The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 8 February - 2 March 1997
Well today is the FINN gig at Marlborough on NZ's Sth island. Seems weird
not to be there, but to be honest there is little for me to do, no real
backstage requirements,no merch, no pr stuff....maybe I can lay out the
bails of hay?
Several club members are making the pilgrimage-loyal bunch,I'm sure it will
go off. The rumor is that neil will do some of his new songs,which I
doubt,will probably be the standard set.
Fax NZ our requirements for the Enzso tour-goddess this is coming up fast.
Enzso just keeps rolling on. Still trying to find a spot for this platinum award
may have to re-arrange the office,wonder what inventive thing Noel has done
with his award. Work on club stuff all day- we seem to be getting heaps of
new members,it's still growing.
Miss Amanda is back in the office,so I'm sure that's a relief to Grant.
Consider going to Egypt on valentines day but the airtickets are too
much-maybe a holiday in May instead.All those continental flight points
just sitting there,and the airline no longer flys to Australia. Hope Guam
is nice this time of year.
Heard Nick (Seymour) has started painting his toenails and wearing weird sandals
the question is what colour toe nails now that Silver is no longer our
fashion colour of the year...methinks Blue.
Brian Connelly from seventies glam band Sweet dies. Not sure what from but
I bet it was a heartattack, he was really ill on the last Australian tour
and most fans that met him left the gig depressed because all he could do
Play a Sweet compilation cd-everyone deserves a good dose of glam rock at
least once a week. It will be a sad day when Gary Glitter goes to the big
glam show in the sky. Recurring Dream drops another notch in Australia from
#5 to #6 but Enzso moves up into the top twenty #20 which helps it creep
even closer to double platinum. Phone Eddie Rayner and give him the
charts,we talk about a possible Enzso #2-I think it's a bad idea, i know
the Finns wouldn't want to do it-so i guess the lineup would be Australian
Rosemaree drops in heaps of photocopy stuff for the club. Help destroy the
Ch bootlegg market today by sending out some more live shows to fans...in
fact this takes several days.
Michael Jackson man/child has a boy child to Debbie Rowe/Jackson.
God-mother is of course....Liz Taylor. A friend who polishes Liz's jewels
tells me she isn't too well. Toija flys out to Queensland....have to have
coffee when she gets back.
Valentines Day-the romantic side of me ticks in........my fave chocolates arrive
which was really sweet. Decide not to look in the classified section,never
know what you will find.....hopefully not a bad poem, unless it's silly
ok....a really good coded Valentines day message is cool-keeps the readers
guessing. Guess it's nice to be loved. "Instinct" is released today-not
really a valentines day song....unlike "Message to my Girl" which was
released on valentines day in Australia all those years ago. The cover art
was a carved ink
print....a hand carving a heart into a tree-by Noel Crombie.
Spy Di emails me that the "Lost in Space" movie IS underway, I think an
Australian director is at the healm. Wonder if I can get a part as an
will have to sniff around. She thinks that William Hurt is John
Robinson,the "Party of Five" girl is Penny and possibly gary Oldman as Dr
Smith. Who plays the sexy Judy and the hunky Don? Suggestions please
Well "Instinct" was delayed by a few days.........brekky at the
Elepahnt,it's really empty today and the staff are very vague. Neil sings a
new tune "TRUTH" on the access all areas show. Great song,he still has
it,but the album is soooo
long away. Like the line "Truth is worth more then pride". he looks
good,except for that side shot that is 2 inches from his face and you can
almost look up inside his nose....who films this stuff? It's like Kerrys
closeup work at the Corner Hotel gig which looks really awful on the Opera
House Show, i think some of marks footage for the Video newsletter will
look much better.
Get an email from my dwarf wife-she misses me so much she's bathing with a
ferret(!). There is some strange Ferret obsession with this office, the
Ferret page was the first site we clicked onto when we had access to the
net. We were trying to disquise(thinly) hairball the cat and send in a
photo of her and say it was a rare Australian ferret.....but we didn't
think they'd get the joke.
