Questions for Guy

My favourite Pink Floyd bassist, the ever-lovely Guy Pratt, has kindly offered to answer some more of your questions. So, if there’s something you’ve been wondering, now’s your chance to ask.

So that everyone gets a fair opportunity of having a question answered, please submit no more than three.

Guy took part in a Q&A session for us back in 2006, so you might like to remind yourself of the questions he was asked. Here are the ones he answered. (Didn’t he do well?)

Thanks again, Guy.


Which was your favourite venue/gig during the ‘On an Island’ tour? (KenF) All of them. Although Gdańsk was a bit special… As was Venice.

What were the stand-out moments from the ‘On an Island’ tour? (Victor) It was one big stand-out moment. I really can’t express just how great it was, the combination of friends, family, great crew, great music, lovely venues and great audiences.

Did the rest of the band have any input to the set list for the ‘On an Island’ tour or did David decide? (Andy) We were asked for suggestions, but then basically ignored.

On the Summer Tour 2006, David took the train from Linz to Munich. Did you and the other band members also travel by train? (Werner) We did, and were none too happy when we found out that our six-hour two-train journey only took two hours by road…

Where can I get me a ‘Didn’t They Do Well?’ T-shirt?! (Julie Gunn Davies) Savage London on Portobello Road knocked them up for me.

How can you sum up the ‘On an Island’ Tour journey? (Patoch’) Too short.

What did you get Rick for Father’s Day? (Matt Parish) Nothing, seeing as he’s not my father. It’s not a big day ’round our house, to be honest.

Do you get along with your father-in-law and have you ever purchased any of his solo efforts? (John NFF) It is extraordinary that anyone thinks I would actually say I didn’t get on with Rick on a public forum. So, yes, I do. I have been around the world with him four times, and even sailed the Atlantic with him; I truly love the man… I did actually buy ‘Wet Dream’, but by the time ‘Broken China’ came out I was with Gala, so we got given one.

How did you happen to meet David? (Gian Luca) Through Dream Academy and then Bryan Ferry.

Were you a Pink Floyd fan during your teenage years? (IMcK) I went to ‘The Wall’ shows at Earl’s Court: front row, every night, both years, once on Acid. I knew then it was the best show I would ever see… and it’s quite sad that, 26 years later, I was right.

What’s your absolute favourite Pink Floyd or David Gilmour song? (Bas Swanenberg) ‘Comfortably Numb’, ‘I Can’t Breathe Anymore’.

What did you think about Roger playing with Pink Floyd at Live8? (Beau) I was all for it, it was high time they sorted things out, although sadly David asked me to play on ‘Wish You Were Here’ and I had to say no as I was booked to play in Berlin with Roxy Music. That wasn’t easy, I tell you. We’d finished and were having dinner by the time Floyd went on, but there was no telly, so I was getting running commentary text messages from practically everyone I know every 10 seconds. I didn’t get to see it ’til about two weeks later.

Is it true that Roger Waters asked you to play bass on his ‘Amused To Death’ album? (Werner) Good question! Roger didn’t, but his producer, my dear friend Pat Leonard, did. I asked David if it would be OK, and of course he said yes, but I think Pat bottled out of asking Roger… Probably for the best, as I live over here, if you know what I mean.

Which is the Pink Floyd song you most enjoy playing? (Lucia) ‘Echoes’.

On ‘Time’, was it your idea to mute the bass strings during the drum sequence? (Frank Par) No. What do you think they did for the 14 years between recording it and me turning up?

Do you play original bass lines to Pink Floyd songs or do you create your own interpretation? (Beau) I used to mess with them occasionally – just to keep busy, you understand – but the wisdom of age has taught me otherwise, and I cringe hearing some of the things I used to do. I’ve actually been more faithful to the originals on this tour than I ever was with Pink Floyd.

What’s the most difficult David Gilmour or Pink Floyd track for you to play live? (IMcK) I used to hate ‘Us And Them’ because the bass line was so boring, but then David gave me a harmony to sing and I was happy.

