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    The Eighties Invasion Tour is on the road and coming to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this March. Sarah caught up with musician Nick Heyward to talk tours, timeless music and memories of Liverpool…


    The Eighties Invasion Tour begins on Wednesday 2nd March. What can audiences expect from the show, apart from excellent music?

    I think lots of social interaction; I do enjoy the communication side of it. It’s not like I’m up there and you’re just going to watch somebody for the evening. I do enjoy the social interaction. The more you do it, the more relaxed you get – I’ll build up momentum and by the end of the tour I’ll be sitting there with a kettle! (Laughs)


    Part-time musician, part-time tea person?

    Yeah, like a coffee morning! (Laughs)


    That would be a very interesting coffee morning! As the frontman of Haircut 100, I’ve seen the reaction to songs like ‘Favourite shirts (Boy meets girl)’. How does it feel to still be performing these songs thirty years later?

    I love adventure, discovering new things and sailing in uncharted waters, but also there’s something lovely about the familiar. It’s lovely to see the joy on people’s faces and in their eyes. Songs are imprints of time; if I hear songs, like early Talking Heads in ’77, those songs make me beam as they’re of a time.  


    That’s the power of music; it just has that ability to take you back to a certain time and place…

    Yeah they capture time. They’re an imprint and a photograph of time. Smells do the same thing, songs, voices – it’s amazing. I love it, it’s a sensory thing.


    That’s such a lovely way to describe music! I’ve never heard someone describe music in that way before. Speaking of the joy on people’s faces, I used to write University essays while listening to bands like Haircut 100 - how does it feel to have new generations of fans listening to those songs?

    That’s the wonder of music, because it is timeless in that sense. I got into the Beatles ten years after they had split up, but I had just discovered them and that was the thrill of it. It doesn’t matter if people are together or not together, it doesn’t matter if people are alive or not with us anymore. If music has that resonance with you, it doesn’t really matter about the artist and that’s what I love about music. I made things and I’m continuing to make things and regardless of if I’m alive or when I’m not alive, they [the songs] will continue to have that affect and I love that. It’s like you’re painting pictures that people are going to appreciate. Once it moves them, in the same way that I’m moved by music, that’s the love of doing it. I’m making music right now. I finished a mix last night and I absolutely love it. It had a really strong effect on me; I kind of stood back and thought wow! That’s the love of music, the love of creativity and being able to express that. I’m grateful for having an audience, to be able to continue doing it.


    Generations of fans are going to be able to see you perform on the Eighties Invasion Tour, alongside other musicians such as Ben Vopeliere-Pierrot, Midge Ure and Big Country. Is this the first time you’ve had the chance to perform onstage together?

    Midge [Ure] was one of the first people I bumped into. I remember bumping into Midge Ure and I’d just watched him on Top of the Pops. We were beginning to meet people and I kind of got to know Midge. It’s weird because I kind of didn’t know Ben [Vopeliere-Pierrot] until working much later, when you bump into each other again. So actually on and off, but not on the same bill like this, I’ve met all these guys and performed with them. It’s lovely. Backstage areas at these gigs are really nice where you can chat. It’s a really nice atmosphere backstage, meeting these guys. It’s really good.


    The Eighties Invasion Tour will be in Liverpool on Sunday 6th March. Is this the first time you’ve performed in the city, or have you visited before?

    I have a long history - I had a Beatles moment on the Balcony of a hotel! There were people who were at the concert, who had gone to the hotel and were chanting for me to come out onto the balcony! I remember coming out onto the balcony and there was a big cheer. It’s so funny, because when you’re sitting at school and it’s a sunny afternoon, you start to daydream. My daydream might have consisted of thinking I was Jim McClain in Stardust, but then I thought it’s a long, long trek to ever be like that. Then not that long later, about three or four years later, I was standing on the balcony of the hotel having a Jim McClain moment. It was just overwhelming, I couldn’t believe it. It was happening so fast. I just thought, how on earth did this happen?


    Well it all happened because of the excellent music! The songs are timeless and that’s why people were chanting…

    That time, starting from the late seventies, there was wonderful creativity. There was great stuff in the time and inspired by the time. When there was Beatles records being made and there was Procul Harem’s ‘White Shade of Pale’, there were great songs. You can’t believe how many great songs there were, when you look back to certain times. The chart…the top twenty was just filled with all these amazing songs. I feel thankful for being in that particular period [late seventies/early eighties], because there was a really high standard of creativity all around. It’s a great creative atmosphere and you’re within it; it’s inspiring. What a time! The records around that time that were being made, they’re really, really creative. It’s like standing back and seeing this amazing greenhouse; that was your time with all these amazing flowers.


    Another beautiful anecdote! Mr Hayward you are a poet with words!

    (Laughs) Thank you! I’m either that or a Gardner!


    Can you sum up the Eighties Invasion Tour in three words? Obviously without using the words Eighties Invasion Tour!

    An eighties jukebox!


    The Eighties Invasion Tour will be at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 6th March 2016.

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