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So, what have I been up to?
I was in Cleveland, Ohio being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fame at last! And a great time was had by everyone except Mark who, as you might be aware, stayed at home. John (Illsley) did an exemplary job of dealing with his absence. I'm humbled by the attention and praise I/we have received. Thanks!
A couple of weeks ago, I was in London working with producer Trevor Horn on a record he's producing - back there next week - then I was in Rome writing songs with Phil Palmer for an Italian megastar whose album he and I are producing later this year.
Most of last year was spent producing an album for a band I'm a member of called LEGACY. We (myself and fellow producer/guitarist Phil Palmer) recorded the initial tracks in Los Angeles with Steve Ferrone and Pino Palladino at Steve's Drumroll studio, then we moved to what has become my favourite studio in the world: Forward Studios in Rome. The record is called 3 Chord Trick, it's available now on all digital platforms (iTunes etc), you can buy CD's and vinyl on Amazon, and it's also available on DSD (an ultra-high definition format that has 256 times the resolution of a CD).
I also make music for TV ads; I have two currently on air and a couple of others about to happen.
LEGACY: the band is Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Dire Straits members Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings and Mel Collins, with legendary record producer/singer/bass player Trevor Horn, plus Primiano De Biase and Marco Caviglia. And me.
DSLegacy: essentially the same line-up/band as DSLegacy, the difference being Legacy makes and plays original songs written mostly by myself and Phil Palmer. DSLegacy plays mostly Dire Straits' music but since we made the record we've been adding a few tracks from the Legacy record with great success. In January, we played some shows and generally had a good time in Brazil, and later this year we'll be playing in Italy, Finland and several other countries. Check us out on:
One reason I like recording in Forward Studios, Rome is I get to stay in the Villa Mercede hotel in Frascati. A big thanks to owner Luigi and also Gianluca, Gilda, Annalisa and everyone at the hotel for making it my home from home in Italy.
RELIGION: Some of the songs on the record have religious titles (Jesus Street, God's Land, Magdalene, Epiphany) and I've been asked more than once if I'm religious. I don't subscribe to any religion. Jesus Street is a street in Tarifa, Spain (Calle Jesus). God's Land is about Northumberland. Magdalene is... you figure it out. And then there's Epiphany.
In February, I was in Newcastle performing on the Sunday For Sammy charity show at the Newcastle Arena, which has become known as the Geordie Command Performance. Since it began back in 2000, they've opened the show with a recording I made of the famous Geordie song Blaydon Races, and this year Tim Healy also performed my song God's Land (from LEGACY's 3 Chord Trick album). Multiple award winning record producer (and now LEGACY bass player) Trevor Horn, who was born and raised in Stoney Bridge, Durham, also featured in the show, performing the song that brought him into the limelight with his band Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star.
When I'm at home, I have a lot of fun on this:
My mountain bike. It's an E-Bike, a Scott E-Genius 700 Tuned, it has an electric engine, electronic gear change, full suspension with three settings, hydraulic disk brakes and it's an absolute hoot; never has so much fun been had on a bike. My association with Scott goes back to the early 90's when they first set up in the UK, and every bike I've owned thereafter has been a Scott. Great bikes, nice people.
And I've also been enjoying myself in this...
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