Do you think nowadays there could be any new band with such unique sound and ideas like Pink Floyd? (Gian Luca) No.

Since touring since the mid ’80s with the Floyd, which tour has been the most memorable and why? (Andy) The ’87-’88 tour probably, because I’d never been part of anything like it. It was every young man’s dream, although I probably remember more of this last one, as I go to bed these days. Although I did have to be dragged out of bed in Manchester.

Would you do another Pink Floyd tour? (Bill S.) Yes.

On Lemon Jelly’s remarkable album ‘Lost Horizons’ I spotted your name in the credits of the wonderful track entitled ‘Nice Weather for Ducks’. What was your role on this track? Did you play bass? (Julie Gunn Davies) Yes, isn’t that what I usually do? My duck call isn’t up to much.

Being somewhat of an Icehouse fan, I have to ask how that experience compares with working with David and the Floyd? (Erik) I haven’t got the first idea of how to answer that. But before the first show of this tour, Jon Carin and Steve DiStanislao got to be in Icehouse for a day, as I’d been asked to do a TV show with Iva in Germany, and he asked if I could put a band together. So we went to Munchen and mimed ‘Hey Little Girl’.

Who was the one person that influenced you the most? (Renee B.) My father.

Do you plan to do a little more on the singing side? I would love to hear more of your distinctive voice. I know it’s more yelling than singing that you do, but I love it. (Karen) Why, thank you, Karen. I’m only really happy as a backing singer, to be honest. Unless it’s shouting, of course.

What was your most musically challenging session gig? (EchoesBob) I remember doing something for Jeff Beck a few years back that kept me on my toes. When I played on the score of ‘The Last Action Hero’, Michael Kamen did actually ask me to play something that, after a few tries, I had to confess I just couldn’t.

What is your most memorable gig and why? (Tim C) Venice with Pink Floyd. Because we were on a bloody great oil rig in the lagoon.

Are you involved with your father-in-law’s next album? (KenF) I hope so.

You’re well known for playing with a number of established bands and artists. Have you ever had the desire to start your very own band and take the world of music by storm, or are you happy enough with your solo show as it stands now? (Neil Pudney) I was about to start a band with Johnny Marr, as The Smiths had just imploded, when I first got the call from David back in ’87. Now I’m too lazy and old and don’t have a manifesto.

Will there be more dates of your one man show, maybe in Europe? (Bas Swanenberg) Yes.

Is it possible to bring your show to North America? (Bill S.) I hope so.

Where else are you touring your ‘My Bass and Other Animals’ in the new year? (KenF) Everywhere hopefully. Check my site: www.guypratt.com.

I’ve heard lots of great things about ‘My Bass and Other Animals’ but living in Canada I will not have an opportunity to catch one of the shows. Just wondering if there is any chance you will record any of the performances for a DVD release? (Christopher Martin) Probably, but I hope to get to Canada.

What made you decide to try the trial by silence that is stand-up? (Kieran Fleck) I’ve always wanted to do something comedic, and realised I had a rich seam of material to mine, i.e. my life, but if I’d thought about how terrifying standing up on your own actually is, I would never have done it. I get absolutely terrified every time I do it still.

You mentioned the other day that you have a book coming up next year. What will it be about? Is it like a memoir or something not as personal? (Ayako) It’s like a memoir, although it’s like the show, in that it’s basically just the amusing bits of my life.

What are listening to right now (or if not right now, what’s your current listening)? (Nickster) Right now? Celia Cruz, ‘Queen of Latin Rhythm’. (That’s the album title, not an opinion.)

You’ve played with some of the most famous bands in the world since you were just a boy. Has the young Guy ever had the anxiety of performance, playing close to those geniuses of music and in so many different styles (from Pink Floyd to Roxy Music and so on)? How much have you studied for that, or did you do that just using your heart? (Lucia) Young, maybe. Old, no. I didn’t really study for either of those artists as it was music I knew and loved anyway. That’s if I understood the question.

