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20 hours ago, Vinnie B Trask said:

His band sounded very tight and full. I thought I heard strings in there too.

was this 79?

I believe you're right Vinnie, as Eric was using some of the line-up for the Tonight You're Mine album (specifically Davey Johnstone on guitar) but work on the record hadn't quite been completed yet.

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2 hours ago, Kirk said:

That video is from the Yamaha World Song Festival in 1979. Until I posted it a while back, even the Japanese fans of Eric hadn't seen it before!

Significant upgrade from my old VHS copy. Many thanks to the original YouTube poster!

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Fantastic video! Like Bernie, I've seen the much grainier version! 

On 9/12/2022 at 10:14 AM, Vinnie B Trask said:

His band sounded very tight and full. I thought I heard strings in there too.

was this 79?

At least one of those Japanese concerts was backed by a Japanese orchestra. I'm trying to remember where I read that. 😉 But I think the keyboards available at the time were starting to come with more and more voicings available and that's potentially where the strings sounds would have been made on stage.

 

P.S. Those red boots Eric wore are EPIC! I always wonder if he still hangs onto any of the more interesting concert attire he's used over the years.

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