By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 30, 2018

Dear Doc. A question regarding Henrik Hansen documentary. When we heard last year that it would be released this year, we kind of understood, the way it was announced, that it would be released as an individual item, also with another documentary with live material. Since that announcement was so long ago, are these the plans yet or would it be an extra in one of the new record boxes?

To be honest, I have no idea what the plans are for the doc.

By: Tom
Category: Miscellaneous

June 30, 2018

Here's a suggested title for Mark's autobiography: "From the Smell of a Fender Catalogue to the Bittersweet Taste of Success".

By: Florian S
Category: General discussion

June 29, 2018

Dear Doc,
I am just wondering whether Mark ever considered writting his autobiography. I know this is a very personnal exercise which may not fit very well his character, but I really had a great time reading M. Clapton's autobiography. This would sure be very interesting on many aspects, early life, DS early days, DS breakup, Atkins', Solo debuts, Solo success, 2003 canceled tour, soundwriting… Just a hint 🙂

By: MTB
Category: Miscellaneous

June 28, 2018

"Courtesy, teamwork. These things are carefully orchestrated by management and label, it's not my place to 'announce' such things." –Yup, that's exactly what I would expect, which is why the initial comment about mentioning the title threw me a bit. Well, it really doesn't matter what it's called – I'm in no matter what. Looking forward to another album+tour cycle.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

June 28, 2018

Hi Doc. Slowly but surely you guys are getting there with new material. Happy to hear of different formats – which I have always bought by the way. Is there any chance however, (probably not I know) that you can persuade the powers that be that all the materials are centralized and easy to purchase? If I remember with ‘Tracker’ some tracks were released here, but not there et al. I think ‘Hot Dog’ was released in Germany but no where else. Makes it a buggar to collect. However, perhaps after last night’s result (and I am not smiling as I type! Honest I am not!) the Germans need something to put a smile on their faces! Go well.

It's tough times for Germany at the moment and the shock exit from the World Cup hasn't helped. I'll do what I can, which isn't much in respect of release strategies.

By: Denae
Category: Miscellaneous

June 27, 2018

Yes, very

By: belljon1
Category: General discussion

June 27, 2018

Dr F, quick question. Is the new album still happening?

Very much so. All done and mastered by Bob Ludwig once again. Just working out all the versions (box set, vinyl etc)

By: Vito
Category: Miscellaneous

June 27, 2018

Gentlemen, I know it's not a place to talk about soccer, but I wanted to share my joy with you … this triumph in the world cup is one of the few joys that Argentina has. So let's go Argentina, come on !!!

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 27, 2018

Hi Doc. I just remembered you mentioned that there is going to be a cd release of the new songs MK wrote for the Local Hero musical. Of course it’s not up to you to tell us where that would happen but maybe you can answer this: If there is a release date planned, it would be before the musical premiere or at the same time more or less? Thanks!

That won't be until after the musical goes on stage.

By: Palfrey
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 26, 2018

Are you still going for Germany, or has Doc been studying form??? Croatia and Uraguay looking good.
Although Belgium are ranked 3rd by Fifa in the World, I can see England beating them.

Agreed, and now Messi has showed up who knows? I fancy Spain TBH. Come on England

By: carlos_landini@hotmail.com
Category: General discussion

June 26, 2018

Anitta – “Show das Poderosas / Your Latest Trick” – Rock in Rio Lisboa 2018. Try this url. I’m a rock and roll fan, but come on…. Let’s not take life so seriously. “Prepara…!” :))

» https://vimeo.com/277195325

indeed

By: umbrellaman
Category: General discussion

June 26, 2018

I have a different question re: the RRHOF. From my perspective, MK doesn’t owe us anything – just happy he is in the position to decide whether to come or not. My gripe is with the RRHOF for a seeming lack of imagination in terms of the presentation – it seems from all I read that MK had made it clear from the beginning that he wasn’t coming, so the RRHOF could think of other things. In other ceremonies, Queen played w/o Freddy Mercury (Brian May took vocals on We Will Rock You, then we’re joined by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins), Nirvana had a rotating cast of singers to replace Kurt Cobain, Genesis had no Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins wasn’t well, so Phish played two songs. Here, the Killers opened the show with a Tom Petty tribute – they’ve covered Romeo and Juliet, and have played that in concerts. Add in a John Illsley led “Walk of Life” and you have a performance. Was there any thought to having someone else perform. Was there any consideration of other people playing DS songs or joining up with the current members?

