By: Miquel
Category: General discussion

November 24, 2017

HI Doc,

First of all, thanks a lot for the photos of the recordings!!! I hope to see next soon.

When I was younger than now, about 18-20 years old, (now I’m 43) I played in a band. It the begginning of our weekly rehearsals, we played DS or EC songs to warm fingers and hands such Money for Nothing, Sultans, So far away, Layla, and many more…. and it was really fun. Once we had played several DS songs, we played our own songs later. When you meet the band to prepare tours, or simply to have fun with your friends and meet them to play music, what kind of music do you used to play to start your rehearsals?

Thank you very much in advance for your answer.

In the early days we would 'jam', it's what most young bands do at rehearsal/soundcheck.

By: Robin
Category: General discussion

November 23, 2017

Hi Guy ! Have you ever been approached by the video games industry to compose music for a game ? Would you be interested in doing that ? And finally, do you play or have you been a video game player in the past?

Yes to all questions. The only game I play in earnest is a driving game (PC2, in which the music is awful so i have it muted).

By: Vito
Category: Competition

November 23, 2017

Hi Guy, I must have expressed myself badly, I wanted to say that I would love them to return to Argentina. There are many fans here. regards!

OK. Cool.

By: Vito
Category: Competition

November 22, 2017

Hi Guy, it is a pleasure to have contact with you and also that there is a feedback, it is rare that this happens and that is why it is even better. Unless I missed it, it’s been many years since I’ve heard them play live Tunnel of Love, has something bad happened with that song? Well, I do not lose hope to see them ever again in Argentina and of course we look forward to the new job. All the best for you.
Vito

Welcome Vito. Who do you mean when you say 'them'? To my knowledge, nothing 'bad' has happened to this song. We simply haven't performed it onstage since the DS days.

By: Erwin
Category: General discussion

November 21, 2017

Guy, any chance to see MK and the band on stage somwhere in 2018 or will you be busy working in the studio on the new projects?

difficult for me to say right now

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

November 20, 2017

When watching a film or TV show I always pay attention to the background music to see how it relates. One of my favorite soundtracks from a film was for “The Princess Bride”. Last week while watching the final fall episode of an American TV Show called “The Blacklist” the final few minutes contained a brutal beating by two of the main characters in order to glean information. She wound up n a 10 month coma and her husband was killed. The background music during all of this was “Sounds of Silence” the version by “Disturbed”. I just seemed to work perfect. Upon checking this version on YouTube again I see it is up to 300 million hits – I guess I’m not the only one who likes it. Have you heard their version Guy?

Yes, I do like David Draiman's baritone voice. A good song will always prevail.

By: sofiane
Category: General discussion

November 20, 2017

Hi Doc,
Just a curiosity, did the 96ers ever played or rehearsed Hillbillies songs ?
it would be magic.

no, never

By: Pavel Fomenkov
Category: Gear

November 19, 2017

Hey Doc! After a month of waiting… Any chances of confirming the Open G tuning in the song “In The Sky”? I asked you because asking you was the last resort in digging for truth anyway.

I adore being thought of as a last resort. I don't believe there was any open tuned instruments on that track. Capo's, yes.

By: Cheney Coker
Category: Miscellaneous

November 18, 2017

Palfrey, that is Obsession by the band Animotion. It came out in 1985.

By: Palfrey
Category: Miscellaneous

November 18, 2017

Guy, This link, please whizz to 1.35m. That sound or key pkaying sounds like the 80's group I remember but who? . If you hear it are you able to tell me who was behnd it? It was very catchy.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2qNqfwLWHs

By: Alex_Gee
Category: General discussion

November 15, 2017

Hi Guy,
Firstly, I’ve been a long time follower of your site and this forum so for my first post I just wanted to say thanks. It’s a fantastic insight that you give us in to your’s and Mark’s professional world which fans of other artists seldom get so I personally appreciate your time.
I was listening to ‘Terminal of Tribute to’ recently and having heard Michael McGoldrick sing on a tune on his solo album I wondered whether he may have featured on the backing vocals at all or whether it was just you singing the harmonies? You both have that softness to your voices, so it dawned on me as to whether he may have had a pass?
All the best,
Alex

Thanks. So far I don't think Mike has sung BV's on one of our records but who knows...

