John Scher was the Grateful Deads' agent in 1978 and he called Harvey Goldsmith to ask him if he could put together a European tour for the band in September. Harvey asked for a percentage and John didn't want to do that sort of deal.

So John asked Harvey if he could recommend someone to work directly for the band and go set up the tour. Harvey called me into his office and explained the situation, then asked me if I'd like to go and visit them for an interview.

Thank you Harvey, it was to become a truly strange story.