DEC 00] SKYDOME COVENTRY NEWS
Sayer Talks To CWN
Sayer will be performing in Coventry tomorrow, before heading
off for a nice digital Christmas working hard in his studio.
than take the festive season as a time to put his feet up he
will be getting new material ready to release in 2001.
not much of a Christmas person,” he said. “It reminds me
throughout the holiday season is an occupational hazard when
you’re an international pop legend. With various projects
under his belt this year he is taking the chance of the phone
stopping from ringing – and possibly his Yorkie stopping
barking - to get some new tunes sung into his computer.
will be wrapping up his public efforts for the year at Jumpin
Jaks at Coventry SkyDome.
be singing all his best-known hits to a backing tape – a
different show to going out on the road with a band, and
different from an all-starts band he played with earlier this
year when he sang with the likes of Paul Young, Tony Hadley and
ex-Queen drummer Roger Taylor.
part of a mini-tour of Jumpin Jaks venues throughout the
country, with Coventry touted as the “jewel in the crown”.
looking forward to it. I never get tired of singing my songs.
Most of the records made today, maybe with the exception of
David Gray, are made for money. They’re just a marketing
plan – that’s why they all sound alike.
I had a feeling when I was writing my songs in the 70s that
they would still be credible today. That’s the lasting
pleasure that people like Bob Dylan and The Eagles gave
people, and I approach song-writing in the same way.”
his disdain for many of today’s plastic pop acts, Leo
doesn’t look down on youth culture. In fact he’s used to
being older than his audience, and playing a venue like Jumpin
Jaks holds no fears for him.
don’t feel my age at all. I can’t believe I’m 52 and I
hardly know anyone my own age.
always been older than my audience. I’m hosting a programme
on New Year’s Eve called I Love The Seventies, but I missed
most of it at the time.
was over in America while things like Choppers and Star Dust
were popular, and they were for kids. I was a lot older than
that – my time was in the Sixties.”
appearing on shows like the Pepsi Chart when You Make Me feel
Like Dancing was remixed in 1997 wasn’t an odd feeling?
got a lot of rock’n’roll and blues influences, and if you
listen to something like Who Let The Dogs out its actually
pretty-much an old Coasters record if you analyse it. We all
come from the same place.”
fact, new ideas and new technology excites Leo, who now records
straight into a computer and uses digital compression to
slightly distort his voice.
don’t like things sounding too crisp. We shouldn’t let the
easiness of the new technology fool us into thinking we
don’t have to work hard. Real work is still very hard to do,
but it is different – you have to do different things with a
expect something new from Leo soon then. But as an album?
don’t know if an album’s the most appropriate thing now.
Maybe it will go straight onto computer and people can MP3