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Hi Greg

I am sorry to throw your words back at you, but you once said that the greatest gift in music was to be a singer. I know that you missed a gig on your 1973 tour due to laryngitis, but you soon recovered and continued with a punishing schedule. 

My question is how did/do you take care of your voice? I have been a fan since the early days and I have to admit that your voice is what initially got me hooked. 'Just take a pebble' will always hold special memories, as that was the time of my first great love!

Answer

Hi there! The best way to look after your voice is to make sure that you are fit and healthy. Obviously strain is not good and so it is alway advisable to rehearse before a tour in order to build up endurance. Avoid any bad substances such as alcohol or cigarettes. ( As my old Father used to say, "don't do as I do, do as I say!" ).

All the very best, Greg. 24-Jan-2013
 
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Hi Greg Hope the tour is going well. I saw you at the Liverpool Phil. The first time I saw you I was in my teens and it was at Umist in Manchester in 1981 or 2 with Gary Moore. Both fab evenings although very different. I didnt have a question in Liverpool but have thought of one. When your book comes out are you likely to do any book signings in the UK or offer signed copies through your website? I read Keith's book a few years back and look forward to reading yours too. Best wishes Ann

Answer

Dear Ann, Many thanks, I remember the Liverpool show, it was a lovely night and I love the city and its people. I do intend to continue touring with Songs of a Lifetime and I will probably do some book signing events as well. Please  do keep an eye on the website for info but if all else fails then please get in touch with Eileen who runs my website and she will help you to get your book signed.

Very Best Wishes,

Greg.

24-Jan-2013

 
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Dear Greg,

     I've been a fan going on 35 years. I am now a professional musician and a pretty good one, much of it due to my love of the various bands you have been a part of. The skills I gained trying to emulate ELP,Asia and Crimson  made a huge differance! I too have made choices in my career that were difficult. I dedicated my career to a southern rock band ,not the prog I cut my teeth on.

     My question is, now that you look back, how importantant was it for you to be flexible and accept the bass as an instrument you will be forever identified with, when you originally studied guitar? Was it a difficult decision to make?

     Thanks, for all the music and for having an open forum like this, for fans like me! Oh yeah, before I forget.. Ask Andre C if he packed his Zen Pajamas before tour......

 

Stu Gollin

 

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Dear Stu, Many thanks, The guitar will always be a part of my soul but playing the bass is also extremely gratifying. I actually consider myself very fortunate to have been able to play both during my career. Best wishes, Greg. 24-Jan-2013
 
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Dear Greg, First off, happiest of birthdays to you and here's to another trip around the sun! I was 17 (1978) when I first saw "Rock and Roll Your Eyes." A few years ago, I kept thinking of a song I couldn't quite recall and found it to be "Still You Turn Me On." I plunged right into everything I could find from King Crimson on and that took me back to the movie in 78. I mustered the courage to call an old boyfriend who took me to the movie and what a wonderful moment to find the past and the present still connected. I am wondering if it's possible to find the movie anywhere these days, as well as a tape of the California Jam 1974, or 1975? Thank you for keeping the past and the present so connected! Truly, Carol

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Dear Carol, Many thanks, you are most kind. I believe that some excerpts from the California Jam are featured on one of the ELP documentaries. 

All the best, Greg. 24-Jan-2013
 
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Hope you haven't been overrun with this question: When did you first believe that you had THAT singing voice? Was it the word of one person in particular that convinced you that it was more than merely pleasant?

Answer

I'm very sorry to have to tell you that the day you refer to never actually arrived. I started singing as a young boy playing in various local bands performing songs from the charts and I suppose the way my voice developed was by basically performing all of these chart songs night after night. 

Best,

Greg.

24-Jan-2013

 
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