'La Villa Strangiato' Live at Pinkpop – 1979
"Look at Alex's finger here. He totally wrecked his finger the night before. He's never told us exactly what happened. I don't know how he played. We had to cancel a show the night before. He whacked his finger somehow and it was so infected that he couldn't play guitar. . .
"This was a great show. It was one of our first big pop festivals, and I love Holland. The Dutch are great fans of ours. There were such interesting other bands on the bill, like the Police. I remember watching them backstage; they were just coming out. 'Roxanne' was a big hit. Peter Tosh was on that show. It was kind of interesting for us to be in the context of these other artists.
"And my keyboard tech, Jack Secret, broke both his feet at this gig. It was just one of the stupidest things ever. On this side of the stage, there's a little wall. I don't know why, but Jack thought he could hop that wall and there was the rest of the stage on the other side of the wall. But there was a stairwell. He hopped over the wall and fell 25 feet down a flight of stairs and broke both his feet.
"Right before we went on, the promoter of the show – it's become a legendary story in our backstage tales – the promoter was this super-nice Dutch fellow named Jann Smeets. He came running back and said, "Sam broke his feets." We were going, "No, it wasn't Sam. Sam's right here." Turns out it was Jack. He did the show. They took him to the hospital and he came back with his feet all wrapped up. You can see him somewhere sitting in the background, still taking care of the keyboards. He could have absolutely died that day. Crazy story.
"What did we do before YouTube? It's unbelievable what exists on there."