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(101) Carl
Sat, 14 May 2011 10:03:34 +0000

Hi John and the guys

Just a quick word to say really enjoyed the show last night. Been a fan since the begining. Only managed to get to see you for the first time a couple of years ago in London. The day off work and trip down from Preston yesterday was certainly worth it, albeit it was a long drive back last night! First visit to the Musician, what a great venue. Timeless and touching music. As well as the classics, enjoyed the new songs and looking forward to the new album. Will be trying my best to catch you again this year. In the meantime, any ideas when teh album might be issued? All the best. Carl

Hi Carl. Thank you so much for making the trip down from Preston to come and see us.We are knocked out that people like you are into the band enough to do such a thing and we will always try to play as well as we can in recognition of such support. Should one day the winds of fortune blow from behind instead of against us, well who knows maybe we will have the last laugh after all. If that is ever the case it will be largely thanks to those who have always been there for us. The new album, which is finished, will at least be available online later this summer and hopefully a proper release after that. - JB

(100) Gail Allitson
Wed, 4 May 2011 20:03:52 +0000

this is to let Rick Willson know we all think he is just THE greatest guitar player around in the UK and always has been in our opinion ever since we first saw the Diesels at Bath Moles club summer 1989.Never stop performing even if the majority of people are blind (or deaf!)to your fantastic band Rick. Also John should have picked up an Ivor Novello years ago

(99) Talking Sense
Wed, 4 May 2011 13:13:04 +0000

You're ignoring the posts about your family John, maybe because you know I have a point.

This is a site devoted to dpw music. Go and listen to the song Ticket To Heaven and you may be able to relax a little. - JB

(98) Adrian
Sat, 30 April 2011 18:28:42 +0000

Listening to your music on Youtube in Yerevan, Armenia. Great to see you are still playing. Thanks for writing the song Here I Stand :)

(97) Ronald
Fri, 29 April 2011 20:49:02 +0000

Hi, I'm from Germany
I must say, your best song ... one of the best song I ever heart ... is MARIONETTES.

Yeah, our roadie during the early nineties, the one and only "Blue". I remember telling some vips at EMI that song would be a hit single if they released it. It was a case of a humble servant addressing the mighty warlords who looked at him as if he were a piece of litter blown in from the wind! Haha. But Blue was probably right and had the guts to speak his mind. A lot of people like that song .We did too as soon as we recorded it. - JB

(96) martin harding
Mon, 25 April 2011 22:15:09 +0000

dont you think its remarkable the amount of new bands who basically attempt to reach musical places the diesels have always been although none of them get close!

(95) delaney witt
Fri, 22 April 2011 21:16:35 +0000

your song Theres No Mercy On The Ground Tonight is all over kcml4 radio in Seattle.Its a very hip station and this track is being played alot by more than one joc.Thought you guys shold know

(94) Peter Thompson
Wed, 20 April 2011 19:35:15 +0000

Do you ever come up to the North West? Do you want suggestions for venues? Thanks

The North West rebel hinterland? Yeah where? - JB

(93) paul grey
Tue, 19 April 2011 08:06:25 +0000

you guys are fantastic i have only recently discovered what you do via a friend of mine who has been a long time fan. Is there any possibility of any US touring because your music is started to be played on some key alternative stations over here

(92) may grape
Tue, 12 April 2011 22:58:04 +0000

what was the story behind the original line up which included Mick Salisbury on guitar as well as Moth on drums not surviving the SA era

(91) Ade Man
Thu, 31 March 2011 23:50:13 +0000

Diesel Park West vs The Corporate Waltz is a marvellous lp. Many great bands are defined by their 3rd album and this tour de force adds to that theory. Inspired, passionate and honest writing combined with red hot musicianship and driving production make this a heavy weight contender alongside the already aclaimed Shakespeare Alabama.
As the man says :
"I dance to my own tune sucker
I won't do the Corporate Waltz"

Can't wait to hear the new album. Never stop!

The score so far:
Diesel Park West 8 - Corporate Waltz 0

(90) Mat Ward
Thu, 24 March 2011 15:50:25 +0000

John, hi i met you after your gig at The Musiscian in September last year to put a review together. Anyway chap, Sorry for the delay in contacting you but i thought you may be interested in seeing what i'd written. I have linked it below.

Thanks for giving me some of your time on the night, and for putting on a great show as now I have my own favorite John butler song, 'Maybe Tomorrow', really good song. Really good.

I hope the review is up to scratch anyway.



