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Another shoe challenge! Bis
Michel Meynet
Geneva

22nd June 2015

Hi Guy Left to the right : Richard, John, Mike Correct, no more calls
Top gear
Eric Genevelle
france

22nd June 2015

Hi Doc, Have you (or Mark) have been welcomed ton join "Top Gear TV broadcast" ? Not for a special star recording, but just to try usuals cars to compare your driving with others English "car's maniacs" ? Yes. Top Gear ran its course in my mind. I'm sure Chris Evans will be a refreshing change.
Mannheim, SAP Arena
Martina
London

22nd June 2015

Hi Guy, Very nice show last night at the SAP Arena. There is a very funny explanation of the name SAP Arena in your diary. "The SAP arena, clearly named after the fluid transported in xylem cells of plants is a high tech predominantly handball and hockey venue." Actually, SAP stands for 'Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing'. The biggest software company in Europe, worldwide no. 4. Btw, my employer ;-) Best, Martina sap.com Thanks Martina, I knew that of course.
Gig Cologne
Lars Muehlner
Germany

22nd June 2015

Hi Guy, just a BIG thank you for that brilliant gig last night in Cologne. Everybody in top form and what a great loud sound!! Much better then in 2013. Who cares about setlists if you perfom like that!! All the best for the rest of this tour. Lars Correct
Old Gear
Stuart Snowden
Melbourne Australia

22nd June 2015

Hi Guy I've just dusted off some old gear, Akai S2000 sampler, Yamaha SY55 Synth, Yamaha MT120 4 track recorder just to name a few bits. Have you kept any of your old gear from years ago, if so what's lurking under your bed? (like my gear was). Oh god, tons of stuff
Roadtrip
Mattias Skoglind
Kiruna, Sweden

22nd June 2015

Hi Doc! Thank you for a wonderful show in Oslo! I saw you guys for the fourth time but this time was special to me cause I went with my old mighty man. We live in the very north of Sweden and for a few months ago I surprised him with a ticket to Norwegian Wood for your concert. We have never really had the time to spend that much quality time together and I saw this as a great opportunity to do so. We drove all in all 3500km! Started in Kiruna and drove trough Norway from Narvik sleeping in tent along the way, what a great trip it was! It is now a memory for life. Thank you all for giving us this time together! That's amazing Mattias. Give your Mighty Man my best regards.
New comp
Arnaud
Brittany

22nd June 2015

Hi Guy ! Great to read the current tour diaries. It is always nice to get news from the road with anecdotes and funny facts. My question is about the new comp closing next 31st July : On the Tracker tour, according to the official itinerary, how many personnel are there in the complete travelling party? May it include all local crews? Cheers and ... congrats to you all on the road for providing top class shows :) No, the 'travelling' party
Cologne
Michael
Germany

22nd June 2015

Dear Guy, what a wonderful evening in Cologne yesterday. Felt like the entire band was in a merry pin and full of laughs and jokes and ... :-) ... and so the crowd. Very touching Sultans. Thank you very much to all of you for an unforgettable evening. A real pleasure
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Shoes again ?
Nelly
France

22nd June 2015

Hi there, Humm clockwise I'd say Richard, John, Mike ! More seriously, I am working on the real contest (I'd love to win the Space360 & the litho)it's really a tough one, wish me luck! Cheers Nelly Correct....no more calls..
Another shoe challenge!
Mindy White
The jungle

21st June 2015

Here we go, clockwise left to right: Mark, John, Mike ????? Still working on the real contest. Safe travels and see you in Portugal! Well it wasn't a contest but ....nope.
Rainy day
Ken Hawkins
Coventry

21st June 2015

Hi Guy. Talk of performing in the rain reminds me of when I saw you on the OES tour in New Zealand in 1991. I was travelling at the time and had seen you in Melbourne, I went on to New Zealand and saw you there. I can't remember if it was Christchurch or Wellington but it rained quite heavily throughout the show. Don't know if you remember it but I was very impressed with how you all coped and we were even treated to an impromptu performance of 'singing in the rain'. Yes, the Wellington show had wind issues
Cancelled show
Vasco Cardoso
Portugal

21st June 2015

The show you cancelled was in Vaison-la-Romaine, August 1996. You managed to play two or three songs. It was rescheduled for the next day. Almost 20 years ago.
Postponed show
Michael Messmann
Germany

