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Tracker Deluxe
Michael
Piney Woods of W. Louisiana

4th March 2015

Just curious why the two versions of Tracker. Why not simply release the 15 song "Deluxe" version as the one and only standard release? Is this a record company thing or something Mark wanted to do? I guess it's a label idea
More MFN synth nerd questions
Matthew Page
TX, USA

4th March 2015

Howdy from Texas! I see you've answered plenty of questions about the MFN synths being the Synclavier and DX1. What synth does the lead sound that is noodling during the intro? Also, are the two DX1 sounds in the verses (high stabs and low octaves) coming from the same patch? Or are you playing two different patches with left/right hands? Thanks in advance! The lead sound is either a Prophet 5 or a Roland D50. The DX1 sound is one patch. My Money for nothing 'crash' sound.(which I still have)
Earphones
Rail King
Switzerland

4th March 2015

Your take on this (it's from a recent Dylan interview)? – I don’t like to use earphones. Q: You feel that’s a distancing thing? A: Yeah. There’s a complete disconnect. You can overwhelm yourself in your own head. I’ve never heard anybody sing with those things in their ears effectively. They just give you a false sense of security. A lot of us don’t need earphones. I don’t think Springsteen does. I know Mick doesn’t. I don’t think he does. But other people you see, more or less have given in. They just do it. But they ought not to do it. They don’t need to. Especially if they have a good band. I doubt Bob's weird and wonderful world would suit in-ear monitoring. His thing is so completely different. That's cool, but for me they are a godsend. I'm not sure what he's on about re. 'a false sense of security', if anything they offer the opposite, a more exposed version of your voice, thus easier to pitch! In some ways I agree with him re. lead vocalists. They also offer 'protection' for our ears.
The War on Drugs Live
gavin fin
London

4th March 2015

Hello Guy, I saw The War on Drugs at the Brixton Academy - what a superb band!! The wall of sound they produce with synth, guitar and sax is incredible. Have you seen them yet and are you a fan of the lush synth sounds they produce - it reminds me of your earlier work in DS. Adam is a seriously good guitar player as well. Yep, they are pretty cool.
Dublin
john troy
Boston

4th March 2015

Hello Guy, My name is John Troy from Boston. I could go on that I have seen you on every tour since 1982 and that i am one of your biggest fans. BLA BLA BLA.. You get my drift. Cant wait for Tracker. I have tixs to see you in Boston and Foxwoods so far.. What i really want to do is see you in Dublin at the 3Arena on May 15 for a 30th wedding surprise for my wife. The kicker is that i want really good seats. I am in the MK fan club but missed the early release as i just decided to surprise her. Anyway, I am not asking for anything free just wondering if you had way that i could get some great lowers. Your thoughts would be great.. Love your road blog and can't say enough about you. Heck you fix Bicycles too! Greatest Fondness! JOHN TROY I have no idea about tickets John, sorry, not my dept.
Not really a setlist question
Cheney Coker
Dallas

4th March 2015

I thought of a way for you guys to make a little extra money on the tour. You currently sell the soundboard recordings from each show and I would assume the revenue from that justifies the work that goes into it. But as we know from past tours the total number of different songs that you play over the course of a tour is always much greater than the songs played at any one show. I'm suggesting that at the end of the tour you release a jokingly titled "Guy's Set List" version of the soundboard recordings. I'm pretty sure someone keeps track of what is played at each stop so at the end of the tour gather up one version of every song you played and put it all together on one final tour recording. If you want to spend a moderate amount of time looking back on which versions of each song were considered extra noteworthy, all the better. In this way you will not only sell individual show recordings to those people who attended that show (the marketing idea In place currently) but you may end up selling an additional recording to all the people who saw any show as it would be the absolute greatest hits documentary for the tour. I know I would buy it too. What do you think? Trouble is, it's difficult to choose a best version of any song. It's all subjective anyway. Best answer is to buy them all!!
John ...
Jan Reiff

3rd March 2015

good to see him back in such a good shape if you see him tell him best wishes from germany. playing one the best songs ever written . hope to hear this track live again by Mark too, it´s a brilliant song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
Real Live Roadrunning
Jay

3rd March 2015

Not really a question, just a comment. For whatever reason I didn't pay much attention to the MK/Emmylou Harris project when it came out. But I watched the live DVD tonight and what a lovely concert. Such world class musicians and Mark does a lot of nice soloing. Everyone seems to be having a great time, including the doctor himself in a pink shirt behind the keyboards. You must have some nice memories from these shows. :-) indeed
Amps and guitars on Tracker
Cosmin
San Diego CA

