I remember seeing David playing bongos (?) during the In Praise of Shamans Tour. Seems like Mick must’ve certainly had an affinity for percussion instruments as well. Did you ever switch instruments in JAPAN as an experiment and/or did you ever try playing Mick’s bass?

Guitar isn’t the kind of instrument you can play convincingly as an occasional player, as is also the case with drums and percussion. There wasn’t a desire to switch probably because we were always keen to try to push ourselves on the instruments we’d chosen. I was called upon to play keyboard parts purely for the practical reason of accuracy of timing, since JAPAN albums were recorded before the days of midi and computers, so particularly on ‘Tin Drum’ this was the case, but it wasn’t by way of experimentation. I think the only time we all sat around recording ourselves bashing percussion was during the Rain Tree Crow sessions. As for David on live bongos (probably you mean congas) I must have been looking the other way.

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