The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 29 March - 12 April 1998
March 29th 1998
Ok so i lost it for a few days and thought it was April......Deb will never
let me hear the end of that one!!! It happens, always thinking ahead,
touring, releases, the future is my present. So now it's back to late March
and April is
still around the corner.(Isn't it?)
Have brekky at the Elephant with Becky, Rosemaree and Keith from the Seekers.
Rosemaree is amazed by his thick gold neck chains intertwined with his grey
chest hairs....not to mention those sandals with no sox.! He's a nice guy,
he's a Seeker so i guess some of that comes with the territory. Rebekah is
full of Seekers tour stories, she seems happy today. Pass on the new Ann
Rice book that Spy Di sent me, Rosemaree suddenly decides she just has to
leave and read the godamn book! It is Ann Rice returning to form.Bye
Well Andy White is playing the Punters Club tonight and I can't go, totally
over run with emails to answer about Neils guest appearance at Hessies Shed.
We find time to attend the Sphere Movie premier and it's not that good,
actually I didn't enjoy the book very much either. Some parts were ok, but
the ending is
the cheapest effect we've seen for years......urgh. Work on Crowdies stuff
till midnight. It's a long day.
Wendys Shed tickets haven't arrive so I create a laminate that lets her
into every gig. The door people are looking out for her stolen tickets.
Pick up the LLT credit card machine, it's funny having Largest Living
things imprinted on the CC stub. When we get some time we are going to
pursue the idea of the "17th Minute" a section of this F/16 site which has
interviews etc etc. It's just finding time to put it together. Want to
interview the "Dandy Warhols they have a song called "Famous for 16
minutes".......!Have to continue work on the
F/16 Diary Book soon too. Almost have two years worth of material.
April Fools Day....seeing Australia is a day ahead of most of the planet I
ponder just how many internet April Fools Day jokes there will be. Notice
there is already one about The Largest Living Things playing the Fleadh
festival in the Uk. I'm sure they will one day- but not this time...next
It's the first official night at the Shed and one of the special guests is
Colin Hay who use to be lead singer for Men at Work.I was prepared to take
War and Peace as I thought he was going to be boring but it ended up ok, he
funny and sang well. Enjoyed it.
Work out some quick questions for my Neil interview tomorrow. Phone Nick
several times as he wants to pick Neil up in the new car and I'm worried
that he might sleep in. Nick tells me he enjoys being "a loose cannon"(?).
Spend the afternoon trying to link everyone together for a Crowded House meeting
on Friday before Neil flys out- god this band is hard to reunite, even for
Up bright and early and I say a morning prayer that Nick has picked Neil up
on time. Neil tells me later that he walked out of customs and expected not
to see Nick...and yep he wasn't there. He decides on a taxi, and hey presto
in walks Nick smiling. (I bet he hid outside and watched- pg).
Mark and myself leave Belmore with cameras, lamps, power cords etc. More
like we are doing a small movie. Wait inside the Hotel and 5 minutes later
in walks Nick and Neil. It's very weird, it felt like we were all on tour
again. The bags are wheeled to the room, guitar case. Felt strange but
We head up to the room, has a nice Japanese garden on the balcony, the
running waterfall makes everyone line up for the loo. (a guys thing). We do
the interview. My first question is "Can you tell me about the new album
"No fuck off" laughs Neil. Almost throws me......but not quite. We all
switch into interview mode and apart from interuptions from room service,
the journalist in the lobby etc etc it goes ok. Pass on some fanmail and
Nick leaves after the interview and there is a knock on the door, I thought
it was our first press person for the day- and in walks Paul Hester. he ran
into Nick in the foyer. Now this is getting strange. Basically its about
the Shed and to say Hi.The journalist from Rolling Stone is here- I decline
on lunch, thought
it best to let the two of them have a major interview with no distractions.
Go home and work for a few hours.
Pick Neil and friend Kieren up at 2.30, call in and buy new sunglasses and
head to the Shed for rehearsal. Go past so many Venues where Neil has
Club, Palais Theatre, National Theatre etc etc little stories would come
out each time we went by one. For some reason I drive slower when Neil is
in the car.
Rehearsal was great- Frank and the lovely Nelly from EMI drop in, Nell
actually says it would of been nice if C.H. would of reformed for the Shed.
I bite my
tongue- I'm sitting on a secret. "She will have her way" sounded brilliant,LLT
prove what a fantastic house band they are- Neil giving drummer George a
huge compliment about his backing harmonies on Kare Kare. Just great- Mr
Finn is in fine vocal form and if the rehearsal was anything to go by,
tonights show should be fantastic. I have put the WORD "NO" on our
answering machine, half of Melbourne is calling up wanting tickets, its now
sold out. So you call us and all you get is "NO". Works well- confuses
people and they usually don't leave a message. Mary Anne is getting people
calling saying "I realllllly must go, don't YOU know who I am?"...URGH!
