I managed to arrive at soundcheck good and early (Not like me at all :P) and got prepped for what I thought would be a solo first show of my 5th Japanese tour.
However didn`t work that way at all. My good friend Shinya turned out to be the opening act playing Solo Sitar and it only seemed fitting that having known each other for 4 years now we should share a stage together.
So the opening song was a still unreleased song (Despite being a set regular since 2006) called `Modern Life`. Accompanied by Shinya on Sitar. I felt he played wonderfully accompanying me and he even retuned his Sitar from C# to D. That`s 20+ odd strings to go through.
Next I played a couple of songs solo before being joined by Graham Taylor on Tenor Sax and Eiji Hayashi on keys. I had played a bunch of times with them on previous tours however this time they were thrown very much in the deep end with the performance of a new song `Varit`.
A strange thing did happen during this show.
Just as I was starting Varit I suddenly heard a crash and bang from the audience. What with Japan being the polite and pleasant place it is; it seemed so strange that there could be a fight breaking out. What it turned out had happened was that a guy had got so drunk that he had fallen asleep on a tall stall and then lost his balance. He awoke as he was hurtling towards the ground and in that moment tried to save himself by grabbing the nearest thing to him (a tall table). Unfortunately the table didn`t stop his fall but instead joined him on the way down and with it a large number of drinks.
Sleep + Balance = Gravity
I think that`s the lesson.