Bummer. Back in the late 80’s their manager thought it would be a good thing for the band to play in Zimbabwe. At the time I was working at the Canadian High Commission so we were monitoring the business side their visit because of the currency issue. Much Music came with them, Daniel Richler was one, and did a short special on the trip. Their manager at the time didn’t have any kind of a grasp on international economics and finance. They were offered big dollars - Zimbabwean dollars, to come and play. The manager didn’t understand that no one outside of Zimbabwe wanted to buy Zimbabwean dollars. They were effectively little more than pieces of toilet paper on the international market. He thought it would be a straight one to one exchange for US dollars. They came to Zimbabwe without any guarantee that they would get paid in any readily convertable currency. This lead to more than a few problems, one of which was a yelling match and threats at their departure from Zimbabwe. Truly unfortunate. Also, this was the first time the local hotel and most of the populace had encountered the rock and roll circus. Mystifying to some and fully embraced by a few of the local ladies.
We did attend one show where they played a local “shebeen” or bar, frequented by the black populace. Good show but the music was so far away from what southern African music was at that time it really fell a bit flat. A bit like a person who had only ever heard big band music attending a concert of heavy metal music.
In many ways it was really too bad that things did not work out.
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