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2015 tour
Dave
Kent

19th September 2014

Hi I have just checked out the dates for the uk and see you are not at the Brighton centre, Please could you say if there is any more uk dates going to be added or just the ones on MK website, Manythanks Can't say, please stop asking me about the dates, they'll be announced as and when. cheers
UK tour
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

19th September 2014

I hate to ask you this Guy…but are the UK tour dates announced today all the ones that you will play? If they are, I may have to miss out on this tour :( Dates seem to be announce sporadically, sorry but I'm not a part of that loop as I'm mixing the record. Stay tuned
RAH2015
andy easthope
Shropshire

19th September 2014

Good Morning Doc. Just seen the UK dates for the Tracker tour and noticed the only London concert is at the O2.I'm 50 next May and was planning a weekend break in London with a MK concert at the RAH as the cherry on the cake.Do you think there may stll be a possibility of some dates for the RAH being announced please or am i better off making alternative plans?. Thanks again for everything you do for us all. Possibly
paul franflyn
nico de cadi
cadi cadi

19th September 2014

hi doc. how many songs played paul franklyn on "tracker". ??? No songs played Paul
Italian tour
Franco Furcone
Palermo, Sicily

19th September 2014

Hello Guy, I'm excited for the release of the new album tracker! wow fantastic! I can only wait for the tour dates, can you tell me if you come back to Taormina? please come here! I have no idea, I'm mixing a record
Silvertown Blues
Frédéric Pondevie
Paris

19th September 2014

Hi Guy I hope to see you in France for the next Tour! (It's perhaps a problem to go in Paris because Paris-Bercy Arena will be renovated in 2015..) One question about a song that a lot of people like : Silvertown Blues (Album Sailing To Philadelphia). Very pretty song...but never played in concert! (I heard one time in a check-in in Munich in 2001...). Do you remember the reason? Yes
heartbeat
Michael B.
Germany

19th September 2014

Hello Guy, soon I will be listening to a new MK album with my heart beating fast. A new album of which artist(s) would make your heart beat faster when listening to it for the first time? I couldn't possibly single anyone out
Mark still practice?
Tom

19th September 2014

Hi Doc, Many of us who like Mark and his music do so especially because of his guitar playing. Looking back, it is pretty amazing how accomplished he was in those early days. And to this day he has kept his style and a lot of his guitar vocabulary. Even though he now thinks of himself more as a songwriter than a guitar player, does he still do a bit of "woodshedding" to keep things interesting? Or does he more maintain what he already knows? Thanks. Tom Always
band
Erwin
Netherlands

19th September 2014

Forgive for me asking but is Nigel H an option for MK to join the band for the new tour. It gives you the oppurtunity to play some other songs and he has also worked with you on the last two albums? I couldn't say just now
Tour
Ednardo Raposo
Rio, Brazil

19th September 2014

No South America dates, I'm so surprised. Think it's time we stop buying official material and begin to download everything for free. Perhaps if we do that and the sales figures go down someone may remember we exist. Exciting news on the album though.
New Album /Tour
Marc Colson
Genk (Belgium)

18th September 2014

Hi Doc, Your site is such a blessing to MK-fans and fans of the man with the colourful shirts. Via this site I met Sofie Vereycken (see a few messages below) and after a few times with failed attempts to meet eachother at one of your concerts we managed to meet eachother and sit next to eachother on the very first row in Antwerp during the Belgian part of the Privateering tour. The very first thing what I did yesterday when I saw the good news was to contact Sofie and to see if we could meet again in Antwerp/Brussels for next year's show. Unfortunately there is no date fixed yet for Belgium but I hope this will soon be announced. Otherwise we will be forced to travel to Amsterdam if you guys would skip Belgium on your next tour. Take care and see you next year ..... nice
The fadeout fades out
Cheney Coker
Dallas

