The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 8 June - 7 July 1998
Our first chart position for Neil with "She will have her way" in the UK.
It debuts at #26....I always worry about the Uk charts as we enter so quick
and then zoom out just as far, really a case of radio and the general
public locking onto the song after all the true fans have bought it.
Today is the Queens birthday... heard that she now has a sense of humour..thank
the lucky stars. Apparently the Queen was attending some function and met a
very young guy who was non too impressed with royalty (not sure what he was
doing there- mooching all the free finger food I guess)and way her royal
ice queen asked him what he "did" for aliving. he turned around and said
"well WHAT do YOU do!" She apparently was very cool and calm, and stilln
ever so polite said "a bit of this, a bit of that". Her majesty was heard
telling an employee later she wanted to say "I Reign"....I thought that was
king of cool,
hell the royals with a sense of humor. Scary.
Anyway we are working on the Queens birthday holiday- a/roll on the republic
and b/ it isn't even really her birthday .
Jj and Renee call and I meet them at Revolver upstairs for coffee. The
venue is closed today so we have it all to ourselves- I sit back and they
make some great coffee and we talk for a few hours- with the stress of
moving I need this.
Neils second Melbourne show went on sale today, the tour looks like having
a few sellouts which is good for him.
Spot this amazing Budda statue on Chapel ST, and decide to blow any tour
wage I get (in advance) on the statue. Really great. Wow only 10 days to
Sinner debuts in the Australian top 100 at #40, I think thats ok
considering we had a public holiday and some of the stock was late.
Have coffee with Toija, her Drag name is Emily Ferrie. Sensational.
Big Boy of LLT Kevin drops in this afternoon, Kass and Kevin are really great
just feel very relaxed around them, one of the many things I must thank LLT for
as I possibly wouldn't of met them.
Neil is on top of the pops tonight, should be replayed in Australia next week.
Go to office works and get some new filing cabinets and other work stuff,
its so great, just like a giant office supermarket....want to run down the
corridors filling my basket. Mark jumps in a new office chair with wheels
and goes zipping past, someone points to the security camera but we all
know that office works has fake plastic ones that are not connected.
Have a chat to Robert Moore, the bassist and artist from Neils band; Deb has now
put a bit on Robert and some of his art...go to the tour areaand click on
his highlighted name. We are going to try and have info on all the new band
on the Neil site.
Have a meeting at Mushroom and run through my coverart suggestion for the
upcoming Skyhooks album, should turn out great.
Just work on club stuff all day and start packing up stuff...only a week to
go to the big move. We book the largest removalist truck in Melbourne.
Neil seems to be appearing in all magazines...I can;t remember him doing so
Deb sends us the FrenzCom Neil square badge/pin art..really good. Liam
(Finn) gets in contact and is happy to let them use one of his photos on
it. i know many of you have been visiting and revisiting all the areas that
make up FrenzCom. Deb and Kayt do it as a labour of love and as you can
guess there are site overheads, so buying a Neil Finn website pin will keep
the site going and most importantly expanding. Neither Deb or Kayt (or
myself-drat-(!) get a cent from the badge/pin sales all $ go to the site.
Thanks to Neils management and Liam for all their support on this one.
Neils band arrives in NZ today to start rehearsal.
Get a phone call from Tim, he's in Melbourne and gearing up for Steel Citys
season in Melbourne in July.Nice to hear from hi,Marie and Tim are dropping
in with baby Harper in July.
Go shopping with Rosemaree to our new favourite shop- Texas Ink....spend
too much, and Rosemaree gets this great metal candle holder for a steal.
Rebecca calls from Cairns, we've poached two of the Seekers crew for Neils
tour....opps! She's having fun, had dinner with Maz (BCO) and his Mum.
Nick Seymour still hanging out at Revolver on Chapel St.
All we are doing at the moment is packing and getting ready for the move.
Wont be replying to any emails till late July...will be good to have a
break. At one stage we were getting over 100 per day.
Call into Rasi Rani and look at my Budda, was going past and just had to
Pick up the Neil Finn world tour keyrings- they came up really well, they
weigh a tonne and add these to the stage backdrop and my luggage will be
way over the limit.
