With David to Amazon Studios, Liverpool to finish off and mix 3 tracks
for Limbo. Home in time for last orders!
Live Date: Manchester University: First gig with soundman Paul and
roadie Martin. Shown into a little bar where we are invited to set up
in a corner. Had to vacate the room to allow for a meeting of the
vegetarian society before returning for a soundcheck at 6 pm. The gig
went well. I did the lighting, Paul worked out fine on sound and it
was one of those cosy little gigs with tons of folk and plenty of
atmosphere. Arrived back in Yorkshire at 1am.
To London for afternoon meeting at solicitor James Wylie's to tie up
our management contract with the boys. Chris Carr there too and all
agree simple terms of mine and Chris's management role so that we have
something on paper. After a brief stop at Polydor check into the
Columbia Hotel where we meet Chris's brother Steve to organise a photo
session with him. He is principally a fashion photographer but we
don't see this as a problem. In evening meet up with Sue from Beggars
Banquet and Helen Fitzgerald from the Melody Maker for a drink in
Hammersmith, then return to the Columbia where David manages to fuse
the lights on his floor. Not sure what he was up to.
To Polydor in the morning for a meeting with Billy Keane plus Sally
the accountant. Then to Steve Carr's for the photo session in the
afternoon. Return to Polydor for the aftermath of the A&R Christmas
party. Ian and David take Sally for a meal while the rest of us return
to the Columbia.
Warf Rehearsal Studios, London Arrive in taxi as soundman Paul arrives
with gear in brand new flight cases. Band perform a showcase for our
new plugger Sonny Ray and various Polydor staff including bossman John
Preston, Tim Reed , Paul Lowe and Billy. Chris Carr also in attendance
and all goes well. Sonny seems particularly keen. After packing up
meet Chris again for a debrief in his local in Kilburn before driving
back to Yorkshire.
Collect the band and organise hire car and van for start of the tour.
Ian, Steve and David drive to Leeds to collect stage costumes from
Howard Jones date: Goldigger's Chippenham, Wilts. The venue is a big
old concrete cinema painted blue. Meet Howard Jones for the first time
as soon as we get back stage. He is very generous to us and invites us
to share his superior dressing room and food. Chris, Sarah and Billy
come to support us. It goes well but soundman Paul complains that he
was no allowed to use the full capacity of the PA. Travel to Columbia
hotel London for overnight stay due to TV interview.
Howard Jones date: Royal Court Theatre Liverpool Arrive at Polydor at
9.30 am and it isn't open. Billy arrives soon afterwards and lets us
in. The TV crew arrive. It is a Norwegian TV interview arranged by
Polydor and it is conducted on the roof. Steve says it was ridiculous
because no one could understand each other and they just end up
larking about for the cameras. Drive to Liverpool, a familiar venue
from the Blancmange date, and arrive in good time for a 6.30pm sound
check. Howard Jones is doing Top Of The Pops, so will only arrive at
his show time. Tonight the sound is good and so is the audience
response. Afterwards the boys sign autographs in the bar before
returning to Wakefield for a night in our own beds!
Howard Jones date: Rock City , Nottingham When we arrive at the venue
at about 3pm there is no dressing room provided, so I have a word with
Howard and he once again invites us to use his. The band has trouble
with monitoring during the show and the sound is a bit lacklustre.
There is also an issue with the lighting which isn't up to par. It is
only when Howard goes on and has similar problems that we realise it
wasn't anyone having a go at us. Stay in The Portland Hotel which was
a bit grotty.
Howard Jones date: Civic Theatre, Guildford The general consensus was
that there was no desire to breakfast at the hotel, so I drive to
Leicester Forrest motorway services and we dine there instead. More
eating at Pizzaland once we get to Guildford. Here I get stick from
the band who claim I am trying to proposition the waitress! We then
buy presents for soundman Paul's birthday before arriving at the
venue. There is plenty of room backstage at this one and the show goes
well with a good time had by all. Meet our agent Mick Griffiths of
Asgard for the first time and Tim Reed. Chris Carr, Sarah and Helen
Fitzgerald are also in the audience. Afterwards we all go back for
drinks at Newman's Guest House where we are staying.
Howard Jones date: Queen Victoria Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks Take the
band on a scenic route and see quite a bit of countryside and explore
the picturesque town. This is Howard's homecoming gig so we only get
half a sound check because he is having his performance video-ed and
the crew have to rig. Also Howard is putting on his brother's band
before us. Ian's Memorymoog starts to go wrong, so I send out an order
to Plaquets hire company for a replacement. Unfortunately just before
stage time they arrive with a Minimoog, so we have to chance it with
Ian's faulty one. The band go on stage in a flat panic, but somehow it
all comes together and Ian's keyboard mostly behaves itself. David
manages to rip the electronics out of his SG guitar, but even then
it's still declared a good gig. Afterwards Howard gives us a bottle of
wine and a card saying "lovely to have you on the tour". Have
difficulty getting into our hotel the Clifton Lodge due to arriving
after midnight and we have to wake the proprietor. Obviously not used
to "rock n roll hours" around here.
Break for Christmas. Steve sets off for London while I drive the
others back to Wakefield.
Howard Jones date: The Lyceum, London The final date of the tour and
Steve's birthday. Ian and David drive down to London and meet Steve at
the venue. Chris Carr and Billy meet the band after the soundcheck. It
turns out to be the best London gig so far. Paul Lowe and Mick
Griffiths join in Steve's birthday celebrations in the pub around the
corner, then there is an after show end of tour party thrown by Howard
in which he presents Steve with a bottle of Champagne. Check into the
Columbia hotel in the early hours.
Live Date: I.C.A, London with Gene Loves Jezebel Some fans were
already waiting during the soundcheck which was encouraging. The
performance was a bit rough but good fun and there were a lots of
friends in the audience including Steve's wife Gill and London mates
and some of David's Grimsby pals. Chris Carr brought John Cale to see
the show. Lots of Polydor staff were in attendance, plus Helen
Fitzgerald and Sue Johns. Afterwards both bands and virtually everyone
else went for a meal at a creperie on Queensway. Then all back to the
nearby Columbia for drinks - John Cale playing hopscotch with David
and Chris down Bayswater Road.
Steve and Gill stay in London for New Year while David, Ian and
friends return to Yorkshire.
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