The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 8 July - 12 July 1996
BOSTON- PARADISE CLUB- Second show on tour. What a great city-the buildings
are really incredible-nothing like I thought it would be. We've just heard
"recurring Dream" album is still at #1 in the UK,its doing well. Our
Discovery Records person for the tour is Cindy-she's really cool and
probably thinks I'm insane.She confesses that she thought I was a "Business
man" connected with the band when she spoke to me on the phone. I've never
been called that before, is it a compliment.
Boston gig is hot-I think its going to be a good tour. meet a few more
hundred club members,they all seem really cool-and it will make my job
easier having so
many nice people around. A few people mention the diary site-and of course
I go red..Buy Chocolate covered "gummy bears"at the mall with our sound
engineer Angus-he spends most of the day trying to buy sandals.
The flights are a bit f*cked up today-yours truely took the early in the
morning flight to New York...all on my own. Angus and Dougald are use to
it-they reallky are the backbone of the tour-and Billy our tour
manager-he's so patient-deserves a medal.Tim hasn't been sleeping,and Neil
seems a bit vague today-guess he has a lot on his mind. The Venue were so
fussy about wanting a seller etc etc,so of course ten minutes before the
doors open-still no seller-so what was to be a night off,or at least doing
"other" things had me selling. Thankfully Deb Levitt
and some of her Frenz turned up to help. It was a duo effort-Deb. and
myself doing merchandise-god bless her. I think between both of us we knew
half the room. neil and Tim sign autographs at the soundcheck-the signed
material is always gobbled up fast. Chat to the door man who is a twenty
year hunk,he has a very cool tattoo (its American Indian related),he tells
me my Gryphon is some of the finest work he's seen. The other door person
has a clicker so I'm continually getting reports on how many people are
coming in. Its a full house and we actually go over the limit-very hot
inside. The Finns play really well tonight,a few Aussis in the audience.
Neils guitar work is getting better each day-he still impresses me. Liam
(Finn) and myself oggle at Lisa Loeb of Tortoise Shell glasses fame.Her
"Tails" CD is really good chill out music-Love "Taffy" and "When all the
stars were falling".
We pose for a photo backstage on the "love couch"-she gives me flowers (grin).
Get lost with Doug's and Angus looking for a place to eat at 1.00 in the
Today is our day off-well kind of-we still have the Conan O'Brien Show to
do in the afternoon. Just realised thats its been 5 years today since the
Capitol Records car Park Show for the WOODFACE launch. Go shopping around
a lot of bargain shops have gone- buy a new dat player for the gigs. Back
at hotel at 2.15,the black Conan Limo arrives and we basically drive around
the block to the tv studio. Rehearsal for the show-neil has amp problems-it
still sounds ok. A friend of ous-Mark-who you may know as "Diesel" (Yes
Jimmy Barnes Brother in law) plays with Neil and Tim on the show. he's a
really nice guy and a very talented player-my office may do some future
work with him. he's in the Aussi charts at the moment-a duo album with
Chris Wilson. At the show we find out that there are some "red tape"
problems and we need Neil and Tims passports. Dash back to the Hotel and
spend the next hour breaking into rooms. Get back in time for Tims radio
MTV interview-quote on the starting on SplitEnz. "I had so many drugs in my
system that I was going to start a band or end up in a mental instituion".
We all get Conan embroided tshirts. TV groupies wait outside the studios
videoing "stars". They get it wrong and video Bill and myself. Some guy
asks Neil for an autograph,Neil asks "Do you even know who we are?". The
guy replys "Yes youre the FIGG brothers"(Thats NOT a type-O). Neil uses the
FIGG brothers story onstage during future gigs.
Meet Deb. my web site S&M mistress,for Dinner-she steals me away to a
restaurant called "America"-each food is a dish named after an America
city. I have Houston
and Deb gobbles down Philli (ed note: I had El Paso). We talk and talk,and are the last to leave.
Deb is cool. Cant find any drugstores for Grants sore throat!
Wake up call is again early- 6.30. A few hours later our flight takes off
for Washington DC. More propellers...the last 3 planes have had them-they
make me nervous. We sneak 12 bags,5 guitars and 2 boxes of merchandise onto
The stewardess Nancy is a sweetie,she cant make it to the gig. We check
into the famous "Watergate" Hotel-I'm sure the rooms are still bugged-so I
sing as loud as I can and talk dirty. The decor is bad American.......very
Tonights show is in a seedy side of town. I bring the regulars in for
soundcheck, the guys dont mind,its nice for club members to see the other
Tim chats with Elizabeth-I think her black rose dress is better (fashion
critic). This is our weakest gig for ticket sales,we need a huge walkup,the
goddess is smiling...we get it. A really crowd and tonight I get to watch
the show. A longtime friend Maryanne Kienapple grabs me at the end of the
show-its great to run into people on tour.
Spend a lot of time in the band room tonight-good couches and some nice
vegie burgers from downstairs. I give Kieren a break and I look after Elroy
who's full of beans. he steals the show by throwing by throwing a paper
plane onstage with one simple word scrawled on it-Dickhead-remember he's
Fantastic version of "Devil you know"-Tim crashes his leg into the amp
onstage and I thought it was part of the act-would of been painfull by the
faces he was pulling. A couple of very strange suss fans try to crash
backstage-I double up on security-dont know them but they look a bit
insane..."always look into their eyes". Maybe they were related to the man
outside our hotel who spent two hours
talking to a tree today..I love trees but I think I'll stick to hugging them.
Christina didnt turn up tonight-was going to have a talk to her and tim
about the upcoming Tim Finn website. Crowdies are on the cover of the Sun
newspaper music insert back home. I hear the album has already done
platinum on advance sales alone. Should come in at #1.
Early morning flight-feel very run down when I climb out of bed. The room
clock is 20 minutes slow,so I just make it into the van. Once again no time
for breakfast-bad move Mr Green. Mid-flight my sugar level drops to an all
time low and I nearly black out.Do Not feel too well-its like a thick fog
has descended,my fingers start to tingle.We stay at the airport O'hare
Hilton-call the local Doctor-have to make it to this gig,heaps of clubbers
and internet people-and it will be the first time I've met marck Bailey who
runs our Internet site.
Venue is really good,except we cant decide whether to remove the tables
or keep them. Tims call on this one,he says that when ALT played there they
kept the tables-so they stay. Wander out front with Liam,he's become very
cool and is
really an 18yr old in a 13 year olds body. Lots of club members,Marck is really
fun and we bounce off each other -if I lived here I think he'd be a good
By this stage I feel like shit-I probably look a bit tripped out to the
fans that night,the effects of the shot in my arm carried me through this
gig. The band were once again really good-great version of Charlie.
tonight matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz..were at the show...together. She
looks better on film. Sadly because I felt like death,I missed both the
Imperial Drag gig and the Internet party-hope both went well. Some of the
crew tuck me in-Goodnight Jim Bob.
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