Hopefully miss "E" will come along to dinner at El Coyote in Los Angeles on
my birthday May 11th. She threatens to bring the ferret/love child.
has anyone noticed that secretary of state (usa) Madeleine Albright looks
like a washed out/rained upon version of Australia's Bronwyn Biship?It's
that hairstyle and frown and vulture-ish beak.maggie Thatchers hairdresser
has a lot to answer for. More Iron maidens on the way.
had to do something a bit yucho today- it's one of those areas that I get
stuck in, between a fan and working for the band. I was asked to send an
email to john who has been supplying cassttes of hard to find bsides to
fans-in the past weve turned a blind eye-basically "I" think it's fine and
so would the band I'm sure
it's not like he's selling them and not too many have gone out. But now the
posting has him asking for unreleased material and demos and talks about a
possible CD. This is a gigantic step and puts him in a very illegal area
where he could get his arse busted. A few people I know well know him and
say he's ok,
so this is obviously just overstepping the mark because he's into the
band/music. Sadly the internet postings also are like a giant notice board
word gets out very easily. So "they" (this sounds very X-files-ish) have
asked me to check and see who gave him permission etc etc. I know the
Tonguers will not think and rush ahead and start abusing the band,
management and of course I'll be the poor bastard that will get aimed at
(again) because they access to me...anyway let's see how it pans out. I
think something else is in the wind because too many "official" people have
asked about this cassette/cd thing.
Nice quote from Richard Thompson in (NZ) "Real Grove" magazine.
RG-are you aware of any NZ acts.?
RT-"Definitely.My all time favourite band is Crowded House.best Pop band in
the last ten years.In fact I think they are the best pop band since The
Beatles. Neil Finn is an amazing talent". (Thanks Rich your $10 is in the
One in four animals on Earth is a beetle.
We were right- Liz taylor (aged
65) had a brain tumor removed today...4 hour surgery.
limo drops me off at the International airport to catch flight QF37 to
Wellington. It was still dark when I left home, but i felt like a
supermodel going off to an exotic location.....reality will hit in I'm
sure. Weird night heard several load long screams from Neils old mansion
next door.A bit spooky Mulder. Invade the Qantas club lounge, no celebs
today to report, just businessmen.
Sit next to Noel on the plane and we chat all the way. he's good
Crombie,keeps us honest-would make a great leader for the Democrat party.
When we land in Wellington he points out several sites where he helped dig
for maori ruins when he was a teenager. I tell him about my times in Egypt
and Sth America crawling thru bat dung down 2 foot wide crawl-spaces.
Wellington looks grey and miserable. Ian and Anne drive us to the site to
check it out.Just a big field really.
Xena Warrior princes is on...notice the Production Designer is Robert
Gillies. This MUST be Enz person Robert Gillies. i remember he did some of
the Video sets etc for the Enz when he was in the band (with Noel). Check
with our sound man that knows Robert G. well and yes it IS the same
Gillies. he started work on hercules and Xena was a spinoff. Stay at the
Plaza International...the staff bring me a coffee while I wait in the
Enzso Wellington Show is today and the weather is getting worse. An
overcast rainy windy day.head to the gig early with Anne who is running
merch. with me. The wind lashes the stage and tents all day. We have to
make a decision at 5.00 and YES the show will (must) go on.
Visit the fun fair (on the same parkland) and buy some homemade fudge and a
wind fish to attach to the tent.
I climb on the stage and sit with our production manageer Robbie-we agree
the right decision has been made, tomorrow is looking worse.
Sharon and Liam and Elroy are down for the show. Elroy is now starting to grow
and Liam is as cool as ever.We sit on this weird couch that Robbie found
for the band room and he tells me about school and stuff-per usual I miss
having these guys next door....tell them they should move home to
A lot of clubbers everywhere-some girls grab me and we do a photo,the
flashes blinds me for ages. A fan called Jonathan has a Noel single he
wants signed so once again I trudge thru the crowd and get noel to sign it.
He has a huge smile and I warn Noel that there are thousands of Crombie
fans out in the audience.
The Venue is located near Lower Hutt where Eddie was born...I tease the
ol' Horse that somewhere someone has an Eddie statue in the town...Liam
butts in and adds that someone has put a toilet seat around the neck of it
-we both laugh at Eddies expense. The band are all happy...well if you can
call Enzso a band. Dave freaks because he left his red poka dot hanky at
home...I manage to salvage some material from our display and he uses that
onstage. Great gig except for a bit of wind onstage when Annie is doing "I
hope i never". The show finishes with some fireworks. Go to bed at 3.00.
Up at 8.00 drive to trentham (45mion) to pick up the crew. get there an
hour early,its funny driving the tour vans by yourself. the previa is like
a huge bubble but if you get in an accident the steering column can ripp
thru your stomach...so that was my thought for the day. Breakfast is a
banana milk and a
bounty bar.Watch the football game near the hotel. Drive to new Plymouth-we
have 3 days before the gig-I could go mad.
The 4hr drive is fun-Paul our sound man does the driving..i think he use
to be a Grand Prix champion or something. Mike (sound) is also in the
privea as is Robbie our fantastic production person. We are all in silly
moods. arrive at the new Plymouth internat. and Showtravel stuff up our
booking-no room for me-they finally find one........