They wanted Mark (and a reunion) and when it finally became clear he wasn't going to be there they kind of left us to our own devices, which was awkward for us. Still, rather like doing a pub gig in the old days where no-one turns up, we got on with it and did what we could. The folks who run the actual Hall Of Fame itself (as opposed to the event) were and have always been extremely warm, welcoming and kind and we've been in touch subsequently. As is often the case with these things, there is more to it than can be said here. I'm very glad we went though as I believe the fans support should be recognised.

By: MTB
Category: Miscellaneous

June 26, 2018

In an earlier reply about the new material, you mentioned, “There is an album title, not sure why it’s not mentioned.” – which leads me to think that it’s not necessarily a closely guarded secret. So why not just tell us what the title will be? As always, appreciate your taking time with this forum.

Courtesy, teamwork. These things are carefully orchestrated by management and label, it's not my place to 'announce' such things.

By: Ednardo Raposo
Category: General discussion

June 26, 2018

Here I am to apologize for yet another brazilian embarrassment, this one being called Anitta. Brazil used to be an endless source of exciting music and arts but over the last few decades the country has gone through a process of cultural degradation that gradually undermined pretty much all originality and charm we had one day. This woman is the perfect representation of that, pure decadence and shame. I cannot believe she’ll perform at the RAH. I miss the good old days when instead of Neymar and Anitta we presented the world with Pelé, Garrincha, Romário, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Gustavo Kuerten, Oscar Schmidt, Tom Jobim, Toquinho, Jorge Benjor, Gilberto Gil and so many other genuine talents. I’m sorry.

It's not just Brazil Ed

By: Julio
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 26, 2018

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 26, 2018

Hi Doc. It looks like the tickets for the Local Hero musical in London would be on sale in September instead in June, makes more sense. I don’t get why Edinburgh tickets went on sale so soon, so much in advance, specially thinking that most of the potential buyers will be MK fans, it would had made more sense to wait until MK next tour is announced as most of the MK fans that would travel to see the musical are waiting to check wich MK tour dates fit with the musical dates and do a double travel, concert + musical, the perfect match.

The musical theatre world and the rock'n'roll world are very different beasts. Dates are currently being worked out.

By: carlos_landini@hotmail.com
Category: General discussion

June 24, 2018

Hi Dr, look this! What do you think?
Last song from brazilian singer Anitta at Rock in Rio Lisboa, mixing her great hit ‘Show das Poderosas’, a funk music, with ‘Your Latest Trick’. She will play at RAH next week.

» https://www.facebook.com/groups/dire.straits.fans/...

I can't access that link.

By: Chris
Category: Miscellaneous

June 24, 2018

Guy. Just wanted your opinion on hearing, related to mixing/mastering.

Do you find that your tolerance for listening/fine tuning a track/mix has changed with age?
It’s just something that occurred to me after coming out of a 4 hour mix/master for one of my students new tracks with what felt like a hole in my ability to hear certain frequencies.

Maybe I’m just going deaf!

No, my tolerance is about the same as it always was. Fatigue is an issue. You may not have heard those frequencies because of the room (monitoring). It's very common in untuned rooms. Not to say that it's not possible to mix in imperfect situations, it's just that this can greatly enhance the effects you describe. I'm sure your hearing is fine.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

June 24, 2018

Hey Doc. Just seen the Paul McCartney Carpool episode. Very good me thinks. No chance of MK being asked to do, or wanting to do this. Looks like fun.

It does

By: Palfrey
Category: General discussion

June 23, 2018

@ Julio – Ref Brian and Mark, nice little article

» https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-ne...