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Hi Greg.  My wife and I saw you in Atlanta last year. It was a great show. We had VIP passes to the sound check. In the meet and greet you mentioned that you use Sadowsky basses. I'm a bass player myself and I'm in the market for a new one. I like jazz style basses and the one you played sounded great. Why have you chosen Sadowsky?  What do you like about their basses? Is yours a custom model?  Any plans for a Greg Lake Signature Model?

Thanks!

Brian Sharples

 

Answer

Dear Brian,

Roger Sadowsky builds a beautiful bass guitar and I am confident and pleased to be able to tell you that I have never seen or played one that is better. His Jazz bass has a real vintage feel and a vintage sound as well if that is what you want, however it will go way beyond that with all of the added dynamic possibilities built into the electronics.

 

If you write to Roger at Sadowsky.com and tell him that I recommended you to go to speak to him I am sure he will take good care of you. He is a lovely chap and will definitely have all the info about my own bass on file.

 

Best,

 

Greg. 

 

 
Question

In addition to being a long time fan of your work with King Crimson, ELP, Asia and solo, one of my most treasured albums is the Pete Sinfield solo album "Still", later re-released on CD as "Stillusion"

How did you come to sing on two of the tracks from that album, and do you have any memories of those sessions? Did it have something to do with Mr. Sinfield being on the Manticore label, or just friendship?

Answer

Both really, I helped Pete out a bit with the production and sung on the record because I liked the song and Pete and I had done so much collaborative work together it just seemed like the right thing to do. 

 
Question

Hi Greg

Just seen you at Southamton, amazing show many thanks for that... one thing that has puzzled me is, how on Earth did yourself, Keith and Carl manage to do such extensive and exhaustive tours in the 70's, for example what foods did you eat, drinks drunk etc..... and how did you manage to sing Karn Evil 9 1st Impression pt2 at the Caljam as evidenced on the ELP dvd of that show... whilst chewing gum..... was that an aid for concentration or nerves? 

I would like to thank you for soundtrack to mine and my wifes life. We wish you well.

Mark & Sue

Answer

Dear Mark and Sue,

The stamina comes partly from performing night after night, week after week and sometimes month after month. The other thing was that we were all very young at the time and so very resilient. Even so you do have to watch over your lifestyle quite carefully because if you do burn the candle at both ends you very quickly end up going down hill which is what happened to a number of famous rock and roll stars from that same period.

 

I honestly can't remember chewing gum at the time but people often comment about it and I have seen the footage of Still You Turn Me On and saw that it's true. I think I just simply forgot to get rid of it before I went on. Funny how silly little things like that live on for years.

 

Thank you both for you support and continued interest.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Greg. 

 

 
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Hi Greg i saw you fishing on a out of town dvd.Do you still fish i don't know if you remember me my name is David Lloyd i was a friend of yours and David Jeans . I lived in enfield crescent oakdale. Hope you are keeping well.

Answer

Dear David, How remarkable! Yes indeed I do remember you and I hope you are keeping well.

All the best,

 

Greg. 

 

 
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hi Greg during an interview you once said when ELP produces an album it's like a check and the fans cashing that check is hearing those songs live. There are several good songs on "in the hot seat". I would love to hear them in concert also love beach has some great songs and since we're all older we're okay with hearing them. Thank you, God bless and stay healthy

Answer

 

Thank you very much for writing in. You are absolutely right about the songs on those two records, there are also some extremely nice songs on the early solo albums I made together with Gary Moore. I'm sure you can appreciate that there are always time constraints when performing a live concert and this does limit the amount of songs that can be performed.  I suppose it all comes down to priorities in the end but it's a good point you make and I will certainly give it some thought. 

Best,  Greg. 

3-Feb-2013

 
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