I have not long since got back from Australia, where I stayed for
3 months. I'm a bit snowed under at the moment, Pete's here with
me and we are working hard to get to get this project we're working
on wrapped up, so we are busy bashing away in the recording studio.
You remember I told you about it last time we spoke, the musical
for Bill Kenwright, and we are on the last leg of that now: "The
Story of Androcles and the Lion", but it will probably be called
Will it be released on CD in the future?
RF: Well, that all depends on how it does on stage; everything will
follow on from that, I think. But at this moment we have very high
hopes for it and basically, my whole life is revolving around this
musical at the moment.
Talking about musicals, there was an article in a British Airways
In Flight magazine saying that two former members of 10cc were writing
a musical based on Graham Greene's novel titled "Brighton Rock".
Can you shed any light on this for us?
RF: Well, actually...You're kidding me, I'd love to see a copy of
that, because it is actually Pete (Howarth) and me. Well, he did
do a short stint with Graham and me at
some festivals and the Café Royal in London but he was never
in 10cc as you well know. But that's amazing this article appearing
in a In Flight magazine on British Airways. I just cannot believe
it. Well, let me think now. This is a project that the pair of us
started, God it was a long time ago, and we both got very far
into it and to this day I still think that some of the finest stuff
I have ever written was on that project. It fell through because
I think Bill Kenwright got the jitters about it; I think the Graham
Greene story became very complicated due to the Graham Greene estate
and also it became very costly. In the end he went cold on it which
is a shame because there was a lot of good work on that.
When are you seeing Graham again?
RF: Well, I will be seeing him at the weekend and it's sad because
we had to cancel a tour we had planned at the end of the year. But
we do have a few gigs lined up for July and August in Bradford,
Sheffield and Newmarket and also some festivals in the summer. I
do not have all the gigs listed at the moment but as soon as I have
them, I shall let you know where they are. In the meantime keep
a look out for us. But Eric will definitely not be with us which
is a tragic shame because I miss playing with him terribly and I'd
love to work with him again in the future.