Brett Anderson on HK and blueberries - but not the band

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 August, 2007, 12:00am

'It's your lucky night,' Brett Anderson shouted from the Convention Centre stage on Wednesday.

The former Suede and The Tears frontman must have been in a good mood. After the first encore, he came back out and barked, 'We've played 18 f**kin' songs - more than Tokyo or Korea - and that makes tonight a special night.' With that, he then started the riff to Beautiful Ones as the crowd went crazy.

Anderson is still something of a cool customer in person but obviously he likes Hong Kong. Even at an afternoon press conference at the Grand Hyatt, he was surprisingly pleasant, even when he had to endure the predictable inquiries about former bandmate Bernard Butler and doing his record promotion.

'Promoting the record is kind of unbearable,' Anderson confessed.

'The [UK] media just wants to talk about our relationship. It's just really boring for every question to be about whether we like each other. Honestly, it makes the whole experience rather joyless. If we ever make a record again, we wouldn't do publicity but make the record and put it out.'

Instead, the talk turned to more general issues like food and TV, all of which Anderson had strong opinions about. 'I like eating. I like roast fish and lemon sauce. I like blueberry in great yoghurt, but I don't like eating something that you can't tell what is in it ... These days I spend more time reading books and poetry than I do actually talking to normal people. I don't ever watch TV. TV's evil. It sucks your energy and it's really, really bad for you. It's like a drug.'