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Evelyn Glennie
Nat
Snowy Sweden

24th January 2015

Thought of you last night when I came across a short program about this lady ( what do artists do all day on BBC World). What a fascinating person and musician! Very interesting, readers of this forum, look out for reruns! I did read here that you have/ will work with her, didn't I? Is it for the film you are working on or another project? You are verry lucky to be able to work with her. Mind you, the same applies to her working with you and luck hasn't got much to do with it!// Nat, I think that show was a profile on Shani Rhys James. Mark and I are honoured to be working with Evelyn Glennie on a movie project.
Canada?
Ian Patton
Edmonton, Canada

24th January 2015

Hi Guy ... will you be coming to Canada on your next tour? Sure
Yahoo
Michelle
New Zealand

24th January 2015

I am very excited that MK & gang are playing at the RAH again on the up coming tour! It is more exciting than Christmas! I have got tickets and I really can not wait for May to roll around!! Looking forward to seeing the band play again at the wonderful & Beautiful RAH.
RAH
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

24th January 2015

You know I said I wouldn't be seeing any shows on the next tour? Well, I am now! I'll be at the Royal Albert Hall, 25th May. I have to say though that I can totally understand some other fans' frustrations regarding the announcements of the dates. People who would have preferred to go to the Albert Hall will have made other plans on the assumption that no Albert Hall dates would be on the itinerary. As for me, I waited, half-expecting that more UK shows would be announced as the band usually plays Brighton and Bournemouth. So it's only good fortune that I took that gamble. With that said, my total expenditure for my trip to see the band at RAH is £450 and counting. And that doesn't include travel costs! I have never seen a show in London before and these costs are one very good reason why. So, obviously I'm a bit biased, but I do very much hope you will return for some more South Coast shows at some point in the future! Not least because the shows you have played down here have been nothing short of astonishing. In the meantime, I'm very excited to see the band live at RAH. No doubt the money I will have spent on the trip will pale into insignificance the moment you all arrive on stage.
So Far From the Clyde?
Matteo Lusignoli
Rome, Italy

23rd January 2015

Hello, many would like to know why So Far From the Clyde was never included in concert setlists up to now (i.e. in the last two tours), and many more hope it will be included in the coming tour! PLEASE, CAN WE DO SOMETHING TO CONVINCE MARK TO PLAY IT LIVE?! (at least in Rome, where I will be pleased to see and listen you again the next 21st of July)
Knebworth 1990
GP
Ascot

23rd January 2015

Hi Doc, Nice to see that the concert you all took part in is to be released on March 16th in Blu-Ray format. So many great artists peformed that day. EC and Dire Straits, along with Elton John, quality at it's best...and all for a great cause.
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Arrogance
Julio
Kingdom of Valencia

23rd January 2015

Guy not only does it very well with moaning posts, he also has infinite patience with arrogance. Period.
Moaners
Dan
SW3

23rd January 2015

Get over it people, MK tours are a business not a charity. And PC Management uses financial criteria to decide where to play and where not to play and when and how to release tour dates. Period. If you don't like it you know what to do. Besides, it didn't take too many brains to figure out that MK would play the Albert Hall. He never plays just one date in London, the dates were available at the RAH and GF told those asking about it to wait. So stop crying like babies. And if you have complaints take them to the management. I admire your endless patience Mr Fletcher. See you in town at the O2 and the RAH, amongst other places.
RAH tix: Chek !
Nelly
France

22nd January 2015

Hello Guy, it's so great that you are doing RAH, I knew you couldn't miss this venue !! That is great news !! I'm soooo looking forward to see you all again ! Take care and see you on the road !! XXX Nelly Hooray
Quit yer complaining
trudy berne
The Wild West near the Columbia Gorge

22nd January 2015

Bought tickets to the Sheffield show in October 2014. Received an email this week about RAH. What's the problem? Bought two pre-sale tickets for May 26. We will eat Ramen noodles for the next 3 months and do it with greasy grins on our faces. RAH and MK together--the Fates are smiling. Appreciate the forum during these long,grey winter days. Keep grinning. cheers
Venue announcements....
Dan Jo
Frankfurt

