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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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I think I need a doctor!?
Nigel Reed
Too Hot To Handle, Texas

29th July 2015

Heat? Let me tell you about heat. My air conditioning has been out since Saturday. It's 2pm in the afternoon and 90ºF (32.3ºC inside). Outside it's 93 and another 7 to go before reaching the high of 100F. I'm most uncomfortable and miserable at the moment. Do you recall your worst concert for either heat or cold? I bet you have a few stories... https://weather.yahoo.com/unit[...] Plenty, most are documented in the diaries but there was an outdoor DS Summertime gig in Gateshead where it snowed!
Curtains?
Rail King
Switzerland

29th July 2015

What about the lovely curtains at the back of your stage? They weren't there at the beginning of the tour, right? Anyway, I hope they're there to stay. They make for a lovely background. Best stage for MK ever, I think. They are out outdoor look
Emanuele Pirro
Charles O\'Neal
Kipawa, Quebec

29th July 2015

First let me say how happy we are that you're feeling better! As I caught up on your diary entries, I was asking myself,"You mean Emanuele Pirro the endurance racing legend?" And then I saw your pic with the Audi logo on his hat. I've watched him drive many times at the 12 Hours of Sebring - which finally brings me to my question. For some reason, I've thought you and the great and gentlemanly, Derek Bell live in the same region. Is this true and is he a friend as well? Thank you for allowing me to ask a non-music question. We look forward to seeing you play once again in Montreal this October! Yes, on both counts
Seville - best ever
Paul Watson
United Kingdom

29th July 2015

Hi, glad you are now well. Got back late last night to Nottingham from Seville after 4 nights there, had to say we went to Malaga last tour which i thought was the best MK gig id ever been to but was even topped by Seville!! 3 hours build up in the stadium was electric and i have to admit to quite a lump in the throat at the sax intro to Y.L.T. The sight of your cars cruising away into the night on the road at the back of the stadium was cool, i guess those first few miles after a show like that must feel great. keep up the great work! Thanks Paul
A full stadium concert
Eric C-C
Russia

29th July 2015

Hi Dr.Fletch, do you have the notion that today's concert in Lisbon is gonna be THE concert from this tour, in terms of its dimension? You'll be playing in a full stadium, not just a part of it (and sold out for some time already). After so many years now performing in smaller venues, how does the band feel about playing in a stadium? Do you still miss it and feel excited with it? Is it like a time travel, back to the big days? It's more about the audience experience than mine. I would prefer to see my favourite band somewhere other than a crammed stadium
Meet and Greet
Alberto Fernández
Guadalajara, Spain

29th July 2015

Was Oklahoma Ponnies played in the meet and greet in Seville? Of course
Nigel
Jackal

29th July 2015

Doc, do you feel Nigel has brought some saxual healing to the band? What do you think?
MFN Drummer
Lee
Wales

29th July 2015

Hi Doc, Check out this cool little dude playing the drums on Money For Nothing. He's clearly enjoying playing. A future talent to look out for don't you think? https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
Hello Roma!
Graham
London

27th July 2015

Hi Guy Many thanks for the diaries which as many have said are a uniquely enjoyable and informative insight into the minutiae of touring. Your backstage incident in Rome had me chuckling as it bears a remarkable resemblance to the classic scene in Spinal Tap (which I 'm sure you're familiar with) where the band get lost on the way to the stage in Cleveland. Glad you're back to match fitness and enjoy the last few gigs, backstage geography permitting........ https://vimeo.com/26226974
American Soul MH.
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris France

27th July 2015

Thank you so much Guy for answering my question. I got your point about MH because I watched the other day a couple of his interviews on YouTube. I only listened to one track on Big Love and it was ok. Nethertheless I won't buy the whole cd. I just have the Best of Simply Red because of his old repertoire that i really appreciate and I decided yesterday to buy American Soul for the same reason, the oldies goldies he picked up to perform!! Enjoy your monday!!
Tour Song selection
Neil Mitchell
Marlow, UK

27th July 2015

Hi Guy, You might get a bit bored of praise but I really think this years tour was excellent, in fact I would go as far to say as one of the best. I loved hearing the new songs and some old favourites especially where you have thrown in different songs on different dates. I will be ordering some live sticks very soon. I do get annoyed by people wanting just the old DS songs and I will say why. Marks songwriting is getting better and better as a solo artist and we want to hear the solo stuff just as well as DS stuff. Mark does not need to just play his old hits like some artists as his new stuff is equally good if not better. Hope you are all feeling better, I had a similar thing in Thailand and it put me out for two weeks, so I'm amazed you all carried on. What was odd was I ate street food and I was ok for 2 months then stayed at a posh 5 star hotel and had a seafood salad and within hours I was in hospital on a drip. Keep up the great work - I like the silent majority really love the diaries and your website Regards Neil We see this tour as being BY FAR the best, in just about every way.
Thank you Guy
Vicente Luis Bueso Lopez
Sevilla

