Irradio bassist Anthony Rogers-Wright says producer Alan Parsons mixed three tracks on their upcoming album (One Sound) and invited the band to his home in Goleta, just outside of Santa Barbara.
"For a guy worth 50 million dollars, he had a real modest two-story house. His wife Lisa served us wine and cheese.... When I went into the kitchen, there was his platinum award for doing [Pink Floyd's] Dark Side of the Moon just sitting on the floor, propped up against the wall."
Rogers-Wright says the band then went out to dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Parsons.
"Every car in the lot was a Beemer, a Humvee, or a Lamborghini.... [Alan's] wife is a real wine connoisseur, and every time another bottle got ordered, we'd all look at each other and be thinking, 'How are we going to pay for this? Are we gonna end up doing dishes or going to jail?' The bill was adding up to around $2500!" The band lucked out when Alan Parsons palmed the check. "He just said, 'Let me take care of this. You can pay me back after your first Grammy.' "