Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by beatleroadie, May 30, 2012.
What are some good questions I should ask him that he hasn't been asked a million times?
What phase of the Byrds' career (band, album) did he most enjoy and why?
If it goes well, ask him the ones that he liked the least.
So did Gram Parsons really bail out of the Byrds because he didn't want to to go to RSA or was there another story?
Also, does he now regret going there during the Apartheid era?
"Can I call you Jim?"
I'd ask him how he worked in the studio with Clarence White. What was there chemistry like as guitarists..?
Is there any current music that you are into?
Is there any album or song from throughout your career that you wish you had done in a different style?
Ask him to comment on the death of Levon Helm.
How great did it feel when Tom Petty went off on that (producer ? engineer ?) on his behalf ?
(as seen in the Heartbreakers film, Runnin' Down A Dream)
Is he ever going to do another solo album of original material (i.e. like Back From Rio)? If so, would he consider having Crosby sing harmonies on a couple of tunes?
I would avoid any Byrds reunion questions. Roger always says no to that one.
He kind of answers that in the film, doesn't he?
If I remembered, I wouldn't be asking.
Fair enough. I believe he called Petty "My Hero" or something to that effect.
Ask him why he is so adverse to a Byrds reunion. Their 50th will be here before we know it and Crosby and Hillman would jump at the chance.
Here's what he said last year....It's pretty much the same reply he's been giving for the last 20....
Ask him if he remembers exactly when the Byrds recorded the version of "Why" that is on Younger than Yesterday (ie, the third version of the song). There is debate about whether it was recorded in February of 1966 (during the 5D sessions) or in December of 1966 (during the YTY sessions). Details and lots of discussion (but no conclusions reached) on this thread.
What Byrds' line-up was his favorite.
Then ask him about his plans for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Byrds, i.e. documentary, special releases. A one-off reunion, maybe?
Don't long suffering Byrds fans deserve something??
I know you are a big fan, but they already reunited in 1973 & 1990, what more do you want? Gene Clark is dead and the reunions were certainly nothing like they were in their prime. Most reunions usually underwhelm anyway.
FWIW, I read somewhere McGuinn was working on a doc on his life.
When was the last time he played SOTR?
I was wondering if Roger ever puts on Sweetheart or the Byrds albums that followed. Those are my favorites.
I'd ask him if he's still fascinated with space travel, what he thinks about the end of the shuttle program and the possibility of going to Mars.
(Then after he's all buttered up suggest the idea of doing some full LP Byrds reunion tours, Starting with Fifth Dimension.)
My questions are boring-
1. I thought you used a thumb pick with the Ric. Now I see it was a flatpick along with the metal fingerpicks. That's hard for me to do... very easy though with thumb pick and metal fingerpicks... did you ever use a thumbpick in your technique with the metal fingerpicks?.
2. Was your Ric mic'd via amp? Or direct to the console on early sessions?
3. Did you overdub a second pass on your leads to fatten them up? I can't really tell. When I overdub a Ric onto itself, I get mud.
4. Why won't you play on my sessions?
Love to hear what the focus of the Byrds Asylum reunion would have been if he had been more in charge of things and not Crosby. How would he have done it differently. And, just for the hell of it ask him if he heard the Starry Eyed and Laughing lp's from about that same time frame. They were an English band who worshipped the Byrds sound.
Oh, and ask him about those Gene Clark tracks that all five original Byrds appeared on in the early seventies.
Ask Roger if there has ever been any effort to compile a video history of The Byrds for commercial release.
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