The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 9 July - 21 July 2007
Crowded House-Corner Hotel- Melbourne.
Up early and get ready for the small intimate show tonight... I keep thinking it will be the same size crowded we had for the TWO fanclub farewell shows at the Corner all those years ago, squashed into one show..... every man and his 3 dogs wants to come along. At the end of the day you can only get so many people in. I think those who were lucky enough will be blissed out by it.
I zoom off with Mark drop him at Prahran and I bail on Denton Tv show just so i can get to The Corner on time. I am so lucky, I score a spot in the Corner workers car park...that is so rare there is no way on earth I am taking my car out of that spot, it is there for the night!
The line is already going around the corner of the Corner, spot Harry and a few others lining up very very very early- they are so wonderfully passionate still, brilliant. Walk in and see the crew, all big grins- nice blokes. The guys are on stage soundchecking Recurring Dream- what a song , good to hear it- it will probably start the show tonight, that ol' classic.
It's frantic in the band room, David H is here, as is Dee, I always feel really secure when David is involved, he did all the Enz tour stuff... we work well together.
Band wander in, Matt Sherrod grabs my hand and gives it a good
shaking, he is such a cloud of calm, I like this guy- right choice.
I've been toying with the idea of finishing up with the Crowdies, there I said it.... it's been a long road and hey maybe I can see the end of the road when I'm travelling with you!!! (who wrote that.. oh
yeah) but you know Neil Finn- you just want to work with him, what
am I mad!? As I write this the thought has almost evaporated, it
could be I'm really worn lately, months of working every day and almost zero weekend off..... but even at soundcheck hearing and watching the Crowdies play it's like the best desert in the world.
I guess after all this time too, even my job wears thin.... some time off is needed.
Go out and chat to some of the fans, I am amazed at how long the line is, I'm worried about the limited guest list and if we will have people on peoples backs and suspended from the roof on piano wire just to fit them in. We end up with 750 people!!!!
Mark and Rosemaree, Tania call and I grab them and head in. Find a spot on the podium up the very back against the wall, it's raised so a good view. The venue fills up very quickly, Lima is special guest tonight and it's a fun set. His album is out in a weeks time, some good reviews, Liam's Rolling Stone review gets double the stars to Crowded House's album review- how funny is that.
The band hit the stage to Recurring Dream, it's an odd set, they seem to be dithering a lot tonight..... I'm blown away that they play'
Walking on the spot' and even more so with the last second addition of Sister Madly for Paulo. I guess the thoughts of Paul are on everyones mind tonight. It's such a passionate crowd and the vibe is
exceptional. I watch familiar face after familiar face walk by.
People are ushered out, some of the inside family I save so they are allowed to remain, a security guy attempts to throw Nick Seymour out..out of his own show imagine that. !!!! I walk up and calm it down a notch.... didn't the guy notice young Nicholas on stage? Say a quick goodbye to everyone and we head off. I don't want to do the piano bar hotel thing...sleep is on my mind.
Police pull us over on the way home and I'm breath tested for alcohol, and come up zero...I nearly blow the end off the test monitor (opps.) So with this small show over, I hope it ignites enough passion for the album to climb that one more spot from #2 to
#1 this coming week..... so I haven't quit yet..I'm still here, I won't go away.........
An amazing Jena Bedsom gift is unwrapped from the lovely Wendy....
ceramics are a great present, these are extra cool! Love 'em. Such a
nice thing to give us-thanks.
The bands media schedule is full on today, it's go go go since 11.00
till they finish on the Mick Malloy show by 11.00. Have TV show, will
play it! That's our motto.
I talked to Dee about USA and at least I now know what is happening,
just a bit annoyed that I lost so much work by saying NO in case I
had to do the tour (GRRRR) but at least I know why and growing
production crew is a good thing..I'm fine about it. I like the idea
of only doing every second tour. Touring is overrated.
Neil on the phone and looks like I am heading to NZ for the show at
the Kings Arms.... so i pack my bags, the Crowdies have some more
serious album cover signing to do in NZ...they'll love me for that.
The Palace (ex-club) is on fire- maybe that's a blessing, let it
burn , as long as it doesn't hurt the Palais Theatre next door. It
was always an ugly venue (the Palace), with way too high drink
prices- won't be missed by us.
The band jump on flight QF25, I've asked to stay an extra day to
catch up on work and mail outs of the cds. So I'll head off to NZ
Crowdies play 2 songs on Mick Malloys show, it's an ok interview,
Neil and Nick having a laugh. Dont Stop Now & Distant Sun are played.
