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Morning all. Sorry I'm late, but I've been busy.
Oor Wullie: 'Best 12 days in living memory.' I don't know about that Willie - how about last Friday!
Nick Farey: 'Any more Mott gigs?' We shall have to wait and see.
Ed Cole: 'You never let us down - so many did.'
Verne: Not my department, mate. If there is a credit card option I would think that would solve the problem.
Mike Bomberger: 'Man Overboard - awesome.'
Bryan discovered his wife's passport had expired the night before flying to London so they had to cancel the trip. If you're going somewhere that's the first thing you put to one side. 'M.O. is another in a solid line of classics.' Thank you.
Norrie Mcintosh came down to Hammersmith from Scotland and had a great time. Don't remember the Kelvin Hall gig - too far back.
Mike Thompson and three children (in their 20's) 'blown away' at Hammersmith.
Fred Heijser: Great reunion show. Do you plan any solo gigs soon?' I've had numerous offers in for early next March and we're trying to arrange it all (UK and Europe).
Phil/Mandy: 'Our only regret is that we were only there one night!'
Felix: 'Please explain the power of Mott. I was crying at the end of the gig.' I don't know what it is; we call it the 'x' factor. We were all hoping it would be there when we got together and it was. Indefinable; nothing you can fake.
Tony Day: 'Cracking gigs - but where was 'Foxy, Foxy'?' In New York with Ronnie Spector where she belongs.
John O'Rourke: 'Bring M.O. to Dallas.'
Ian: Sometimes in the old days you had to do these lame, stupid TV shows to promote your singles. That's probably what you saw. We hated them.
Bill Vallier: 'Been listening since 'Mad Shadows'. Your writing over the years has literally brought tears to my eyes.' That bad, huh!
Toni Heath: 'Best two weeks of my life - any more plans for MTH?' Too early to say.
Scottieboy and wife came in from San Antonio. 'Especially sweet to see Buffin on the kit.'
Kellianne Flynn: 'Brother gave me a copy of 'Man Overboard'. LOVE IT.'
Joe Walsh: 'Just spent an hour scanning the net reviews. Couldn't get there because of the timing . Congrats to Buffin.'
Dave Fowler: 'Are you a fan of Ronnie Lane's solo stuff?' Actually, I am.
Kelly Wallace: 'Cried like a child as did several other around us. You have no idea the impact those shows had on our lives.' No, I don't, but the reaction is amazing.
Chris Kelly: 'Mott going out again?' We'll see.
Lionel Avery: 'On the last night - halfway through 'Memphis' - I could swear it was Jerry Lee Lewis' right hand - brilliant. Also enjoying 'Man Overboard'.' Now we're talking!
Shaun: 'Last night at Hammersmith was filmed - when is it available, and will it include the support act?' The filming that went on the last night was not a Hammersmith DVD show as such. These people have been doing a documentary on the band over the last couple of years. They were just looking for bits of the live show to edit into the documentary. Saying that, they did film the entire show. I don't know when it's out. When it's ready, I guess.
Dave Clark: 'Recollections of Steve Marriott when he sang with you on 'Midnight Lady'?' We met him in Manhattan in the coffee shop of the hotel we were staying at. We asked him to pop into the studio with us. Shadow Morton was the producer. I sang on the mike and Shadow put Steve about 40 feet away from the mike - that's how powerful Steve was. Wouldn't take a cent. He was a lovely bloke - when sober.
Brendan Monaghan: Not keen on the song.
Jonathan Beach: Bleak!
Rick Graves: 'Thanks for the Mott shows. Never saw them before so it was a thrill for me and so many others. I'm sure you know you guys have brought so many people together from all over the world who share a passion for MTH. Trip of a lifetime. Hope to see you out with 'Man Overboard'.'
Lyndon Brown: 'I said it would be the gig of the decade and it was.'
Roger in CT: 'Anyway you can do Mohegan Sun's Wolves Den?' Any plans for Howard Stern?' There are no plans for anything in the U.S. at the moment and I have parted company with the people who were supposed to take care of all that. I'll let you know when it's all sorted out.
