Interview with Tony Levin on America Online chat
Date Submitted: 3-May-1998
Submitted By: Daniel Kirkdorffer (dankirkd at aol dot com)
April 12, 1998
NCMCStormy: Hi guys! :D
NCMCStormy: Tony is onliine and will be here shortly. :)
DialaThos: Fragile is Bruford, plus John A
DialaThos: plus Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman
RobPRnRFan: Hi Stormy
RobPRnRFan: Thanks Diala
DialaThos: Stormy.. are you the moderator?
RobPRnRFan: Stormy is God
Johnarmes: Have you checked out Tony on the Steve Hackett album Genesis Re-visited? V Good
DialaThos: no I haven't
DialaThos: thats a newer one, right?
NCMCStormy: Diala: Yup, I am. :) Sorry..IM land. :)
Johnarmes: It's worth a listen - quite different
Counterpt1: Hasn't Tony played bass on every single Peter Gabriel album?
DialaThos: and Stick... and Tuba.. and even a barbershop quartet ;)
Counterpt1: Any Peter Gabriel fans in here, by any chance?
NCMCStormy: Count: As far as I know..that's a good question for him. Incidentially, he'll be typing for himself. :)
NCMCStormy: Count: I'm primarily a Rush fan..as for Tony's work, I'm on King Crimson, and LTE.
DrCoffee21: yea.. right here
DrCoffee21: I do a peter web site
DialaThos: ohh.. got it
Johnarmes: Big Gabriel fan here - he lives about six miles from us - haven't seen him shopping yet
RobPRnRFan: Stormy check out Bozzio Levin Stevens-BlackLightSyndrome
NCMCStormy: Liquid Tension Experiment, Protnoy Petrrccui Levin...Dream Teater folks. :)
Abirdabove: when is the new album being released? (PG)
NCMCStormy: Air: No idea. :)
DialaThos: this year supposedly
DialaThos: one track is out now
Johnarmes: He said that last year!
DialaThos: on um.. the City of Angels soundtrack
Counterpt1: Sometime in the next year, I've heard, but you know how long PG takes.
DrCoffee21: The New peter song I Grieve is fantastic.. anyone heard it?
NCMCStormy: LevinBass. Just IMed and on his way. :)
DrCoffee21: Hi Tony!
NCMCStormy: And there he is...please welcome Tony Levin (LevinBass)
LevinBass: Hi all, thanks for coming
LevinBass: I'm Tony, needless to say.
RobPRnRFan: Hi Tony
Counterpt1: Hello, Tony.
Abirdabove: hello Tony
DrumJive: it 's a thrill to talk to you!
Johnarmes: Welecom Tony - would love to have a coffee with you
DrCoffee21: same here ;)
NCMCStormy: How was Japan, Tony?
LevinBass: Japan was cool - great response to the group
LevinBass: plus it had "Projeckt two " on the same bill
Abirdabove: cant wait for Boston
DialaThos: hey Tony.. you need to get the BLUE guys to come to the west coast :)
Johnarmes: Any chance of you touring here in England?
RobPRnRFan: Tony is the B.L.U.E. Cd being sold at gigs now(NYC gig Saturday)?
LevinBass: Yes, BLUE will be sold at gigs, along w. all Papabear cd's, and those of the other musicians
NCMCStormy: Let's try one at a time, folks..Tony is typing for himself. :)
LevinBass: Yes, to all, I'm typing myself, though not slow, I may start to abbreviate.
DrumJive: Tony, I'll see you at the record signing in New Haven, CT tomarrow!
DrumJive: Wiil cd's be availible at record signing?
LevinBass: cd's will be sold and signed at the few stores we're appearing in
RobPRnRFan: Why no NYC signing?
Al Kilue1: What notes do you tune the stick to standardly?
LevinBass: I tune the stick normally, though re-tune for some songs
LevinBass: er, about the Stick, normal tuning is bass side in 5ths, top side in 4ths.
DialaThos: What amps are you running the Stick through.. is the melody through your bass rig too?
Al Kilue1: cool thanx tony....i have been tring to figure out the stick for a long time...
Counterpt1: What exactly is the stick?
LevinBass: each stick player tunes it the way he wnats
DialaThos: www.stickent.com.. for stick stuff :)
LovDaBlues: Hiya Stormy Hiya Tony!
NCMCStormy: Hi Lov! :D
DrCoffee21: Any word on your photo book your were talking about releasing again tony?
LevinBass: photo book can't be re-released - lost some of the prints sadly.
LevinBass: It's now a true collectors item!!
LevinBass: but I may do a new one in two years, combining my photos w. computer diaries of criomson tou
DrumJive: I love King Crimson!
NCMCBrandt: <--has always wondered what Thela Hun Gingeet means
LevinBass: Thela Hun... is an anagram for "Heat in the Jungle" ... it's about Adrian getting mugged
LevinBass: in London, on a break from recording the album, while he took a walk to think of lyrics
NCMCBrandt: Tony, thank you. I can now sleep at night. :D
NCMCStormy: LOL, Brandt. :)
NCMCBrandt: (You think I'm joking... o.O)
Johnarmes: Are there any musicians that you would like to work with that you haven't yet?
RobPRnRFan: Tony you have done alot of projects lately.How do you have time for all of them?
LevinBass: the projects don't actually take that long to record, though the ones I put out on
LevinBass: Papa Bear Records take a lot of work to get the art and manuf. right.
NCMCStormy: Tony: What was it like to work with John Lennon?
Bubala: Tony, I have found some records that you've played on that aren't on your discography!
Noisecraft: any news on when the full crim will be getting together again?
NCMCBrandt: How long have you kept diaries; do you keep one daily or just on tour?
LevinBass: In Crimosn, I keep a computer diary, with pulldown menus for stuff like hotel quality,
LevinBass: nearest cafe, quote of the day, miles flown, etc.
LevinBass: I did it on Filemaker Pro. It's neat
DrumJive: what will the new KC sound like?
LevinBass: New KC .... well....
LevinBass: Crimson's in a writing period - no new material coming for quite a while
NCMCStormy: I bet..you'r web page looks great, Tony! :D
RobPRnRFan: Tony how did you get into music?
Slyfoxx37: Hi tony!
LovDaBlues: It is great Stormy
LevinBass: thanks for the comp. about the web page - I like it a lot.
LevinBass: (for those who dont know, it's at tonylevin.com, and I keep
LevinBass: a road diary page of what's going on and photos from the road
NCMCBrandt: I have to agree, I was looking at it recently--nice work. :)
Noisecraft: I have black light syndrome on now, great stuff
NCMCStormy: E-mail me folks, I'll get you the www address. :)
RobPRnRFan: Tony you have one of the BEST web sites I've ever seen.
Al Kilue1: Tony what was it like recording with Petrucci/Portnoy?
LevinBass: Petrucci/Portnoy: they're great guys, and FAST players!!!
LevinBass: I was struggling to keep up!!
NCMCStormy: Dream Theater is most amazing...
Johnarmes: I can recommend a good coffee at Bradford on Avon, near PG's place - when yer over?
Slyfoxx37: Tony (HI) are you going to publish another road diary of photos?
Al Kilue1: The intro to the first song on LTE is killer....and I love your bass riff on the
Al Kilue1: excellent adventure song
DrCoffee21: Have you talked to Peter Gabriel Lately? Any new album developments?
LevinBass: Re Peter Gabriel’s album, I’m not up to date on how it’s progressing. We worked on the
LevinBass: rhythm tracks (many of them) a year ago - they went very well, but as far as I know he
LevinBass: hasn't finished the lyrics yet (!) (This is common for Peter with his albums.) It's my hope
LevinBass: that he'll finish it sometime this year, and that there will be a major tour.
LevinBass: Wish I had more inside info, but that's it.
DrCoffee21: yea! mine too ;)
Counterpt1: I think that's everyone's hope.
Johnarmes: Do you see much of David Rhodes or Paula Cole?
LevinBass: I THINK I'LL MAKE MY ANSWERS CAPS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO READ. OTHERS,
LevinBass: PLEASE STAY IN SMALL CASE
NCMCStormy: There you go, Tony. :)
LevinBass: I SAW PAULA COLE OUT ON THE ROAD A FEW MONTHS AGO - GREAT TO SEE HER,
LevinBass: AND I'M VERY HAPPY FOR HER SUCCESS. I SEE DAVID RHODES WHEN
LevinBass: I'M IN ENGLAND, BUT THAT'S NOT OFTEN
SAUERCJ: remember sauer, a trombone player?
Noisecraft: are you guys doing any improv on the blue tour? I've got tix for TLA show
NCMCStormy: Tony: Who do you like, bass player wise? Who impresses you?
LevinBass: I LIKE A LOT OF BASS PLAYERS,
LevinBass: NO FAVES PARTICULARLY, BUT VICTOR'S CD (WOOTEN) IS THE LAST I GOT THAT I LOVED
DrumJive: I know Victor Wooten
NCMCBrandt: Victor! Yeay :D
JonGary: Hi Tony, How many bass tracks are on "Don't Give Up?" It's great!
Bubala: Tony, I have a Peter Gordon "Innocent" album that you're on.
Bubala: Plus, I have M+M "The World Is A Ball" Do you remember these records?
Bubala: They're not on your discography.
DrumJive: who's your favorite drummers??
LovDaBlues: Tell me something about "From the Caves of the Iron Mountain" the title is intriguing
Slyfoxx37: Are they remixing your parts on the seal album too, Tony?
Wooft: Any idea when the Seal album you played on will come out?
LevinBass: RE THE SEAL ALBUM, I'M AFRAID HE'S REDOING IT...
LevinBass: SO I WON'T BE ON THE FINISHED THING. TOO BAD == THESE THINGS HAPPEN INT
LevinBass: IN THE RECORDING SCENE - NO FUN WHEN IT'S GREAT MUSIC LIKE SEAL'S
Slyfoxx37: Aww too bad
RobPRnRFan: Tony are still tix to NYC show on Saturday?
Johnarmes: Was it just your studio that was destroyed in the fire or was it also your home?
LevinBass: RE THE FIRE, THAT WAS MY BARN - BUT IT'S WHERE I HAD MY INSTRUMENTS.
LevinBass: (AND HARLEY) BUT MY PAL KEVIN HAD BORROWED THE HARLEY, SO
LevinBass: FORTUNATELY, THAT SURVIVED
LevinBass: BY THE WAY, THE ONE BASS THAT SURVIVED, IS THE ONE
LevinBass: I'M PLAYING ON THE TOUR
NCMCBrandt: That's so awful about the fire. :/
Slyfoxx37: Whew luck for the harley. Bad for the basses
Noisecraft: toast bass!
Johnarmes: Didn't know you're a biker!
LevinBass: IT'S THE "TOAST" BASS
RobPRnRFan: Tony did you know Cozy Powell?
LevinBass: NO, I DINDT KNOW COZY
Counterpt1: Tony, on Peter Gabriel's album, can you give us an idea of what the tracks you worked on
Counterpt1: were like?
LevinBass: HI SLYFOXX
Noisecraft: it think it's a beaut, saw the pic
Slyfoxx37: Hello friend!!!
DrumJive: Is Bill Bruford hard to play with?
Abirdabove: Are you still doing an in store signing in Boston?
LevinBass: BOSTON INSTORE HAS BEEN CANCELLED, I'M AFRAID
LevinBass: DUE TO EH BOSTON MARATHON THAT DAY.
LevinBass: (WHAT WAS I THINKING, I COULDN'T EVEN DRIVE INTO DOWNTOWN THAT DAY!)
