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Sorry about the delay. Been extra busy lately, and Trudi's been even busier.
Richie Cornacchio: I got it Richie! Thanks a lot.
Irina: Will be (was) in Helsinki.
Jerry Friede: 'Being a guitar player and music lover - I'm so glad people like you make records. Top 40's pretty sad. It's been that way for so long - do songs just come or do you force them? I know if I force them they sound forced.' As far as the top 40's concerned - I consider that force feeding. If you feed a generation pap - that's it. They sort out the best of the pap and that's music to them. As far as do I force them - not really. I might have to go back to an idea now and again with a different picture, but my non-organic days are over. The best ones always flow, and even tell you what to do. It's a huge buzz when that happens.
Mike Pecucci: 'Lay Down' was my idea and there was 'opposition'. Just loved the song.
Bencroft: 'Germany?' Not in the foreseeable future.
Jim Shumacher: There have been offers, but you need a run - not just the one.
Jon: 'When are you coming to the West Coast?' Ask New West.
Drew Hosey: 'Any plans for Detroit, Chicago etc. Is Graham Maby your bass player?' I want to play all these cities and I don't really know why I'm not. Graham Maby was our bassist, but I needed somebody permanent, and Graham recommended Paul Page, who fits the bill admirably.
Rick Graves: Yeah - Al's a great ambassador for me. I'm on his next release and it's a great one.
Stephen Grayce: There's a song, 'All is Forgiven' that I could never do live. 'Picasso' was extremely difficult at first. I've struggled, at times, with 'Waterlow'. 'Scars' believe it or not - was made up on the spot.
Dexter Dunn: Appreciated.
Seth Purvin wanted 'Wild East' and got it! 2) Rumors are just that - rumors. 3) I have never watched 'American Idol' - I have never watched any kind of reality show. I tend not to watch anything that rots my brain.
Larry Sass: 'When I see you at the Winery, will you call out my name and hand me a guitar pick?' No.
Yucca Flats: Yeah - I'm still waiting!
John McMillan (Kuwait): '37c today. What do you think about Dylan being banned in China?' Kuwait - China - it's always something. I'm stayin' home.
Ernie Brown wanted 'Old Records Never Die' in Edinburgh and never got it. Sorry!
Barbara Cutts: Only just seeing this now. To be honest, I probably couldn't have done anything. Full is full. Sorry you missed us but they want us back so keep an eye out.
Mark Barker: I met a lot of people and maybe you were one of them.
Jeff: Your Mother's entitled. She probably grew up with Basie, Ellington, Sinatra and Armstrong. She's right!
Pat: Can't clarify - maybe one day.
Dee Byrne: Glad that's over! October is on the cards. Watch this site for details - it's almost done.
Kevin Dennis: 'Regarding opening for Tull - since both Tull and MTH were on Island - did the bands play any shows together?' Yup - I remember doing the Warehouse in New Orleans with them. Flagstaff was another one.
Kevin Quinn: I have the masters. You can see through them. They wouldn't burn - they're too far gone. Anyway, - I haven't changed my opinion!
Rick Graves heard 'Arms 'n' Legs' in an Eddie Bauer outlet store in Oshkosh, WI. 'I asked about the music and they said it came from someone in EB corporate.'
John Dachik: And another one!! 'Don't know what to make of this, but they played MTH's 'Sweet Jane' in Shop-Rite. Nearly dropped the eggs!'
Mark F rates the Les Paul Exhibit at Milwaukee's Discovery Museum.
Dale Smejkul: Boston, Philly, Detroit, Cleveland, New York, LA area, Milwaukee, Chicago.
Mindstofee: 'What time do horses get fed?' Once a month if that.
Merwyn Thompson: Wrong and wrong again, Merwyn!
Recalculating Bob: Happy to oblige.
Paul and Carol Martin: Sorry to hear that. He's always been a naughty boy. I've been in a car with him - crazy bugger!
Denise Lee: Nice one.
Rainer Scheurer: I played a few.
Fiona is going (went) to Edinburgh.
Alisha brought her 15-year-old to the City Winery. He liked it - 'totally' -and says he will spread the word in teenland.
J. Scott Strawn: I was wondering where that came from. I believe it was on display at the Winery. Thanks for taking the time.
Robin Beaumont: I think the last night was filmed for an on going documentary that's being made about MTH. I don't think there will be a DVD. Glad you enjoyed it.
Seth Purvin: 'And I'd silently bleed'. 'I go Ape' was a song by Neil Sedaka - an out and out rocker - before he went soft.
Pat: I'd never met Judy before, but she seemed extremely nice and we got along fine.
Roger: 'Still got the Maltese Cross? And if so, do you play it?' The original Maltese Cross wasn't very good - although it looked the part. However, Joe Elliott had two made - One for me and one for himself. These sound GREAT - like a Les Paul Junior - only slightly heavier. I used it at the MTH reunion recently.
Jeffrey: Been doing that for years. Catch up!
David Christie: Major fan. Met them way back when. P. O. Box 245, Bridgewater, CT 06752 - thanks.
Kevin Amberson: The offer came in from Sellersville - it fit in - so we did it.
Paul Cavani: 'Too bad about Rome - bad sales?' Yup - the more beautiful the place - the less they like me!
Shecky wanted 'Who Do You Love' in Edinburgh - and got it!
Glenn Wells wants us in Baltimore.
Valery: Sorry about that.
Chris: Hope you got one.
Scott: No - it's still piano and guitar.
Joe McKeown: Write a book of this stuff, Joe. You're interesting and you write easily.
D.T.: Sorry - don't do that.
Jack Benson: 'MO fantastic - play Philly.'
Tom Hobbs: I did have a jag - in fact, I had two; the second one was a silver XJ6.
Lauren Chollet: Enjoy!
Erik H: Because I'm British, I'm not really excited by any kind of food - except Indian. As far as playing Milwaukee is concerned, all the promoters have to do is contact Frank Riley (High Road Touring) and off we go!
Pat: Sure, I'm lucky. Don't tell anybody.
Carlo Mathews: You need a Wilbury type of band to do that successfully. Great tunes.
Jeffrey: I don't know what you're on about.
John Barrow: 'What's the latest time you will give before calling off a tour because of flights?' Touch wood, it hasn't happened yet. Who knows where or when the ash is going to blow?
Steve Sillery: 'Caught 4 and 5 of the reunion shows. Any chance of doing it again in NYC?' Not in my hands.
Keith Storey: Never saw Gene Vincent or Eddie Cochran. Gene had a bad rep. He would miss or shorten gigs. Sadly, I missed seeing Eddie. Great records. However, I did see a 15 year old Brenda Lee with John Barry T and I saw Buddy Holly and the Crickets. I also saw Sam Cooke and the Platters. Things were good!
Steve Cardwell: 'Just listening to SH and MO. It doesn't get any better than this (in capital letters!)' Blush.
Verne: Can't say I've heard of him. You sound pretty excited; best of luck with it.
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