21st June 2015

Hi Doc, the show you were referring to, which was postponed because of the rain, was in Vaison on Friday, August 2nd 1996. It ended after 3 songs and was postponed to Saturday, 3 August 1996 :) Excellent Water Of Love version was played (maybe because of the rain ;) The concert is one of the most famous Bootlegs of MK... Cheers, Michael
Postponed show
Michael Messmann

21st June 2015

Hi Doc, the show you were referring to, which was postponed because of the rain, was in Vaison on Friday, August 2nd 1996. It ended after 3 songs and was postponed to Saturday, 3 August 1996 :) Excellent Water Of Love version was played (maybe because of the rain ;) The concert is one of the most famous Bootlegs of MK... Cheers, Michael
Rain Rain Go Away
Cheney Coker
Dallas

21st June 2015

Visions of keyboards getting the 80's hair band treatment made me wonder about how the crew deals with rain during the show. I scanned through past diary entries and I don't think I could find one where you guys were getting soaked during a performance despite a vague memory of that happening once or twice. My past with high amperage motion picture lamps makes me very squeamish when mixing current and water. I was wondering if the gear you guys use is specifically designed to deal with getting soaked occasionally and surviving to live another day or is the blow drier treatment something that would work on any off the shelf piece of gear? If they get wet while powered up, do they prevent massive shorts and fried circuitry via copious grounds or just well designed power rails or what? Electronics aside, the guitars must really hate it. I don't think a Fender would like to be soaked and I know Martin's get rather grumpy when damp. What happens (or what has happened) if it starts to pour on you guys while you are all plugged in, powered up and playing? How do you keep from getting killed and how does the gear not short out completely? It's not quite like pouring water into an active hairdryer (something which should NEVER be done kids!) our gear is usually quite well protected against brief showers but you obviously can't subject musical instruments to water for long periods. A for electrocution, everything is very well isolated these days and the risk of shock is low, however, we always take extreme precautions, Mark even wore his rubber soled shoes...You cannot be too careful.
Me again...sorry
Gary Langridge
Canterbury, Kent

21st June 2015

Hi Guy, time for another question. I have been watching Guitar Star on Sky Arts. In several camera shots, there was some type of "clamp thing" attached to the headstock of the guitars. All were different colours and didn't appear to be connected to anything. I am passing this question your way as in one of Marks short tracker videos on Youtube, he also had one attached to the headstock of his guitar when doing an interview/video at British Grove. Can you enlighten me to what this gadget is please? It's not going to change my life, but knowledge is everything. I promise to bore you with more questions in times to come lol Sounds like the clip-on tuner
worse Weather
Rob van Kempen
Holland

21st June 2015

Hello Guy,after reading the Mainz-diary and seeing the rainy pics (great background for the diary though!) i wondered if it ever got so bad( for example storm or lightening)in the past that it was to worse(and maybe even dangerous)for the band and/or the audience that you had to delay or cancel a gig?Cheers,Rob Well if it had continued raining in Mainz, the show would have been cancelled. It was that close. We've only ever postponed one show (in the South of France) due to a stage with no roof being subjected to a storm. Can't recall the date, it may have been 1996. We've had plenty of stoppages.
West coast Opens
john
southern california

21st June 2015

Good day, good Doc! Nice to see the tour is the best ever and looking forward to a few shows in the Golden State myself. I've been watching the US Open here the past few days on a pseudo-links type course built from an old rock and sand quarry. It's not natural links land, but the course is definitely a challenge and seems to play in the links style. It's also the first time the US Open has been played in the Pacific Northwest. I was wondering if you have had any chance to see it because unless you have a bout with insomnia (or a really extended late night music session with the 360) the timing wouldn't sync too well with your current location. Coverage isn't finishing up here until 8pm PST most days, which is at least 4am if not 5am in your parts. Have you caught any of it? Btw, Jason Day's collapse on his 18th hole yesterday (the 9th) was frightening; to have vertigo and the doctors can't tell you why? I hope he can recover completely. I hope there is an exciting "moving" day ahead today. Best to you all as you play your wonderful music across the continent. Since I never switch on the TV on the road, I've only read about it and the condition of the greens. Shocking stuff.
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Heino
Matthias
Mainz under water