LevinBass: STILL, I'M DISAPPOOINTED, I LIKE THE BERKELEY CROWD THAT GOES THERE
Artsnmyths: LiqTE... excellent CD Tony!
DrumJive: what time will you get to Cutler's tomarow?
Abirdabove: yeah trafic 8)
Bubala: How about the Maryland instore?
DialaThos: ya mean Berklee ;)
DioxinPro: I visited berklee, my future hope
LevinBass: MARYLAND INSTORE IS ON. THEY'RE LISTED ON MY SITE (TONYLEVIN.COM
Bubala: Great! I'll see you at the Maryland instore!
DialaThos: <--- Berklee guy :)
LevinBass: YES, I COULD NEVER GET THE SPELLING OF BERKLEE RIGHT, EVEN WHEN I'VE GOT TIME TO TYPE!
Johnarmes: What car do you drive?
LevinBass: I DRIVE A 4 WHEELED CAR
Fergus213: When are the new Crimson and Gabriel discs being released?
RobPRnRFan: Bozzio Levin Stevens is great.Do ever plan to tour for it?It's! of the best Cd's of '97.
LevinBass: HI DAN
Johnarmes: We've just returned from NY, any good vegie restaurants?
DanKirkd: Hello Tony!
JonGary: Can you describe the bass tracks for "Don't Give Up?"
LovDaBlues: Any thoughts of coming down south?
Wooft: any plans to make it to the Florida area any time soon?
NCMCStormy: No kidding..I would love to see BLUE, but NY is out of the question..
LevinBass: COULDNT COME SOUTH OR WEST BECAUSE I COULD ONLY GET THE MUSICIANS FOR A SHORT
LevinBass: TIME, AND HAD TO PICK ONE AREA TO COVER WITH THE TOUR,
LevinBass: VERY SORRY ABOUT THAT - I'D LOVE TO TOUR THE WHOLE COUNTRY WITH BLUE
NCMCStormy: Oh well, Tony..I'll catch you sometime... :)
Abirdabove: San Francisco waits patiently
Wooft: :-( Well hopefully next time you can make it here!
Noisecraft: I'm gonna be at the philly show! hehe
LovDaBlues: top notch local personel around Columbia, SC - start a trend :)
Artsnmyths: Was wondering if Tony IS on Jesse Cook GRAVITY CD?
Slyfoxx37: Tony are you adding to your photo gallery?
NCMCStormy: Sly: The one here on AOL?
Slyfoxx37: No personal
LevinBass: HAVEN'T BEEN SHOOTING MUCH PHOTO WISE LATELY,
LevinBass: KIND OF BUSY W. DIGITAL STUFF FOR WEB PAGE
Slyfoxx37: Tony published a collection of photos years ago. I was lucky enough to get a copy....
NCMCStormy: Sly: Oh, ok. :) I have some samples up here on AOL.
Johnarmes: Can we order BLUE here in the UK?
LevinBass: BLUE WILL COME OUT IN EUROPE AND UK IN JUNE
LevinBass: (THAT'S THE U.K, NOT THE GROUP UK!
Slyfoxx37: Its great tony. Love it!!
Fergus213: I saw you you in Orlando on Peter's last tour and threw a teddy bear at you
DialaThos: Tony.. do you run both sides of the Stick through your Trace Elliots?
LevinBass: I PLAY THE STICK THRU TWO AMPS, A TRACE BASS AMP, AND THE TOP THRU A
LevinBass: TRACE 'BONNEVILLE' AMP. NICE SOUND
Johnarmes: Any plans for a tour here, what about at PG's place - only about 6 miles away!!!
DrumJive: Have You written any KC songs?
LevinBass: KC WRITES AS A GROUP, SO I CONTRIBUTE, BUT
LevinBass: MAINLY MOST OF THE MATERIAL IS GENERATED BY EITHER
LevinBass: ROBERT OR ADRIAN
LevinBass: HI DAN.
LevinBass: EVERYONE, DAN BEACH IS THE MEISTER OF THE PAPABEAR WEB PAGE.
Slyfoxx37: Hi Dan. Nice work
LevinBass: YOU SEE, I'VE SALTED THIS CHAT WITH MY FRIENDS!!
NCMCStormy: YEay, Dan, welcome!!!
Danbeach: MAny thanks. Ajoy to work with TL
DialaThos: Tony.. with KC live. correct me if I'm wrong.. but Fripp's "Death Star" rig is all direct?
Noisecraft: great web site
LovDaBlues: Hi Dan - great page!
NCMCBrandt: Welcome dan :)
DrumJive: Does Robert have any personality?
LevinBass: DID SOMEONE ASK ABOUT FRIPP'S PERSONALITY??
Wooft: just thought I'd let you know I finally got an engineer to let me use the Funk Fingers !
Noisecraft: not me man
Bill41576: Hey Tony what was lt like to play with Pink Floyd?
DialaThos: His rack of doom
LevinBass: PLEASE, WE'RE IN A BAND TOGETHER!!
LevinBass: OF COURSE I LIKE HIM!
Slyfoxx37: (Fripp has a personality???....JK)
RobPRnRFan: To you know what Terry Bozzio & Steve Stevens are doing now?
Johnarmes: Is Peter really as mad as he seems?
DialaThos: LOL Tony.. NO
LevinBass: I JUST SAW TERRY BOZZIO
DrumJive: How is the rythmn in THRAK composed??
Perk1994: Hi Tony. Great job with LTE. Can't wait to see you on April 18 in NYC.
LevinBass: WE REHEARSED W. JEFF BECK FOR POSSIBLE (POSSIBLE) SUMMER TOUR
DialaThos: Fripps KC rig.. is it all run direct?
LevinBass: HAVEN'T SPOKEN TO STEVE STEVENS LATELY
NCMCStormy: Jeff Beck? :::amazed:::
LevinBass: I'D LIKE TO TOUR WITH THAT LINEUP, BUT IT'S UNLIKELY --
Johnarmes: Any more plans to work with Steve Hackett?
LevinBass: ALL TOO BUSY WITH OTHER PROJECTS.
DrumJive: Whos your favorite drummer??
LevinBass: NOPE - NO PLANS ABOUT STEVE H.
LevinBass: RE DRUMMERS, I'VE BEEN VERY LUCKY TO PLAY
LevinBass: WITH ALOT OF THE GREAT ONES.
RobPRnRFan: TONY,whats next after B.L.U.E. tour?
JonGary: Which Paula Cole tracks do you play on?
LevinBass: NO FAVORITES, BUT THEY EACH PLAY DIFFERENTLY
NCMCStormy: Bruford is one of the greats.
DrumJive: I think Bill Bruford is amazing!
DialaThos: Tony.. it was Fripp's live rig I was askin about.. not his personality .. heh ;)
LevinBass: BILL, YOU'LL HAVE TO ASK YOUR QUESTION AGAIN, I MISSED IT
Slyfoxx37: Ditto Stormy
DioxinPro: Any suggestions for a young guy?
NCMCStormy: My fav three drummers...Peart, Bruford and Doane Perry. :)
DialaThos: is Fripp's rig in KC all run direct?
LevinBass: NO PARTICULAR WISDOM FOR A YOUNG GUY...
DrumJive: Bruford all the way!!!
Bill41576: What was it like to play with Pink Floyd?
LevinBass: WAIT A MINUTE FOR THAT, CAUSE 'BILL' WANT S HIS ANSWER...
LevinBass: IT WAS GREAT RECORDING W. FLOYD -- I ONLY DID IT FOR A FEW WEEKS...
LevinBass: AND COULDN'T DO THEIR TOUR, BUT GREAT GUYS - DAVID 'S ONE OF THE NICEST P
LevinBass: EOPLE IN THE MUSIC BIZ
LevinBass: I WISH I COULD HAVE DONE IT
Wooft: Tony, what drew you to play Rock coming from a classically trained schooling?
NCMCStormy: Tony: What about Lennon? How was that?
RobPRnRFan: I'm Listen to LTE now. Paradigm Shift
DrumJive: What's Pat Mastelotto up to??
Bill41576: Thank you for answering tony!
Johnarmes: Goodbye Tony and everyone else. It's 1.30 am here in England and time for bed.
LevinBass: JUST SPOKE TO PAT M TODAY - HE'S DOING SOME RECORDING STUFF AROUND AUSTIN
LevinBass: WHERE HE LIVES.
LevinBass: BYE JOHN, THANKS FOR COMING
LovDaBlues: Nite John
NCMCStormy: Night, John..glad you could join us!!
Perk1994: Tony, any new news on the new Peter Gabriel CD?
Abirdabove: Tony how do you prevent repetitive stress injuries? Tips?
LevinBass: I NEVER HAD ANY STRESS STUFF ON MY HANDS, SO DON'T KNWO MUCH ABOUT IT, SORRY.
NCMCStormy: ABird: At keoywird: Classical, check out thierr links page..they
NCMCStormy: have links to sites about musicians at repetitive stress injuries.. ;)
Abirdabove: thanks Storm
DrumJive: Is Adrian a good drummer w/ Project 2?
Bubala: Tony, is BLUE going to do any "Cloud About Mercury" material live?
LevinBass: YES, WE WILL DO "THREE MINUTES OF PURE ENTERTAINMENT" FORM DAVID TORN'S
LevinBass: CLOUD ABOU TMERCURY ALBUM -- IT'S THE HIGH POINT OF OUR STE!
Bubala: Cool, thanks!
DialaThos: Adrian rules! :)
Slyfoxx37: ditto Diala
Bill41576: Hey Tony what kind of music do you listen to now adays??
LevinBass: I LISTEN TO A LOT OF CLASSICAL
DrumJive: I think Thrak is the best CD ever made
Noisecraft: any improv on the blue tour?
LevinBass: YES, LOTS OF IMPROV, BUT ALSO PIECES WE'VE WORKED OUT...
LevinBass: ALSO SOME SURPRISES FOR US!
Noisecraft: cool, I'll be at the TLA man
RobPRnRFan: TONY,is there anyone you would like to work with?
Counterpt1: What composers do you like, Tony?
LevinBass: THANKS FOR THECOMPLIMENT DRUMJ. I LIKE IT TOO.
BJguitarz: Love the Papa bear site and the record label!
LevinBass: STRAVINSKY, CHOPIN, DEBUSSEY, RAVEL
LevinBass: THE USUAL.
LevinBass: I'VE BEEN WORKING ON GETTING SCHOENBERG... BUT IT'S TOUGH
LevinBass: I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD INFLUENCE FOR CRIM...
LevinBass: JUST BOUGHT A LIGETTI ALBUM
DialaThos: Tony.. any interest in the new NS Stick?
BJguitarz: What's the NS stick?
Slyfoxx37: <~~my dream team, Tony Levin and Kathleen Battle.
BJguitarz: Tony, how old where you during One Trick Pony?
DialaThos: The NS Stick is a new instrument by Ned Steinberger and Emmett Chapman
DrumJive: How did you come across the idea of funk fingers???
LevinBass: RE THE NS STICK, I TRIED THE PROTOTYPE, IT'S VERY GOOD
LevinBass: I'LL GET ONE WHEN THEY'RE READY. VERY USEFUL FOR BASS/ STICK PLAYER
Wooft: Tony, do you know what is going on with the live KC album featuring your 80's lineup?
LevinBass: RE THE CRIM ALBUM TITLED "ABSENNT LOVERS, ' ITS' COMING OUT AROUND JUNE, ON DGM...
LevinBass: IT'S THE LAST SHOW WE DID (MONTREAL) BEFORE.... TAKING A 10 TYEAR BREAK...
