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Lindsey Williamson: This is not the end of the Rant Band. Don't worry about that.
Beachland Davy: 'MTH HAS to play Cleveland!!'
Uri Yahalom: 'Is there a chance the band will play in Israel?' Haven't a clue, but I wouldn't hold your breath.
David Newton says it will be a crime if the shows are not recorded or DVD'd. Well, David - it's kind of complicated.
Mary Ann Ford: 'Can we in the U.S. buy any shirts etc. from this reunion? Is there a website store?' I'm not really up on this one, Mary, but I'll mention it to the powers that be.
Mike del Duco at: firstname.lastname@example.org is going to the Thursday show (coming from Maryland) and wants tickets (good ones) for the Saturday. Can anyone help?
Gary Beard: 'Any chance you guys will head North after London?' Not that I know of.
Randy Saitta: 'Any chance of MTH playing New York?' Nothing on that.
Dr. Arthur: Stereophile Feb 2009 lists 'The Truth - the Whole Truth etc' as a record to die for. Well, I wouldn't go that far.
Jeanie Kaye Hopcus: Sorry about what happened but at least it was of some small service. Thank you.
Bobby Balloch: 'Are you surprised at the number of tickets being achieved? I really didn't know what to expect - especially in this financial climate, so it's very gratifying.
Jerry Murphy: Nothing is planned for the U.S.
Jo: Easier said than done, I'm afraid. It's going to be quite chaotic. A lot of stuff going on.
Liz Krinsky has tickets for all three shows!
Tony Mott: I'll pass it on, but you wouldn't believe how many people want to help out.
David Shaw: The offer that we accepted just happened to be in London. So that's where it'll be.
Bonnie says she wants MTH in New York and she would also like moi (it's been way to long). 'Last two albums - the best.' Hey, you haven't heard the new one.
Christian Govenius: 'When I listen to 'Angel of Eighth Avenue' I think about 'Whizz Kid'. Same girl? Maybe 'Alice'?' '3,000 Miles From Here' 'Little Star' - are they all the same girl? I think 'Read 'em 'n' Weep' your prettiest song since 'Irene Wilde'. Can't wait for the new album and the reunion shows.' You're going back a ways with some of these songs but they were about different people at that time - Not all about the same person - and at least one was an invention!
Gary Voysey: 'Vanity - vanity - I'll assume the 'Gary - the U.S.' was about me when I saw you in '79 at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. I'll NEVER forget the opening. All the lights go out and twin green lasers bounce off something to scatter in the crowd. Your voice growls 'We're ready, all right then, let's go' BAM 100% on from the very start. A once in a lifetime ya know.'
Paul: 'Ian do you realize your fans are very genuine? If tickets are surplus or we cannot make any gig we sell them only to genuine fans. You must have the best fan base in the world. By the way, say yukki da to my fellow Welshman, Verden.' Yep - we got a great bunch.
Erron Geer: 'Is MTH going to tour New England?' Not to my knowledge.
Tony Sindaco: 'What was the mishap with the Golden tickets?' I woke up at 3:30 AM to see if I could get any and the site wouldn't work. Then some three hours later they went on sale and only a few Hunter/Mott people were able to get them. I've been listening to MTH for 27 years and felt like the true fans missed out and that's who the tickets were meant for.' This is the first I've heard of this. Sorry this happened, but I'm really not involved in that side of things. I'll get Trudi to check it out.
Steve Barratta: 'Big Mouth' was from the Honeymooners. 'Shrunken Heads' from Tarzan movies. 'Stretch' was Stretch Cunningham - Archie Bunker's pal. So now we know.
Colum Thornton: 'Play Dublin or Liverpool! My heart is in Liverpool - I always travel to Liverpool when you tour. Can I ask your opinion of Liverpool and its people?' Great town; great people. When I was a lad we'd go from Shrewsbury to Liverpool in a five-ton truck to pick up produce at the docks. When we'd be leaving there would always be two or three kids hanging on the back of the lorry - sometimes they hung on for a couple of miles. Nutters!
Mike Bay: 'After Hammersmith - you go into the studio in late October for the follow up to 'Mott' (since Mick and Verden weren't on the Hoople). Finish it in 2010. Then release the follow up in time for a U.S. spring tour. Then back in the studio for the follow up to the follow up and then Europe and then back to the U.S. OK - I'll shut up now.' About time.
Joan McHugh: In the last Horse's Mouth you mentioned how 'fun' is the way you're looking at the reunion. If you peruse the message board at all - that's the way most of us are thinking too. There's going to be a worldwide convergence of MTH raving fanatics in London and we're going to have a blast. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face and that face to London. Thank you for agreeing to do this!' Well, as Phally said, 'It's now or never.'
Ray: 'Can't get a ticket - gutted.' Hang in there; you never know.
Rockin Rob: 'Can you keep us up to date with things that need to go on for this reunion to happen?' There's a lot of stuff that goes on, but it's basically boring. Lots of minutia - promoters, agents and THREE managers are involved. Everybody's got an opinion (including me). It'll work out in the end, but the fine-tuning is endless.
