The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 9 April - 1 May 2001
Sorry for the delay with this months diary, totally sidetracked by the UK tour
and living on the tour bus....
Where have the weeks gone, has it really been this long since I've updated the
diary.......soryr regular readers.
Get our Uk charts in for the Bardot girls, they debut at #46 in the UK top 100
with Poison, it won't be a massive hit here but to even chart is a good thing.
Move car, give it a wash, call the record company...regular day.
Call in and see Jurate at Greville books- 145 Greville Street, Prahran. She is
great, wants 20 copies of HUSSY and says all nice things about the book...I
left feeling really excited. She wants to put the original Judd-Green painting
in the window. Nice lady...excited.
Sign the final batch of Hussy books, am leaving some signed copies with Mark
in case some more orders come in while I am away.
Melbourne readers should grab a copy from Greville Books, saves you some
Robin and Trudi call in and we discuss the last minute plans for Sth America,
it keeps changeing...in a good way. Am thinking about the UK tour, Peru seems
like ages away.
Get some nice emails from the Bardot girls about work...they wnat to keep me on
so thats nice, should be a good year.
Head to the city and grab some more Neil stock, the Rest of the Day cd singles
are now impossible to get, we have a few more coming in and will go out when I
return from the UK....EMI simply didn't repress them.
HUSSY has started arriving overseas, incredible emails, made me smile and look
kind of "goofy" all day.
Speak to Hessie, he really likes the idea of this club member album of his..
another project...need to work out the month.
Pay home loan...exciting- not.
Head to Beenami, one last escape before the tour, Rosemaree comes along for a
day in the forest. We work on the goat fence, classic Rosemaree pose,
surrounded by Tibetan umbrellas, on a fold out love couch, reading a
book....wearing big black gum boots!!!
We discover a huge fire trail near our property, goes all the way into the
forest, the deep dark forest, no car tracks or footmarks so its long lost,
great to ride some motorbikes on....will have to explore next time.
We head to the winery and Rosemaree buys some red....nice relaxing day.
I'm going tomiss this while I am away.
Sadly Joey Ramone dies- lymphatic cancer...I loved the Ramones, especially that
Pick up some photos for Johnny and Angie Marr.
Chat to Belinda from Bardot, we were both in hysterics...one of those fun calls.
Go with Marky to see Bob and Ben, they are really good mates, we seem to have
some weird togetherness...it' sall good, who would of thought...fun.
Drag out all the old adaptor plugs for the tour and those spare uk coins and
stamps....bags are already overflowing.
We went to Spargo's at Prahran today and it sucked...we walked out, they
paniced and we ignored them further.....
Pick up the badges for the tour, sit on the bag and finally get it closed.
All last minute stuff, trying to stay calm...park in the city, illegally
which worked out fine...I think my car is invisible as all the other cars had
Add some more red to the stripes....will have to do this on the road, Fudge
make some great colour travel packs...means loads of red died towels.
Fly out today...with British Airlines...not Qantas, the BA flights out of
Melbourne have the new sleeper seats, well business/first. Am a happy
man...they fold down to a 6 foot bed...with screens so you can hide from the
stranger near you...all funky buttons and metal lights. The staff are
exceptional, am spoilt.
Stay on the flight at Singapore, the heating goes crazy, drink a lot of water.
Wake up with 4 hours to go, see the lights of Moscow directly below. Have
breakfast over Kalingrad at 39,000 feet. Decisions- Birder muesli or
Friitata..fruit or waffle....
Customs are fine, phew- how was I going to explain 150 Hussy books that I'm
posting. The driver was waiting, even though I was an hour late..nice new
mercedes. Hotel is a bit iffy buts its clean and clsoe to the Forum club where
we are rehearsing....
Interesting piece in the paper- Britain is the first country to ban human
cloning by law...the government will legistate soon...
Get some sleep, go for a walk, heaps of porn on dvd!!!
Head to rehearsal, great to see Matty again, he lived with Ben and Bob...looks
healthy and is engaged!
Robbie and Rosie are at the venue, just so good to see them...gossip and be
exceptionally silly....yes you can go home...the fun of touring.
Dee looks daper, he's a good man, feel safe when he is our tour manager.
Go to the hotel in the afternoon, have a sleep, wake up at 1.00 in the morning,
work on the second book BANG.
We are on the bus heading to Ireland, the ferry crossing is bizarre, feel like
we are in the Guild ships..from the movie Dune...moving through space and
The Foot and mouth people raid the bus and take our milk!
Gig is good, all feels fine, get a huge cuddle from Lisa and Sebastian. Shon
(I think thats how he spells it) has a very nice cowboy hat...good look and our
Arnold drummer is back. Good start to the tour...
Dublin today, chat to some of the regular supporters, and Nick turns up with
Neil.....felt very CRowded House. Nick is looking good from all that surfing at
Kilkunda in Australia. Just nice to chat. Was that Jim Kerr at the gig?