LevinBass: VERY GOOD PLAYING IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF.
NCMCStormy: Wow...I'm counting the days, Tony!
DrumJive: I love KC live in Japan-You guys are like GODS!
Wooft: Thanks, can't wait to hear it!
JonGary: I have trouble getting two hands playing different parts on the stick, any practice tips?
DialaThos: Tony .. is Fripps live rig in KC all run direct to the sound board? (no gtr speakers)
LevinBass: FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, THAT '80'S LINEUP WAS JUST 4 OF THE 6 NOW IN CRIM.
LevinBass: NO PARTICULAR TIPS FOR STICK PRACTICING... TRY YOUR OWN TECHNIQUES
LovDaBlues: Still want to hear about your recording inside the Widow Jane Mine In Upstate NY
LevinBass: I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FRIPPS SOUND ON STAGE
Perk1994: Tony, how have the crowds been at the BLUE show?
JonGary: I guess I'm too lame for the stick;-).
DrumJive: How does it feel to be the bassist in the greatest band? You must feel VERY lucky!
DanKirkd: Can you tell us about the Absent Lovers playbacks this suummer?
LevinBass: ABSEND LOVERS PLAYBACKS HAVEN'T BEEN SCHEDULED YET
NCMCStormy: Tony: How did you get the idea to use sticks on your bass?
LevinBass: RE STICKS ON BASS (I.E. FUNK FINGERS) THE WHOLE STORY IS UP ON MY
LevinBass: FUNK FINGERS PAGE,,,BUT THE SHORT VERSION IS THAT
LevinBass: I WAS TRYING TO PLAY LIVE WITH ONE STICK, AND THEN GOT THE IDEA OF USING TWO
BJguitarz: For the Stick, I'd guess doing alternating parts with the left and right hand separately.
AURACLE: Tony -- absolutely love the Bozzio/Levin/Stevens & Liquid Tension Experiment albums.
NCMCStormy: Thanks, Tony! :D
BJguitarz: Call and response by one's self on the Stick is a good practice method
RobPRnRFan: Any summer touring plans(with any project)?
LevinBass: THIS SUMMER, POSS. TOUR WITH JEFF BECK, BUT NOT DEFINITE...
Slyfoxx37: Tour w/ BECK ?? OMG
LevinBass: I TRIED TO BOOK BLUE IN EUROPE, BUT BILL B. WAS ALREADY BUSY.
Wooft: any tips for getting an engineer to stop laughing when I pull out the FunkFingers on a sess?
Noisecraft: Tony, I have the funk fingers, tricky but a lot of fun!
LevinBass: TRICKY FOR SURE.
DialaThos: Tony.. in pre funk fingers days with PG you often still had a really percussive sound.. how?
LevinBass: I SUGGEST TURNING THE TREBLE DOWN WHEN USING THE F. FINGERS
LevinBass: EARLIER SOUNDS WERE JUST NORMAL TECHN. -- PICK OR FINGERS
Noisecraft: funk fingers also work great to keep upitty guitarists in line! :)
DrumJive: Did everyone know the KC material well in the first concerts in Argentina in '95?
Fergus213: Tony, have you ever worked with Peter Hammill?
LevinBass: NEVER WORKED WITH PETER H.
AURACLE: If time permits, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the BLS and LTE projects...
AURACLE: ...and if there are sequels to them possibly in the works at some time in the future?
LevinBass: RE BLS SEQUEL, IT'S POSSIBLE -- AGAIN, DEPENDS ON SCHEDULES
Perk1994: Tony, is there a difference between the U.S. and Japanese versions of BLUE?
LevinBass: BLUE IS THE SAME IN ALL TERRITORIES
Perk1994: BTW, you run a great co. Tony. I got my BLUE CD in two days!!!!
DanKirkd: Would you say you're at the peak of your career? Or is the best of Levin still to come?
LevinBass: DAN, I WOULND TRY TO HAVE ANY PERSPECTIVE ON MY CAREER...
LevinBass: I'LL BE WORRIED WHEN I HAVE TIME TO THINK ABOUT THINGS LIKE THAT!
Counterpt1: Tony, have you worked on any jazz albums?
Slyfoxx37: COunter...The Last dance of Mr. X (andy summer)
Noisecraft: tony I was wondering, was sleepless just straight forward fast playingor a spec technique?
Noisecraft: because I know it's pre-fingers
LevinBass: SLEEPLESS WAS A DDL, AND SLAPPING
LevinBass: YES, PRE FINGERS. I WAS INTO THE DIG. SOUND OF DDL
LevinBass: IT'S PRETTY EASY TO PLAY WITH DDL.
Noisecraft: no wonder I almost broke my hand!
DialaThos: whats DDL?
Abirdabove: DialaThos its a Digital Delay Pedal ;)
DrumJive: Tomarrow night, can you request an
DrumJive: all ages show , so i can go?
LevinBass: DRUMJIVE, SORRY BUT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HTAT - IT'S UP TO THE CLUBS I THINK
DrumJive: Can I hang out with you tomarrow at the record signing??
LovDaBlues: Tony did I miss your discussion of the Iron Mountain and recording in the mine?
Fergus213: What's your favorite coffee right now, Tony?
LevinBass: FAVE COFFEE IS ESPRESSO - FAVE BLEND IS HERE IN WOODSTOCK . . I HAVEN'T GO TTHE NAME HANDY.
LevinBass: LIKE MOST THINGS, IT'S UP ON MY WEB SITE
LevinBass: BUT I GO ON AND OFF DIFFERENT BRANDS...
LevinBass: BEST EVER: TONICA DI MONACO, WHICH MICHELE, MY TECH, BROUGHT ME FROM SICILY
Bubala: Tony, will there be any other Papa Bear merchandise for sale at the shows?
LevinBass: RE SHOW, ALL PAPABEAR STUFF WILL BE THERE.
LevinBass: (IT'S THE ONLY CHANCE WE HAVE TO MAKE ANY MONEY!!)
Fergus213: sounds good
Bubala: Okay! I'll bring lots of money!!
RobPRnRFan: Tony,Why No NYC singing?
Perk1994: Tony's singing in NYC??? LOL!!!!
Noisecraft: will the caves video be there?
AURACLE: What are your thoughts on improvisation vs. playing highly structured pieces like KC's?
LevinBass: RE IMPROV, CRIM LIKE TO DO BOTH IMPROV AND PIECES -- WE TRY TO HAVE
LevinBass: A BALANCE, BUT IT USED TO BE LITTLE IMPROV ON CD'S , MOSTLY LIVE.
LevinBass: LATELY, IT'S ALL IMPROV ON THE CD'S TOO!
LULU1217: Will you be jammin at Tinker St. any time soon?
Noisecraft: what tracks on 80's KC did you do synth on?
DrumJive: How did you join KC?
LevinBass: KC ASKED ME TO JOIN IN 1980 - I SAID YES.
Noisecraft: good choice
DrumJive: Do you practice alot? What are your techniques?
LevinBass: I DON'T PRACTICE MUCH LATELY, UNLESS I HAVE A SPECIFIC PART OT LEARN...
LevinBass: (LIKE FOR THIS TOUR!!)
LevinBass: THEN, I USE THE NORMAL PRACTICING TECH.S THAT I LEARNED AS A KID
LevinBass: (PLAY IT SLOW, RIGHT, MANY TIMES)
Abirdabove: How many hours a day (when you were a kid) did you practice reading?
LevinBass: I WAS A CLASSICAL PLAYER AS A KID - PRACTICED A LOT, AND I CAN CERTAINLY READ MUSIC
Wooft: has Ernie Ball ever appraoched you about having a Signature Series Bass?
LevinBass: NO SIGNATURE BSS FROM ERNIE BALL -
NCMCStormy: Tony: If you improv on the CD, is it difficult to recreate that on stage?
Slyfoxx37: Tony, on your project with Andy Summer, was that all improv?
BevTweety: How's the logistics in running the BLUE tour so far?
LevinBass: THE BLUE TOUR HAS BEEN A BREEZE IN JAPAN - MORE COMPLEX HERE IN THE STATES, THAT'S WHY
LevinBass: I HARDLY SLEEP LATELY!
DrumJive: why more complex?
LovDaBlues: Steve Gorn and Jerry Marotta
Noisecraft: that's what coffee's for!
BevTweety: on behalf of all the fans...Thank You!
Noisecraft: second that bev
LevinBass: COMPLEX BECAUSE IVE GOT TO BOOK THE HOTELS, RENT CARS, ETC
LevinBass: JAPAN, THEY DO IT FOR YOU.
LevinBass: THE MUSIC'S THE SAME
NCMCStormy: Wow, Tony..you need an assistant! :D
AURACLE: Did you find it challenging to learn Chris Squire's bass lines when you toured with ABWH?
LevinBass: CHRIS SQUIRE'S BASS PARTS ARE GREAT, AND I PRACTICED A LOT TO LEARN THEM
Noisecraft: did you have to sleep in one of those cube bedrooms? in Japan
BJguitarz: What size crowds in Japan?
RobPRnRFan: Tony,do mind if fans take pictures at the shows?
LevinBass: PHOTOS AT SHOWS ARE FINE - NO FLASH, WHICH WOULD ANNOY OTHERS
RobPRnRFan: ok.that's cool
LevinBass: YES, ABOUT ASST.!!
LovDaBlues: Where do I fill out the app?
LevinBass: WHO TYPES FAST!!
Bubala: I do!
NCMCStormy: LOL, Tony I qualify. :)
LevinBass: (THIS AINT CRIMSON!!)
LovDaBlues: but I can arrange things!
DrumJive: What's it like working with Bill Bruford?
LevinBass: JUST A REMINDER FOR THOSE ARRIVING, MY WEB SITE, TONYLEVIN.COM, HAS A ROAD
LevinBass: DIARY W. UPDATES ABOUT THE SHOWS, AND DIARIES AND PHOTOS FROM THE ROAD,
LevinBass: NOT JUST NOW, BUT WHENEVER I'M OUT W. CRIMSON OR GABRIEL
NCMCStormy: E-mial me folks, I'll send you the link to the Papabear site. :)
Perk1994: Tony, how are the the "Help Me Live Longer Burritos" at the Gypsy Wolf Cantina?
LevinBass: PERK, THAT'S A FUNNY QUESTION, SINCE I JUST HAD ONE BEFORE THIS CHAT!
Perk1994: LOL, Tony. What's in it?
TravJ123: WHO IS TONY?
LevinBass: WHO'S TONY? I DON'T KNOW.
NCMCStormy: Trav: Tony is Tony Levin, he's on as LevinBass, from King Crimson, Peter Gabriel and many
NCMCStormy: many other projects. :)
DrumJive: A god!!!
AURACLE: Do you have any favorite bass players, like Jaco or Jeff Berlin, for example?
Counterpt1: I think
Bubala: Tony, does Projekct One have any plans for a CD release?
LevinBass: YES, THERE'LL BE A PROJECKT ONE RELEASE (OF COURSE) I DON'T KNOW WHEN -- THEY
LevinBass: DONT' EVEN TELL ME WHEN IT'S OUT, LET ALONE ASK ME!
Fergus213: Tony, is Peter really going to release another album, or has he shelved it?
LevinBass: RE PETER G. I ANSWERED IT BEFORE, THE SHORT STORY IS, WHO KNOWS!
RobPRnRFan: Tony, Is there anything you haven't done that you'd like to?
LevinBass: NO FAVE BASS PLAYERS, BUT WOOTEN ROCKS!
