Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Caravan Pitches Up at the Sage; Caravan Perform the 40th Anniversary of Their 1973 Album for Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday. MICK BURGESS Poses Band Member Pye Hastings Some Questions

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Caravan Pitches Up at the Sage; Caravan Perform the 40th Anniversary of Their 1973 Album for Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday. MICK BURGESS Poses Band Member Pye Hastings Some Questions

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Your latest UK tour kicks off tomorrow. Are you all ready to go out on the road? It's surprising how quickly you can pick up again after just a few days rehearsing. We've played these songs for years and know them inside out so we just need a couple of days to get up to speed and tight again.

How do you see life on tour these days? Is it as hectic as it was back in the 70s? It's much better now. We don't need to carry the PAs around with us any more and there are good engineers at the venues.

In the old days we had a 12-man crew with our own lights and PA system and it was nonsense carrying all that stuff. Now you just arrive at the gig with your backline and instruments, do the sound check and away you go so it's much better.

The latest tour is a special one for you where you will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of your classic For Girls Who Go Plump in The Night album. Does it seem like 40 years has passed since you released that? No it seems like two, if that. It just seems like it was the other day.

Will you be playing the whole album in sequence or just picking certain songs to play throughout the night? We'll be playing about two thirds of the album. Not all of it works well on stage so we won't be playing those ones. We'll be playing the tracks throughout the night rather than all together. I like to arrange the set with a beginning, middle and end so we will be playing plenty of other songs from our other records too. We'll try and cover as much as possible.

The album is regarded as one of Prog Rock's finest moments. What do you think it is about the album that has stood the test of time? I think it's because we did it almost live. We began recording it then went on the road for two or three weeks.

We came back and recorded it again in a day and a half. It was almost like a live performance.

The playing was very tight because we played it in while we were on the road. I think that's why it worked so well, everyone was fresh and up for it and it just worked so well.

You've had a few line-up changes over the years but you've been there from the start. Geoffrey Richardson has been with you for over four decades but what about the rest of the band? …

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