Neil is interviewed for Shed Talk in the Shed out back......I zoom off and ask
the producer to drive him to the Hotel. He (Neil) tells me he might wear
Mark has made Spagetti, I run in, wolf it down like Hairball the cat, run
in the shower, turn around and then we are out the door...oh yeah I put on
some clothes too. Tonight is basically my night off at the Shed, so I grab
a table in the centre before doors open, so many club members and familiar
faces, they'll just love this show. Head side stage to watch LLT play-
sound great, Neil walks up behind and tells me I am standing "like a
manager"......! Back out front just before he is introduced. The reaction
to Neil Mullane is incredible, so loud.
Three songs- She'll have her way, Not the Girl you think you are- with the
best vocal he has ever done on this song, and Kare Kare. (LLT style). He
has some incredible stage banter with Paul and gives Hester a run for his
money. Neil Finn has carried his sense of humor along with him tonight.Good
to see, he is very very happy. I sit at the table fidgety...will it happen
or wont it. What
else can I say ladies and gentlemen- Nick Seymour.
I watch some of our long term club members faces- all have their mouths open,
the noise is deafening.People are nudgeing each other. Nick receives a
heroes welcome.....there they stand again- Crowded House. A drunken woman
someone get her a cab") just annoys everyone calling out drunken comments. Paul
trys to get her handbag to open it onstage. In the end he says" I'll come
down and put your handbag over your head and zip it up". Neil "Oh Paul, go
and give her a kiss". Paul lurches across the tables and people, almost
tumbles into the crowd and is saved by David Cardwells lofty head. Neil
jumps on the woman and plants a flat one on her- I thought he was going to
bite her tongue off!
She slurs- "Youre so mean"......."bassssstards"......play Sister Madlyyyyy"
So they do, this is Crowdies at their best- tight- and passionate.
Within 5 minutes it's over, Nick grabs Neil and they zoom off, Paul has a
cup of tea and the Crowd chant and cry for more for 25 more minutes,at one
stage drowning out the stage music.
On the way out I joke to a few people to come tomorrow night "SplitEnz are
reforming". Bad Gryphon.
Get home late and don't sleep too well.
PS- Get Raymond J. to sing Happy Birthday to Leanne down Rosemarees mobile phone
Everyone turns up on time for the band meeting.....good.
Spend the day on the phone, people saying thanks for the gig etc. Nice.
The Shed show tonight was another good one, Renee Geyer was brilliant,Magda
was on doing her sixties song- some of you would remember her as the
farmers wife in the movie Babe. Ross Hannaford played up a storm and I use
to work with one of the comedians. His name is Frank- he is part of the
Lano and Woodley team. We both use to work at this Indian Restuarant, at
one stage I went from dishwasher to manager. On a quiet night we sat down
and everyone was talking about what the future would hold for us. I was
working with a few bands, he was doing comedy in the form of busking at
Ackland St St Kilda. He said he wanted to become a major comic, I said I
wanted to work with a major band and possibly become a manager.
He now IS a major comic (their own tv show etc) and I guess I've worked
with some major bands and that manager word is on a few cds. Bizarre eh. I
catch up with Frank after the gig and all we could do was laugh......he
loved the show.
Sit out back tonight with Barry, Miss Rabbit is there from the early gigs
at Albert Park and her friend; Becky is sucking on a beer and Wendy is
sitting there taking it all in. We warn Beck how cold NZ can get on a
Barry is a kiwi....maybe we stretched the truth a bit......but Rebekah
feels the cold more then anything else that has a pulse.
Urgh up bright and early- today is Auction day- we are trying to get this
great house on Greville St. We've missed out at 2 auctions and this house
just looks too good (and too expensive for us to have a huge chance) . We
get a mate of Kevins and Kass (god bless em) to do the bidding.....the
street is full of people and we keep ignoring the bidding and our bidder
person Michael. He is a godsend, so loud and tall and jumps in and controls
the auction (a bit). After
30 minutes the house is ours. A fantastic Terrace, wonder if Grant will
give me a pay advance (a years worth?). No ok.
Am so blown away that I sign the deposit cheque for the whole ammount (opps).
We can't believe it and I find it very hard to concentrate driving home.
I pull into Belmore and realise how fantastic the last 6 years have been, since
Neil and Sharon invited us to live there. So the apartment where they
recorded Woodface etc where the Muse paid that extended visit will be up
for auction soon. I know I will be a S.N.A.G. and blubber my head off when
we sell it, she
has served us well and the place is full of magic.
Start boxing stuff. What can I say, this takes up the entire day.