Had a great night tonight- have signed on for the Artist Development
Programme and we had our first meeting tonight. Has several goals,
basically it's to help
out several Koorie bands and artist. If we asked the average Australian to
name 3 indigenous bands/artists they would be lucky to name one. Anyway it
went well and the various artists also jumped up and had a play....will let
everyone (worldwide) know how they can get more info on the bands and the
project at a later date. It's a really positive thing to be involved in
especially with the
weird political state of things in Australia at the moment. Inspect the new
house....it's so magical I could cry.
Have lunch with my band manager Carolyn and get the final cheques for the
house, call in and see my solicitor- he tells me how much he's enjoying
Neils album..Dont sleep at all tonight-too excited at Move day.
Happy Birthday Alison...what a horrible way to celebrate it- moving our house!
We all look like shit from lack of sleep. The day is close to a
disaster-the removalists arrive an hour early, the people at the new
terrace are running 3 hours late, we fill the huge truck but there is still
heaps of stuff left. We end up moving till 3.30 in the morning, the EK's
lights go so I have to drive
with my foot on the highbeam button.
But there are some great things- the house is just incredible, we arrive
and Spy Di has sent us an incredible basket of garden plants...Spock turns
up with champayne and thanks to Toija, Rosemaree, Spock, Jj and
Renee,Alison, John and Caroline and good ol' Fran who work their arses off
lugging our office and house up and down the Woodface staircase. Moves like
this you know who your friends are. Mark is exhausted, I damage the same
leg in the same area when the ground gave way at the Grand Canyon. So I
spend the next few days using a cane.
Wake up in the new house, didn't sleep too well, my leg was having spasms,
hope it's better by the tour.Texas Ink delivers Marks huge wardrobe and god
knows how we will get it up the staircase...my next door neighbour bumps my
car, some bleached madwoman bangs it again in the supermarket carpark, I'm
beginning to think there is a "please bump me" sticker on my fender.
Different people call in today- Tania and her son Jake pick up some empty
boxes for their upcoming big move. Glad it's not us.
Becky sends a huge bunch of blood flowers...we feel very spoilt.
Drive back to Belmore with my "pirate leg"...all I need is a parrot. Pirate Pete
...here to collect the last of our plants.....Caroline helps jam stuff into
the car, I am surrounded by plants as I drive back to Greville St. I
salvage the computer from the office and set it up on the floor and make a
huge effort to tap out this update- not going to correct any mistakes, need
Spend the day trying to get things in place for basic
living...we cant find the soap.....cave man days!!!!
Wake up at 7.00-phone Crombies. Sally Crombie is calling by with the
backdrop and taking me to the airport. Its still dark down the stairs, but
I can hear some birds chirping so SOL is rising soon. Sally arrives, gets
the official tour of the new house and takes me to the airport in her
We squash the backdrops and bags onto the trolley-thankfully they are a lot
lighter then I suspected..makes it easier to handle.
Score a full row of seats,notice Australian Way magazine has a 3 page Neil
story. Stay at airport Centra Hotel-no good movies but they make a mean
Steal the chocolates and have a restless nights sleep-karma?
Neils album debuts at #1 in Australia,NZ and #5 in the UK. She will have
her Way debuts at #25 in the NZ Top 50.
Up again at 6.00,shuttle to the airport with all the business men and climb
aboard my Dunedin (via Wellington) flight-which is full. Are all these
people going to the first gig?
No one to pick me up at the airport-which is a bad sign,so I fill up a taxi
with the backdrops and head to the Hotel. Walking around Dunedin I spot
Jules one of our tour crew and Ch keyboardist, its nice to see a friendly
Back at the hotel,we load the backdrops into the van,Arloe is with us on
the road which is good. Watch a doco on Sperm Whales of NZ ,take my
melatonin and have an early night.
Sleep in, the first time in what seems like months. At 10.00 the Sun is
shining over Dunedin,slowly breaking up the misty shroud that settled over
the town that night. TWT is #1 in NZ. head to the Venue for
soundcheck,first gig, heads down arses up...very focused and loads of work
to do. Problems with the wahwah pedals,and the odd guitar is swapped. Liam
confides in his brother Elroy that he is shitting himself playing onstage.
But he does really really well. Manage to catch some of the set and the
show is great. The album tracks come up nicely (better?) live. The odd song
seems out of place but it's still great. Even "I Got You" is polished off
for the encore. Actor Sam Neil buys a Finn tshirt. End up at the bar,awake
when the crew arrives back at 3.45..long night.
