A `gathering` had been arranged some weeks previous, late 2010. A few close `Japan` buddies arranged to meet in London in early 2011. Events had taken a poignant turn, with the news of the devastating loss of Mick in early January 2011. So it was decided our gathering would be a little tribute to Mick. A glass raised, memories shared, from a fan`s perspective.
The memory is still vivid. We were all gathered around a circular high table, happy and laughing in each others company, catching up on each others personal lives ….. an air of frivolity surrounding us all. I was checking something from the internet, on my smartphone, and …… there it was ….. Steve, had posted this picture with these words. I passed the phone round …. each one of us took a deep breath, read the words, and exhaled, loudly. How pertinent, that this image, these words were posted up, whilst we were paying our humble tributes that day, some 100 yards from Air Studios, where these two friends created some of their finest works.
To say this is my `favourite` image by Steve, of Mick, would sound trite …. but its, for me, the most powerful. An image and words of true love.
Many many more images of Mick, by Steve are available here http://www.stevejansen.com/imageshop/