22nd January 2015

After years of germany-based gigs in the Frankfurt Festhalle and elsewhere here, 2015 will see us coming to the UK (first-time ever). I gave a pair of tix /w BA flight for christmas for the aforementioned price before it was sold out in the O2 .....and NOW I learn the RAH presale IS open. A pity, if I only knew that before christmas. The O2 didn't even have physical tickets to dispatch to me, so I ended up faking a pair /w photoshop until the real thing arrives (which it didn't as of yet). Nevertheless, looking forward to see you all again in a country I EVER planned to visit but took me 43 years to finally embark. Take care, dear Guy. And thanks for the Beryl snippet, musical craftmanship at its best again ! Thanks
The Deluxe Edition
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

22nd January 2015

I must say I am very pleased by the prospect of the Deluxe edition which appears more or less as a 15-track-album with 75 minutes playtime on one CD - which is a another great view after being blessed with the great double album back in 2012. So I prefer to look at "Tracker" as that version and would judge the "standard" album as a shortened version maybe. I think it is the first time that bonus tracks (apart from Do America) have been put directly onto a new album and not on CD-singles, b-sides and other added stuff. Now my question: Did you consider also building up a real album feel with the additional 4 tracks as a whole or should the album indeed be seen as closed after track 11 and the 4 others are indeed just bonus? It's about sequencing, hope you get what I mean.. All the best, W. No, all of the tracks were considered as a part of the Tracker experience.
Instrumentals
Arthur Brendler
Brasil

22nd January 2015

Nah... i meant instrumental music, or music with no vocals, music without lyrics. But reading your last answer... definitely no! Yes, that's a no I'm afraid. It's songs all the way!
Good music out there
Davide Sanna
london

22nd January 2015

Dear Doc, you've often alluded to the fact that the music produced in recent years by new artists is as good as the one from previous decades. I tend to agree with you! Nowadays there's so much music out there, and it's only a few clicks away, that it's possible to overlook some of the greats. I'd be curious to know what new bands and/or solo artists you considered the best from the last 10/15 years. Thanks and good luck with the tour and all the exciting projects you're involved in. Yes Davide, there are many great bands. My current faves are Ware on Drugs, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine, but check out "Animal Language"
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Hurricanes and forecasts.
Isabella Lari
Boring Tuscany

22nd January 2015

Dear Doc, two questions today, and they couldn't be more different. 1) A few nights ago I was watchin' on tv a beautiful documentary called "The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane", telling the story of the biggest years of the band the 60s and 70s, and all the madness that they were living in: Brian Jones' death, Altamont, the recordings of Exile on main street in Southern France, and all the sex and drugs and r'n'r kind of stuff. Well, almost insane, I must say (though I'm a big fan of the Stones). So I'm asking to you: as a member of various bands touring worldwide from the early 80's, have you ever lived or at least seen that kind of R'n'R crazy way of life, where everything was allowed, and there seemed to be no limits to what a rockstar could do? What are your thoughts about that? Do you think that nowadays that lifestyle is over, or there's still room for that kind of insanity? 2) what do you think about the very strange weather of the last year? The temperatures maps of this winter are unbelievable (see the temperatures in Finland!), in Italy we had often over 20°C/68°F, and no more than one week of the right low temperatures we should have in January. And then it was snowing in Greece and in Northern Africa! Crazy. What are the weather-forecast-addicted thughts about this strange weather? Have a nice week! PS: I love the bees. They give us honey and propolis, makes our garden full of flowers, and everybody should know that no bees = no life on earth. My 2 cents. The one in the pic was in my garden last summer. (Nikon 70-200mm on my Nikon D5000)PPS: I love the song, too. 1) that would be telling! These days there's not much room for the kind of insanity you are referring to Isabella. We've all had our moments. 2) The weather in Europe has been on occasion a little unusual but I think overall, it evens out. Gorgeous day here today!
Instrumentals
Arthur Brendler
Brasil

22nd January 2015

Hi Doc. I was wondering if we will have some instrumental song on the new album? Cheers. By definition, a song is not an instrumental.
Row 7
James R
Kent

22nd January 2015

''' For every pair of tickets bought you'll receive a copy of Mark's new album.Please note that this offer does not apply to tickets purchased in Row 7 of the circle.'' Wonderful news Doc.Mark leading the way yet again.Those b******* in Row 7 have had it their own way for far too long,with their homemade,matching,MK On Tour t-shirts and their binoculars.There's a song in there somewhere Doc. 'Row 7' Three sugars please... You should cut down on the sugars James
Royal Albert Hall
James R
Kent

