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A Christmas message from Ginger

By Andy, Ean & Kris | December 23, 2011

Now that hopefully you all recovered from a fantastic end-of-year tour and a stunning Birthday show in London, Ginger would like to share with you all this personal message:

“2011 will be a year I’ll never forget. Beginning the year by enduring a brief dance with budgetary disaster (The Frankenstein Effect, which will hopefully be put straight soon in 2012) the year continued into great disappointment as I left the Michael Monroe band under circumstances beyond my control, and then seemed to hit a wall sometime in July when I seriously considered giving up the idea of making a living from music. It appeared time in my life to get a proper job.

On asking a very successful friend of mine in NYC (name withheld in order to save blushes) to look for employment for me he insisted that whatever I choose to do be sure it is something I would happily do for free. That, he told me, is the only way to truly succeed in anything.
But what on earth would I do for free that would help feed my family?
My cynicism refused to believe that such mystic mumbo jumbo would help a family in the north of England and a musician all but convinced that he had failed.

In fact the only thing I do for free is chat to supporters of my music online in a bid to rid myself of any lingering ‘rock star’ mystique and build a solid community of music lovers.

Lovely as they are, how the bloody hell are THEY going to help?

Cutting to the present day, with the success of the record breaking Pledge campaign and the love caked December tour this seems an appropriate point for me to take back any doubt in the power of a strong and loyal fanbase.
You have changed my predicament and given me hope for the future.
You have improved my life in ways you may never fully comprehend.
It’s funny because I hear that I occasionally do a similar thing for some folk over at Formspring.
On evidence such as this I can only remain completely convinced that we are in this together. To help each other.

Have an amazing Xmas in the knowledge that you’ve all done something amazing this year. You all helped a man when he was down, really down. You turned someone’s life around.
The fact that it was someone you all share a musical fondness for, well, consider this a down payment for quality product, selfless service and a level of gratitude that I hope you are all lucky enough to feel yourselves.

As long as you are there then I’ll be here. And THAT, my good friends, is a deal.

God bless you all. I fucking love you. True story.

Gx”

5 Responses to “A Christmas message from Ginger”

  1. MIKE FP Says:
    December 25th, 2011 at 22:44

    YES 2011 WHAT A YEAR, BEING TOLD I HAVE CANCER OF THE KIDNEY,ONLY 45, AND IN NOV LOSING THE KIDNEY, WHAT HELPED IS THE FACT YOU OW ME THE VERY SPECIAL PACKAGE AND DVD,OH PLUS 3 KIDS AND WIFE. YOU ARE RIGHT UP THERE. SPECIAL YOU DON,T KNOW HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE TO US FANS, WITH YOUR GREAT MUSIC. MISSED YOUR TOUR (NORWICH) WAS RECOVERING, SO PLEASE COME BACK SOON . YES GOD BLESS YOU AND WILDHEARTS. LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU FINISHING THE PLEDGE MUSIC CD AND WAITING FOR MORE FROM YOU AND THE WILDHEARTS.HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR!!!!!!

  2. Isao Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 14:35

    Dear Ginger; I sincerely appreciate your confession. It’s your honesty, honesty, honesty for which I love the man Ginger and the music?produced by that lovely and charming man.

  3. Oscar Says:
    January 5th, 2012 at 00:07

    Hi ginger!! , you are one of the best rock star of the world, and have one of the best and more autentic band The Wildhearts , the rock always keep you on the top of the world, make anew wildhearts album now!!

  4. Gene Says:
    January 5th, 2012 at 14:29

    WOW! As always, a moving story! As well as being a follower of your music for 18 years now (The WiLDHEARTS is ALWAYS #1), I cannot help but have enormous admiration for your continued candour in revealing such private infomation in public. To me this is the proof of the pudding that you mean what you say about this being collaboration. As a family man myself I appreciate the tough decisions we need to make for those we love. Your perseverance is a testement to bountiful saggitarian generousity!
    PEACE, LOVE and OCTOPOIDES! GS x

  5. Erik Says:
    February 8th, 2012 at 07:37

    Ginger, you are a very rare breed called ORIGINAL. PLEASE continue making music. Thankfully with the age of computers it is easier than ever before to contact someone in a matter of seconds (remember when you’d have to write a letter to a fan base in hopes of hearing back with a letter from a band member instead of a receptionist?). You have been with me since 1994 when I first saw the video for Suckerpunch. I live in the U.S. and getting copies of you music was a pain in the ass and costly due to the IMPORT sticker tacked onto every CD brought over. But I still tried to get copies by any means necessary. Absolutely nothing compared to The Wildhearts. And just when your latest release could never be outdone, WHAMM-O!, you release a disc that blows the previous away and so forth. Originality, my friend, is what keeps you ahead of the pack. When The Wildhearts self titled came out it was unavailable here but Amazon was asking a heafty price at the time so I was able to hear the songs on YouTube from the video that was made in the studio. The harmonies in Rooting For The Bad Guy where chilling. Plus you mention Dr. Phibes – I mean come on, the best of the best. Bottom line is if you stop making music, you will be greatly missed. Your ideas, your vision – gone. And who is gonna take your place? Probably a band who doesn’t care as much or have enough heart to make it real and honest. You care. You are honest. And you are real. Your fans are out here, you just can’t see all of us. But know we exist and will stand by you until the bitter end. So hang in there and work hard, my friend. Take care.

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