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Honeymoon Suite have just released their live album form their Gods 2002 show via Frontiers. Over to guitarist Derry Grehan...

1. What are you currently up to?

At the moment we are working on the Canadian and US release of the new HMS Live At the Gods dvd and gearing up for the spring and summer touring season. I'm also hard at work on my new power trio "Love Junk."

2. The new live album is out soon via Frontiers. What are your memories of the Gods gig and would you do it again?

The Gods gig was great. Except for playing so early in the day, I thought we came off well and it was exciting to be back in England after so long.

3. Your latest album was `Dreamland' how has the album been received and any plans for another new album?

Dreamland was received well and we are talking to a new label now about a new HMS record for next year.

4. When you compose a song where do you get your ideas from and how does a song evolve?

I usually come up with music first and then I start jamming vocal ideas over it. I get my idea's from everywhere. I just look around this crazy world we live in.

5. How did HMS cope with the `grunge years' of the early-mid 90's?

The "grunge" years were terrible for us and all the other melodic rock bands of the 80's. The music business is a rollercoaster ride. You have to take the good with the bad and be tough enough to stay in the game.

6. What have been the highlight(s) of HMS and which song(s) are you most proud of & why?

I think the mid-80's were the highlight of my career so far. There are a lot of good memories there. I think New Girl Now and What Does it Take are probably a couple of the better songs I have written.

7. Do you still think there is an audience out there for HMS and melodic rock in general? Has the Internet helped keep the music alive or hindered it?

I think there's a large melodic rock audience out there right now and that's obvious when you see how many bands are now back together and out there touring. The Internet has been a great promotional tool for us.

8. Anyone else you'd like to work with in the future?

There are many people I'd love to work with. I would love to work with producer Bob Rock again. As far as songwriters, I'd love to write with guys like Tommy Shaw or Jack Blades.

9. What do you enjoy most and least about being a singer?

Well I'm the guitarist but I do sing quite a bit in the live show and there is nothing worse than bad moniters to screw up your voice.

10. Message to your fans?

To our fans...keep listening, there is always something new happening and thanks for your continued support. Check out!

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