Lots of bits and pieces going on through the summer of 1981. I see the Pretenders for the first time, and I've found rare footage of Steve Harley at Hammersmith Odeon working with Rick Wakeman on a live show for his album 1984.
Icehouse fly into the country and they are doing some shows in the UK. I get to hang out with them and it's nice to catch up with them after working for 3 months in Sydney earlier in the year. I have kept an itinerary they were given when they got here by their record label Chrysalis and I've scanned it into a gallery above. It is interesting to Icehouse fans I hope, I'll find out what reccordings were done here at the time as they were booked into Battery Studios for several days. I note TBA International are their agents, now TBA is Ian Wright and John Giddings' company and I am always working with them around this time.
There's a note in my diary on July 10th that I'm out with Adam Ant on a blind date with Cathy and Tessa, two page 3 girls.......wow
This story actually ends up quite strangely with me getting the sack. You see I'm setting up an American Tour for Adam and the Ants during this period and sometime after this social event took place I was called into the office by Don Murfitt, Adam's manager and told I had got the sack!!! So I asked Don why, and he replied "I have no bloody idea Richard! sorry". And you know to this very day I have no idea either, it can't be anything to do with my job as a tour manager, so my only guess is the fact that at the end of that night out together I ended up taking home one of the girls and he didn't like that!!! Strange old world sometimes eh?!!
I am assisting Paul Roberts from Sniff n the Tears in setting up a tour of Europe and helping them with a budget and having meetings with their agents Asgard, and Paul Fenn, as well as with the record label Chiswick records. I personally do not go on the tour with them. Rehearsals are at Nomis Studios, and as I recall all goes well for them as I go off to America on a social trip.
I'm also involved a little with Steve Harley doing a ONE OFF show in London at the Venue, Steve is in rehearsals at E-Z Hire in Market Road in early August
Well September 12th and we'd been planning this for a while. My best mate Richard Garland has invited me to his younger brother Charles's 21st Birthday bash. It was to be held in a moated tudor mansion and was strictly a black tie event. We thought we'd go one better and arrive as Cavaliers, so we did, big time with rapiers, the big hats and the rest of the costume as you can see. We were off our faces but we did go down well with the ladies xxx to them all...