Lunch-Vegetarian lasagne and Sprialina milkshake at the health food shop.
new Plymouth has heaps of record shops and estate agents and no people.
Watch "the sum of us" for the millionth time. Then watch "Boys on the side"
another good road movie...Woopi,Drew and Mary Louise Parker.
Found out that lester was poisoned. he ate some snail pellets-he's ok
now-the Finns got him to the vet on time. Sit on the cliff and watch the
sun go down....
Buy Weezers debut album,its not as good as the 2nd one. Move to another
hotel because they need my room. We are all scattered over town.I move from
the Internat. to the Amber Court HMotel which is just down the road. Cool
my room has a kitchen.
The marvel Superheros V's The Dc Superhero's Issue #1 has sold out in new
Plymouth. 600 tonnes of cocaine enter America each year. What else can I
tell you.??? sad to say it but new Plymouth feels like a dying town.The
"For lease" signs stretch down the main run (Devon St) like a growing
cancer. I think bodysnatchers arrived a few days ago and stole the
population. It's still raining. This is certainly a wet weather tour.
Enzso New Plymouth. Well the Bowl of Brooklands has a new soundshell,it's
nearly finished but the stage area is bigger for the artists.The lake is
still there, the bridge has gone which is sad. get to the venue at 11.00
and count stock and help with set up. The Sun finally breaks through and we
expect a decent walk up.
Wander backstage and see the guys. Paul from Sony is there,we all agree
Neils new haircut/colour is a good one. Tim is in Denim tonight. My buddy
Paul from Sony is in town and he has a really small joint (it's so small it
feels a crime to smoke it- you could use it to do your teeth). Decide to
chill out and head side stage into the rainforest and light up. Decide to
grab some vodka and ice too. I know pot destroys your short term memory
but i really can't remember the last time I had a joint, seems like years
ago. The stollys also goes down well.
head back out front and do the merch. with Anne. A bunch of really young
girls come up and they look thru the Enzso programme and talk about each
person. It's obvious they have no money so we give them one of the damaged
programmes each- they get so excited,bouncing up and down on the balls of
their feet. Debbies friend is at the show-he's a nice guy, gave us a hand
with the stock.
In the middle of the show Annie pops her head into the merch. area,the
crowd around us flip out at her. She's come to say Hi. "You should be
onstage " your numbers next- she runs off. We love Annie, she tells us that
the merch tent was glowing from the stage area-she gave us a huge wave.
The crowd is really filling up the natural amphitheatre,looks really
packed, the girls in the front row are waving candles and during My
Mistake several people jump into the pond and swim towards the stage-good
to see tradition is kept alive,even with the new soundshell. The guys come
out and dave Dobbyn calls out "Swim my children"...he'd love to be the new
mesiah! Neil shakes their dripping hands.....what a night. Richard and Mary
(Finn)are at the gig and I walk them backstage-it's pitch black so Mary
grabs my arm so I don't have to fish her out of the pond. The Finn snrs are
really good natured-Mary is good for a quick repoire',and it is not the
same without the Finn clan at the shows.
We all head back to the Hotel bar after the gig, Dave Dobbyn is in tour
mode and buys about 20 bottles of champayne,Grant (manager) Mum and Dad are
here,must be a Nz thing because his Mum is very similar to Mary Finn. The
choir are singing,and I leave at 3.00. Even though it's a 2 minute
walk-Grant drives me to the Motel....still the father figure. Pack my
bags,without all the NZ club mail I manage to squash 3 bags into one. order
Must of been in a deep sleep because the breakfast man scared the shit out
of me. Couldn't work out where i was for a few seconds. usually don't eat
brekky, but today is a long day so i try to. Wander up to the Internat. and
sit with Eddie and Noel for awhile and then the rest of the tour personnel.
neil gives me the plans and photos of the mansion next door-BEFORe they did
it up-amazing how much work they put into it-18 months worth. IO don't know
how they could rebuild such a great house and then go back to NZ and just
leave it. say goodbye to everyone, I'm driving back to Wellington with Noel
and Grant. It;s a good drive and Grant mentions that over the past few days
there have been several major bootlegg busts,instigated by the legal side
of the music industry. The biggest amount was 60,000 Crowded House units
from Holland, the smallest about 200 cds and cassettes in the USA.Instantly
think of John who has been supplying cassettes to listies and am relieved
that he's "on hold". I'd hate for a long term fan to get busted-what a
bummer. We get to the airport and Grant was suppose to be on the Sydney
flight,it's booked out and he's not omn it. i suggest he flys to melbourne
with us and gets a domestic flight to Sydney. I take Noel into what is
probably the smallest Qantas club i have ever seen....
it's packed. We find a couch when the Sydney flight is called but no sign
of Grant. Eventually its time to board QF338 for Melbourne.Apparently Grant
is on board. This flight seems to take forever.
get into melbourne say Bye to grant and Noel and the limo takes me to the
Phoenix and I get home. Nice to be in my own bed.