Visit my bank manager,speak to my solicitor, and the agents...it' s all
starting. The one thing that brings me back to Earth (poor choice of words)
is the Lost in Space Movie premier. Jj and Mark attend with me.....really
loved it except the animation- hated the Blawp creature and Dr Smith as a
spider. Loved the special effects and the future Earth city scape is better
heard it came in at #1 in the States bumping off Titantic (yey).
Kevin and Kass and baby call in, nice to see them. Love those guys. Just
heard that Wendy O Williams from the Plasmatics killed herself. The band
up Punk way before groups like Sique Sique Sputnik etc. Funnily enough Mark
found a copy of their "Butcher baby" single when he was cleaning up our
vinyl pile. Great cover, Wendy like barbie gone wrong- cutting a guitar in
half onstage with a chainsaw. Bside is Tight Black Plants (LIVE version).
Rosemaree picks up our office cooler, we have central cooling at the new office,
so "nude day" at the office will probably end.
Speak to publishing about the Enz Sheet Music Book and it looks like
happening, we'll have a song list in the next newsletter. I suggest the
title SplitEnz By Request.
Raymond J blows out tonights gig- his wife broke water this afternoon so he
is at the hospital becoming a dad.
Meet Eamon from Eire/San Francisco at the gig, nice guy, he's unsure about
working and living in Melbourne. It tales a few months to adjust, he should
give it more time.
Tim leaves a message on the answering machine, he's off to New Zealand for
the Youth Suicide Show and to see the parents. Harper is off on his first
Decide to take tonights Shed off, Claire who is incredible will do the Merch.
Great show, Rob Hirst is up onstage (from the Oils) and he fails the Band Quiz
(it was an Oils question)...Does anyone know the answer- what about you Peter.
The bodies part and young Peter Garrat walks through the crowd. he actually
gives the wrong answer anyway but who's going to argue with garrat?
Chat to Amanda at Grants office, we are all a bit confused about the first
Australian single for Neil, we get it right by the end of the day- its NOT
"She will have her way".
Deanne (my agent) calls by with Mark the decorator and we walk through Belmore
adding and subtracting. Ok he's a well-known stylist. The old gal will look
pretty amazing come auction day.(the apartment not Deanne).
Work on the CH newsletter, Spock calls in and collects it. Loads of info in
this one, and tour dates etc. It will go out late April/early May.
Tonights Shed feature Stephen Cummings and one of our fave bands BlackFire.
Paul produced the BlackFire cd, and sang on one track. LLT will be special
guests with BlackFire at the Continental on May 6th- plus some other
Tickets at the door for $7.It is BlackFires cd launch, should be a good night.
Sell heaps of LLt cds tonight, suddenly everyone is after it. If any of you
are considering buying LLT II(Hellbent) check out the LLT website as Deb
has created an area where you can order it. But please don't delay as the
first pressing has nearly sold out.
Drop Becky off at home and grab heaps of empty boxes from the shoe
full of our stuff an hour later. I hate moving.
The Salvation Army love me, I've filled 5 HUGE dumpster bins of clothes, I
still dont know how so many fitted into the wardrobe.
Well today is work day. We paint, fill, scrub and clean. melissa drops in
and lends a hand, I like it when friends help, especially when you don't
have to ask. The places is about 50% of the way...open for inspection soon,
so we are starting to run out of time. Have Pizza for dinner and watch a
movie. "Les's StandUp". Matt de Blanc has the flu, take him our cold and
flu remedy and he hates what it tastes like......now how is he meant to get
better if he won't take his medicine. Several of our friends offer to be
his nurse and give him bed baths.!
George Michael has came out in America. Thats so weird, everyone knows
George is gay and big deal, its fuckin' 1998. It's like saying I just found
MacDonald isn't a vegetarian and eats hamburgers!
Guess he'll sell his story about being busted at a Beverly Hills "Beat" to
60 minutes. he'll do well out of this. I just think it's weird that George
Michael is wanking off in a Beverly Hills Toilet.....I'm assuming that was
We keep hearing there was another guy but all of a sudden it was just him (and
the undercover cop). Life is strange.
Winter is here, it's grey and raining, so I can't wash the stairs. Decide
to do the Diary site instead. On the other side of the planet Deb and Kayt
are working on the Neil Finn website. Should be up later this month. It is
http//www.frenz.com/neilfinn so check it out- should be great.
That's all for now, Matt is ringing that damn bell and now he wants his
medicine. Sally St. is flying in with her spare nurses uniform, Paul has
promised to take over one of my nurses rounds dressed as Mrs hairLegs (in a
uniform) and we just took a call from Miss Candee who is more then willing
to do the early morning shift. At this rate Matt will never want to get
More like Lost in melbourne then Lost in Space.
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