Alan: For me personally, once we were actually out on the road, the process of repeating the show on a nightly basis became automatic - I wouldn't say tedious, but certainly automatic. We did not have a lot of scope, let's say, for improvisation. Up to a point, yes, but when you're dealing with a big live production, normally things have to be fairly set, because you got lighting cues and all the rest of it, all that kind of thing. Plus, our particular style was to use backing tapes and sequencers and very much to sort of prepare versions of the songs that would work in a live context, and utilise all the sounds and technology that we had employed in the studio. So it meant a lot of preparation in that respect, and then not much leeway afterwards.
Dave: My interpretation of what he writes is probably very different. If Martin is writing about a relationship and about love, that's something that everybody can experience anyway and it everybody experiences it, but my experience of that may be different. So the way I sing it may be different to the way Martin does. But the words that he writes inspire me to think about what I'm doing, where I'm at, and the relationship that I'm in, or the relationship with people, with life, the way I feel about the world, the way I feel about I'm treating myself in the world. I take what he has [written] and it inspires me. Songs like 'Barrel Of A Gun' and 'Sister Of Night' [are] completely different songs, but they're songs that anybody can identify with. The way we use stuff in live to give ourselves instant gratification, and then the trouble we get in, of not really being able to understand where we're going with it, and why we're doing it, but, we like it, and we want to experience more of it. 'Only When I Lose Myself' is a really good example of that. When you lose yourself in something, somebody, it's like to find yourself. It's the only time that you're happy. You feel happy when you're in love with somebody. You don't really know what's going on with yourself, and if you dare to ask the question, "Do I like this myself? It's only when I lose myself in someone that I think I'm happy", because, ultimately, the only way that you can be happy in life is if you are happy with yourself, some kind of peace with yourself. And then, if you get in a relationship and you're not at peace with yourself, how the hell can you possibly think that this is gonna make it any better? But we do it, we do it all the time, and then we wonder why we're hurt, at the end of it. 2b1af7f3a8