Brought in by Arista for the Life In A Day tour tour, Billy Worton
was a confident, experienced roadcrew manager and sound engineer. For his first tour with the
Simple Minds, he simply looked after the crew, but he became growingly discontented with
sound engineer David Henderson.
It was during the European leg of the Real To Real Cacophony tour that he had a public showdown
with David, leading to the band's original sound engineer leaving the group, and Billy
taking on the new role.
However, his deparature from the band was also after a public showdown. The sound at the Hammersmith Odeon gig in September 1981 was, by
all accounts, atrocious, made doubly worse that the concert was recorded by Virgin. Billy was fired on