UPDATE: Check out the MCC interview w/ Elizabeth Searle & Lise Haines…
An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two feature films in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“The Dinner Party,” premiering November 2010). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.
The time has come to wrap up this Three Part Feature on NELSON – and we’re going out with a bang!
In this last installment, Matthew Nelson shares very touching comments about his father, the legendary Rick Nelson, along with a special message to all NELSON fans.
Caitlin McCarthy (CM): What is the one thing that you wished the general public knew about NELSON? Your fans know what NELSON stands for…that you’re very positive, very driven. But what do you wish would come to the general public’s mind when they think of NELSON?
Matthew Nelson (MN): The first thing that I wish would come to mind…you know, it makes me happiest when people say, “Boy, can those guys sing.” I’ve heard that from some of my heroes. When I heard Tommy Shaw from STYX say that…you know, compliment our singing together because that really is our sound, NELSON is a brother band, it’s the way we harmonize…to be known as a singer and as a songwriter is really, to me, the greatest thing.
I think our dad [Rick Nelson] would have been happiest…you know, here we are following in the footsteps of a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who sold 240 million records and who is on the All Time Seller’s List, in the Top Ten…he’s huge, but he never wrote a number one song, and Gunnar and I have. I think he would have been proud of that, and that’s what I’m proudest of, because he pushed us into being writers.
I just saw “Rock of Ages” with my girlfriend and the eighties were amazing, unbelievable, such a great decade for music…I think because of MTV. Everybody was out there trying to get a slice of a pie that hadn’t occurred before. MTV created a lot of opportunity that wasn’t there before, so people wrote great songs and really wanted to do it in a different way. I don’t think we have that as much anymore. With the Internet…I mean, geez. There are a lot of great success stories from the Internet, but again, there are a lot of kids in college dorms who probably shouldn’t be putting a video of themselves on YouTube. There’s a lot of traffic and chatter.
So to answer your question…what do I wish people would say when they think of NELSON? “Boy, those guys can sing.”
CM: Do you have a final message that would you like to share with your fans?
MN: What’s really exciting me is the fact that – with the kind of show that Gunnar and I do – we have very loyal fans and that’s building still, believe it or not. Obviously there was the craziness of 1990 that…it was what it was. That’s not going to happen again and that’s totally fine because, frankly, I’m enjoying the way that it is now. I’m really enjoying having respectful, awesome fans that dig us and have gone a little bit deeper. And now, to be honest with you, they’re bringing their kids who are getting into it. I’m okay with that.
What I’d like to say to our fans is that we wouldn’t have a job without them. If people stop coming to our shows, then we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Fortunately for us, we have people who are coming to our shows, really digging what we do, giving us a listen and then sharing it. That’s the one good thing about the Internet – it’s like, “Hey, check this out,” and you can send it to somebody.
I’m sure Gunnar and I are going to change, as everybody does. We’ll always be respectful of our past, but I’d like our audience to change with us. I think that’s where it is. We are very well-aware that they saw us through the years.
My message is: We wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for you, so thank you.
And with that, I conclude the Three Part Feature on NELSON. A thousand thank yous to Matthew Nelson for taking the time to speak with me about all things NELSON, as well as Liz Motley (NELSON’s Director of Media & Marketing) for making this interview happen.
(photos: Caitlin McC arthy, Brian Lowe, RickNelson.com)