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Brrrrrrrr. Bit on the nippy side, Jeff; and that's a good thing.
Larry Dellerba votes for BB Kings. Likes the room; likes the staff.
Andrew Field: 'Any news of Shrunken Head's - Euro tours?' We're trying to release Shrunken Heads the first of May. It's tight; but that's what we want. I'll give you the various label information in next month's Horse's Mouth. As far as tours go, we're doing Norway. We have offers from Sweden and Spain and the UK. All will be revealed shortly. I met Trudi in London.
Dirk: 'Have you ever sung Irene Wilde without somebody screaming at the start of the song?' Many times. They usually wait until 'Be somebody someday' comes around.
Kirk: Do you have the H shaped and the Maltese Cross guitars? No, I don't have the Maltese Cross. I still have the H Shaped - it's on loan to Cleveland's Hall of Fame.
Graham Hillman: 'Did Mott record or film any of the early gigs?' I've seen footage. There's some live footage at the Paris Olympia, but the audience just stared at us. The singles were filmed for TOTP but that was about it. Stupid really. Broadway would have been amazing.
Phil Taylor: Same to you, Phil.
Joe Natiello: Prefers the Bowers (cooler/hipper).
Daniel C: There is good and there's bad. I prefer good. You sleep better.
Marty G likes BB Kings. Likes the sound. Says the food's good and (at 54) prefers sitting down (same here, mate!).
Jeffrey: We were thinking of Greece at some point. James Mastro is Greek.
Verne Davis: 'The Slimmer Twins' were Mick Ronson and myself. We used that when we produced outside stuff.
Sully: Covered 'Angel of Eighth Avenue' for his ears only.
Francis L: Same to you, Francis
Rick Lake: Same to you, Rick. Don't have any thoughts on Live Nation, yet. We shall see.
Pat: Same to you, Pat
Glenn: Boston? Providence? It's been all go with the record now, once that's finalized we get onto the touring aspect. I'm sure, Boston will be included.
Kellianne Flynn: Same to you, Kellianne. I'm sure we'll be visiting New York.
Ron Hawkins: 'What is the common link between you, Dylan, Ronson and Bowie?' Bowie and the Spiders and MTH had the same manager - Tony Defries (or Deepfreeze if you knew him). Mick Ronson was the guitarist in the Spiders and later joined MTH. Mick and I then worked on and off together for 20 years. Mick would do other things as well when I was writing. Dylan - Van Morrison - myriad of other productions.
Alex Woods: 'Is your hair really white? I saw you at the TSO concert and it was white.' Well, it used to be ginger - now it's half ginger and half white so it's what Susie Ronson (who cuts it) calls (somewhat optimistically) 'golden blonde'. The TSO lights were pretty brilliant white - so it probably looked that way. Ah well.
Justin testing: Hello, Justin. Happy New Year!!! Thanks for keeping the old site moving.
Geoff Jenke: Street press free magazine in Adelaide, South Australia wants an interview. I'll get Trudi to sort this one out.
Jeff Williams: 'What is your favourite beer?' Don't do beer these days. Don't mind a Corona with a bit of lime, if I have to.
Larry Butti: Lovely email.
Wynand Van Emmerik: I had two Silverburst Les Paul customs. They were two of only five made for an expo. I remember trading one to Earl Slick for a Steinberg. They sounded great but they were much heavier than a normal Les Paul and I got fed up lugging them about.
Bob Kleb: Same to you and your family, Bob. Wants us back at Finnegan's Wake in Philly. That was a fun gig.
Stano: Same to you and yours.
Michael says 'check out Citizen Cope. Great Band. Being compared to Lennon and Dylan.' Can't be bad, can it?
S.B.: 'The Comic Strip on Mick and you can bee seen at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, didn't know there was one.
Oeyvind Kristoffersen: Just saw 'Life After Death' on YouTube. Does a DVD exist of this show? Not a legal one. 'Are you doing Lillehammer Rock Festival this spring?' I think we are.
Ed: 'I was researching Ken Hensley and came across info that you were asked to join Uriah Heep.' Yup.
Tony Grist - on Luther's Mott the Hoople. Luther doesn't own the name. The original band - Phally, Pete, Mick, Buff and I own the name. He's been warned already. I'm OK with ex-MTH but I wish he would do this. It's probably his manager, but you can get sued for stuff like this. Obviously, we don't' want to do that because we like Luther. He's a 'great bloke' - but the bugger's pushing it. Does his MTH affect the real MTH? Who knows - but he's fooling some people.
Damian Rippon: 'Did you ever holiday on the Jersey Shore?' Nope. 'Did you ever jam or hang out with Bruce Springsteen?' We've had a couple of chats over the years.
