Hey guys and gals,
The folks from FIXX management here. We thought it might be a good idea to try to
clear up some of the questions, misconceptions and conjecture that has been floating around here lately.
First, Steve was dead-on with everything he’s said so far. There was never a promise of a “World Tour 2011” from anybody connected with the band. It’s simply not their style. No one should be waiting for the day when a flood of tour dates for the entire year are released. It is an ongoing process. Tour dates are updated regularly. Also, the band has made a conscious decision to not play “hole in the wall” type venues, so you’ll notice that the dates are indeed more selective.
Secondly, we don’t announce “unofficial” dates because they are in fact….“unofficial”. It wouldn’t be fair to you, the venues or the promoters involved to do so. In some cases, the promoters ask us NOT to announce some dates until they are ready to go on sale. For instance, if we were going to play in Orlando this July, they may ask us not to announce the date until the end of June So we stick with the “more dates are coming” which some say is hype. Although someone else suggests we say things like “We’re trying to get a few more dates for this summer in the States” okay, that’s true, we’ll go with that.
Thirdly, a few misconceptions…..there was never a “promise” of a live Reach The Beach recording. It was an idea that was floated and then shelved….maybe it gets discussed again…maybe not. But the eventual decision was to focus on moving forward with new material.
Also, the idea of doing the album live and any other band's tours are completely unrelated…none of our bands knew of the other’s plan, and its a common thing.... many acts have done a similar thing. I also don’t think anyone from the Fixx ever posted anything that said it was happening. Next, although we appreciate the concern, the travel cost and gear issues are very well in hand, so no need for you guys to worry about such things!! Finally, actually CD sales are still quite important and still account for a major portion of sales (especially for bands with some heritage), however, no one has ever suggested that tracks will not be available for download (they will be)…but to release them as they were completed would be to do so without the focused marketing and attention that a full album release will bring. We get it. We're in the same century as you.
Lastly, the new Fixx album is called “Beautiful Friction” it consists of all-new songs (not ones that have been floating around), written by the Fixx. It is produced by Nick Jackson and mixed by Stephen W Tayler. None of these songs have yet been played live! In fact, many of the songs on the album were written since last fall.
Although the recording phase is complete,(and that’s what was reported as being done) there is still quite a bit of work to do before we actually release it…..mastering, artwork, deciding on a distribution partner, finalizing marketing and publicity strategies all need to be finished before announcing the street date. So there isn’t a delay, we’re progressing quite well….but we’ve still got some things to do. I know the band appreciates both the patience and interest you’ve all shown.
Hope that helps, and clears up some of it. If you have any questions or comments, you are always welcome to drop us a note at www.thefixx.com.
P.S. There will be a brand new Fixx song available in the next couple of weeks. It’s called “Moving Mountains” and it will benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation. We hope you’ll check it out and consider supporting LHSF. Details are coming!