By: The tennisman
Category: General discussion

April 16, 2018

Hi Guy,
i just wanted to tell you how much i ‘ve appreciated your speech at the ceremony and particularlly the words you had to your wife and family.
Familly is a wealth and it must be treasured every single minute of our life.
Next year we’ll celebrate with my wife Christine our 20th wedding birthday.Time passes fast when you live with the right woman.
I wish you and Laurie a happy 30th wedding birthday.
Patrick

Thanks. So true, happy wedding birthday (next year) from us.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

April 16, 2018

Glad to hear you enjoyed the celebration over the weekend Doc. Nothing much to say about Mark not going but clearly from reading between the lines this was clearly a hard decision for him and one has to respect that at the end of the day. But you guys are always looking through the windscreen of the car looking ahead rather than the mirror which is that which is behind. Just to help move us all on a tadge, and to whet the appetite, is there likely to any announcements of anything new to listen to soon? Or do we still have to hang to that old virtue still – patience? Airlines! Quick to take your dosh! Slow to assist when it is needed! Stay safe. Neville

Thanks. Yes, sorry. More patience required.

By: Ednardo Raposo
Category: Competition

April 16, 2018

I know it may sound a little creepy to your ears but you, John and Alan made us fans really proud. You might not realise that but your forum makes us feel kind of close to you and seeing you up there receiving the award felt like a friend was being honoured. Thank you three for showing up and being so classy, charming and generous. You know, we moan, we complain, we moan more, we complain again, but the truth is we are very grateful to you for what you do. Yes, I wish you and the whole lot had performed last Saturday but it is what it is and I’m happy you guys had fun. As for Mark, an offcial statement would’ve done the job. Not for the HOF. You know what I mean. Have a safe trip back home and thanks once again.

Thanks, looking forward to getting home. Currently still stuck at JFK. Still smiling though.

By: Vito
Category: General discussion

April 16, 2018

Good morning Guy … well, the ceremony is over and I want to thank you for having participated, as well as John and Alan. The only thing I sincerely hope is that the absence of MK was not due to health problems. Congratulations for the wholehearted distinction.

No, Mark is fine and well.

By: mattenylander
Category: Gear

April 16, 2018

Hi!
I have a question regarding ”hot” you mix.
1. How loud do you typically mix marks vocals? Do you reference to some metering or just to taste?.
2. Do you generally compress vocals to tape or after or both?.
3. How hot do you generally send your mixes to mastering?

Best
/Matte

How can you reference vocal levels within a mix on a meter? Matte, the answer is ‘use your ears’. Compression again is how you like it. No rules mate. As for mixes, we send tape to mastering but also digital masters via uncompressed Dropbox etc.

By: Markie
Category: General discussion

April 16, 2018

We are a young rock band and record labels arent’t interested so we market our own music. We share our stuff all over the internet, but we can’t do much without label support. Any advice? Thanks!

Well it sounds like you are already doing a lot. What you are doing is what I would suggest...and of course gigging. Spreading the word is the key with the hope that something will come. Never give up.

By: qjamesfloyd
Category: Guy Fletcher

April 16, 2018

Hello Guy,

I just wanted to add my thanks to you, John and Alan for what you all did at the RRHOF, It was a long overdue award, but better late than never. I have no issue at all with Mark not going, I am sure David and Pick have their reasons too. Actually I thought it was great, you 3 had the chance to shine without Mark being there, you and John in particular were great, in fact I would say dignified is a better description. You made yourselves, your family and your fans very proud. If this in any way promotes the incredible music of Dire Straits in any way to a new audience, then well done. Two questions.
1. Do the RRHOF people send an award to Mark, David and Pick?
2. Did you get to meet any of the other famous musicians for the first time?

Take care

James

» http://s7.zetaboards.com/Silvertown_Blues/index/

Thanks James. The answers are yes and yes.

By: Lis
Category: General discussion

April 16, 2018

Hi Guy… I feel quite fortunate to have been able to attend the induction ceremony. It was it really great to see you, John and Alan there, and I really felt that your speeches were very gracious and thoughtful, despite a somewhat difficult situation.
It was a wonderful night of celebration for all the inducted musicians and I was blown away by so many of the performances.
Thank you so much for being there for the fans… it really meant a lot to me.
May I ask yet another favor? Please let John know that I am sorry for hounding him as he left the floor; I was surprised to see him walk by, and impulsively stopped him to say thanks. In hindsight, I feel bad that I imposed on him.
:/
Many thanks, and all the best!
Lis

Don't feel bad about stopping John, I would have done the same. The evening was emotionally charged for the three of us and I'm so glad we were able to be there and experience what was a fantastic show.

By: Palfrey
Category: General discussion

April 16, 2018

I think we knew MK would not be there, but DK and PW is still a mystery. I loved the fact that John said without Mark there would be no performance. I really respect that. But David and Pick is a mystery. To think, all of the four original members are alive and well. Sadly when the USA think of Dire Straits they only think of that No.1 anthem, and David and Pick where not part of any of that. Perhaps I can see MK’s point, it was soooooo long ago, but better late then never. Maybe MK’s beef was he wanted one day to be awarded as a solo artist, considering how many albums he has done now. Instead they award him for something that started 40 years ago and ended 26 years ago. That said, Guy you have been by his side through everything, you are the hero in my mind after last night. The three of you gained alot more respect in my mind. I hope MK has not shot himself in the foot regards future album sales and tours. So all done and dusted now. Whats next Doc? Apart from MK asking you how it all went.