27th July 2015

Thank you Guy, Mark, Richard and all the band for this absolutly wonderful concert. Awesome live sound... Perfect night. I cried with "Father and son". My 7 years daughter enjoyed with "Romeo and Juliet" and my wife maddened with "Telegraph road"... Thanks for giving us the opportunity to listen 3 great tracks from Tracker. Incredible concert. I hope you come back to Sevilla. Thank you from heart. What a show!
Tour
Lise Darbellay
Switzerland

27th July 2015

Happy to know that you are better ! What a weeck !You've done the equivalent of a marathon! Well deserved Holiday......you and all of the band! A day off is all we need...and we have it today in Lisbon
Tour
Al
Germany

27th July 2015

Good to hear you're feeling better. Quick questions: 1.Have you ever been this ill on an MK Tour before? 2. Tour Management seems to have picked quite a lot of places in the middle of nowhere this second half of Tour. This must be a factor which makes the Tour tougher for the crew. Any feedback on that being reconsidered next Tour? 1) yes 2) we look at many options and offers, these all had merits. The Spanish shows have been tough but good.
hello and good health!
Mark DeHart
charlotte nc

27th July 2015

Doc, Glad to hear you are better. Best of health to you and the Band. Happy Birthday to your wife Laurie! Mark cheers
Far from home
sofiane cheklat
Montreal

27th July 2015

Hello Doc, I just read your diary and hats off mister Fletcher, I cannot imagine how it was tough for you; being sick and far from home and family. A pro is a pro, Bravo. Happy that you're feeling better now. Thanks, yes all good now, feel great
Logistics
Gary Langridge
Canterbury, Kent

27th July 2015

Hi Guy, nice to see you back well and to see the return of the diaries. After reading an earlier forum post about making a 'behind the scenes' documentary, of which you said would not happen, would you ever give an insight to life on the road? Maybe you have already and I haven't seen it. The logistics of a tour must me horrendous. Simple things like the truck & tour bus driver hours & weekly rest periods must be taken into account when planning a show. The cars take you to the plane, then you fly & then the cars are waiting at the other end? Fast cars or 2 sets of them? Then there is catering. The band seem to eat in restaurants so is catering for the crew? People like myself would love reading about such events. How powerful is the PA? Do the crew sleep on the tour bus between shows...all that sort of stuff. Obviously you don't have the time to do such a thing right now, but if you ever did have the time to describe an average day for the band, crew, management, drivers etc, I am sure that not only myself would find it good reading, but many others would too Many thanks Gary (again lol) Well they do say there's a book in me.
Gredos
roi arias
Valladolid (Spain)

27th July 2015

Hi Doc First of all thank you for you effort and good performance in whatever health condition you are. You're again in Spain, and I hope you've enjoyed your last night gig as I did, first time ever I was so close from the band, I was lucky to be with the amazing people of the Spanishcity fan list, and we where on the front row, so much hot while we were waiting for the door opening but as always was worth the effort, Fito was a good warm up for you, and amazing how your crew replaced everything. I know that their work it's that, and it is not magic, but how did they manage to make it sound? They did not make any sound check after the change, just some guitar checks, drums check...just another question, did you have any problem with your keyboard? There where a man working with the output wires, it was so fast and when you're so close you get realized of this details. I wish you're fully recovered, Have fun! And enjoy your summer holidays, you deserve them Thank you again for your last night gig, not long enough even if it has lasted 6 hours. With such a fast turnaround, there were a few small tech issues, nothing serious.
Welcome back!
Nat
Cold rainy miserable Sweden

27th July 2015

Glad to read you are better now. That's the best bit about being ill, it feels so good when it's over (a bit like running). Thanks for catching up on the diaries, even if you didn't have to, really. Hope you are well enough for some golf tomorrow! I couldn't leave a gap! No, I'm taking it easy for the last week of the tour, don't want any relapses.
American Soul, Mick Hucknall
Marie Jo Lebreton

27th July 2015

Hello Guy, Glad to hear that you recovered from the bad flu you had lately!! Well I want to ask you if you've heard American Soul of Mick Hucknall who is a great Musician and singer that I admire also very much. I understand that he picked up for this record some songs that he used to listen when he was younger and among them I noticed he sang a Bob Dylan's one. Then I saw that before he was on the late BB King's Duets album and on a Van Morrison's duet as well. Simply Red became famous in USA before UK just DS and MH spent some times in LA with US Musicians and Singers in the 90's. I realized that maybe MH who is 11 years younger than MK may have the same musical references than MK when he's composing some of his songs with a british touch!! You don't have to answer me if you don't want to, there will be no hard feelings! Best wishes for the end of the European Tour!! And enjoy your holidays in August. Sorry Marie but I can't bear MH, especially the latest record of his. Tripe. Early songs were good.
no question,just get well soon!!!
Rob van Kempen
Holland

