The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 6 November - 16 November 1996
Today we fly out to Auckland (NZ) for the FINN Powerstation show. Finish
packing my bags,basically full of membership kits and CD's. Nicole arrives
late so I cancel out my morning meeting,have a phobia about missing
flights-plus management got $100 off their ticket by making it a guaranteed
in and out dela,
if I miss the flight I don't go. Drop mark off at Prahran with two huge
bags of mail. Lob the Grey Ghost into the Limo. service,she needs a wash
and I know
she will be polished and clean by the time I return.
Flight over was ok,waffle with Nicole. Immigration is easy,thought it
funny how so many Golfers were getting harassed by bringing dirt covered
golf shoes into the country. In the words of Crowded House- "Golf Sucks".
If my life ever consists of being old and tragic,walking about hitting a
small ball unsuccessfully into a rat hole-please feel free to shoot me.
Guess the only good point is the excercise-so why don't you golfers enjoy a
brisk walk with nature?
But each to their own...ok I'm being too nice- "Golf Sucks".
Nicole is stuck in immigration in the "Other" section. I joke she is the
Christina (god bless her) is waiting for us,with a stunning new Hair
cut/colour. It's great to see her. Elizabeth is passed out at the
Hotel..she has had a longggg flight,plus customs inspected each of her
pieces of fur apparel,
which would of taken hours. (joke-sorry E).
The Centra mess up the room system and I am several floors away...what is
it about NZ Hotels and me. Oh well couldn't be bothered hassling. Pick up
my new Reeboks from Elizabeth,they cost me $40,the same pair are $100 in
Elizabeths friend Ian is there and we decide on Indian for dinner. he
takes us to a Turkish Restaurant,I wonder why they didn't have Lasi! But
Turkish is fine,
and the wine is good. Some good table talk. Nicole finishes the wine,and it
almost finishes her. Christina takes her first fall!!!! Those shoes.
Back to the Hotel and I'm off to the bar with the girls for a
drink....they go to the ladies and it's hard to work out which is which.
Someone makes the comment that it's the one with the sign ,that looks like
a man wearing a womans dress.......and just at that moment a drag queen
exits the toilet.....that was pretty spot on. I spent an hour watching her
watching us,she looked really sad,
and I almost asked her to join us.
We retire upstairs to open some Xmas presents...ok we are early. I can
just see the girlsin those Koala Pouches. Long night,no one can sleep.
Cancel Hire car.
We wake up to the good news (I guess) that Clinton is still President in
the USA. The main election site on the WWW was getting 5,000,000 hits per
it's peak.....poor little "Famous for 16" minutes.......Finally this longgg USA
election is over,people must get so sick of hearing about it,what a waste
of money. Think how that could help the poor. I hear that Clinton is going
a huge chunk of money for Aids research,about fucking time.
It's brekky with Chris Burke...just around the corner,they have the best
Spiralina drinks. Chris is working solidly on the Crowdies Book,we hope to
a lot of info on it in the next Issue. The cover looks like being taken
from the Private Universe clip-which is nice-it has great colours.
The richest man in the world gave his daughter a $100 million plane (airbus)
the perfect Birthday Present...I wonder if it has her name on the side?
Johnny arrives home today,he's signed his publishing deal and looks like
signing to a decent record company soon. Good one JJ. keep an eye out for
Comet Alice in 1997.
We all go record searching at Real Groovy Records,I can't believe it's
still there after all these years. Find the Blue overseas issue of the
first DeadStar CD,with a photo of Peter Jones on the cover....we all buy
has the ugly Oz cover version.....and we all tell her she'll regret it
(grin) over and over...we are soooo mean. (OK I am so mean). We fight over
the "Mark Bailey sings Swedish Xmas Hits" cd,surely this isn't our beloved
Is that why the "C" is there...I knew we'd expose him at last.Only a matter of
Eat at the Chinese Restaurant under the Centra and I think we all hated it.
Was a demanding shit and asked for wooden chopsticks instead of plastic (urgh).
So we go to the Carlton Hotel to pick up the Finn (USA) contest winners.
