Guy’s answers

You asked Guy Pratt some questions. Well, here are his answers.

Thanks again, Guy.


Is there a Pink Floyd song that you never played live and would like to? (Andrea)
‘Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast’. Obviously.

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. (John nff)
Thin Lizzy with Graham Parker & the Rumour, Jailbreak tour, Victoria Apollo – ’75, I think.

If there’s a song you’d like to add to the current tour that hasn’t been played yet what would it be? (Kris)
‘There’s No Way Out of Here’.

What covers, if any, do the current band like to jam out on when rehearsing or fooling around? (Angelo Ortiz)
You’d be amazed. Stage left is a bit jazz, I like to crack open the old disco classics on stage right from time to time.

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? (Luca)
‘Today’, of course.

You had been touring with Bryan Ferry before he had some health issues. Will you join him again on any dates? (Rae Ringguard)
Nah.

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! (IMcK)
It’s just too long. You’d have to sacrifice about five other songs and we’ve got a lot to pack in.

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? (Stefan)
There’s something about Madison Square.

What’s the story relating to the “That’s All Folks” T-shirt on this tour? (KenF)
In the Live at Pompeii film, when David is in the studio singing ‘Echoes’, it’s on the T-shirt he’s wearing.

Did you have any input in the set list, especially for the inclusion of ‘Sorrow’ and ‘Run Like Hell’? (Heather)
I make suggestions certainly, not that it really makes much difference.

Is that true that you played bass with the Mexican girls “Flans”? (Jose Tapia)
I played on a record of theirs, but never met them. I have a Mexican Platinum album for my troubles.

Do you think you and Johnny Marr will ever start the band you talked about in your book? (Tom R)
That moment is long passed. I love how Johnny’s evolved into a great elder statesman of the guitar, though.

20 comments

  1. Emilio

    ‘There’s No Way Out Of Here’ would be really great. C’mon Guy, suggest again!

  2. TW

    Nice answers.

    I’ve just started to read your book. So far it’s been very entertaining.

  3. Lewis

    Thanks, Guy!

    Totally with you on “There’s No Way Out of Here” too, great song, still sounds so fresh after all these years.

  4. Michèle

    Is there a Pink Floyd song that you never played live and would like to?
    ‘Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast’. Obviously.

    Oh yes, it would be sooooo great for the audience to smell scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, toast…

    Mmm.

    Thank you for giving us so much joy on stage, Guy!

    But why didn’t you wear your blue T-shirt with EU logo in Nîmes? 🙁

  5. David Howard

    There’s No Way Out of Here is a great song from a great album. A few months ago I was in the car listening to the local New York radio station which had a show on guitarists and they played the song. It was a while since I heard it and forgot what a great song it is.

    I agree with Guy it would be great to see live again. I saw David play it at the Beacon in 1984.

    I never realized others covered it in recent years. I included videos from Iron & Wine and Gov’t Mule. They are fun to watch.

    I will listen to the CD soon.

    • Michèle

      I’m not sure, but didn’t David perform that song with Amadou & Mariam at a Crisis benefit concert at Union Chapel (I think) a few years ago? It was first said that the gig would be held at a secret venue, no?

      Not sure if Guy was there though…

  6. SilverCheek

    Let’s prove the opposite of “There’s No Way” at RAH on the last show, Guy!

  7. Stefan

    “There’s No Way Out Of Here” would realy be awesome indeed. I’d really like to hear “Take a Breath” again as well… 🙂

  8. Gareth

    Think I’ve been saying since 2006 that I’d love to hear There’s No Way Out Of Here again! Sadly I don’t think it will ever happen. 🙁

  9. Andrew

    And I thought Guy would be funny and say Blue Light instead of No Way.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • Buffalo Phil

      I actually love ‘Blue Light’. I saw David perform it in ’84 and it rips live! Love that guitar riff. But for me, if he were to play any tunes from that GREAT first album, I’d choose ‘Mihalis’ (which I was also fortunate enough to witness back in ’84…AMAZING), ‘Cry From The Street’ (I can imagine David’s guitar going for an extended solo outing on that one), and ‘Raise My Rent’ (easily one of the best guitar instrumentals EVER). Just my two cents.

  10. frank

    I missed out on this lot. My question for Guy would be: What is your favourite joke as of lately? LOL.