The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 24 September - 5 October 2000
Ok lets start this Diary update with a confession- yes straight into it. Not
a bad one just need to get this out of the road at the start. Am typing in
am intoxicated state (far worst than driving)...so good luck to you reader,
you're going to have to wade through the mistakes, the grammar oh hell, a
total mess probably by the time I get through this 2 weeks worth of
meanderings. Just back from the Candy Bar with Miss Renee where we polished
off a serious bottle of Champas- so much for Coffee.....just had to do it.
Several hours later with the sun setting I'm home, onboard the Mac typing
Spend this Sunday working with Rosemaree, well she contributes and keeps our
life running on it's weird little course.
Bardot do a cappella version of one of their songs on The Dream, a tv show
that's on after the Olympic events of the day- taking the piss out of the
serious side of the Olympic Games...
Some people ask how I write all this, off my head. I'd love to say Yes but I
couldn't tell you half of what happened last week- yes there is a "real"
diary with bits and pieces that jog my memory, sometimes horrify me and
sometimes make me laugh like the crazy fool that I am.
very happy today because our Solar Power rebate cheque arrives and it's
about $1000 dollars MORE than I thought it would be- thankyou Mr Bracks, god
for this much i WILL sleep with not only you but the deputy premier as well!
Happy as it covers a huge chunk of the "car money". Oh to have a rich
benefactor...should I throw myself on Mr Finn and beg for a pay rise....I
know I won't he's been generous enough.
Like most of Australia I tune in at 8.00 and watch Cathy Freeman do her
stuff. She really does more for reconciliation than all the politicians
joined together. One minute she's the serious athlete the next a happy
little girl who looks like she has the best Xmas present. God bless the
Cathy Freeman's of the world, good to see some Tall Timber is still allowed
to grow before some idiot tries to cut it(her) down. Aussie Aussie Aussie.
Mark and myself work all the night long getting cds ready for the fans....we
are both totally wiped out...death by c,d!
An old friend visits and stays the night, great to see her. We head to La
Camira for dinner, have a few Vodka's and it ends up being a late one. Blow
out watching a movie as we are all worn out. It's the old peoples home
The printing company send me the Neil Finn "Once Removed " book- it's still
warm, fresh out of the the printers in Honkers. I think it's out in about 3
Some great stuff, he spills his guts on the "Is Wayne here..." distress
code. As I mentioned awhile back our code is "I feel like some FISHCAKES"
(huge emphasis on the FISHCAKES word) ....I wonder if some fans will be put
off by his honesty...but it is honesty and fans shouldn't get worried that
Neil means some of the things about ALL of them.......
NF".......Add to the fact that so many people come up and say hello like old
friends. They have listened to your music for years, they feel as if they
know you. I tend to assume I know them too and gush accordingly, just to be
on the safe side, but it leaves you feeling a little insincere".
I love the Iggy Pop line "...I was brought up to be polite, but at times I
would love to be able to bluntly tell creeps to piss off. I've watched Iggy
Pop abuse people backstage and they lapped it up-that's quite a talent. We
have a code that is useful for rescuing each other from troublesome guests
backstage. "[Is Wayne here] we ask (or Wendy for a Girl). If a person wants
to be rescued they reply [Yes he is] At that point we find an excuse to pull
All I can say is pity if a Wayne or Wendy is standing by!!!!!!!!! At least
the odds of someone having FISHCAKES are much smaller Neil! (:
I love Mark Smiths photos in the book and I hope Neil's text doesn't detract
by hogging the limelight- it's a good balance/marriage and I think people
will love it.
The Yeti arrives with memory chip firmly wrapped and takes apart every
computer in the office, the clock, the Powershredder PS50, Omni hacker code
box, Canon pc20 and everything else........just to install some memory. I
know it';s a fixation, if it has a screw it's getting unscrewed, such is the
way of the yeti, such is the life of a crew boy. he looks a bit crusty, we
look wired, so the word JOINT is bandied about ...a the mini rolly machine
produces one.....a New York Joint- so fine you could pick your teeth with
I almost forget that my 10.30 is an interviewer for both Internet and the
ABC, and when Bronwin arrives the few Bill Clinton Puffs have moved me to
some new ethereal domain "high about the kitchen" (thank you Neil).....and
when she pulls out a huge lop sided microphone I think both of us think SEX
AID as we both laugh. So I know she will be a good interviewer...she has a
sense of humor- a nice quality. The small Clintonesque joint has me giving
extremely LONNNNNNNG answers to questions, so D&M that I honestly forget the
question. Gee so much for my professional ethics......so I take the R/R
stance (you know the one that's hand stitched on Ossie Osborne's framed
napkin... Sex drugs rockNroll....so we cover all three...add to that fans,
why we are all fans, fans who have wanted to do you harm (grin) and god
knows what else (I can't remember).
