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John I hope I phrase this correctly.

I've been reading "My Own Time" and had no idea Asia was in Berlin and Germany around the time of the wall coming down etc.

My question is when you were writing the lyrics for CTZ those of us in the west were very much living under the veil of nuke paranoia and mistrust of the east in the early 80s onward. Did that factor into the lyrics and if so how did it then feel for you to be performing on the footsteps of such historical events some five years later, and then eventually to do two sold-out shows in Moscow when just a few years earlier such things wouldn't have seemed possible?




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CTZ is a bit of fiction around  a post-nuclear wasteland. The last (spoken) verses are a kind of paranoid warning, but I had no idea , until I visited the USSR 5 years later, exactly what that threat was. I spoke at length with a captain from the Russian Army,and a precy of that conversation will be in MOT II. When we played Moscow, we did so as a cultural invitation event, not as a bona fide rock tour---yes, it is amazing to think what has happened since. I was poignantly reminded not 3 days ago, as I sang 'Wildest Dreams' in Buenos Aires, that when that song was published, the UK and Argentina were at war. The lyric and sentiment are very much pacific, but it was an eerie moment.
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Wow, thanks John!




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