Mat's review

(89) nick tansley
Mon, 7 March 2011 10:27:13 +0000

hi, saw you as mx at buxton opera house, fantastic please play here again, we met once & enjoyed an evening at the bar oif the 12 bar in london i was born in leicester i think i was playing guitar with bex marshall at the time i also worked as a photographer for the daily star & other media i had a demo copy of decency from andy ross & could never understand why you weren't huge still listening to all your work fine lily fine is genius

(88) Alastair Law
Sun, 6 March 2011 21:28:32 +0000

I interviewed you in 1989 for the Coventry Evening Telegraph - and I said you would be massive. I don't know how/why you weren't!
I love, love, love your sound.
How much for a JB solo acoustic set?

Alastair: what happened was that the dreadful bigots at the BBC refused to support us, it really is as simple as that I am afraid. There was a bigshot there at the time who came to see us at the Hammersmith Odeon right at the point where we were about to break in 89 and he slagged us off, refusing to put any of our records onto their precious playlist. Later we found out the creep was a jealous failed musician who had tried for years to get a record deal and all that stuff. He played in a pub rock band in south London even then! If you want to leave a number at the Musician someone will get back to you regarding any booking fees - JB

(87) Jon Perrett
Tue, 1 March 2011 03:24:31 +0000

G'Day guys.
Was introduced to your music by an old mate and fellow bass player :- Mickey Paul, I bought your Shakespeare Alabama album. I still rate it as probably the best album ever made full of songs I wished I had written.
What is reassuring is to see your music is still living on; as it should be.
Should I chance to be in the UK ever again I will try and co ordinate it with a gig of yours.
You coming out to Aus ever?
Kind regards

Hi Jon - no, there are no plans to come over to Australia, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't if we were asked! Thanks for the support from the other side of the planet, it is very encouraging - JB

(86) Simon
Fri, 25 February 2011 23:21:02 +0000

Hi John

Caught the Musician gig Dec 2010 and would love to see you play here in Stamford at the Voodoo Lounge sometime. I've done a few promotions in the past, but the guys at the Lounge are also very good at supporting all the gigs they put on. Capacity's 120, what kind of fee would we be looking at (for DPW)?

Simon Ashley

Simon, leave a contact number at the Musician and our booker will get back to you - JB

(85) Liam
Wed, 23 February 2011 20:18:19 +0000

I'll give that a go John, Here's my best of 2 cd :


All the Myths on Sunday
The Waking Hour
Here I Stand
Jingle Jangle
Endless Chains (obviously!)
Fine Lily Fine (Record Mirror demo version)
Somewhere in the Afterglow
Hot Summer Water
Safe Life, Safe Times
The Cat's Still Scratching
Good Times Liberation Blues
The Corporate Waltz
There's no Mercy on the Ground Tonight
I Seee No Ships
Get Ready
Your Perfect Face
Bloody As Fur
What are You Dreaming Now
The Bridge
The Last of the Silent Friends

cd 2

Forever Partners
You St. Catherine
The Big Surprise
If They Ever Turn the Lights On
Tony's Garden
King Fluid
When it all becomes Available
The Days You Made
Montpellier on Ice
Ticket to Heaven
Perfect Love
She Called the Cops
The Girl with the Name
Friends and Enemies
To Be One
Zoom Day

That would be bloody good in my onion. I might just do my own one in fact.
What to call it though? Lester's Dirty Secret?

mmm not a bad list there although personally I would include some of the more radio-unfriendly tracks like Heathen a Go Go and Too Much!

Speaking of radio, imagine for just a divine minute if the producers of pop radio stopped spewing out the mind numbing cynical careerist drivel they do and instead realised that people have much richer souls than they assume. The world would change for the better within a year - JB

(84) Joe Waters
Tue, 22 February 2011 13:32:11 +0000

John, What do you reckon to Belinda Carlisle's I See No Ships? What songs would you put on a DPW career retrospective (2 cd set)? Ever wrote a song about the Foxes?

I thought her version was a bit rushed production wise but I was glad enough she recorded it.

Tell you what why don't you compile a list of tracks for a 2 cd best of and post them here. Same goes for anyone else reading this who might want to do that. That would be of informing interest to the band. We all have our favourite songs of course which can alter somewhat. When a song has been recorded it then becomes judged for a time on how the recording actually sounds, which is only natural. However in the end it surely must be the spirit of the song which becomes the final decider. I always liked Hippie Gonna Get You on the Freakgene album. Tell us what you would put there. That must be about twenty odd tracks.