Thankfully later she assures me I did well.....I apologize for the extra
workload- (the massive amount of editing she will have to do).
A classic moment was in the middle of a really good quote and my stomach
decides it is VERY hungry and sounds like a soundtrack for the Volcano
movie........I think my final quote was the best something about the mystery
of the Sphinx.
Catman and Yeti said she laughed a lot...so I think that's good????
Footnote-cancel all future interviews MG.
The expensive champayne is wearing off, Mark is watch Heartbreak High- he
fancies the greek girl with the fangs.....
The Screaming jets still haven't paid me but they sent me their new album.
Maybe I should sell it and get at least $10 of my wage!!!!!
The Olympics is a small daily obsession and I manage to watch heaps of
hockey, some basketball, the baseball, and of course the Gold medal actions
of an Olympic SWIMMER who I hear is about to come out of the closet in the
next few weeks. Sorry I just realized how crappy that is...really it's his
business so I'm not going to "out" him.....I could go through and "IN" all
the Olympic swimmers who are straight- well really it's the same thing-ISN"T
it? The woman's Hockey team are just the best, I know this will be their
third Gold medal games in a row. Hockeyroos rule! Chicks with sticks
have to get my Neil card framed soon, the art is really nice. Did I tell you
about this. The next day after the Melbourne shows I get this envelope with
some very familiar writing on it. Inside is the laser art of Neil's Street
Posters for Melbourne....Neil scribbled "Thanks again you exotic creature!".
Well he got the creature part right......(:
Ok the Womans Hockey just beat Argentina so they get the Gold! They should
adopt the Gryphon as their good luck charm, 3 Olympics now. I always have a
chuckle over the Aussie player called Jenny Morris as I always think of our
friend from NZ-singer Jenny Morris. She's a good player too.
Went into the city today- very quick effort, bought Kylies new album for
Mark at JB Hi Fi....on the way home, a really old man in an old ladys
nightie hopped on the train at Prahran station.....tell me this isn't me in
future years! Hey Jen Rundall at least he had good blue nailpolish
on(kidding).....well he looked happy....in a old man in a nightie sort of
Peggy tells me the date on my emails reads 1956!!!! Opps is something wrong.
I don't want to know, it seems to work ok.
We work our cute arses off all weekend, so many fans will have happy
surprises awaiting them at their mail boxes this week.
Apart from that the diary page is empty. I remember taking this huge sack of
mail to the Post Office and Connie lets me in early, so here am I the envy
of millions outside wanting to get in. The Prahran Post Office people are
just divine, ok we buy $100,000 worth of postage each year but they like us,
blue nail polish and all. They are a good bunch.
Wasn't meant to say anything but I think Neil may change the title of his
album...again.....someone else has Second Skin....I told Marck Bailey that I
bet this would happen before he headed off to Oz (follow the yellow brick
road Marck). Anyway we'll all wait..at least the songs are done.
Wake up, get out of bed, shake the sleep out of my head.....brekky with
Sonia, Fran and Steve. I am sure I spotted Fran quiver with frustration when
we all start talking about Jar Jar Binks and that he must die .....I know
Fran hates Star Wars. (grin). Babble is good and we get our vip table
inside....Fran is amazed at how fat the Pink eyed Freak is now. A fine meal
I snigger....the little bastard bunny decides to try and eat it's way inside
via the top window. I should ask Lozza about Bunny sleeping pill-spread on
their toast!!!!!!! We do love it though.
Hmm I hear the strains of Buffy on cable.....must go watch some of it, back
soon. can't believe Australia will have the Buffy boxset a few months before
Closing of the Games ceremony is on....Reg Mombassa does well, all those
mambo shirts and giant blow up three legged chickens and other Reg inspired
creations...how cool. A tad sad that Crowded House didn't do it now, only
because I know how they'd blow people like Vanessa Amerosi offstage...and
lets not even talk about INXS. How fucked were they, John Stevens sang well,
the rest of INXs were really tragic...and looked 2000 years old. Leanne in
Perth called up as soona s it was over and said how much she hated INXS
doing this and almost broke her tv. Next day different people simply said
"how crap were INXS".....it's time gentlemen please for Michael's sake don't
let this get tragic. As a fan I beg you.....it sucks.
Yothu Yindi were great, The OILS in their "Sorry" shirts were great and Vali
Myers tells me she thought Midnight Oil were just amazing.