Bubala: LOL! Thanks for the info!
DanKirkd: Will PapaBear ever release recordings by other artists?
Noisecraft: doea papabear turn a profit?
Noisecraft: i hope it does, the stuff rocks
LevinBass: NO OTHER ARTISTS FOR PBEAR, DAN -- TOO EXPENSIVE TO JUST PUT OUT MY OWN THE WAY I LIKE
DrumJive: Wooten plays with Bela Fleck &The Flecktones- I know him-he's a cool guy
LevinBass: NO PROFIT BECAUSE OF PACKAGING - NORMAL JEWELBOX IS
LevinBass: ABOUT 40 CENTS -- MINE IS $1.50. ADD IN MY BAD BUSINESS SENSE, AND YOU HAVE
LevinBass: A GOOD PRODUCT, WHICH NEEDS TO SELL A MILLION TO MAKE MUCH PROFIT.
Counterpt1: The bass tracks you did for PG's album: can you compare the songs to anything on previous
NCMCBrandt: Wooten is great... So are the Flecktones :)
LovDaBlues: From the Caves of the Iron Mountain, a unique musical collaboration with steve gorn and
DrumJive: Any advise for a young musician trying to get on a record label?
Perk1994: Tony, will the "Cave" CD be available at the BLUE shows?
LevinBass: CAVE CD WILL BE THERE, YES
RobPRnRFan: Tony ,will you sign stuff & talk to fans after the shows?
LovDaBlues: jerry marotta recorded inside the Widow Jane Mine in upstate NY
Noisecraft: that's a damn shame
NCMCStormy: Sadly, if it's not on MTV, that doesn't happen ::grumble:::
Noisecraft: as long as they keep coming! :)
LevinBass: I DON'T MIND, CAUSE MY CAREER AS A BASS PLAYER CAN DO FINE W/OUT PROFIT
LevinBass: FROM MY ARTIST RELEASES
LevinBass: WELL, I ALSO DON'T USE DISTRIBUTION - TOO MESSY, TOO MUCH BIZ FOR ME,,\
LevinBass: I'VE CHOSEN TO JUST SELL BY 800 NUMBER AND INTERNET -- THAT I CAN HANDLE!
LovDaBlues: can order through Papa Bear can't you?
Noisecraft: he'll be at the TLA show with me
DrumJive: can I e-mail you?
AURACLE: Do you enjoy playing fretless bass? Lately I've found myself really preferring that sound.
DrumJive: It's nice
LevinBass: I LOVE FRETTLESS, BUT ONLY USE IT WHEN IT'S APPROPRIATE.
LevinBass: SOMETIMES W. OCTAVER AND PICK! (THE SLEDGEHAMMER SOUND)
Noisecraft: a friend of mine picked up a copy of world diary in woodstock from a store next door
LevinBass: YES, THE WOODSTOCK STORE IS JUST DONW THE STREET FROM ME, AND I CONSIGN
LevinBass: SOME CD'S THERE, JUST FOR FUN
LevinBass: (ALSO PEOPLE WHO COME TO WOODSTOCK OFTEN ASK THEM FOR IT
Noisecraft: he's bringing it to sign
Noisecraft: long haired guy looks like ozzy ozborne
LevinBass: I'LL SIGN!
Counterpt1: Can you compare what you worked on on PH's album to any previous album?
DialaThos: Tony: I heard live you have 2 bass rigs - one w. effects, one dry. Can you elaborate?
LevinBass: RE MY RIG..
LevinBass: I PLAY THRU TWO AMPS, ONE WITH ALL FX, THE OTHER STRAIGHT BASS SOUND
DrumJive: In the crazy section in S.S.E.D.D., is the any organization-or is everyone just doing their
DrumJive: own thing?
DrumJive: while Pat M. and you keep the beat?
BJguitarz: Tell us about One Trick Pony and the musicians (esp drummer)!
LevinBass: ONE TRICK PONY: THE PAUL SIMON MOVIE FROM THE '70S,
LevinBass: I WAS THE BASS PLAYER IN IT, AND STEVE GADD THE DRUMMER
LevinBass: WE WERE PAULS BAND AT THE TIME.
LevinBass: ALSO RICHARD TEE AND ERIC GALE
LevinBass: VERY GOOD MUSIC - THE MOVIE DIDN'T
LevinBass: DO WELL
BJguitarz: How Old Were you, if you don't mind my asking?
LevinBass: HOW OLD WAS I WHEN?
BJguitarz: IN one trick pony...
Noisecraft: he was born at a very young age....
LevinBass: I'LL DO THAT MATH IN A MINUTE
NCMCStormy: But man..Paul Simon...wow....
AURACLE: Is Robert as meticulous in assembling batches of old live material as he is in composing new
Noisecraft: is it a conscious decision which bass or stick to use or just instinct?
LevinBass: RE CHOICE OF BASS, I GO BY INSTINCT - LISTEN TO THE PIECE FIRST, AND
LevinBass: GET IDEAS. (THOUGH OFTEN I'M ASKED FOR A PARTICULAR ONE
Perk1994: Tony, do you think you'll work with Steve Hackett again?
LevinBass: DON'T KNOW ABOU TSTEVE HACKETT
NCMCStormy: TOny: Did you start on guitar at first, as so many bassists do?
LevinBass: I ALWAYS PLAYED BASS ... SINCE THE EARTH COOLED
LevinBass: ... OR SHORTLY AFTER THAT
NCMCStormy: LOL!! Cool!
DrumJive: What's it like to be famous?
DialaThos: Tony: so the fx rig live is totally wet?
LevinBass: NOT WET, BUT
LevinBass: FX ISN'T EXACTLY "WET"
LevinBass: THE FX I USE ARE OCTAVER, OR DDL, OR CHORUSING
LevinBass: OR FUZZ.
DialaThos: fx is a mix of wet and dry then?
DialaThos: fx and non fx?
LevinBass: I FIND IT USUALLY NEEDS THE STRAIGHT BASS TO KEEP IT'S POWER
LevinBass: WHAT THE FX!
Abirdabove: well you all have a good evening. Thanks Tony for the chat. Bye
NCMCStormy: Night, Air, thanks for coming!
LevinBass: BYE ABIRD
NCMCBrandt: See you Bird!
Wooft: ever thought of doing any score music?
LevinBass: HAVEN'T BEEN ASKED FOR SCORE MUSIC, OR I'D SURELY DO IT.
LevinBass: BY THE WAY, LET ME THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR POLITENESS...
LevinBass: I KNOW WHAT A ZOO THIS COULD BE IF EVERYONE SHOUTED
LevinBass: I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
DrumJive: anything for you...tony!
Noisecraft: no prob man glad I could talk to you
NCMCBrandt: We love you, Tony. :)
NCMCStormy: Thanks, Tony...thanks for sharing your time with us!
LovDaBlues: besides, Stormy will yell at us if we don't behave
DialaThos: Ton'y THE man! :)
DrumJive: Can I e-mail You?
NCMCStormy: :::giggle::: My true nature comes out. :)
BJguitarz: Tony, the new Birchmere is very nice, I hope there's a good turnout
LevinBass: I' HAVEN'T HEARD YET ABOUT SALES AT THE BIRCHMERE
Perk1994: Tony, can I bring you any NYC burritos to the NYC BLUE show? : )
LevinBass: I KNOW IT'LL BE A TREAT FOR WHOEVER COMES.
AURACLE: Is Robert as meticulous in assembling batches of older material for rerelease as he is in
AURACLE: composing new material?
LevinBass: RE ROBT, I NEVER KNOW WHAT OR HOW HE'S GOING TO RELEASE, BUT
LevinBass: HE DOES SEEM TO FIND TONS OF GOOD OLD LIVE MATERIAL, MASTERS IT, AND
LevinBass: THROWS IT OUT THERE!
Bubala: Thanks for chatting Tony. We'll see you in Alexandria this Wednesday and in Savage on Fri.
LevinBass: O.K BUBALA.
Noisecraft: will the caves video be at blue shows?
LevinBass: NOISE, ALL CD'S WILL BE AT VENUES
LevinBass: AND TEE SHIRTS TOO!
PTI Lee: oh yes...gotta have a t-shirt
Noisecraft: the making of video too?
RobPRnRFan: TONY,what the strangest/Weirdest thing ever to happen to you on stage?
Wooft: any plans on doing a live video of any B.L.U.E. shows?
AURACLE: How do you rate John Wetton as a bassist? His 70s KC work is phenomenal, IMO.
NCMCStormy: Tony: Of all the artists you've worked with, who did you enjoy? Was there "magic" with any particular one?
LevinBass: LOTS OF MAGIC - YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN VERY LUCKY ABOUT
LevinBass: GETTING THE CHANCE TO PLAY W.SOME GREATS...
LevinBass: GABRIEL, LENNON, FRIPP, P. SIMON, PINK FLOYD
LevinBass: AND MANY OTHERS
DialaThos: tony.. on BLUE: what the heck is Bill doing on the first track?
LevinBass: BILL IS BEING BILL!!!! THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THAT TRACK.
LevinBass: WHO ELSE WOULD DO THAT??
DialaThos: I just want to understand what the heck it is! ;)
DialaThos: trying to count it against your funk fingers riff
LevinBass: DONT' EVEN TRY TO COUNT IT!!
RobPRnRFan: Tony ,How much are Cd's & Shirts?
RobPRnRFan: Tony,thanks for the info on Cd's & shirts
Perk1994: Tony, who thought up the song titles for the BLUE CD?
LevinBass: SOME TITLES WERE MINE, SOME BILLS
DrumJive: Do you enjoy Bill's polyrythmns?
LevinBass: AT FIRST I HAD ALL TITLES VARIATIONS OF BLUE...
LevinBass: BUT BILL THOUGHT (CORECTLY ) IT WAS TOO MUCH.
BJguitarz: Do you ever have to consider the commercial potential of your projects?
LevinBass: RE COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL, NO I DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT...
LevinBass: I'VE LEARNED IN MY FEW YRS AS RECORD COMPANY THAT,
LevinBass: WITH MY LACK OF SERIOUS MARKETING SKILLS AND INTENT, IT WOULDN'T MATTER ANYWAY
PTI Lee: tony...do you know when you might be back in detroit for a show?
NCMCStormy: Yeah..I can GET to Dteroit! :)
Noisecraft: tony what tracks did he play synth on in 80's crim?
LevinBass: SYNTH IN '80'S ... I'M AFRAID I DON'T REMEMBER
LevinBass: SOME OF THE INDUSTRIAL STUFF
Counterpt1: Tony: Are there any instrumentals on PG's new album that you may have worked on?
DialaThos: Tony.. was blue recorded live in a studio.. or did everyone add parts in different studios?
LevinBass: BLUE WAS DONE IN BOTH WAYS,
LevinBass: MOST OF IT IN STUDIO TOGETHER, BUT SOME SEPARATELY
LULU1217: did you get some good stage shots in Japan & can we see them?
DrumJive: Tony, I wish i could see BLUE tomarrow night, but Im under age-- It's sort of my DREAM
LevinBass: SORRY DRUMJ.
LevinBass: WE'LL STILL BE THERE WHEN YOU'RE 21
Noisecraft: i can see that
BJguitarz: You're a lucky man then, stick with your musical instincts!
LovDaBlues: <--excellent marketin abilities
Noisecraft: what tracks did you play stick on with floyd?
DialaThos: that first track was seperate? (right)?
LevinBass: ER... NOT GOOD AT REMEMBERING TRACK NAMES...