3rd March 2015

Hello Doc When the new album comes out (or even sooner), would you be so kind to post the amps and guitars used for the songs on this album? Adrenalinn settings too, please? Thank you! If I get a moment, I'll try
the tour
Mohammed Temsamani
Montréal

3rd March 2015

Hi Guy, What are the chances that Beryl will be the opener song? Cheers, Mohammed Good idea, doh...setlist!
dvd
marc
Paris FRANCE

3rd March 2015

Hello guy. I have a question that is repeated on every tour: is there will FINALLY a live dvd on tour? please...... You should know better
dvd
naif kara
Turkey

3rd March 2015

Hi Mr. Fletcher. I know it's not up to you but you're very close the man, as a musician and as a friend. Why Mark or the management don't do concert dvd. Mark have a stellar band and playing perfectly. İn his 'solo' career- 20 years- he don't have a concert dvd. İt would be good for the fans who live in East Europe,South America, Avustralia, Asia... Thanks for all the answers and this great forum again. Have a great tour! Naif. There's always a chance.
tracker
mark vogel
australia

1st March 2015

Hi doc, love WIG very much. Love the album already. Ruth has the most beautiful voice. Sometimes when she sings her words the last letter is softened and it gives me a hypnotic effect. She is wonderfully gifted and she is Aussie born I heard.She would sound lovely singing with MK on In The Sky.I think both tracks need sax just like Your Latest Trick.It wouldn't sound right otherwise. Cheers,Mark V
Wherever i go.
Franco Furcone
Palermo, Sicily

28th February 2015

Hello Guy. I listened "Wherever I go". What a masterpiece, it is a beautiful song! The intro is extraordinary, it has something of a symphony, in particular a symphonic piece that I love so much, Higdon: blue cathedrale. Beautiful beautiful sax and gibson, wow! Wow indeed.
Mccusker and Mcgoldrick
chris sherwin
Findhorn Scotland

28th February 2015

Good evening Guy fortunately for me I had the pleasure of seeing John Mccusker Mike Mcgoldrick and John Doyle the other night in a small venue in my village and had a good chat with them all. The banter and jokes John was cracking during the show was spot on it must be great touring with them , their music was spot on and the next day as I was heading into my village I seen them leaving in a white van in a few months they will be moving around in a private jet the dedication to do this to promote their music is outstanding. good luck with the forthcoming rehersals and tour keep up the good work Yes indeed. Such dedication is a prerequisite in this business.
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Competion for a London show on May 12th
Julio
Kingdom of Valencia

28th February 2015

Hello Doc. There is a competitions in some countries, as far as I know, the UK, Spain and The Netherlands, to get tickets for a special show on May 12th in London, Elstree Studios. These are a BBC studios so a question came to mind... Is just a rehearsal show for you and a prize for the fans who win, or is inttented to be recorded by the BBC and be broadcasted? Sounds like it's similar to what we did on the last tour.
Any more European tour dates to announce?
László
Hungary

28th February 2015

Dear Guy! Are there any more European tour dates to announce for 2015? There is a gap in the schedule between Jun 21. (Köln) and Jul 04.(Bad Kissingen) and there is only one show in Eastern Europe. So I hope, there will be more... Thanks! I haven't looked at the schedule but I would assume all the dates have now been announced.
video recording al british grove
Borja
Galicia

28th February 2015

Hi Doc! just curius, is there any chance to see you guys playing a short gig at british grove Studios, as a part of a video recording? As a fan, i think it would be very interesting, i don´t know if, as a musicial, you see it in the same way. Have you ever thought to do something like this? BG seems to be a brautiful place to do it, but i don´t know if there´s no space enaugh to do it with cameras around. ¿what is your opinion about that? Shagri-la video reconrdings, like summer of love or woop de doo are very good examples of what i´m traying to explain. (hope you can understand me...) There are no current plans for a live session at British Grove.
Sax
Mike Buck
NC USA