Well it's over (so you can be quiet now Marky).....if you don't stop
hassling me I'll get you the "Olympic Flame marathon" DVD for Xmas.
In contact with Bronwin and her working title for the doco is "fan.au" which
i kind of like, I'm surprised someone hasn't ripped it of for a website.
I get an email from Kevin in New York, the family is settling in, and he is
doing a showcase gig (Dan and Kevin "Magic Rider cd"; at Eight Mile Creek...
that's in Soho (Mulberry Street) but i don't know what date....so if any new
Yorkers would like to see a member of LLT play contact the Eight Mile Creek
for dates, times.....
Renee calls and I head down the street to meet her for coffee at Candy Bar.
We both decide that we've worked too hard lately and order a bottle of
champayne and drink it all- she's just so excited about the movie and it's
great....good to get sloshed today as tomorrow she starts with her personal
trainer. So what was a coffee is now several hours of talk and gulp gulp...
I arrive home and that's when I started on the F/16 diary update.
It's now a few days later and I'm finishing off a can of "V" which is
carbonated Guarana and vitamins-a taste I acquired on the Bardot tour. The
girls would have a can of this each at every gig and the energy factor
kicked in...I think it has Pantothenic Acid (is that spelt correctly??) and
all those B2,B6 and B12 Vitamins etc....all those squashed rich red berries
of the Brazillian Guarana Plant.....YUM (BURP).
We bought so many cans on tour that they really should of been a tour
The November Cosmopolitan magazine came out today...has 5 full colour pages
of Bardot on tour....I get a few one liners and stuff "Wew meet Peter Green
who's in charge of,err,ambience. Ambience?
I'm in charge of making the dressing room comfortable for the girls. I
basically make sure they have everything they need. For example, lots of
M&M's for Tiffany, and Soy milk for Belinda, I also light some candles
around the room etc etc"..... and so it goes on.....
But it's an ok article and the photos are really good...very "on tourish"
and the infamous Silver Crowded House Tour suitcase ends up in several shots
with the new Bardot Band Room sticker over it and tonnes of passes, looks
very very TOURish!
I do have a laugh today, as the group are becoming very big in Singapore. A
fan sent me an email saying I was in a Teen magazine photo being hugged by
Sophie on the road in Australia...I can't even remember the shot....so there
you have it, I'm massive in Singapore along with Bardot- they want me to be
the Poster Boy for the December Issue of "Singapore Flesh" magazine (Move
over Miss July). (chuckle).
Head to the cd store and buy Green Days "Minority" cd single, has all these
LOUD live songs, Jon at the store gives me some free magazines and the Green
Day EPK...I feel like I am at the show, with all these show bags.....I
notice HMV have put up their dvd prices AGAIN!!!!!
Speak to Ana at the office and that was nice- and later on Sophie calls....
and that is great. Talk about possibly going to cairns for the
instore...we'll see. Straight after that Jane at the Sydney accountants
calls and finally I am getting paid by the jets- and I know it's thanks to
Aaron. So another cheque straight onto the car.
Ben leaves today for a tour and he sounds stressed, which means he probably
hasn't done his washing yet.....I kept baiting him and he reacted everytime
and now I am feeling guilty for not being a nice friend.
Checked the emails and Qantas got back to us super fast, adding all these
flight points into the accounts. Between us it's over half a million I
think, so these sleeper first class seats are looking good. Us old bastards
need some luxury....and all Singapore Teen magazine stars travel first class
well don't they??????????????
Decided to run a special contest for the lucky 100,000th Diary site reader.
If all goes well the 100,000 hit will also get close to the release (at
last) of the first famous for 16 Minutes book.....if we get all the parts to
the Hong Kong Printers.....anyway the lucky 100,000th reader will get a
special prize pack, made up of some impossible to find tour tshirts (and yes
they will be washed that several of us have worn on the tours- Crowded
House, Enz tours) and a bag of other Tour/band items, basically a surprise
pack. Might try and find one of the very early Split Enz tour tshirts
too....anyway whoever the lucky 100,000th person is I'll put together
something special. Sad little sites like mine don't often get 100,000 hits,
so I think the lucky person has to be rewarded. Remember to print out the
counter and NO doctoring of it as Deb will be able to tell ( she is half
betazoid and knows when you are lying!). Just print out the 100,000th
counter and include your name and address and send to us at p.o. box 333 etc
A lovely day here in Melbourne town, wake up feeling frisky, poor Hairball
suffers my "up vibe" and I have a bit of a dance around the kitchen with the
Just looked outside at that wheel going backwards and I can actually say
that the solar power being created is totally running the computer that's
typing this update.That is pretty good.
