By: leslie
Category: Guy Fletcher

October 9, 2018

Hi Doc!

Congratulations on being associated with yet another band nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Not sure if you were considered a member of Roxy Music, but you certainly have what it takes to work with some top notch musicians. Good on you, son!

By the way, love the new MK song. Anxiously awaiting the album release.

Thanks, I did laugh when I heard last night. I'm sure I wouldn't be considered a member having only toured with Roxy but nonetheless...

By: paulovieira
Category: General discussion

October 9, 2018

Hello Guy.

My question regards Mark’s influence on taking videos down on YouTube. I mean, recently I’ve recorded 3 brief videos of me playing guitar along very short sound clips of Mark’s new song, Good on You Son. Last week the Aviator Management took all of them down. On those videos, one could barely hear the song. It’s just me playing some improvised guitar licks. At the same time, there are tons of official DS and MK material being irregularly posted every day, without any trouble whatsoever. Does MK take part of these decisions? Thanks!

» https://www.youtube.com/intl/en-GB/yt/about/polici...

No. It's obviously due to copyright infringement. Does seem harsh, best way is to only upload 'your' music.

By: TDog
Category: General discussion

October 8, 2018

Listening on the radio to new songs from the likes of Rod Stewart and Barbara Streisand I cant help but think how “old” they sound (they can still sing though). How is it that MK’s voice gets better with every album the older he gets? I know you don’t use auto tune so what’s the secret??

No, we don't use auto-tune for sure. I don't know really, good mic, good song?

By: Joe
Category: General discussion

October 8, 2018

Hey Doc, as you probably know in a few weeks a Queen movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” is gonna be released – I was wondering if you and bandmates had a chance to meet Freddie (on Live aid perhaps) back in the days..?

Briefly.

By: Wolfgang
Category: General discussion

October 7, 2018

Yesterday, mk.com officially released all lyrics of the new album and announced that Ruth Moody is featured on Floating Away. Does she really? Or could this be another mistake (after the Nigel/Trumpet thing lately). Also a new track “Back In The Day” is announced (with lyrics) but left unclear on which format it will appear. My guess is that it is another online retailer’s bonus song as the CD is pretty “full” with 80 minutes playing time. Maybe those guys in Vancouver need a little wake-up call? We all know how very accurate you and Mark are on these things. Please enlighten us!

Thanks for the heads up Wolfy, yes indeed a mistake.

By: Julian
Category: General discussion

October 7, 2018

Looking for some advice. I have 2 sons who both play guitar in bands and play daily, usually loud. Their school has quite rightly suggested they invest in some ear protection. What would you suggest and any particular make/model suggestion would be appreciated.

Looking forward to attending my first Blues Club on Fri 19th!

Julian

» https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/blog/2017/10/19/listen...

I can't recommend any in particular as I only use my in-ears (plus I'm not a guitarist) but I would suggest look for ear protection designed for musicians. Alpine look good. Vic Firth, Blackstar.

By: renato181
Category: Competition

October 6, 2018

Good morning Guy,
I read the news that Mark will be on October 12th in Italy in Cesena at the IMAGinACTION International Video Clip Festival.
Of course it is for the promotion of the new album and I think the “Good On You Son” video will be shown.
I wondered, Mark will go alone or, by chance, will you accompany him as it has happened other times in past years?
Thank you for what you do for us fans and congratulations for the work you do.
I find the song that was released very good. I will do everything to see you in the next Tour.

P.S. I apologize for my poor English

Thanks, I think he will be there on his own.

By: Tom
Category: Gear

October 5, 2018

Doc, I know that the electrical system at British Grove has been carefully designed to provide clean power. However, as I understand, the gear itself emits “noise”, and in consumer audiophile circles, it’s argued that replacing the stock power cable (from equipment to power outlet) with a better quality one (usually shielded, etc.) will improve the sound. So, my quick question, do you use higher-end power cables at BG? Or is this just “audiofoolery” aimed at gullible audiophiles with fat wallets?

Good question - A bit of both here. It depends on the piece of equipment and its loading. Stock power cables are perfectly fine in all but a few rare cases. The cable doesn't affect the flow of current to the power transformer unless it's seriously defective. The actual power source is more important. Of course there's good noise and bad noise. Audio cabling is a different story and high quality audio cables and connectors are to be recommended, depending on the gear, impedance, loading etc. signal cable is more prone to interference or degradation. I'm not getting into the phono lead debate.

By: jbanik
Category: General discussion

October 4, 2018

I know this is something more serious, which can’t be decided over a simple fan request, but I would still request you to keep the “Postcards from Paraguay” in the setlist to introduce the band. That is an amazing song itself, but I absolutely love it when Mark introduces a band member and how a different tone of sound is added one after another.

Can’t wait for 2019 to see you live. Cheers. JB.

