The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 24 January - 6 February 1999
Jan 24th '99
Sleep in and arrive at The Elephant late...the rest of the guys were late
too, so it didn't matter too much. Started drinking Soy Cappuchino's
instead of milk,
tastes the same, but better for me.
Notice that some of the Drag Queen dolls have sold, the Miss Candee One is
"for sale" ,tempting, could make a good present for someone.
Spot's friend AMY arrives today- so the next few weeks will be interesting....
is she the one? Hell as long as they are having fun, it's not really our
business. Is it?
There was this horrible woman at the Elephant, as I walked past her I whispered
"If I throw a stick, would you go away"! Fine form.
Great to see Bill today- he was our old tour manager and is out in
Australia looking after Manic Street Preachers- drops by the house and just
loves it. My bedroom always freaks people out- such a good size. Still
getting use to getting changed with a mirror ball spinning round instead of
Take Bill to the Elephant and some of the boys cruise Bill, don't think he
realised- hey its a compliment. Gives me 2 tickets for The Big Day out,
really want to see HOLE and Ash.
Call Chuck, Bic's tour manager and make sure my name is on the gate at Belvoir
in WA. Going straight from my flight to the gig.
Off to the Doctors to get my script for my stomach burns, from New Years Eve,
still angry over it. Pisses me off a bit. I have a great Dr.always good for
a chat, doesn't just zoom you in and out.
Rosemaree (God bless her) drives me to the airport and we talk about all
the shit that's gone down, so bored by it- don't care anymore. Sometimes
you just leave people behind, other times you catch up to them further down
Qantas are just the best, seat #1 on the plane, in fact the seat next to
me is empty too, so I can spread out in first class. Bring the F/16 Diary
roughs along and continue with the editing process. Work the whole way. A
stewardess looks after me, brings me many litres of water and healthy
Arrive Perth and Leanne isn't there so I head to the Hire Car area and the
guys gets the address for Belvoir. I'm driving "blind" haven't a clue, just
have to trust my instincts. He tells me it's 45 minutes away- I end up
making it to
Belvoir in 22 minutes- a worlds record. I'm zooming across the property and
I can hear Bic Runga's "SWAY" floating out into the night air. So I'll see
half the set. Park in the band area and hassle my way in.
Head to the sound desk and sit with Ben. Gives me one of those " so bizarre that
you are here" smiles.
The crowd love her, the new microphone just improves her vocal a lot.
Head side-stage and sit with Bic and watch some of Paul Kelly.
Leave half way through the set and head to the hotel, start to party.
God this ends up being a LONG night- no sleep, and some serious bar
hopping, we end up at The Bog.....a most unattractive name for a Venue. The
Bouncer wouldn't let one of our crew in because he looks underage, I try to
bribe him....not enough $ methinks. he's a nice security guy, not a prick
and in the ends takes our word for it. Too many Sambucca's, some weird
Irish Reggae band onstage....very trippy & i start calling for an
encore-the ONLY person. Tragic.
I loved it!
PG's room is the party room tonight and the door just opens and closes with
people shuffling in and out. Watch the horrible Sun come up, we black out
all the windows like Tour Vampires and the party rolls on. Have a great
I don't have any accom. tonight, so a good friend lets me crash in his room.
I'm loosing weight so i don't take up much space.
Have dinner with the crew, and I eat steak for the first time in years. Not
sure why, just felt I needed it, back to vegies etc tomorrow.
No gig tonight, so the partying continues. I am getting too old for all of this?
Bic and Paul Kelly are playing the Lookout tonight. Decide to have the night off
and recover in my 3 bedroom suite. Not sure why they've upgraded me to the
best room at the hotel- but hey who am I to argue. Order room service and
sit on the balcony. I'm sitting their reading U2's "Unforgettable Fire" and
I watch Paul Kelly wander to the tour van, all by himself, carrying a beat
up guitar, wearing a groovy pink shirt. He's such a "real" musician- Neil
Finn and him out of the same mould. Just a great image, no minders etc.
Ben pounds on my door and scares the shit out of me, they've lost their
room keys and wonder if I have one of them. I don't (it ends up being in
so they all have to climb up the balcony to get in.
Drop back in to room 6, people playing guitars and glenfidich boxes, Bic
keeps getting me cups of tea, and everyone is happy. All smiles, good road
Long drive today- 4 hours (plus). Bannamah WildLife Park.
See Dougald drive off with the gear in the truck- 4 hours and very hot-
hope he has air conditioning. I have to wait for the smoke machine juice
for Paul Kellys
stage effect. I drive Chuck and Bic in my car.
Go on a search for decent
hair gel- and Bic wanders in with me. The boy behind the counter says "wow
friend looks just like that chick in the music clip- really pretty".