Edward: Sorry, Ed, my memory is not that vivid.
Martin McWilliam: 'Ever play with Warren Zevon or Cheap Trick?' Not with Warren, but I know the Cheap Trick lads.
Andrew Molloy: Thank You.
Brian: I met Max Wall in Jersey. I was sent there to persuade him to join us for a tour. We got on really well and so he agreed. We started up North and it was difficult at first because Max used silence a lot and the fans wouldn't quiet down. We had to talk him out of leaving more than once. I began to dislike our fans because they just wouldn't shut up. If they had shut up they would have been blown away. Max was a comic genius and he adored the Who and Mott the Hoople. He'd sit with his head against the speakers at sound checks - he just loved the power and the energy. We kept in touch and later saw him in plays as he made his way as a serious actor. Brilliant man, but as always, there was a sad side. His eternal regret was that none of his kids would go near him. He was very lonely. Happens a lot with gifted people - they lack in other areas.
Jeff Stanke: Yup, Jeff - had to stretch a bit.
Ed is on about DVD's and CDs - not my department - I just play.
Joe Maddox: All right, mate. Now you go and get on with it. Best of luck to the 'Breakdowns'.
Anton Tibbe: 'There is a report you were at the Bottle Rockets show at the Mercury Lounge (10/17). Is it true and if so, what drew you there?' I was out with a few friends of mine and we went there amongst other places that night. Good band.
Lynne: 'You were magnificent at Poisson Rouge (I cried when you did 'Mother' (it was a goodcry - women have good cries - men don't get it, but that's ok).' Answer to your question regarding misheard lyrics - my favourite actually would be my eldest son, Steve, who sang 'To be a penguin' at school for a couple of years until it was pointed out to him that it was in fact 'to be a pilgrim'.
Donald Mease: Nothin yet.
Steve Marrington raving about Hammersmith.
Luther Center: 'Time of my life.'
Phil Huband: Victorian. We lived on the left as you look down. The room over the archway was not ours. It was a police station.
Glenn Weisberg: Enjoyed Graham and I at Le Poissan Rouge.
Sue Vaughn: We don't know anything yet. You'll know when I know.
Scott MacNicoll: Noted.
Jim Pepiot: 'M.O. terrific - gets better with every listen.'
Mike Bunyard: I've cancelled everything until I'm sorted out. Perhaps next spring.
Phil Monaghan: 'How much have the Mott shows done you inů.the hairs on my neck are still standing!' I don't think any of us thought it was going to be that good - we're getting used to the idea!
Karin: 'Do you feel appreciated enough?' If you read all the letters I get - the emails etc - you would know I feel plenty appreciated. Never been particularly interested in the masses; never wanted to be a lowest common denominator.
Glenn Morrissey likes me and Morrissey. Glass half empty, eh?
Paul Coombs - Don't know what this is - I'll mention it to Justin. [Sorted! says Justin]
Krystina: 'Are you touring the UK with 'Man Overboard'?' At the moment we have a couple of things to be scheduled. I'll let you know when it's a little more certain.
LeeAnn: 'Who was the guy who got on stage?' Dunno - but Stan loved it.
Beth Khoury: 'I'd always considered 'Overend's just a rock 'n' roll star' a throwaway line - I stand corrected. You guys nailed it.'
Richard Simmonds: 'Tracie looked and sounded great singing with you - will you ever record together?' She does her thing (extremely well) and I do mine. If the occasion ever arises we'll have a go.
Lauren: I used to come up to Canada quite a lot in the eighties and I know there's people up there that would like to see me and obviously, MTH. It just depends on routing - finance and promoters. Yes, I'm a fan of 'Once Bitten' too. Wish I could write another one like it - simple with a twist!
Diane Smith - Thank you.
Robert Bailey: 'Despite having seen you play several times in recent years - for some reason I expected to be disappointed by the reunion after all this time, but not a chance. I cannot believe you played better than that back in the 70's.' Actually, we probably didn't; learned a bit since then.
