1. Stacy, Fall River, MA: You have been the soundtrack for our lives. Every one of us can probably name a song of yours that the first time we heard it, felt like it described us personally. Is there a song like that for you? If so, what song (and artist) and why?
Rick: "I'll make you happy' by the Easybeats while I was dancing with my first 'real' girlfriend Tania at a local dance. That's one of the reasons (apart from it being an great song) that i covered it on the new CD. It's a pretty simple song but it had enough angst and longing in it to satisfy a 14 year old.
2. Michelle, PA: What would you
never do, even on a dare?
3. Julie McKie, Peabody MA: Rick,
were all the songs on the upcoming cd written during your time in Vegas
or will there be anything on the new cd that was written earlier and just
5. Cheryl in MA: Do you collect
7. Donna T. in Delaware: Being
a father to two sons, do you think the youth of today differs from twenty
years ago? And if so, how?
8. Christina in Ca: Do you watch
TV? If so, what TV shows do you like? Are you a reality tv kinda guy or
A Dr.Phil guy? Just curious :)
1) I'm not sure who has the master tapes of Beat of the LD but I would consider releasing it again as I thought it was cool (directed by David Fincher.. Alien 3 , Seven, the Fight Club etc.)
2. From Lisa, aka rainbow (LOL!)
BUT, exactly how does he have that chest hair removed? I'm envious... it appears to be with ANY irritation... lolololol If he could share THAT particular grooming secret, I'm sure many people would be eternally grateful...
2) Hopefully Lisa doesn't need this info herself! The gymnasts at the EFX show told me you have to use the hair trimmer thingee on an electric shaver. It's the only way to not break out etc. Also put pure aloe vera gel on before shaving, it cuts down on the drag!!! That's the first beauty secret I've ever told, I feel a little weird.
3. From Kimmer in Saskatoon, SK, Canada:
I am considering getting a tattoo and wondering about your Tattoos. How many do you have, where and what are they? Do they all have special meaning? Also do you regret getting any of them? Or are you considering any new ones?
3) I have only one tattoo of a 'red shouldered hawk' on my right shoulder. I love having it and what it represents to me and since they said you can never stop at one tattoo I'm trying to prove them wrong.. but it's not over yet. It has a very deep meaning for me (spiritual) and I would suggest to anyone getting a tattoo that it represents something meaningful to the person and not just get it as a fashion accessory.
4. From Cari in NYC:
I was wondering what CD of yours is your favorite, and what CD would you recommend to a "new" fan (other than a Greatest Hits CD)?
4) For a first time fan I would probably recommend WCD or LIO. I think they have held up the best for me (personally) so far. If they were a little more adventurous I would recommend Tao. Over all I would probably say the new one that's coming out.....er...soon.But it's all personal taste.
5. From Melissa in TN:
My question is who is your favorite fictious character?
5) A favorite (I couldn't choose 'THE' favorite ) would be Captain Nemo form 20, 000 leagues under the sea. Or maybe the shark from Jaws, depending on how I'm feeling at the time.
6. From Enza Dolce:
How do you decide which song is a single? Thinking back, what song do you now think should have been a single? I always thought "Kristina" would have topped the charts.
6) I am fairly clueless (I think) as far as what is a single. I really didn't think 'Jessie's Girl ' was that special when I wrote it, but on the other hand I thought 'Celebrate Youth' was, and one did well and the other was only OK so you never know. I should have you all pick the next single:-)
1. From Melissa Welborn: How have the events of September 11th affected you?
1. It has affected the way I view the world somewhat and certainly the way I see America and our freedom. I especially don't honk people on the freeway or flip anyone off anymore. Even Matty.
2. From Mary Williamson in TX: I read in a magazine article on him recently (never heard this before) that he was originally slated to play Buddy Holly in "The Buddy Holly Story". Is this true and if so, why didn't he do it? And also, what does he think of Buddy Holly's music?
I read for the Buddy Holly thing and I think I even sang but they liked Gary Busey better:-) That was in the 70s sometime. I love Buddy's music. He was an innovator during a great time in Rock and roll.
3. Monica Fredericks, San Antonio: You have so much energy. What drives you to be the best at what you do?
"I always feel I can do it better the next time" is probably what drives me and keeps me hungry. A desire to achieve my potential.
4. Tim Elliot: It's been interesting to compare the live performances from 1982's Showtime special and 1985's "Beat..." to those on the new "ALIVE" CD. How have you tinkered with the live arrangements since the '80s, and how have your voice and guitar skills changed over the years?
