The ‘farewell tour’ proposes appearances on Songs of Praise and Blue Peter for starters. Guest judge on the X Factor must certainly be in the wings as Tony would relish the opportunity to demonstrate his uncanny ability to recognise hidden potential in
‘He needs to go with the crowds wanting more. He should be the star who won’t even play that last encore. In moving towards the end he must focus on the future.’ One can always hope that the Fender Strat will stay in its custom-made flight case but I wouldn’t count on it. The reference point for this proposal may well be that pivotal scene in Back to the Future where Michael J Fox parodies Chuck Berry. That led to two sequels.
‘Needs a daily grid, planned to the last detail. As much as possible a farewell tour, looking to the future, making sure the party is in the right place and the public remember him as he should be.’ This sounds like it could have come straight from Phil Collins’s PR and perhaps it did. Phil does seem to need a grid, oh no sorry, that’s a quid isn’t it? Happens when you don’t work much. I’m sure Phil’s advice on where to get the cheapest tour jackets made will be invaluable. I do agree that making sure the party is in the right place is crucial. The Blair camp will hopefully recall that it’s a very bad idea to hold a mid-winter party in a big tent.
‘We need to incorporate this into our media plan. It’s the elephant in the room, let’s face up to it.’ Interestingly, this point refers to
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