Are you familiar with My Morning Jacket, from Kentucky? (Will) No. Should I be?

With which band would you like to perform in the future? (Kees Nijpels) The Who, Peter Gabriel.

If you could play bass for any musician (not including any member of Pink Floyd or anyone you may have played with in the past) either alive or dead, who would it be? (Dom) Pete Townshend, Peter Gabriel, Syd Barrett, Jimi Hendrix.

Who inspired you to pick up the bass? (Bas Swanenberg) John Entwistle.

Who is your favourite other bass player? (Tim C) Bernard Edwards.

If you had to choose just one, which is your absolutely favourite bass line of all time? (Nickster) ‘Good Times’ or ‘Forget Me Nots’ by Patrice Rushen. Or any number of Disco classics, which I’m afraid to say is where I think all the greatest bass lines are. Or ‘Teentown’ by Weather Report, or ‘What’s Goin’ On’, or any number of Studio 1 Reggae classics, or practically any Bob Marley song, or ‘The Real Me’ by The Who, or…

Do you like playing guitar the same way as bass? (Gian Luca) No, I’m not as good. I really like playing guitar, but not the same way at all.

Was the bass your first instrument? (TomiSue) I did briefly wrestle with the clarinet previously.

What’s you preferred bass guitar? (Dom) Fender Jazz.

Do you play any acoustic basses? (Peter McConnell) I’m going to get a Double Bass as I enjoyed the stand-up on tour so much. I do have a Bass Balalaika, which I played on the soundtrack for ‘The Wings of a Dove’.

Stand-up acoustic bass or electric bass? I know different songs have different requirements, but just kicking about. (John NFF) I love the stand-up because it limits me so much, and it’s basically a new experience, even though I’ve had the bloody thing for 24 years.

What FX (Pete Cornish board?) did you use during the ‘On an Island’ tour? (Ernest Peske) No, I don’t have one of David’s cast-offs, if that’s what you mean. But I do have… Avalon DI, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Demeter Compulator Compressor, Ashdown Bass Overdrive Plus, MXR Phase 90, Boss CE-2B Bass Chorus, Boss OC-2 Octave, Boss DD-5 Digital Delay, Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer, Boss T4-2 Tuner (2), Boss SCC-700 Pedal Controller, Roland SDE 3000 Digital Delay, Melody Evidence Audio Guitar cables. God bless cut and paste!

What is the deal with the alembic preamps? Do they really make that much of a difference? I know the Big D uses them, but I was wondering if they really make that much of a difference. (Shawn Madden) I’ve never played through one, but I did used to have a Trace Elliot thing that was a copy, although to be honest I don’t like too much of a “valvey” sound on my bass. Peter Hook swears by them, too.

I know what basses you use, what amps and cabs you use, but I’d like to know what do you have on you pedalboard. (Alex) See above.

Who’s your all-time favourite Arsenal player? (Victor) I was going to say Charlie George or Denis Bergkamp, but you just can’t argue with Thierry, can you?

Who is your favorite comedian? (Matt Parish) Peter Cook.

Your favourite album of all time is…? (Dom) Quadrophenia.

Who is your favourite musician? (Bill S.) David Gilmour, Pete Townshend.

Do you have a favorite David Gilmour guitar solo? (Gus) ‘Comfortably Numb’, although ‘Young Lust’ is surprisingly my second. I bet I’m the only person in the world who thinks that.

What was your least favourite subject at school? (EW) Maths.

Can I ask you some titles of your favourite books? (Lucia) The Master and Margarita, The Heart of a Dog… Mikail Bulgakov. The Erl King, The Four Wise Men… Michel Tournier. Stoned… Andrew Loog Oldham. Long Time Gone… David Crosby. Lucky Jim… Kingsley Amis. And hundreds of various Amis, Marquez, Allende etc. etc.

