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Hot! Hot! Hot! Not as hot as some places, but a trifle hot for the likes of me. Much prefer rain and misery! Anyway...
Janey Todd heard me in a cab and thought it was great. Says I'm foxy. A little grey round the fangs perhaps - but still huffing and puffing. P.S. the driver insisted it was Great White. Can't tell the difference these days.
Patty Woltz: Hi Patty. Patty says Steve Tyler gives ATYD's a mention in a Rolling Stone interview.
Jeff Brown: Very flattering, but I don't don A.P.'s owing to naughty people profiteering.
Bluesdog: How nice of you! We'll send you an address; say hi to Cutter.
Steve Baratta: Both Ronson and I were huge 'Honeymooner' fans. We'd never seen it in England. It used to be the Honeymooners on Channel 11 (in NYC) followed by Joe Franklin. Priceless.
Phil Herder: Interesting - see what you think of the next one.
Peejay: Wasn't that Foley? Full band next year? Hope so.
Ken: Tooo long a shot for me, Ken.
Robert Clayton: Well, I'm writing the next record at the moment and we'll record in late August/September so I haven't thought about gigging much. I'll be busy next year though.
Bob Gailiss: 'When are you coming to Australia you tosser? Love your work.' Bob loves the work of a tosser - must be an expat.
Carol Thompson wants to know where she can get 'The Artful Dodger' - and I don't blame her.
Kerri Fraser: Thanks
Kelly Wallace says MTH made the USA Today's crossword puzzle. That'll ____ them up.
Andrew D. Hosey III: Happy Birthday - do I have kids - I have 3 kids and they're all fab.
Gordon Grahame says he's looking for 'Overnight Angels' - wants to hear 'Little Star' again. I liked that one.
Steve Horne: Noted: A lot depends on a lot - would need more info.
Peter Camilleri: No fall gigs. Recording.
Ginger: 'Boston, please?' Maybe next year.
Bryan Paterson (Perth, Scotland) 'Updates on the album?' Song wise it's almost ready. We're going in in about 6 weeks time. 'The Unplugged gigs?' Portugal (where our sound guy lives) is experiencing postal problems (a strike or something) so the unplugged CDs are somewhere in space and it is extremely annoying, but what can you do.
Liz Krinsky: Unstick girl - unstick! You'll be fine - you have a brain.
Norman Banfi: 'Why not put the songs you're not playing on any given night - on before you instead of a support act? We can all have a sing - a - long before you come on?' Isn't that cheating a bit?
Andy: Bender is and was capable of very melodic guitar parts. He just gets so excited. 'MTH? 40 years next year? Any chance?' Well - you can never, say never.
Terri: Very impressed by a guy and a girl called 'Marah' who opened for Jesse Malin in York recently. Apparently they're on Yep Roc, but I've not heard them.
Paul Stepto: We recorded 'Walkin' With A Mountain' at Olympic Studios in London. During the recording Mick Jagger walked in and started dancing in the control room. That's probably what I was talking about.
Todd Seager: 'Toronto? Ever again?' I would certainly hope so. Logistics and all that sometimes get in the way - but I love Toronto.
Donald Mease: Glad I was of help. We had some of those on the Ringo tour. When they tried it on me I just said, 'How much?' and then they left me alone.
Paul Cavani: Say hello to Debbie, she's lovely!
Liz Krinsky: 'I had a look for the book 'The Scots Invented Everything' but I've got a fair few books and I can't find it.' I remember getting it in Borders, if that's any help.
Carola: Tell Kim I was asking after him. Glad all is OK.
Jay Lynn: David liked the band a lot and he didn't want them to split up so he offered us the song. I've no idea why he didn't keep it for himself; I know he'd tried it. Perhaps he thought it suited us. He was totally happy with the outcome.
Donna McGrath-Komodikis: Too early to say. Should be busy next year though.
Gary Dedoussis: Son's 19, a drummer and taught himself 'Dead Man' on the piano. 'Thereby justifying the money spent on piano restoration.' Actually, 'Dead Man' is pretty easy to play. Ralpher thought it had hundreds of chords when he first played it but it's relatively simple.
Kelly Wallace is on about ATYD's on Guitar Hero. I'd like to know why they didn't use the original.
Ian Crawford: I know Gary Louris; lovely chap. Our paths have crossed and we have mutual friends. James Mastro is a mate of Gary's.
Dave Griffiths: 'Glastonbury awaits your presence. This year Leonard Cohen and Jimmy Cliff performed. I reckon you and the Rant Band would go down a storm. Will you phone Michael or shall I? Keep June/July 2009 free!' You do it!
Bob Kleb: Has anybody mentioned you look like Imus?' Yes. I get it on occasion and it's always from large people for some reason.
Alan Keinch: You paying for 'em?!
Bucks Burnett: You're welcome.
Marcus: After the Mott split I came to the U.S. and stayed at Bobby Colomby's house with Trudi. I was totally exhausted and on the verge of a nervous breakdown (I was hospitalized for a short time). Eventually, Mick and Susie and Stan Tippins came over and we discussed what to do. Mick then went back to England and formed a band for us to do my first solo album. I then went back and we rehearsed at Tony Pike's place. I didn't like the drummer so we replace him with Dennis Elliott. We then went into Air II on Oxford Street to record my first solo record. How and when Mick did Lou Reed I can't remember - I thought he'd done that a while before.
Rich Willis: How nice. Thank you, Rich.
Tapps: Why did you take your shades off for the 'All of the Good Ones'. Don't know. Maybe I just liked the photo - maybe I was fed up with the shades. It's a while ago.
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...