Got some sales figures and only 1584 units were needed to bump Mr
Buble off the number one spot, we were so close. Oh well always next
I leave Mark sleeping, he's all warm and pink looking..I've white and
frozen, I will be glad when our central heating is repaired/replaced,
still a week away....brrrr cold here in the hills. Arrive the
airport and jump on QF25 for Auckland, my business class seat has
some plastic on it, is this a new plane? The lady next to me is
connected with the government , she's interesting, have a good chat.
The movies suck, nothing I want to watch.
My bag is first out in NZ, so I can rush through customs quickly.
Grab my car and hear CH three times on the drive from the airport....
NZ has the fever! The traffic truly sucks and it takes ages to get
from A to B. I take a short cut of my own creating and get lost, the
first time lost in Auckland, out of the corner of my eye I see a
twinkling of lights, it has to be , yes Sharon Finns chandelier shop
shining like a beacon.....guiding me to safety. Park in the Roundhead
car park and key into the office and go in.... Nick Seymour on the
floor, I almost walk on him..Matt Sherrod, that big smile (another
beacon)... guys are meeting here before heading down to the venue. I
need food so head off and everything is shut...Hmmm Kings Arms must
have food. it's limited so in the end just eat the chips, the burger
scared me... nice to chat to some regular faces ..... like Melbourne
this is a smaller showcase for the fans.
Sitting out back and Brent Eccles is on the phone, and several long
term CH fans are sitting..just good to see everyone. I find the side
stage area, curtained off and it's a small area... spot Sharon's Mum
and family and bring them in to sit by the heater. The Yeti goes
'Peter Green' and grins, he's in his spot doing his thing.
I'm side stage to Nick, totally hopeless with a torch for the crew
to do guitars..I'm probably no help- John does foster one of NFs
guitars on me for a song change... quick out the door and Ebay it!
I loved the show tonight, one of the best CH shows I have been to,
instead of leaving the stage, the band simply laid down in it...side
stage is too small.... oh those wacky CH boys.
Afterwards head out front, and catch up with some of the locals..
nice to put a face to the name... am spoilt and dropped off at the
studio. A small get together is happening, and till 4.00 people
wander in play guitars, piano and make sounds.... it's as good as the
gig! I'm wearing a hat, it got a bit squashed but it's a nice hat.
Julia drops me back at Finn Estate where I have a room for the night.
Am greeted by Lorraine and Milla ...so good to see Lozzie again and
she looks wonderful..she remembers me and kisses me with a big doggy
tongue. Fall asleep for a few hours.
Sitting out on the balcony at Parnell, there is SUN, it feels
good.... Lorraine and Milla sit next to me, we all fall asleep for a
cat/dog nap. I have my carry bag packed with the rest of the cd
covers...into the office today... the guys are doing a few songs for
radio NZ so it's a chance to get them signed.
I decide to walk down to Benediction for some breakfast, I have to
try and catch up with Bic Runga this afternoon......she is having her
baby next Wednesday so gotta see her. How weird is this..I walk in,
order some food and head upstairs to sit... at table one..Bic and
Darryl...just like that. So sit with them and natter away..she looks
great....motherhood does suit her.
After that surprise I get back to the studio and the Interview is
just about to start... it's ok but I'm at the stage where I start
rolling my eyes over interviewers asking the Paul-death questions, I
know it has to be done and really to most people no one would think
it's talked about as much as it is...but so many times the question
just rolls on out...... radio NZ stuff goes well, nice to see Jeremy
as always. The EMi people are there and we have some gold records
for TIME ON EARTH already..the first. It is #2 in NZ (debut).
Next the band do the cd signing.... very patient all of them, sign
sign sign..Koji walks in and I think he is amazed at the amount of
Time On Earth covers that are being signed....a sea of t.o.e.s
I box some local NZ cds and head to the post office.... mail off a
lot of stuff.....first lot away! Spend the last hour of day light in
the sun, feels nice. I decide to read and write for the evening... as
I am on the red eye home tomorrow.
QF26 is the devils flight, it leaves Auckland at 6.30...I am driving
the usual drive from 4.00..the streets are empty just me, humming....
all the way. My Qantas life member status means I can get the
departure tax and customs id done when i check in....small
luxuries..love it. I have breakfast at the frequent flyer lounge...
and board the plane, Business is full so economy but they have
blacked out 3 spare seats so i can sleep. I do....Qantas do spoil me.
Home again and Banshee and Mark bound down the stairs to greet me.
Discovery Channel has the 'Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen' the
wonderful Queen Hatshepsut special- really cool for us sand geeks.
