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MK on album covers
Lee
S.Wales

20th September 2014

RE: Armando's post. It is interesting to note that MK only appeared once on all of the DS album front covers (Alchemy as part of the montage and maybe MFN as an outline). Just goes to show that his music speaks for itself and doesn't really need all the other trimmings like airbrushed photos to sell the tunes. He does appear more on other artist album covers than any of his own (probably because he had no say in the matter). Can't wait for the new tunes from the one man song factory. Just amazing! He has to be one of the most prolific solo song writers in the history of music and definitely needs more industry recognition if only for the pure joy his music brings to literally millions of people worldwide.
Attending Gigs
Eryl Parry
West Wales

20th September 2014

Your responses to the requests regarding any further UK tour dates is a bit disappointing. Where else can fans find out this information? Living in West Wales my preferred venue, for access and costs would be Cardiff but as yet,no date announced. Attending gigs at further afield venues incurs extra expenditures, day or days off work, which might or might not, be possible, hotel for the night etc. This hare-brained method of announcing the tour dates make planning things so much more awkward. At present, from the list announced, Sheffield would have to be my choice but do I book now or wait in the hope that the hare-brained bunch announce more UK dates? If I wait and no dates are announced and have to go back and book Sheffield then I will probably only get seats up with the gods. "Tits on a Bull", sorry. From Mark's management--The reason is that we give the decision on the exact timing to each country’s promoter. Sometimes it’s because of national holidays or simply that there is a lot of other traffic and they like to pick a date when other shows are not announced.--Sorry for your disappointment but I am not a tour operator or a source of information on this matter. I'm sure you understand that my primary concern is with finishing the album.
Tour band.
Tony Unwin
Loch Eck, Argyll

20th September 2014

Hello Guy and all out there in forumland. When you indicated that the tour band looks like it could be the same band. Could you please say whether you mean same as the last tour or this album's studio band? I understand if you don't wish to go further with this yet. Take care and good luck with all your projects. Tony. More than likely the same as the last tour.
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Argentina
Rodrigo Martinez
Buenoa Aires

20th September 2014

Perdón la insistencia. Intente convencer a Mark de ofrecer conciertos en Latinoamérica. Muchas personas desaemos escuchar en vivo su música. Por favor, trasmita el mensaje. Gracias He intentado muchas veces
o2
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

20th September 2014

No question, just a remark.. London o2 Arena no thanks. Was looking forward a beautiful stint of shows at the RAH and wanted to meet many fans, some of which indeed became friends. Pity. RAH is an integral part of MK fan culture. Hope MK is aware of that. So no trip to the UK this time for me as I could choose between many anonymous o2 Arenas in Germany the same. MK music should be played in nice little round places and venues. Here is hope for another good album to compensate. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to utter this at this great forum. Rant over. W. Mark is most aware of that. Not all dates have been announced.
mixing
Erwin
Netherlands

20th September 2014

Guy, With all these questions you get about dates and venues i hope you understand that we (the fans) are really excited about the new album and tour in 2015!!! Besides MK's album you are mixing another album. Is that your own record? (how is that going?) And iff not when can you give us more info on who else you are working with? Thank you and see you in Antwerp next year! No, that's not my own record. Someone else very well known.
new album and his songs
Stéphan RICCI
Marseille, France

20th September 2014

Hi Guy, can you tell us how many songs contain the new MK album ? Germans are really lucky with many dates for this upcoming tour promises to be always eagerly awaited by all fans . I Hope to see you with MK and his band in France for the next tour...maybe in the Arena of Nîmes where I saw many times MK and his band No, I can not tell you how many tracks on the record as it has yet to be decided.
Tongue firmly in cheek
Christophe Durchateau
Sleepy Caldicot

20th September 2014

Hi Doc, Great news regarding the new album and tour in 2015! Seeing as tickets for the tour are on sale is it a good time to start submitting our song requests for the set list? Hope you're all well, looking forward to the tour, play what you want, I'll enjoy it! Over and out, Chris Haha
Let's talk about golf for a change
Nat
Sunny Sweden

20th September 2014

Hi Guy. Have you ever played in a pro-am? I am playing one on Monday (as the "am" part if you are wondering). Any tips? Should be fun. Hopefully, it will go as well as last time I played. Let's see if Flame of Blue can deliver again. Good news about a tour next year. I'll no doubt manage to come to a show or 3. Have a nice weekend I never have Nat although I'd love to at some point. Tips?..watch the pro's! Have a great time and good luck.
Joyful news
Thomas Gullaug
Norway

19th September 2014

Great to read the album and tour-news. Especially that you guys is heading back to Oslo for the Norwegian wood festival in june. The atmosphere was amazing last time and we had a great time, in 2010 i remember! So we are really looking forward to this! Se you then, and good luck with the final work on mixing "Tracker". Some memories from last time, and nice weekend to you! http://www.nrk.no/kultur/vakke[...]
Fav Strat
Arthur
Brasil

19th September 2014

Hi Doc. I'm able to say that Mark's fav strat is his 'Fender Signature Strat'? Cheers!
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

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