LevinBass: IT'S PRETTY EASY TO HEAR THE DIFFERENCE, AND THERE
LevinBass: THERE'S A STICK BREAK IN THE SONG. (ON MOMENTARY LAPSE)
Noisecraft: I honestly haven't listened to Momentary lapse in ages
AURACLE: You've worked with three of the most amazing drummers in the world: Bill Bruford,
AURACLE: Terry Bozzio and Mike Portnoy. What are the differences in working with each?
RobPRnRFan: Tony,what you like more studio time or touring?
LevinBass: LET'S NOT FORGET MANU KATCHE, STEVE GADD...
DialaThos: Manu's the man :)
LevinBass: HOW BOUT BUDDY RICH!
PTI Lee: yes...buddy
LevinBass: JERRY MAROTTA
DialaThos: Jerry da man too ;)
BJguitarz: Steve Gadd must be on the drummer list!
LevinBass: VINNIE COLIAUTA
DrumJive: Does Manu Katche do alot of polyrythms?
Perk1994: Tony, who is Chris from "Kevin and Chris' Excellent Adventure" on LTE?
LevinBass: ALL VERY VERY GOOD - MANY DIFFERENCES,
LevinBass: IN FACT I'M WRITING AN ARTICLE FOR DOWNBEAT ABOUT JUST THAT
LevinBass: I'D PAST IT IN HERE (AND REALLY IMPRESS YOU W. MY TYPING)
LevinBass: BUT THE SYS. ONLY TAKES A LINE AT A TIME!
DialaThos: Tony.. what projects have you done with Vinnie?
AURACLE: I agree...Jerry Marotta, Manu Katche, Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd are all excellent.
BJguitarz: What Vinnie C project?
NCMCStormy: Tony: Have you heard and of the Burning For Buddy CDs? The tribute ones?
Noisecraft: what have you heard most often at signings?
NCMCStormy: You're doing great, Tony... :)
LevinBass: WITH VINNIE C. I DID THE LATEST SEAL ALBUM, BUT IT'S BEING RE-DONE.
LevinBass: ALSO A GREAT ALBUM WITH IVAN LINS FROM BRAZIL
LevinBass: AWA IYO
BJguitarz: Your typing is great, and this chat is really cooking@
Counterpt1: Oh, the Burning for Buddy Volume One is great! I love that album?
LevinBass: THANKS BJ
DrumJive: Are you really tired from returning from Japan?
LevinBass: YES, JST LAG RULES MY BODY!
LevinBass: AND THE ESPRESSO'S TOO STALE TO DRINK...
LevinBass: BUT THIS IS FUN.
NCMCStormy: Ugh. That bites, Tony...lack of caffine AND jet lag. :)
LevinBass: I CHAT A LOT, WITH MY FRIENDS IN PRIVATE ROOMS - (WHERE ARE THEY TONITE, I WONDER!)
Slyfoxx37: Im here Tony
PTI Lee: I AM HERE!!!!
LevinBass: SO THIS IS KINDA HOME FOR ME.
LevinBass: YES, HI TERRI
DrumJive: how was your interview with Rick Koster??
NCMCStormy: Stop by here any time, Tony. :)
LovDaBlues: Stormy - fix tony up with a caffeine IV
Slyfoxx37: Hello tony :)
LevinBass: SORRY, I FORGOT IN THE CONFUSION.
DialaThos: Tony.. does Torn do new loops for Blue live shows.. or have stuff kinda preset
LevinBass: TORN DOES EVERYTHING! AND YOU CAN SEE HIM SETTING UP THE LOOPS...
LevinBass: WITH WIERD STUFF LIKE CASSETTE PLAYER INTO THE GUITAR PICKUP.
LevinBass: TOTALLY WILD, BELIEVE ME.
Counterpt1: Any instrumentals on the new PG album, Tony?
DialaThos: wow.. too cool.
Noisecraft: tony, silly question time! how often do you hav shave yer head?
LevinBass: AS FOR SHAVING, I SHOULD DO IT DAILY, BUT DON'T
Noisecraft: haha thanks!
LULU1217: years ago you played with peter or paul someone & the record never was released here.
LevinBass: ER... I DID RECORD WITH PETER PAUL AND MARY, BUT I DOUBT THAT'S WHAT YOU MEAN...
PTI Lee: don't pull that "where are they" stuff tony...i am here for once
Slyfoxx37: (but late as usual, Lee)
PTI Lee: yes...but i am here at least
LevinBass: HEY LEE!
Slyfoxx37: LOL Tony
LevinBass: WHERE WERE YOU???
LevinBass: LATE AGAIN
PTI Lee: HA
Slyfoxx37: Lee's late Lee's late Nyah nyah
LevinBass: EVERYONE, LEE'S AN OLD FRIEND..
LevinBass: WHO'S BEEN KNOWN TO SHOW UP ON TOUR, LADEN WITH
LevinBass: WINE AND VODKA , FOR AFTER SHOW PARTIES!
NCMCStormy: Tony: You mentioned that you like some Classical artists...who are you listening
PTI Lee: be careful
LevinBass: TON, OF COURSE, THAT I WOULD INDULGE IN SUCH A THING.
NCMCStormy: to a lot right now? Classical or otherwise?
PTI Lee: me? wine?
Slyfoxx37: Pepper Vodka
NCMCStormy: LOL, Tony! :D That's a friend! :D
RobPRnRFan: TONY, If you jam with anyone alive or Dead who would it be and why?
LevinBass: JAM? HENDRIX FOR SURE.
LevinBass: (WITH MY EARPLUGS, PLEEEASE.)
DrumJive: How did your interview today go?
AURACLE: Would you ever want to work with Allan Holdsworth, another improv-oriented player?
LULU1217: ha. maybe p. cecarra ? I heard it on NEW FM
LevinBass: LAST ALBUM I GOT WAS LYLE LOVETT...
LevinBass: BUT I'VE GOT OTHERS DELIVERED , HAVEN'T OPENED,
LevinBass: MOSTLY MARIA CALLAS, AND A LIGHETTI
Noisecraft: can I have my pic taken with you reall quick at a signing?
LovDaBlues: Love Lyle Lovett
DialaThos: Tony.. what do you use for earplugs.. anything special?
LevinBass: RE EARPLUGS, I HAD SOME MADE, BUT FIND THE FOAM ONES WORK BETTER FOR ME
Counterpt1: Tony, do you ever listen to the old fusion group Weather Report?
LevinBass: NOPE, I'M NOT INTO FUSION MUCH,
DrumJive: um...weather report is jazz
LevinBass: THOUGH, LIKE ALL BASSISTS, I ADMIRE JACO A GREAT DEAL
LevinBass: LOVED HIM MORE W. JONI THOUGH.
LevinBass: PLAYED A BIT W. ZAWINOL... HE'S GREAT TOO
NCMCStormy: Geddy Lee? (The Rush fan in me comes out.. ::grin:::)
DialaThos: that band.. Jaco.. Metheny.. Brecker..etc yikes!
LULU1217: Do you know Earl Slick
AURACLE: You GO, Stormy! <g>
NCMCBrandt: Uh oh, Stormy's on the loose ;)
LovDaBlues: :::wondered when it would:::
NCMCStormy: Hey, I contained myself, I like KC, too, and EVERYBODY needs a hobby. :)
Slyfoxx37: <~~loves earl slick
DrumJive: Do you like Bill Frisell?
LevinBass: I DON'T LISTEN TO AS MUCH MUSIC AS I SHOULD, SO AM NOT FAMILIAR W. ALL THE GREAT BASSISTS OU
LevinBass: OUT THERE
LevinBass: YES, I'VE PLAYED W. EARL SLICK
LevinBass: PLAYED W. EARL ON THE LENNON SESIONS
DialaThos: Tony.. with a pop album like Paula C.. or Seal.. how long do you actually spend recording?
LevinBass: PAULAS - TWO DAYS.
LevinBass: SEAL'S -- THREE WEEKS, AND NOW HE'S RE-DOING IT.
LevinBass: SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH, AND BUDGET!
Noisecraft: that sucks
DialaThos: with Seal.. 3 weeks was like what. how many hours a day in studio?
LevinBass: W. SEAL, 10 HRS A DAY
Noisecraft: any news on uk? (did i miss that question?)
LevinBass: NO NEWS ON UK RELEASE - I'D LIKE TO KNOW MYSELF.
PTI Lee: yes...i'd like to know about uk too...
Noisecraft: how much did you do for the uk album?
LevinBass: I PLAYED ON IT ALL BUT ONE SONG, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.... TILL IT COMES OUT
RobPRnRFan: Tony,what do you do when your not making or playing music?
LevinBass: RE WHEN NOT MAKING MUSIC, I DO HAVE LIFE. DAUGHTER, FIANCEE, BIKE, COOKING... THE USUAL
RobPRnRFan: Tony,it sounds like you have great life.
Counterpt1: I used to have one of those.
AURACLE: Tony--asked this earlier, but you may have missed it...
AURACLE: How would you rate your KC predecessor, John Wetton, as a bassist?
AURACLE: IMO, his 70s work with KC is just phenomenal.
Counterpt1: Peter Gabriel!
LULU1217: Poor Tony- has to deal with us "sticky fingers out here!'
LevinBass: JOHN IS SINGING, OF COURSE, AND PLAYING BASS SOME -- I DID STICK TRACKS
LevinBass: NICE STUFF
LevinBass: I HOPE IT COMES OUT
DialaThos: tony is most of what you do actually union gigs? (studio stuff)
LevinBass: I OFTEN DON'T KNOW WHTER AN ALBUM IS THRU THE UNION
Noisecraft: who's the guitarist?
LevinBass: DON'T KNOW WHO 'S ON GUITAR ON THE UK STUFF.
LevinBass: I PLAYED TO EDDIE J.'S SCRATCH TRACKS
DrumJive: What's your Favorite KC song?
LevinBass: NO FAVE KC SONG,L LIKE THEM ALL.
Wooft: so when can we expect a Clams CD?
LevinBass: HAH ABOUT THE CLAMS. THE WORLD NEEDS THAT GROUP.!
DrumJive: so do I
Noisecraft: yeah bring back the clams!
Noisecraft: i want to hear that stuff!
DialaThos: Clams! :)
AURACLE: Clams got feet? <obligatory Johnny Hart "B.C." reference>
LovDaBlues: Tony, have you ever played with Jack Williams? He seems to run in the same circles as you
LevinBass: NOPE TO JACK WILLIAMS
LevinBass: MY, LEE'S BEING QUIET-- HE'S USUALLY GOING ON ABOUT SPANKING!
NCMCStormy: O.o Oh dear...
PTI Lee: well...if we were chatting about spanking...i'd join in the the chat a bit more..lol
Slyfoxx37: spank me
PTI Lee: you wish
LevinBass: LOL LEE
DrumJive: Where do you live?
LevinBass: I LIVE IN WOODSTOCK NY
LevinBass: AN D NYC
LevinBass: AND NEW YORK, I WAS SAYING... FUNNY HOW WHEN THERE'S LESS TO WRITE,
LevinBass: I CAN'T SPELL
DrumJive: Are you close to home now?
DialaThos: Tony if a no namer like myself wanted to try to get you to record with him.. how would he
DialaThos: set that up?
LevinBass: NAME DOESN'T MATTER, GENERALLY GUYS SEND TAPES TO THE MUSICIANS THEY WANT TO USE,
LevinBass: AND SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT THE PROJECT
RobPRnRFan: Tony, what would your dream concert line-up be(playing in or seeing)?
