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Interview with Peter Green and Nigel Watson
By MuzikMan
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2001-11-14
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[MuzikMan] Gentleman, I would like to start by saying that "Time Traders" is a fabulous album. Everyone contributed quite a bit to the project. Is this what makes it so exciting and interesting from the start when you are working through the creative processes? A lot of groups have a main focal point. Peter, do you feel that way with all the attention you get, or do you feel like one of the guys in the band just like everyone else and its just that people perceive you differently?

Peter Green One day soon I hope to be an equal member of the band.

Nigel Watson We all bounce ideas off each other in the studio.

[MuzikMan] This question I am sure you are asked a lot Peter, but I just really would like to know and understand. What really happened to you when you disappeared from the music scene? What happened that pushed you away so completely and for so long? You read a lot of stories, which I really wonder if they are fact or fiction, it's like that with anything you read I guess. What are your thoughts and feelings on all of this?

Peter Green The main reason is that I became ill.

[MuzikMan] Peter, after being away from playing so long how long did it take you to get back in a groove?

Peter Green A long time ? and I'm still working on it.

[MuzikMan] Nigel how did you meet Peter? Was he an influence on you as a guitar player long before you joined a group with him?

Nigel Watson We lived in the same town. Peter began to be an influence when he was in John Mayall's band.

[MuzikMan] Peter, are glad you had all of the experiences with Fleetwood Mac? Are you back in contact with any of the group members since you got back into music? Or have you never lost touch?

Peter Green Fleetwood Mac was a stepping-stone to get to where I am now. I'm still in touch with Mick.

[MuzikMan] Peter and Nigel, do you feel that your energy is not only compatible but also spontaneous? Do you feel that you inspire and make each other reach for greater heights as musicians? I would think that's what it's all about, to feel totally energized and motivated all the time to want to continue to work with each other. Am I on target with that question?

Peter Green Yes, fairly much so.

Nigel Watson Ever since we picked up guitars again it's been spontaneous with a bit of magic from time to time.

[MuzikMan] Peter, do you feel like one of the grand old men of the blues now when you see the younger guns playing?

Peter Green Yes.

[MuzikMan] How do you both feel about being on a long tour, will that happen? What are your plans presently to promote your new release? What is going to happen in the future for 'The Splinter Group'?

Peter Green Traveling is a miracle career.

Nigel Watson I love being on the road. The band aims to go on more tours and make more albums.

[MuzikMan] What is the one thing that has happened to you both while in music as a career that you will never forget, both good and bad? What did you both do before music came into your life as a way to make a living?

Peter Green The worst thing that happened to me was drugs. The best thing was getting a number one hit.

Nigel Watson The worst thing to happen to me was the letdowns by some of my blood relatives. The best thing was meting Peter in the mid 1960s

[MuzikMan] Whom do you feel is making the most valid musical statement today? What kind of music do you feel is absolute garbage, if any, and what is the most exciting and enjoyable?

Peter Green Eric Bibb has got something to say.

Nigel Watson Bill Withers is always valid. I hate toy-town lyrics sung by manufactured bands.

[MuzikMan] Do either of you read magazines related to the industry or surf the web to check out related sites? Or do you prefer to look into other interests while reading or in cyberspace. Is there a preference on the modality of obtaining information, or does it matter?

Peter Green I love collecting interesting old guitars.

Nigel Watson I don't surf the Net. I also collect guitars and love watching nature.

[MuzikMan] Who do you both feel were the most influential and important blues artists over the last forty years?

Peter Green Eric Clapton influenced me to listen to all the others like Otis Rush and the Three Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie).

Nigel Watson Robert Johnson, Peter Green and Jimi Hendrix.

[MuzikMan] What do both feel you would like to accomplish with the 'Splinter Group'? Do either one of you have a desire to make other kinds of music besides rock and blues? 'Uganda Woman' was interesting, can we expect more of that kind of change with the direction of the group, or was that song a rarity?

Peter Green To be a completely accomplished musician.

Nigel Watson To be successful and to keep up with Peter's progress. Yes, you can expect anything.

[MuzikMan] How has the press and fans received you in England? Is the reaction the same to your music their as it is in the U.S.?

Peter Green Every night is different ? never mind the country.

Nigel Watson Reactions to the record on both sides (of the Atlantic) are very favorable.

[MuzikMan] Many thanks to you both, I appreciate your time.

www.snappermusic.com/petergreen


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