By: MTB
Category: Competition

January 13, 2017

Played ‘In the Sky’ a few minutes ago. Been a while since I’d heard it — very underappreciated song IMO. Y’all need to take another look at this one when Nigel’s out with you guys.

one of my faves too

By: Erwin
Category: Guy Fletcher

January 13, 2017

Guy, will you be part of John Illsley’s band when he is on tour this year? I’m reading he is doing some concerts next month and in the summer.

» https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FoYyK1SWPNQ/WHc68BgkLRI...

no, I'm afraid not, I'll be busy in the studio with Mark

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

January 13, 2017

Hi Doc. A friend of mine told me that in an interview from a German magazine, MK mentions that for the John Illsley´s 60 birthday party, “the old boys from the band” were there and played some songs, it´s been some years but I guess you would remember who MK refers to as “The old boys”, obviously MK, John and you were there, what about the others? Alan? Chris? Danny?, Phil? Best regards

yes, we were all there

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

January 13, 2017

Regarding King Crimson: a) Yes, Mel Collins is the same that played in Dire Straits in 1983 tour and features in the Extended Play EP and Alchemy record and video, b) Four drummers? Really? My godness.
Regarding Guy´s forum, looks like spam has made its way to the “new forum”…

Spam filter in action

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

January 12, 2017

Guy, if I go to the new movie “The Founder” about Ray Kroc and McDonalds can I expect to hear “Boom Like That” in the music score?

You're guess is as good as mine

By: Pierrick
Category: Guy Fletcher

January 9, 2017

Hi Guy, Just a quick one to say that your last album is simply beautiful! Melodies are the heart of each song, great music all around! All the best for 2017!

very nice of you to say so, thanks

By: MTB
Category: Miscellaneous

January 9, 2017

Interesting King Crimson response- Small world, eh? If they come within range, I may check them out this summer, but I’d bet they’re only hitting major USA markets so DC or Atlanta would probably be closest to me (NC). Quite a lot of talent on that stage! I do have a ‘proggy’ side to my musical tastes, and see that Gavin Harrison is still with them, too, whom I became familiar with via Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree. He’s phenomenal. Cheers!

yes, I like Stephen Wilson

By: MTB
Category: Miscellaneous

January 8, 2017

Just read that an incarnation of King Crimson will tour the USA this year. Is this Mel Collins the same who contributed to Dire Straits in the 80s? I assume so.

“In addition to himself on guitar and longtime associates Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone), the band consists of singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey.”

That's ironic as my (quite literally) next door neighbour is Chris Porter who will be engineering FOH sound for them. Chris is actually a very well established studio engineer and worked extensively with our dearly departed, George Michael. Needless to say, we hang out quite a bit. As for your question, I'll ask Chris about Mel, I would assume so.

By: Jos
Category: Guy Fletcher

January 8, 2017

Hi Guy, I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year. I just wanted to thank you or reinstating he “old” format. For us old geysers it is great. Thanks again. Any news of new albums etc??? All the very best for 2017. Cheers, Jos

cheers

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

January 8, 2017

Hi Doc. Eric Clapton is playing the RAH between 22nd and 25th of May, is there any chance to see you and/or MK on stage with him or even in the audience or would you be busy at British Grove those days? Best regards

it's hard to say

By: Jagry
Category: General discussion

January 6, 2017

Hey Doc,

Wish you and your dearly beloved a healthy, juicy, fruity and musically 2017!

And also to the one here on the forum!

Best, Dom

cheers

By: Dennis Schulmeister-Zimolong
Category: General discussion

January 1, 2017

Hi Guy, Here’s wishing you a productive and happy new year. I’ve enjoyed “High Roads” quite a lot recently. Truly a fine record. I hope you don’t mind I’m sharing a little music of mine here since what you’re doing has always been a great inspiration for me. Best wishes, Dennis

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiW9SbDuOVA

cheers and thanks

By: Mike Child
Category: General discussion

December 31, 2016

Just a note to say best wishes for 2017. 2016 has been difficult on many levels but at least we had some great new music to listen to, including High Roads which I still spin on a regular basis – it’s a superb sounding album and certainly my favourite of yours so far. Looking forward to hearing about what you and Mark have been working on in the studio. Let’s hope for a better 2017.

many thanks, yes an unbelievable 2016 in all respects. Here's to 2017...and beyond

By: Isyrider
Category: General discussion

December 31, 2016

I just think that this is the perfect song to play on New Yar’s Eve! My best wishes to you all and remember: always look at the bright side of life!

» https://youtu.be/WlBiLNN1NhQ

oh indeed

By: pensa77
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 28, 2016

Hi Guy, hope you and the familly are having a great Christmas break. I got myself for Christmas a Gibson les Paul historic Mk signature, Hats off to Gibson it’s a stunning guitar and more. I assume you have seen them and wanted to know you’re thoughts on the guitar. I knew they were going to be awesome when I watched the promo video with mark at his studio with 50 of them! Kid in a sweet shop sprang to mind. Happy new year and keep up the much appreciated work.

Happy New Year to you too, very lucky boy...the Les Paul's are simply fabulous.

By: pensa77
Category: Guy Fletcher

December 28, 2016

Hi Guy, hope you and the familly are having a great Christmas break. I got myself for Christmas a Gibson les Paul historic Mk signature, Hats off to Gibson it's a stunning guitar and more. I assume you have seen them and wanted to know you're thoughts on the guitar. I knew they were going to be awesome when I watched the promo video with mark at his studio with 50 of them! Kid in a sweet shop sprang to mind. Happy new year and keep up the much appreciated work.

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

December 27, 2016

Nice to read in Richard B’s website that he will again be touring with Neil Diamond and that he will be on-stage with his son. I know the show here (Vancouver) is just about sold out with 6 months until show time. Have you ever had a chance to be on stage with Max or has Mark been with his boys?

That's great news, have been on stage with Max in a few pub gigs

By: Forrest J, Wisc
Category: General discussion

December 27, 2016

Hello Guy. I’ve been reading the forum for a couple years now but this is my first post. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy the read, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to continuously enlighten us. Caught the band in Chicago in 15, beautiful night of music!!! Waiting very patiently for what ever it is you gentlemen are up to in the studio. Hope you had a wonderful Holiday! Here’s wishing you and your family and the rest of the crew at BG a very happy New Year!!! Hope all the studio gods are with you on this new project! Cheers from Wisconsin!!! Forrest

Thanks Forrest and welcome

By: Nigel Reed
Category: Gear

December 27, 2016

I was playing my 18+ year old Yamaha PSR520 keyboard and it started going out of tune, dropping a semitone and things like that. Have you had any similar odd keyboard experiences while touring? What do you do when you’re in the middle of a song and the whole pitch changes on you?

I did solve the problem in the end, I bought myself a Korg Kronos! Now, I just need to learn how to play properly to do it justice. Lesson? lol

oh yes, temperamental instruments can be a nuisance, thats why we have backline techs

By: Isyrider
Category: General discussion

December 25, 2016

Hi there! Wishing you and to all the fellow fans out there a wonderful Christmas and happy Holidays!

cheers