New RT Discussion List Q&A III

Olivier, a eurocrat in Brussels: There is a legend that you once toured a bit of the US circa 1970 backing Ian Matthews in an outfit named Pear Drop. Any element of truth in this? Any fond memories?

RT: I think it was 1971. I don't think we had a name. It was Iain, myself,
Andy Roberts and Bob Ronga. It may have been the worst organized tour of all
time. We got endlessly lost, played in bizarre places to minimal audiences,
and were occasionally lucky to escape with our lives.

On the Old Kit Bag tour, I was expecting to witness the "more guitar"
effect for A Love You Can't Survive, and got ... the acoustic version. Any
chance you to develop an extended electric arrangement?

RT: I thought the show paced better that way, but we might work it up in the
future - stay tuned!

Turkey joining the EU? what's your view?

RT: It would be the greatest thing for Turkey, but I think the existing
member countries will be concerned with immigration, and will place
restrictions on full membership.

Andy: Will the forthcoming 'acoustic' album feature any other instruments
besides the guitar?

RT: It's not finished yet.. a few other instruments only, and perhaps some
touches from a couple of other musicians.

TJ McGrath: If you didn't pursue a music career, what sort of work do you think you'd be doing right now ?

RT: I always fancied myself as one of those chaps who lives in a caravan
near Glastonbury, making hand-tooled leather belts to sell at rock
festivals. Over the last couple of years, there seems to have been an explosion of commericals licensing songs for use in commercials. Have you been asked for the use of any of your songs? Also, are there any of your songs that you would consider "off-limits" for this sort of commercialization"

RT: I've never been asked, and if I was, I hope I would have the resolve to
turn down the 4 million from MacDonald's. I hope I would be principled, and
only allow music to be used on products I believed in - like General Motors,
Viagra, and Philip Morris.

Scott Miller: How did you happen to get Sidonie Goossens (1899-2004) to play harp on "A Heart Needs a Home"? Did you talk with her about her illustrious musical history?

RT: I had previously always used David Snell, the jazz harpist (or is he the
distance runner, and I mean Peter Snell?), but he went back Down Under, so
John Wood suggested Sidonie, which I thought was pretty unbelievable, I
mean, that you could just book her and she'd come. The session was very
ragged, very badly prepared, which meant, among other things, that I hadn't
written out the harp chart. So I asked Sidonie to arpeggiate over the
chords, which she did obligingly. We all knew the Goosens family reputation,
and were totally in awe. We had little time to talk, but she was lovely and
sweet, and looked great for 70-odd.

Flip: What to expect re intensity & destinations & line-ups re touring in 2005?

RT: I shall be touring less in the first half of the year. I have a short
tour of Canada and a short tour of the Southern US in the spring. Festivals
in the summer, and a string of dates in late summer into autumn to launch my
acoustic solo CD, perhaps including a run at the Edinburgh Festival.

Michael Hunter: Does it really all come round again? If so, what form will it take and when may we expect it?

RT: Yes, it does come round again. When it does, its form will be very
similar in size and shape to the world as we know it, but with more emphasis
on the greens and earth tones. The sky will be painted on. Because of its
elliptical orbit, I would expect it no later than 2010.