I think sonically the sound has
changed a bit because times and equipment has changed. As far as arrangements
go, they change to suit what kind of show I'm doing at the time. I have
more time to relax and communicate now and I think that has changed the
way songs are played.
5. From Alexandra Chavez: What fragrance/cologne do you use?
None. I never use cologne or anything like that. On the occasion that I do ( once a year) I use Aqua De Silva after shave.
1. We get email all the time from your international fans who wonder if you may tour in England, Europe, Australia and Canada any time soon. What's the word?
We would love to tour Europe and Oz etc in the near future but nothing is set as yet. Once we start touring regularly again we will put out the word and start looking to do a few weeks in the rest of the world.
2. From Serena in KY: What made you adopt a vegetarian lifestyle? Are you a true "vegan" or do you eat some animal products?
I am not a true Vegan as I eat
fish and occasionally a really good steak (not very often though). I started
cleaning up what I ate in the 70's after reading some distressing stuff
about the general quality of our food. More self preservational than (I'm
sorry to admit) wanting to not kill the food animals. I eat a lot of organic
food and eat no diary at all and lots of salads and y'know that kind of
stuff. Oh and I recently read that chocolate enhances your sex life and
makes you live longer and makes you richer....I think I read that..maybe
I dreamt it.
3. From Kimberly in CA: How do you feel about meeting your fans and is it sometimes the "wrong" time to meet you? Does it get old having your life constantly intruded upon?
I love meeting fans (I think
that's obvious by now) . The only time it's not good is when I'm out with
my family or somewhere that's obviously a private time. (Or when I'm asleep
in my hotel room and the phone rings at 3:00 am).
4. From Kurt Taylor: . I believe I once heard in an interview that you took martial arts and that was one reason you managed to stay very fit and look so young. Any truth to that and if so what style and what belt do you hold?
Yes I took Shotokan for 5 years
(3rd degree brown belt) and Tae Kwon Do for 3 years ( I forget what belt)
. Any exercise helps you stay healthy and 'younger'. Being active is goooooooood!
5. From Patty in Alabama: The music from Karma has a Catholic feel to a lot of the lyrics. Did you go to a Catholic school as a child? (lots actually have commented to the overall "spiritual" feel to Karma...any comments as to where the spirituality came from?)
The spiritual side of Karma comes from my continual thinking about spiritual things and meditating and reading (I get some of my best spiritual ideas from Sci Fi books). The 'Catholic' feel on Karma is a residual of my Catholic upbringing. Spirituality comes from both the East and the West for me.
1. From Kim Mundzak: You write a lot of
up tempo songs, but I love your
I always thought I was a ballad writer. All my best early stuff were ballads, but when Jessie's Girl hit, I became known for up tempo stuff and the ballads took a back seat. I am writing ballads still and will continue until one of them is a hit, dammit!
2. From Gary Feldman: I was thinking of buying
a Gretsch 70 s Superaxe like
I never knew what it was called, only that it was a Gretsch. I've never seen anyone else playing one and I assumed they were rare and/or out of production. I gave my black one to Billy Mumy ( the guy from 'Lost in Space') and have never seen another one. Are they still around?
3. From Marci in Philadelphia, PA: Would you
ever consider doing another
Yes, I love doing movies. Do you have a script?? (Just kidding.) I am always looking and would fit it in around what I was doing at the time. (It would be difficult at the moment tho)
4. From Mike Najbor: As a celebrity, does it
feel at times like your every
Yes sometimes it does feel like
the world is watching (last September, for example.)
5. From Gail Goyette: Caught the EFX show from
center stage first row last
Yes I am planning on recording 'Forever.' That'll happen with the next album. Album? What the heck is an album? CD I mean.
1. From Delane Elson: Are either of your kids
into playing music? If so, do you see them following in your footsteps?
I had a thought to re release a version on my own label here (just for fans) and include some extra tracks from about the same time period. I'm still thinking about it :-)
3. From Greg in California: I've enjoyed hearing your live guitar sound from the "Alive" CD. What are your favorite guitars, amps, and effects that you like to use in your live shows?
For live I use Yamaha's. We get
a great deal and they sound great just out of the box (I tend to be a little
tough on guitars on the road so I don't take my vintage guitars out with
me.) I don't use pedals, but have an incredible amp. It's one of the original
Naylors that were hand built in Detroit and any guitar I've ever put through
it sounds great. In studio I use my 1965? Gibson 175. I also have an old
Rickenbacker 12 string that I have used on past albums and will generally
try a lot of different guitars in the studio.