22nd January 2015

I have some sympathy for Graham Nicols.However,anyone who has followed MK's career knows that the RAH is a favoured venue.The RAH website had 'free dates' available at the end of May.Presumably,provisionally booked by promoters.Given Marks large fan base,it seems inconceivable that he would only play one gig in the London area,not to mention the £££.It is his business after all.Perhaps some fans should have waited before buying tickets for the O2.All arena venues still have availability so nobody would have missed out.What was worth missing out on was the MK presale.£160 for two arena seats plus a copy of the album (whether you wanted it or not) Monday presale has sold out.If only all the profit went to the band... If only.
album
mark vogel
oz

22nd January 2015

Hi doc gonna miss you guys in concert. Don't be a stranger to oz. Just to let you know when it comes to buying any music from MK and friends I don't care how much it is,I just buy it doesn't matter how broke I am at the time.listening to your music improves my life. God bless MK and Gf and friends. Cheers. Mark V. thanks
RAH farewell
Julio
Kingdom of Valencia

22nd January 2015

Hello Doc. Since 2005, every single tour, when dates were revealed, I bought at least tickets for one of the dates at the RAH. This time, when the dates were revealed, there was no RAH but the O2 Arena. I thought that maybe this time the RAH was not available, so I bought tickets for other concerts and booked my flights back home after the concerts. Now, too much months after, the RAH are revealed, and my hands are tied, so this would be the first time since the 2005 tour that I won´t attend any of the RAH shows, and the saddest thing about it it´s that it was not my decission, hiding the RAH dates until the O2 Arena show had sold well enough (coincidentaly with the Tracker announce, how I wish that it was the O2 the one announced at the same time that the record, and not the RAH...) kind of broke this long tradition, and now that it´s broken, it might be the time to bid farewell to MK at the RAH, unless in the future there is something really special happening there with MK Involved... Sorry to hear Julio
Priceless
john
southern california

22nd January 2015

I cannot disagree with recent comments about the manner in which tour dates and the album have been released. In fact, I myself am a victim of the uDiscover box set shipping fee fiasco and was once relegated to a trip to SF because an LA date was rolled out later. Of course it would be better, more transparent, and less irritating to the fans if management didn't roll things out this way. However, I let this stuff pass because I do understand it isn't easy for artists to make their "hard-earned" these days either and there are quite a few people who contribute and expect, need, require their own reimbursement for every project. MK is not doing the Dire Straight reunion tour and has been doing what he wants. To me, no matter what I have to fork over, it is worth it. The music MK and you have been producing these past years is "priceless". I consider it so and will continue to support the efforts in box sets and concert tickets. Even if management is running things a bit like Vegas, at least when I fork over my "hard-earned" for you guys, I feel like I'm getting my money's worth in the incredible music you have given us. Call me a punter if you will, but you just can't put a price tag on some things. Very gracious of you John, I very much appreciate your support.
RAH Dates
Phil R
UK

22nd January 2015

Sorry that you're in the crossfire a bit on this Guy and thank you so much for the opportunity to talk to you via your forum, but I must also support the words of Graham Nichols and others below. I took my 8 year old son to the RAH to see Privateering (you may recall he was on my shoulders for the encores on the last Saturday night - I also posted on here how amazed he was by the whole experience and the hall itself) and I was hoping to do the same with my daughter who just turned 6 this year. When all the UK dates were announced and the O2 was listed in London on the Friday, I presumed that there would be no further UK dates listed and bought tickets to Birmingham for all 4 of us instead in the pre-sales (I wanted to get seats close to the front for them) - unfortunately the O2 was on Friday night and the kids would still be in school, so we wouldn't have been able to make it into London on time. Now I see that the RAH has been announced 2 days after the Birmingham show and during the school half term... so my daughter has missed the chance to visit the RAH show and perhaps with it a couple of days trip to London. It feels like a very cheap ploy to maximise sales at the expense of us loyal fans. All it would have taken was some communication that there was the potential for other UK shows to be announced and we'd have gotten the hint. I have written a polite email to PCM to relay my disappointment on this, but having seen the tone of a response from Mark's management to another fan and forum member - I can't say I'm looking forward to the reply! Thanks for all your great work Guy and look forward to seeing you in Birmingham - even though for me I'll be gutted I'm not taking the kids back to the magic and intimacy of the RAH performances. Yes Phil, I can't say I didn't foresee these reactions.... As you know, I'm not privy to the way the albums and tour are put out there.
Flight of fancy
Louise Wickson
Away from Toronto's miserable cold ...

