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What a beautiful day! Sunderland 0 - Liverpool 0 and all is right with the world!
Brian Duffield is enjoying the Astoria DVD. Not touring the UK this year; recording.
Hal suggests doing the summer festival circuit. We'll see.
Katie Storvik has loved my stuff since AAAB but has never seen us in concert. We'll tour in 2009. Check this site for detail in the new year.
Jeff Williams: 'Me and my 7 years old daughter think you need a big hug - so here goes….we love you - Jess and daughter Erin.' Lovely.
Mike Constanzo: Never saw 'One Trick Pony'. My favourite in that vein would be, 'Girl Can't Help It'; The Band's 'The Last Waltz'; and Joe Cocker's tour film with Leon Russell. Mike recommends a book called, 'How to Be Idle' by Tom Hodgkinson; says it's very British.
Bill Adair: Still Bill's favourite! Am I coming to Canada? Who knows. I won't until this next record is done.
Willie fae Glasgow: 'Rumours at fever pitch about a Mott the Hoople Reunion.' You never know, William. You never know….
Fiery Jack: Another rumour - that I'm playing Thailand. I was asked, but couldn't do it.
Suzie Weston: Glastonbury depends on a lot of things, Suzie. If it could be worked out, I would love to do it.
Edward Shirley: 'Having a bloody awful morning then I put one of your albums on. Now I feel great. Thanks!!' Maybe I'll try that.
Sean McKnight: Glad to have been of assistance (I never took lessons).
Peter Jordan is worried in case the new one is too quick to keep up the standard. Stop worrying - and thank you for the back end of your email.
Gary: I don't know if it has or it hasn't, Gary. I never go back over old stuff. I'm a song man and not a fidelity man.
Mark: Maybe, someday!
Dave Nagy: 'I've tried to interest my boys (14 + 11) in older stuff - they don't mind some of it. I asked the younger one if he likes you and he says - yes, but Ozzy's better.' Well, he's at the Ozzy age, isn't he? Try him again in a few years.
Thomas Tunney: 'I was introduced to 'Resurrection Mary' years ago and still cannot believe it was written by someone with a cursory relationship with the Southside, Westside of Chicago. I'm a Southsider - how deep is the relationship? I wrote RM after seeing a clip on '60 Minutes' about the ghost of Mary Bedrosian. Did a bit of research and there it was.
Keith Davies: 'Sunday afternoon, wife at work. Golf, racing on TV? No, 'Strings Attached' instead! Has there been a better lyricist from these shores?' Don't ask me.
Alan Graham: A Miller Anderson fan! Join the club.
Mark Snider: 'Who is 'Boy' about?' Two or 3 different people, actually.
Carmela Long: Yup, I remember now. Are you still singing?
Eirik Vildgen: Keep at it young man. That's what separates the boys from the men!
Hal: 'Saw Andy York on the 'Morning Show' with John Mellencamp. Great! An acoustic tour CD would be great!' Working on it.
Jeff Williams: 'What do you think of Joe Strummer's post Clash music? I find it to be way better than anything he did while in Clash - kind of like your music after MTH.' As we get older we get better - it's like plumbing.
Donn Deniston: 'A couple of links you might enjoy: http://www.backstagegallery.com/artist/MotttheHoople.html
Verne (Ohio): People with the longest memories are usually of the poorest stock. Revenge goes on forever.
Joe Payne: 'Who influenced you most over the years you have been doing IH both as a persona and yourself?' I'd have to say Dylan. I loved Jerry Lee Lewis early on and I thought David Sutch had the best live act in England (very early on). Freddie Fingers Lee opened opportunities and MTH gave me the chance to go full time at it. Personally, my mates in Northampton affected me. Guy Stevens saw through the layer and Trudi and kids kept me grounded. Awkward question to answer.
Mitch: Detroit was right up there with Cleveland - sorry if I haven't said that before. Detroit was and still is a great Rock 'n' Roll town - when you play there.
Mark F.: 'How often do you attend concerts?' Extremely rarely.
John Clark: Yeah, why not!
Brian Maloney: 'When you put the new one out, will you be autographing some of them?' Too early to say.
Julie Elliott: 'Could you tell me Ronno's favourite place in England?' That would be difficult. He liked to be on the move most of the time, but he was always pretty happy wherever he was. He liked everywhere.
Rick: Yeah, it's a bit of a strain at first s nobody knows anybody - but you make it work.
Doug Ford: I'll forward this.
Ryan: 'Any chance PA will get a chance to see IH live?' New year looks good.
Paul Rivers: Sure, 'Juno' boosted catalog sales of both MTH and IH. When I tour there's always a surge in activity.
Simon has just finished a run - listening to 'Brain Capers' on MP4. What a fantastic song 'Second Love' is (Phally) - made me run faster. When did you last do it live?' I don't think we ever did it live.
Steve K: 'Mott got a mention on a Radio 4 play called 'One Chord Wonders' (typical!). The main character remarks he's watching TV in his jeans with the Mott the Hoople patch before he went to a Clash gig.' Nice to know where the fans ended up!
Mattt Nojonen: Too true!! Glad you saw the piano.
Kelly Brockman: Haven't a clue, sorry.
Ed ONeill: 'Do a cover album.' Why?
Welshy: We'll see, we'll see.
John Hoffman just read 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand - 'any opinion?' No, I knew that was a big one - but I don't think I've read it.
Pete: Ain't got round to that one yet, Pete. Not a bad idea.
Joey Porter asks, what inspires me? It's more what pisses me off, actually!
Billy Kane: Come to Tampa, baby - we're not getting any younger.' Neither am I, Billy.
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...