26th July 2015

Dear Guy,sorry to read that you`ve been in such a bad condition for the last days.I know that you`ve replied on some answers from us that ``the show must always go on`` when bandmembers are sick but there`s really no need to demonstrate that,we absolutely believed you the first time!!!Serious i hope that you`re getting better by the day and soon will be able to enjoy the tour again!!! Cheers,Rob( p.s. congratulations on your wifes birthday) Am well now, all good.
Get Well Soon!
Val
UK

26th July 2015

Hi Guy, I have just read your latest diaries and send you my very best wishes for a quick recovery. Flu is such a debilitating illness as I know myself and you were so courageous to carry on performing each night. Indeed, I feel I have gone every step of the way with you, after reading the diary! I hope you will soon be in the best of health! Val Thanks Val, I'm fighting fit now
Get well soon
Marco Danen
Roosendaal

26th July 2015

Hello Doc, I hope you get well soon. greatings Marco Much better today thanks
This is how you video the next tour
Cheney Coker
Dallas

26th July 2015

I know Mark may or may not be all that interested in making a DVD of his tour. Perhaps past sales figures have made the idea a no-starter. Don't know. But take a look at the attached link. You guys need to create a reality based TV series based on the food you have on tour. I'm thinking you talk to the folks at the BBC or Food Network. Show them your cookbook and the diary entries from this site. Toss in the video you shot a few tours back. Now add in the rest of the crew and you have a reality show worth watching. The show would follow the crew as they travel from gig to gig. Setting up the stage in assorted horrid temps all the while your catering team makes a mad dash to the local food stores to invent a menu on the fly. Now back to the venue as they prepare (along with on screen recipes) the assorted meals for that day. Mix in a few shots of the band on stage performing a song or two for each episode. Take the regular set list and divide the number of songs up to include one songs per half hour show or two songs per hour show. Something between eight to 16 episodes depending on length. Plenty of time for three different main courses per episode plus assorted sides and deserts. All tossed in with back-stage stories of trials and tribulations and laughs and jokes on the road with Mark and the band. I guarantee there is a market for the show. Both in Europe where, let's face it, Mark is a bigger draw and also in the US where food shows are kind of going nuts right now. Do the first part in London and the surrounding area. Rehearsals, RAH, Etc. Then the second half on the continent playing giant outdoor gigs and bull rings. Update your existing cookbook and they offer that for sale as a companion book to the series, extra if it includes a copy of the next CD. Anyway, I think this would work and I for one would love to see it. http://www.rollingstone.com/mu[...] Already explored the possibility with a few production companies. Truth is - it's not gonna happen. The cookbook was enough...although I see Bruce Springsteen's catering boy copied my idea with their 'Road Food' book. Again available only to band and crew.
Lucca Gig
Isabella Lari
Hot Tuscany

26th July 2015

Dear Doc: 1) Those who complain about your shows didn't see them or they were wearing headphones listening to someone else, you're absolutely right. 2) you're one of the most stunning bands ever heard. This year's rendition of some of the songs (ahah setlists moaners you won't have me!) was simply AMAZING, my beloved man couldn't stop clapping his hands, he was almost jumping. 3) Mark's playing is growing better. He maybe not be as "fast" as in the DS era, but he sure plays a lot better. If he goes on this way, I can't wait to see the 2025 tour! 4) It was damn hot in Lucca, I'm still asking myself how could you play that good with that hot. 5)I'm 44 but I cried like a teenager on a couple of songs. Thank you so much for everything. Thanks Isabella
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Cooling Towels
john thiem
Omaha, Nebraska USA

24th July 2015

How to help endure the heat: Cooling Towels. You soak them in water, wring them out, and snap them in the air to activate the cooling properties. Towels cool to 30 degrees (F) below average body temperature when wet. Hope band and crew are in good health. Safe travels, see you in September. http://www.missionathletecare.[...]
Lovely chord!
Haris Varajic
Goražde

24th July 2015

Hello Doc. First of all, to share my joy for including that sax jewel from BIA album into the setlist. If you ask me, it was a bloody time, long ago. For me it is one of the prettiest sax themes ever, and one of the most favorites song from DS. From that song harmony in particular, and few similar ones, my deepest respects for Mark’s composing (prior to guitar) skills are developed more than 20 years ago…so please, could you help me to solve that 20 years old “puzzle”? What exactly is that most jazzy sounding “D" chord on every half verse brakes and end? I can hear that is kind of dominant/diminished, has 7th in somewhere etc etc, but many much more that I just cannot distinguish due to wizardly arrangements. Perhaps how Marc as composer introduce it? D - what? :) Thanks! i think you mean the D13+11, there's also a sneaky F#m9b5
Going dark
Cheney Coker
Dallas

24th July 2015

Looks like the last event that both you and Richard wrote about was the show at Padova. Richard went dark and now your tour diary is on hold. Here is hoping that you folks are ok. Hope there is nothing nasty keeping you guys offline. Best wishes. Thanks, my sickness is compounded by some non-existent internet
I hope you will get better soon
paola
italy

24th July 2015

so sorry to hear about your illness.Wishing you a full and speedy recovery! Thanks, I'll be back with you soon

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