The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 2 October - 13 October 1998
Hi all sorry that the last few entry's finished soabruptly...basically Neil
was walking off stage within 20 seconds and I had to rush to my work
station.....so there wasn't time to finish the update or even check for
spelling (so when has that ever stopped me *grin*).
Wake up in Nottingham. Really great city- could even be my fave Uk city.
Have lunch with Robbie and we decide on Japanese for dinner.(yum). Go with
Ben and do our washing, we have been saying we would do it every day- PG
will start smelling ripe soon. Bens bag is HUGE he is leader of the Fat
Bastards Club. His shout for beer at the local while our calvins are
Do some serious shopping- find a store that sells Peter Storm Jackets- they
are great coats, especially for bush hiking...climate tops. Buy all that I
can carry. Now where to pack them
Neil does an interview for UK Guitar magazine "Total Guitar" its in issue
52-in stores Mid November.
Have dinner with Jules, Rosie, and all the others that inhabit the bus.
Wake up early,Maids trying to break the door down. Switch on Sky news- no
news on the election....I think crummy old John Howard will just creep
across the line, as long as One nations falls on it's fat racist arse.
Sugar frosties for breakfast...UK Sugar Frosties are the best in the world.
Taxi to the gig which is only around the corner-too much baggage. Work on
the bus, has 95% one way glass so I observe the public like some locust
space creature shrouded in my cloke of invisibility. I love it when girls
come up the mirror glass to do their lipstick. I sit on the other side and
kiss them (grin).
If the lights are bright inside and I squash my lips against the glass they
see them.....ghost-like. People always stare at the bus....its weird
looking. Take photos of Herbie stuck behind the windscreen wipers like a
giant road kill beatle.
Good show- we do our own merhcandise tonight so I'm out the front Club
members in every nook and cranny. Neil gets mobbed out the back, I climb
out the second story bus roof hatch and take some snaps of Neil being
mobbed....the crowd give a big cheer when they see me- naturally i go red.
I do a slow striptease upstairs getting into my night clothes.....freshly
oiled tattoo. Cmon scream again! (:
Tonights requests- Throw your arms around me and the wonderful Love this
Life. Notice Arnold have been playing Throw your arms when they do their
Royal Albert (Arnold) Hall
200 people try to get into soundcheck....no one allowed in today and guess
who has to play Scrooge and tell everyone.
Crew do load in and set up in record time, its a bastard of a gig for
things like that but they are so pro.....we really do have the best crew.
(but dont tell them that). Heaps of familiar faces turn up-The Berry Twins,
Sally and Ronnie, it goes on and on..Gretchen from Sydney sneaks in. We put
a thousand sheets of white paper on the chairs so people can make paper
aeroplanes, the person that get it in the hat wins a magnum of Bolli.
Look after media photographers tonight, and some contest winners from NZ.
Photographers get the first 3 songs and no flash guns. In fact while we
have the chance this is for everyone please buy 400 asa film and stop using
cameras with flash attachments at the shows.....it annoys the shit out of
so cmon be a bit more considerate next time.
Once again club members everywhere, impossible to talk to everyone....try
to say Hi etc and put a face to the name, it does overwhelm me sometimes.
Thought gig was really good, even with Rohan and Sharons light desk blowing up
and Liams pedal breaking down...
The Melbourne gang get best paper plane and win the bottle of Bolli' great
effort, they decide to drink it later on at our hotel.
Bill Arnolds manager climbs up Royal Albert with the Arnold sign and
changes it to Royal Arnold Hall- not a bad effort.
Have a an after show drink with Ronnie and Sally, nice to sit down and chat
for awhile. Try calling home, speak to Mum and tell her that Albert Hall is
on the phone, she gets all proud and excited.
Climb to the top of the dome, what an impressive view.
A good night, milestone of the tour.
Bus left Royal Albert at 4.00am (urgh) kind of slept, in a wake up every 2
minutes sort of way. Rohan coughed a lot all night, too much smoke in the
Wake up and find our bus is perched on top of a shopping Mall-cool! Find
some Rolling Stone Bootleggs for Mark at the local record bar, also they
had the new Sinner cd single.
Neil tells me that Tim is recording his album in Nashville.
A version of "Delilah" is covered in the set...good drinking song. Elroy
joins us on the crew bus- good to have him on board. Jules pretends to give
him some Gin with his juice (he even looks a bit drunk)....he picks out his
bunk and checks out every inch of the bus.