We shall see

By: Ednardo Raposo
Category: Competition

October 4, 2018

Only this morning I could listen to Good On You Son and man… what can I say. I absolutely love Get Lucky, Privateering and Tracker, don’t get me wrong, but last time I got this excited about a MK album was back in 2000 when Sailing to Philadelphia came out. What an amazing, well crafted, heartfelt and vivid song that is! The arrangements are sublime, the guitar tones superb, your synth lines smooth and smart, everything sounds brilliant. Can’t wait to put my hands on the full album! Good on you son!

Just one question, if I may. Considering that Mr Slowhand was literally sitting across the room with his guitar, can we hope to get a MK/EC collaboration on Down the Road Wherever?

Thanks, I'm glad you like it. No, Eric didn't play on Mark's record.

By: TDog
Category: General discussion

October 4, 2018

Morning. Just heard on Radio 2 that MK is taking part in celebrity chef James Martin’s live tour (video appearance?). What in the name of bacon rolls is that about and how did it happen??!!

intriguing

By: AnnaBianchi 99
Category: Competition

October 3, 2018

Good morning Guy,
Since there’s been a lot of buzz about the retirement from touring thing… are you guys gonna do another tour before you wrap up, right? I obviously respect whatever thing you decide to do, since you’ve given us a lot already & I think we all agree on this one. I personally would love to see you live & I’m sure It would be such an amazing thing to tell my grandkids in the future.
Thank you for all you do & have always done.
Anna

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

October 3, 2018

I read yesterday some words in Norwegian press by MK telling something like “he has to think about touring, if he can continue doing it after this tour” and I thought about Eric Clapton, who is retired from touring, but he keeps playing around ten concerts per year between the Royal Albert Hall, the US and other countries like Germany and Japan. Considering that most of the MK fans from all over the world travel to the Royal Albert Hall, touring can be substituted by a week residence at the RAH, living in London would be the easiest way to deal with playing live. You avoid the touring, you keep playing live, and loyals fans would still have their chance to see him live…

Indeed

By: Mesch
Category: Guy Fletcher

October 2, 2018

Hi Guy.
I guess you heard this a lot the last few weeks, but lee the new single !! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Can you tell me if the bonus tracks on the vinyl edition are going to be available as digital downloads as well?

CU on the road next year !!

Christophe

Sorry Christophe, I don't know. One would hope so.

By: Wolfgang
Category: Guy Fletcher

October 2, 2018

Doc, could you explain why the running order of the songs of the new album is so totally different on the vinyl Edition than on the digital ones? It’s the first time that I detect this. Are there any other reasons than utilizing the full space on each side as much as possible? Any sonic/technical aspects? Thank you. W.

Yes, the running order on the vinyl is quite different to that of the CD. This is due to the traditional constraints of the medium, in particular - inner groove distortion and limitations on headroom on the inner tracks. All part of our commitment to bringing you the highest quality recordings possible.

By: Greg
Category: Guy Fletcher

October 1, 2018

Hi Guy,

Good on You Son…great song ! Love the repeat synth line. It really drives the song and it gave the soloists a launching pad, so to speak. Much is said here about your top notch producing, and I wholeheartedly agree, but I’d like to comment on the great keyboard and synth playing that you’ve added to the mix over the years. From the snappy Hammond solo on Will you Miss Me, (Hillbillies), to the work on Junkie Doll (brilliant), Speedway at Nazareth, Back to Tupelo, Behind with the Rent…the list goes on and on. The songs wouldn’t be the same without your work.

Really, really looking forward to the new album and thanks again for giving us a front row seat to everything.

All the Best,

Greg

Thanks Greg

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

October 1, 2018

Congrats to Team Europe for winning the Ryder Cup. Especially enjoyed the joyfulness of Tommy Fleetwood after winning (Good On You Son) who was a rookie to the event this time around. The media here picked the U.S. because they thought that course favored the longer hitting U.S. players who seemed to keep hitting the water!! I have a very similar course near bye with water in play on 14 holes which places an onus on accuracy not long hitting. Maybe next time your in town Guy?? Great golf and great support at the event. Cheers.

Wow, they couldn't have been more wrong. Wonderful scenes last night. I felt for Tiger, Phil and Jim.

By: belljon1
Category: General discussion

September 30, 2018

Dr F, would you say the forthcoming album is more ‘ds’ than ‘mk’?

There's nothing 'DS' about it.

By: jmahon
Category: General discussion

September 30, 2018

Good day good doctor! If I have to get up at 3:00 am to catch the excitement live, so be it. Here I am. It's a tall order for the Yanks and I would not bet against Europe at this point, but it sure is fun to get wrapped up in the energy of the Ryder Cup. I love the practice swing "woahs", or "woos", or whatevers and, of course, the "Ole, ole, oles". Lots of fun. Nice to see Tiger back on his game last week, though his struggles for points in this event continue. Enjoy the day, Guy (Gee, in France, right?). I've got Down the Road on order and can't wait to spin that vinyl. Salivating at the thought. Cheers!

By: Wolfgang
Category: Competition

September 29, 2018

Hello Guy, River Towns, Seattle… I remember very well your favourite tracks from the last albums. Are you willing to tell us which song(s) from the new album you like the most? All the best, W.

Of course, once it is released