LevinBass: NO DREAM LINEUP I'M AFRAID, TOO HAPPY PLAYING W. THE GUYS I KNOW
NCMCStormy: Tony: Waht was it like to work with Yoko Ono? Was Shades of Glass a difficult album?
LevinBass: SEMI DIFFICULT ... FOR A FEW REASONS...
XFile2112: Tony, do you like Rush? Not the fat guy!
AURACLE: LOL XFile!
LevinBass: HAVEN'T LISTENED TO RUSH, I'M EMBARASSED TO ADMIT
Counterpt1: Is Rush any good?
LovDaBlues: Shhh! Don't tell Stormy
NCMCStormy: LOL, there's another one..we'll take over the world Tony, all of us Rush fans. :)
DrumJive: Do you like any jazz?
LevinBass: WELL, THEN I'D BETTER BECOME A RUSH FAN.
XFile2112: yes yes yes
NCMCBrandt: You will be assimilated. ;)
AURACLE: Geddy Lee would probably cite Tony as an influence...I know he likes Jeff Berlin a lot...
Perk1994: Tony, are there any cities where BLUE and Projekct 2 are playing at the same time?
Perk1994: Maybe for a KC reunion?
LevinBass: NO SHOWS TOGETHER, THOUGH WE WERE TOGETHER LAST WEEK IN JAPAN...
LevinBass: WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD IDEA, THOUGH.
Counterpt1: Tony, what do you think of the old Genesis with Peter Gabriel in it?
LevinBass: I LOVE THE OLD GENESIS STUFF.
LevinBass: ON PETERS FIRST TOUR WE DID SOME STUFF FROM IT...
Perk1994: So are we gonna get an album entitled BLUE "Live at Budakon"? : )
DrumJive: What's your favorite album of all time?
LevinBass: LAMB LIES DOWN, BACK IN NYC,.... WHAT A RUSH. (OOPS!
BevTweety: Happy Easter Tony. Look forward to the NYC trip/show from West Coast and Road Diaries.
Counterpt1: I love The Lamb.
LevinBass: THANKS BEV
LULU1217: what.s your fav NY restaurant?
LevinBass: ER.. THAT'S A TOUGH ONE...
LevinBass: I'VE ONLY BEEN IN NYC SINCE SEPT... HAVEN'T FOUND A GREAT PLACE YET (THAT I CAN AFFORD...
LevinBass: HARD ENOUGHTO FIND THE RIGHT CAFE! (WHICH IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT)
PTI Lee: middle kingdom?
PTI Lee: i thought "the bear" was your favorite resturant? it's mine...lol
Perk1994: Tony, I'll be glad to show you around to NYC's finest dining establishments! : )
LevinBass: HAH... THE BEAR IS GREAT, BUT WE WERE TALKING IN NYC
LevinBass: THANKS PERK....
DrumJive: What's your favorite group?
LevinBass: FAVE GROUP USED TO BE OREGON.
LevinBass: THEN BELA FLECK
LevinBass: DON'T HAVE ONE AT THE MOMENT....
DrumJive: I love Bela Fleck!
LevinBass: KEY INGREDIENTS, ORIGINALITY, UNITY, AND ABILITY TO LISTEN AND RESPECT
LevinBass: EACH OTHER'S PLAYING
DrumJive: Do you know John Patitucci?
LevinBass: YES, I KNOW JOHN P. (BUT COULDN'T HAVE SPELLED HIS NAME, THANKS.)
AURACLE: <----- loves Pattitucci's work with Chick Corea's Elektric Band
LevinBass: CAN'T BELIEVE HOW YOU CAN SPELL THAT!!
AURACLE: LOL Tony...it's not easy....!
LevinBass: NOT FAN OF 2 LIVE , BUT CAN SPELL IT!
Wooft: Tony, it seems you've been doing a lot more "educational" appearances lately,
Wooft: any plans fo an instuctional video?
LULU1217: Ever been to SI, land of the brave & the wannabees? ha
LevinBass: WELL, I DID MY FIRST CLINIC... THAT MUST BE WHAT YOU MEAN...
LevinBass: I'M NOT A CLINIC KIND OF GUY, BUT WNTED TO TRY TTHE CHALLENGE...
LevinBass: IT WAS OK, BUT I DON'T LOVE THAT STUFF.
DialaThos: yeah Tony.. do a video! :)
LevinBass: NO PLAN FOR INSTRUCT. VID.
LevinBass: IF I DID ONE, IT WOULD BE AN 'ALTERNATIVE' APPROACH.
DialaThos: do it! put it out on Papa Bear :)
DrumJive: Will you get involved in the Bass Collective in NYC?
AURACLE: Do you count Stanley Clarke and Percy Jones as influences in some way, Tony?
XFile2112: Tony, are you familiar with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead?
LevinBass: RE INFLUENCES, I REALLY DON'T KNOW, CAUSE I DON'T FOLLOW WHICH BASSIST I'M LISTENING TO...
LevinBass: BUT HAVE HEARD STANLEY QUITE A BIT --- DONT THINK I CAN HALF KEEP UP WITH HIM THOUGH.
LevinBass: LIKEWISE PERCY
LovDaBlues: You might guess I am a real Blues fan. Do you have any favorite Blues artists?
LevinBass: RE BLUES, I PLAYED BRIEFLY W. BBKING -- VERY VERY GREAT.
Noisecraft: played with BB? when?
LevinBass: PLAYED W. BB ON A TV TRIBUTE TO LES PAUL
Noisecraft: is that available somewhere? (les paul trib)
LevinBass: I THINK THERE WAS A VIDEO OF THAT SHOW, DON'T KNOW THOUGH
LovDaBlues: Well, if you were only to play with one Bluesman, BB sure hit the spot!
Perk1994: Tony, is there any truth to the rumor that you will be playing G. Gordon Liddy in the new
Perk1994: Nixon movie?
LevinBass: PERK, NOT TRUE, BUT I'LL BE MAKING A CAMEO AS TELLY SAVALAS
AURACLE: LOL Perk! If Liddy had been able to play bass, the world might be a different place now...
PTI Lee: lol
Perk1994: LOL, Tony. : )
NCMCStormy: Who loves ya, baby? :::smirk:::
Perk1994: I'll get you the lollipops!!!
DrumJive: Can I give you a CD of my band tomorrow , at the CD signing??
Noisecraft: what kind of pen do you need to sign shiny covers?
LevinBass: DRUMJ... IT WOULDN'T BE USEFUL, CAUSE I AND THE GUYS DON'T HAVE TIME TO LISTEN TO A LOT...
LevinBass: AND COULDNT ' HELP YOU MUCH, EVEN IF I LOVED THE MUSIC
Counterpt1: Tony, what is your favorite PG song?
DrumJive: Well- just for your sake-whenever you have the time??
Wooft: What happened to the "instuctional" book you were writing, with stories?
LevinBass: DID NT' FINISH THAT BOOK.... I'M AFRAID
DialaThos: Tony.. any ideas for the next Paap Bear project(s)?
LevinBass: PAPABEAR PROJECTS'-- I'M GOING TO TAKE A BREAK FROM CD RELEASES FOR A YEAR,
LevinBass: BECAUSE THE PROMOTING AND TOURING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF
LevinBass: A RELEASE, AND I'VE BEEN NEGLECTING THAT.
LevinBass: NO PLANS AT THIS TIME FOR NEXT PROJECT, BUT RELEASE MAY BE
LevinBass: LIVE CD FROM THE CURRENT BLUE TOUR--- IT'S CERTAINLY
LevinBass: SOUNDING GREAT, AND WE'RE RECORDING EVERY NITE ON 24 TRACKS, JUST IN CASE
DialaThos: bummer for us .. but does that mean more touring?
DialaThos: yes.. cool! Hey. tell the Projeckt II guys to release a live album too ;)
LevinBass: I'M SURE , VERY SURE, THERE'LL BE AT LEAST ONE RELEASE FROM PROJECT TWO
Bubala: What about a BLUE live video?
LevinBass: ACTUALLY, THE VENUES ON THE CURRENT TOUR ARE QUITE SMALL
LevinBass: (150 SEATS IN BALTIMORE - I CALL THAT INTIMATE!
LevinBass: I'LL HAVE TO BRUSH MY TEETH BEFORE SPEAKING TO THE AUDIENCE.
Slyfoxx37: yeah Tony and dont eat garlic...LOL
Perk1994: I think we will be able to jam in 30 people at the Knitting Factory!
Bubala: Do you know if the Baltimore show is sold out yet?
LevinBass: DON'T KNOW ABOUT SALES, THE VENUE NUMBERS ARE ON MY WEB SITE
AURACLE: Is there one album you wish you'd played on, but didn't? Which, and why?
LevinBass: AURACLE, NO PARTICULAR ALBUM
AURACLE: After working so long with Robert Fripp, is it possible for a guitarist like John Petrucci
AURACLE: to scare or otherwise impress you?
Counterpt1: What is your favorite Peter Gabriel song, Tony?
LevinBass: NO FAVE PG SONG, I'M AFRAID
RobPRnRFan: Perk, is there still tix for NYC show?
Bubala: Thanks! I'll call.
Perk1994: I would think so, Rob. I ordered them on the phone from the Knitting Factory.
LevinBass: NY SHOW, I THINK SECOND SHOW HAS TIX
Perk1994: I got tix for the first show.
RobPRnRFan: Perk,can I get them though ticketmaster?
Perk1994: Not TM, Rob. Try www.knittingfactory.com. All the info will be there.
LevinBass: KNITTING FACTORY, APRIL 18, SATURDAY
Counterpt1: Any favorite PG albums, Tony?
LevinBass: NO FAVE PG ALBUM, SORRY
LevinBass: I LIKE EM ALL
DrumJive: What time will you be at the CD signing tomorrow? Can I come early and hang out with you???
LevinBass: TOM, 4 TO 5PM, THEN GOTTA GO DO SOUNDCHK
Counterpt1: They all are great. Security's my fave.
Noisecraft: is the philly signing an hour too?
LevinBass: YES , ONE HOUR IN PHILLY TOWER
Noisecraft: i'm there
AURACLE: I don't know about you, but I was absolutely shocked at how good Steve Stevens was on BLS.
AURACLE: I always knew he was good, but BLS was like a quantum leap for him, IMO.
LevinBass: STEVE STEVENS IS GREAT, AND MORE VERSATILE THAN USUALLY KNOWN
DialaThos: Tony: with no immediate PB releases.. any other tours brewing?
LevinBass: POSS TOUR W. JEFF BECK THIS SUMMER (POSSIBLE!)
DialaThos: Jeff Beck.. supporting.. an album of his?
BJguitarz: Will you play with Jeff Beck or in a different group?
LovDaBlues: bring jeff on down to Columbia, I'll line up the rest of the band for you - not that you need
LovDaBlues: anyone else
LevinBass: IF THE BECK TOUR HAPPENS, I'LL BE PLAYING WITH HIM.
LevinBass: (IT'S ONLY EUROPE
DrumJive: Have you ever seen Bela Fleck live?
LevinBass: YES, I'VE SEEN BELA FLECK LIVE, THAT'S WHN I LEARNED HOW GREAT VICTOR W. IS
DrumJive: cool I ve seen him 2 times
Noisecraft: can we take pic at the signing?
LevinBass: YES TO PIC AT SIGNING
RobPRnRFan: TONY, why no NYC signing?=0(
Counterpt1: So, Tony, what's the new PG album going to be like? I know you don't know how its
Noisecraft: i promise not to be too much of a rube
Perk1994: Speaking of Beck, did you know Cozy Powell, Tony?