V R Geisel: 'How great to have your kids performing with you - you must be proud!' Proud of all of them.
I notice a lot of Texans traveled over. Thank you, Texas!!!
Fiona just saw Billy. Looking very dapper too.
Jeffrey: 'Genuine vintage high performance in the midst of manufactured mediocrity.' Or a small shot of penicillin in a sea of bacteria! Same thing.
Keith R. Smith: 'I was lost to another world for two hours.'
David Kiley on about 'Man Overboard'. Very gratifying. Thanks.
Liam: 'It seemed like the beginning of something rather than the end of an era.' It was both.
Nils-Okeh Andersson: 'Fantastic - dream come true - my son says he doesn't need to see any more R/R shows. Terrific.
Jon Bailey: I have some old Juniors. I like them because they're simple. A couple of knobs and they have not only balls, but quality. Everybody's different. I don't care who makes them or what they are. If you pick one up and it suits you - it can be cheap - that's the one for you.
Rob Goald: 'Love 'Flowers' and 'Way With Words' off your new album. What is your process for creating a song? Does it take a while, or is it an 'epiphany' of sorts'? I can't remember how 'Way With Words' developed, but I had the line 'Sometimes flowers ain't enough' on my mind for a while before the song came together. I just thought the line strong enough to build a song around it. Its subject matter is something I feel very strongly about.
Jeff Kroman: ' 'Man Overboard' is the best album I've heard this year.'
Bill C: 'So - was it worth it? Damn powerful stuff and I wasn't even there. Did you go back and watch the Oslo interview? You were wrong. It wasn't embarrassing at all. Did you see the end of National Lampoon's Vacation? You owe us. We bought all your stuff and you owe us!!! USA, USA, USA.' Hey look - I meant what I said at the time, all those years ago, and then for some reason it worked out and we did it and I was proven wrong. Rather I was right?
Maria Bello: Noted
Ritchie C. - We're working on it. Thanks, Ritchie.
Jim: Detroit is a town that we would seriously consider. It has always been a great rock city.
Leon: 'Thanks for the reunion. Live disc captured it. Please come to the First Avenue with the Rant Band. 'Man Overboard' stellar.'
Brit Fan: Book is same as the original.
Verne: Great tale. Too long to recycle here but hilariously told! The moral - all of you guitar players - gear supporters etc. Make sure you've got serial numbers of everything. In Verne's case he was covered by insurance as well. It's not fun.
Liz K: You've gone long again, but I'll let you off this time as you make a lot of sense.
Joan McHugh: He wasn't a cast member - he was a writer of quite a few of the earlier episodes. Nice chap.
Owen Kelley: We live in difficult financial times. Everything's off 20-25%. We may have to sit tight for a while.
Doris Pinand: No idea - but it's not bad is it?
Tom Semioli: 'The spirit lives on.' Indeed it does.
Mick McKenzie: Don't worry; we're all floppin' about a bit.
Dave Hancox: 1) 'On a scale of 1 to 10 - how much fun did you have with the whole reunion?' I'm assuming you mean the rehearsals in Monmouth and Hammersmith playing and mixing with the chaps again. Couldn't have been better - a 10. 2) 'What is the main lasting impression of the reunion you will have forever?' Kind of magic. It's not an old band - I know it should be - but it's not. It's needed now.
Seth Purvin: 'Oh yea - I was in the Bahamas on 10/29 and I heard a kid at the Atlantis singing 'Man Overboard' as it blared from his i-Pod (made my day).
Hans-Erich Stuedli has dedicated his latest painting to 'When My Minds Gone.' Thank you.
Robin Crabtree: Hi!
Chris Kelly: 'Do you still do 'Boy'?' Not at the moment. ' 'Man Overboard' - fantastic.'
John Trinick: Not here, mate.
Denise says she will always be my girl!!
Janet: 'Worth the trip from Sydney. Grown men crying - the excitement! Did you enjoy it?' How could we not!!
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...