We did have a great time, however, currently stuck in JFK due to bad weather. Missed our connecting flights to LHR. Airline refused hotel too. So much for the Delta-Virgin alliance Richard! Laurie and me still smiling after a fabulous weekend.

By: arozenberg
Category: General discussion

April 15, 2018

I was attending the ceremony and was cheering your induction and speeches. It was a highlight of the night for me! Thank you for coming to my city!!! Look forward seeing you and Mark here in the future. Please…:)

By: planetroyal
Category: Guy Fletcher

April 15, 2018

Many Thanks to John, The Doc and Allan for making the trip to Cleveland and being inducted along with all other great and worthy musicians. Thanks for dedicating the award to all of your fans, me included. It meant a lot to us even though Mark was not there. A few questions I have for The Doc: What doubts and misgivings did you have prior to landing in Cleveland and attending the ceremony and going up on stage and what were your feelings once it was all over and done with? Was it 1) “Wow! It wasn’t so bad after all?” or 2) “Wow! Can we feel the love or what??” or 3) “Wow! Did someone really miss something??” or 4) “Wow” they should have thought about this 25 years ago? – and don’t forget to also talk about the music and the food in your Diaries… besides the music Hall, was there any other place in Cleveland that you recommend when visiting that city?

PS: – Did not realize that Alan Clarke was really short standing next to the imposing presence of John and The Doc (referring to his height or vertical placement).

I had no doubts or misgivings at all prior to the Cleveland trip. Everyone here has been amazing, especially the fans. Got accosted this afternoon when revisiting the Hall of fame before we left for the airport. They were lovely though.

By: Erwin
Category: Guy Fletcher

April 15, 2018

Great speech at Hall of Fame Guy. I hope the three of you had a great time. As a fan i must say, a big thank you for being there!! Special thank you for John. With MK not being there he did a very good job. His list of people to thank seemed pretty complete!

Thanks

By: Rocking Janet
Category: General discussion

April 15, 2018

Just one more thing Guy. I just finished watching your acceptance speeches and I can’t help but smile. Everyone’s words were spot on. You guys are truly class acts and represented everything that evening is supposed to be about. Even John’s “induction speech” was great. It must’ve felt awkward but you guys really pulled it off. I’m so glad you made the trip to be a part of it all. Take care and I wish you guys nothing but the best in your future endeavours.

Many thanks

By: jfoster120
Category: General discussion

April 15, 2018

I’m generally not one to comment on this forum about things. I am an MK super fan, and gladly give Mark a wide birth on his views and decisions remotely regarding his music, the music business, etc, including the Hall of Fame Induction. So when it was clear he would not perform or attend, I just sadly shrugged my shoulders. It is his perogative. But when I read that neither he nor David attended, I said to myself “really, is that what it is largely or all about – after all these years still not being able to stand beside his brother for just a few minutes, let alone bury the hatchet?” If that’s the case, it doesn’t change anything about giving him a wide berth, but I would respectfully like to remind him that in many ways family is everything. Life is short, especially now at their stage of life. Again, if their brotherly fallout as young men was a driving reason for not attending, shame on both of them. It’s a head shaker.

By: Pierrick
Category: General discussion

April 15, 2018


Gracious, smart, funny! Thank you Guy, John and Alan for some great words and thoughts last night. Just continue doing what you do so well: music!

Will do

By: jrflyrobin
Category: Guy Fletcher

April 15, 2018

Hi Guy – I watched the RRHOF red carpet interviews. You guys were great but I think I understand one of the reasons Mark was hesitant to attend. The interviewer's only recollection of Dire Straits was MFN. Mark's (and DS's) pool of work is so much deeper! I certainly can't blame him for taking a pass. Looking forward to your next visit to Milwaukee. Soon It's soon!

By: Marie-Jo
Category: Competition

April 15, 2018

Congratulations Guy you made a great speech yesterday in Cleveland. Thanks for sharing the prize with us Fans. Many best wishes from Paris.

Merci

By: Isyrider
Category: Guy Fletcher

April 15, 2018

Dear Guy, to quote “Dirty Dancing” (hey, I’m a girl, ok?) “You looked wonderful out there!”. As a fan, I really appreciate how you shared the prize with all the fans, and the way you looked touched while dedicating the prize to your beloved family. And to me that’s a very important thing, probably the most iimportant one. Without the people you love around you, nothing cares. So much appreciated. Thank you so much.

Thanks

By: Mike Child
Category: General discussion

April 15, 2018

I caught your Hall of Fame speeches on YouTube this morning. I thought it was all very well handled by the three of you, especially without anybody to induct the band, which must have felt a little awkward. I have to admit I’ve always been a little ambivalent with regards to awards ceremonies and such like, certainly in recent years, but if there are any bands that deserve all the accolades they get, Dire Straits is certainly among them. There have been a lot of disparaging comments with regards to Mark’s decision not to attend. Personally I will not think any less of him – if he doesn’t enjoy all the exposure and media attention that comes with these events then it’s up to him. I am sure he has his reasons. Time to move on now and to look forward to the next album and Local Hero musical.

Exactly, many thanks

By: Dmac
Category: Competition

April 15, 2018

Have to say both yourself Guy and John too you both seem really lovely guys. Your words were gracious and humble from both of you. I really hope maybe John will take on a project of a live straits album, there must be so many top quality recorded shows that could be sorted into live albums!