What’s your favourite curry? (George Maciver) Vindaloo, of course. Even though it isn’t.

Who is your favourite, already deceased, person in music history? (Ernest Peske) Impossible. Do you have any idea how many people in music history are dead? Stravinsky, Machito, Sibelius, Keith Moon, Robert Palmer, Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Bernard Edwards, George Harrison… I could go on all night.

Did you ever play any of the original Tomb Raider games? (George Maciver) No, but I know someone who found a way to make her repeatedly bang into the wall and moan in a way that was supposedly erotic.

Margaritas. Frozen or Iced? (Rudders) Iced.

Have you ever been sideswiped by any pigs on the wing onstage? (Beau) Now you’re being silly.

Holidays. Beach or Adventure? (Rudders) Adventure with the missus, Beach with child. Although we did drag him around Cambodia, which was fairly adventurous.

Did you know for an extra 50p your trainers come in a deluxe edition with shoe laces? (Gary Hurley) Actually Converse John Varvates are a deluxe edition, as they are elasticated and the holes are ornamental. Ner ner ne ner ner…

Blogs. Yours or DG’s? (Rudders) DG’s every time.

What do you want to be when you grow up? (George Maciver) A Lion Tamer!

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

64 thoughts on “Questions for Guy”

  1. Had wicked night in l’Orange, now ready for RAH on Friday!

    Living in Cornwall and am celebrating my 50th year with friends. On my to do is to meet the band? Dare to dream! Young Lust is a great track isn’t it?

  2. Hello Guy, reading again your last Q&A, my question is:

    You saw all shows of The Wall in the 80’s, did you see any of Roger Waters’ recent The Wall shows? If yes, what did you think about that?

    1. I saw Guy one night in Buenos Aires in 2012, so he saw that show at least. Good question by the way.

  3. Thank you Guy for your time.

    1) How much do you miss Richard in a musical way? I’m looking forward to be at the Albert Hall and honestly I can’t imagine certain songs without him…wasn’t he really the glue for you all?

    2) What is your favourite song on David’s new album, the one you play with more feel?

    Ciao!
    Emilio

  4. Hello, Guy! You know if Rick left some unfinished material that can ever be released? I was very happy for including Run Like Hell on set, they are singing quite yet!

    I see you in Curitiba and New York.

  5. hi Guy,

    what do you think of Gilmour’s always trying new solos for any song he plays on stage? sometimes he makes mistakes while doing that and how do you guys feel and act when he makes mistakes? by the way, even if he sometimes makes mistakes, i LOVE him trying new solos for every song that makes each night different and special than the others.

    cheers
    firat

    1. hi guy!

      1. are there any plans for a live album/dvd?

      2. is there a little chance that david will perform childhood’s end or maybe dogs? or was he thinking about it at some point?

      3. if you could choose one pink floyd song for the current 2015/16 tour, which one would you choose?

  6. Hello Guy! I’m a your big Italian fan! Finally I saw you in Florence! You are the best bass player!

    This is my questions:

    1. I like it a lot the bass that you used in Florence on Sorrow! What bass it is?

    2. In the setlist there are many pieces that you not played from the time of The Division Bell Tour, how was playing them again? For us it was AMAZING to hear them!

    3. My favorite bass line on the new songs is Today, when I heard It live I just wanted to dance, what is your favorite bass line on the new songs?

    Thank you for everything Guy, I love you!

  7. Looking forward to the shows, Guy! We’ll see you in New York and Hollywood.

    My questions:

    On average, how many times did you all run through a song in rehearsals before the tour started?

    Which songs needed more rehearsal, and which were slam dunks?

    Thanks again Guy for being an accessible and fun part of the whole experience for us fans.

  8. Hi Guy,

    My own claim to fame was when I happened to mention on this blog, many years ago, that your Father Mike wrote the words to Tommy Steele’s hit ‘Little White Bull’. But what made it so memorable for me back then was that, at that time, David Gilmour had not been aware of this and it was revealed on this blog via Fed.