Now when someone says this you can say "yeah she does" or blow her cover
"yes it Is her". So I test the water and blow Bic's cover. Within 10
hairdressers have downed their clippers, and are saying good things. Bic's
signing autographs, all weird, think it scared her. Thankfully she's no mad
artists. Very humble- we like this.
Next stop it's brekky at a coffee house
and we catch up with the band. The girl behind the counter leans over and
says "I know that's her"......." I grin and say "Yes it's Monica Lewinsky
but keep it quiet"....second mobbing for Bic. Good coffee though.
We do some serious driving and call into Kwinana Beach to wet our feet and
watch the Pelicans. Buy icecreams and one of the local surfies asks if
thats the "Sway Girl"....third time today. Wild. Carry Bic into the ocean
for religous reasons!
Start shooting with B/w film again....
The hotel is so hot, all individual bungalows- no cooling, just an
overhead fan. I walk to the beach for a swim and hangout with the band.
It's very shallow
but you can still float- bob about like a cork.
The Gig is at a wildlife park- bet the crew are frying. We all get lost
trying to find our rendezvous at a Pizza Shop and end up at Foghorns
Chicken shop. All the logos and designs are seventies, even down to the
woman on the face cleaner pack.Can't believe I'm eating a Chiko Roll (urgh)
the last time was in 1979.
Venue is great and we check out the animals....accidenetally walk Bic and
Chuck in through the feeders gate at the Kangaroo cage....a big Red eyes
Bic and bounds up....it says "Arn't you that girl" and then hops away. She
Ostrich's and EMU's and uses her new knowledge onstage tonight. Show sounds very
good, full moon, duck's flying overhead, stage surrounded by gumtrees and a
lake. FB plays a song from the SouthPark Soundtrack....the 2nd song is
about having huge brown balls! The crowd giggle.
Get "home" early and have a total misunderstanding, end up spending the
night alone on the beach. The full moon is glistening on the water, little
The sea always calms me, love it. Still my heart is in my head. A bit fucked up.
No drink, no drugs, good.
Had a horrible nights sleep- watch the sun come up. Shirley from "The
watchtower" is the only other person here and hands me a religous pamphlet
and a chat that goes with it. Maybe I need religion in my life? The
pamphlet is really depressing, "the end of the world" type dogma. Only
learning Gods will-can save us. Nothing in there whatsoever about the good
things in life, how great it is to be alive, the positive things that
happen. More religion using fear to bring in the masses. Over it- into the
recycle bin it goes. Go away Shirley.
Rolly Papers and a burger for a mate. Hope it helped.
Feel like a freak tonight, not sure why. Leave gig early and two people
grab me and take me away to the beach. Light a small fire and talk and sing
and watch the falling stars. Drive the red hire car back to the hotel- as I
near it I see two drunken sailors (ok they were crew members) trying to
find some disco. Pick
em up- they ask why I am smiling so much (opps). Off to a disco- weird
combination of music, bikers everywhere, local townspeople...the boys hit
the Sambucca's, have a dance and watch the guys get cornered by the local
leader of the bikers club. Scary place.
Mr Shaprio tells me I had too much to drink and I shouldn't drive, I tell
him he was wrong and drive anyway- do my additions later and I think he was
RIGHT. I was possibly just over the limit...very stupid of me, even if it
was only 2 minutes walk.
Security at the Hotel just sucks- power crazy jerk, everyone gives him a serve.
Back down the road again 10 minutes later to the food place, Bic and band
are there....buy some cute girls chips. Get home at 5.30 (again).
Drive to Perth for final gig at Sandringham Hotel. Another outdoor show,
must be the heat- 7 days at over one hundred degree's is pretty horrible.
Had brekky with Leanne, girl talk, both in the same boat.
Change peoples flights and hassle for tickets, get band and Bic onto the
VIP list for the flight club in Sydney.
Our guitarist pulls some back muscle, so I go out driving for heat cream
and do some massage repair work.Suddenly people have pains in all body
areas- nice try guys.
Speak to our artist friend Robbie, he's living at Fremantle, a bit pieved
that I can't get to see him. Want to see him as MirrorBall Man in his new
No accomodation again tonight, so I'm an orphan taken in from the cold
(yeah right- the HEAT) by F.B.#1....good person. It;s good to have a big
Drive Bic and Chuck to the gig- Chuck has more eyeliner on then usual. I
end up with everyones camera's, heaps of snaps. Good crowd, Bic wins them
over- a really fine version of Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes"....dedicates it to
me. Thanks girlfriend! (BossGirl)
Catch up with everyone in Paul Kelly's bandroom, they are having their pre
gig singalong...nice and bluesey. Dougald has a place for me by the stage,
a cool wind has sprung up and it's kind of chilly. Doug's is a great mate-
point of freezing, he takes off his worn tour coat and offers it to me. Why
isn't this man married- talk about a good catch...true gentleman and mate.
