Here are the latest questions, answered by Dave Bartram on the 3rd and the 9th June 2002 and added to the site on the 9th June 2002.
From Duncan Keir:
From Michelle Buchan, Aberdeen:
When will you be playing in or around Aberdeen in the near future as I would love to see you again!?
DB: Michelle - No plans to do Aberdeen at present, though it's high time we
did some Scottish dates!
Angela Le Bailly from Jersey:
If you had to pick a favorite venue to play at where would it be and why? Also, I hope to see you back in Jersey again soon.
Angela - Favourite venue used to be the Glasgow Apollo, the atmosphere in there was electric. It has been knocked down now, really no other venue was ever quite as special as that, even our home town gig The De Montfort Hall wasn't quite as atmospheric.
No plans to visit Jersey in the near future!
Fiona Bissett from Tyne & Wear:
Are you all married and have you all got children?
Fiona - 3 of the band are married, 3 live with partners. All of the band have children. That's as much as I can say as the guys like to keep their private lives very much to themselves.
Clare from Tyne & Wear:
Do you get nervous before gigs?
There are always a few nerves before gigs, as no 2 gigs are the same. Really it's just a bit of nervous energy which is a good feeling!
From Neal Henry, Erith, Kent:
Did you ever attempt to "break" America? I know you had little chart success over there, but did you tour etc?
Neal - We were never allowed a look in in America, as the chief of Arista was not a fan of the band. However he refused to release us from our contract to allow us to go with any rival companies. This would never be allowed to happen legally in this day & age!
From Karen Townrow:
Do you ever remember anyone called Mike Stretton being connected to the group around 1974?
Nobody knows anyone called Mike Stretton, he was never connected with SWW in any way!
Beverly from Southport says:
First of all I would like to say a belated congratulations to Dave for getting to the big Five-O. Secondly when are coming back to Southport?
Thank you for my congratulations, I never thought I'd get there! Possibly a HR&R in Southport later this year.
Angela from Edinburgh:
Will "Christmas Tears Tears Will Fall" be released at all in the future?
Angela - "Christmas Tears Will Fall" was recorded for Germany, and is owned by a German company. Unlikely it will be made available in the UK.
Scott from Hants asks:
Will the boys be coming to Southampton in the near future? I would like to see them again
No plans to play Southampton in near future.
A similar question from Peter Eames of
When is Hey Rock 'n' Roll coming to Cardiff?
No plans to play Cardiff in the near future.
And a few from myself:
A recent clip on Dennis Norden's 'Alright On The Night' showed a dancer pulling his hamstring whilst dancing around the stage, which prompted me to think, have any of the band done themselves any injuries over the years on stage during the dance routines?
Injuries, strange you should bring this up as I pulled a muscle in my thigh yesterday playing football with a few local lads. I remember Jeff once swung his bass around into my eye and smashed my shades and gave me a black eye. I've also had a few back twinges on occasions which I suppose is not surprising!
There doesn't seem to be too many Hey Rock 'n' Roll shows at the minute -
what's the latest?
As mentioned earlier, the future of Hey Rock & Roll is a little uncertain. It hasn't exactly set the world alight, and audience figures have, I have to admit been a little disappointing. I will be meeting with the promoters in the next couple of weeks, and will let you know the outcome!
Whenever you are on TV these days, you always seem to mime to Under The Moon
Of Love. Two questions here - why do you mime when you are great live, and why
is Under The Moon Of Love usually chosen when there are dozens of hits to choose
With most TV shows they always ask for Under The Moon Of Love as it is regarded as the bands' most classic song. The reason for miming is that it is easier for the TV company (and cheaper) and no where near as time consuming as setting up equipment, sound checking etc. I agree it would be better live but the TV stations are a bit of a law unto themselves.
From Linn Taylor, Perth: (this question added 13.7.02, answered by
Dave, I was also wondering what you thought of the show Pop Idol?
I didn't personally like the show, although I could see its appeal. I think Will Young has a decent enough sounding voice, although it is very weak as was proven during the concert at Buckingham Palace.
Unfortunately shows like these seem to promote people like Simon Cowell rather more than showcasing genuine new young talent. There I've said my piece!