The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 7 February - 20 February 2011
The "Underbelly" tele-movie is on tonight and the power goes out on
top of the mountain 3/4 of the way through it. Which sucks- it's ok
at the start but when you are so far into it, it is annoying. I'm
thinking it's time for 2 power generators under our house soon. A
dark moonless night- I thank our many friends for giving us candles
I see that Crowded House's 'Together Alone" was in Q magazines top
250 Best albums of all time. For a short period Crowdies were the
darlings of Q magazine, seems so long ago. I wonder how many other
Australian bands were in the top 250?
I add the 2 Neil UK shows to his website. I've held off for a few
days to let the Finn fans get ready for the upcoming pre-sale. I
figure the less the public know the better chance long term fans
will be able to get tickets. The shows are only small anyway
(especially Brighton) so tickets will go fast for that one. As always
some will appear on Ebay, there will always be someone at
ticketmaster who gives them to a family member to sell I'm sure.
We are really enjoying Timothy Olyphants new show- "Justified"- great
to hear it's signed for it's second season. He was great in
Deadwood- and really Deadwood deserved several more seasons - so much
crap on TV, why do so many good shows only get a few seasons and
reality tv shit floats around forever. Mark says he is indeed the new
Did I tell you that I sold all 3 of my pieces of art PRIOR to the art
show. I couldn't believe it, all 3 gone. So now I have nothing to
'show' . So that's both great and truly crap. I know I should be
stoked (I am). Next time I'll create double the amount of art to be
on the safe side- no wonder Andy churned out so many duplicates! *GRIN*
I play Sean Donnelly's (SJD) "Rising Falling Rising" - I quite like
that simple clip and some of the sounds in the song. He's working
with Sharon and Neil on the Pajama Party release- pretty sure he'll
be in the band too. The Pajama Party cd now looks like having 11
It's good to see our friends the Sea Shepherds once more taking on
the shit head Japanese whale processing vessel Nisshin Maru and block
them from taking dead whales on board from the harpoon vessels. This
is meant to be the Southern Whale Sanctuary it should not be a
slaughterhouse for Japan. The day the Nisshin Maru is sunk to the
bottom of the sea will be a great day indeed. Any of our Japanese
friends reading the diary, it's time to stand up and be counted and
tell your government that this slaughter has to stop. Check out the
website: http://www.seashepherd.org/ Many ways to show support-
Neil Finn's pre-sales go on sale tonight (well night here) so it was
a long 13 hour day for us. It's funny I get far more of a buzz
working on Neil solo stuff then Crowded House these days. Not sure
why- ever since Neils 2 wonderful Largo shows. It's good to see so
many Finn fans being looked after with tickets. Pre-Sales can be a
nightmare and this one sells out fast- about 7 minutes. I speak to
our UK agency and get them to add some extra tickets which is great
so I'm here in the office at 10.00 at night while people around the
other side of the globe grab tickets. "02" are part of the pre sale
but despite having a massive data base 02 people buy so few of the
tickets, about 97% go to the 'real' fans.
In the afternoon I get an email from NZ and they have just mailed off
the Pajama Party cd to me, it will be a cdr I'm sure with no artwork
etc. It will be nice to have some new music for a few months- I'm
really looking forward to this one. I just remembered I think its
Feb or March for my start date with the Enz.... so 31 years good
grief that is a long time to be on pay roll!!! Where is that shiny
I watched some of the footage from Adam Ants recent gigs... Car
Trouble wasn't too bad... Miss K and myself talk about escaping and
joining the Ant..... but it now looks like the gigs have dried up
I notice Showtime have released DEXTER the board game...where you
become Dexter and travel the streets of Miami looking for the next
Nick and Nat are in the country today-we were hoping to catch up with
them but I expected the airport scenario would be long and tedious so
maybe not. Two of our favourite people... it will be great if they do
come to Oz to live.
I'm also driving to Prahran so Mark can get to see our doctor and get
some pills and cream for his itch and scratch and allergy that he
has. We did some serious work in the gardens and cleared an old walk
track and we are fairly sure some plant has irritated him- super ash.
He says he's turning into a human crocodile....... (hmm I could be
tempted to skin him for some good boots!- not really). We have a
cool doctor and he's a bit fun...semi famous for an infamous night
club bust where he was in attendance. The whole trip to the doctors
works out to be $30. Australian medicare returned over half. Why
would America deny it's citizens a similar fantastic health system-
yet allow such large amounts of money to be fed into their war
machine... something is seriously wrong with that scenario.
