On the 25th of June 1998 a strange thing happened. A group of like-minded people arrived at England's sea and airports and made their way to a small town on the Welsh border.
They came from Brazil, Mexico, North America, Australia, Japan, Israel, Germany, Holland, France and Spain. They came to have dinner....They also came to see a band.
When we realised we were going to be holed up in Oswestry for a couple of weeks mixing Radiation, Steve (Rothery) had the bright idea of us doing a deal with the best restaurant in town: free food for the duration in return for a low-profile acoustic performance on the premises.
Our ideas have a habit of getting out of hand and, before we knew it the Walls restaurant gig had gone 'global'.
We decided a couple of verses of 'Easter' simply wouldn't do ...and rehearsed for a week!
We set about selecting songs we had never performed acoustically before, and to do this entailed stripping their arrangements back to the bones and starting again.
The atmosphere on the night was something else. You really had to be there. Maybe you were.