It was a great pleasure to fulfill our postponed engagement at the beautiful Heinz Hall and to have it so warmly received by our friends in Pittsburgh.

It was a great pleasure to fulfill our postponed engagement at the beautiful Heinz Hall and to have it so warmly received by our friends in Pittsburgh.

It was therefore distressing to read that anyone was disappointed by the sound balance, although it must be stated that the following writer was clearly in a very small, if vociferous, minority.

It has, however, come to our notice that some members of the audience remarked on a radically contrasting sound picture in different parts of the hall ranging from clear to indistinct.

This is obviously as disappointing and unacceptable to us as for those for whom the show remained a blur. For as much as this was within our control, we offer you our apologies.

You could also take the view that rock and roll must sometimes be distorted, confusing and even confounding for the practitioners and the audience alike. I'm sure there are some nice calm records in your collection that you could listen to that don't talk back. Some people are impossible to please but we do try our best.

For what it is worth, our on-stage sound that night was the most clearly defined of the tour as some outdoor venues can present more challenges due to the elements.

We frequently rehearse and soundcheck for as long as we perform in order to provide the best show possible and in order to introduce different numbers into our repertoire.

Any substandard performance is constructively discussed and addressed. We do not take anything lightly. We only want the audiences to hear what we intend; both the light and the shadow.

Therefore to attribute an accusation of laziness to a nameless "music-geek" friend and then level it at a band and singer delivering a two-hour and fifty minute performance, that is called back to the stage twice, is a piece of critical cowardice and posturing that is beneath the apparent sincerity of the writer's other complaints.

Have some spine, man.

We do.

Love & Peace. E.C. & The Imps

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