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January 2nd! A tad English - Hope you all had a great holiday. All the best for 2011.
Not a great time for a lot of people what with one thing or another. I've got to say though - I thoroughly enjoyed all the shows we did. The Rant band were great - the Runt Band, too. Thanks to you chaps for playing and thanks to you chaps for turning out to see us! Onwards and upwards!!!
Phil Judge saw us and PJ Proby. We both got favorable reviews!
Peter Jordan: Not bad. Prefer some of your others.
Al Yerks: Long forgotten, I'm afraid!
Andy Sheehan enjoyed Union Chapel. Nothing definite yet for 2011 - apart from LA and San Francisco. There is stuff being considered on the table. We'll see.
Anton Tibbe started a rock blog 'Tantalized' earlier this year (http://ghostrider42.wordpress.com) and says his latest piece was sparked by the latest NY/NJ shows.
Scott Parker: It just might have been.
Liz: Keeping me up to date!
Paul Francis: Hey Paul! How you doing? Say hello to Daryl.
Keith Phelps: 'Any gigs in the UK in 2011?' Wouldn't think so as we just did some. Short answer - don't know as of yet.
David Evans: I've got absolutely nothing against Australia - apart from the fact I'm getting a little old for the travel involved. But thanks for your interest.
Keith Storey wants 'Rain' and '23A' at the Fillmore.
Pete Stavrakoglou went to the Highline and said it was fantastic. Said the band was on top form and that M.C. played exceptionally well.
Ron: 'Any shows in Cleveland or Chicago planned?' There's a strong possibility.
Brian Wolff: 'Saw you in Newcastle recently (awesome). You sound as good now as you did in '73 - how do you do it?' I practice!
Tom Crolly: The show at the Highline was great - Havana even better. Thanks for 'Boy'. A friend of mine gave me a CD of you live in London 2007. I really like it but it's not on your site. Has a picture of you smoking and has 13 songs on it. How come?' No idea - first I've heard of it. We'll check it out.
Paul Cavani: - Never approached - and you can imagine what my response would be.
Seth Purvin: I don't really see the point, although I like to cover a song now and again.
Rick Graves: MTH threw everything out of the window and Stan sold the messed up TV for $100 at a garage. Fast forward, Aeorsmith tell the story - substituting themselves for us! A couple of those guys wanted to be bad - so bad. Nice guys - done some good stuff, but the Desmond Childe singles put them in perspective.
Dan Sebald: Too far back! Haven't heard it in a while. No idea who played what. The 'Just Another Night' alternative version was Roy Bitten's idea. We just thought it was to 'Springsteenish.' Roy was quite upset - he thought it could have been a hit, but I didn't want a hit that sounded like somebody else. Ronno sayd 'Why don't we do it the way you wrote it?' I couldn't remember the way I'd written it, but Mick did, so that's the version on the original record.
Harry Bengston: Can't figure out 'Old Records Never Die.' 'Is the guitar specially tuned?' Might be a semi-tone down - try putting a capo on the first fret. If that doesn't work, I don't know what to tell you as I wrote that song on the piano.
Nigel: We may play a New York area (one gig) in the spring, but I do have several ideas that I'd like to start working on record wise. I haven't written since 'Man Overboard' so the muscle is slack. Should be an interesting year (hopefully). You can never tell with writing. There's no time frame. When you're happy with what you've got, then you go in. All I can say is I do have some ideas.
Jonny A: 'Northeast Ohio?' It's in the mix.
Peter Brozek: Missed the Forum when he was 17. Not missing the Galaxy at 53!
Annika Patel: I don't know about 2011yest. Watch this site.
Mike Constanza: 'Have you seen the Ballad of MTH yet?' Yes, I saw it in London. Seemed great to me. It wasn't boring - but then again, I was in the band, so it wouldn't be. Jimmy Page was there and he said it was brilliant. Still Obama - 110%
Jeffrey: Up and down like a yo-yo.
Vincent Tarantino: We were offered San Diego but it didn't work out. Sorry about that.
Terry Cap: 'Just back from the Town Crier show. Fantastic. Great set list. Play the Infinity Hall in Norfolk!' Love the name. 'Infinity Hall' - great title.
Denise Lee: Thanks, Denise.
Derek Brown has seen us a few times in Scotland. Coming to LA 'I'll be the daftie with the saltire flag.'
Bryan Paterson thinks we should do 'Restless Youth.' Thought about it several times over the years, but never really got around to it.
Mark Romeo: 'When's the next album released?' When I've got ten songs I get off on!
Eugene from Oxbow: Yup.
Erio Law: 'Fall River nothing short of stunning - moved to tears on several occasions (Irene Wilde, Picasso, Somewhere - you sounded better than ever and looked great! (smirk). I was standing by the sound board and there were three songs listed as encores that you didn't do - was that because of a curfew? Or were you emotionally or physically spent? Or just didn't want to do more? Not that I felt cheated - just didn't want the magic to end. Thanks for coming to MA. It's been far too long.' Thing is with set lists - they're just a rough estimate - if it feels like 'that's it' to me then, that is it. Some songs - you've done a lot lately, so you leave them out for a night. Sometimes it's good to keep the band guessing. It's also fun to see the sound guy having kittens!
Peter Neff: EVERYONE loved the Narrows show; the set list was perfect. PLEASE come again. Once again - SHOW OF THE YEAR! Andy and Steve were incredible. Who's the king? YOU ARE!!! (smirk II)
Jay Tashjian: Get them things seen to. I toured with one once - not funny.
Yucca Flats: Yes, I saw them. We wondered where they came from. Nice one.
Martin Gerrard: I think a few have been changed, but only a tad. 'Flowers' was 'I can't se God- the trees are in the way'. Now it's flowers instead of trees.
Keith Jones wants 'Words' in California.
Jose' Pablo Fret Yodice: Email them. I'll see what I can do.
Andrew Oji: He laid it down in one take - he'd learned the whole thing at our house in Chappaqua - but he did come back a couple of times and 'drop in'. That's him on guitar on 'God Take 1' Great group guy. Told filthy jokes for a fortnight and never repeated himself once. Mind you, they were getting pretty naff towards the end. We never played live, although there is a super 8 somewhere of Mick and Me with Jaco and Bobby Columby jamming the beginnings of 'Alien Boy'.
Jake Wilson: I wrote that song as a vehicle for Mick. He was on form at that time.
Gary: 'Canada?' We'll see.
Stay tuned for Part 2.