Joe Jackson, a good friend of Forest, is currently touring the UK as part of his 2007 European tour. Over the next ten days you can catch him in Nottingham, Sheffield, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Two years ago, when Joe toured the US and Europe with Todd Rundgren and a New York string quartet called Ethel, I asked him to write a tour diary - from a smoker's perspective. Some entries have clearly been overtaken by events. Nevertheless, it's still an interesting read - see HERE.
Email from Joe today: "Have just been in Holland: even the Dutch are now barely holding out. The new government wants a ban and the head of the hospitality industry group is apparently about to concede a ban in restaurants, with a ban in bars postponed until at least 2011 (in the hope, apparently, that something will change by then). It sometimes seems quite surreal to me that even in places where almost no one really wants a ban (eg Holland and Germany) there is a totally defeatist attitude that it is 'inevitable'. I do believe that united opposition by the hospitality industry could have made a real difference, but all they seem to care about is the so-called 'level playing field'."