34 - new song famine?, beetles & sharks, Angel Air blag, Brisbane, Q&a bonanza
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Katharina Unger)
Hi! As I read the setlist of your current tour I was very surprised. You (the whole band) always say how happy you're now, you're all friends, all great musicians. And then there are only two or three new song (I don't know if they are new, I don't know them...)! Why? Isn't there enough trust in the new stuff? I wonder that Steve agrees to that. If you would play more new songs maybe I would visit one of your shows.
By the way, in what relation is (I can't find it in the dictionary) the video clip of "Knocking at your backdoor" to the song, or better, what's the song about?
In response: You are of course quite right about the friendship that exists in the band, it is more family than friends really, we do have our ups and downs but they are mild enough. Steve is a strong and vibrant part of the band and has plenty to say about every aspect of our professional lives.
Seven songs from Abandon found their way into the set shortly after the album release; think of it as chucking a big rock into a lake and then watching the ripples spread and settle, until the rock becomes part of the body of water.
Tonight (Oxford) (yes, this is not today but then, just when is today? - ed) we shall play two songs which have not even been recorded yet.
It is important for us to recognise that the overwhelming percentage of our audience only gets to see the band once in a blue moon.
The balance between the famous, the obscure, the brand new, our personal taste and improvisation is only one of the guiding factors, when deciding upon the texture of the show; musical juxtaposition being the overriding factor.
The overall ratio seems about right to us and the attendant crowds. We are, quite obviously, defenceless against absentee bitching.
The video clip for 'Knocking at your Back Door' bears no relation whatsoever to the words; which are about anal sex (I thought everyone knew that). There was, as far as I can remember, a crazy idea that there might be some chance of DP being played on MTV. With the lyrics in mind there was obviously a need for some degree of visual euphemism, ludicrous as it seemed to me.
As with 'Abandon' (and, for that matter, every other Deep Purple record that has ever been released) we shall obviously be performing a disproportionate amount of new material when the next album comes out; so you 'may' buy a ticket to one of the shows, mightn't you. (rhet.)
My name is Gordon and I am from Scotland.
I have been working very hard now with 4 talented young boys that have shaped up so well that a national newspaper review has just told of 'at last a band to knock Oasis of their perch," and this was broadcast on the 13th of Jan. Deliberately I have not allowed them to play any gigs, apart from the private showcase that the awesome review was made. They play rock and they play it better than most, and they are still at school. They are called Carson.
"THEY WILL BE BIGGER THAN THE Beetles" is one of many quotes that will go out to the media. Please help now before the sharks start feeding. Thanks
Dear Gordon, There is one way that I can think of to keep the sharks away:
Announce to the world that Carson, collectively and individually, intend to spend their formative years enjoying their influences and developing their skills as writers, musicians and performers, allowing character and personality to expand into something sufficient enough to resist the pernicious forces of the filthy press.
It would also help if you, as their representative, could be a little more specific about who Carson intend to outgrow. For example, when you say 'they will be bigger than the beetles', do you mean Coleoptera, dice games, heavy mallets or, possibly, shaggy eyebrows; all of which appear, in my OED, to be unlikely opponents in the category: Rock Olympics.
What you should be looking for is a more significant target than a mere beetle, so you can all glory in the aftermath; when reportage of the event might be something like 'Spotty Oinks destroy Dead Genius', great eh?
Also, I'm thinking that your 'no gig' policy might backfire on you when the boys are more mature.
I realise it was a spoof letter Gordon, but thanks anyway for giving me the chance to air a few points on an important subject.
I thought I'm dreaming when I read it on Caramba (and would have liked to be a fly on the wall in that studio). Great lyrics "see the line", everybody wants peace, but how should it should look like?
And I was listening again to a few of the Child in Time versions (not all, I've got quite a lot of them), Bombay Calling, In Rock, Made in Japan, etc. One, Live Yubin Chokin Hall, Hiroshima 1977, Ian Gillan Band, also interesting, soundquality not so good, an Angel Air production, I asked several people if this is a pirate or bootleg, and didn't get an answer, faux pas? (I've several Angel Air productions with your music, all a bit doubtful). Do they produce the cds without your approval?
Nice q+a, now the I will swear by all that is holy that your never looked tired in your entire life :-), even not for some short moments ... well, in Rostock this summer I admired the band for their alacrity?, buoyancy? (mit Schwung und einem Schalk im Nacken) on that warm day. Ok, I shut up.
Have a good time, love
Angel Air, hmm, yes, very doubtful and totally unapproved. Don't waste your money.
From: "tony white"
After all, it's written and nobody knows the score better than Paul Mann, maybe not even Jon. Also, you blokes are pretty good at everything you set your hand to so it should be great in the category 'performance' by both the orchestra and the group. Enjoy it, and send reports.
From: email@example.com (john dolas)
Thank you so much for answering my questions....
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