Mark tells me that there are a few pissed off listies about the illegal cd
cassette/John situation. I decide to reply to as many as I can. Marck from
the website asks me if I want to add anything to the posting about it-so i
do. After reading some of the postings I'm really irked off at just how
many people pointed the finger at the band and basically said they were
greedy fuckers and it boils down to money. They didn't even give the guys
the benefit of the doubt and really they could of sent us an email via
Frenzcom. Only a handfull of people bothered to. They say the band are
motivated by money, then some of the fans are motivated by Greed. This must
have everything attitude sucks. Unreleased material belongs to the band-
none of us have the right to just release it. Their songs, their time and
energy in creating this stuff, surely they can decide on what they want to
do with it. I'm sure the few listies who are musicians would probably
understand. I should of asked Marck from Tongue in the mail how he'd feel
if someone that the band doesn't really know decided to release a cd of
Marcks material without asking. I personally dont have any problem with a
few cassettes going around of hard to find bsides etc, i'm sure most of the
fans have spent a lot of money buying albums and singles,BUT two things to
remember- 1/ it's your choice to do this. 2/ if you are fans you could at
least try and respect the band and don't be so quick to judge.
Thankfully there was a letter from John who did the cassettes and his email
was one of the most sensible.....even he said the demo/unreleased material
cd was overstepping the line. If he can see it why can't some of the
GREED. I bet few of the critics would put their hand in their pockets to
help him financially if he got busted for breach of copyright.Anyway it
will be interesting to see how this pans out.
Spend the day and nights ending out the USA (NTSC) Crowded House Opera
House Videos. One thing, Australias postal system has a few new
areas-higher postage rates and a variety of services to choose from-March
1st. With these new services we could expect delays of up to a
week,especially overseas,so if your cd or video hasn't arrived in a week or
so dont panic,give it some time.
Go to bed at 4.00 in the morning after boxing up half the USA videos.
before we hit the hay, we turn over the office Melrose Place
calendar....this month will be a good one as this months melrose celeb. is
our fave....schemer Sydney Andrews.
One question that keeps coming in, and that's what's happening with the
Tim site. At this stage we don't know,weve tried to get in contact with
Christina but she has made no attempt to get back to us. We'll try and keep
and hopefully we'll have some news soon.Sorry it's taking so long.
Thanks to all the people who have turned onto the site, we are up to 8000
hits so far....and a big thankyou to Deb for her huge effort.-Love Peter.
Turn on the answering machine........the message seems to be running at a
strange speed so we slow it down. mark notices how white my face is.......
oh great caesars ghost...it's Paul...Paul Hester. We thought Paul was DEAD....
that's what the cd says. It was common knowledge that it was his brother
Harry Hester at the warmup shows,and being so far from the crowds at the
gave us an easy job. But it's Pauls voice speaking to me from the grave....
"I'm a freakkkkk, I'm a weirdo..........you're not home are you Peetie?
Peter it's Paul....young hester,for all intents and purposes I want to talk
to you. I suppose your been up at the Mardi Gra this weekend,whoring it up
in a ridiculous pair of short leather trousers and no top,with several
phone numbers tattoed on your buttocks. So if in fact your home and out of
your cossie,give me a call I'll be at The Lodge (which Lodge I ponder...the
White Lodge from Twin Peaks?????). Hessies going public. I love you in a
funny ,manly way".
I speak to Madamn Ruby and we have further necessary information about
the return of Paul Hester.
1/Look out for a band called LARGEST LIVING THING. The name was one that
Crowded House almost used (instead of CH) after The Mullanes. It's to be a
night in Hessies SHED and the venue Melbourne Esplanade Hotel. (upstairs so
its a payer methinks). Every Monday in April. Itlaina Plastic will no doubt
be on the menu as will many old Hester songs and some new ones from a
possible album. The heavens will open and very special guests will wander
out. He would be tempted (like Nick) with some velvet Underground/Lou Reed-
"I love woman".
For further clues join up all your live CH cds and gaze at the image on the
back-they have to be in a special order.....or simply write into the
Crowdies club. Paul Hester Lives.....the messiah of silliness and fun
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