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A picture of the boys just before going on stage. Phil Pickett has remained a close friend ever since those days and I'm hoping he will tell you a few stories around this time in due course too.
Then you have the autographed record company photo.....
It was the second week of March when I started working with Sailor and their manager, Lawrence Myers. Lawrence had started in Film and had a company called GTO Films. http://www.laurencemyers.com/
I was introduced to him by Ian Wright and John Giddings who were the bands' agents at the time. It's interesting for me to remember, a lot of what followed this year was in no small regard due to my relationship with Lawrence. He asked me to partner him in setting up a European Merchandising Company for the live music business. I'll discuss and tell more of that story in the ELO tour of USA later this year.
Anyway, I helped put everything together for the tour including the hiring of all production, so we had ML Executives on sound and trucking, with Lairhurst Lighting and my friend Billy Duffield part of the crew too.
We all left for Trondheim in Norway late March and it was a great team of people with a great attitude and things all went swimmingly well.
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It was in the depths of Scandinavia somewhere very cold that I got given a telex by the receptionist of the hotel we were staying in. It said, "please call and come visit us on your return to the UK regarding Mike Oldfield tour, yours truly Richard Branson".
Well, that was a surprise and to find me in the middle of nowhere.... more on that meeting later.
Here is Henry in full flow, and he's still going. As I write this at the beginning of 2014 Henry and Phil are in the depths of Germany touring Sailor for their 40th Anniversary.
Catch up with them at http://www.sailor-music.com/
The touring plans of Sailor after the Scandanavian tour were set up for a months break before doing a two week tour of the UK. In the intervening month I had a couple of different projects on the go. First off, Harvey Goldsmith had recommended me to John Scher the Grateful Dead's agent to set up a European tour for them so I flew out to New York to have an interview with Mr Scher. Much more on that in the Grateful Dead pages.
The other thing I did when I got back from the States was to tour manage a very brief tour for Frankie Miller. It all ended abruptly due to lack of ticket sales in Germany......and so I was back to do some much more interesting things.