Bart: 'How did you hook up with Trans Siberian Orchestra? Why the hell wasn't it advertised?' Paul O'Neil's office called my agent, said he was a big fan. It wasn't advertised because Paul wanted it to be a surprise.
Keith Nickless: Bought 'Wildlife' on vinyl for his birthday. 'Angel of 8th Avenue' still gives me the chills.' I like the rhythm section on that track.
James Ball: 'Do you know where in England you may be touring?' There's various plans a foot, but nothing I can divulge as of yet. I used to play Kings Lynne Corn Exchange with Freddie Fingers Lee way back in the 60's. There was a pub opposite run by Jack Barrie who later became the owner of the Marquee on Wardour Street in London and a major player. The Tea Time 4 used to play in Jack's pub on a regular basis. Boz (Bad Co) was the singer, and a very good one, too. Jack Barrie had a fish + chips shop in Kings Lynn we often ate at.
Dennis Irwin remembers the day in '75 when my first solo album came out. He bought it right out of the shipping box the second it came through the door. Just as well it was OK!
Pat: 'Got this incredible Phil Spector Box set woooooow! Are you a Spector fan? (Of his music, yes, very much so.) Leon Russell's all over these tracks (best ever). There's a picture of him with a pompadour (that, I've not seen).'
Martin Lapham: As far as I can remember, 'King Rocker' was the first single off of 'Valley of the Dolls'. I produced both.
John Blacklock: Kelvin's littler brother!! How is Kelvin these days? I talk to Overend once in a while. He's still the same. Give Kelvin my best.
Brad Hardisty: ' I don't know who votes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it seems like right now the whole British Art Rock Genre of the 70's - MTH, Queen, Be Bop Deluxe, Roxy and others who were a part of the scene, seem to be missing completely. What is going to be the turning point as far as what you see where the bands that turned me onto want to play guitar, such as your band - the above mentioned, and other bands like Thin Lizzy are at least up for induction? It's absolutely not right that this kind of went right from the late 60's/early 70's arena acts to punk - and skipped this whole important genre that had an impact on everything.' I couldn't possibly comment.
Mike Costanzo dragged out 'Strings Attached' the other night. When you do 'Ships' the orchestra plays a beautiful little intro. Is this different from other versions?' Sure is - as is the piece before 'Dudes'. Kjetl Bergestrand is a brilliant Norwegian arranger/player/movie soundtrack maker. Kjetl was musical director on 'Strings'. He also played on 'The Artful Dodger.'
Greg Holloway: Please play the Norva in Norfolk, Virginia. It's not up to moi, Greg. It's up to agencies and promoters.
Phil Lewry: I'm so happy I was of some use to you. I reckon by the time I get to Australia, it'll be like a UK tour the rate they're leaving at!
David: 'If you recall, I sent an email about TSO doing 'Cleveland Rocks', after seeing them last year. Congrats to them for inviting you. Now I'm really PO'd I didn't see them this year!'
Stefano Leonetti - Play Italy or Switzerland. It will be posted on this site if we do.
Martin Averweg: Come to Germany or Switzerland! Well - that's two for the Swiss show already!
Mets Grrl: 'What do you think about the Mets not getting Barry Zito for 2007! I thought the money was stupid; they did the right thing.
Dave Griffiths: 'In reference to the last Horse's Mouth - why is there only one monopolies commission?' Nice one, Dave.
Pippa Moye: Saw Tracie last night at Big Red, Holloway. Wanted to say hello, but didn't want to intrude (say hello!). (She'd not typing this one, but I'm sure she'll read it). Says she met Tracie at Brighton Concorde five years ago. I don't remember the interview revisit thing, but if I agreed, I must agree. The tea's cold.
Sam Cummins: Come to Seattle! Plus other stuff. Thanks, Sam.
Mike Mitchell: Are you touring the UK in 2007? Yes. We will get back to you regarding your request.
Dan Lellek is going to the Healdsburg show - says it's a great spot. Good oh.
David Pearce: Any UK dates? We are in the midst of changing agencies. It's being sorted as we speak. I'll definitely be over this year. It's just a question of when.
Phil Judge loves the Horse's Mouth; Loves 'Diary'. Will I write another diary? Who knows; the verdict's out on that one. It could happen!
Joe s: 'I'm not familiar with the Zombies - did you know them back in the day?' Heard their music, but I've never met them.
Bill Steffen: 'What's the last CD you bought?' Modern Times. What's the last CD you enjoyed?' I've no idea (not that I didn't like Modern Times.)
That's all for now folks! The list was short - only took a few hours! Should have more information for you in the next H/M regarding the labels and the areas and the day of release.
Happy 2007 to all of our readers.
Pet Peeve: Donald Trump: SHUT IT!