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Jeffrey says the 'ball with the fuzz on it' or 'the testicle' as someone was unkind enough to describe it - should not be round. The world is in fact a parabolic spheroid. Its circumference around the equator is larger than its circumference around the poles. Will trust you on this one, Jeff.
Ian Hollinghurst: 'Great gig in Liverpool.
Richard Mills: 'Saw you with Mick and Verden, Maggie Ronson and Tracie at Shepherds Bush Empire last night. Fantastic. 11 Year old Oliver rated it alongside the summer show with the Stones (which he loved too). 1) 'How are you?' Not too bad actually. Toned down a bit but nothing drastic. 2) 'Do you recall a guy who attended gigs in London in the '70's and called himself Jesus? I believe he was an office cleaner, but dedicated his off time to live music.' No, don't remember this. 3) Thought Jesse Malin was very god. How did you come across him? Did you know him before the tour?' I knew he was in D Generation (I'd been asked to produce them at one point). I met him at a John Varvatos reception in New York (John kindly had the listening party for SH in him showroom). Seemed like a nice lad! I really did enjoy him on the tour. The whole band were a lovely bunch of chaps and they know their stuff. Love SH - my favourite for a while - your recent track record is s__t hot. Keep coming to the UK.
Alan in Kent: 'London, fantastic. Thanks, Alan
Jonnybedford: 'Thanks so much for the gig at the Bush….marvelous. 'Dead Man' transcended, mate. Cheers'
Ian Martin went to Glasgow and really enjoyed the show. SH awesome. Bought the Croyden CD - well worth the wait. Hadn't heard of Jesse Malin before the gig but was blown away by his set. Seeing him in Glasgow on Friday.'
Sully: Didn't get the CD as of yet. Thanks for the stuff.
John Gill: 'MC Bosch - the latest in a long line of great players. How do you keep finding good players?' I know a little Greek guy.
Keith Nickless: 'Saw you at Shepherds Bush last night. Well played, old chap. The whole place loved it, but the security wouldn't let people up to begin with. Awesome 'Dead Man Walkin'; mega 'Dudes' and Incandescent 'Saturday Gigs'. All the new stuff flowed. Best gig in 5 years. Couldn't hear Chris Spedding too well. Guys were outside selling IH T-shirts for a fiver - don't think anybody bought them because they were crap and the guys selling them were ripping you off. Praise be to all of you who bought our merch!
Matt kent has pics of a show up on his website. www.mattkent.co.uk/photography/galleryview.php?id=143
Peter Jordan loved Newcastle. 'You looked well and the band was good - top of your form - even forgetting the words to SH was handled well (forgot about that). For me, 23A/Angeline a highlight. But why do you criticize some of your past work? Even your less good is still pretty good.' The thing is if you're not writing well - you know it and it makes you miserable - so I remember that too.
Shepp just got an email that we will be at the Trocadero in Philly on December 15th (the day after the Brooklyn show). Can he take pictures? I don't know what their policy is but it doesn't bother me. Do it early in the set before I wilt!
Paul Rivers: 'Further my earlier message on publicity - I take it back - there's a review of the Shepherds Bush gig in the Times. How do you get into the after show party?' Bring a bottle of Lansons.
Al Madox: 'Oxford was superb - not in the greatest of health so only one date this time. Evening made better by Mick Ralphs - one of my all time heroes 0 more incentive to stay well for the next time round.' I should say so, Al. Keep at it!
Sue Wells (the former Mrs. Tippins, no less). Hi Sue. Sue loved Bilston - 'good to see Phally on the keyboards again.'
Billy Innes: I was thinking of 'Jokerman' or 'Every Grain of Sand.' So many bloody words thought.
Doug Moss went to the Brighton gig: 'Great show as always, thought the old larynx was goona go a one point (I was just teasing ). Great to hear 'Resurrection Mary' again. Always reminds me of Ronno's memorial at Hammersmith. Was that the first time you played it? (I think it was). Love 'World was Round'/and 'Shurnken Heads'. Jesse Malin superb - I have his three cd's but he's much better live.
