking advice on. In reality, it's not quite as lucrative as people think. We'll see.
Charlie Wayne: I had an Allard once - leather straps across the bonnet. Used to buy and sell in my darker days. Bought it for 15 quid - lasted a fortnight. Looked amazing; probably worth a fortune now! I was skint so I couldn't fix it. Had an old Riley sports too. Looked like an MG. A small accident and a small court case put paid to my career as a second hand car salesman which brings us back to Rush.
Edward: B.O.C. very nice chaps. Buck's a great player. Co-wrote a tune for them with with Eric Bloom once.
Pat: I once asked Jaco Pastorious what he thought of Stanley Clark. 'Right hand's clumsy.' Kinda like Graham Mayby myself, but I'm biased.
Stuart McKenzie; Going to every English gig. Wants to meet others who plan the same thing. [email@example.com].
Bob Kleb: Am I touching issues on new CD? Yup. Is there a comparison with the 'Rant' album? Not really - maybe lyrically, but not musically. It grooves; I like that. I've always liked groove.
Travis Mack: 'Bastard' is a true love song in response to all the phony icky ones.
Keith Warton: Unfortunately, MTH footage is rare.
Mike Robinson: What happened between me and Karen Carpenter? Nothing. She opened her big mouth about MTH and later publicly said she regretted it. Your wife's right - she had a beautiful voice; pity about the songs. Different neck of the woods. She actually did MTH a huge favor; there was a load of press hoo had about it.
Steve D: 'Dead Man Walkin' best song to date.
Mark Silverstone: I think Sony UK are doing something now.
Mgdriver: Do I do private gigs often? Not often, but upon occasion. Ring through my agent, Mike Rand at Paradise Artists.
Tom Lefaivre: I've forgotten.
Bucks Burnett offers a couple of really good titles. I'll put them away for future reference.
Tim Cartwright: 'Thanks for keeping us entertained.' Me and Rush.
Peter Jordon: Vera Lynn is a British institution who kept peoples' spirits up during WWII. She was in the right place at the right time and she did the right thing. What is it he says, 'Respect.'
Jim McConnell: Any odd things in the pipe line? One or two.
Martin Milas: 'Boy' wasn't about one person. It was an amalgamation of thoughts about an amalgamation of people.
Bryan: It's interesting to see those ticket prices. I was offered that tour but turned it down owing to the miserably low money offered. Couldn't even break even - but that's another story.
Georgina Shine: How did I handle school? Not well at all, I'm afraid. I was in a grammar school that was one of those institutional mediocrities one has to go through. Still - hey - we survive somehow!
Dave Clark: 'just got the MTH reissues and your first solo LP re-master and WOW! I had (almost) forgotten what stone cold classics they were! Who do you listen to these days?' Just people I know. I should listen more.
Andy Allison: Mick's family is thriving - thank you.
Andrew Field: There's a fair few instruments on the new one. Country flavored in a couple of places. I love that stuff. It's not as 'UK' as the last one.
I should get a proper desk or something. My back's killing me. Having a stretch...
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...