Hello and welcome to my website.
So, what was I up to in 2017 and what am I doing now?
Right now I'm in Rome writing with an Italian megastar (can't say).
In April, I'm going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of my role in Dire Straits. Fame at last! While others seem to, I can't take it seriously but it's nice to receive recognition for my work. That said, I'm considering having "LIVING LEGEND" tattooed on my forehead.
Am I going? Yes!
Last year, I made and produced an album for a band I'm a member of called LEGACY. We (myself and fellow producer 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 is 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).
The LEGACY band is Steve Ferrone, Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings, Mel Collins, Trevor Horn, Primiano De Biase, Marco Caviglia and me; essentially the same line-up/band as DSLegacy, the difference being LEGACY makes and plays original songs written mostly by myself and Phil Palmer, while DSLegacy plays music written by Mark Knopfler. That said, since we made the record, we've been throwing in a few tracks from it with great success. We played aa few shows in Brazil in Jan/Feb. Nice there!
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, 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 in northern England. Magdalene is... you figure it out. And then there's Epiphany...
Last week I was in Newcastle playing in the house band on the Sunday For Sammy charity show at the Newcastle Arena. They've traditionally opened the show with a recording I made of the famous Geordie song Blaydon Races, and this year we're also performing my song God's Land (from LEGACY's 3 Chord Trick album) with actor Tim Healy doing the vocals.
When I'm at home, I have a lot of fun on this:
It's an E-Bike, a Scott E-ASpect CX 710, it has an electric engine and 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 having fun in this little beauty.
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