If I wrote a song about the Foxes I would call it "Always the Bridesmaid Never the Priest" and dedicate the said work to the unknown hosiery worker.

- JB

(83) Warren
Mon, 21 February 2011 19:22:39 +0000

Well John I asked a question of the band several years ago when you used to do video replies and yes I go the records out of the attic a played them (and then bought the recent stuff to boot!) I remember you playing Aberdeen about 1990 supporting Big Country and you went down really well and then you came back to do a headline gig you played the venue the day before Texas when they were at their height which was unfortunate 'cos you didn't get the turnout you deserved. It was a really good gig anyway and the records are great, I keep going back. Do you think there will ever be a time when you've had enough of the business?

Ha ha Warren what a question. There may be a time when we have had enough of having no business more like. I am a fan of several underground US west coast bands whom I somehow assume are able to keep going and make some sort of living but in truth they probably struggle to survive. Thats the way it goes in music. No disrespect intended to the likes of Texas or Big Country but we have never felt the slightest creative empathy with those types of bands and it was ultimately ridiculous for a band like dpw to share a bill with them. I saw Sharleen on the tv briefly the other night and thought how fortunate she was to still get that kind of exposure. We would jump at the chance to do five minutes on the Jools Holland TV thing for instance and demonstrate just what a hardcore rock n roll band we really are with material to back it up. That's the real frustration in dpw, we know what we have but can't get it out to people at the level it should be on. If anything was gonna break our backs though it would have been that a long time ago but here we still are! One reason we do the Marrakesh thing is so we can make some bread and keep the guitars plugged into a vibe which musically is close to our own thing. We have some strong new material ready to put out and will probably offer it via this site soon. Thanks for staying with us - JB

(82) Elaine and Martin
Thu, 17 February 2011 20:45:19 +0000

What happened to the WImborne Tivoli gig in May??? We were really excited about it and it has disappeared!

This gig has been re-scheduled for next year due to a "clerical " error - JB

(81) John Smith
Sun, 13 February 2011 14:44:44 +0000

Hi John,
Is there anywhere where I can get hold of your track - Streets of Leicester? I love the arrangement and your vocals on it.

John Smith.

The song was the b side to our single Personal Lives which I would imagine is hard to find now but not impossible. Try Voiceprint. - JB

(80) steve
Wed, 9 February 2011 20:20:28 +0000

Fan since first hearing "Shakespeare" when it came out. Saw you once at The Borderline years ago. Eric Clapton was there and said to us how good you were. Glad to see you're still playing those fine songs.


steve (with Decency playing on vinyl in the background.)

(79) Billy
Sun, 6 February 2011 20:38:40 +0000

Having saw you years ago as Big Country's backing band I have always loved the music. Outwith the current tour dates planned would you consider contacting Ian Grant of Big Country Management to back the band up in their tour in Scotland in April.

Billy see guestbook question 83.However business is business so er ..maybe! - JB

(78) Steve Clark
Sat, 5 February 2011 19:14:48 +0000

Hi John,

Have you ever had a so called real job or have you always made a living from the music?

Cheers Steve

Yes I was a fork lift truck driver at the Bostick glue factory in Leicester for about a month. Couldn't stick it. - JB

(77) Elaine and Martin
Thu, 3 February 2011 13:40:20 +0000

Hiya! Babs has just informed me that Marrakesh Express are playing Wimborne in May! Can't wait! Will be great to see you back down here in Dorset and have a few beers!

(76) Michael Collins
Tue, 25 January 2011 18:09:29 +0000

Hi to all the guys in the band

I saw the marrakesh express gig at the boom boom club in sutton and saturday and I was blown away. I know pete feenstra and he told me a while back who you really are and I was surprised. A friend of mine used to own a record shop and he had a couple of your albums and he played to me and I thought that they were fantastic and I have love your music since.

It would be great to see you as Diesel park west at sutton I know that it would be a great gig.

Keep up the great work lads


Michael Collins

(75) Don E.
Tue, 25 January 2011 06:25:10 +0000

Just wanted to say hello from west Texas across the pond. Been a fan since I heard Shakespeare in early '90's - you definitely have your own groove. BTW that CD made it into my box reserved for masterpiece status. Keep it going

(74) bob
Sun, 23 January 2011 11:16:36 +0000

just wanted to say i saw the the sutton town marrakech gig last night 22.1.11 with some friends and thought the whole thing was fabulous, i am sure other people would be interested in seeing you around london in that guise. I only discovered yr real identity as the result of a chance conversation with someone more knowledgeable in the crowd, would you not like more people to know that the band has a venerable alter ego?