Dont sleep get up and sit with Chris the driver. Drive through the wind and
Some sleep, rain and fog outside, I sleep really well when it rains, even
on the purple love grape. Sad some of the crew are departing.....we'll miss
Here that SINNER came into the UK top 100 at #37.
Rosie departs tonight- buy her and Robbie copies of SINNER and Neil signs
them. he dedicates She will have her way to her onstage. Watch gig from a
very small window in the foyer (I'm selling Merch tonight), its at the very
far far reaches of the hall....and ol' Eagle eyes Neil Finn somehow spots
me from stage and changes the lyrics of Sinner about myself and a
party with crew-last to bed (urgh).........and a fine dusting of cocane is
on my MTV bag.....think its from the local crew, the airport sniffer dog
will go insane. The Aussie boys (Ben,Marcus and PG) are the lastto go to
bed, as I'm climbing into my bunk tere is a HUGE crash down stairs and the
Hammond Organs have flipped over.....I'm a bit ripped and I stare at them-
they look like black coffins that have washed up onto the bus. Wake Ben and
Marcus to help lift them up.
Say goodbye to the bus and our lovely driver Chris. Some people are heading
home, others to the hotel. I film most of it on the new camera, even a shot
of Marcus in his shorts...Rohan wins best coach hair hat!
Neil goes on Simon Mayos show...apparently it comes out well.
Robbie and Rosie drop into my room for showers...Rosie nicked the Vodka
last night and it broke in her bag.......karma. No one would own up.....bad
Rosie, it's Betty Ford for you girl. Order coffee from Room service, and I
promise a huge tip if they make the effort and bring it up....usually they
DON'T do Coffee...but She will have her way.......so our coffes arrive.
It's good to play
Rock Star at least once a week.....just to see what you can get away with.
Fran drops in and stays for a week. Go shopping on Oxford Street, try on
high heel boots, leather and glitter space tops....still in RockStar mode.
head to Totty Rd and see the wonderful Something about Mary......really
funny. Will do well. Buy Mark a "many deaths of Kenny" SouthPark Tshirt,
know he'll like it.
Grant decides to pull USA Neil dates because of the internet. Basically the
record company and others jumped the gun, announced guests (even tentative
doesn't stop an artist from feeling exploited when they haven't signed on
the line) etc............hopefully it might turn about again,it's just
created a lot of red tape and problems and overall just fucks us up.
Sometimes the internet
has too much information......feel sorry for Grant as the time and effort
he has put in has been max.....annoying.
Mmmm satay for dinner.
Sleep a little Fran chats and giggles in her sleep. Mr Muffin for brekky
with Fran and Robert Moore. Go shopping at Covent gardens, buy Ben some of
his favourite scotch from the Highland display.
head to the ANTZ private screening with Finn family, band and mates....20 of us.
#1 movie in the States, Neil is about to re-record his track. Looks like it
will come out as a soundtrack. We head to japanese at the Hilton- Malcom
(god bless him) pays for us all- he is too nice to work for the record
Watch Dales Supermarket with Fran....a nice tragic UK game show- Dale is so
camp.....and we do better then all the contestants.....before I die I will
be a special guest on Dales Supermarket Sweep- mark my words.
Coffee and Cakes with Claire, nice to get her alone from the other 20 or so
people, its so hard to "chat" on this tour. She's a good mate- we all like
and her kids are just wacky (in a good way).
Watch "Scream II"- Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in it.....watch it from
under the covers (you wimp Green).
Play Velvet Goldmine soundtrack CD VERY loud. Glam Rock Re vived.
Go to pan Statue with Fran, buy our tickets for RENT, the last 3 left.
Brekky at Seattle Internet cafe.
RENt is ok, my seat collapses mid performance and a matenance man arrives
half way through and chats me up....weird experience.
My midnight "date" doesn't call, have I been stood up. ): No love allowed
on the road.
Fran talks in her sleep yet again and even asks me how "X" is
going.....while she is asleep....trippy.
Go to record fair, no real bargains. But I save 1.50 on blow up rubber
alienes for our space new years eve party. Buy them in bulk, will fill them
with helium and have them float around the house.
Kellie,Steve,Fran,Jonathon, Karyn and Richard turn up at my room (1269) to
open the 60 pound bottle of Bolli. Rohan drops by and joins in. We all talk
Melbourne and head to the pub....and its back to Vodka. Ben goes
missing-wrong pub but finds a food shop and stocks up for Bens Mobile Food
he calls the room and all 4 of us head off to Soho in search of japanese.