At the moment my daily exercise routine is get up, get showered and go to the EFX theater and run around the stage for 3 hours. I work up a sweat. (But not as much as my live shows) When I'm not working I lift weights and run.
5. From res096tv: What are your pet peeves?
Global or personal. It's hard
not to think globally in this world at this time, but I think you mean
personally so I guess my main ones , or the first that come to mind are:
1. From Jodi in Missouri: Is there any one artist that you would like to collaborate with?
2. From Amanda in Mississippi: What five CDs
would you take to a desert
Beatles:Revolver, Blue Nile:Hats,
The Church: The Blurred Crusade, Graham Parker: The Up Escalator, Beethoven:
3. From Patti in Illinois: What is your take on the election debacle of 2000?
I hope it helps change a very
bizarre election system ( whoever heard of two different election tallies???).
4. From Joanne: Will you release any songs from Alive as singles?
Possibly, that's up to the response
the Cd gets.
I was drawn to them because the religion I grew up with ceased working for me as a spiritual path.
6. From Caitie: Being a prolific writer and poet, what is, in your opinion, the best song you've written lyrically?
1. How did you come across recording your version
of the Mondo Rock song
I was in Australia for a visit
in '83 I think and I heard the song on the radio. I've always been a Ross
Wilson fan, ever since 'Sons of the Vegetal Mother', (a band he had in
the 60's) and loved the song. I was backstage at one of my shows in the
States a few months later and started playing round with the idea of doing
the song on my next record (Tao). I sped it up a little and wrote a 'bridge'
and did some instrumental changes and it has become one of the more popular
songs in concert tho' it wasn't that big of a hit initially. Actually it's
the song my band likes to play most in the live show because it has such
a great feel.
I read every piece of mail I actually receive. I also look at every gift. It's always been a thing for me ever since I wrote to Hayley Mills when I was 10 and living outside London. She sent me a signed photo "To Richard, Love Hayley Mills". I kept it by my bed and kissed it goodnight every night, Then I wrote her again and asked for another one and this time it came and the writing was completely different. (I guess she'd had secretaries doing it). I was so bummed I threw them both out. It's always stuck with me so I think that may be the reason I make sure I read all my mail (tho I can't answer them all - but if I do, it DOES come from me. ) As for the gifts, to be honest, if it's something I really like I'll keep it, otherwise I give it to charity so somebody gets to enjoy it.
3. Would you consider Broadway again or a Vegas show? From Marni in NY.
Yes I would consider both Broadway and Vegas. I had a great time in NY doing Smokey Joes. A different environment for singing, performing etc. can be as good as a rest to me so I look for different things to do. I love touring but there has to be breaks and I don't want to just sit on my butt and contemplate my navel again. (Anyway not till I'm at least 100 or so).
4. What is your feeling on Napster?
I liked the idea of Napster until my son went online to check it out and said "Dad they have all your songs on here". I truly don't think it will impact sales though that much and it could actually be a promotional tool of some sort. I will always prefer to go and get the whole CD package rather than just a download, but I might hear something on Napster that inspires me to go out and get the CD. The jury is still out but I think it's a moot point as it's here to stay in one form or another and I think artists should look for the upside of things like Napster.
5. On VH1 you mentioned that
you are writing songs for a new album. Could
The new CD should be out before the end of the year I would hope. At the moment it's too early to tell what form it will take tho' I was thinking of something more electric and 'louder'. It was fun mixing the live CD and I got back into the energy of the louder stuff. I will have to wait and see.
1. What is your goal/expectation/wish for the Greatest Hits Alive CD?
That it lives up to all my outlandish and unrealistic expectations of being the greatest, most successful live album of all time, anywhere, throughout all parts of the known universe and beyond. Also that those who receive it, enjoy it.
2. What is your feeling on record companies today: are they helping or hurting artists?
They help and hurt like they always have. It's really not a lot different except that new artists don't really get a chance to build an audience like some used to get in the old days. There is a lot of talk about the crappy state of the industry but it's almost always from people who aren't selling records. It's always been partisan, unfair, difficult and aggravating, but if there wasn't a pay off, why would anybody attempt it.
3. Do you read much for pleasure? Are you reading anything now?
I absolutely read for pleasure. I just finished 'Light of other days' by Arthur C. Clarke and have just started 'How to know God' by ol' Deepak Chopra.
4. How do you feel computers have helped you connect with your fans, if at all?
I can talk directly to them and we can both connect in a way that's not possible in any other medium. "It's a whole new world...." wait a minute... I feel a song coming on.
5. What is your favorite food indulgence?