18th September 2014

This Slate article tracks the history and usage of the musical fade-out in pop songs. Seems they reached their peak around 1985 when all top-10 songs had fade-outs and over the last three years, only one does. This made me think of the fact that I don't recall any on Privateering so you are right in line with the fashion these days. Have you noticed this shift and are there any reasons that you can think of that may account for it? One suggestion was that it was a way to accommodate radio DJs who liked that time to talk over exiting songs. This made songs with fade-outs easier to program and play which may have added to their sales. But with the demise of radio driven music sales there is no reason to do that anymore. Not sure I buy that argument, but since you actually help make these decisions I was wondering what you could contribute to the discussion. http://www.slate.com/articles/[...] There was a period in the 60's when fast fades were common, this was to facilitate late night radio programs where there often was no DJ, enabling any technician to crossfade easily between records. Also, If you listen to EC's album the Breeze, there are a few fadeouts which mimic many JJ Cale tracks. Cool. Early fadeouts were applied by the lab technician to fit the music onto the available space on the disk. (3 or 5 minutes on 78's)
Tracker cover
Armando Relano
Madrid

18th September 2014

Dear Doc, Maybe it's a stupid question... Is MK the one in the cover picture of the new album 'Tracker'? It should be the first time that he appears in the cover of one of his albums. Thank you very much! yes, interesting
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New album! New tour!
Sofie Vereycken
Belgium

18th September 2014

What a great day today: the new album and the new tour are announced! Exciting! And as if that wasn't enough, the MK website says that "fans who participate in tomorrow’s presales will be given the opportunity to be amongst the first to pre-order the new album! Additionally, everyone who orders tickets in our presale will receive access to live recordings and exclusive merchandise.". I'm sure the BE date will be added soon enough :-). Can't wait to hear and see the new songs, and the old songs, all is good! Happy days!
Tracker
Ryan Dunne
Oregon, USA

18th September 2014

Well, I hope that announcement satisfied all those who thought you were being coy. Its so nice have something to look forward to in 2015, especially with the mention that North America dates are forthcoming. Guy, please accept my continued gratitude for your collaboration with MK and for being so gracious with us sycophants who can't get enough of the glorious music. Always here to serve
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Ryder Cup
Alex Bilbrey
Ohio, USA

18th September 2014

Hi Doc, Do you or Guy have any plans to attend the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles? I've been to the last 3 Ryder Cups held in the US and they are amazing events. One of these years I'd love to attend one in GB, Ireland or Scotland. I have been offered passes but unfortunately it's pretty busy these few weeks as not only am I working on Mark's album, I'm about to mix an album for another well know artist. (can't say who)
Tracker
Andrew Greatbatch

18th September 2014

Hi Guy, So the new MK album is called 'Tracker' and is to be released early in 2015 (Official announcement from MK.com) and I must say that title has me well and truly intrigued,more than any other MK album. What could Mark have possibly written a song about that could be called Tracker? It just doesn't sound at all like an MK song/album title. Q) Can you say if there will be some previews available on line before the end of this year ? Can't wait to see the full track listing. Look forward to hearing more about the new album soon. All the best, Andrew Again, can't say
Tracker
Mike B
NC USA

18th September 2014

OK-- so the word is out. Can you give more details yet? Final tracklist? Deluxe editions/etc? And verify that there will be a US tour leg at some point? Tour band members? Thanks- Looking forward to it patience
Touring band
Cheney Coker
Dallas

18th September 2014

Now that the new CD has been announced and the initial tour information is starting to show up on Mark's site, are you able to tell us who will be in this tour's band yet or is that not finalized? More importantly, will Dave Eskinazi, Chris Desmond and George Baker be there as well? I don't want to say just yet but it is looking like the same line-up
Tracker !!
Christophe Thimmesch
Antwerp

18th September 2014

YESSSSSS ! new album "TRACKER" on the way !! .. hope it'll be a double one again ... or maybe triple? :-) It's a single album with lots of bonus tracks as I understand
Tracker!!
Vijay Singh
Charlotte, North Carolina

18th September 2014

Doc, I saw the official announcement just now and was jolted out of bed in excitement...it being 4 am here in the US, that was something. Countless posts coming your way today I'm sure, but I just wanted to say how excited the fans are at the news, and to thank you, MK, the band, and Mark's management for continuing to great work. See you on stage soon!!! Good
Xmas
Mark Zeelenberg
the Lowlands