Head to a cyber cafe and answer some emails, after 4 days there are 2000, which
is impossible...answer 70.
Dublin is still lovely.... the band rooms at the Olympia are shitty so I work
some backstage magic.....they are improved with rugs and hangings....all good.
Great gig......jump on the bus and we heda to Glasgow.
Had to tell Jen tonight that she can only get 2 photo passes, we never issue
whole tour passes, shit happens but it's annoying that we get stuck in the
middle of someone elses promises....but thats tour life.
Aeally long bus drive, getting a fever or something, can't sleep so I heda to
the Bus lounge and watch the world go by...
Raining when we arrive, this tour we are following Nan Mouskouri around the
UK...I find Nan's VIp room, quite gamerous, so I have a shower in HER
room...yes I am naked in the same shower space that Nana was nude in......not
sure what that means!!!!!!No Nan in sight.
Buy throat pills from drug shop, spot our special guest Alex Lloyd sitting
alone drinking coffee...it's a great album cover shot......(grin), always
thinking with a photographers eye. He tells me his next album will have angels
on the cover.
I have a very high fever, trying to keep clear of crew, various tour people
look after me and fuss....Robbie makes my fave soup...spoilt Gryphon.
Glasgow rocks, what a show, loved it.
Newcastle City Hall
I love this venue, nice city, walk all over Newcastle. Really fantastic, people
are so nice. Feel like a megastar, no I just work for one......
Heaps of club members, the largest turn out of clubbers ever, we ARE TALKING
HUNDREDS...am blown away. Elroy Finn and myself do the merch tonight, it wasnt
a concession and they needed sellers, its good to be out front...he redesigns
my tour pass...draws Peter with a rocket pack on my back....cool.
El is great, he's growing up so fast and a joy to work with, think he loves
being out front too, I just get a bit protective when people fuss over him
because of the Finn connection, he is afterall a young boy not part of a
Didn't see much of the gig though- bummer but it sounded good....we meet a
magician who joins the club- he's very good and entertains both of us with
The fans wait in the rain, incredible, I go searching for towels, want to get
them dry. Neil signs all their One Nil cds.
We drive through the dark rainy night...our tour bus looks like a mad demon as
it churns through the willy willys and misty rain. Graham is our driver, nice
chap, he's really helpful.
He pulls the bus over so Alex can see the Northern Angel...a massive statue
with ahuge wingspan. I'm on the road in the rain barefoot....hey aussies dont
need shoes...messy hair looking a tad like Jesus of Nazareth.....could be my
next look....thought some stigmata marks were appearing but it was just Elroys
drawing on my pass rubbing off on my hand.....
Climb into my bus coffin...and curl up and sleep...thanks to my old mate
melatonin. No alcohol or drugs...yet.
Wake up at a new hotel, sadly it's not ours, just a good place to park. OK
Graham went to the wrong place. Alex has been sick all night, looked after him
a bit, head over bin...he has a virus I think....needs to see a doctor.
I wake Graham as I wnat Alex to get to the Hotel, Alex gives me a few seconds
of grief, hey he's tired and ill, I snap back....not too vicious....we are all
a bit bus weary.
Day off, ignore the world, phone home, watch dvds, answer mail and do tour work.
I could live in Cambridge, maybe for a few months, I love the place...those
cute ducks walking down the street, the clothes shops, good coffee, had two
offers of sex today- one from a guy, one from a girl...the ducks did not offer.
Breakfast at The Junction with Robbie and Rosie, they tell me another crew
member is ill, thankfully I have almost recovered. Alex is off the bus....shore
Brilliant show again, loved it, very happy. Shon plays some piano backstage,
chat with Neil, which was nice and rare, usually the world is fighting for his
time and space. Sit on the window sill with Lisa and drink red wine...she is
adorable, her and Rosie the two tour loves of my life...and Robbie the big girl
makes three!! (:
Heaps of fans again, one gives me a head of pot, I pass it onto a crew member,
am being good, I did have a 5th of a glass of red wine with Lisa! What a devil-
Betty Ford here I come.
This tour is far more grueling then the last TWT tour....glad there are a few
days off soon...
Homesick, thank god for the special discount phone cards, miss Marky and
Cosmo...decide to work and work and ignore this sadness that wells up every few
Sell with Elroy again tonight, he's getting good at this and the public like
him. Plus it all balances at the end of the night.
Good show, we are peaking. John is proving to be a fun target for Robbie...ok
and me too, drive him crazy with our silly road talk....he is a young NZ lad,
first time on tour in the UK...but we like him. In fact its a good crew. Miss
the Yeti on the road but he's off doing the Living End.
Day off- yey.
Go shopping with Robbie, find a great market that has new pants for TWO
pounds...yes £2...amazing, I buy 5 pairs, love my tartan bondage pants.