Bob, well we are always keen for people to pick up on where the band is at so in a way it doesn't matter which version of it they actually pick up on. Our take on everything is that the music comes first providing it holds sufficient quality to suggest all is not lost in the war against the forces of crap. Glad you enjoyed the gig and thanks for getting in touch. - JB

(73) N Ingham
Mon, 10 January 2011 13:33:29 +0000

Just wanted to say how much I love your music. I had a couple of DPW LP's as a student in the late 80's. I've just rediscovered how great they are when converting them to MP3's for my ipod. I just love everything about them - the melodies, the harmonies, the lyrics - EVERYTHING!

I can't wait to let my kids listen to them - a pleasant change from the overproduced drivle being recorded by most mainstream artists they get to hear.

Any chance DPW doing gigs in Yorkshire in 2011?

Glad to hear that .Keep the young informed I say .Teach Your Children! - JB

(72) christopher ward
Thu, 6 January 2011 23:50:05 +0000

hi john can you tell me how geoff beven is please because i aint seen him for a while many thanks chris ward

Geoff is fine and playing great . Quite dapper is he these daze! - JB

(71) chris hyde
Sun, 2 January 2011 17:49:27 +0000

hi,when are DPW playing again,cheers,chris

(70) Terry Bennion
Tue, 28 December 2010 16:37:10 +0000

Hiya, I used to be a friend of Rick's quite a few years ago and I went to lots of DPW gigs in and around Leicester with Curry Ron, Alan, Holty and co.
Retired and living in the Isle of Man now...come over and play here, there are some good gigs, especially in the summer.
Still lovin' it.

(69) chris hyde
Thu, 23 December 2010 20:47:57 +0000

hi,Wot a g8 band and a g8 gig at the musician on 17th dec,loved every minute of it and was singing my head off all night.Been a big fan for years and am always listening to yer music.Anymore gigs planned? Would travel around the country to watch,cheers and dont stop playing,chris

(68) David Kemp
Sun, 19 December 2010 16:11:25 +0000

Hi. Great gig on Friday at the Musician. Well worth the trip from the north east.

(67) John Smith
Sun, 19 December 2010 00:00:48 +0000

great gig at the musician last night lads! Really great to see the band live who i look up too. cheers.

(66) Fred Gill
Fri, 10 December 2010 20:23:15 +0000

Hi, Caught your gig at Butlins (& I realise that it was a special for the event - not your usual set) and thought that you were wonderful. I will be searching out the back catalog and finding out more... But ... are you likeley to be doing any gigs in the East / North Yorkshire areas any time in the near future? When should I be checking out the website for tour news?

Best regards
F3rd Gill

(65) smiffy
Tue, 7 December 2010 23:02:02 +0000

Awesome set at Skeggy! - It made the whole weekend worthwhile for me. See the pix I took at

(64) Sue Marchant
Tue, 7 December 2010 17:37:35 +0000

Loved your show at Skeggy, Fabulous Voices!!!

(63) Mike Davenport
Tue, 7 December 2010 13:19:10 +0000

Despite living in Leicester I also had to go to Skeggy to see your 'Marrakech' set (?) - absolutely wonderful. Kept me in the room although I'd planned to check out Sandi Thom as well ........ What set are you doing at the Musician later this month?

(62) Judy McCann
Tue, 7 December 2010 13:09:15 +0000

Saw the band at the Folk Festival at Skegness truly one of the best acts at the festival. Loved your covers of Crosby Stills and Nash brought back great memories of that era. Keep making great music . Thanks

(61) Steve Brookwell
Sun, 5 December 2010 10:25:54 +0000

Hi guys, I have been a long fan of yours for many years. I recently dug out my Shakespeare Album, so awesome. The Boy of top of the World is a sensation. I once saw you all play in Southport Arts Centre in front of about 100 people. You deserve so much more. Not easy to find your work anywhere.


(60) terry lockhart
Wed, 3 November 2010 12:03:00 +0000

Ever thought about playing a set in Belfast ?... i just recently found my gatefold copy of "fall to love" i bought back in '92 .... blew me away yet again ! your up there in my top ten, along with my other favorite group ...xtc..jesus ! what a headline act that would be, dpw and xtc ! joe public would'nt know if they had just been stuffed up, blowin up or just plain fucked up ! ....dream on terry, dream on.....!

