In 1984 I was asked by EMI Records to perform at the Tokyo Music Festival in the stunning and historic 'Budokan Hall' with an audience in the hall of
10,000. and a staggering estimated 'live' TV audience of 44 million viewers !!
Amazingly though I remember vividly not being fazed or daunted by this figure, such was my confidence back in those days. After all, I was barely 24 years old with a recent, worldwide, multi million selling debut album (which I had co-written) so low self esteem was definitely not on the menu.
The flight to Tokyo was long, actually it was one of the longest I'd done - 17 hours in those days with a 2 hour stop-over in Anchora (Alaska) for refueling, I remember having a drink at the airport lounge bar with Roger Taylor the drummer from the fabulous rock band 'Queen' who was on the same flight. We were both signed to EMI Records and in the music business this was referred to as 'stable mates'......so it was usually a good starting point for a conversation.
Tokyo was great fun, I loved it, the people were so friendly and it was bustling with energy. My favourite thing was shopping for clothes, because oriental people are usually quite small builds so everything fitted me really well, ha ha. Funnily enough I found this gorgeous suit in a colour I can only describe as electric blue and didn't hesitate to buy it. As the shop assistant wrapped it up she proudly announced to me that a certain Mr Freddie Mercury had bought the exact same suit a few days earlier..hmm, once again I thought, well if it was good enough for him !!
Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, thank god he did because just six weeks later, Giorgio's office called and invited me to fly to Munich to record the song......and the rest as they say is history.
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