Punish the Monkey would fit nicely into the North American tour set list given what’s going on over here.
The lead guitar on Back on the dancefloor seems to be more distorted than the „normal“ les paul in other tracks. I‘m wondering, is it simply the amp (komet?) driven very hard or was it a overdrive pedal of some kind?
Have a nice weekend!
Hello Guy – since the tour is still months away for those of us in the US, I'm hoping it's ok to share this link with your fans. I got to see the 3/20 show in Madison, WI and it was fantastic!
We need to keep Jimi's music alive and well! Thank you!
Dear Doc, I have recently got myself a turntable, and since then I am completely mesmerized by the quality of sound I have been experiencing. I started to collect all the DS + MK vinyl records, and then I realized that a lot of MK solo albums were either never released in vinyl or they have been out of stock for a long period of time. Do you know, at least for the later categories, if there’s any plan to re-issue those catalogues? I know that, as a fan, nothing would make me happier 🙂
That being said, I am also looking forward to Local Hero record. Best of luck for your upcoming tour. Hopefully, this September I will see you in Dallas, TX. Cheers!
Sorry, I have no idea about release strategy especially of back catalog.
For the musical, is there a score for each of the instruments so that there is a rigid structure? Is there room for improvisation in the same way that your songs are performed on tours? Who transcribed the music? You and Mark?
There is a musical score and very specific parts for each player. It is rigid. The scoring was done by Dave Milligan our musical supervisor.
Before you leave of course….
Thank you for your answer Guy.
By the way i've forgotten to tell you.
You should go to a french restaurant before you live called "l'escargot blanc" .
It's not very far from the hotel and it's really worth it !
See you in Nîmes
Back to France and what can i say ?
Everything has been said in the previous review by Junglejames.
What has impressed me and my wife was the energy coming from the stage .
ALL actors from the cast were brilliant ! They can act,sing and dance perfectly !
Thanks again for all the efforts you’ve invested in that project.That was really worth it !!
I have one question nonetheless.
I didn’t see microphones on all the actors.
Is there mics on the stage ?
Does the acoustic of the theater allows them to sing “a cappela” ?
They use very small DPA microphones, on radios, usually situated in the hairline or cheek. Very discreet and they sound amazing.
So not a question, but general comments on the production of ‘Local Hero’. I’m not a theatre goer at all. I’ve never been to a show since going to some Shakespeare play whilst at school. It’s fair to say it was only because I enjoyed the film and the music to the film, that I decided it would be worthwhile booking tickets to see it on the 19th.
It really started looking up though when I looked through the program prior to the show, and realised Mr DCI Meadows was in the cast. All of a sudden, I was looking forward to it for all different reasons. The music was now a side show!!!
Anyway, everything about it was fantastic. The cast were brilliant (especially Simon Rouse- DCI Meadows), the script was funny, and the music was brilliant. Some of the songs are so catchy, and you’ll find yourself singing along to them all night long, the cast sounded really good when singing as a group, and really suited MK and Guys music, and the guitar is quite recognisable as MK. I loved it from start to finish, and the audience had a good laugh on more than one occasion. Admittedly having watched the film helped me follow it, but don’t let it put you off if you haven’t seen the film.
Having seen it at the Lyceum, I am tempted to go and see it in London when it makes it down there, to see how it has progressed. Seeing the same show twice, not bad for someone who doesn’t go to the theatre!!
Tuesday night was a sell out by the looks of it, and I’ve no doubt it will continue to attract plenty of people, both in Edinburgh and London. If any of you on here haven’t booked tickets, what are you waiting for? Some of you fly thousands of miles to see MK in the UK. Well, now’s the time to fly thousands of miles to see Local Hero at The Lyceum, Edinburgh. It’s worth it.
The only comment- It could do with David Jason in the cast!!! But apart from that, it is all fabulous.