(59) Greg Wilson
Sat, 23 October 2010 09:08:23 +0000

Saw you at Cardiff Uni 88/ 89 ? Just rediscovered Shakespeare Alabama, Here I Stand magnificent.

Greg - Bingley

(58) steve
Sun, 17 October 2010 17:42:12 +0000


Saw you do Brunel Uni in, oh, 87ish, great gig, and "Princess do" is still one of my all time fav songs, keep that torch burning bright!

Love and best wishes from Berlin

(57) steve
Sun, 17 October 2010 17:42:11 +0000


Saw you do Brunel Uni in, oh, 87ish, great gig, and "Princess do" is still one of my all time fav songs, keep that torch burning bright!

Love and best wishes from Berlin

(56) Nathan Kington
Mon, 11 October 2010 19:56:09 +0000

Still one of the best fucking bands on earth! Have been a fan since the Decency days!

(55) Ade Man
Sun, 3 October 2010 09:10:33 +0000

Hi chaps,

Really enjoying Blood and Grace - it's brilliant! Great work. Thanks.

Much respect.



(54) John Smith
Sun, 26 September 2010 14:47:50 +0000

Hi John,
Great seeing you perform last night mate - and great to talk to you! Sorry me and my folks couldnt stay for the second set. Keep an eye out for my band 'counterfeit'. See you on friday. Best wishes,

(53) beverly ann
Sun, 26 September 2010 11:25:35 +0000

Please tell Rick to come to Southport .With his Brother

(52) Babs
Thu, 23 September 2010 10:00:32 +0000

Hello chaps. See you next friday. It's been too long.
B x

(51) Toni Roig
Wed, 15 September 2010 21:29:13 +0000

Hi everyone. I'm a DPW fan from Barcelona, in love with the band from the very first time I saw the video of a song called All the myths... well, you know. I treasure my collection of DPW and John's recordings and I'd like the ask a very naive question (sorry): being one of the greatest misteries in rock music why DPW is not as big as, well, really anything, I'd like to know what do you people do for a living apart from the band. It may sound silly but it really worries me.

Thank you for years of pleasure and 'thought for food', having you around is so rewarding... Cheers from Barcelona!!!

(50) Phil
Sun, 5 September 2010 17:56:44 +0000

Is "Celebrate" on the new album? it really should have an official release, such a great groove!! Phil - Leicester.

(49) Ross McMillan
Fri, 27 August 2010 17:46:33 +0000

Would love it if you came to Edinburgh. Even play at my house ..


(48) andy davidson
Thu, 19 August 2010 21:58:54 +0000

a question for John

re a previous question regarding worst gigs, you said when the drummer went home!!
saw you in widowmaker way back in 1977 in Sheffield where the drummer was drunk and dismantled his kit cutting the set short, any recolections of that night?

plus what was Luther like to work with ? i love his playing and thought too late to cry was, and still is, a great album

cheers for the dpw albums and solo stuff, keep them coming

(47) John Smith
Thu, 12 August 2010 16:58:33 +0000

Hi John & Rick!
You;ve probably noticed me writing here before about your gigs and guitars. . . But may I ask what amplifiers and fx you use these days?. I can hear delays on some things, bit of vib.. maybe a vox ac30? .. sorry im a nosy musician hahaaha. By the way i look forward to seeing you John in september again at the musician. and hopefully the whole band in december at the musician!

Best wishes,

(46) Kate Hamilton
Tue, 10 August 2010 22:16:37 +0000

Hi there,

I was at the Half Moon on Friday - really enjoyed it!

I'm finding myself haunted by "I'm not broken'; not one I knew before. Is there any where I can get hold of it?



(45) jill Eckersley
Tue, 10 August 2010 13:57:00 +0000

Terrific set at the Half a chance to catch up with Blue, Fiona, Jude, Elaine and Martin after...too long.

Thanks guys, it was great. Hope Geoff is OK BTW.

Se you next time!

(44) Allyn
Mon, 9 August 2010 13:49:22 +0000

I also video'd most of your set at The Half Moon and posted it on Youtube:

It occurs to me that I should have asked you guys for permission before hand...if you have any objections let me know...

In any case, I think they turned out pretty well...hope you and everyone enjoys them!

(43) Allyn
Sun, 8 August 2010 16:14:51 +0000


I really enjoyed your show at The Half Moon. It's been a couple of years since I've seen you's been too long!

