I like all of them for different reasons, I don’t think it’s a case of ‘either/or’. And as a group they were just very special.
There are rare occasions when I will listen to music that I grew up with, perhaps it’ll be on a playlist in the car or something like that. One doesn’t have to physically dig out records anymore so sometimes the thought of listening to a random album track you haven’t heard for decades does happen. And occasionally you hear things that you know directly influenced you in some way but had completely forgotten about.
The quick answer is that Billboard have a huge store of instruments at their live venues and it was a simple case of using what they had as opposed to going through the process of organising a separate process with TAMA. I don’t officially endorse TAMA but they are my drums of choice. Billboard had Yamaha only.
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Thanks for your continued support over many years, Hans. Regarding your second question the answer is no, you can rest assured you witnessed the very last tour of that kind. Regarding your first question, it’s not a question for me.
That’s a bigger question than you can imagine. I think the best thing I can do is point you in the direction of a recent book by Anthony Reynolds titled: Japan – A Foreign Place
The intent of the book was to shed some light on the workings of the band, in particular how the music was made. As that hadn’t been tackled before it was the reason I agreed to contribute. I think it provides the sort of insights you’re looking for.
I used the Roland Handsonic back in 2002 on a few songs live: ‘Rooms of the Sixteen Shimmers’, ‘Krishna Blue’ and an encore track that I can’t recall the name of.
Not much, I would say. We were quite strong about what we wanted to do musically. Working with Moroder was a whole lot of compromise. I believe the idea to collaborate originated with the German label we were with at the time. That project, as well as ‘I Second The Emotion’, were business decisions and were musically much more conventional than we would normally want to be, purely for the purposes of appealing to a wider audience.
Haha. Yes it was indeed rehearsed (every scene was) and as with filming generally each person’s ‘take’ in the making of a face-to-face conversation is filmed separately so Takahashi wasn’t sitting opposite me when the filming was done, as was also the case with his filmed part. Someone had the job of throwing the rice in his face. I think there was only one camera used in the making of the film so we would perform the same sections for altered camera angles. This is common practice though.
Some Polaroids taken on the day