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Jeffrey: Thanks for the update. Actually I wouldn't mind a pup. The problem is we're in and out a lot and it's not fair on animals.
Eric Heinzman: 'How many hours of rehearsal are MTH spending in preparation for the reunion.' Not enough to mess it up.
Francis L.: #1: Don't have that compilation, so I don't know. #2: They're trying to put something together as we speak. #3: No, I haven't. #4: Relatively rant free - M.O.
Paul Dakin: 'For the record, I enjoy your work with MTH very much, but I would much rather hear you do a live set with the Rant Band. You're still vital and on top of your game.' Well - this is something completely different and I'm sure we'll enjoy it just as much in a different way.
Mark Hunter: 'Warm up gig in Croydon?' No, but wouldn't that have been a blast.
George Braithwaite: 'What motivated you all these years - when a lot of younger bands fall by the wayside after a couple of years?' I lost motivation in the middle to late 80's. I could see that record companies were eating music alive. Middle 90's I felt so down I started to realize the only thing that made me happy was music. Had to learn how to approach it properly again. Took a while, but I'm happy with the way it's going now.
Pat: 'Did Mott have a killer opening number or was it always changing?' I think we changed it according to what album we were on at the time.
John Coghlan: Brady will get hold of you.
Kevin Baggott: I think Mott did Canada once. I've done it a few times.
Kelly Wallace: 'Tony Sindaco and I flying in from Florida. Tony is a professional chef and has owned and run several upscale restaurants. Do you need a band cook?' Well, we got a band everything else! We'll probably be living on pork pies and cheese rolls if the first time round is anything to go by.
Terry Moon: 'When you started out you were always being compared to Dylan, but I didn't see it because you were so British and he so American. Some of your phrasing is similar - I even got 'Highway 61' to compare you, but felt that was as close as it got. Have you ever met or played with the man?' Well, Bob's the yardstick as they say - and miles ahead of everybody. Sometimes you can write a song as good, but overall - he's the man! Massive gift and application. Never played with him, but I've met him a couple of times.
James Harman: Don't know yet. Doing this thing on Radio 2 on May 6th. Radcliffe and Maconie - just a short one.
Randy Sutton: 'What's your favourite song that you've written?' 'Once Bitten's a great rock song - simple with a twist - that's the hardest type of song to write. 'Dead Man Walkin'' wrote itself - always a good sign. 'Irene Wilde' simple and heartfelt. There's no one favourite. I like most of them for one reason or another.
JTLI: Oh, alright.
Liz K.: I can imagine.
Dave Drew: Best of luck to the Suffolk County United Veterans organization! 'When you play a song you haven't played in many years how do you remember it?' By looking at the front row!'
James Rawnsley: Has a MTH group on Face Book. Says his wife told him he wouldn't get any members - so far he's got 1200. Well don, lad.
Joe Breakdown: 'Can't wait for October - got tickets for my Mum and Dad as well.' I remember taking my Dad to the Albert Hall along with my Aunt Nettie and Uncle Willie (who was in a wheelchair). They lost Wille for the whole gig and finally found him quite happily sitting in a box. We were crap if I remember correctly - hope this is not an omen.
Jan Martin: That's not what this is about.
Kirk: 'Any radio before actual event?' Bit early to say.
Tom McCool: 'Not everybody can jump the pond for the reunion - when's the new album coming out?' July 21st on New West Records.
Peter Jordan: I wouldn't class this in any way as political - unless Eddie Izzard turns up.
Gerry Fae Glasgow: 'Where do you go for a drink after the show?' Berlin. Nah - the thing is, I've got to sing five nights out of 6 so I'm in bed before you reach the front door. I'd love to piddle around, but unfortunately, it doesn't work that way for vocal chaps. You're traveling 300 miles - I'm traveling 3,000. The way I see it - it's your round.
Kelly: 'Molly is 15 months now. I'm still trying to turn her into Hunter Punter, but she's not impressed.' Try 'Golden Opportunity'.
Martin Sheard: It's up to you, Martin. It's up to you.