It all runs on time until......Micahel Jackson fever intervenes.First the
girls wern't allowed in,I mean cmon....they really didn't look like Michael
fans ,and how come I was-because I'm a guy (and over 14)....so peter went
feral..I'm afraid so
and the manager was summoned and we all ended up in the Foyer,surrounded by a
host of security people. I asked the USA Finn winners if they wanted to
wait and see "him" arrive and for novelty value they all agreed (well
Suprisingly there wern't many fans out front,considering all the Hype,about 150
at the most. Eventually Mj arrived,to a traditional Maori greeting,if only MJ
could sing as incredible as these NZ inhabitants. A childrens choir and then
10,000 balloons drop as Michael Exits...the kids pop them and it sounds
like gun shots-securit look horrified,I laugh uncontrollably and they give
me dirty looks
chaos rules..I love it.
Our mini van delivers us to the Powerstation and we are ushered
inside,the winners have special seats upstairs-front row. They get to meet
the guys in a
very small bandroom above the stage,have their photos taken etc. It all
runs smoothly except one winner goes missing. Sharon is on lights again,
some great lighting tonight,love the wave effect.
The Powerstation is packed,and very hot,Tim is in fine form, his voice is
very strong and "Time for a Change" is possibly the best version I've ever
heard. Richard Finn jumps up and gives his son a standing ovation. neil
jopkes that Michael jackson is in the audience (I wave-silly Gryphon).
Young Elroy Finn
is in the bandroom above the stage and it has a little window,suddenly a sign
saying the word" ROOT" is held out,the audience cracks up-I decide to spend
the second half of the show looking after Elroy. What a bundle of
energy,he's a good kid,but he exhausts me. I make a mental note to put off
having a kid for another
year.....how do parents do it.?
Another highlight had to be when the crowd starting singing I SEE RED, by
themselves, neil and Tim were just laughing with pleasure,it was very
spontaneous...capping off a fine performance.
The mini van doesn't turn up,so I steal another and drop off the winners at
the Carlton. As we pull in a shadowed figures creeps along the top balcony...
mask on looking like a bushranger....is that you Jacko.....what trouble are
you up to-what planet do you come from,or are you simply misundertsood. I
quickly turn and smile,"it" salutes. I feel like I've spotted a UFO instead
the B/w Boy (or is that lester?).
Outside the fans have diminished to four,sitting on a rug. I look at them
and say "you guys are crazy'. They ask me to join them, I decline saying
been to a real gig. The lone security guard smiles, he looks like Fox Mulder.
I feel like I've dropped into Television land,I cross the street,and it's like
crossing a barrier between what's real and what's not. At 1.00 in the morning
the streets of Auckland are empty,I see one lone cab driver. I stop and scream
down the road "Is anyone awake!!!!!". No reply.
Get back to the room and order toasted sandwhiches,watch tv...and wonder if
Michael likes Toasted cheese on white?
Fax Nick Reg Mombassas artwork for the Sydney show.
Wake up and love the MJ bit in the paper. "His nose was hard and his hands
were soft"....We decide to escape, so Charlie and the Angels jump in the
Thunderbird and head toward kare Kare,our tribal home. We somehow managed
to have a memory lapse and it took us awhile to work out how to get there.
We called into a strange little corner store and decided it was time to
pose for photos next
to the headline "Gender bender marries Dwarf"....of course Elizabeth was
the Dawrf,no points who was the Gender Bender. We find the turn off, the
little blonde hairs on my arm all stood up as we approached the
valley-being in a car
with 3 women and they spot your arm hairs spiking ,kept them amused for a
good ten minutes. The winding road to kare kare diminishes as we approuch
The "Bunker" is still there (Hi Nigel) and there is Madonna and Piggy Banks,
but their pens look more glamerous (Fame Is...).We decide the beach is our
destination. Walking over the shifting kare Kare dunes we find a new friend
who looks like he should be called "ZIF" so he is. he becomes our
friend,our guide ,our protector-and I wonder who "ZIF" really
is.............is he the shell guardian of the beach? We swear we heard a
voice say "Take NO shells..."
needless to say we had a great day,the waterfall,good friends,times like this
can be far and few. ...and ZIF saved us a long goodbye by running off,duty
bound when we reached the car. So if you are ever at kare kare,look out for
him,he's a NZ shaggy dog with a kind nature. Give him a pat for us.
We arrive back in Auckland faminished and walk down to the Quay. I create the
illusion of importance andbluff our way into getting a window table. My
desire for Indian is satisfied with Tandoori Pizza (weird eh).....and
mishaps with Red wine and Nicole being the target of my mouth (all in good
fun-it IS a sport) it topped off a great day. A site I have etched in my
memory for life is Christina carrying her Pizza in a foil sculptured
us in stiches and I was giggling so much they had to slap me.
