Exclusive Interview with Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) Part 4
Do you have any favourite stories from Tangerine Dream's 'Virgin Years' you would like to share?
EF: We flew over to London in autumn 1973 to negotiate and sign the first recording contract with Virgin. There was a little battle between Richard and myself on one side and our British and German lawyers, which guided us via the phone line, on the other. In the end, we did find a way and were ready for executing the agreement next morning.
On the evening before the signing Richard invited us for dinner at a Greek restaurant. "It's the best Greek in the whole city, but unfortunately totally at the edge of London" he explained. He was very right as the taxi driver - Richard never drove by himself in London - took about 45 minutes and ended up in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, the dinner went fine, the food was really outstanding and Richard's stories about his way of life have always been very entertaining.
Just before he ordered the bill, he said out of the blue: "You know, I've thought about it....and I want to have the whole Edgar Froese not just his band." He simply meant in order to get the signature for the TD contract I also had to give him my exclusive rights for my solo work....! I was pretty much pissed off because of his last minute pressure he tried to put on me. I said: "So Richard I'm going to pay for the dinner myself as well as for my wife and will keep the ink dry for tomorrow."