Action: How do you feel about your current 2012 tour?
Simpson: Well we haven’t been in the U.S. for several years, we just recently started back in the U.S. in 2011, so this is our second run in the U.S. Everything is going great. I have a new album complete by the name of “Life Is.” It will go out in a few weeks, it’s my first album up front, I’ll be doing all the lead.
Action: After Tahoe, where does the tour take you, and are you promoting your new solo album?
Simpson: Definitely. We will go to Humboldt, then we will break for a little while, then we start again, we head down to South America, then we do a musical in L.A. at the Shrine Auditorium, its like a Broadway musical. We got a couple things lined up … Russia, Dubai, so we be workin’ in the next couple of months.
Action: Is there any extra preparations you are making for the upcoming shows?
Simpson: No, we be doing good, We have been doing this for quite awhile. I didn’t do my songs tonight because my throat is gone. I caught a cold in L.A., you know, so I didn’t do any lead tonight.
Action: Do you have to rehearse extensively for the musical?
Simpson: 13 days, man, 13 (blanking) days, man. We got to be performing in the orchestra, we got to be playing characters, or whatever the (blank) they got to do. I don’t know what they got to do that we need to rehearse for 13 days. That is like I am doing a movie. And I’m only going to sing one song, and play a character for like three minutes, and they want me to rehearse 13 days. But they are going to give us a lot of promotion. It’s worldwide TV, it’s like six continents, so I’m going to be representing the Caribbean. Then you got the Russians, Israelis, Europeans, Americans, all these people are winners of Emmy Awards, and Grammy Awards.
Action: How does something like this keep going on for so long?
Simpson: I didn’t execute the judgment, he was suppose to give me a couple hundred thousand dollars from the judgment, and I did not execute it, but the guy is still using my name. I’m gonna start collecting ’cause he doesn’t learn. You know, Michael Rose leaves the group, he still uses the name. Junior Reid leaves the group, he still uses the name. Garth (Dennis) leaves the group, he still uses the name. Don (Carlos) leaves the group, he’s still using the name. Sly (Dunbar) and Robbie (Shakespeare) they use the name in their feed-out. I’m shutting down all of them. I’m in the U.S. now so I’m shutting them down, one-by-one.
Action: Is this something you are pursuing right now?
Simpson: Yes, definitely, I’m shutting them down, man, because they all left the group.
Action: You personally had the name trademarked in the early 1970’s correct?
Simpson: It’s mine, way back from ’67-68. It was originally me and Garth Dennis, and he left on his own. Then Don left also to pursue a solo career, and I recruited Michael (Rose.) Eighteen years after I invite back Don and Garth in 1990, and we worked for four years, and they tried to take the name away from me. So we had to go to court. So I don’t call him Don Carlos, I call him Don “Fraudlos.” And I’m such a nice guy I won the judgment, and I did not execute the final part of the judgment. I just allow it. Who else would do that? Nobody would do that. You got a judgment from the court for hundreds of thousands and you don’t execute the client.
Action: So you thought they would come to terms and fess-up and pay-up?
Simpson: They keep using the name and using the name, so I’m gonna start collecting now. They just don’t learn.
Action: Duckie the “collection man.”
Simpson: Yes, the bailiff.
Action: So where do you play after tonight?
Simpson: We go to the head quarters of marijuana, Humboldt County.
Action: Are you still exercising the use of marijuana?
Simpson: Me? I’m born and bred in marijuana, man. We are the guys who sing “Sinsemilla.” … I got a marijuana song on my new album by the name of “Chalice.” So I’m always singing about marijuana. … They hate herb in Nevada, man. … I’ll just wait and step over into California.
Action: How do you like Tahoe?
Simpson: I didn’t know up here was so heavenly, man. It’s like I’m in Jamaica. I was up here like 20 years ago, but I didn’t get to see the place. I was here for two days, so I see a lot of places. I was at the lake, the beach.
Action: It’s clear but the water’s not as warm as Jamaica.
Simpson: It’s not that cold man, it’s OK, we jump in the water, man.