Hmm what else, get a call from Katie, and the Bardot girls had a good time
at Linderman Island, Katie has started reading again, heaps of books, so
I'll have to get her a copy of "cave in the snow" to read.
Clean up the backyard, only takes ten minutes, nice and fast. Notice all the
young palm leaves are unwinding in the Spring sunshine, all lush and green.
Tell Mark that I am buying him a Goat for Xmas....I would if we could look
after it daily, we just can't leave the poor thing up at Beenami.
Mark surfs the net and fins some 300 storage dvd players, I think there are
about 300 dvds at home so the thing will be full to the brim. But it's
pretty good for storage and you just attach a keyboard and type the titles
on for each movie.
Notice The Models are reforming for their tour- they were big in 84/85 and
from what I gather a lot of infighting has been going on...tempted to see
them as the wonderful James Freud is in the lineup- hopefully he wont do
that tragic football song or talk about fuckin' golf! Would be nice to see
him play.....and Sean Kelly's old gravel voice' Twoooo cabsss to the
Toucannnnnnnnn!" Yes Mark Sean is ratlike....could be good, mad Vivienne
will no doubt be at the shows.
Nice balmy night, perfect for a BBQ so we'll eat out tonight.
The girl at HMV Prahran tells me how amazing she thinks Vali Myers is...I
tell her she should go visit her at the studio and see her latest works.
Some real sadness today. A good mate moved on last night , I like that term,
moved to somewhere better, somewhere full of colour and no pain and good
Her name is Mary, some of you know her as the Finns Mum. Always at the shows
for as long as I can remember. I won't talk about it much, I know the diary
shows some side of me, but only a small side.
It's one part of the internet that I don't like, it's a cold plastic
computer case and we are talking about a person who's portal of fire inside
just burns with a crackle and none of that can come across on a computer
screen...or maybe I don't know how to say that I miss her already.
I feel silly crying while I type this, I sit with my palm under my chin
every few seconds thinking should I even attempt this, but it could add
something human into all of this.....
Anyway this has been coming for awhile, she has been sick, and thankfully
the few of us that knew wore it close to our heart, a gift for the Finns
maybe so they could spend as much time together- without invasion from fans
and people. Sometimes it's hard to accept sympathy from people who are part
of your world but not "family". I know that sounds terrible as the intention
is good, no better then good and I'd do these people an injustice calling
them "fans" ...a word I tend to loath, as most of them are just good people.
But it's hard when someone comes up and genuinely asks about someone who is
sick......time and time again....so the few of us tried and hopefully it
helped a bit.
I passed on a message to NZ that many people have emailed me already with
their sympathy and it shows that people can care to such a huge extent, a
good sign for us humans.
I'm sitting here smiling as many Mary stories trickle out of my head, and
you know what, nearly all of them are funny. She always knew how to play
me....I told Neil a few weeks back "Your Mum always gives me a good run for
my money......". I know it was her Irish side....and my Irish side lapped it
up. I think that woman managed to get more tour t-shirts out of me than even
Neil and Sharon, "all those nieces and nephews to cloth...". I kept saying I
know you sell these for half price out the front.....(:
I'm picturing them (Richard & Mary) sitting up in a private box I found for
them at The Venue in Melbourne (before they pulled it down)....I think it
was the night Tim had a throat infection so Neil sang some of Tim's
songs....and Finn Snrs were introduced and the crowd erupted...I kept
saying Mary give them the royal wave...edging her on, she elbowed me...that
Saintly woman. It was subtle, but she was telling me....I have 4 children, I
have all these grand children now young man don't bait me...I'm wiser than
you". She was a good shot too and she gave a quick royal wave, turned and
gave me a wink. She is so proud of all four of her kids, and the happiest
moment was when all four returned to NZ to live.
Anyway I know the shows won't be the same without her in the audience. Some
of you met her at the Enz New Years Eve show- she was sitting with me at the
soundcheck...and she looked at you guys and said "Peter after all these
years they still come to the shows...." it was more to do with being proud,
and not amazed at the fact. I'm now talking too much, but it just helps.
A part of me is too scared to think about the big picture, the kids, Tim
and Richard and the sisters.... but one thing, I know how strong they can
all be, and if you have strength you are halfway there. It's a sad moment,
and I know if I play "Mary of the South Seas" I will just cave in. So I'm
going to think of all my Mary stories, and say a prayer. Lets give the
family some space, in this very private moment.
Thanks everyone, love this life.....
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