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Response to BIA Drumming Issue
Nigel Reed
Scorchin' Dallas

5th August 2015

This is documented in the Wikipedia Article (don't believe everything you read on the Internet). I'm not sure if Guy would be willing to go on record to say how accurate that is but it seems like by him not wanting to dob in a band mate...it probably is ;) http://bfy.tw/19BX It's 'fairly' accurate
Competition
Nelly
France

5th August 2015

Hello Guy, First of all congrtulations to the winner. I really did my best to win but **sigh** I got wrong for the stringed instruments and the tour personel questions' :( 63 stringed Instruments? I've counted 30 something... Do you hide the 33 other?? ;-) Btw, It would be interesting if someday you could give us a list of all "the stringed instruments" you travel with! I wonder what are the ones I've missed :D. Have wonderful holidays and take care! xxx Nelly A mighty task, maybe
US rehearsal?
Al
Germany

5th August 2015

Hi, before the Bad Kissingen show the band did not meet for a day of rehearsal again. But are a couple of days of rehearsals planned before the US Tour? I guess one or two new Songs for the American taste might need some revisiting? Right? We don't do rehearsals during a tour, only sound checks
Pet
PAUL DABLEMONT
Uzès (France)

5th August 2015

I was curious to know the bread of your cute pet as pictured on the diary. Is it a wonderful Polish Tatras (berger de Podhale)? Ours passed away last month at the age of 13, we will miss her forever. Thank you again for this wonderful tour. That's 'Gidget', our Golden Retriever.
Above and Beyond
Tim Pyles
Tulsa, Oklahoma

4th August 2015

Guy, thanks for your incredibly fascinating and informative tour blog; it has been a pleasure to follow. Thanks, in particular, for the effort you made in Barcelona to connect with young Fran and his family. As the father of a disabled son, I can't tell you how much that touched my heart. Bless you for that! Enjoy your well-deserved break. Eagerly anticipating seeing you, Mark, and the band in Kansas City on Sept. 28! My pleasure Tim. Fran's story broke my heart.
Spaced 360
Mike Buck
NC USA

4th August 2015

Amazon, at least the US site, has a deal on the Orbit 360. 44% off. Ordered yesterday; looking forward to trying it out. Enjoy your break and we'll see you this Fall. http://www.amazon.com/Orbitsou[...] That's a bargain.
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Once again ...
Dominique
Antwerp

4th August 2015

... thanks for taking us with you on this "Tracke" tour, for the diary and forum efforts, the musical indulgence ... Btw: we call us all "fans" but the attached photo proofs that the biggest fans welcomed you at home! ;-) Enjoy your August break ! Best, Dom cheers
Competition
Lisa Guedes
So California

4th August 2015

Just a quick hello, and a big thanks for the competition -- it was great fun! All the best! Lis thanks
european tour
paola
italy

4th August 2015

This year too, the long-awaited concerts are over, but the memories of those amazing nights will stay with me forever. thank you for the unforgettable experience, see you soon! Indeed they will
Henrik's project
Lucas Valentin
Valencia (Sunny Spain)

4th August 2015

Hope the guys and specially you get some good rest, enjoy the summer while it lasts. What is that Henrik Hansen's project? Is it a full length documentary about the tour? Who is commissioning it, the record company, Mark, Henrik? Will it be available separately or bundled with the next album? We will, thanks. I've already said too much re the HH project
Alternative venue in SCQ
jorge fuentes
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

3rd August 2015

Hi Guy, my apologies for my english by google. A few days ago I wrote in the forum of the tour about the bad acoustics of Sar Multipurpose musicals. You're very kind to say which is the second worst ..... obviously it will have been the worst of your career, but masochism repeat !! :) In Compostela they have traditionally been and continue giving concerts in the historic Praza da Quintana, with slight slope and stairs to the bottom as a stand. Perhaps the capacity is a little smaller and is outdoors, something that Santiago could be risky in other seasons. I understand that to be a central location you can be uncomfortable for travel and a thousand issues that escape me that occur in an event like yours. The greatest musical events in Compostela occur in the Monte do Gozo, the last stop on the Camino de Santiago. There we saw a Rolling Stones (1999), Bob Dylan (2004), Bruce Springsteen (2009), etc. plus festivals. The capacity is very large, I think about 30,000 people. There is also a small football stadium, just remember that it has been given a concert, Sting 90. I know many people prefer to travel to other cities to enjoy a concert like that can give you, Portugal and other cities are always an option. Please read you this brick, and you enjoy the rest, see you soon !! There are many reasons as to why we may not be able to use our first choice of venues. There are many bad halls, sonically, we can only do our best,
Thanks
Teresa Allman
Orange County, Ca.