I miss him on tour a lot- another year of study for him. Guess I'll learn
to freeze when he's not around.
Paul Kelly was great, he has the best drummer (Pete), every part of the
drummers body moves and shakes...just plays the kit like none other.
Gig over and it's back to the hotel- and then we walk to the Oriel Restaurant
for the end of tour dinner. I play almost a zero role on this tour- just
driving Bic and the odd massage etc , but Paul Kelly insists that he pays
for my dinner- and the other 35 guests. Nice guy.
It's 4.30 when we finally leave and we have to depart for the airport at 6.30.
Fall asleep on big brothers bed, he covers me and takes the couch. Means a lot.
Look like shit when I get up.....get to the airport, and yes I WAS wrong,
YOU were RIGHT.....it was straight a head. Check in, flight lounge ,
flight, Melbourne, heat, home, food.
A really good week, miss the road at the moment, consider other tours.
Email from Nick- he's about to DO Natalie and he means "DO"! Was going to
stay in Melbourne for Big Day Out but felt he wasn't doing anything and
needed to finish work with Herbie from Neils band. Message from Paul
(Hester) too and he leaves for overseas in March- get the LLT /Shed
projects rolling. Can't wait for
an LLT cd this year.
Quote from Rebecca- "Vibrators are ok, especially in an emergency". Thanks doll.
Happy Birthday Tania.
Nick Seymour did additional arrangements on both of Bics Australian singles
"Sway" and the latest one "Suddenly Strange". My friends are all getting into
"Suddenly Strange"- most people just love those extra non album tracks
especially "Welcome to my kitchen". Two dates for Australia- Feb 24th The
Basement (Sydney) and 26th The Evelyn (Melbourne), think I'll be at both
some come along and say Hi.
Have a long chat with Fran, nice to have her home. Hope she can make it to
Tania's little get together on the weekend. Do my tarot cards and they say
that it's time to meet some new people and not to trust some of my old
interesting. Shields up Scotty!
Creep of the Month- Beverly LaHaye (USA) wins hands down for being a
homophobic slag- because American Airlines supports gay related groups like
Human Rights, Aids action etc she is telling them to stop and in the
process dragging every
homophobic piece of shit out of the woodwork. She should just fuck off.
next plane that falls out of the sky lands on your house Beverly! WOOF!
I hate Bigots like her.
Mark from Silver Stars cleaners arrives and they clean the stairs and upstair
landings...house is looking good. Think it may appear in "Melbourne" glossy
street magazine, as House of the week. Not sure if we want the invasion though.
Go see Velvet Goldmine at the Astor- it's on with The Interview. V.G. is
even better then 2nd time around, and it wa sa full house- heaps of people
dressing up in Glam-ish clothes. Decide to wear Gunship Blue Nail Polish!
Brekky with Mark, Toija and Jj. Mark is wearing this great seventies
shirt- looks incredibly handsome in it. He is my best friend in the whole
world , and sometimes I think it's him and me against the world (grin). He
was reading some of the roughs for the Famous for 16 Diary Book and It said
he loves Animals and kids.....and hates the rest. He felt that was too
Michael Jackson-ish. He does like some people- Alison, Tania, Becky, Jj,
Rosemaree, Toija, Marco, Leanne...
some people he use to like he doesn't anymore. I can't believe that we've
been best friends for 30 years! Yes since we were babies. How rare is that?
he accepts me for my many faults, tells me I'm fucked at the right moments
and is a wise ol' bastard. Mark this is your life......! OK I won't do it-
he'd skin me alive. Him and Hairball- the two staples of my life.
Jj is doing Countdown again- he loves playing the HUSH songs best.
Run into Angie and have to meet her at 2.00 to work out at Gym. She puts me
through my paces today- adds some extra weights on...feels good. Three
times a week, pecs to die for.
Dinner at Alternative.
Really hot night last night- wish I would of joined Becky for a swim.
Swapped rooms so MG could get some sleep- we had the central cooling on for
Hairball roamed the house, must be hard wearing a fur coat all of your life.
Was hoping Grant would call regarding the Enz New Years Eve Gig. At this stage
no walmup shows have been locked in, the contract is very tight- the Enz
performance is an exclusive. The band need to rehearse so hopefully a
gig will eventuate but a lot depends on the people organising the main event.
Expect the Enz to have a new set of costumes and a new stage set. Crombie
I'm really excited that Bowie is on the same bill, one of my few hero's.
Cool change has just blown in, finally the heat is over.
Off to Ramjets to have dinner with the guys. Tmorrow is Carnival- not sure
who's going and who's working. Wonder if the Telstra booth will have the
new Miss Candee Phonecards ($10) can't believe Candee is now on a
card...fame at any price (well $10)!
That's about it, thanks to the 44,000 of you who have checked out the site
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