Mark Orkin: Wow! You hang out with the heavy dudes! Herbie Flowers - Chris Spedding - you a made man! Good luck with Touchstone.
Tony from Wigan: 'Brilliant at Liverpool. Thanks for introducing Jesse Malin to the UK. Went out and got his cds.' Nice one.
I told Jesse that my lot will stick with you if they like you. Loyalty; they don't use that word much anymore. Why? Because it's not reciprocated. Loyalty - another corporate lie with disastrous results.
Phil + Manda: 'Huge thank you to you and the Rant Band for Liverpool. Had a wonderful evening (stood at the front) - great sound. Lots of pictures (sorry). Jesse superb. Steve Holley says he's too old to die young!'
Paul Stirk: 'Couldn't go to the toilet in Brighton in case I missed something. P.S. every store in Canada has a copy of SH.' Thanks, good to know.
Phil Heidemann: 'Bosch is one of he best guitarists to ever play for you and that's a pretty exclusive list. Come to St. Louis.'
T.C. - 'I just wanted to thank you for playing rock and roll music. Why don't the younger generations embrace rock and roll?' Ask MTV and the silly reality net works.
David: Couldn't hear the names of the band at Brighton. James Mastro/Guitar, Mandolin, low vocals; Paul Page/Bass, questionable vocals; Andy Burton/Keyboards, high vocals, M.C. Bosch/lead guitar - vocals when he feels like it; and the mighty Steve Holley - drums - excellent vocals.
Simon Grant: 'Any chance of a Bristol gig in 2008? Too early to say.
Stu Hurley: 'Another great night in Bilston. Bosch was on great form.'
Bob Rynerson and wife enjoyed Milwaukee.
Richard Webster: 'Brook, Southampton. To actually see it live blew me away - you're awesome - the band superb. Still got goose bumps.' Thanks.
Kevin: Newcastle was great.
Thomo: 'Liverpool with my son = he says he comes to keep me happy - but that's twice now. Closet fan.'
Paul Cavani: 'Saw you with Ronno at the Apollo in '75. Cathouse in -98. Pavillion and the Garage. They keep getting better. This band you have now must be the best.
Shugster: Glasgow was superb. Band on top of their game. Mr. Mastro so special. 'So gland the gig was standing - better for us guys, we can jump around a bit. What do you think? Fruit Market a great venue - use again if possible. Bit stony, but a lovely place. 1) 'Do you read the message board much?' Nah. 2) I heard you say in a radio interview that you ran away to Butlins - which camp? Phwelle? The weird one I can't spell in Wales.
Karen: 'Having blown me away in Liverpool I'd love to go to the gig at the Lowry in Manchester. It's down as acoustic - what does this mean in concert terms?' Well it's just me, James and Steve and we sit around and play softer versions or alternate versions of some of the songs I've written over the years. It's more intimate and quieter.
Sac512002: No idea; lost touch.
Janet Gawley made it to three of the UK shows - all the way from California.
Phyl: You have five I have three. Your Mum and Dad were nice. The trouble was - I wasn't! The old Parks influence. Happy Christmas.
Anthony Pren: 'great in Liverpool mate - keep coming - we really love you. SH - 'Read 'em 'n' Weep' is as good a ballad as 'Irene Wilde'. Love 'Rant' too. Does touring make money or is it too promote the album? I don't pay to play - that's the law!
Geoff Bryant: 'Having seen the excellent 'Pigalle' show earlier this year I was really looking forward to Shepherds Bush - what a let down. Not your fault - the venue was crap. Three balconies - tall and cold. I thought we were lucky - we were in the stalls four rows back. Weird sitting at a gig as big as this. Security guards were over the top - spoiling the show. They picked on photographers, picked on fans standing up, picked on fans taking photos. In your face all the time. We gave up and stood at the back - had another argument with security who didn't want standing anywhere. The sound was better but the venue soulless. Security killed the atmosphere. Go back to the Astoria - please!' It's hard to figure out, right?
