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I totally agree with Chris (Miller) statements, and maybe, who knows, Chris Rea might be living his life like it's the last day for him, and just doing what he wants while he can. He did say in another interview that the rest of his pancreas may go at any time...This is a kind of experience that can 'heal' an artist and make him able to give an other shot. It could sound trivial but most cases it's not the different medicines and therapies that cures an ill person but these simple things like love, passion and enthusiasm of the people. I think this was one of the reasons. So I think two years ago he really believed it's over and there would only be Fireflies and small club gigs in England... but things and times have changed.
Talked about this with Pat Baker (the tour manager). He told me (hope I remember correctly) that for years everybody around Chris had been advising him to play with Neil, but one way or the other he never got round to do this. During this tour, there were some problems with Paul's schedule, so they had to look for someone else, so they tried a session with Neil and it was very satisfactory. They only decided this some weeks before the start of the show ... At least this is what I heard / remembered from our conversation!Chris wrote:We still don't know the reasons why ("for reasons still unknown") Chris parted with (...) and the keyboard player Paul Hirsh. Probably they didn't fit into his new musical concept...
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