Wake up at 8.30,it's suppose to snow today-seems ok to me. Think the
weather man was wrong. Easy day today,we are all on the 12.40 flight except
Neil and Elroy who are returning to Auckland for El's soccor match. Sharon
and Liam stay here and work on the show. Sit next to Jules and Robbie on
the flight-two of my fave people...Jules has a greats ense of humour-we
laugh all the way to CH/CH.
Walk around CH/CH with Amanda- some shopping and its all a bit freaky as
TWT is getting played in every store. Our keyboard player Niall is working
on his stuff for the website.
Wake up very early to the sounds of cheers and laughter-several unnamed
crew members are watching the soccor and obviously England won! (Eh Jules?)
Go shopping again with Amanda..she buys a great top- really looks brilliant
Off to the airport with Amanda and tour manager Dee, to pick up Neil- his
flight is only 10 minutes late. he walks off, gets a few glances and we wis
him into the van. Grab Dee a coffee in a real glass- he is impressed.
Everyone is watching the NZ V's England Rugby test- the all blacks won, but
England made an effort at last.
HUGE Merch area...Stero Bus our tour special guests sell a lot of
cds...nice band, so easy to get along with.
A few light problems tonight- think Sharon is dying to get to Oz to use the
other light system. Neil and band play a 30 second "rock attack" in the
set...barrage of noise..love it-wake a few people up. Liam plays really
Only 2 hours till my flight so I decide to ignore sleep....my batteries
still have some charge in them...so I'll stay awake.
Very very early flight- all of us look like shit. Shuttle arrives late and
we all hassle the driver...next to Jules again on the flight-we'll be
"doing it" soon at this rate. Our buddy Nic is at the hotel- the room next
to me. I get the corner room which is nice because you can sleep on the
window sill on the 13th floor...
St James Threatre is really nice, I love our shows there. Great stained
glass columns. Band include ASTRO in the set and we discover there is a
ghost (who esses up the piano electricals) Neil names him Kevin.
Nic helps with Merch...end up at Finnbar till 4.00...very drunk, mostly
Dee;'s fault and we all walk crab like home....Toasted sandwhiches in my
room, helps soak up the drink....Neil calls and oks a quick hullo to some
Life members tomorrow.
Nicole wakes me up early and makes me a bit crappy....non tour people just
dont know how precious and (how little) sleep we get. Take a bite of the
final stale cheese sandwhich....loads of Spiralian for brekky methinks.
Neil is everywhere in the press....really good gig review of last nights
show in NZ Herald. Sharon and Arloe will like their quote "The light show
was as dramatic and darkly moody as the new songs".
Go shopping. Nicole and myself meet the life members at the venue, they
have been to Kare Kare. Sit on soundcheck...the band plays Spirit of the
stairs,which will be in tonights set. Neil comes over and chats to the fans
and we head upstairs for a photo session.
Good gig but I wish more people would dance- nice to hear Love this Life
again in the set....
The Finn clan are all in town-Richard and Mary...and the sisters Jude and
Caroline are in attendance.....neil is presented with a Gold Record for the
cd (NZ) its also Gold in Australia.
Wake up at 8.30 pack bags,finish accounts. meet JP and Nic in foyer and
they drive me to the promoters so I can do the payout.
Walk to Aucklands Tower and go inside- good $15 view. Jules rolls up with 2
minutes to spare....shes been shopping again, and filling up that new
Long flight, very bumpy. The lady next to me has never flown before so shes
excited- glad one of us is.
Young girls on the plane mob Neil when he walks through the cabin, kind of
sweet, one of the mothers keeps pushing her kid to go hassle him for an
autograph- the kid doesnt really want to but the mother is
Staying at the Conrad International....Niall and Michael from the band are
driving..great hgotel- my room has 50ft ceilings, 4 poster bed and a
TWT is still #1 in Aust and NZ second week and heading towards platinum.
Nothing but porn on my tv...feel like Fox Mulder.
Wake up at 9.00-cant sleep my brain is ticking over. Nelly from EMi calls
and we run through info on the Recovery show (Melbourne) Neil will be
playing an hour set. Work on the audience area. Jacqui from EMI drops in
with 12,000 Neil sticers...(phew).
