I had been touring recently with Cockney Rebel in Germany supporting Wishbone Ash. I got to know their manager Miles Copeland, and their tour manager Mel Baister along with their crew and personal assistant Kevin Harrington. Mel called me up after those shows to ask if I wanted to come to the US with them. Kevin was having trouble getting his US work visa, I'll tell you why later, but I jumped at the chance. Steve Harley and management agreed to let me go and get some experience, so that when Cockney Rebel went to the US the next year I'd have a better knowledge of how touring was conducted over there. Definitely the best 6 weeks of my life up to that date......