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Friday, November 03, 2006

RS Revisited - GROWING OLD DISGRACEFULLY

1. What's happened for the band in 2006? (Any line-up changes, new music etc)

Well we finally released the EP on the unsuspecting world which was rather nice. We sold out of our first batch with little or no publicity. Our song 'Cry Freedom', from the EP, has been adopted by Dr Lee Rotherham for his run for Mayor of London (http://www.newstartforlondon.com). He
loves the song and is a fan of the band. John & I continue to write new material
for the band. We have recorded a couple of songs including href="http://www.garageband.com/song?|pe1|S8LTM0LdsaSlYFK_ZmA">England Please
Lose it and a little ditty called href="http://www.garageband.com/song?|pe1|S8LTM0LdsaSlY1awYGA">Blogger
Blues. The latter is a rough demo recorded as part of an advert idea Kim & I
were commissioned to do for PayPerPost.com for a national (US) advertising
campaign (no choice has been made yet).

2. What bands have you been involved with live wise during 2006 and live
highlight(s)?

This year John & I did several acoustic shows including one for an invite only
audience at actor Perry Benson's birthday. Among those in attendance were
members of Alabama 3 and a whole bunch of actors whom I didn't recognise. We
also performed in Wimbledon at an acoustic night this time with my betrothed Kim
Benson on co-lead vocals.

3. What have been the highlight(s) and low point(s) of this year?

The highlights of the year was the release of the hard copy version of the EP as
well as my engagement to Kim Benson and the forthcoming (imminent) birth of
John's daughter. Low points was the death Rob Mallow's father.

4. Is your audience the same people who have followed the band since its early
days, or are you picking up a different fan base?

We are picking up people via the various sites we have posted material/have a
band prescence on. We are getting fans on MySpace by dribs & drabs as well on
some other sites.

5. Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?

None I want to have in print :p

7. Your take on the current music scene (both rock & in general terms).

I think rock is in fairly healthy terms in the UK, however it is getting ignored
by much of the mainstream media. Its a shame you never hear The Answer,
Roadstar, Glyder or Thunder on Virgin Radio. Then again I won't say much as in
November the Economic Resource Council (www.ercouncil.co.uk) is releasing a
paper I did for them on the state of music business in the UK. It will not make
pleasant reading for many in the industry. It was good to see the return of
Monsters of Rock and lets hope it continues.
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8. Which new musicians/bands do you think have impressed you? Who would you like
to work with in the future?

I continued to be impressed with both the lads in The Answer and Roadstar. They
produce some cracking stuff and continue to excel at what they do. I hope both
break the US market next year and get the recognition the so deserve. I would
really love to work with the guys in Thunder.

9. What would you like to achieve ideally by this time next year?

I would like to have another EP out (at least) and have played some more live
dates by then. We are probably playing another invite-only gig on the 3rd of
December. With all the big personal changes in our lives (I get married on the
19th of May.) it will be interesting logistically.

10. Message to your fans...

Thanks for sticking with us and we hope to continue to deserve your support in
the new year. Keep rocking and support live music where ever you happen to be.

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