Have a chat to Cathi, she sends me a 'cheer me up' parcel and it
does, the blues have almost gone.... the sun in Auckland encouraged
me to take some time off, I have about 3 years of holidays
owing ...so I am having 10 days....so from July 22nd...no emails no
nothing just escape... I have booked the house on Magnetic Island,
near Townsville...... and Mark and myself are away.......! I need
this. Some sun to recharge my solar batteries.
Well it has happened Crowded House are now #1 on the Australian
(album ) charts! So brilliant, all the media paid off, all the
wonderful fan support and the luck of the Gods....#1 so excellent! So
#1 Australia, #2 NZ, #3 Uk and #46 in the USA...
Tina & John send us some extra stamps, the gift we love the most....
postage just kills us- so thanks guys! Unused stamps are my smack!
Seems everyone is getting chooks.... our friend Allie in QLD now has
three as well- Bella, Selena and Sally! Chooks are cool.
It is starting to get cold up here....central heating is fixed
soon...will we freeze to death first?
Well I knew it was COLD but I took some trash out at 2.00 in the
morning and the decking looked different.... it was white! Not frost,
but yes SNOW. Ailsa Craig has been snowed on, all white and covered
like a cocaine users left nostril! It starts falling and I head out
and pirouette as it falls, like a deleted scene from Edward Scissor
Hands... I love it snow snow snow.... I grab my camera and run around
outside in it.
When we wake up everything is white..... it looks like Canada.
I measure the boogie board, the one that was Hessies as I want to buy
a cover for it and take it to Magnetic..gotta use it, Paul would of
wanted me to ride those waves on it. It has some good dents in it so
i won't look like some touristo whaling about.
The snow continues, drive around and kids are sliding down slops on
cardboard, and some serious snowmen and snow women springing up.
(it's funny as a few days later when the snow woman melted, all that
was left were her two snow breasts .... maybe they were snow
implants? I just grinned each time we drove by 'them'. ) So blokey I
Well Bic is due today... I'd expect the baby will be late...first
baby and all.....
Mail Fran and Trudi their presents, found some really lovely photo
frames, all wood and metal from India...both no longer available at
The club charity project is doing exceptionally well, we are way past
the $4000 mark, so heading towards half way.... almost up to date
with all the thank you names.... every dollar really helps. It's
going well, I expect that the classroom will be built before
Christmas which is my (hopeful) plan.
Spot Nick from the general store on his bike in The Sun newspaper....
riding through the snow doing his thing! Good when it's a local lad!
All celebs up here.
Robin is home today and she sounds great, nice to hear.
Glenn Wheatley gets 15 months jail for tax evasion... and for
lobbing John Farnham on all of us for all those years.
Well Bic had her baby today, it's a boy! (No name yet though I keep
suggesting Indian names).... congratulations to Bic and Darryl... bet
they are stoked parents!
Woken up very early by the heater guys, Mark manages to ignore them
and stay in bed- bastard! We need this fixed so yours truly lets
them in..... doesn't take long and soon Ailsa Craig is all warm
Off to Knox and fluke it with a boogie board cover, 55% off..and one
left, a bargain and tight perfect fit...buy some new face masks and
snorkels ..on sale and good quality....going to swim with the fishes!
I look like a rather sexy male Chapelle Korby with it on my back!
Buy 'Weeds' dvd and 'Dead Like me II' dvd for Marks birthday
present..yeah the poor man needs more dvds! (:
Start packing my bags for the holiday and we work till 4.00 in the
morning mailing cds....this goes on for several nights...hey who
Happy Birthday Trudi and Fran!
Drive Banshee to her week holiday retreat for cats...I get a bit
sad, like I'm sending my first born to school.... she looks at me
with those green cat eyes.... Cosmo goes to the Pet Hotel
tomorrow..... and friends staying at the house and other good friends
looking after the chooks.
Test the security cameras and alarm systems , all AOK Batman.
A quick dye job , where did that grey come from (yieks).... hope when
I'm swimming I don't have some toxic hair dye slick following me!
The house we have is brilliant, built on top of giant rocks and over
looks the sea.... at the bottom of the garden a big salt water
swimming pool with a ring of queen palm trees.... bring it on! Fran
emails me the guy who we are renting a boat from... a big chunky
boat....makes me skipper and Mark Gilligan..... though i have been
referred to as Mrs Howell (the fourth!).
Talk to Mum and Sis.... anyone would think we are going away for
ever??????!!!!!!! So that's it for the moment, please no emails till
after August 1st. I just don't want my IN box filling up....I wonder
if anyone will do this.....???
Take care and the next diary entry comes from lovely Magnetic Island
near Townsville near the Barrier Reef .... oh that sounds too good!
Watch me recharge! Keep me email free please!
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