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Morning, the snow is knee deep at Hunter Towers. Tracie is due in with her friend Joyce at 5 PM. Must get a move on.
Trevor Yeardley wants a Mott DVD. I think Sony UK have one on the cards.
Rich Manson: My recollections of the New York Dolls opening for MTH. Well, they stuck together like glue - especially anywhere away from Manhattan. Arthur (the bass player) adored, Pete Watts, and covered Pete's moves. In truth, they weren't that great as musicians. If somebody could have dried them out they would have stood more of a chance. Good songs. They got better later on when the heat was off. I went to see Sylvain and he was great. David forged an eclectic career - his kind of what kids wanted to be. Intelligent chap. The Bowery was their stomping ground. If they had played as good as they looked in the early days they could have taken over the world. The mid-west was totally perplexed by them and they - in turn - were perplexed by the mid-west! Played with David recently - still a handsome lad.
Willie fee Glasgee says top 5 for the next tour according to his poll are 1) Central Park & West, 2) Sucker, 3) The Loner, 4) Women's Intuition, 5) Who Do You Love? We'll see.
Chris Brown: The spring tour has been moved to the autumn. Sorry about that, but by the time the record is finished it wouldn't leave us enough time.
Colin Blades: NO!
Peter Jordan: Nah - still the same.
Rooster: Says Astoria DVD is fab - gave him goosebumps!
Ziggy Rokita says we should leave a gap between regular tracks and bonus tracks on re-issues and asks if ' I get so excited' on tour. Actually, 'Excited' was the hardest track to do on that album. Ronno fished it back from the outtake pond.
Craig Kohler: My relationship with Guy Stevens? Well, Guy was the first person to look me in the eye and tell me I had something. This can be pivotal in a young man's career - insecurity was one of my strong points. He was crazy, but had amazing taste in literature and music. Bi-polar would be as near as you could get. A glorious hypocrite who could make things happen. We all loved him, but he grew sadder as the years rolled by and in truth, was waiting for an exit. You can't explain guy in a paragraph, it's impossible - too many contradictions.
Harry Gregory: Come to Wilkes-Barre, PA.!
Rick Graves: How did I come to know Alejandro Escovedo? Well, I heard he was a fan and covered a couple of my songs and then we met at a benefit in Chicago and I was struck by the genuineness of the man. I think 'true believers' sums him up.
Ed: Got any old Mott clothes left? I don't think so.
Britfan: Loved the Boardwalk in Sheffield. Do I still have contact with Verden (says was amazing). Haven't seen him in a couple of years. P.S. Graham Maby's brilliant.
Wyatt Ford: Season's greetings to you, too!
Carl: Will there be another Mick Ronson Memorial? Don't know.
Fiona: Good luck with Quella.
Tom McGarry: Wasn't keen on Ray Davis' concert. Says his band stayed very much in the background - (mine don't!) Well, Ray does it his way, and I do it mine. Camaraderie within a band is very important to me. We're all mates, anyway - I've always been a 'group' man. Just like having the final say, that's all!
Tall Paul watches 'Deadwood' (I'm a big fan, too) - Says the Al Swerengen character refers to all the miners and laborers as 'the Hooples'. Is that the correct use of the term with the working class connotation? A Hoople is a kind of hobo or tramp like character so I guess it fits (them and us).
Sophie Burghardt: 'Any tour dates - 16 and impatient?' England will be next autumn.
Lindsay Williamson: Looked at Ronnie Wood's superb artwork recently and wondered if I paint? Not since school, but I was OK. Even had a painting on BBC once in a kid's competition. Suzi Ronson bought me a paint box and its still untouched in the basement. I look at it, but haven't made a move yet.
Bobby Balloch was at the Mott/Queen gig at the Apollo in November 1973. He remembers the reaction to Queen being very positive. Good! And they were.
Larry Woodside: Larry and friends are syndicating a radio show and just got their first station. Check the show out on the internet at www.kds.com on Wednesday evenings 7 to 11 pm. It's called the Nuckleheads. Wants to know about 'Crossroads'. When did we record it? Probably in '69 at Morgan Studios in London. We need an address. Dave P. says he can feel 'Resurrection Mary' within him. That's a great compliment. Says Steve Harley and Dylan touch him deep inside. Good - good - good.
Tom Knight - Happy 50th!