Joe Basile: Thanks, Joe.
Nick Malcolm: No problem.
Bucks Burnett: 'Latest issues of THM a bit predictable - even redundant?' Yes, - but it's to be expected. I do miss the odd stuff that used to come up. 'Are the expecting you to fly through the air with the H guitar and three foot platforms?' Well, if they are they're going to be sorely disappointed. Seriously, I just think this is having fun while waiting - time. Can't wait until November though.
Peejay: 'Are you nervous about it - I mean in relation to the Rant experience?' Am I nervous in what way? Can we still cut it? I don't think we'd do it if we thought we'd be sad. I think it'll be exciting to be with the lads again. Don't forget I don't run this - I'm just a fifth member. It's totally different to the Rant band where I get to do what I want. Less responsibility with MTH and therefore less worry!
Dennis: Don't think so. I do remember gigging in England with them. Don't bank on it.
Ron: If that were to happen, Cleveland would be probably one of the first considerations.
Al Maddox: Appreciate the input, but that side of it is out of my hands.
Andrew Seboniak: Is London as big a city as Las Vegas? I think London's got you beat by about 13 million, Andrew.
Matt Nojonen: Dark Side.
Max from Stockholm: 'Why not put an RSS Feeder to the Horse's Mouth?' Because I don't know what an RSS Feeder is.
John Anderson: Nice to meet you. Regards to the Albino Bros.
Tom: Obnoxious - I believe is the correct spelling. Hopefully, we'll visit Houston.
Jonathan C: 'Just listening to 'Read 'em 'n' Weep' for the first time in a long time. I think it's your most beautiful song.' See - there's another one.
Ian Grant Hunter: Waterlow Park is a beautiful place in North London.
Lyndon Brown: 'Quite frankly, it doesn't matter what you ear - what you play - or where you play. The great thing is you lot are playing again. Thank God!'
Peter Lewis: 'What comes next?' Reality. Rock 'n' Roll. Bands play false versions of somebody else's songs in front of mutant audiences and garner massive press. Winning one single deal with some crooked lawyer driven record company. Can't wait. Peter's looking for Paul Abbott and in re: to my previous Earl Garner reply: 'You made me think of the years I successfully wrote and got published until I went to University as a mature student to further my career and then it stopped.' My message - if you've got the urge to create then go and do it. It's what you are that's making you do it. Anything else will not be you!!
Mooney Rooney: No, sorry, I don't remember Ruisrock in Finland in '72.
Ian Hollinghurst: What info do you need? It's early days.
Bill McCue: 'Get Sanborn on sax.' Wouldn't that be great.
Alan, Kent WA: 'Susan Boyle should open for MTH.' OK by me. She's got a great voice.
Mike Pecucci: Never got flack for it back then. Pre-political correctness. Ahhh- those were the days.
Gary: 'Ian - still quit smoking? - it's a bitch - my longest - 14 months. Who would go back after that? Me, - what a drag.' I'm still fighting the good fight and I'm slowly winning it.
Bill Sillas: 'Was releasing 'Foxy Foxy' as a single the start of the decline for MTH? It was so different to anything else and you couldn't dance to it and it sounded a real mess on a cheap radio. The band lost momentum after that.' Who knows. That was then; this is now.
Deb Barry: 'Detroit - we miss you !!' Hopefully, pretty soon.
Bob: 'Is Ian Hunter playing NYC any time soon? Heard a rumor he's playing free in some 'River to River' event in NYC. Yes, I've been asked to do River to River on June 24 (I think that's the date) in Manhattan. I don't know how long the set will be yet, but I'm assuming it's full length. As far as I know I'm doing it with the Rant Band.
Les vineyard: 'Is there any chance that a brand new MTH song could be written by October?' There's always a chance - who knows.
Jack Eastwood: Don't worry about it, Jack. We'll see you down the road.
Steve Ornelas: Sorry Steve, wrong cadet.
Ah well, that's it. I know I've missed a load, but it was more of the usual. Take it easy and have a flu free spring. Oh, and thanks for saving our arses, Barack.