    It goes without saying that you will be very proud of that fact but when did you become aware of it? As a youngster I remember very well hearing the song on the radio on the Saturday morning shows like Brian Matthew and Ed ‘Stupot’ Stewart. Happy days!

  9. On this tour, and more specifically some of the tracks from Rattle That Lock, being able to convey such raw emotion must take an (a) Herculean effort. Is it difficult to keep an element of emotional detachment from some of the most gut-wrenching music/lyrics I’ve heard in a long while?

  10. And now for something completely different: when will we see you with a cup of tea (could be a back yard tea, too) on stage? 🙂

  11. Hey Guy!

    1) What do you think of “Take a Breath”? Every time I hear it I think that you have helped more on it than just play the bass line…

    2) Is it possible that Dave play Echoes in the South American tour, as he never came here? Can you tell him the fans here would like this very much, as we didn’t have the chance to see the On an Island tour?

    Thanks for being this nice, I’m patiently waiting for December… (OK, not so patiently after all. 😀 )

  12. Hi Guy, thanks for this time you dedicate to us.

    I’ve been to both Italian shows and they were beautiful, specially in Florence with the surprise of “Coming Back to Life”. That song means so much for me and I have to admit that I cried.

    These are my questions for you:

    1. There is a Pink Floyd song that you never played live and would like to?

    2. I think that the two couples of songs “Wish You Were Here” – “A Boat Lies waiting” and “Astronomy Domine” – “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” are implicit tributes respectively to Rick and Syd. Is that true or is just involuntary?

    3. What were your feelings when you listened to “A Boat Lies Waiting” for the first time? And what happens in your head while you play it live?

    See you in Canada and United States in April.

    Andrea

  13. You are sometimes changing the line “They’re gonna send you back to mother in a cardboard box” in Run Like Hell with the city where the concert is held. What was the first reaction of the band when they have noticed that?

  14. Welcome back Guy!

    What is your most memorable moment with Richard, David and You?

    See you in Toronto!

  15. David Gilmour will be on Later… With Jools Holland next Tuesday 29th September and Friday 2nd October.

    I hope after my post a few weeks back some of you got tickets (not me) for the recording in Kent.

    Gary Hurley.
    London England.

  16. Hello Guy!!!

    As you’ve already been to South America, what do you expect for the upcoming shows here? How did you feel when you knew you’ll be playing in Argentina?

  17. Hello Guy, thanks for taking your time to answer our questions!

    * On RTL, David is playing bass on some of the songs and you’re credited “only” for RTL and Today. What was your contribution to the album in reality? Did you get to play/jam in more of the songs either released or considered as leftovers?

    * David has said in the interviews that he’s already working on another album, are you contributing to it too? How advanced is it, if I may ask?

    * Same as for RTL, did you contribute to The Endless River further than what the credits say? How do you rate personally this album?

    Last, but not the least, would you accept an invitation for a drink after the RAH show on the 25th? 😀

    Thanks again,

    César

  18. Hi Guy,

    When David goes off on one of his “face melting” solos, he always signals that he is wrapping it up by turning to you and Steve. Have you ever looked away or urged him to keep going? If you haven’t, might you consider doing so in the future? 🙂

  19. Hi Guy, I am a bit late, maybe too late, but my question would be what kinda impact the sad death of Richard Wright has had on all of you. What a horrible loss, I think the gig in Oberhausen had been the first time I saw David performing without Richard.

  20. Hi Guy

    It has been noticeable that you have been very quiet leading up to and during the new album and tour. Why?

    I was surprised to not see more of your playing on the new album was there a specific reason for this or was it just how it turned out?

    You had been touring with Bryan Ferry before he had some health issues. Will you join him again on any dates that don’t conflict with David’s?

  21. Hello Guy,

    Who’s usually the first one tucked up in bed after a gig? Who’s the best practical joker from the band/crew?

