Dear Shane and Allan,
thanks for the mail. Sorry for delay to reply. I have been moving house
lately and in the ensuing chaos am very behind in all communications.
Anyway, I just visted the site and enjoyed it very much. The links to
the concert photos from various venues is a good idea and i enjoyed
looking through the images. Seeing those from the spanish gigs brought
back particular memories and I wondered how many of the fans noticed
that we were suffering some severe health problems on that leg of the
tour. Over a period of four days 9 members of our touring party of 11
succumbed one by one to a mysterious and particularly malevolent virus
causing violent and eruptive stomach upsets and knocking all victims
sideways. Poor Ton was the first to go in Madrid and then, rather in
the manner of an Agatha Christie novel or the film "Alien",
the body count began to rise. In Bergara Ton was feeling rather better
but Denis and backline tech Josh were bearing the full brunt of it.
I wondered that night how Denis found the energy to get through the
set but he did so admirably and promptly collapsed into a heap immediately
afterwards. By the time we reached Barcelona the next day, he was feeling
decidedly better but the Virus had turned its attention to Andy and
myself. Throughout the Barcelona gig we were finding it very difficult
to stand up, but I was quite proud that we managed to get through it
and turn in a performance that pleased the amazing crowd there. I seem
to remember, through a semi-comatose state, that some were a little
disgruntled that we only played one encore but I hope they would have
understood if they had seen the scene backstage with both of us stretched
out and feeling very undynamic, as it were.
But I guess that's what you might call rock'n'roll or showbiz or whatever
and the show did indeed go on. By the time we reached Paris two days
later we were getting back into form.
Anyway, just a small story - every picture tells one, they say.
Keep up the good work on the site.
Postfach 30 14 29
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In The Meantime
version of original album with 3 bonus tracks: Poznan Pie recorded
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