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And I have no intension of giving that up unless something drastic happens. I tour constantly and you know what it’s the fuel that feeds the musician. It’s one thing to produce music in a studio and that can be hard work, but you don’t get that gratification from the audience unless you’re live - you know people singing along word for word and you wonder how do they remember this stuff. Also you’ve got to remember that back when these songs were written going past the age of 40 in the rock world was never seen – that was iconic, you know as long as you’re good at what you do you don’t stop until you fall off the end of the stage! You know music is now so accepted – think of where you’re going Nashville - they’ve got country, jazz or orchestral or folk – we had octogenarians doing that music but with Rock it always seemed a bit uncomfortable – now its not its fine – all of the artists you mentioned none of them are under 60 and now as long as you can still do it its great it’s acceptable!


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I have to tell you this – whilst we’ve been chatting I recalled a time when I was in the car with my dad – years ago – and we had to pull over on a country lane to let you past and Dad said, “Do you know who’s in that car? You’re listening to him now on the radio!” And you smiled and waved to us – what a recall! Random fact for you… [laughing] I love that! Fabulous, I’m glad I waved!


Do you think you had the best era in music? Artists now have to be careful of ripping off music etc? It certainly was a great era; it was a time when you couldn’t stick your face into a phone walking blindly up the road because you couldn’t be bothered to look up from your screen. You couldn’t have music for free somewhere, you had to think strategically about your purchases, you know, you heard something every day on radio and decided to go out and buy it – you thought about your purchases. Then you looked after this object of desire, you read the sleeve notes and knew who the engineers were and you kept that – I’ve still got my albums I bought when I was 15 and 16. They are a musical calendar and diary. Some of it you’re embarrassed about and some of it you think, wow that’s cool, now I’m proud I took the time to buy that! You know it was redundant for a while, the ATM’s, the dance music, all of that was more important, but now we’ve reverted back to a time of song writing. So it was a great period and it wasn’t easy, it was the same funnel – you know, a lot of stuff going in the top and only so much getting through the other end, so not too different to now, only now you need a different skill set – self advertising and social media – whereas in my day you had to be good at singing and playing a guitar and writing a song. It’s just diversified somewhat, no better no worse – except for record sales of course!


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