    See ye Friday night!

  22. Hello Guy.

    How do you relax unwind after a long tour?

    Are you nervous before going on stage?

    Do you remember the call up for Pink Floyd and do you still pinch yourself when on stage with David?

  23. There must be something somebody could do to convince David to play Dogs live…..any idea what that might be???

    (I’m sure you could sing Roger’s vocal parts with great ease!!)

    1. Dogs would also be one of my favourites from Animals – Jon Carin performed this with great style on Roger Waters’ In The Flesh tours (almost as a solo on keyboards, guitar and great vocals). A true talent who has been helping David for about 30 years as well as touring with Roger and others. But this is not about Pink Floyd – this is David Gilmour’s tour and He deserves to be calling the tune.

      It is great that Jon Carin has managed to keep touring with both great artists without being excluded by any fighting between them.

  24. 1 – If you hadn’t become a famous and talented bassist or comedian, what would you have liked to do with your life (job, I mean)?

    2 – How would you describe David Gilmour in three words?

    3 – Do you have a funny anecdote to tell us about something that happened on stage with David or Pink Floyd? (For example, did you ever slip while jumping around on stage?)

    Saw you in Orange, absolutely outstanding!

    Thank you and apologies for my poor English.

    1. In all the excitement, I forgot to start my comment with “Hello Guy”. How rude of me. I’m very sorry.

      Hope you have a great time on stage tonight in London and the days after.

    2. I think I saw Guy falling backwards in his enthusiastic way during the Brighton “Rehearsal” show – September 5th?

      Seemed to be getting ribbed by DG and others at the end of show? Well it was all very well received by the audience – Thank you. 🙂

  25. Hi Guy. Thanks for playing along 9 years down the line!

    I’m not a musician and I can’t get my head around what it must be like to play in this band with David on such form. For you, is it essentially a mechanical, concentrated exercise or can you just relax and enjoy it (as you appear to)?

    What three songs would you include in this set-list that are not on the cards (until David throws in another fast-ball)?

    Phil confesses that he struggled with WYWH (ironically the only song I can strum!). What PF / Gilmour song has been hardest for you to master?

  26. Hey Guy, greetings from “Da’ Bronx NYC!”

    1) Barn Jams: seems like some attention was paid to documenting those sessions. What was the original concept/plan for them, to create new material and/or see what came out of jamming?

    2) What covers if any do the current band like to jam out on when rehearsing or fooling around?

    3) David’s choice to use his son on that piano part for In Another Tongue was wise. The emotion conveyed in that performance was spot on, and very reminiscent of Richard in my opinion. First of all, my condolences as I’m sure your family and loved ones still feel his absence. Secondly, are there moments on stage when you connect with and channel your memories or feelings of the absence of loved ones?

    All the best,
    Angelo

  27. Hi Guy: I like seeing you play live as you always look like you are having fun!

    My question is this: apart from ‘the bass that wouldn’t break’ as recounted in your (great) book, ‘what is the most humorous or strangely bizarre moment that you can recollect from a gig you’ve played?’

    Looking forward to the show on Wednesday!

    Thanks, Richard.

  28. Hello, Guy!

    1. You played with a lot of artists, on a lot of continents, in quite an impressive number of venues. What would be, in your opinion, the greatest venue in the world?

    2. You also worked briefly with Michael Jackson in the 90s. How was it to work with him in such a controversial moment of his career?

    3. After being a part of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour’s band, how does it feel when you are on stage as a guest for a Floyd tribute band?

  29. Hello Guy, 😀

    I can’t think of a question so decided to say hello and wish you well. 😀

    Oh, I could ask you to come out for a drink with us bloggers?

    I loved the Brighton gig and could tell you guys were having a great time on stage, could you tell the rest of the band please?

    I did manage a couple of questions after all!

    I’m going to RAH tonight and the next night and the next night after that (!) and now I’m going to pack and get my train!

    ash

  30. Hi Guy,

    Great to see you enjoying yourself onstage again with David and the band.