Call into the Market Cafe for some food and drink and to see the
family. A good thing We drop in Rosemaree's christmas present, just
by the door so hope no one steals it. Seems insane leaving a present
I try JB HI FI Prahran for Arlo Guthrie, I wanted "Coming-Into Los
Angeles" but the only CD they had didn't have that song on it.... so
that sucked. I bought 1 final copy of HE WILL HAVE HIS WAY for a last
minute order from America. I love the Live Footage of this song from
Woodstock, of course half of it is the crowd smoking pot...Arlo was
so cute looking at Woodstock. I just watched the tour footage of
1984- and he still has an amazing voice and the song sounds equally
brilliant- and a cool sense of humour. I think my Mum bought his song
"Alices Restaurant" when it first came out. He's one of those
musicians that keeps recording, keeps touring, he's in his mid
sixties now. he's kind of like the Finns in that way.
Tahrir square in downtown Cairo is filling up with protesters. I
remember it well as I have been stuck in the middle of the giant
traffic circle, with my sister-attempting to cross the road while
insane egyptian drivers screamed past. It's now the focal point for
the egyptian revolution against president Hosni Mubarak . I've
watched the protest size grow from 50,000 to 100,000 to 250,000+ till
reportedly 1 million. I hope it all leads to a better Egypt , there
are so many young people in the crowd- it is their future. I have
always loved travelling to Egypt, but many times I could feel an
under current, like a powder keg ready to explode. As Mubarak is
forced to go by people power, I hope the 'free and honest' elections
really benefit all Egyptians and not some power base for religious
zealots. I hope when I return to Egypt it's still as wonderful and
it's people have taken back their country and their lives improve.
Up early and as expected both of Neil's solo shows have sold out- so
he'll be happy about that. Brighton will be cool with such a small
intimate audience of 350.
Egypt is in the news, I hope it all works out- revolutions are all
well and good but some long term stability is needed as well.
I see Tim gives WILD SWEET CHILDREN an airing at his Corner Shows,
some talk of a little iMovie of this track being done as a fun
preview.....I like those little fun projects for songs. Andy White up
for Many's The Time. He left a message at our place but we were away
so missed Andy's call.
A very well behaved crowd at St Kilda Festival- Tim gets a really
great reaction- puts him firmly back in the spotlight. It's great
after all these years since Mental Notes that he still can play in
front of thousands, record a new album and have fun. I guess having a
really stable and happy marriage to Marie plays a big part. I hear
that Poor Boy the musical will have it's NZ debut in a months time.
Miss K in her glamorous outfit texts me live from the Grammys. Her
friend Lady Ga Ga had her come in as last minute stylist. I thought
it was cute how she (Miss K) was filmed on the red carpet with her
gorgeous 2 girls (cute doggies). Lovely tiara on the doggies.
Walking ahead of Ga Ga in her plastic 'egg'. Wonderful when she
jumped up and applauded when Ga Ga bumped off the sniveling dickless
Justin Bieber. Sadly Miss K couldn't get close enough to pound
Bieber's head in with the (fake) diamond encrusted rock she had in
her Ginza Tanaka purse.It was funny that her expensive japanese purse
has a Whaling Sucks badge (pin) on it! Go Miss K- give them heaps.
She says Mick Jagger is looking fantastic (but then again we both
love him singing "Memo from Turner" so we are biased around old
Michael Phillip Jagger) considering he is 67... apart from his
chicken neck and those facial wrinkles his body is incredible for
someone that age. Greg Skyhook says he wears a wig- I know that's not
The courier drops our Steve Kilbey art at the general store so sign
for that in the morning- really nice colours, the frame will probably
cost more then the art-which happens from time to time. Anyway a
nice piece of art to have in the collection. Some of his paintings I
like a lot others do nothing for me, but that's art I guess. I know a
few have appeared as album covers for The Church.
Mark and myself hog a box of maltesers for Valentines day, hey every
day is Valentines day for us..... oink oink-chocolate and loving!