DrumJive: How did you launch your career?
Counterpt1: progressing but can you give is an idea of the content?
AURACLE: If you DO tour with Jeff Beck, you'll be stepping into Pino Palladino's shoes, which are
AURACLE: pretty major shoes to fill...
LevinBass: HI ALL NEW ENTERERS, WITH MY JAPAN JETLAG, THIS IS QUITE A TRIP FOR ME....
LevinBass: I FIND MYSELF STARING AT THE SCREEN MORE AND MORE...
NCMCStormy: I bet, Tony!
LevinBass: PG ALBUM... FOR THE THIRD TIME... IT'S COMING ALONG, BUT STALLED ON LYRICS, AS FAR AS I KNOW
LevinBass: I HOPE TO TOUR W. PETER WHEN IT'S DONE
Slyfoxx37: Tony Belive it or not i am at work. Gotta go...Nice chatting with you and Thanks. God Bless
DialaThos: everyone.. a new PG song is out now (with Tony)
PTI Lee: by teri
Counterpt1: Is it like any other previous album, from what you have worked on musically?
LaurieBlu2: I'm looking forward to your new release w/David Lanz....interesting mix...how was that?
LevinBass: DAVID LANZ ALBUTM IS GOOD, BUT I DHAVEN' T HEARD THE MIX.
Slyfoxx37: bye lee
DialaThos: it's on the "City of Angels" soundtrack
LevinBass: (HOW BOUT THAT SPELLING!)
NCMCStormy: Hye guys..ther WILL be a chat log avalibe, so you can see the answer to any questions you missed. :)
LevinBass: BY SLY, THANKS FOR COMING HERE
NCMCStormy: Night, Sly! :D
Slyfoxx37: You bet :)
DrumJive: How have KC audiences accepted you in different places?
LaurieBlu2: Would you possibly tour with David? (Paul Speer was quite impressed w/your work on it)
BJguitarz: If you folks haven't seen, the Gabriel Secret World (?) tour video is really great!
Slyfoxx37: Nite stormy!!!
LevinBass: IT'S HARD TO SAY ABOUT PETER'S ALBUMS... WHEN I DO THE RHYTHM TRACKS,
LevinBass: WE CAN'T TELL YET WHAT DIRECTION THE ALBUM WILL TAKE LATER,
LevinBass: SO I REALLY CAN'T PREDICT.
LevinBass: TILL I HEAR THE FINISHED THING.
LevinBass: THERE WERE LOTS OF GOOD TRACKS...
LevinBass: LOTS OF THEM.....
LevinBass: 83 BY MY LAST COUNT!
Counterpt1: I guess we'll all have to wait and see.
Counterpt1: I like the sound of that.
NCMCStormy: In other words..not all tracks will make it to the album, perhaps? Is that usual?
NCMCStormy: ACK! Scratch that. :)
DialaThos: Tony: have you heard the released version of the new PG song "I grieve"?
Counterpt1: 83-track album is possible. Make it about 7 or 8 CD's long.
LevinBass: FOR ALL WHO JUST CAME IN, THANKS FOR VISITING...
LevinBass: I'D SAY ABOU TANOTHER 15 MINUTES, AND I'LL GO AND LET THE ROOM
LevinBass: BE USED FOR OTHER STUFF.
LevinBass: ANOTHER REMINDER, MY WEB SITE, TONYLEVIN.COM, HAS MY ROAD DIARY,
LevinBass: WITH PHOTOS, AND INFO ABOUT CRIMSON, AND PROBABLY THE ANSWERS
LevinBass: TO MOST OF THE QUESTIONS FROM TONITE
DrumJive: Get some sleep!!!!!
NCMCStormy: OK, Tony..we're on til ten, but I understand jet lag. :)
RobPRnRFan: I'm listening Bozzio Levin Stevens now.It Rocks Tony.
Noisecraft: rest for the shows!
AURACLE: Tony -- here's another one I asked earlier which you might have missed...
AURACLE: Is Jordan Rudess as amazing to watch as he is to hear?
LevinBass: JORDAN'S INCREDIBLE -- FLYING FINGERS FROM HELL
LULU1217: Do you have a fav watering hole here?
Counterpt1: Tony, is there any music that you just loathe?
DrumJive: In rehersal, what kind of things does KC do?
Noisecraft: when's the latest diary posting?
LevinBass: LAST POSTING ON SITE WAS TWO DAYS AGO, NEXT WILL BE TUESDAY, AFTER TOMW NITES' FIRST USA SHO
BevTweety: The Road Diaries are wonderful. Great insights from Tony's view
CYNDANCER1: hey tony what was it like to Play with Pala Cole???
LevinBass: PAULA COLE IS A FRIEND, GREAT SINGER, NICE GAL. SHE WAS SO EASY TO WORK WITH, IT HARDLY TOOK
LevinBass: ANY TIME.
LevinBass: A PLEASURE FOR ME, AND I'M HAPPY FOR HER GOOD FORTUNE W. SALES.
LevinBass: (IT IS A BIT UP TO FATE, YOU KNOW)
CageyO: saw her in a small club last year...P cole, that is
CageyO: great show, place was about 300 capacity...
CageyO: you play anywhere that small lately, tony?
LevinBass: THE TOUR WE'RE DOING W. BRUFORD LEVIN UPPER EXTREMITIES IS IN
LevinBass: ROOMS FROM 150 TO 400 SEATS ONLY!
DialaThos: Tony.. how much Stick did you do with Paula.. I don't really recognize it there
AURACLE: Personally, I think Paula Cole has a wonderful voice.
AURACLE: Though I must admit to liking Tori Amos more... <g>
AURACLE: I liked "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" the first 200 times I heard it...<g>
LevinBass: YES, AURACLE, WE'VE GOT TO ALWAYS REMEMBER, 'IT'S NOT THE ARTIST'S FAULT IF THEIR RECORD
LevinBass: GETS PLAYED A LOT'
AURACLE: LOL...I know that...it's the radio programmers and their tight playlists...
BJguitarz: How about SteveMorse - he drafted Jordan R for the Dregs.
LevinBass: YES, JORDAN'S IN THE DREGS. I KNOW STEVE, BUT NEVER PLAYED WIHT HIM
BJguitarz: Did you play on Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover?
DrumJive: How does Bill write music? Considering he plays the drums...
LevinBass: BILL WRITES ABIT
LevinBass: ON KEYBOARD
DrumJive: He knows piano?
CYNDANCER1: hey tony i am on the parent control can you give me a summary about your Road Diary?
LevinBass: ER... ABOUT ROAD DIARY, IT'S ON MY WEB SITE, TONYLEVIN.COM
LaurieBlu2: How did you and David Lanz get together?
LevinBass: DAVID LANZ CALLED ME, I THINK CAUSE HIS PRODUCER LIKED MY PLAYING
Born2r1: Tony, I knowthe movie went no where but I loved you in One Trick Pony.
LevinBass: BORN, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT MOVIE WENT EITHER!! WE WERE OUT TOURING
LevinBass: TO PROMOTE IT, AND CAME HOME AND IT WAS GONE~
Noisecraft: how close are you to passing out tony?
Perk1994: Tony, is there going to be anything special done for KC's 30th anniversary?
LevinBass: DON'T KNOW ABOU TKC'S ANNIV. WILL FIND OUT
Born2r1: I wish I'd see that tour, the music was incredible
Miles Funk: tony, do you like miles davis?
LevinBass: LOVE MILES, OF COURSE, BUT DON'T LISTEN TO MUCH JAZZ
DrumJive: except the flecktones...
LULU1217: Thanks again for ROAD PHOTOS !
NCMCStormy: LULU: Yeah..and the view from Tony's hotel room in Japan DOES look like Riven. :)
LULU1217: yeah its great!
DialaThos: Tony: how much Stick did you do with Paula C. remember any tracks?
LevinBass: NO STICK W. PAULA COLE
DialaThos: oh.. you're credited with it (Stick on Paula ;)
LevinBass: OH, IF IT'S CREDITED, THEN I DID
Perk1994: Tony, how did you like the H.O.R.D.E. tour a couple of years ago?
CageyO: what david lanz did you play on?
LevinBass: UPCOMING DAVID LANZ
CageyO: I love that "Christofori's Dream" song of his..beautiful.
AURACLE: On the last Crimson tour, I was surprised at how many solos Adrian took, and how in the
AURACLE: background Robert was...does Robert not like to solo these days?
CageyO: is the new stuff more pop/rock ?
DrumJive: what's you favorite project/group that you have ever worked with?
NCMCBrandt: Me too, Cagey... Lanz is excellent. :)
NCMCBrandt: LOL Tony
LevinBass: NO NEW CRIMSON STUFF AT THIS TIME...
LevinBass: WER'RE IN WRITING MODE, WON'T KNOW WHAT'S COMING FOR A WHILE
PTI Lee: hah is right
DrumJive: KC needs a new album! I have memorized Thrak!
LevinBass: I AGREE WE COULD USE A NEW ALBUM,, BUT, TO REPEAT MYSELF, WE WON'T
LevinBass: COME UP W. A NEW MAJOR ALBUM TILL WE'RE SATISFIED W. THE NEW MUSIC
LevinBass: (AND WE'RE NOT)
DrumJive: because it's not revolutionary enough?
DanKirkd: How does the band decide it is satisfied?
DrumJive: like the 80's stuff?
CageyO: not interesting enough?
DialaThos: Tony: on Bill's tunes on BLUE.. did he actually notate bass lines for you?
NCMCStormy: Tony: Do you prefer session work, or working with a regualr group, like KC?
LevinBass: I LIKE ANY MUSIC THAT'S A CHALLENGE, BUT PREFER LIVE PLAYING TO STUDIO
LevinBass: BECAUSE I'VE FOUND I PLAY BETTER WHEN I'M OUT PLAYING LIVE...
LevinBass: GET TOO CAREFUL (OF MISTAKES) WHEN RECORDING ALL THE TIME.
LevinBass: BEST IS PROBABLY A MIX OF THE TWO
CageyO: more pressure to perform--can't go back and overdub a show...
Born2r1: Tony, has there been any artist that you've played with that intimidated you (musically)
LevinBass: RE INTIMIDATED, NOT REALLY, THOUGH THAT'S JUST BECAUSE OF MY CONFIDENCE, I'VE BEEN IN LOTS
LevinBass: OF SITUATIONS WHERE I COULDN'T KEEP UP TOO WELL...
LevinBass: EVEN RECENTLY W. LIQUID TENSIONEXPERIMENT.
LevinBass: I JUST HANG ON, DON'T PRETEND TO BE BETTER THAN I AM,
LevinBass: AND IF IT GET'S REALLY TOUGH, I ASK FOR HELP
AURACLE: Do you enjoy watching Trey solo all the time, and would you like to take a solo
AURACLE: every now and then?
Born2r1: we all do that in whatever our work is
Counterpt1: Tony, is there any music you don't like?
LevinBass: RE MUSIC LIKED, I LIKE LOTS OF STYLES, JUST SO THE QUALITY IS GOOD...
LevinBass: WHAT I DON'T LIKE IS LOW QUALITY MUSIC OF ANY TYPE
LevinBass: NOTES DON'T IMPRESS ME, OR TECHNIQUE, JUST THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE MUSIC
AURACLE: On LTE and BLS, who helped you when you needed it?
NCMCStormy: Amen, Tony!
Counterpt1: Can you give any examples?
Noisecraft: well put
Counterpt1: Very well put.
NCMCBrandt: Absolutely :)
Noisecraft: what are the biggest differences between playing upright bass and bass guitar?