18th September 2014

so no CD for Xmas..... :-( No
Mark on Tour...?
Thomas Dehn

18th September 2014

Hi Guy, I'm a bit confused after reading an email I just recieved from ticketcorner.ch announcing Mark will play Zurich 1th June 2015. The german version of the link says that the ninth solo album "Tracker" will be released in January 2015 - and further details I wish to read first here... Can you tell us if Mark and his team will establish preferred ticket services as in the past tours? Or do we need to be quick and book tickets in the local ticket stores? Cheers, TOM https://secure.ticketcorner.ch[...] Sorry Thomas I can't say as I'm not in the world of the office.
Different takes
Lee
South Wales

18th September 2014

Hi Doc, Hope everything's well with you. Just wondering, having been youtubing DS live tunes, if you have any memories of tracks which started out in the studio as "completely different" compared to what was put out on a DS album. Notably improved live versions of tracks that were nothing like the studio version for me has to be One World (a nice n'crunchy guitar sound) and Planet of New Orleans (which was all over the place, but in a good way, with lots of lush guitar). I think it would be fun to have one of these "different" ones slip into an MK gig ... Aaargh! set list question - sorry :) well they all start out different in some way but nothing extraordinary
Sir Humphrey-isms
Graham Nichols
Ingerlund

18th September 2014

Dear Dr. Fletch, I hope you don't take it amiss if, regarding the recent increased number of requests asking, almost demanding, when the new tour, album or diary updates are due, instead of say listing a collection of synonyms of the surprisingly difficult to understand word 'soon,' as has been suggested, you instead embellish things a little a further, with a few well chosen Sir Humphrey-isms, and hopefully entertain yourself into the bargain. Feel free therefore to cherry pick from the following Scheherazade nuggets, or of course come up with some of your own - in due course; in the fullness of time; at the appropriate juncture; when the moment is ripe; when all the necessary procedures have been completed. All is revealed as promised
which moron conceived this local hero idea
Maarten Van Pottelberghe
not in the friggin UK, obviously

18th September 2014

why the eff can i not buy local hero from the recent GNR if i do not live in the UK. it continues to baffle me how the music business continues to dig it's own friggin grave. i will now do the following: contact a friend in the uk and ask him to effing rip it for me. I WANTED TO PAY THE BLEEDING 99Cents, now i will get a copy and the good cause (nor Mark in case he is not entirely giving away the royalties) will get naught. WHY OF effing WHY rant over. If only I knew
ryan adams
Jon Bell

18th September 2014

thoughts on ryan adams and his latest album? Haven't heard it, not really on my radar although (my pal) Glyn Johns used to produce him so he must be mustard.
JJ Cale - Someday
Leif Bruun
Denmark

18th September 2014

Just got EC´s tribute album, and it´s fantastic. grown up music, played by grownups, for grownups in a very grown up way. On Someday Mark obviously plays one of his strats, and I think it´s the signature, but I really could´t say. I´m curious as to what´s in the rest of the signal chain? Which amp and which mics into which preamps and comps? can you reveal? Thanx... Leif. I can't comment on the chain as I didn't record it but it was pretty basic.
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Paul McCartney Archive Collection
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

18th September 2014

Hi Guy. I know Paul McCartney is a big hero of yours. Have you picked up any of the deluxe editions of the 'Archive Collection' albums he's been releasing since 2010? I am seriously impressed with them. They are very expensive but I can honestly say they are worth every penny. The remastered albums themselves sound as good as they can possibly sound now, and make his old remasters from 1993 sound pedestrian in comparison. And they really do throw everything but the kitchen sink at these releases with B-sides, previously unreleased material, bonus DVD's, interviews with Paul and others involved in the making of the albums, period photography…the list goes on and on. RAM and Wings Over America in particular contain a plethora of material. Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound are both coming out in November. For fans of Paul, I cannot recommend them enough. To be perfectly honest, I haven't paid much attention to PM since Venus and Mars. Not sure he's really cranked my tractor since then but obviously there's massive respect
New Album
Ian Patton
Edmonton, Canada

18th September 2014

Hi Guy ... will there be a vinyl release as well? Highly likely

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