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New Year's Day 2010. How do I feel? Don't ask. Anyway, Happy New Year to all of you. You sail here and perchance a prosperous one to boot. Hunter Towers is shrouded in mystery and intrigue (a bit foggy) - so here we go.
Stephen Moss: What are my memories of producing Hanoi Rocks? I don't have any; never produced them. I remember helping Craig Goetsch when he was producing Michael one time and I wrote a few lyrics at one point. I like Michael - he's another true believer and there aren't many of them about.
Bill Adair likes the Hammersmith CD a lot.
Tina Earl: I'm totally in the dark about all of this and I've never visited the Hawks Nest. The autographs may be genuine- they sound like they were done a long time ago. Before memory!
Dave Ramshaw - Not a problem. I'll ask Trudi to send you the information.
Max Frauel is 17 and tries to turn people onto my 'stuff'. Nice one, Max.
Garry Parkinson: It just comes. I remember being on the bus with MTH up in Scotland. Couldn't believe we were pro! Gazing out the window and 'Shades Off' just started coming into my head. Didn't take long, maybe 10 minutes. Must have been around '73.
James Rawnsley: Sorry, James, didn't know about this. I'll have a gander.
Liz Richardson: Sorry, Liz, but we don't do this - but give him my regards.
Jordan: I think 'Sweet Dreams' was on the BBC sessions we did at the Dominion in London. It used to make me tear up a bit when he was alive. Now I cannot listen to it. Too difficult.
Anton: 'Which of your own songs do you think are the best?' I can't tell my favourites or it will piss someone off.
Rick Goward: I'm not a Yankee fan. I was for about 10 years, but I got over it - and the game. Too slow. Yeah, I'd love to do the West Coast, but promoters are skittish. I don't know why - I've always done OK. It's this economic climate that's scaring them off.
Bobby Balloch: Wash 'em; you'll get the flu. Yes, we had a good time. Martin, Mick, me and our ladies were taken to Cameron House on Loch Lomand by Mick Brown the day after. The weather was dull but it was very beautiful. Left early the next morning for Newark (the only direct flight from our area). Whistle stop. They made £125,000 so it worked out well.
Jim Kane: See, that's what happens - they go for the looks and wind up toll collecting. Sod 'em!
Kevin from Newcastle: Am I OK? (It's been two months since the last HM.) I've been fine, but sometimes I've got other stuff to do and it's been pretty busy. I do have a life apart from the biz.
Greg Lima/Ellar: 'Come to Phoenix-Vegas.' We'll see.
Wayne Klein: I'd love to play San Francisco, but as I said, promoters are skittish. I don't know if I'll ever do O.A. songs live. Wouldn't bank on it.
Barry Wilkinson: 'Did you know that Morrissey requested 'Sea Diver' on Desert Island Disks?' I heard he liked the song - he likes the line 'sweet savage grace.'
Martin Curry: 'B Sky B are promoting their new Sky songs service with ATYD - quite spooky - listening to Sky News and keep hearing Mick Ralphs and Ian. 7 million songs and they chose Dudes.'
Liz Krinski: Well long - but readable!!
David Barrow: A documentary is being made of Mott the Hoople and it will include some footage from Hammersmith.
John Channing: 'How many pairs of shades have you had over the years? What's your favourite pair, and the one you like the least?' No idea how many I've gone through. Over the last few years I've used Cazals - although I wear different ones off stage to the ones I wear on. I just think shades should fit the shape of your face, and these happen to suit.
Mike Considine: 'Do you ever do acoustic tours? Sure, we did an acoustic tour in England the year before last. I won't do solo acoustic - I like the company on the road. But we've gone out two handed and three handed at times. It's fine - I can hear myself!!
Scott: The bottle was thrown at Ralpher and hit him on the hand. I hopped into the audience and gave the culprit a sharp right hander. Prat. ('72 tour).
Jeffrey: Yup - it's all fun and games.
Jeff: There's ongoing talks regarding MTH. Christmas cut short negotiations - we'll see what happens when people get back to work. Wish I was retired from Delta - can swing me a deal can you!
Svein Mostad: Saw October 5th show at Hammersmith and wrote a good revue for Puls. (BTW - the reviews for those gigs were incredible - thanks to all the scribes!) Did we perform 'Keep a Knockin' twice that night (no) or was it 'Whole Lotta Shakin'? We played them both. Stuff like that were all jams we didn't rehearse. I just go into them and the band goes along. Pete, in particular, loves doing this. Mick likes it too.
Victor: That's what we're doing - moving on.
Tony Adams: Same to you and the family, Tony.
Kurt Palomaki says, 'Daddy Longlegs' have now got their own website - www.daddylonglegs.us They played with us way back.
Keith Nickless: 'You've gone quiet - hope you're OK.' I'm 'readjusting' - business wise. It takes time and I had to cancel some stuff because of the 'readjustments'. Once it's sorted out, we'll be up 'n' running. A lot of you are still talking up 'Man Overboard' and I'm just not putting it in - but I do appreciate it. Should be moving by April.
Willie - Or Mott Kazooist - as he now calls himself. Listen! That's it! We can't afford a kazooist! May yer lum never reek!
Steve Petrus: You never know - when we've got something to say - we'll say it.
Matt Nojonen: 'How do you go about getting your records produced?' I don't - Andy York and I do it together. 'Do you run your resume past exec's to get a deal?' No. Just send them four songs - if they're interested they come back for the rest. If they like the rest, then they make an offer. Three companies bid on M.O. and Danny Goldberg decided on New West - so that is where it went. 'Do you get tired of proving yourself time and time again?' No - I have to do that for myself anyway. 'What kind of influence do suits exert of your creativity?' None - they know me better than that.
Rick Schnarrs: 'When will you be back in 2010? I don't know at the moment, but I would think I'd be popping up somewhere from time to time.
Daniel Halferty: It'll cost yer!
Boyd Keith Adams likes it when I get angry and cuss at people. I use to do that a lot in the old days.
Joanne Rishton: And the same to you, girl.
David Maile says he told me years ago we were that popular. 'It's heartwarming knowing as a kid I chose the coolest effin Rock 'n' Roll band of all time to worship!' Thanks you.
Glen Forsyth: 'Flew in from Melbourne, Australia to see two shows - thank you so much - all of you. 'Brain Capers' is the most underrated album of the '70's.' Yes, it's not bad, is it?
Jeff Williams: 'I read somewhere you are the Godfather of Punk Rock - what's your take on this?' I really don't have a take on it. 'Also, your feelings about the reunion gigs.' The whole thing took on a life of its own. We were hoping for the 'X' factor - and it was there. We didn't even have to look for it. On stage and off - it was an absolute blast.
Scott: 'When are you coming to Atlanta or better, Athens?' Dunno.
Joan McHugh talking about Hoopleheads corresponding among themselves. That's one good thing about the web.
Lynette Lahann: I've only got one! I really don't know where you can get it. It's gotta be on the web somewhere. I know it's sold remarkably well. Sorry.
Colin Blades has seen Mick Ronson's documentary and is well impressed. I've only seen ten minutes of it, but it's exciting and well done. It's nearly finished; won't be long.
Geoff Bryant: This will take its course - nothing to report at the present. I've not seen it, but it's only a three camera job. They were only looking for small sections. Hey - if it's great, we'll obviously think about it.
Brian: Re: Short Back 'n' Sides. You have an odd one there. Never heard of this before. Sounds like someone's homework.
Steven Petrus: Not much fun is it, Steve - been there. Time heals. Don't panic lad - it's life and life only.
Stay tuned for Part 2 ...