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It was a bit of a shock really when Andy asked me to set up his wedding. He said he'd like to get married to Tracy in the gardens of one of the bungalows that were sited in the backyard of the Chateau Marmont hotel. There were secluded, and we thought we could be very private and just have a nice quiet wedding. It wasn't until later that we found out the bungalow we used was the one John Belushi died in earlier in the year on March 5th 1982.
Well, I contacted a couple of locals and got the lowdown on the law as it stood in Los Angeles, and we had to organise a couple of blood tests for bride and groom before a licence could be issued for them to have the event at the hotel. I also had to find a preacher to perform the ceremony and of course, some nice catering and a cake.
We had hired some cars for our stay in LA and I'd gone to 'rent-a-wreck' and got two or three really ancient convertable Lincoln Cadillacs. They were huge, really long too, and we drove ourselves to the Greek Theatre to do the last two shows of our tour, before settling into the Chateau for some R and R.
You see it was because we were going to stay in the US and do the Blondie tour that Andy decided to fly Tracey over to marry her, he just could not wait any longer .......... ahh nice
5 days is all we had between the last Greek Theatre show and the first shed show with Blondie. It was such a rush and I had no time for typed itineraries. You can see the first page of the Blondie tour, August 2nd and I've handwritten the details in from a template page. I ended up doing the rest of the tour like this because I had no time and being in America, no office or back up. You can see the full Blondie tour itinerary in the gallery at the top of the page. So my 5 days were definitely full on with the wedding to set up as well.
On the phone I sat in my cabana calling Brooks my travel agent, the truck company, the bus company, the rental equipment company and of course, Wayne at ITG our agent.
You can see on this first page I've noted the key people in the Blondie entourage that me and our crew would be coming in contact with now on a daily basis until the end of the tour.
Oh, and the YouTube clip is from the very last show we did with Blondie, in Toronto at the CNE Grandstand venue, outdoors. A huge concert and a venue I would be revisiting for a multiple concert series next year with Supertramp, not that I knew that at the time.
Here's a copy of the very first show we did in the US in 1982, The Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The place was a 1000 capacity club and we played a fair few of these types of venues on this tour.
You can see in detail how the contracts were written up in these times. I've created a gallery for you to take a more detailed look at some of the paperwork that I had to carry, digest and deal with on tour. I was the person responsible for all the finance on tour, the cashflow, paying everyone their allowances (PD's) the hotel bills, and getting paid, quite often in cash as I needed cash to pay everyone else.
The Blondie tour offer came to be at the very last moment of our original touring plans. The Greek Theatre shows were supposed to be the last ones before flying back home. But the offer came through to Wayne Forte, our New York agent and he pasted it onto the Berrow Brothers with his opinion that it would be perfect for the band at this moment in time. MTV were playing their songs to death and their profile was rising by the day. The problem for the management was that the Blondie tour payments did not cover the bills on the road, the band basically could not afford to stay out in the US without more finance. So Michael Berrow asked EMI to loan them the money. I was asked to telex the costs to EMI and below is the budget I wrote down and sent over to London. Done by the side of the pool at the Chateau. I've also put this in the gallery above to show it in more detail.