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The Feeling: Creative Control Again

Christine Connallon By

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Gillespie- Sells concurs, "We've been to New York so many times and one day, we're gonna see him! I don't know what I'd do but just say, Saw Bowie! Yeah, walking down the street in New York and saw Bowie!" When asked about the last great concert they saw, both proclaimed Roger Waters Wall as bring brilliant and still relevant.

"Probably the best concert I've seen production wise, just sound wise. Everything wise! It was amazing," praised Gillespie-Sells.

"Plus we grew up with that album in our parents' record collections, both listened to it as kids," added Jones. "So it's in my psyche. I've seen the live DVDs of the early tours several times. What he can do with modern technology and projection and the fact that everything can be totally synched up now. I was talking to Nick Mason about when they originally did the gigs and they just had to watch the screen and follow it! That's how they did it. They would watch and say, oh, I have to speed up a bit. When they build the wall and the projection appears on the brick, as soon as they put it down, its mind blowing! Like, how'd they do that?"

One night later, in an intimate gathering at BMG offices , the duo settled behind their instruments, Gillespie-Sells moved seamlessly from piano to guitar, Jones held a new bass that he bought on this trip. A life-sized cutout of Roy Orbison stood sentry behind them in the corner, photobombing nearly all photos taken. The industry and press folks on hand met the stripped down set with enthusiastic applause, eager for the full band's return to tour later this year.

Additional contributions by Mike Perciaccante.

Photo Credit: Christine Connallon

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