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John H. Detroit - I owe one.
Ryan Heslin: Tyman Dogg played on Short Back 'n' Sides excellently - if a little out of tune! Big mate of Mick Jones.
Kelly Wallace: Kelly's giving me the Christmas greetings stuff and so are others. I want you all to know my family appreciate it.
Ginger: None taken!
Paul Abbott: Talk to Miller - he's really easy going and full of stories. Give him my love.
Phil Monaghan: Haven't seen it (I don't compute). No, I didn't borrow the inscription - I just did it one night and it stuck. 'Is Picasso (with the Strings) your best ever version of the song?' It's got to be up there.
Paul Kennett: Happy Christmas.
Zach Kleinheksel: 'Any plans for Michigan.' Yes. 'Touring with Dylan?' No.
Mary Crocket: Arizona! Who knows?
Dan Mitchell: 'Dear Ian and Co. This question has plagued me for years at my mind and leading me to the dark places of the soul, from which men rarely return. Where the hell is Oreole?' In your mind Dan - in your mind.
Karl Nylander: Sweden? Not sure. I think Norway's a possibility. Keep watching.
Colin Blades: If a Christmas song ever 'comes,' I promise I'll record it - so far nothing. I love that American Christmas song, 'I'm Getting' Nuttin for Christmas'. Cute lyric.
Andy Allison: A mark of respect.
Matt Nojonen: 'Dear Mr. Hunter, I have been in my profession for 19 years now. Over the last 5 years, the bull - - - - has become so deep and so toxic that my reasons for doing what I do have become largely a sideshow to red tape, politicking and ego stroking. How in the bloody hell have you managed to keep your head together in your business and keep making such good music for so long? What words of wisdom can you share with all of us shlubs grinding our teeth in the heartland?' To be honest, I avoid/evade my business as much as I possibly can. A lot of people can't do that, so I'm really not the one to ask. Definitely lay back a bit more. Ease off. Your health is more precious than any idiot corporation. I'm just wondering when the revolution starts? I think we're going to have to have one to show these mega rich idiots that it can't go on like this. They get greedier and greedier; the world's off balance. I'd rather be mowing lawns, quite frankly. I'm just hoping Barrack Obama is what he seems to be. We need tunnel vision to stand up to the real threat and we need it soon. What is the monopolies commission doing?
These spoofs should be published; they are unique. Collect them all and send them off. I mean it, man.
Steve Kessel: I remember there was a club in St. Louis - about a 500 seater. St. Louis was kind of metallic at the time, so we weren't too popular in the area. That night, however, the gig was great and the audience made it that way. They acted like they were starved of the good stuff!! I don't have a problem with St. Louis. We'll see how it goes.
Ritchie: Hey Ritchie, might be a little too sweaty with the global warming. I'd swap for Alaska. Probably May for me.
Victor Martinez: 'Pollstar has you playing in Healdsburg, San Francisco and LA. Any truth to this? With the Charm and the Zombies.' I haven't signed on the dotted line as of yet, but that is the plan.
Fiona from Glasgow: All the best x
Mike Pecucci: You're right - it's hard to do - but you're right. We're better now, so it's easier.
Scott Hune: Did I play Cleveland with TSO? Yes, indeed, I did.
Brett Mayo: Enjoyed your email. Irene Wilde (as far as I know) is still alive and kicking - but in Shrewsbury, England - not the west coast.
Jon Landen: 'Has Mott (or you) ever played MSG?' I played the Felt Forum with MTH and later with Ronno. We never did the Garden. We were booked (June 3, 1975) but the band split.
Tom: I don't see why not if the right date comes in.
Mike: Has no problem with BB's and wants a gig at the Chance again. Boy does that place need a wash and brush up.
Anton Tibbe says BB's sound is superb - it's a nice room, but there are also drawbacks.
Al Trombetta: Thanks me for HM. Hi, Al.
Bucks Burnett: 'To be clear - I'm not pushing for no bar codes - that's impossible. I just want bands and labels to put them on the promo stickers - you take the wrapping off - no more bar code. What if you went to a museum and there were bar codes on all the paintings - I feel the same way about covers. We need to promote and protect art - what's left of it anyway.' Right on.
Paul Rivers says we should do the Roundhouse in London. We'll see.
John Jepson: 'Upon hearing MTH Live 30th Anniversary' CD - why no sax player on the tour? Surely it couldn't have been pricey to have one hanging out - 'Golden Age' doesn't hack it without the sax - other tunes could have been fleshed out with sax as well.' I guess we forgot.
Anonymous: 'Ever consider a duet with Mr. Manilow on 'Ships'? Oh, sure.
Ronny Hawkins: Give a one - word description to the following guitarists: Mick Ronson - Grace. Earl Slick - Italian. Mick Ralphs - underrated. Ariel Bender - love.
Carlo Mathews: 'I'm an Irishman living in Bolivia (brilliant place) working on my third album. The second - in English was voted in the top four albums of the year - traditional, but quirky. Rock 'n' Roll - my own vibe. Can I send it to you? Course you can, Carlo - I'll get Trudi to give you a box office number. [PO Box 245, Bridgewater, CT 06752].
So that's it! Another year … Hope your dreams come true! And if they don't you've always got me! We'll be revving up soon.
All the best,
P.S. Tracie's typing half and Trudi's typing half so she gets a break for once.