Early 2016. Doug Melbourne - keyboard player with Genesis tribute band 'ReGenesis' - puts it out on social media that the band are looking for 'creative types' to help with their re-imagining of the classic Genesis album 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway', which they intend to tour later in the year.
For those not in the know, 'The Lamb' is an audacious, complex, often baffling, often sublime, double-album's worth of music. Released in 1974, it was the last Genesis album to feature Peter Gabriel, before his departure in early 1975.
The accompanying tour was equally audacious, featuring an elaborate slide show, complex pyrotechnics, and a number of costume changes for Peter Gabriel, as he moved from portraying one of the story's array of characters, to another.
One of the characters is a 'Slipperman' - grotesque and misshapen, with 'twisted limbs like rubber stumps' (those are Gabriel's words, not mine). He lives in a colony of Slippermen, and is encountered by the album's central character - Real - towards the end of the story.
Like I said, it's that kind of album.
Well, the band are looking for somebody to create a Slipperman mask and costume. I know people who do that sort of thing, so I replied, saying I might be able to help.
Only, the people I knew, who I thought could help, couldn't help.
And the more I thought about it, the more I thought 'Hey, why don't I just do it ?' I mean ... it's not really my thing, but I reckon I've got the skills. Plus, what's the worst that could happen, other than it being a total disaster?'