The streets are alive, and so am I....I feel like lestat on the prowl in
and I want to go all night long. I'm so blissed out, and have one of those
stay on forever smiles. Happy. We go to Soho Spice and pig out on Tikka
chicken, Vodka and 5 sambuccas and red wine....yes Betty Ford Clinic is
We head home to Bens love shack for a spliff.....more alcohol and then bens
deli is open for business. Rohan leaves first but before he goes we decide
on our tour gag.
Every tour has one, some people send lifts full of chickens down to the
foyer at weird hours of the night....we go for subtle and creep out and
change a few of the band members (and crew) metal door numbers
around.....we steal Niall's.
Naturally its denial for a day or so.
I'm in bens loo when the phone rings, its his girlfriend and for soem
strange feeling I'm feeling like Monica Lewinsky (grin)....OK the blew
dress IS still in melbourne. Finally get to sleep at 6.30am. I'm really
confused.....touring, it's a strange creature.
Wake up at 10.00-brekky at kensington, Fran is worn out-I'm firing still.
She thinks I'm still drunk, just happy.
3.30 soccer- we lost again,Arnold didn't show- bad Form guys. A local kid
Kurt was on our team and was incredible...he's Elroys age. he has the
makings of a champion. OK so I scored a goal....my glowing moment, must be
my new airwalk shoes.,...plus muscle power from Fran and Onya'.
have food at Noodle Stick with Fran, ben and our goalie Michael Barker. Own
up to Michael about changing room numbers.
Go to Benihana- Chelsea. Japanese....best in town- Ben and Fran are
impressed, I promised them the best so they got it- we are the last to
leave....in a mercedes. Spliff and chat...
Wake up late, weird night. At one stage I wake up and didn't know where I
was....not just town but place etc. Loosing it.
Notice the Britsh Embassy in belgrade is evacuated which means nato
airstrike on Serbia will probably happen...depressing.
Gig tonight at London festival hall...dont feel like working,very confused
over "X" dont want it to be tour gossip....don't think I should talk about
get Dee,Rebecca and Fran into the show...watch gig from bens side of stage,
he's in a weird mood too.....but he drags me to the desk to play Liams
upcoming solo through the speakers- Liam Finn really does Rock.
Bonnie rait is in the audience tonight and Tony Blair was suppose to turn
up if he is back in time. Club members everywhere- really nice people, make
me laugh. Tell them about Neil and the In the Round show. Phil from
merchandise drives us back to the hotel in the van. Nice geezer.
Full party in the foyer-Andy White turns up- huge smooch- so great to see
him. Bale on party early- last spotted heading off to find "X" who is also
missing....have a girl chat with Amanda, she understands. bare my soul and
thankfully "X" doesn't laugh or freak....maybe I'm just too drug fucked and
now have vodka in my veins...shit I'm becoming Courtney Love! better not go
to Jools Holland as Courtney is playing with Hole.....and they'll get us
mixed up! (grin)
Dont worry I'm not becoming a statistic.....just need to get fucked up on
the road.....who knows why. Not a good thing to do.....
"X" didn't call me for coffee....so I hang with Sharron and head to the
Princess palace (Organgery) with Sharron and Robbie. It starts raining.
Mark Smith and Elroy turn up too.
Neil wants to go home and not do America, think he's envious that I am
flying back. may do some USA dates just to keep some family on the road
Nearly cry when I leave.....call Ben and he says goodbye- wish he would of
came down and gave me a farewell hug......! Needed one from a big bloke.
Stuck paying excess luggage...such bullshit . At least I get my VAT back on
the new Video camera.....eat crackers and drink juice in the flight lounge-
didn't have to wait long.
Feel strange still, like I haven't completed the tour yet....need to leave
"X" and get home to "Y".......makes me "Z" I guess.
I am returning home a different person, a bit turned inside out...kind of
happy. Like I've walked thru fire and came out reborn....wow heavy eh?
Qantas departure delayed so i pig out on Guylan chockies.
We are upstairs in the bubble, with the new big Qantas business class
seats. Read Anne Rice's new book " The vampire Armand"...I can
Arrive Melbourne at 5.00am and I'm home by 5.50am...not bad.
having 3 weeks off...so I'm not answering emails for awhile.......
Great to meet so many of you on the road, we do have the best fans.
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