(42) Kevin Duncan
Sat, 7 August 2010 17:17:38 +0000

John, Rick and Rob.

I just wanted to thank you guys for letting me join you on stage at the Half Moon last night. You are great sports and it was a hell of a buzz. I only stepped out for a curry and a few beers - next thing I know I was rocking out with some brilliant musicians, Like Princes Do.

All the best.


(41) Terry Gannon
Fri, 6 August 2010 11:02:26 +0000

Hi John

Just had to say 'Well Done' and keep it up.

very best regards

(40) Dave
Wed, 28 July 2010 10:32:29 +0000

Just thought you might be interested in this blog post about the Diesels:

(39) tony hannaford
Thu, 22 July 2010 18:03:35 +0000

Ever since Shakespeare Alabama I've been looking out for a band that remotely matches the wonderful blend of musicianship, melody, production and references to west coast greats that this album contained. Ain't heard nothing yet.

So I just keep coming back to your music...and Forever Changes.



(38) Takako
Mon, 12 July 2010 13:41:59 +0000

Hello from Japan!
Hope everyone in the band is well.
OMG,it's been 10 years now since I saw your gig in 2000.
I wish I could going to see your gigs someday soon.


(37) Cliff Bergdahl
Fri, 9 July 2010 20:11:37 +0000

Hello John, The Half-Moon, Putney a must! I am so glad you are still doing some gigs. I have seen you a number of times including making a pilgrimage to Leicester a couple of years back- I have a poster from the front of the pub to prove it! Thanks for the Q & A idea. I mentioned to you backstage one time that i had seen Moby Grape live at the Fillmore East- circa 1968, complete with "Joe's Lights", an amazing back projection of light and colour. I came to hear your Byrds tribute when you played at Northolt/S. Harrow. I never know why your supreme efforts have been neglected by many who should know better. In fact Rick doing the Byrds was a real eye opener as to what a good player he is. I'm glad he is teaching as I hope others can pick up on his inspiration. More jangling? I just bought the new Pretenders live DVD/CD today. I've got your DVD with all the excellent (and rare) footage from over the years. Cliff B.

(36) David Kemp
Sun, 4 July 2010 14:21:55 +0000

Hi. Are you guys planning your December Musician gig this year? I've travelled down from Durham for the last three years. It's a great way to start the Christmas holidays. If so, any chance of putting in 'King Fluid'? I've seen the band a few times over the years and I can't recall ever hearing it.

(35) Mike Walsh
Tue, 29 June 2010 20:45:38 +0000

John: Been a fan since your days with Widowmaker. I have the pictures from NYC to prove it. I don't think that's a fond memory for you, but it is for me. I'm coming over to the UK in mid-November. ANY chance of the band/solo performance then or is it too early to tell?

(34) Mats Karlsson
Tue, 22 June 2010 12:14:34 +0000


I've followed your steps ever since I first heard 'Like Princes do''. I really love most of it, but for me "Versus the corporate waltz" stands out as your finest work. It's still top ten of all records in my book.

Don't know if you've ever been playing in Sweden, but I haven't seen you live. But I will plan a trip to London just to see you there. Someday.

Looking forward to the new record!

All the best

(33) Nicola Mackay
Sun, 16 May 2010 13:55:20 +0000

Hi there,
Just wondering if you could add Scotland to your list of possible gigs. Just looking at past Q&A, and the one from Ireland. I saw you that year in Aberdeen, Jan 1989! Great night and have been a fan since! Great new website!

(32) Paul Wilkie
Thu, 13 May 2010 07:14:18 +0000

Hi John,

Just thought I'd drop by and say hello. Do you still have the blonde 65 Twin Reverb I sold you? Boy I miss that amp. Glad it went to a good home though. It was replaced soon after with a Cornford which isn't quite as ear splittingly loud.

Keep up the good work and maybe you would consider a few gigs a little further north?



(31) Terry
Tue, 11 May 2010 20:47:14 +0000

Hi Fellas,

Like another of the posters here, I was introduced to the band via Big Country - I also saw you support someone else around that time Godfathers?? Men They Couldn't Hang ?? NMA?? The Alarm?? but the most memorable gig I can remember was at The Garage in Highbury, I was privileged enough to be right at the front for the entire show! Anyway, 20+ years on and Shakespeare Alabama hasn't lost any of it's sparkle and is still one of my fave albums of all time. Pure guitar heaven!!

