Excellent tracks laid down with Free Peace Sweet last week with my co
- producer Rob Reed. Mixing to be done when I get back from holiday -
Hayley and I are off on the big silver bird tonight to Zanzibar, aka Spice
Island for a few weeks. Expect some interesting music related news upon
a long, happy ,rambling message from Paul Chapman on my ansaphone today
- I suspect he had been at the old sauce over in Florida - informing me
to take a look at his website as
it was officially Paul Gray month! Theres a rather fetching photo of us
all outside the Airport at Athens, prior to our return back to blighty.
Also check out Strangers
In the Night, a bizzare UFO site run by the aptly named Batttttty,
who sent me reams of questions collected from the UFO newsgroup to answer.
They take up 2 whole pages and there's some really interesting ones there
so take a look! Plus its worth seeing her "Uggerly
Wall", and it'll get her hits up , bless her.
what a gig last night at The Riverside in Newport. The new revamped
Free Peace Sweet played
an absolute blinder - it they ain't stars in the making I'll eat my hat
if I had one. New singer Ash is a find in a million. It's not often you
see so many grinning faces and an empty bar area cos everyone was too
into watching the band - yep folks, they were that good! Reminded me of
the Hot Rods vibe when we started playing pubs in '76!
WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
a "Single of the Month" review today too for the Mombomb
/ Comic Book Heroes split single I helped organise - two excellent
grunge / punk bands. I have to admit to an extra interest here as I produced
the CBH trax. They're up in Londinium to guest on Malcome Dome's TotalRock
radio prog on monday 8 June at 9pm - take a listen and check out their
website - eets crazee!!
using a '73 Precision bass on my last lot of home demos for The
Damned that I foolishly sold, I've been on the lookout for a replacement,
and I've just found one. My mate Craig (who also gets a namecheck
below) and who knows everything there is to know about basses has found
me a slab body '79 P bass. Origionally Olympic white, its now faded
to what I can only describe as a lovely nicotine stain yellow! Rosewood
neck as well - never really gone for maple. Most importantly its got that
lovely growl that certain old P basses have. And now its mine!
Talking of demos, I have some tracks recorded on my portastudio from 1993
- 1997 that have never seen the light of day. Most were recorded with
The Damned in mind, but obviously never got round to being used.
I may try to upload one as an mp3 or something in the future...you lucky
Palladino stepping into The Ox's shoes for the US tour eh? Sheesh...to
me that ain't The Who...this from alt.binaries.who newsnet sums it up
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were in a minor
today in Las Vegas. Both suffered very minor injuries yet will not be
to tour. But
from the Who Spokesman at Trinifold Ltd. said the Who tour would go on
scheduled without them.
Also Rosemary Clooneys' tour is going on as planned.
Well, what can I possibly say apart from that I'm absolutely shocked...my
bassmeister mate Craig Addeccott called me early this morning to
impart the news about John Entwistle's
death - the greatest bass player in the world, ever, period. If it wasn't
for John, you wouldn't be reading this website, and I wouldn't have had
the career I've had. Go and get "Live at Leeds" play
it loud, and marvel. You ain't never gonna hear the likes of those basslines
A few Hoegarden's at Le Pub in Newport last night to see new
drum 'n' bass matal band TRIP. I'm mentoring bassist Jason in the
wonderful workings of the music industry. They were just great and if
there's any justice in the world they'll be on the front cover of Kerrang!
this time next year. Check out their own label website www.tripwirerecords.co.uk
for some fab mp3 downloads!
The Point last night to see Mountain.
What a band, and one of the best gigs I've ever seen -
Felix Pappalardi (RIP) was a bassist of huge influence on me -
take a listen to "Dreams of Milk and Honey" from Flowers
Of Evil, guitar, drum and bass interactions don't come any better.
When I played the Knebworth Fayre with UFO in 1985 they
were on the same bill and were great then, but last night just knocked
me out. Corky Laing is probably the best rock drummer alive today,
and guitarist Leslie West was just awesome , as our friends across
the pond say. Thoroughly recommended, witrh the old tinnitus it takes
a lot to keep me at a gig for 3 hours I tell ya!
Mr Gray is about to become a DJ! Well I haven't quite decided yet but
last night, down at The Barfly in Cardiff to see Drivedog
I was asked if i wanted to do a DJ set of the records that influenced
me for a Punk Week type thing. After a few pints of Stella it sounded
like a great idea but when I woke up this morning I realised there was
probably more to it than bunging a record on the turntable. Watch this
A razzy night down at the lovely Coal Exchange again to see
the Lost Prophets. Seriously good, and any band who had hordes
of screaming teenies moshing upfront has to get my vote. Guitarist
Lee Gaze, who I was mentoring last year, spotted me at the side of
the stage, grinned, and did some weird hand signal at me. I dunno, kids
today, when I were a lad it was the good old V sign and nowt else...supporting
was Jarcrew who are coming along something lovely...
Just got back from spending the New Year in Prague. Wonderful place.
Seeing Mozart's "Requiem" in the Baroque Smetana Hall was a
highlight. They've obviously never heard of heath & safety rules,
on New Years Eve the central square was jammed with 1000's of people chucking
bangers at each other and firing off rockets in their hand. The air was
raining down with debris, bloody mad the lot of 'em! Bloody freezing too,
and tried to keep warm by imbibing a steady stream of Gluwien from the
Xmas stalls. I can also thoroughly recommend the local beer called Gambrinus!
The Hotel Waldstein can be well recommended too - a 16th century
marvel nestling under the castle walls.
the day with tech wizard Rob Reed in his studio mastering the MISCHIEF
album. I've gotta say it sounds great - we've got the levels up by
20% so be prepared for some serious speaker pumping!!
from the previous nights notwithstanding, up to Loco Studios near
Usk for two days helping out New Deal starters Free Peace Sweet.
They just won the Smirnoff - sponsored Battle of the Bands competition
over 75 others - can't be bad! A band to develop over the coming months,
and subsequently one to watch.
December 6/7 2001
Two nights of partying down at the first Welsh Music Awards
at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay. First night was rock &
pop, and despite being a great idea that was very well supported guest
and industry wise, it was a shame more of the award winners didn't show
or even send a delegate on their behalf. So it was hats off to Tetra
Splendour and especially the Lost Prophets for both turning
up and playing absolutely blinding sets, and not forgetting those who
gave tham a hand on the way up.
On the Dance Music night every single winner except Paul Oakenfold
turned up, and even he managed to send a video thank-you to the voters.
It was a more united, friendly and less cliquey atmosphere than the bnand
night, with a real sense of occasion - a lesson to be learnt methinks
on a panel at a seminar for the Radio 2 Live in Cardiff thing,
called "Is there life for musicians over 30", with the very
nice Janice Long and Tommy Hingley from The Inspiral
Carpets. Time was when I thought over 20 was pushing it! We had a
good old waffle to the assembled, er, masses and decided as we'd all managed
to stay alive after 30 there very much was. "Its a bit like fish
fingers" quoth I. "Just because Findus has been making them
for donkeys years doesn't mean to say they've got to give up and let someone
else have a go!" which
went down very well. We all agreed, however, that if Phil Collins stepped
down the world would be a much better place, which went down even better.
Discussed selling CD's online thereby avoiding ludicrously low record
company royalties and it looks like I'll be putting the MISCHIEF cd out
this way very soon.