Guy, you have obviously all put a lot of effort in, and it shows. How long did it take to get the band playing Going Home so well? You can all be very very proud of yourselves. I’m very glad I was there on the opening night, and hopefully will be along during its stint in London.
Top marks all round. 10/10 once you get David Jason in the cast!!
Oh, and what is ‘Get a move on’ Gaelic for?!!!
Thanks for the review. Yes, we have put a lot into this and Mark’s writing (along with David Greig’s book) excels in the extreme in my opinion. The cast (and crew) are a wonderfully talented group who work harder than anyone I have known and have a wonderful dynamic with the director, John Crowley who they all say is the best they’ve worked with. As for Going Home, it took a while and it’s still getting better. I spent a long time putting the unique sound pallet together too, all well worth it. We’ll be sad to leave it but we have the tour rehearsals to look forward to.
Hi Guy! I AM coming on 10th April, as I said in my previous post. Can't wait! Val.
Hi Guy! I don’t see Danny Oldsen in the cast list – the character played by Peter Capaldi in the film. Was he just not needed in this production? Val
The theatre production is ‘based’ on the screenplay of the film. Come and see it if you can, it’s fabulous.
For all you Keith Emerson fans, his family has finally decided where to donate his modular Moog and all of his other gear. They are sending it to EMEAPP, the electronic music education and preservation project in Philadelphia. These guys have samples of pretty much every synth ever made.
My guess is since Local Hero is still in previews, the show really isn’t DONE yet. This is the first time the creative team gets to see the show with an audience and basec on that it isn’t uncommon for songs to be removed, changed, or added as the case may be. My guess, and Guy can confirm or deny, is that Mark and the team are rather busy making daily tweaks after each show. Odds are the show that went on stage for the first preview may look vastly different than the one that rolls out in London. That show will have a cast album and song books and lyric sheets because that show is finished. The show on stage now really isn’t.
Correct, as with all stage productions.
@Dmac – In most cases, I love the horns, too (my dad is a trumpet player) -but for some reason I have always liked R&J better without the sax. I’m sure if we get R&J this tour (and we almost always do)- it’ll be the sax (+trumpet?) arrangement. I would think that MK ain’t touring with these guys to have them sit out. Maybe they’ll come up with an interesting twist on R&J with trumpet. Hint Hint, Guy!
We don’t plan on doing anything ‘as was’
Dear Doc. I found many tweets about the Local Hero Musical previews and all of them are very positive. I’m so much looking forward to April to travel to wonderful Edinburgh and enjoy this gem you created. I have a little question as a MK fan. Is there any programme or something to buy in the theatre where the songs composed by MK and sung in the musical are listed? If not, is it possible to have it posted here by you, to satisfy fans curiosity, for those who won’t be lucky to attend and all those that will enjoy it live? Thank you in advance!
There is of course a program but as for lyrics, you’ll just have to wait. There will of course be a songbook.
Has there been any talk of Local Hero making it across the pond to North America?
As with all musical theatre productions, it all depends on its success here.
One more question and I will shut up. THE Pensa Suhr, quilt maple…will it ever tour again ?
You really want to know that? (all guitars look the same to me)
Is that Las Paul prototype going to grace the stage with upcoming tour ? I thought I could pick out an axe but I got it wrong twice. Silly me
Even we sometimes can’t tell the difference between them so don’t be hard on yourself.
Hi guy just been thinking you will be starting tour rehearsal soon. The last few tours its known that the rehearsal time was quite short, any plans for more time to allow for a revamped set? Have you and mark considered bringing the extended version of sultans back as you have the sax in? The slowed down Mandela version would suit Marks playing now I think. Also the sax solo in Romeo that would be great to hear again! Looking forward to seeing you in Glasgow we all hoping for something special as it might be the last big tour!
We are Local Hero-ing right now.
I bang on how good nobody’s child is. Was that the ’58 ? I got it wrong on Back on the Dance Floor. I thought it was the ’58 and a Pensa of some kind. It was the prototype thing. My bad
Les Paul Signature Prototype