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I'd like to start off by apologizing to all my American friends for BBC America. If you don't like spotty chefs or stupid car tricks - there's only the news. Sunday night's big special? Ancient James Bond films. I don't know who programs the Beeb over here - and I'm sure they'll bleat 'lack of funds', but they do have a monster archive and they do run commercials (crap ones) - so there's really no excuse - just another U.K. RIP OFF. And so to work!
Marko Helisto: Guy Stevens found 'In Your Own Backyard' and made a strong case for us to record it. Enjoy Helsinki.
Rosa Lichter: 'Add another Winery date.' We did!
Pertti Finland: 'Welcome to Finland - you sold out half the place in four hours.' Hello Tiia and Tuija.
Peter Jordan: Yeah, Mick was a restless soul - he liked to keep busy and he like traveling. Life was definitely an adventure for him.
Anna: It's up to promoters.
Mike: 'I'm thinking about going to the Sellersville show.' (It's sold out.) 'What can I expect from an I.H. show today? Does he play his old hits with his new stuff?' (Yes) 'Is it electric or acoustic?' (Both)
Alessandro is going to the Milan show with his friends. His dream is to play with me at the sound check. My dream is to avoid sound checks!
Elliott Dworkin: The Rant Band - Steve, James M.C., Paul and A.B.
Peejay: The wife does all that stuff.
Dave Ramshaw: Noted.
Dave Crisfield: Nope.
Hot tub Mike: The Winery's a great place for music. They shove the swag up a corner so you'll have to look for it - but it's there.
Gordon Crowley-Sweet: Sorry, Gordon - that one's gone, but Buff and I did live around there, so I'm sure you're right. Be well. P.S. - still drive a mini.
Terry Moon: I've met Lemmy and Roger. Just saying hello...
Joejo is going all three nights to the Winery. Thinks my set should be concentrated on the last three albums with a twist of the classics. Well, I haven't got that far yet, but I'll bear it in mind. Autographs are kind of opportunistic!
Greg: 'Is there any chance Ian or MTH would play the Ryman in Nashville? K.C? .or STL? There's always a chance...you never know.
Oeyvind Kristoffersen: ''Central Park 'n' West' became new born in NYC - please put it in the set list.' We'll see.
Marina Haugsrud Hille: I'm sorry, but we don't do this on the web site. Tell Erling to have a great 50th from me.
Debbie M: Another request from Cleveland. Cleveland's not the problem - to go and play Cleveland I need another three or four gigs around it to make it viable. Not easy in this climate.
Tom Yosten is very fond of the 30th Anniversary Schizophrenic re-release.
Geoff Bryant: 'Just got my ticket for the Barbican and I thought I'd let you know the dressing rooms are definitely better than Hammersmith's. Looking forward to hearing 'Flowers' for the first time - and what about 'Dancing On the Moon'?' Actually, I've been thinking about 'Dancing On the Moon' - May be it'll make it in there. The Barbican looks like a beautiful venue. Looking forward to it.
Mark F: I played with Sheila E., Howard Jones, Greg Lake, Roger Hoskins and Mark Riviera (who was the MD).
Keith: They want to release it, but we haven't agreed on the business side of things. I think it's sad - the second half of your email.
John Huffman: 'Please - please - play LA.' Well, you'd think with New West stationed in LA something could be arranged - as it was with 'Rant' and 'Shrunken Heads'. Apparently not. I've never had a problem selling there, so it's all rather old fashioned and silly.
Ian Dick: Story of my life!
Kevin P Morrissey: I think they had their time and they were great. Thoughtful guitarist; very, very good.
Matt Nojonen: Noted.
David Clymer: 'In the March '04 Horse's Mouth, I suggested you play the Sellersville Theater. Glad you finally took my advice - I'll be in the front row!' I think it was the promoter who took your advice. I just okayed it.
Danny Roth: 'First concert '78 Agora - I was 14 - sister snuck me in. First trip overseas - MTH reunion - three shows. You have the greatest 'effin fans. Yep - I know.
S.B.: 'Did Mick Ronson have a guitar collection or did he find one and stick with it?' He had a few guitars, but he really wasn't into collecting stuff.
Jari from Finland - Welcoming us to Finland. Thanks you!
Patrick Warpinski: I read it and had a couple of emails from the author over the years.
Mark Hecnar: 'Were you and Mick influenced by The Shadows growing up?' Mick was I definitely wasn't.
G. Mick Smith: 'If asked - would you be open to someone writing a book length musical biography about you?' Don't know. Never gave any thought.
Shugster: Line up's the same as the last Glasgow show.
Tony Days: I can't remember it. No sweat.
Paul Cavani: Glad somebody's coming! Well, you never know over there do you? I'm only going because I've been there before. Lovely city. Pity it's only one night.
Anna Kannokko: Sorry, Anna - we don't do that.
Paul Bennethrum: I haven't actually, and if I did - they wouldn't know.
Steve: 'Do you think you'll be coming to Manchester?' Yes, I am thinking about it - but not this trip.
Seth Purrin: '54 days till opening day - where will you be opening day?' Probably gigging.
Jeffrey: Hey Jeff...
Paul Kennett: I'm looking at October, but nothing's settled yet.
Ritchie Cornacchio: Tell her I'm not particularly into Dr. Who, but if I was - David Tennant would be my choice too.
John (Indiana) has become a fan of Alejandro Escovedo through this site (good-oh!). 'Have you considered collaborating with him either to tour or do a joint CD?' I'm actually sitting on a track of Al's that's going on his next CD. He wants me to sing on it. I was going in to record it yesterday, but there was a tragedy that centered round the studio - so I'm waiting to hear when. I guess I'll do it later this week. Glad you like Al - he's for real.
Laurent: There's always a possibility, but really it's pot luck.
Scott: 'Do the Park West in Chicago!' Nice club - played there before. It's up to them.
Scott S.: 'I live in IL and go to a pub right across from Resurrection Cemetery. They leave a bloody Mary for Mary at the edge of the bar. I love your tune about her. The pub's called the Chet's Melody Lounge. Have you ever been to Resurrection Cemetery?' Actually, the last time I was in Chicago, I was in this car and all of a sudden we're driving along side this long, long wall - it was Resurrection Cemetery.
C. Mathews: 'Is there a live version of 'All American Alien Boy?'' Dunno.
Jeffrey is talking about the bloody weather. Actually, today (March 1st) it's pretty nice out. I even felt a smidgen of warmth in the air. Pretty nippy when the clouds spread their wings though.
Seth Purvin: 'With Spring just around the corner, I just wanted to know if you have a proper English garden at the Hunter Compound. Also - coffee or tea?' Actually, it's your average American garden (owing to the deer eating everything in sight). We do have a pool and stone work. Coffee AND tea. We love Dunkin' Donuts coffee and English Breakfast tea.
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...