Date: 1 January 1986
Originally published in: Boys et Girls (France)
Written by: Françoise Cousteau
We often talk about the lives of artists on tour imagining that they go from cocktails to evenings more delirious than the others. But is it true? We asked Kim Wilde what she thought about it. She responds candidly.
What do you think of these stories about artists who, on tour, spend their time in the fair and ransacking their hotel rooms?
No, but you’re kidding! Apart from the fact that it would not happen to me for a moment to the idea of damaging anything in a hotel room… I would probably be far too tired to find the strength to do it!
The normal routine of our days is as follows: in the morning we get up, we have breakfast and we are all on the bus that takes us to our destination. Once there, we have to do what we call the “soundcheck”. This involves testing the microphones and instruments. To make sure the “balance” is perfect. It often takes quite a long time and I must say it’s not fun! Once everything is well settled, I go to my hotel to prepare for the show.
It’s a typical day, but as they all look like after a very short time, it feels a little like a robot. In fact, you can never really relax on tour: we are constantly on the nerves. At the end of my last European tour, I had only one idea in mind: go home and sleep, sleep, sleep!
Do you have time to take real meals?
Not really. I arrange to nibble a small piece during the day. But anyway, I’m too tied by stage fright to swallow anything consistent. Obviously, needless to say that in these cases, I lose a lot of weight.
On tour, do not you sometimes find it difficult to be the only girl?
But no not at all! We are all on a level playing field. Before going on stage we talk together. Our conversations often revolve around the same subject: music. At the last moment, we wish each other “Good luck”, and once on stage we smile at each occasion, which reassures us, gives us the impression of blocking. On stage I feel an incredible sensation. I’m afraid of drowning. I like to talk to the public during the show, to “feel” a little better … but when it’s in German or French, it’s not easy!
And after the show?
I demand to be alone for at least five minutes so that I can sit in my room for a moment, eyes closed. After, the musicians come to join me and we talk about the show. My room always looks like a station hall.
What gives you all this energy?
Even if the routine is sometimes a bit boring, each show is an adventure in itself. Before, I hated doing the scene, but now I love it! In fact, I’m dying to leave as soon as possible. For me, the tours are terrific!