Strangeways at Tor 3, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2nd of February 1988.
Totally out of the blue, me an my reporter colleague Donald Wever received an invitation for bus trip to Düsseldorf (Germany) to visit a concert of Scottish AOR band Strangeways. The Dutch leg of the BMG record company wanted to promote the band and organised an all-inclusive arrangement for the press. The departure was early in the afternoon and during this trip we were well supplied with a lot of drinks and snacks. We had a ball … but most of all we were curious for Strangeways, who had recently released their second album “Native Sons” with newly recruited vocalist Terry Brock from Atlanta (USA). The album was already announced as a masterpiece by the English writing press and contained enough potential for a breakthrough on the US market. Especially with an American singer on board, who had a incredible vocal range. Perfect suitable for the bands unique AOR sound with many keys and harmony vocals. All aces where on the table and live proved Strangeways to be amazing. Sometimes people ask me of which albums should have been massive… well… “Native Sons” and the follow-up “Walk in the Fire” should be… but are unfortunately undiscovered gems. Strangeways is still after all these years the best kept secret in the AOR-genre. Check them out and convince yourself.