28th February 2015

Yeah- I get that sax in MKs music can be a little polarizing. I for one usually like it-- especially in recent material like In the Sky and Wherever I Go -- it's beautiful- and I think the soloing on the ottro in WIG is especially tasteful and inventive. But I surely get that if fans feel like we're too often getting sax at the expense of MK taking a solo, they'll feel let down. I like the interplay between MK and Nigel on WIG, and really love MK playing all around the main melody on Submariner. (I know that was clarinet, but the point holds) I think sax -with MK- as opposed to too much -instead of MK- is key. Some of the late era DS material with sax sounds a little dated now to me - but many artists in that time seemed tempted to add gratuitous sax for some reason. The only song where I really dislike sax is R&J. I find it distracting and out of place there, but clearly you guys disagree. It's difficult to ignore such playing as Nigel Hitchcok's
If only ....
Cheney Coker
Dallas

28th February 2015

Just a thought question. Have you ever listened to an artist and thought, "If I produced them they could sound so much better."? And if not 'better' just sufficiently more different that you think the results would be well worth a listen? If so, who would those artists be? I suppose so, since you ask. Not something I would broadcast.
Dire Straits reunion ???????
Patrick
Carcassonne, France

27th February 2015

Hello Guy. First I would like to thank you for all the time you spend answering our questions. I can't wait to hear the new album and to see you live in Barcelona. Now, my question. New rumors have emerged, of a DS reunion in 2015 or 1016. At first I thought 'bullshit". And now, the rumor is even growing. Here is what I found this morning : "Dire Straits reunion in 2015 or 2016? Dire Straits will probably reconvene for a couple of concerts. A press conference to announce the temporary reunion of one of the biggest rock acts of the eighties and nineties will follow later this year. Former Dire Straits rhythm guitarist Phil Palmer alluded to this backstage after a John Illsley concert in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) on February 26th. Whether the reunion will take place in 2015 or 2016 remains unclear. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the band's official split up. An other possibility for the reunion could be the fact that 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Dire Straits' latest studio album On Every Street." Very very strange, and to be honest, I'm not even sure I would be happy if it happened, but can you say a word about this ("bullshit" is an acceptable answer !) Bullshit
Duets
Tim Littman
Essex

27th February 2015

After the success of the Emmy Lou project, would you guys consider a similar project with Ruth Moody? I love that album but I believe, with Ruth's involvement, it could be something really special. I'm sure it could
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Devialet Phantom
Stephane
Brittany

27th February 2015

Hello Doc, I understand Devialet are demoing their Phantom in London. Did you or Mark try it ? I've never heard of them TBH
1936 Gibson Jumbo
Terry Wright
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada

26th February 2015

Hi Doc, here is a Gibson you or MK might be interested in (might be gone by the time you get to Toronto though). Neat story. http://www.folkwaymusic.com/vi[...]
Alfa driver
Riccardo Bruni
Firenze, Italy

25th February 2015

Dear Guy, I thought the question was quite obvious but as I don't see it showing up in the forum, I start thinking that either it is not so obvious, or I'm the only one missing the information. So, who's the man Mark is in the Alfa with in the Tracker short film, assuming you are allowed to reveal it? That's Alain DeCadenet
Another tour another try!?
Klaas Bouke Faber
Groningen

25th February 2015

Hi Guy, I know you don't do setlist requests, but how about putting the great Silvertown Blues on that provisional setlist? https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
Sax
Rail King
Switzerland

25th February 2015

As always when there's saxophone in a MK song, there's some debate among fans whether that's just the right thing, or whether it's "awfully 80s". You obviously like the instrument, and Nigel obviously is a great player, but I wonder whether that "style" discussion is something Mark and you would care about at all? Not in the slightest
Exclusive film or not?
Alexander
Berlin

25th February 2015

Hi Guy, there is one little question which I'd appreciate if you could pass this on to MK management (in case you cannot or arent't allowed to provide us with an answer). A (btw fantastic) short film on Tracker has been published last week. However, part of the Tracker box set is "a film on Tracker". Now, this film would clearly be part of the motivation to buy this (quite expensive) package. But it would be good if management could clarify whether this is the same film which has already been published. Thanks in advance. Best, Alexander. I'm told it's the same film.
Tremolo
Christophe Durchateau
Sunny Cardiff

25th February 2015

Greetings Guy, In an answer to a previous question about what was living on your pedal board you stated that you used a Tremolo pedal. As this is one of my favourite effects I'd be interested to know which one you use please? With grateful thanks, Chris Just a Boss PN-2
Wherever I go
Nicolas Viollier
UK

24th February 2015

Hello Guy, Will keep it short to say this song is Beauty. Really went straight to my emotions' area in my brain. Thanks to the band for putting out such a gem.

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