3rd August 2015

Guy, Thanks for the tour diary and your generosity of spirit to always take the time to write and photograph the tour. It is truly appreciated. Richard and you are always such clever writers I seem to get a giggle from both of you. So sorry for the flu you suffered, it seemed you contracted the bug in Italy. I'm sure you might already know this but if you don't, never eat ice in foreign countries. I contracted Giardia in Rome with ice for a long time and a friend contracted a lifelong stomach virus from the ice in India on a cruise ship. Also, I found it interesting reading your notes on the weather. I hope the second leg in America and Canada comes with calmer skies than Europe. Hope you're all rested and well for the second leg, enjoy August in the sun and sand! Thanks, it was an airborne bug we think, contracted a while before we got to Italy.
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Thanks.
Aidan Williamson
Darlington UK

3rd August 2015

I just want to express my thanks & gratitude you, Mark & the rest of the band for another great European tour which seems to have thrown a bit of everything at you with the extremes of weather and debilitating illness you've had to overcome. Particular thanks to you for another series of wonderful tour diary entries. Like many others here I've been hooked on them and eagerly awaited my "fix" after each show and now I'm impatient for the North American leg to start. Enjoy your break! (@Guy): My tour photos can be viewed on the link attached & if you can use any please contact me. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[...] Thanks Aidan, brilliant
Rudy's shop in NY
sofiane cheklat
Montreal

3rd August 2015

Hi guy, Did you or Mark heard the news about Rudy's shop ? Sad for New Yorkers. whish you a great rest with your family and lovely picture with your dog... looking forward to see you in Montreal. http://nypost.com/2015/08/01/n[...] Yes, I was aware he was closing his midtown store in favour of the Soho one.
thank yoouuu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thomas
Potsdam, Deutschland

3rd August 2015

Hi Doc, once more a big THANK YOU, for the diary, for the pictures. It's a real good feeling to read about the tour and the "little normal things" nearby, for instance your notes from Barcelona!! I've very very very enjoyed the berlin- gig. Now it's the time to wait- (for the next album, the next tour...???) and to hear all the "old" music, from the Dire Straits til today. And order the concert stick for remembering the good feelings... Last question: it's possible to see you with "your own" music in germany? Good luck, good bye and all the best for the next time and the tour in America... thomas Many thanks, I doubt you'll see me on my own for a while, quite busy keeping up with MK
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End of another tour
Nat
Sunny (yeah!!) Sweden

2nd August 2015

This one flew by, didn't it? I was lucky enough to be able to attend 3 shows in 3 countries, all different, all wonderful. From the majestic RAH to a huge tent in St Julien. From freezing my t.....eeth off in Denmark to sweating buckets in France. From going alone to sharing this moment with people I love. Memories I will cherish for a long time, the smile of my friend's face, the way my son studied Glenn's play, the woman in front of us in St Julien who got so excited when the band launched into "Sultans" that I am sure she peed herself. And the list goes on....a big thank you to every single person involved in the band, crew and management and of course, special thanks to you Guy, (and to Mark, who made it all happen.) Enjoy your month off, hope you get to play plenty of golf, and if you have some spare time between 2 rounds, don't forget your fans are waiting for GF3. Looking forward to following the North American leg on this site this autumn. Here's to the next tour! Cheers! //Nat Thank you Nat.
Barcelona
Carles Daví
Sabadell-Barcelona-Catalonia

2nd August 2015

Hi Guy, thank you to the whole band and especially to Mark. The concert in Barcelona has been the best in years in which I have the pleasure to be. And I usually go to 2-3 concerts per tour. I continue hallucinating. Thank you again. cheers
Jim Cox Video, Matt Ross's post
Ken Natton
Bolton, UK

31st July 2015

Wow. The video attached to Matt Ross’s post, just fabulous. It doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know about just how good Jim Cox is. But as a band member with you guys he does come across as a man who doesn’t seek the limelight, shall we say. But to see the lesser spotted Jim Cox in his natural environment, just fantastic. Thanks Matt.
Brothers in Arms drummers
Fernando Medina
Madrid, Spain

31st July 2015

Hi Doc! I have a question regarding the drummers on the BIA album. According to the credits, Terry Williams and Omar Hakim played drums on the album. I don't know if you remember, but which drums are Terry's and which are Omar's? Who played on each track? I love drums and drummers, so I'm interested ;-) Cheers! I kinda do
Santiago concert
jorge fuentes
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