21st January 2015

It pleases me to think the 'delay' (though how you can delay something that hasn't been announced is a question, as Apple bloggers are wont to point out) in announcing the NA tour is because management will announce all NA dates in one swoop - not, I suppose that it really matters over here. The vast distances make it unlikely someone would select, say, LA over an unannounced, hoped-for NYC or, more pertinently, Toronto!
Graham Nichols
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

21st January 2015

Just wanted to say that the post of Graham Nichols is great and he really nails it with every single word and that he perfectly expresses my feelings regarding RAH dates and Tracker tour announcing in general.Thanks for your patience. W. Yep
Gone Crazy
Paul
Oxford

21st January 2015

So much excitement in recent days, don't think I can contain myself! I wonder if any more concert locations will come out of the woodwork. Our village hall just outside Oxford has a big enough stage and has some availabilty in the summer. Also we have many large metal teapots to keep you refreshed with Aldi tea. I managed to secure 2 tickets for the RAH this morning on the stroke of 10. Just as well as it looks as though the pre sale has sold out already. I've persuaded the wife to come along this time following a cast iron reassurance that the Bobbit won't put in an appearance before the interval. This isn't my only location, as I have tickets for the O2 in both London and Berlin and the cavern in Birmingham. My neighbours have suggested that such compulsive behaviour means that there is something wrong with me. They just don't understand. By the way, we had the sweet potato and gorgonzola gnocchi gratin from the cookbook last night, to get in the mood for the coming season. Delicious. We never had such flash food as this as a boy in Scunthorpe. For that alone, I thank you. Needless to say, really looking forward to the summer concerts. Best wishes. Many thanks Paul, I'll put in a good word for the village hall.
The War On Drugs?
EK
WA

21st January 2015

I heard this song during the summer and couldn't get it out of my head for days. So looked it up and came across the album "Lost In The Dream". Has to be said it's one of my favourite albums of all time. It seems so highly rated throughout the business this past year as well. Have you heard of the band/listened to the album? What's very interesting is a lot of people link the style of music to Dire Straits and what I think they mean is Mark's guitar playing. Anyway, album highly recommended if you haven't heard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Yeah, great
John Martyn
EK
WA

21st January 2015

I was introduced to his music by my cousin around 5 years ago (Bless The Weather album) but never looked at his work in detail, recently the album "Solid Air" was on special at my local record store so decided to get it. Truly one of the most beautifully chilled out albums ever. Incredible guitar player. Are you a fan of John's work and did you ever get the chance to meet him before he passed? Yes very much so. Danny Cummings was in John's band for a long while.
Guitars
Alexander
Berlin

21st January 2015

Hi Doc, hope you're good. Great new tune. Can't wait for the whole lot in mid March. One Q.: I understand Mark played all the guitars on the new album. I wonder why. Just because Richard or other (G)guys weren't available? Or did he choose to do so for musical reasons. I assume a record on which Mark played all the guitars himself might sound a little different, if not a little better. Don't get me wrong, I know Richard is a great great guitar player. But still, I was wondering. Thanks in advance for taking the time. Best, Alex. We made this album over a fairly long period and...Mark just fancied doing it.
Tour - Jukebox
David Gray
London

21st January 2015

Hello Guy, Looking forward to seeing you in May and hope you will find the time to keep us all informed on what's on the band's music jukebox during the European and US tours. Best wishes David Of course
US Tour
Mike N.
Michigan

21st January 2015

Hello Doc, I see a schedule full with European dates but noticeably missing even a single US date. One of the things that caught my ear in the Lawson interview was the high cost of touring but I hope that Mark along with Paul will not abandon the US market. Please keep in mind your loyal American fans for some regional US shows (a few meet & greets would be wonderful). Thanks! Hold steady Mike......

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