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Chris Brown: 'Hi Ian - in your last blog you quoted a Richard Rimmer. If you have his email address I can sort him out.' Thanks, Chris, but I can't really give out people's email addresses without their OK. Can I give him yours?
John: Did you enjoy working with the late Mick Ronson? Oh, yes. Was the cover version of Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane' an interesting tune to make?' At the time, I didn't really know what he was or about - I do now.
Hal: How do you do 'Picasso' live and not F it up? I try not to do it whenever Mick's wife or relatives come to shows - that' not easy - but normally, I just try and do my best with it. It's a good song.
Geoff Bryant: 'Sunday Times has an ad featuring the Kinks and Mott the Hoople. Is Ian part of this?' No. This is NOT Mott the Hoople and the S.T.'s should check its facts.
Steve Baratta: 'Yesterday I watched the movie 'Tarzan Finds a Son'. Not only did it have Ian Hunter, the actor, but the son was named 'Boy', like your song, and there were natives wearing Shrunken Heads around their necks.' Now you know where I get all this stuff.
Kevin Hymer: Kevin and his friends all have tattoos of an alligator biting his tail ala the first Mott the Hoople album on their right shoulders.
Jason Clark: Is the new one in the vein of SH or perhaps, Rant? The new one stands on its own; hard to explain, really. You'll have to get it and tell me.
Keith Isaacson: Gigs are between Frank Riley (my U.S. booking agent) and promoters. I just show up and do 'em.
Alex Falk: 'Obama. I am working on a tribute album. I love you. RIP Studs.' Go figure.
Jeffrey: 'Congrats - you did it. The Obamameister gonna be the man - come January 20th.' (Jesse - my youngest's birthday!)
Chris Miller: For midtown pub grub, I like 'Kennedys' on 57th Street between 7th and 8th and 'The Pig and Whistle' around 55th and Third Avenue.
Oystein: Apparently Steve Wynn (Miracle 3) talks us up in his blog. Thank you, Steve.
Tony O's: Fire grate.
Chris Hetherington: All good stuff.
Dave P. 'Write another book.' When the legs give out.
Andrew Field: It varies. Sometimes the office just rings and checks up if you're OK with it. Sure you get money, but I was only ever invited to one premier ('Teachers'); it was an experience I wouldn't want to repeat. As far a live acoustic goes - we have some, but haven't decided yet what to do with it.
Jeff Williams: 'Do you still get the jitters when you play live?' Not really - I used to and I hated it.
Bart: What makes Cleveland so special to you? The fact that it gets put down and yet it's discovered more unknown bands than any other city at times. You got great hat stores there too.
Kevin L: 'Do you live in an older home - modern home - much land - near water?' I live in a home I don't want to leave - isn't that the most important thing?
Al Trombetta: Quit smoking? (starting today.) Don't recall Roger, sorry.
Kevin: Yes, British Timpkin - ball bearings - someone told me it's gone now. Bloody long bike ride. 'Also, there is an alternative cover of 'All the Young Dudes' album in the book that ended up being the cover of Third Eye Blind's out of the Vein album 30 years later - any connection to this band?' None. Always loved that picture.
Dennis: Someone has to come up with an offer and then you consider it.
Kristofer Engelhardt: I've already OK'd this. Unfortunately, Jack no longer is involved. Suggest you contact Brady at Danny's office.
Sun Boy: 'Would you ever play with MTH again?' I wonder what that would be like.
Karen Bennett: Don't know if there are any; I'll ask Tru.
Rob Hodder: I would imagine 'Rose' was based on someone, but I've long forgotten who.
Verne: It was a question of alternatives - what was the alternative? I happen to think he'll be great. He can't perform miracles but he has a very good head on those shoulders.
Scott: Scotland's gorgeous!! Go in the summer. The history is amazing. Go to Burn's cottage; go to Edinburgh and follow the Mary Queen of Scotts trail. Visit Robert the Bruce's cave. The people are fantastic (except a certain Willie who keeps wanting a certain song played all the time).
Steve Green: 'I was reading the recent HM and a guy asked about the Mott Live album - and the beginning of 'Rest In Peace' when the audience claps. I saw MTH twice in Philly in 73/74 and you would have a puppeteer come out with a bird puppet and it would glide around. I think the audience were acknowledging the puppet.' Sounds right to me. Thanks, Steve.
Phil Gillies: 'Canada?' Next year, hopefully.
Liz K.: Thanks for the monthly report. All the best.
Alan from Kent, WA: Just mixed the new one. Thank God for Protools.
Bruno Silveira: Is the 'Artful Dodger' in print anywhere? Haven't a clue.
Pat is on about 'Pearl and Roy' and quotes some of the lyrics. Pretty good, huh?
Michael Powell: 'Michigan.' You bet.
Sam Cummins: Steve Marriott had an enormous voice; remarkable considering his size. He was lovely when sober and a bit naughty, otherwise. Missed by many including my mate Craig who used to look after him.
Gus Goad: Hello, Gus. How goes it? Hope the family blooms! So nice to hear from you.
And so to bed. Sorry for whom I've missed. Sometimes an answer just doesn't come to mind.