Scott Somers: Jeff's a mate of James Mastro. James knew he liked me so we rang him up and asked him and he said fine.
Ian Hayward: 'Brighton was great - I asked you for some Jerry Lee and you went for it - soooo good. Next time you play the UK, any chance of joining you for a few numbers and show the lads what it's really all about?
Ralph: No reason - they just didn't come up at the time.
Gene Bernard: U.S.? There's a couple of gigs in December - that's it for a while.
Brian Duffield: 'Glasgow fantastic.'
Patrick really enjoyed Shepherds Bush. You regularly get guests up playing with you - does that only happen at London gigs?' Geography really - Ralpher played Oxford as well, because he lives nearby.
James: 'Congrats on SH Any plans next year?' My manager wants another record quickly. We'll see how it goes.
Stevievee: Is it true you're doing Leeds (City Varieties). I think that's true.
Jeffrey Wachowiak Zazbar: Loved Milwaukee.
Graham Pemble: Brighton was great - venue great - band really enjoying it - possibly best ever. Great choice of support act, what a performer.
Ed: 'Are the characters in Rain real people? Yes. Stretch is in there (ii) probably - I'm not clear on this one.
Steve Parsons: Yes - thank you, Steve. Appreciated.
Graham Stark: It was adlibbed - my guys pick up quick. ''How's Your House' went to a new level with Chris Spedding at Shepherds Bush. It really, really rocked.'
Wynand Van Enmerik II: Any 'Diary' copies left? It's still in print. The publisher is IMP, P.O. Box 69, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6WZ.
Paul Fairey is also looking for 'Diary'.
Andrew Field: 'Is 'Your Way' ever coming out? I told Petter he could use it as a bonus track on SH but he emailed back saying it wasn't compatible. So the answer is - I don't know.
Campin Patty is excited about Philly. Sound far better at the Troc. World Café was great. It must have been tough playing at noon (nightmare). Will the concert be on CD? Not that I know.
Nigel Woodall: 'Why no West Midlands gig in February 2008? No idea. That's not my department. Just spent four days there with family. Salop looks great these days.
Geoff Bryant: I have to do acoustic both here and in the UK. How does that affect the next album? It probably delays it. I don't know who the girl who leapt on stage was. She was cool so it was fine.
Andre Pisani: Actually, I do remember that show. They gave us the royal treatment and we responded in kind.
Linda Powell says she loves SH especially 'Read 'em 'n' Weep'.
James Frauel: Re: Philly. James got a hotel room for $60 on priceline. Travelers unite.
Mary Drew: Ah - she of the pink jacket. Thanks for all your support. Glad you got a 'Picasso' Glad you liked Jesse.
Jim McConnell: Yeah, I hope she makes it too.
Joe W: I've no idea; it's not up to me.
Paul Hyde: Well - where the hell have you been! Glad you like it, Paul. Still in the Northwest?
Jan Peter Reeves: Well, that was an essay! Beautiful, thank you so much.
Chris Hetherington: Play her Ronno's version of Patsy Kline's 'Sweet Dreamer'. She'll get it. (ii) I'm still writing them - I can't go back and concentrate on what's already done.
Kevin Busch: I co-wrote 'Going Thru The Motions' with Eric from BOC's singer).We wrote it in Eric's basement on Long Island. Don't know where David Werner is. Lost touch. We'll always do Chicago - when next - I don't know.
Bill Harrity: 'Nice display of your piano, guitar nad glasses at the Rock Hall. Couldn't they spring for a photo?' I think they asked for one but I couldn't find one.
Jeff: 'Happy Veterans Day.' Yes, from me too.
Mike Channon: Happy about Plymouth. Bit of a schlep, but it's lovely.
That's it then. Apologies to the unmentioned. Now I've got to work on another album.