Touring with Loose Tubes was like being in a huge family although it was fairly dangerous at times. It's easy to forget how frightening 21 people can be when they're all high- spirited. The morning after our last gig in East Berlin, a few years back, I found myself on a coach to the airport at six in the morning without having spent any of my money. I thought if I give it to someone at the airport they'll be rich enough to afford it anyway, so I was throwing handfuls of money out of the coach window hoping that the right people would pick it up. I turned round and saw our East German guide looking horrified and realised it was a bad move.
Django Bates was founder member of Loose Tubes and plays keyboard and peck horn. His group, Human Chain, tours 'Out There - A Jazz Romance' to Glasgow International Jazz Festival, 7.30pm on 9, 10 Jul at The Tron, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 (041-552 4267)
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