We also buy the crew a blow up sheep...Rosie calls her Baaabara....we buy Rosie
a wedding nightie...its so ugly and John (of course) gets some handcuffs and a
carry bag thats says YIELD on it.
I buy Neil a space light, show the fans at soundcheck, we all ohhh and ahh.
He comes up during the show and says its the best bandroom, he loves that
light, and Elroy trys to score it (grin as expected)...
Dennis Tito was the first "tourist" in space today- he made a 13 million £
donation to the Russian space agency.....
Johnny Marr is at this show, I get tagged with "Hi there gorgeous Peter
Green"...band and crew say it all night......great to see him. He signs two
birthday presents for my friends Becky and Jj, great pressies. LOVE SHE WILL
HAVE HER WAY , sit side stage at Marrs feet (grin)...he turns and winks at me
during the Smiths song, he knows I will love this, Neil is singing so well too.
But the extra guitar onstage just kicks arse.
Walk him to his car, fans start running at him, so I get him in the car after
the first autograph, as he has a decent drive home. Think he will play in
Neil is tired, been signing stuff all day, so I sneak him out the side door, no
one see's him, Dee winks at me, nice and easy escape tonight, I think this is
the first time he hasn't signed at the backstage door, I'll wear the blame, its
good to break up the obvious....hope he doesn't guilt over it...sleep well,
shows like this are the reason why I still work with Neil Finn.
Run into some fans on the street of Bristol, they want to buy Hussy, been funny
everyday someone asks for it, I go red still, trying to stay cool but I crash
and burn....mumble mumble.....
Elroy asks if we can see so we do, we have a contest to see who sells the most
its a draw of course...some venue old bag insults Elroy when I'm not there,
basically saying he was fat, I get revenge by asking if she is taking
responsibility for the huge ozone hole created by her excess use of hairspray
and perfume....more is less! What a cow.
Sit with Lisa and one of our regular fans asks me to sign a poster, Lisa gives
me some stirring....in the end I do sign it, right on the dogs arse, only
because its taken from the artwork that I own...I loved the club members
tonight, they are a nice bunch, glad our fans are intelligent....a few Pearl
Jam fans came up and had a chat, was nice...
Neil signs his life away again....Amanda walks by with a massive container of
soup for the bar....it was such a funny look. She's working really hard on this
tour- her and Dee keeping it all rolling along.
Yey day off...stay at The Queens Hotel...Southsea. I love it, Edwardian style
and magnificent views of the solent and the isle of Wight. A few fans live on
the Isle so I guess they will be coming to the Portsmouth show.
I ask the manager to open the 100 year old pool for me, he does, so I swim
alone in the rain....the guests in the bar watch me, a businessman in a great
suit sends me a bottle of Moet and asks if he can join me...reeks of sex, must
be those darn red speedoes so I decline...but I do like that suit!!!
The maids here are gorgeous, really stunning and milk and honey complexion.
John is very frisky, in fact the whole crew seem to be on heat...I hope
Baaabara the sheep is ok!
Walk to the city centre with Paul Jeffreys, our monitor engineer, we've known
each other for years, it rains again, shop and have some food.
Mail off Jj/Beckys birthday presents, watch a massive fun park-carnival being
create don the allotment across the road. The crew boys fly a kite.
Go all freaky that Bush jnr is pursuing the "Son of star wars"...another
button pusher like his dumb arse dad. There goes the treaty, the new fear is
obviously Chin and North Korea. Fuck the allies and what they think...dickhead.
Have dinner with Rosie and Robbie and run into the crew in the bar, 3 vodkas
later , I'm in some sort of party mode and suggest we all go out.... find a guy
selling Big Issue in the cold, so I do my good deed and buy every copy. Freaks
him a bit, hell I got paid, good to share it around. Give them all to Rosie
because Michael Stipe is on the front and she loves REM/Michael, and works with
them. As an experiment we set Rosie up on the corner...and she starts to call
out Big Issue Big Issue forsale...she tries to resell them...its a classic, we
head to several Tequila bars and she is still trying to selel them, I am in
sticthes......we find an Indian restaurant and we all have fun....have a few
sambuccas....happily merry. No drugs, well alcohol, but I am good. Walk home
with Robbie and catch up with Steve our rep in the bar....the others return and
its off to bed.....fun night- we are all clicking.
So the tour rolls on, its about 90% sold out, Last to Know will be the next UK
single...out June 4th. Found 5 copies of Hussy in my bag so I will have them
with me at Merchandise, so feel free to ask if you want a copy...and want to
save on postage.
Sounds like everyone is enjoying the gigs, well almost, there is always
someone who doesn't like the show no matter how good.
Sorry about the mistakes.....will update this again soon, and remember if you
want to credit card HUSSY head to the merchandise page on this site.
Roll on London town!
Music can save your life!!!!!!
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