Hello everyone, “Lovelies” everywhere… 30 years ago today 25th June 1988…
A few of you, who were there in Birmingham (England) will remember Yog’s Faith Tour concert at The N.E.C, as we do with great fondness.
A special guest appearance on the night from the mighty Mr Ridgeley – sporting moustache and goatee if I remember correctly… for a bouncy rendition of Wham’s ‘I’m your man’ – reliving for a moment, those crazy early days together… full of shared joy and amazing humour.
For Yog & Andrew, it was a fantastic time in their lives… and by taking their fans as well as their good friends along for the ride, they had wonderful youthful joyful times to look back on… great memories for us all.
We remember that night, just before Yog sang ‘Faith’, our friends and family took cupcakes on stage and the whole place sang Happy Birthday to him….
We’ve been reflecting on those 30 years, between then and now (and like all of us, most of it was fine, some of it, not so much) we think he would want you to remember that, for him, there were some fulfilling career highs that many artists never experience in a lifetime, being able to make and share his music and above all connect with the people that ‘got him’ brought him great joy.
Like all artists who are masters of their craft, part of that ‘giving’ you never get back, especially if you share those parts of yourself that really mean something….
Although our sorrow still sometimes overwhelms us, only we know how much of his time was spent doing what he truly loved, surrounded by friends and family, and a team who adored him, and how much satisfaction it brought him, that he could share it with so many of you who appreciate and love him (ignoring those who choose to misrepresent him and profit from his talent).
We remember his words, uttered at the end of his last show at Earls Court, sitting on the perspex steps of the stage at the end of his 25 Live concert, at the very end of 2 years of shows around the world… talking to his fans about all those 25 years….
“It’s been an amazing, amazing ride but there have been so many moments when the compromises have seemed too much…but I have just spent the last 2 years working out that every bit of aggro was worth it for this, I thank you for that, I really do….”
So do we.
Happy Birthday Yog…We’ll turn your music up today knowing you’re smiling down, feeling all our love and laughing at our dancing!
Melanie, Yioda, Jack & David x