Call Neil the album has already sold 45,000 units in Australia. Go to the
post office 3 times in the one day and do various mailouts...work work
Use Amandas computer while she fades in and out of sleep in her room.
No sign of Grant where is that manager. Give in and have my first bit of
Junk food on tour....burger- bad Gryphon.
Watch last episode of This Life and get to bed before midnight.
Malcolm from Parlophone is here for the tour. Bic Runga is our special
guest on the Aussie tour and there she is at the venue sitting in row 3
watching soundcheck...she is so cute.
The crowd really like bic and ask us all night "who was that girl with the
Its an easy night for me, the Venue does most of the work,Neil is yet again
in fine voice and the set and lighting are well received. Qld has a great
as far as the Finns go, always a good show. Really brilliant version of
"Private Universe" tonight and "Addicted" works well too.
Neil meets a dozen Qld Life members afterwards. Our Targo is misplaced but
when it finall arrives we are over by 2 people so we squash in....Michael
(drums) drives us round and round and we loose the cars that are following
us. he's make a good Austin Powers!
Neil comments that all the fans are VERy different.
Do photos of Niall in his spacious room for possible internet use. Robert
and Nat arrive with their cute dog...more snaps.
Nice quick flight. Off to the Sydney office with Grant. Shawn is getting so
many requests for Neil interviews, would be great if we could keep the
album at #1 for the 3rd week....seriously doubt we will but as long as it
went to #1.
Bic gets a huge reaction tonight- we all stand up the back and cheer her on.
The tour moves into a higher realm...its up another notch and the band are
tight. We sell 3 times as much merchandise as Kylie Minogue and there are
about 100 club members trying to get backstage into an area that holds
about 10 people. Neil zooms off early to tuck Elroy in. In bed by 1.00
bypass the Sebel bar. Highlight of the night is Neil dedicating "Not the
girl you think you are" to Pauline Hanson....
Sharon from Wollongong calls and wakes me up...snooze on and have too much
sleep. Jules arrives and has coffee and food and then ben our silent and
mysterious monitor engineer calls in next. he's out getting passport photos
for America. I may do some of the tour but deff. not the first few weeks.
(Sorry Life members).
Liam features heavily in the newspapers. Love the small piece in Daily
Telegraph, how Liams work counsellor asked him what he wanted to be when he
left school and he replied "a musician" and his counsellor said "there's no
money in that"....obviously he didnt know who neils Dad was.
get some Life members and regular clubbers into soundcheck. Neil plays a
new song. Another sold out show- young Elroy hands out Neil stickers...he's
a good kid. Makes us all laugh with his impersonations. Neil slips out the
back door- no autographs.
Drive to newcastle....the first van is really Suss, just about to say to
neil that I dont trust their driving- something suss is happening when it's
too late when our Van is pelted with eggs. Yes the "egging" is
happening...Dee his first time driving in Oz and first egging experience
almost flips the van, but he reacted well...and we were safe. We zoom into
a service station and quickly remove the eggs, so the first van wouldnt
gloat. Egging is a typical tour stunt
not recommended and we believe it was Robert Moores doing so he's our target.
Ddecide to play head games and we just smile at Robert. Neil talks revenge
onstage. All fun.
Newcastle goes off the crowd are dancing, just a really good show. Neil
signs autographs out front, the Two marks help me with boxes...reward them
with abeer and a shirt. Drive back with Amanda and her boyfriend....long
We break the record on Neils Golden Wing card, with how many people we can
sneak in that are not members, get about 12 of us in...we pig out on the
free bickys fast.....but being 31 and Neil Finn he gets away with subtle
nah i think we are the ones keeping Ansett afloat with all the flights we
have booked with them.
Direct everyone to the hotel, ask the manager to get me a taxi so I can get
home, they decide to drive me home in their mercedes- feels good-wish I
lived further away.
Work in the office.
Recovery is today- have the exact amount of people they need-135 clubbers
and lifers...all the club members are very patient and like all tv its
The Crombies created the set which looks fab. Filming goes ok, a few
retakes but not that many. Starts with Last one standing and we do a retake
at the end, so it finishes with Last One Standing. Not sure when its on,
but hopefully over the next month...they promised to let us know.
Chicken for dinner and work on the many weeks of mail...wont be touching
any emails for at least 3 weeks.
Hope you guys all enjoy the Neil tour....sorry about any typing errors,
this is very rushed.
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