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International Jetsetters

Jez and I have just got back from a secret 4 day trip to Japan…the secret being a brief acoustic performance by Jez at the wedding of our label boss Nobu and his beautiful wife Ikumi in Tokyo! People were – to say the least – surprised when Jez appeared! He played “Tongue Tied”, “Say It Again” and “First And Last” to a relaxed and refreshed crowd, just after some Hawaiian dancers and before the cake. The reception was held at an amazing venue which looked like a James Bond villain’s lair complete with a massive koi carp pool, which also contained huge catfish, and what looked like golden sturgeon and pike. We also met up with our fantastic music publisher June at Sony ( thanks for lunch! ), who introduced us to Kaela Kimura – she is a huge star in Japan and has named “StopGap Product” as one of her favourite albums. So we went along to watch her rehearse and say thanks. We also met up with a big Japanese promoter to discuss some shows later this year, and with our friend Takeshi ( thanks for dinner! ) who looked after the band amazingly well at Nano-Mugen last year. All in all, an amazing whistle-stop visit to this stunning city..photos may follow shortly! We will return as soon as we can.