Russ Smith: 'Buffin threw a drumstick and hit me directly in the eye in Bournemouth. Does he still do this? It's dangerous. I never got the stick - some bastard beat me to it.' I think we're all a tad older now, so I wouldn't expect any stick throwing - but you never know.
Rob: Hey Rob! Sure we were in the shop. Good stuff and a lot off!
Dennis Dahill sends me a link he says I'll like. Thanks, Dennis.
Lou Perillo: Yeah, I see Tony; great fun to be with.
Alain Chesney asks if I was with Freddie Mack in the '60s? Nope.
David Brown: Noted.
Dave Rowe: Delighted with the reunion but wants me to tour with my new album. I've no idea what's going to happen. I just signed the contract for 'Man Overboard' with 'New West' for the world - apart from Scandi where I'll remain on Universal. It's too early at this time to know exactly what I'll be doing. When I know - you'll know.
Bruce Stein: I love Detroit. Thanks for your email.
Patrick Harwood: 'Any chance of the Uris theatre? Nothing planned. I don't think there is a Uris theatre anymore.
Steve: That's how I wrote 'Memphis' on an ancient piano with tin tacks. Cost 30 Bob.
Tom Sullivan: 'Any U.S. dates for reunited MTH?' Can I just make one thing very clear. We have not reunited. It's NOT permanent. It's a one-off situation. It took us forty years to do this and it's for fun and it's NOT permanent.
Colin Powell: Yes, I saw the picture. Honest John better get back on the tennis court.
Graham Stark: Stan will be there if he knows what's good for him. He's the only one that can reach 'Dudes' with any tonal authority.
Steve Sparks: 'Do an old man a favor, play 'No Wheels to Ride' on your reunion tour (saw you do it in '71 - still in my head).' You don't know this bloke from Scotland do you? I wouldn't buy a kazoo from him.
Fredrik and the Hat people have tickets!!! My friends in Scandi.
Janet Rotko: 'Any chance Mick can get to sing 'Ready For Love' or 'Cadillac' during the reunion?' No idea till we rehearse, but I'm fine with whatever he wants to do. Obviously we can't do everything and we're bound to piss a few people off not matter what we do or don't do - so we'll just rehearse a load of songs and the ones that are working - we'll put in. Obviously the emphasis will be on MTH songs.
Stewart Orr: 'When you wrote AAAB were you aware that your Indian names were of great historical importance?' Yup. It had to be right.
John H: 'Please bring MTH to Detroit.'
Anika: Don't do this because of eBay etc. Regards to you - Bodo - Denis and Silke.
Terry Moon: Don't have a VW or a blue jacket - sorry.
Steve M: No plans for that at the moment.
Frank Frako says I'm the coolest Dude in the world! Thank you, Frank.
Donald Jeffries: You are correct in your assumptions and its worse now than ever before, but it's also an area that is intensely depressing to me so forgive me for not wanting to take the matter any further.
Alan Willmott: 'Will you include your solo stuff on the Mott gigs?' I don't think that would be appropriate - you're there to hear MTH. That's what we'll do. 'Have the shades come off in the middle of a gig?' A few times. It's worse when one lens falls out. When I'm singing, my eyes are usually closed - so I don't even know!
William Alan Yeaw: I think I've answered your questions already.
Tony P tells me DJ Phil Easton died recently. I'd interviewed with him way back on 'Phil Easton Express' in Liverpool. Sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family.
Fiona for Glasgow: I'll mention it to my guy in England.
Gaz Stoker: 'Recently I asked you about Ronnie Lane and you told me about the 'Passing Show' DVD. I tracked it down and bought it on Amazon. Brilliant.'
Dean Gauvreau: 'Did MTH ever play in Canada?' That's a good question. I don't think we ever did. [Webmaster's Note: there were three MTH gigs in Canada - Massey Hall, Toronto ON in Oct 1973 and May 1974, and London Gardens, London ON in May 1974]
Peter Jordan: 'I'm scared enough for all of us!' Haw nice! 'Some of us are more interested in the new CD - but there you go.' Well, that's coming up first and I'm really happy with how it came together, but I can understand the Hoopla vis a vee the Hoople. It seems like the band's bigger now than it was then. Don't know how that works. It's kind of a surprise. As far as the link between Glam and Punk is concerned - we were a rock band in the traditional sense of the word.
Jim Frauel: 'While I'm ecstatic about the MTH shows - I can't be there. However, I am much more excited about your up and coming solo album. Truly believe the last two were as good as anything you've done in your career. Rant Band in top form and needs to tour behind this disc. To hell with the economy - your fans will represent if you tour. Mix in some MTH (people love it anyway) to practice for London. Do you ever wonder what the body of work would have been if the band hadn't broken up?' The band was over - we'd hit the brick wall creatively.
Jeff Williams: 'Know you're busy with the MTH thing, but my copy of 'Shrunken Heads' is getting worn out and May is a long time off.' It's all down to New West now.
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...