    David has finally succumbed to the years of yearning, for him to play in Brazil and South America. Did he need any coaxing from Polly or yourself and other band members, or his management team, to agree to this. Or was it his decision alone?

    Does David discuss with you what venues it would be preferable to play in, when he arranges to go out on the road?

    What’s the story relating to the “That’s All Folks” T-shirt on this tour? Not the last one with David, I trust (being as he has another passenger album in the pipeline).

    Looking forward to seeing you at Irregular meet up shows on Friday at RAH and next March at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Cheers.

  31. Hi Guy,

    Outstanding performance by you and the band at Brighton and looking forward to RAH. The setlist was fantastic and included most of my favourite Floyd songs especially from DSOTM. Did you have any input in the setlist especially for the inclusion of Sorrow and Run Like Hell?

    Do you plan on doing any more of your solo stand up shows in the future?

    Have a great time touring with David, Polly and the band.

    Best wishes Heather (front row Brighton!!!)

  32. Hi, Guy!

    You and Nick Mason are very funny persons, as known. How you helped it musically, as rhythm section?

    The first Floyd song I heard was On The Turning Away from Atlanta video. That’s a terrific piece of music. Thank you so much personally for that soulful bass line in the middle of it.

  33. Was talking to Socrates in Lindos the year before he died. So much love for David and family there. Have you been Guy?

    P.S. You are so blessed to play with millions of people’s hero.

  34. Guy, as a fellow musician, when you get to Chicago let’s have a jam! Then afterwards a beer or two…

  35. Guy,

    Having watched you at Brighton and the first night at the Royal Albert Hall and the fun you were having I have to ask you.

    Could you name a better job than the one you currently have? And if so what would it be?

  36. Guy,

    A non Pink Floyd/David question.

    I was at Cropredy waiting to see my favourite bassist of all time (Norman Watt-Roy) when I was dumbstruck to see you (my 2nd -sorry!- favourite bass player of all time) walk out onstage with The Blockheads. It was a fantastic set. Yourself and the other guitarist filling in were having so much fun with the other members of the band that it helped lift the gig to another level.

    I’m interested to know how you got involved with them and what is your favourite song of theirs to play?

    Joe

  37. Hi Guy.

    What is it like to work with David? How open is he to any suggestions that the musicians may have?

  38. Serious question Guy: If you can change your farts to sound like any instrument what would it be?

    Hint: isn’t a fart an instrument itself?

  39. Hello Guy,

    Judging by your answer, you didn’t seen to be too impressed with the first part of one of the two question entries I submitted back in 06. I would like to make up for that by replacing it with this one:

    Growing up, what was the first major band/artist concert that you attended? Not that I want to brag or anything, but mine was Led Zeppelin on the “II” tour.

  40. Hi Guy,

    Just wondering what your opinion on people taking photos and videos at concerts is? At the second night at the RAH someone seemed to annoy you during the encore. For all three nights, by the end all I could see in front of me was people filming each others arms and cameras as they all cram to the front, but obviously I don’t know what the view is like from where you get to stand!

    Also, do you think you and Johnny Marr will ever start the band you talked about in your book?

    Thanks.

  41. Hi Guy.

    What is the band’s routine before each live show? Do you all go out to dinner or something?

    1. It’s pointless asking, Richard. 😀 I was stalking all round the outside of the building at different times of the day and never saw anyone come or go. Some fans a few rows in front of me saw David and Polly arrive one night and got a quick photo.

      I was about to lie down under the wheels of (what I was sure was) David’s car waiting to whisk him away, so he’d have to sign my arm (which I would have had tattooed) to be able to drive away. . . .when Becky came along and distracted me!

      ash 😀

  42. Hi,

    Saw your recent performance on Later With Jools Holland. What was your opinion of the song S.O.B by Nathaniel Ratecliff?

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

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