The strongest solar flare in the last 4 years erupted today , how
much damage it will do to high tech infrastructure? The charged
plasma particles will reach Earths orbit in a few days. I wonder if
the astronauts in the space station have to bunker down in a safe
room. I guess they are still working on a date for the Solar
Maximum , it's meant to be the most intense sunspot cycle in about 50
years..... how many people will say the Maya Calendar predicted this
as part of the apocalypse. The "long count" Maya calendar and the
Dec 21st 2012 date is freaking a few people out. Most people don't
realize that the 2012 date may be incorrect and out by as much as 50
to 100 years (mostly due to the numerical value- GMT). The GMT is
wrong. But hey it's a good excuse for an end of the world party is it
not and a chance for all us sinners to repent just in case "something
happens". It's like 666 it's not really the number of the
devil...but it lends itself to every heavy metal band in the world !
It's time to pay the rates. The joy of owning several acres of land
is the extra price, once a year. It's a few thousand. The council
are not too bad up here, well in some areas. It's just the thing of
surrendering over several thousand dollars. If you are late you get
hit with 10% interest so it's worth paying the damn thing.
Good to see the Montaina girls today, it was very quiet inside,
yesterday being valentines day it would of been packed so it's nice
to escape the madness. What is it about a pink heart and roses that
makes people run out and 'get romantic' shouldn't they be romantic
the other 364 days?
Oh crap our 'stalker' Mansion has sold..well so says the agents
website. maybe the SOLD sign will shake me out of my day dream to
try and (unrealistically ) buy it! I'm sure it will end up on the
market again, it seems to do so every few years- such is the curse of
Royal Mount Manor.
I send Rosemaree some details of a very nice house at Heathmont, it's probably a little bit more then what she wanted to spend but the
average house price in Melbourne is $130,000 more then what I
sent..and to be honest I thought this has great re sell value and it
seemed to be pretty good condition. Gotta have somewhere for those
twin babies Rosemaree.
I have a chat to Andy White this afternoon, we'll catch up soon
before he heads off for another bout of touring. We both spotted a
new coffee shop at Upper Ferntree Gully.
I call and leave a message (my second) for the Hard Rock Cafe people
in Surfers , time to get our memorabilia back , hope we hear from
Ranges let me know that they do have the wonderful coconut and lime
cakes back in..oh yum- cravings. More sit ups for the Gryphon.
A huge box of used stamps arrives from Dave-id in the USA for our
charity bag. So many the bag is now PACKED, Beks mum will have to use
a crow bar to force them all into the charity box at the church. Thanks to the many who keep mailing them into us. I noticed while
stuffing them into the bag, the very very cool Gene Autry 44 USA
stamp... I have to admit I did keep this one and glued it on a page
in my 'real' diary- really great design and colours.
Had a laugh this afternoon Andy White penned a new song for us
"Clover Pool of Love" about the mansion being sold and it's infamous
3 leaf clover shaped pool *GRIN*.... I keep saying one day it will be
ours! Of course I penned a "B-side" called "Lookin' At Andy".....
Hmm ok too much spare time this afternoon. Sometimes you just have to
allow for such things in the day. Nic and Nat sent Mark the 'cure'
for his jungle rash.. ok it might of been distilled in Kentucky!!!!!!
Hic Hic Hic
Hopefully the reports are true that Japan's whaling fleet are
quitting the Antarctic just halfway through their killing season. The
pressure from numerous areas this year has been very strong-so I hope
it is a positive sign of things to come. Till Japan stops whaling our
family and friends will not buy Japanese products. Anyway let's hope
this is true and this insane barbaric shameful killing stops.
It's a humid grey wet day here. The humidity triggered off all the
fire sensors in the office today. Which means I'm on a ladder
resetting them. The security alarms and cameras are all ok but re- setting our fire detectors is a pain as they are so LOUD!
I see an Andy Warhol self portrait went for $17.5 million at
Christie's last night. It was a fairly recent discover, it's one of
the artworks where Andy's hand is up on his face... it was in a
private collection since 1974.
The NSW State election is on March 26th. What an ego Tony Abbott has-
so out of control saying the Liberals have won. This is before even
the first vote has been cast. Someone should point out to him that
he is Federal and this election is State and he LOST the federal
election. I'd love to see the Liberal Party of NSW end up with egg
on it's face- I hate those "we have won" lines before the people have
their say- it's so conceited and says a lot of what they actually
think of people before they have even voted. It's been a long time
for Labor to be in power in NSW but anything is possible- there are a
lot of people out there who have never been polled, or door knocked. It would be great if it was closer then expected. I hope Labor and
The Greens and the Independents do well. Abbott's revolting ego will
have him saying the Libs won because of him if he had his way-thats
if they do..... so vote for anyone but the Liberals and Tony's ego.
