More Answers to Your Questions - Part II
1/23/2004 (updated 1/24/2004)

Richard, we love the website, I've enjoyed hearing songs on mp3 that I wouldn’t otherwise. Thanks for providing this. Would you be open to having your fans have any input with regard to the mp3s on the Beesweb site (ie. voting on possible selections on the site or even providing some rarities for your approval).


Could you explain (preferrably in English) if there's any relation between this:
"I'd personally I'd love to know what the gadget/gizmo was he was using on his early '85 tour of the UK (with John Kirpatrick), and why he turned his back to the audience (as if in secrecy), and we've never seen it since? I can't find any descriptive reference of whatever it was anywhere".
and this:
"From Guitar The Magazine Vol 4 no 1 (feb '94) : He's also been known to fit a GL-2 guitar synth pickup in the bridg position of his sunburst Strat, leading to a GR-1 synth via an EV-S pedal. A Ratt pedal, TC electronics EQ, Tremulator, MXR Micro Amp, Boss delays and a Boss Chorus Ensemble complete his FX array"
and what this experiment was all about?

On the tour with John K, I was probably using an EBow, but I couldn't swear to it. The extract from Guitar magazine describes my stage electric set-up from the early nineties. There is little relationship between the two set-ups.

I'm interested in what sort of music RT listens to, simply as a fan. Does he like classical music, and if so, by what composers? How about jazz? Does he follow contemporary releases, say, making sure to pick up Emmylou Harris's or John Hiatt's latest effort? Can he even listen as a fan, or does he find himself analyzing production values, chord changes, lyrics, etc? I know that's a lot of questions, but it's all centered around a single broad question: RT's habits as a music consumer himself

I listen to a broad range of music. I enjoy Classical music, my favourite composers would include Britten, Elgar, Puccini, Ravel, Purcell, Debussy, Birtwhistle, Henze, Shostakovich, Dowland, deFalla. I love a lot of that British stuff, including what is considered "Light Classical" - Eric Coates, Vivien Ellis, Ronald Bynge - the stuff written for military bands, palm court orchestras, amateur groups, from the Victorian era onwards. Danny Thompson played trombone in the army, and knows all that genre. Our idea of a good time is driving to a gig with a Holst overture for military band in the CD player. I listen to all eras of jazz, and it's all fab. Too many faves to name. I do try to keep up with contemporary releases, and the singer songwriters are some of the artists I look forward to the most. Emmy Lou just gets better and better. If music is great, then the construction of it is veiled by its impact - you may analyse it later, but it should sweep you along with its originality and artistry. As to my habits as a consumer, I probably don't listen to that much music day by day. I like to put on one track, nice and loud, and then sort of reflect on it for a while...