By: Terri Shawn
Category: General discussion

November 15, 2017

In reference to the comments on KTGC, I was recently in New Haven Ct, USA on a beautiful fall day, and I was stopped at a traffic light, when I noticed the car next to me was driven by The Scaffolder’s Wife. I am sure it was her, as she was driving a silver Mercedes E class convertible, top down, with bleached blond hair, complete with roots, inch long red nails, and a “face as hard as a scaffolder’s bar”. I told my adult kids “don’t look now, but that’s The Scaffolder’s Wife beside us in that Merc!” and they all thought I had totally lost my senses. Ah well. That’s the hazards of loving a well written song. Cheers to all!

Wonderful, if only she knew.

By: sv
Category: General discussion

November 15, 2017

Hello Guy: Hope all is well. I was recently listening to Remembrance Day. It is such an understated, elegant song that is so powerful and emotional. Perhaps it’s MK’s spare solo or the children’s choir in the background that always makes me tear up. Did the children’s choir record their section at BG? What was it like to work with children? I don’t know about the kids but those parents must have felt like they won the lottery to have their kids included in the song! How wonderful. Thanks. SV

Yes, it was a lovely session, most of the kids were OUR kids and friends so it was very relaxed. I think I put up some images at the time. OMG, I must get my diaries pages back in order!

By: Louise Wickson
Category: Competition

November 13, 2017

A couple of hours ago, per below, went to listen to In the Sky which led to looking for different versions which led to Ragpickers Dream which led to A Place Where we Used to Live which led to Boothbay Harbor Maine 2006, the first time, per Mark, that song was ever played live. Was it ever again?

I don't think so, but I could be wrong

By: Chico Marx
Category: General discussion

November 13, 2017

Hey Guy,

didn’t like the KtgC album very much until I recently feel in love with In the sky.

When you guys rehearse new songs do you understand right away how these are meant to be (or work best), or are there songs where – maybe years later – you think: we should have done this differently (but keep it the way it is because of the fans). Is there a trick or approach how to get others ideas easier? How do you do it?

Keep up the great work
Chico Marx

Music is malleable, that's part of the fun of playing live. The other thing is being a part the combined musical experience on the stage.

By: MD1968
Category: Guy Fletcher

November 12, 2017

Hello Guy, There is nothing more fun than making music and I hope you will do this for a long time in good health. Greetings to Mark,
Marco

cheers to that

By: Alberto Antonetti
Category: General discussion

November 11, 2017

Hi Guy, I have to say I do really appreciate your job in this site, your patience and most of all, the way you tease all of us…without saying much! Now I have a direct question, which could be not too indiscreet 🙂 . After all this time working, talking about secret projects, new album, and so on… Do you think that when we will know everything that is actually in the pipeline, we will realize the reason for all this secrecy and – most of all – all this waiting time? Thank you so much! Alberto

I'm sure you will understand. I think you already do.

By: Icelander
Category: General discussion

November 8, 2017

As I was sitting in a beachfront restaurant in Maui this morning and watching a boarder SUP with a dog on his board I thought, is that Guy? I know he loves Maui but he should be in the BG studio right now working with Mark. About a year ago I asked your advice on a good ukulele and you recommended Mele which are made here on Maui. Well, this afternoon we went to the Mele store and my wife the Ukulele player fell in love with a Tenor, Mango wood, two hole, low G with A’ddario strings and a lovely sound to it. As her birthday and Christmas are approaching how could I not buy it for here. I’ll go golfing tomorrow and I’m sure that Uke will get a good work out. Thanks for the recommendation – beautiful instrument with a rich sound – love the low G idea.

All I can say is "you lucky bugger". Enjoy Maui, and the uke!

By: scottahawk
Category: Tour

November 7, 2017

I caught John Illsey at Nell’s last Saturday night … a terrific show. The band was exceptional. I didn’t go to hear dire straits songs rehashed, I went to hear some good music by great musicians in a cool setting. Lots of tunes we know in the set, but they had their own feeling, they were not done tribute style. Robby Mckintosh played lead along with someone else I don’t recall. Very fun to sit in the front watching John and Robby play. I'm not a fan of John's vocals but he had a young lady singing along and the mix was perfect. His own material also sounded fantastic. One of the best shows I’ve seen in quite awhile. I hope he hits the road more often while I’m on assignment here in London.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

November 7, 2017

Hi Doc – hope all good and the musicality is flowing. Coming to the end of the year – any chance of any 'news' before 2018 is heralded in? Just asking.