Editor’s Note: José Oliveira is Rock At Night Editor EU. Jose has been interviewing and photographing rock stars since the early-1970s–and he has many, many interesting stories to tell! He had the privilege of playing soccer with Phil Collins, meeting Frank Zappa on several occasions, and having lunch with Leonard Cohen–to name a few. People have been requesting for him to write down a memoir of stories for years, but he decided to create a series of videos for Rock At Night. Each week, José will have a different story to tell. Today’s story: MEETING PHIL COLLINS at the SAARBRUCKEN SUMMER OPENAIR FESTIVAL, Germany, on September 3, 1978.
I was born in Portugal and lived the Sixties exploring the great UK Rock magazines: "The New Musical Express" and "Melody Maker". Ray Charles and Pat Boone were my father’s fav. I became “The Great Pretender”. Cliff Richard was our Elvis Presley. As a beach boy, with my first guitar, I met a beautiful French girl on the beach! It was the Summer of 69!! We got married and rock music was our dowry. In France, I became a Wine Genetic Research Scientist. One of my works contributed to the decoding of the genome of the vine! As a rock journalist, I’ve worked twenty years for the Portuguese and Brazilian Rock Press. I ‘ve interviewed so many great artists. Then, one day I met FRANK ZAPPA! I got into trouble for introducing my wife to "Uncle Meat"!