Hi Steve! Just wondering if you have any memories of playing in Toronto, Canada back in 1979. I do recall you had a cool photo of the Toronto Island Airport for sale, called ‘Pilot’. It must have been somewhat overwhelming touring North America when you were just in your early twenties/late teens? Can you recall the impressions left, especially with regard to fans and the music industry, from touring at such a young age?

It was rather a long time ago and such a brief trip, not a tour. Since I recently had occasion to look at some old journals I found the following:

05.11.79 – STARTED REHEARSING DAILY FOR CANADIAN SHOW

12.11.79 – RECORDED BACKING TRACK FOR LIFE IN TOKYO (AIR/PUNTER)
13.11.79 – RECORDED BACKING TRACKS FOR COM. CHINA & SUB. BERLIN (AIR/PUNTER)
14.11.79 – RECORDED BACKING TRACK FOR EUROPEAN SUN (AIR/PUNTER) – FOLLOWED BY REHEARSAL
18.11.79 – FINAL REHEARSAL – RAN THROUGH SET 3 TIMES
19.11 79 – DRESS REHEARSAL AT ‘VENUE’ (NOT SPECIFIED) – EVENING STANDARD PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTO SESSION IN FOYER
22.11.79 – FLEW TO TORONTO VIA NEW YORK  – DELAYED BY FOG
23.11.79 – INTERVIEWS / PRESS – EVENING PARTY AT THE DOMINION – TV CREW RECORDED INTERVIEW
24.11.79 – DAY OF CONCERT – TWO PERFORMANCES 7.30 & 9.30
25.11.79 – DEPARTED TORONTO NIGHT FLIGHT TO PARIS (VIA MONTREAL)  – DUE TO STRIKES NO FLIGHT CONNECTION – SPENT THE DAY IN PARIS

Live in Toronto (I think)

Live in Toronto

In transit and in Paris. I believe we managed to see the Polanski film ‘Tess’ that day.

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    1. It takes the same amount of preparation whether it’s for one show or a world tour, but then at that stage in your career you’re always wanting to be well-rehearsed and ready to perform so it was quite normal to either be in rehearsal rooms or recording studios most of the time.

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