I'll be glad when I get paid this month-bit the bullet and paid the
first airfare for our next holiday. A small escape to the States in
July- mostly via Vegas.. but we have to call into Tonopah- and get to
stay at the infamous Clown Motel. Looks scarily hysterical -love how
there is a very old cemetery situated next door. http:// www.panoramio.com/photo/1543855
It's one of those big birthday numbers for Mark so that is part of
the reason we are escaping. I am very very tempted to find some
cheap and tacky clown outfit and get photograpghed for the diary in
front of the clown motel- of course I'd need a rubber chicken and a
bulb-horn if I do this- got to do all or nothing. Wish I could find a
poodle with a fluffy neck collar to stand next to me.
We watched the last episode of the wonderful "Dark Skies" tonight,
sad that it was axed before it really had a chance to blossom. The
bonus extras and interviews etc are really good. A few episodes back
they were filming around the Watts Towers in the Watts district of
Los Angeles. I often wonder how many people live in L.A. that have
never visited or even know about these amazing sculptures. Sam Rodia
started these in 1921 and completed in 1954. They've been the
backdrop on numerous tv shows. movies etc. When next you are in L.A.
check them out- 1765 East 107th street Los Angeles.
"Borders" in America file for bankruptcy today- not a good sign. Eye
doctors will be making a fortune as more people start reading
digitally ..... people are spending way too much time reading on
line. So stop it now. Go on turn off the computer.... don't read the
diary. Go for a walk, have a pash with a stranger in the park- lie in
a hammock and read a paper book.
Happy Birthday Miss K. I give her a call on her mobile- yieks-
International rates- but worth it. She was having a nap in Lady Ga
Ga's plastic egg so I probably disturbed her. Happy Birthday - as
promised I didn't sing!
Mark buys me breakfast, so I cover his grocery's for the week. I
noticed the price of sugar and banana's have sky rocketed since the
Queensland floods. Also Woolworths didn't have any Australian grown
Blueberries this week, only NZ ones so I refused to buy them.
The office tells me they mailed off my Pajama Party cd today, so
hoping that will arrive later next week- exciting new music- hurrah.
I've been waiting for this one for awhile- it's always a bit
exciting when some new music is on the way.
Spend the entire day in bed. Just had no energy, and endless
dreaming. Everything from David Bowie falling down stairs and yours
truly borrowing a black and red PVC jacket (with a star on the back)
of Davids to stealing his earrings!!! Of course spaceship dreams and
other stuff as well, maybe I was delirious?. I might of had a cold,
sniffled and blew my nose for ages. So I surrendered to it, and just
chilled out. I thought if my body needs this sleep so be it. I
almost convinced myself it was those damn solar flares charged plasma
particles...... oddly enough the old iMac computer that we never use
blew up ..maybe it was the solar particles.
I did make dinner for us though- not a huge effort but it was
healthy and tasty.
Watched the Australian movie "The View From Green Haven" which was
kind of cool- I love Australian movies, this one felt good and lovely
scenic Australia. in all it's glory.
Stayed up late (after all that sleep how could I be tired?) and we
drowned in Blu-ray s, mostly the 2010 version of Supernatural tv show- Paris Hilton as herself (well a demonesque Paris) was very
entertaining and she was a good sport to do the show I thought.
The Crowdies played the first NZ winery show tonight- the set seemed
a bit short and kind of greatest hits but then again I suppose most
winery shows are. So few emails in which is surprising. Mark Hart
has our questions (from fans) for the upcoming Crowdies book-so I
guess he'll return them when the NZ dates are over.
Rain rain rain, this has been a very wet cold Summer. Still it is
better then bush fires.
I see that Premier Anna Bligh's polling in Queensland has soared
after the recent floods and cyclone. Well she did do well and I think
even the most jaded voter could see that. Her polling is up to 60%!
I did hear from Sea Shepherd HQ and they believe the Japanese whalers
are indeed heading home. I'll believe it when they are docked in
Japan- but this is a great victory. Wonderful news.
Libya looks like it is in the middle of a civil war- you know when
tanks have been overtaken by civilians and driven by them in the
streets of Benghazi that it's on for young and old. 175 people have
died so far since the anti-regime protests first started mid
February. Another day another revolution- I just worry how many
innocents will get killed during all of this. Strangely enough the
Finn Brothers "Bullets in my hairdo" is playing in the office as I
Stay safe- hell stay alive and run for cover.
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