I once played in a tiny little school hall in a tiny little village called Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. After the gig, the manager came in and said the audience were refusing to leave. When I asked why, she said they were all expecting a raffle. So I had to go back out and conduct the raffle. You don’t get that kind of thing with arena tours, where all the venues look the same. Those tours can quickly get out of hand, too.
Some very sad news: Steven Wells, one of the greatest music journalists on the planet, has died of cancer. Swells, as most of you will know him, was the NME's funniest, most expletive-prone writer throughout the 80s and 90s. To say he had a way with words is something of an understatement – a way with rampaging, amphetamine-crazed, cock-shaft metaphors was closer to the truth. He was a journalist who didn't so much write as spit, curse and hyperventilate. He was brilliant.
Hi Tim, how are you? I'm good. I'm at Charing Cross station in London, but I like walking around when I do interviews, so I might look a bit odd! Let's start with the big questions then. Tim Westwood recently told me there was "room for more than one Tim in this game". Do you agree? No. And I bet you don't either. I always used to think that my name wasn't cool enough for a frontman, so I like to think I've done well to change that concept. On behalf of all Tims, thank you.
@rm23286@PatLongTweets@DanMartinIsNot I like the idea that you considered us the people who had a clue when we also didn’t know what was going on at all. You were a great writer though Rick so very pleased if we helped
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