Although you've addressed your question to Lily and Tina, I would like to add that I felt the same way as Lily about David Letterman treating Chris Rea incorrectly in the TV studio in New York (David Letterman's Late Night Show.) Just watch the interview and judge his behavior for yourself. In the clip, Chris is visibly embarrassed when he waits for an invitation to sit down and David childes him by saying: "what's the matter with you?; just sit down!" "There's noting the matter with me, I just waited to be invited to sit down", Chris replied and David asked - in turn - "haven't I invited you to take the seat last time?" and Chris said: "no, you didn't!", so - at this point - David says: "oh, I'm sorry!" Now, I don't know whether the civilized world underwent such a great transformation but I was brought up (as I believe many of us have been) "to have some manners."
A picture or a video material never lies. I felt both angry and, at the same time, embarrassed for Letterman's behavior. What makes the matter worst, I don't' think he realized he's done something wrong. In some real life situations, a sensitive person just cannot cope with such a host.
Anyway, I always thought Chris was a bit camera shy....
I don't know whether he, while in the US, was treated in a similar way by others (either in a TV studio or in a different forum), but I'm certain this could contributed to his decision not to play gigs or to promote his recordings there. That's why, I believe, he occasionally says in interviews: "America never happened for me" and he explains "other barriers" from the site of corporate representatives.
What really made the matter worst are the union regulations in the US. The American band which normally plays on a TV show, according to many contract regulations, must stay on a show, even though a guest musician (in this case Chris Rea), brings in his own group. So, it's a peculiar situation, not always easy to resolve between the two groups.
The new version of the "Looking for the Summer", by the way, was the best song during the FHBN's tour.