You started as the frontman of the band Herman’s Hermits back in the 1960s and have been touring ever since. How would you describe what you do for a living?
Since I was about 13, I have been traveling to play concerts. I would say that what I do for a living is travel.
What was it like the first time you and the band flew overseas?
We were all teenagers, and we went on a 360-day world tour. I never missed a concert.
Any particular standout memories from that first tour?
I met Elvis Presley on my one day off from the tour.
Where was your first show, post-lockdown?
It was in Texas, and I admit I had missed the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd. I was 17 years old again, and the audience believed me. I think they had missed me as much as I had missed them.
Do people ever recognize you on flights?
Most people I sit next to are too young to remember the British Invasion.
How many countries have you visited?
I looked to see where I haven’t been, and I drew a blank.
What was the last trip you took?
New York, to do a concert at The Cutting Room.
What’s the next vacation you’re planning?
I want to go to France. Some day United will get that EWR–NCE flight back…
What kinds of souvenirs do you purchase on your travels?
I get a thrill going to Milwaukee, as the airport has one of the finest rare bookstores in the U.S. in the terminal. I buy rare first editions, and they ship them to me.
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
Some sort of game bird at L’Orangerie in Paris.
You perform in your trademark suit and tie. What do you wear when you fly?
I wear a shirt and a jacket. Once, I wore a red tie because someone said it was Flight Attendant Appreciation Day, so wear a red tie to show your appreciation. I was the only person to wear a red tie!
Which famous person—living or dead—would be your dream seatmate?
Margaret Thatcher, because she was so smart—and I don’t mean her policies. She was a perfect English lady. I’m sure she is in heaven, and I hope I don’t see her soon!