Kelly Wallace says she lived in Amityville Long Island when she was 15. Her brother gave her a Les Paul he found at the baggage claim at JFK. Said Mott had left it behind in '72. Could it be Mick's? I don't know, Kelly, but I do remember Mick lost a Les Paul Junior at a gig on Long Island. Maybe he thought he'd lost it at the gig, but in fact left it at the airport? I guess, we'll never know.
Patrik (not) Misja (Sweden) says to keep songs on the next CD 10 to 2 at the most. I agree, totally. Whether that'll happen or not, I don't know!
Gary: 'Got 'Just Another Night' DVD. Very good. Good to see Mick Ralphs. I'd heard Mick didn't play much lead on your last tour, but that's not really true; Andy does his thing and Mick does his. Hope you continue to work with Mick.' Actually, it was quite simple; we did the songs and Mick would say to Andy - 'you do that - I'll do this'. They're both intelligent people so it was really easy.
Jon Irelan: 'Come to San Francisco.' Love to.
Pat: 'Are you a Tom Waits fan?' You know when you get into bed and rap them nice warm covers over you. That's his voice.
Vern Morrison: Thanks.
Keither: Off the rack - expensive rack, though!
William A. Werch: 'her tail' (blush).
Mark Ferry: West Coast is in our plans for next year.
Mike Edwards: 'I agree with Mick Watkins - come to Melbourne!
Verne and Ziggy: Thanks and you can send it to P.O. Box 245, Bridgewater, CT 06752.
Dave P.: She's absolutely correct - unfortunately!
Kelly Wallace: Have I got any of the old pic's left from MTH? Nope, sorry.
Jim McCabe: Stan Tippins and I are the only true computer illiterates left…
Rick V.: When will I tour the States again? Hopefully, next year.
Patrick Pernard: Got the Diary says it's a great read. Do I still see Tull? Nope.
Bruno Peres: Any chance of a show in Brazil? I'd love to pop down, but we haven't heard from any Brazilian Promoters.
Janey: Got signed to an indie label. Doing the Stone Pony and 'shitting a brick'. See, it's harder than it looks, isn't it, Janey! Good luck!
Bob Barnes: Hi Bob. Bob says Sony is looking to re-release the 30th Anniversary edition on the 16th of January (cat.no. 82876769432). Thanks. Bob wants us to come to Aylesbury!
FIONA WANTS HER WEBSITE MENTIONED: http://tonymills77.tripod.com. Mentioned. There you go, Fiona.
Keikka, Finland: Are there any particular cover versions you like less than other cover versions? Well, I haven't heard a lot of them. The Japanese ones are kind of funny - the band plays well but the singings kind of odd and sometimes the words are hilarious.
Kieran McPeake: Did you ever meet George Best? No, but I was at the Cobblers ground in Northampton when Manchester United played Northampton in the cup and George scored six goals. Man U won 7-1 (I think). At the end of the game all the Northampton players lined up and applauded him off the pitch. I've never seen that before or since.
Bucks Burnett: Thanks for your email. Send it with a note to P.O. Box 245, Bridgewater, CT 06752.
PeeJay: If I did covers - who would I cover? Well, it's less of who you would cover and more of what suits your voice. Joe Elliott just sent me their cover of 'Golden Age' (to be released this spring on their new record 'Yeah'). EXCELLENT!
Tracy: Congrats on the award! I don't get the Madonna thing or the President email thing. Best of luck with 'Trista Rose.'
Andy Sibson: 'Have you got a title for the new album yet?' No. Have a go and let me know.
Steve: 'What books are you reading lately?' Sam Cook's bio is a great read and I'm half way through 'The Island at the Center of the World' by Russell Shorto. Fascinating stuff. I wouldn't mind, but I'll forget it all in a fortnight and have to read it again.
Peter Jordan: I don't look back. Sometimes I'll remember something that may trigger an idea, but in general I'm not big on looking back - it's been done already. Am I a fan of people? You can't generalize, but I do wish some of them would wake up. I'm a fan of Shednas - the less irritants in my life - the better.
Heather: Don't know yet where the U.S. gigs will be, but keep tables on this site.
Andy Martin says Ozzy spoke favorably about me on ITV … nice one, Ozzy.
Dave Donner: Thank the Lord I didn't grow up Catholic! It's good.
Kelly: 'If I could get lessons from anyone it would be Andy York!' Andy's fine. We've been doing a bit of preproduction along with Steve Holley, James Mastro, and Andy Burton. Kelly says I'm up a level - only hope it continues. This record's calmer - more band and groove oriented.
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...