Brian finally agreed he was in trouble when he started to believe Romeo, as Mark Knopfler reports, really did proposition Juliet with the words, “You and me, Babe, how about it?
Further clues arrived. He’d grown obsessed by what Elton John saw in the Tiny Dancer’s “pirate smile”. And what Billy Joel sang when that man asked him, “Son, can you play me a memory?”
But what nailed it was the image Brian carried in his head of Bruce Springsteen watching the circus boss lean over to whisper in the little boy’s ear, “Son you wanna try the Big Top?”