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
Elvis’ music didn’t really appeal to me much growing up but I liked watching the colourful Hawaiian movies, although usually a disappointing storyline, (unlike Alain Delon movies). The young Elvis comparison often came up not least of all from my bandmates which I didn’t care for much (and they knew it) mainly because of Elvis’ rock n roll image and how he was plagued by poor imitations, the likes of Shakin’ Stevens, who seemed to be enjoying a string of hits throughout the 80’s presumably purchased by a slightly older generation to mine which made it somewhat ‘uncool’ and a bit of a joke. But in hindsight I should have been more grateful as I would have been lucky to have had even a smidgeon of Elvis’ appeal.
The part of your question about the clothes I can’t recall. A Tweet to YT … maybe he’ll know.
Playing the dual drum part of ‘Stay Close’ was virtually no different to playing the part as a single drummer, the only aspect that can cause problems is if the two drummers ‘flam’ beats (not quite hitting at exactly the same time) which could sound messy. It also helps to avoid over complicating things.
I played the Taiko drum on the Tokyo session of the recording title ‘Steel Cathedrals‘.
I’ve seen a few Taiko drum performances, usually in drumming groups such as The Kodo Drummers and yes sometimes there is a swing element to it.