John I am really intrigued as to what the Orange guitar you played in the early days was/is. I have not seen another like it, the body looks like a Fender Coronado but the headstock more like a Gibson. I have diligently studied the 'Damned Anthems' DVD to try and get a closer look but I'm no wiser.

Hope to catch you all at the Half Moon in the summer.

(30) Marguerite Parkinson
Sun, 9 May 2010 16:15:24 +0000

Hey there!
When are you down south again?
Marguerite Parkinson here.......Formally Nicholls,
Mate of Bab's from year's back.
Hip Relacement is fantastic !!
Love You All
Ya sound amazing as always X

(29) Colin Huggins
Wed, 5 May 2010 12:11:08 +0000

Saw you guys as The Marakesh Express in Hullbridge (my village). Was a great night but when you come back in a couple of week is there any chance of at least one DPW song?

(28) John Smith
Sat, 1 May 2010 15:13:18 +0000

Hi John!
just a quick message to say thanks for a great night of entertainment at the musician last night, me and my dad really enjoyed your music! We look forward to your next solo gig! next time, i will come over and introduce myself if thats okay. Im a musician aswell.

All the best,

(27) Jim Fothergill
Wed, 21 April 2010 17:04:35 +0000

Hi guys, would be great if you toured the next album...looking forward to about a gig in Kendal?.....two good venues..bootleggers music bar and the brewery arts centre...just a thought....cheers. Jim

(26) Liam
Thu, 15 April 2010 18:13:27 +0000

1.How are you able to make a living out of music in this day and age?

2.Do you feel the music press misjudged the band?

3.What was the reason for Geoff leaving after Corporate Waltz and how is he doing these days?

4.What was the story of your relationship with Balfe and Food?

5.If you were given the opportunity to change anything on Decency, would you change it and what would you do?

6.How difficult was it for the band after Moth left to find a replacement?

7.Was there any major label interest after EMI/Food?

8.How did you get into Moby Grape and Springfield etc?

9. What's the bands repuatation like in the music industry?

10.What are you most proud of about the band?

11.What's the future for Diesel Park West?

(25) mick salisbury
Tue, 13 April 2010 11:46:55 +0000

Hello John
Just been watching your your songs, It was a long time ago but you had some fantastic tunes. b NATURAL would be your epitaph.

(24) Paul Quinn
Mon, 5 April 2010 20:03:58 +0000

Just found you!
So cool as after seeing you support Big Country then me and my friend followed you everywhere, remember nottingham university, Brum university, still got foto's, The Charlotte Leicester. some pub in Brum!!!
Happy days keep on rocking lads

(23) Steve Wilkins
Fri, 2 April 2010 16:53:44 +0000

Interested to read about " What kept you ? "
Where online might I locate a copy ?

(22) Jonathan McKernie
Sun, 28 March 2010 20:42:40 +0000

OK on the Q & A you've answered saying the album of 'lost songs' is called What Kept You and is available online.

Any ideas where? Can't see it in any of the usual online emporiums.

(21) dave cook
Sun, 28 March 2010 15:54:58 +0000

Hi dpw
where can i find the album "what kept you" , i have looked every where but can't find it.
when will the new cd be released.

(20) Stanley Bowles
Tue, 23 March 2010 18:33:16 +0000

What were your best and worst gigs?

(19) Tony Kelly
Mon, 22 March 2010 14:12:18 +0000

Hi there, just wondering if you had any plans to come to Ireland? Saw you support Big Country in 1989 and thought you were brilliant. Bell of Hope is one of my favourite tracks.

(18) John Smith
Sun, 21 March 2010 21:10:48 +0000

Hi all,
Im 19yrs old, guitarist from Leicester. I've been a fan of Ricks playing for sometime now. Could i ask you Rick, What telecaster is it that ive seen you with on several videos?

All the best,

(17) Steve Wilkins
Sun, 21 March 2010 14:30:54 +0000

Good to see the new site and a few gigs on the horizon.
Looking forward to the new record.
Possible title ( One we're all victims of.......), Almost lost my hair,

Any recommended listening ? - I'd suggest the Wreckless Eric radio show, from his website.

Hope to see you at the Half Moon...

(16) Llewellyn Morris
Fri, 19 March 2010 19:15:22 +0000

Come on John, spill the beans.What tuning do you use?

(15) Pete Wyatt
Fri, 19 March 2010 09:31:05 +0000

Thanks for the tip Jonathan but I'd already got B & G from an Amazon seller.Cost a bit more, just hope the group got some of the money. There's a Grace, could be a hit single if there were hit singles anymore....

