Only a Dream In Rio


Song Origin

The song was inspired by his life-changing trip to Rio de Janeiro to perform at the 1985 Rock In Rio music festival. JT explains in a 1997 article by his friend and biographer, Timothy White:

“In 1985 I bottomed out and went into recovery, and I was managing to feel I could stand to be in my own skin again. I played at this Rock In Rio Festival in South America, and seeing that 300,000 people in a cultured country knew my stuff, with these great Brazilian players like Airto Moreira giving me validation, really
resurrected me.”