Reality check=am I awake. It;s dark out side and I stumble around getting
the final things packed for the early morning flight. The Angels pick the
Cobra today and take me to the airport for one of those stupid morning
Long lines and sad farewells,it really was a good fun three days. Mrs
Goodnight one of the contest winners is spotted ,without her blue
eyemakeup,but a very revealing top!!!!(Where was Mr Goodnight).
The flight seemed long,so I worked on stuff for the Sydney Opera House gig.
Touchdown Melbourne-nice outside and my favourite Limo. driver picks me up,
one day I will get him to call me by my name and NOT Mr Green.....
Walk in the door,poor Mark has been fielding calls for days,several hundred.
Start work,don't unpack-we do the ticket mailout.
Send Reg a cheque for the Opera House artwork,I finally will get to own a
Reg Mombassa creation and it's from the last ever Gig of Crowded House.
Nicole arrives back from NZ and drops in some more Enz books.She has press
interviews to do this week. She'll enjoy herself. The phones are running
hot for a Sunday.
Back into the thick of things,today was really awful-I'm beginning to hate
the Opera House show,it just seems so out of control. Melbourne is manic
but at least I know what's going on. The merch area in Sydney is falling
apart,I dont know who's controlling what. make a decision to take a deep
breath and step back a pace. Will concentrate on melbourne. press
photos,kits, ticket requests,interviews, things for band members,rehearsal
room,phone calls and more phone calls........in three hours I could be back
on Kare Kare beach.......life
Am still here,wakeup feeling good. Do my Tax....and have to pay,but it's not
much. Correct the Sydney artwork (again). Good ol' Spock,where would we be
without him and his magic Macintosh. Do interview for WHO magazine,it comes
out on Monday 18th- 3 pages on Crowdies.
Send Debbie two very early photos for the Famous/16 photo archive. One is PG
aged about 3 at my Grandpa's place...very cool brown overalls. The other is
with Panda (who always had an eye missing-I refused to let them stich
another eye on)
So Deb. should add these soon.Haven't heard from her for awhile,so I make a
note to email her. She probably is sick of me getting email replies
Well the Girls are safely home in the USa,the Tim site will go up soon,weve
all been flat out...and have been waiting on more Tim news to come in about
a new album etc.It's taking a little bit longer then expected.
Well the media blitz is starting,do heaps of phoners...now cmon on the band
must be doing some!!! Find out that MTV and WTN (World Tv Net) are flying
in to film some of the Sydney show. It is being filmed and will be played
on Channel Ten around December 2nd-no times yet. Reuters are arriving
too,so it will make the world news.
The 24th will have a CH event poster pullout in the Sydney Sun herald,and
expect a huge 8 page pullout in the Daily Telegraph on Nov. 21st. WITNESS
the tv show are having a feature on the 26th NOV and Austereo will play
some of it LIVE ((well a 7 second delay). So welcome to the circus.
The melbourne SUN runs a CH article and we make the top of the "Whats Hot
and Whats NOT" list. The #1 whats hot is "Try the Corner Hotel on NOV
20/21st,it's going to be a very Crowded House". The phones light up and we
get over 500
calls on that day. Insane.
The phone lines are jammed again,telstra must be making a fortune from us.
Correct artwork for Sydney again,this had better be the last time. Amanda is
working so hard,I feel guilty calling the office asking questions and "need
to knows". Decide to have Breakfast at Prahran,you reach a peek where you
hell with it-I need a break. Paul does not want a PA at the press conference,
hope it doesn't sound like shit on the news. Decide to get John from
Downstairs as our photographer. Leanne arrives from perth on Sunday and Di
Spy on Monday,
so Belmore will be a Crowded House. Neil flys in on the weekend as does
Bill our faithful tour manager. Hope he has lots of baby shots of Daisy.
Will be nice to see them all again.
I must of been tired,I fell asleep in my clothes on the side of the bed
last night..that scared me. Time to be healthy,guess I'm lucky it's not a
Gee Melbourne warmups are only days away, when I think of it I worry that i
might of missed something. They should be hot shows. The first one is now
totally sold out. The second will be the same. better go, the next reports will
be from the shows I guess-wish us luck. Peter
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