It’s been 38 years since Japan played their first concert at Budokan on 5th March in 1979 in Japan. What was the first impression you had of playing there ? What memory comes first in your mind when you think of the first time you visited Japan. ? By the way,did you buy any souvenirs for your parents from Japan ? Hoping we get a good news soon from Sweden!

The Budokan is pretty massive so the sound was quite uncontrollable and when you factor in the screams it wasn’t easy. It felt as though we were constantly on the verge of losing it musically but thankfully we were well-rehearsed and just about managed to hold it together. It seemed easier the second night because we knew what we were up against. I seem to remember tv cameras upon our arrival as we exited the plane into the terminal and this was all rather a lot to take in for a band that had only played to an audience of a few hundred and been shunned by the media en mass back home.

I probably did buy a souvenir as UDO felt obliged to send us off to the Ginza tax free arcade, which was like a treasure cove under the railway arches.

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  1. Good thing the Tokyo Dome didn’t exist back then. I saw Prince there in 1989, and I couldn’t recognize even the songs that I knew. I can’t imagine how that would be for the musicians on stage.

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