(14) Jonathan McKernie
Tue, 16 March 2010 13:55:28 +0000

What ever happened to the album that was planned a year or so ago.? Forget the name but it was to be a compilation of 'lost songs' from @1992 onwards.

(13) Jonathan McKernie
Sun, 14 March 2010 18:51:29 +0000

And to the guy below wanting 'Blood and Grace' there's a copy on ebay (not mine!) for £2.99 at the moment.

(12) Jonathan McKernie
Sun, 14 March 2010 18:46:48 +0000

The news of a new album has had me compiling a best of for my ipod.

Gems aplenty. Sure it's got nearly all of Shakespeare Alabama on it, but I try to include a track from every album when doing a best of and it's no hardship with DPW. Couple of b'sides too.

Now to groove with it until the new sounds.

All the best.

(11) Gary Egerton
Sat, 13 March 2010 10:06:07 +0000

Heay Guys, don't take this the wrong way but I didn't know you were still around!

I bought your album "Shakespeare alabama" back in the 80's and played it to death. Recently bought a turntable and dusted down the old vinyl and again I'm playing it to death, its a timeless piece of work, truely excellent.

Are you going to be playing in Manchester any time in the future?


(10) Pete Wyatt
Sun, 7 March 2010 20:34:56 +0000

Hi again (see message 7), Where can I get a copy of Blood and Grace?- I like to own the record not an MP 3 and we need your songs for our US Road Trip compilations nestled in between the Byrds, the Springfield and all our other mates.....Drop us a line
Pete and Penny

(9) Paul Kewley
Sun, 7 March 2010 11:17:33 +0000

Hi John,

Looking forward to hearing the new album.

Been a fan for more years than I care to remember

John your lyrics move through the music adding a depth and colour and
insight which makes you a great song writer .

Keep the faith

Paul Kewley

(8) mark cunningham
Thu, 4 March 2010 13:41:40 +0000

hi lasy saw you u play was way back at fibbers in york in the 90's man. me and a bunch of mates sat down with you and your band of that period and had a great chat...happay days.I'm from bradford hav'nt seen you round these parts for years. Good to see you still rocking dude keep cool be well.

(7) Pete Wyatt
Tue, 2 March 2010 12:25:13 +0000

Guys, We saw you give an extraordinary Byrds/CSNY show in Bilston in October.I wrote to you c/o of the venue but never heard anything back. Also tried to get Blood and Grace from but no luck.
Hope to see you again somewhere (we're in the west country now) and good luck with recordings and gigs and trying to get people to listen to 'GOOD' music.

(6) Dave Gapinski
Mon, 1 March 2010 03:12:39 +0000

Congrats on the new DPW site. It has a great look. You had me worried when the other website unexpectedly disappeared for a week or so! Now a new site AND new songs about to be released! Any idea on when the new music will be released? Best of luck guys!

Dave Gapinski

(5) Peter Swabey
Sat, 27 February 2010 13:00:43 +0000

Been into the band since I saw you support Big Country far too many years back to remember.
Want to come and see you on 4th March at 100 Club.
What can you tell me about the gig? Acoustic, new songs, greatest hits?
Looking forward ...

(4) alex
Fri, 26 February 2010 11:24:50 +0000

hi, a friend of mine , top barman Simon, keeps going on about Saint Jude at the 100 Club so I looked at dates and fell off my chair when i saw your name /playing 4th March. I cannot make that date but will endeavour to come to more gigs. In all the purges of my vinyl, have never got rid of your first album because i had loved it so much, so now have done my litte tour of youtube and been reminded of some of those songs and more. oh and of the video for Like Princes Do which you shot in Marrakesh and ... I was there...

Very happy to look forward to your new album sirs.


(3) Llewellyn Morris
Thu, 25 February 2010 22:30:09 +0000

Is there anywhere I can find any tabs for DPW songs? I noticed that John plays his guitar upside down so IM guessing the tabs would be unorthodox. Anyway, take it easy.

(2) Bob Cianci
Thu, 25 February 2010 21:49:10 +0000

Hello John...I'm glad you guys are still slogging onward. I did review Blood & Grace for a newspaper called The Pike County Press recently and might be able to track down a tearsheet for you. I hope that one day you'll be able to get to the New York City area for a show. Hit me back at my email if you care to. DPW has been my fave British band for years now, and I love turning people on to your music. They inevitably say, "Wow, that's great. Who are they?"