31st July 2015

Great show last night !!! Please, next time you return to Santiago, do their best to play at a different location Multipurpose Sar, it is an aberration for the hearing. see you soon!!! Is there another venue? It's true, that place is quite possibly the 2nd worst venue of all time. Didn't stop you/us all from having a ball
Simply Right
Dermot O\\\'Reilly
Ireland

31st July 2015

Funny the Mick Hucknell thread - I got into trouble back in the eighties when vsiting my brother and his wife who were in Basle at the time. I said I didn't rate Simply Red just seemed a bit ordinary (me thinking vs likes of Otis Redding etc) and she being a fan unkown to me said (knowing me a Dire Straits fan) thought DS were shit. So now ever since I always take a second listen to Mick to make sure he really is shit before I speak up J. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] yep
Jim Cox
Matt Ross

31st July 2015

This video is worth its weight in gold ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Yes indeed
Where did the time go?
Dominique
Antwerp

31st July 2015

... well you know what they are saying when time is flying! ... :-))) Hope you are fully recovered now and enjoy the last two shows. Best, Dom All good thanks
Heartfelt thanks...
Mindy White
Lisbon

31st July 2015

For such a special evening. I haven't seen MK since the 80s and this was such a fantastic concert. My man and I were so impressed with the band and all your smiles. Mark was hysterical. When someone called out, "We love you, Mark" and he said, "Me, too" then said, "Oh,I mean, not 'me, me' I mean, 'me, you'" it was a hoot. And we, you, too. Lucky us, we will see all of you again when we travel to St. Augustine in October. Look for us waving our Lisboa red scarfs! Such gratitude from us for your beautiful music. Safe travels, Mindy Many thanks
Pied piper of LA
Tom Marvan
San Diego

31st July 2015

Hello Doc, It is good to hear you are on the mend. I would like to offer my belated thank you to the whole band for both RAH shows in May, which I had the privilege to attend. And then another beauty in Hannover, which, although sans Rudy and Nigel, was also wonderful. The audience was spellbound. Really great stuff. I look forward to seeing you in So Cal, closer to home for me, where apparently the thing to do now is play some pipes when you're stuck in traffic. McColdrick and McCusker (and you?) may need to have your recorders at the ready (don't say you don't have any). There WILL be traffic in LA... http://youtu.be/a6YnSo9nqM0
Thank you
andrea
Italy

30th July 2015

Hi Doc, thank you for your show in Piazzola sul Brenta, Mark and band in top form, hope to see you soon live again, this band is wonderful
Misc
Dermot O'Reilly
Heart of Ireland

29th July 2015

Hi Guy, Loving the Premier Guitar Rig Rundown videos that are now all over youtube don't know if you've seen any? Do you know if they have ever requested the same of Mark? They can be a little amusing such as .. "tell me about the replacement bridge to the '64 and what does that do for you etc? I think playing the right notes in the right places regardless of the instrument tends to help a bit myself. Linked Daniel Lanois as I think he's lovely J -Dermo https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
show in Lucca
Pini Luca
Mantova (Italy)

29th July 2015

Dear Guy, i'm glad to hear you recovered from your recent illness. Sorry we didn't meet before the wonderful show in Lucca: the crew was very nice and friendly, Richard, John and Michael entertained us with a very pleasant music, we were so excited.. Anyway, as i don't have any other means to ask that, i'd like to know if Mark appreciated the gift i gave him about the race driver Nuvolari. I hope he did, it's a sincere way to express how much his music has marked my life. I thank you all. Best regards, Luca
Padova
simon holmes

29th July 2015

Come on Fletch, what the hell happened in Padova? Marks guitar playing was on fire and on full throttle, simply amazing. Not that he usually isn't but technique-wise this show stands out a mile. What ever he ate for dinner that night … make it compulsory on the menu!
Touring opportunities
Rob Reynolds
UK

29th July 2015

Hi Guy, Lets hope Mick Hucknall doesn't come knocking for band members for a world tour.. Awkward!! Which leads me to my question.. If after all of the hullabaloo of this current tour has died down and you are busy working on other relatively minor bits and bobs at your home studio etc, when all of a sudden the phone rings and you get offered the chance to play with a major band on a money spinning world tour. Do you take the gig and all the trappings that go with it or do you consider what MK may or may not be planning for the future and turn down the lucrative opportunity based on what might or might not happen with MK? Money isn't everything and there really is NO band like this one.

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