LevinBass: UPRIGHT BASS, THE REAL ONE, IS QUITE DIFFERENT...TAKES MORE STRENGTH,
LevinBass: IS WARMER, LOTS DIFF. -- I PLAY AN ELECTRIC UPRIGHT
LevinBass: WHICH ISN'T SO DIFFERENT, JUST A DIFF. TONE COLOR
LevinBass: AND, I CAN BOW ON IT OF COURSE, WHICH I LOVE (WITH FUZZ, AND FX!!)
Noisecraft: hard to mic too isn't it?
Born2r1: that's why the stuff with Paul Simon impresses me so much, QUALITY!
DrumJive: what kind of synth does Adrian use for the strings sounds?
LevinBass: I DON'T KNOW WHAT ADRIAN'S USING, SORRY
Noisecraft: any advice for bowing ?
AURACLE: Of course, "quality" is a subjective term, like "obscenity"...each of us knows it when we
AURACLE: hear it, but we can't necessarily define it for others...
DialaThos: love the NS upright sounds :)
LaurieBlu2: How many instruments DO you play???
DialaThos: Tony plays just about everything that makes low notes :D
LevinBass: YEAH, WE COULD GO ON ABOUT 'QUALITY' WHICH IS , OF COURSE, UP TO THE LISTENER
Bubala: I'm not good for a lot of questions, but have enjoyed all your answers. Thanx for your time.
LevinBass: THANK YOU BUB...
Perk1994: Tony, do you subscribe to the Elephant Talk mailing list?
LevinBass: USED TO, BUT NOW JUST VISIT SOMETIME...
LevinBass: GOT TOO MUCH MAIL
LevinBass: TOO MUCH MAIL TO SUBSCRIBE TO ANYTHING.
NCMCStormy: Tony: Sadly..I don't see much quality in the mainstream, these days. Of course, that's my
DanKirkd: Keep visiting! :^)
AURACLE: Scary thought: Adrian, Robert, John Petrucci and Steve Stevens in a guitar war. <g>
LevinBass: BY THE WAY, FOLKS, THIS IS A TEMPORARY SCREEN NAME, BUT
LevinBass: I'LL KEEP IT FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS IN CASE ANY ONE HAS
LevinBass: QUESTIONS THAT I DIDN'T ADDRESS.
Noisecraft: cool, thanks
NCMCBrandt: Super, Tony. :)
DialaThos: Tony: ever pick up the Tuba anymore?
LevinBass: LOL ABOUT HE TUBA -- I USED TO PLAY IT LIVE W. PETER GABRIEL, AND CARLY SIMON...
LevinBass: TRUTH IS, YOU CAN'T PLAY IT W. A MOUSTACHE, SO IT'S BEEN MANY YEARS!!!
DialaThos: I know.. the Tuba credit floored me on the old PG :)
Counterpt1: Well, Tony, thanks for the great chat. I've got to go practice my trumpet. Thanks for all
Counterpt1: the answers to my questions.
LevinBass: TRUMPET, YOU CAN PLAY W. MOUSTACHES!
LevinBass: (BY DAUGHTER JUST BROUGHT ME IN A GLASS OF COOL WATER, ISN'T THAT GREAT!
Noisecraft: appreciate it
LovDaBlues: Great Tony!
BJguitarz: So you've got a family?
DrumJive: how old is she?
LovDaBlues: she must not be a teenager
LevinBass: SHE'S 13!
PTI Lee: ya...i bet your throat is dry with all this talking...lol
LevinBass: LOL LEE
Noisecraft: i knew better than to ask
LevinBass: HI RUNWIND, NICE NAME
LaurieBlu2: (Tony has to be one of the nicest guests I've seen visit!)
LevinBass: THANKS LAURIEB
LovDaBlues: I agree Laurie
NCMCBrandt: Laurie, yup :)
NCMCStormy: He's been just *amazing*, Laurie!
LaurieBlu2: thank you! :)
Noisecraft: love the bassline on exposure
LevinBass: YEAH, EXPOSURE WAS NEAT.
Noisecraft: what was it like making that album?
AURACLE: I remember when I was 13...I was listening to Motorhead, of all things...LOL!
LevinBass: SLURP (TYPED W. LEFT HAND
Perk1994: When I was 13, I was listening to, gulp, Barry Manilow!!!!
LevinBass: YEAH, SHE LIKES.... YOU GUESSED IT... HANSEN
RobPRnRFan: listening to Dark Corners now off BLS-BLS.It rocks!!!!!!!
LevinBass: AND THE DREADED SPICE THINGYS
NCMCStormy: Rush, for me..Styx...Springsteen...Talking Heads... :)
PTI Lee: OH NO!!!!
PTI Lee: not hansen
NCMCStormy: LOL! You want any more water, you better not let her see that. :)
Perk1994: I heard Hanson was doing a cover of Thela Hun Gingeet!!!
Noisecraft: not spice thingys! AHHAHAHAHA
BJguitarz: Papa Bear, you're great, and Hanson's not that bad FOR KIDS!
LaurieBlu2: Hansen have great harmonies...not bad influences for the younger ones :)
SusanB3378: dreaded spice thingys ...... i like that
Noisecraft: sick perk!
AURACLE: No, no...it was "Elephant Talk," Perk...the Spice Girls are doing "Thela Hun Ginjeet!"
NCMCBrandt: Auracle, you're scaring me. ;)
Perk1994: Spice Girls are re-doing the King Crimson Barber Shop in five part harmony.
AURACLE: LOL, BC!
Noisecraft: there's a job!
Perk1994: Someone told me Baby Spice took Fripp's Guitar Craft class! : )
AURACLE: Good save, Perk. :^)
Born2r1: This may have been asked, but what was your all time favorite tour?
LevinBass: PROBABLY MY FAVE TOURING WAS THE GABRIEL TOURS OF 70'S AND 80'S ...
LevinBass: IT'S A BETTER SHOW NOW, BUT THE BAND INTERREACTION USED TO BE THE MAIN PART OF THE SHOW...
LevinBass: THOUGH, ALSO THE CRIMSON '80'S TOURS WERE GREAT FUN
LevinBass: P.G.S TOURS, THOUGH, MIX FUN OFF THE STAGE TOO -- HE LIKE
LevinBass: TO TAKE US RAFTING, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, SAILING... STUFF LIKE THAT
LevinBass: WHICH MAKE S A TOUR PASS BETTER THAN JUST THE PLAYING AND TRAVELLING
Born2r1: I saw some of those videos recently, they were great performances
DrumJive: not 90's tours?
DialaThos: Tony: who coordinates stage theatrics for PG's band?
LaurieBlu2: what a class act
LevinBass: I THINK CRIMSON SHOULD DO A SPICE GIRLS COVER ALBUM
Dilrad: Hey Tony, just gotta say that you playing is astounding.
NCMCBrandt: LOL Tony!
LevinBass: CALL IT SPICE PROGROCK PONDSCUM
Perk1994: Is there a bassline on Wannabee?
Noisecraft: oh god now...the horror...the horror
DialaThos: eww.. I can hear the lawers murmuring already
AURACLE: I want to hear Fripp solo on "Will You Be There?"
PVergnetti: Really enjoyed the PG tours of the early 80's Tony....
NCMCBrandt: Ok, Tony, now *you* are scaring me. ;D
LevinBass: I THINK FRIPP TOOK BABY SPICE'S DRESSING CLASS
Noisecraft: it's official, tony's cracked
Perk1994: Oh, no, Fripp in a mini-dress. THE HORROR!!!
DialaThos: Tony.. the Spice cover could be Projeckt III! :)
Perk1994: LOL, Diala.
LevinBass: YEAH, IT'D BE NEAT TO HEAR FRIPP DO A SOLO ON ONE OF THEIR SINGLES!
LevinBass: HOW BOUT JUST A CAMEO IN THEIR MOVIE.
LevinBass: (AS THEIR FATHER??
DrumJive: does Fripp like Brownies?
AURACLE: "Sporty Spice in Tangier"?
LevinBass: I BELIEVE THAT ROBERT LIKES ANYTHING W. CHOCOLATE
Perk1994: Thela Hun Ginger Spice!!!
LevinBass: SPICAPHANT TALK
LovDaBlues: Did I hear Chocolate?
BJguitarz: My house in college was called Neurotica - the name was perfect
DrumJive: is Fripp hard to get along with?
LevinBass: NO, ROBERT'S NOT HARD TO GET ALONG WITH...
LevinBass: WE HAVE A LOT OF MUTUAL RESPECT...O
RobPRnRFan: Tony, see Flipp open for G3tour last year?
LevinBass: OF COURSE, IF I WERE A JOURNALIST....
LevinBass: IT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT.
NCMCStormy: Tony, it's been GREAT to have you here tonight!
NCMCStormy: Let's do this again! :D
LevinBass: I GUESS WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THE ROOM NOW,
LevinBass: LET ME THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING.
NCMCStormy: Noise: Nah..Bruce chat is scheduled, and they were nice enough to put it off for an hour...
Born2r1: no don't leave us
BJguitarz: Thanz Tony!!!
LaurieBlu2: This has been quite a treat....thanks Tony!
Noisecraft: thank YOU tony!
DrumJive: can people still talk to you?
PTI Lee: bye tony...see you soon!!!
LevinBass: AND FORGIVING MY TYPING...
LovDaBlues: Thanks Tony!
Bubala: You're welcome! So long!
Noisecraft: see you tuesday!
Pooh2Nutts: stay levin
NCMCStormy: Let us thank YOU Tony..it's been GREAT!! :D
NCMCBrandt: Tony, you were *excellent.* :) It's been a joy having you!
AURACLE: Thank you, Tony!
LovDaBlues: You've been great!
LevinBass: LIKE I SAID, I'LL KEEP THIS SCREENNAME FOR AWHILE
LevinBass: FOR QUESTIONS THAT GOT IGNORED...
LevinBass: AND THEN THERE'S THE ROAD DIARY, AT
DanKirkd: Good job Tony.
Perk1994: Thanks Tony. See you on Saturday. I'll bring the burritos!!!
PVergnetti: thank you tony!
Born2r1: yes tony, excellent chat
BJguitarz: Thanx to MCs too!
SusanB3378: you're all welcome to stay
Noisecraft: kudos to bassmaster levin
DialaThos: Tony's the man! everyone go buy his albums :) (www.pababear.com ;)
RobPRnRFan: TONY thanks for taking time out for us
NCMCStormy: And..we'll have a chat log up soon. You can e-mail me if you need the link to TOny's site. :)
Perk1994: Don't forget to see BLUE when they come to your town.
Noisecraft: tony, even with that little snap in the end, it was great
NCMCStormy: Thanks you SO much Tony!!
LaurieBlu2: for us new to Tony's work...what would be a first choice?
LevinBass: AND, MOST OF ALL, I'M TRULY GRATEFUL THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE
LevinBass: MIRACULOUSLY STAYED IN THE 20'S, NOT UP INTHE 40'S!!
LevinBass: BY BYE
AURACLE: Thanks, BC and Stormy, for keeping us under control... <g>
NCMCBrandt: Sure thing, Aur. <g>
Claud58: stormy's back -happy esater!
NCMCBrandt: Thanks to everyone for being so great and being so polit!
NCMCStormy: AUR: No sweat...great to see you again!!
NCMCStormy: Hi Claud..on my way out, actually. :)
Noisecraft: later man!
NCMCBrandt: See you, Tony! ::waves madly::
BJguitarz: Discipline is great, but hold on to your hat !!!