20th June 2015

Dear Guy, thank you for the excellent performance in Mainz and the crew for having made it at all possible. "Richard in Motion" is attached as a proof! I am sure, you and the band have vice versa acknowledged that the audience also gave their best to make it that memorable evening that it has been. We, covered in colourful pink rain ponchos (first row in front of you - you may have seen us), had a wonderful evening. The reduced set length is easily understandable regarding the circumstances; we will be happy to be compensated with additional songs when seeing you again in Munich and Castle Clam in July. Now to my question: I was much surprised that you know notoriously famous Heino. As a "fellow" musician, may you provide us with your three most heartfelt impressions when thinking of him and his music? Many thanks, my thoughts about Heino shall remain private.
Soundchecks
Lars
Groningen

20th June 2015

Guy, If you compare the soundcheck you do regularely in 2015, to a regular soundcheck you did in 2001, what is the biggest difference? Are there differences? E.g. that you let the crew soundcheck the instruments now. Lars no, they are very similar. Our crew line-check everything before we get there.
Scottish Reggae
Marco Danen
Roosendaal Netherlands

20th June 2015

Hello Guy, The best live performance for me was like Mark says "Scottish Reggae" Portobello Belle live. The melody sounds for me so beatifull with the guitar solo and sax within.
Oklahoma
Vasco Cardoso
Portugal

20th June 2015

Is the feedback guitar the Grosh ElectraJet? I think the Grosh is the rhythm MK-Travis rhythm thing, not the feedback guitar. Can I assume that the feedback guitar was just a copy-paste of different feedbacks and not performed per se? No, it was performed, in one take.
US Tour
Gary Langridge
Canterbury, Kent

20th June 2015

Thanks for that Guy. I often wondered if you lugged EVERYTHING over there and now I know. Are you lot going on that jet ? not transatlantic
CU in Stuttgart
Joerg Lenz
Herrenberg near Stuttgart

20th June 2015

Dr. Fletch first of all THANK YOU .. This page and the forum is amazing. Excellent coverage of little bits and pieces along the road - even when spotting "Heino" or other strange things. Can't wait to see all of you in Stuttgart despite the 1983 sports palast building of Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle might not be your favorite living room spot but you might do without the thermals you had to wear in Norway. Regards to everyone that is touring with you. I am just wondering how you can arrange time to even take care of daily blogs and comments in your forum. If there is one Doc in Music Business who is authentic - you're the man as is the bunch of people around you. See you July 5. Thanks
change plans on stage
Al
Germany

20th June 2015

Has it ever occurred that you decided on a certain setlist before a show and then on stage Mark felt like that ain't working with this audience and changed it accordingly? If that happened who would pass the info to the lighting guys and the FOH? Yes and yes of course
Boston Orpheum 23/4/01
Ken Natton
Bolton UK

19th June 2015

Wow, great information, thanks very much for that Guy. I had previously tried to search for something and had found nothing. With that information I have now found it. No moving pictures, unfortunately, but a good still of James on stage with Mark. I did enjoy the performance of Sailing to Philadelphia – including James’s error starting the second chorus early! Also interesting to hear you play with James on his song ‘Raised Up Family’. Sounds like the audience enjoyed it anyway. Wish I’d been there…
Some nice drumming
Ninie
Hampted

19th June 2015

Hello Guy, There is some nice drumming on the end solo here. Great idea and powerful rendition, don't you think? Looking forward to seeing you soon on tour! Tracker is a fantastic album. Kudos to you, MK, and the band!!!! Your kindness and dedication for this forum is greatly appreciated!!!!!! Cheers http://youtu.be/qVoNvGBkUek
Collaboration with James Taylor
Ken Natton
Bolton UK

19th June 2015

There you go, that is a question that I wondered about some time ago that Karl Fensch’s earlier question made me think about. Did James Taylor ever appear on stage with you guys or was he only ever with you in the studio? James did indeed come and join us at a show in Boston at the Orpheum. 23rd April 2001
Setlist question...?
Aleman
Italy

19th June 2015

Hi Doc, why don't cancel the setlist? I guess the band is mature/good enough to cancel the setlist. Mark just comes and plays what he/the band wants for a two hours. Can stop in the middle of a song if he doesn't like and start another one. This is just a joke, of course and I even don't know if the audience would understand that. Is it worth to try? See you in Piazzola, whatever the setlist is ! What setlist? The vast number of stringed instrument we use in a multitude of different tunings means we cannot operate like his Bobness. Bob incidentally is playing the following day to us in Mainz.
US Tour
Gary Langridge
Canterbury, Kent

19th June 2015

Hi Guy, When you do the US leg of the tour do you take all the big stuff like staging, lighting PA etc over there or do you hire it once out there? Weird question but just wondered We take all the back line, the rest is US based.

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