Peter Lincoln, the successor of Georg Kajanus, joined SAILOR as the new captain in 1996. Before SAILOR, Peter had worked together with many different bands and artists, including Shakin' Stevens and Cliff Richard.
In September 2006 Peter left SAILOR to join The Sweet.
letter to the fans
Dear SAILOR Fans,
of Peter Lincoln...
The departure of Georg
Kajanus from the SAILOR line up in 1996 left a gap that
many thought could never be filled. The end of SAILOR
looked a reality.
for the DVD "Pirate Copy - Sailor Live In
Peter: I wasn't involved in the original line-up of the band back in the 70s, but what we do now pays homage to their original concept. But we also realise that one needs to go and entertain an audience, really go at them and give them something they not usually see, which is why we take our clothes of at the end of the show...!
Peter: I still don't really know how that came about. We were doing a lot of work in Denmark and Greenland is a Danish colony. Our promoter in Denmark rang us up and said 'how do you fancy the - you know - old paid holiday in Greenland?' and we went. And it was the most incredible experience. I can't remember all the statistics, but it was one of those trips where every time someone opened their mouth whatever they said was gobsmacking. We arrived there and drove from the airport to hotel in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, which has a population of 12.000. The whole country is either 14 or 16 times as big as the UK, but only 60.000 people live there. So you can't get your head around that. We go to the hotel, and there was a pedestrian crossing outside my hotel window - it was the only traffic light in Greenland. It was put there to give the cars a chance, because this particular road was the main connection from a main living area to a main shopping area, so there were constantly people crossing this road and the cars would always just sit and give way to the pedestrians, so they put the traffic lights there to stop the pedestrians and let the cars go through. Then I religiously took my swimming trunks with me, like you do when you go away, and I went down to the hotel reception and said 'where's the swimming pool?' And they said 'oh, there's no swimming pools here.' I said 'what do you mean, here?' and they said 'well, nobody learns to swim in Greenland.' I asked 'why is that?' and they said 'if you fall in the water it's going to kill you anyway, so if you can swim it only prolongs the struggle, doesn't it?'. So they don't even learn to swim. And every time someone opened their mouth it was something like that, just a bizarre statistic. The second town we played in had a population of 5.000 people and 10.000 dogs. Of course everybody has a team of huskies because the only way to get from town to town - there aren't any roads, you either have to fly or go on a snow-bike on the land or be pulled by a dog-sleigh. Anyway, I could go on about Greenland all day, it was fantastic, really really fantastic!
Peter: It would be nice, it would be a really positive thing. But it's one of those difficult things, you either have to try and write things deliberately to hark back, and one doesn't want to do that too much, to fit into the SAILOR sound, or take the thing forward. SAILOR did have successes recently in the early 90s in Germany, which was just before I joined the band, and they did have some radio hits in Europe in the 90s. So I mean, there's always scope, there's always a chance. It would be great.
Peter: It would be nice to augment the show, it would be nice to be in a position where we could perhaps do more work in the UK. Some dancing girls might be nice... no! Just do what we do really. It has a slightly mad element to it, and we do come up with a few insane ideas. And they usually get taken on board. It's normally when we are late at night in a hotel bar or sit around after a flight has been delayed or something like that when somebody says 'well, what about that?' and suddenly we're off again.
Peter: Really fine. In previous incarnations of my career I've met the guys on the road in Germany. I was working with Shakin' Stevens and with Cliff Richard before I joined SAILOR. I've met them, and Grant the drummer lives reasonably locally to me anyway, and we have mutual friends. So it wasn't difficult. They are really good guys.
05 October 2006:
Farewell message from Peter Lincoln...
its been a wonderful eleven or so years but now
five Nickelodeons later - it seems that the time
has finally come for me to move on.
Peter Lincoln with Andy Scott's THE SWEET: