Japan Newcastle City Hall 1982

Japan Newcastle City Hall 1982. japantix82By 1982 Japan were popular enough to command two shows at Newcastle City Hall. Support came from Sandii And The Sunsetz, who were on their debut tour of Britain, and were a five piece Japanese band. My enduring memory of this gig was a simply mesmerizing version of “Ghosts”. David Sylvian sat centre stage on a stool, just pure cool. Japanese guitarist and keyboardist Masami Tsuchiya performed with the band on this tour. Sadly Japan were already disintegrating and the band split shortly after this tour. japan2 The tour culminated in six sold-out nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon; these were their last UK shows. These final Hammersmith concerts were recorded to produce Oil on Canvas, a live album and video released in June 1983. Set list: Burning Bridges, Sons Of Pioneers, Alien, Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Swing, Cantonese Boy, Visions Of China, Nightporter, Canton, Ghosts, Still Life In Mobile Homes, Methods Of Dance, Quiet Life, European Son, The Art Of Parties, Life In Tokyo, Fall In Love With Me. Now David Sylvian is another guy that I really must see again, if and when he next plays in the UK.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Nice, I was at these gigs as well as the Hammersmith ones. Got a good picture of David leaving the City Hall in car, as well as some of Sandii. reguards Richard


  2. Recorded the 28th gig at the City Hall


  3. Posted by Tracy Stewart on January 12, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    I was at Newcastle gig with good friends. I still have the photos I took, the ticket stubs, t shirt and oil on canvas LP & video


    • Posted by vintagerock on January 13, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Tracy. Japan were a classic act. Often overlooked. Best wishes Peter


      • Posted by Tracy Stewart on January 13, 2023 at 4:33 pm

        Definetly. I got into their metal albums after they split which took me onto a long journey of love for rock.

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