The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 31 July - 11 August 2000
Have breakfast at Babble and lend our our Babble Boy our dvd of Independence
Day....with the extra few minutes on it. He is very excited and almost
closes up shop to go watch it.
I'm back into the city, call into Vali's studio and have a chat to Toni, am
going to put in some studio time over the next week and give her a break.
head to the bag shop and pick up this new bag, I love it- such a plump
little bastard- perfect for touring.....I feel weird carrying a suitcase
around the city centre- people are expecting me to set up next to the blind
accordion girl and pull out a talking puppet I think.
The weather is just amazing, Spring in Winter and the city gardeners have
started putting out tubs of daffodils already, by the time the "real" Spring
hits we'll all be as frisky as new lambs (bahhhhh- no NZ jokes please!!!).
Just work and work today.....feel a bit dodgey with this flu thing and I
keep forgetting to take my herbal tablets so my body is not "prepared"....
my own fault if I finally get a heavy dose of the flu, have to get over my
superman syndrome...I feel like I never get very sick. Idiot- famous last
words as I get struck down with some horrible bug.
Urgh everyone is coughing and sniffing around me.....germ-y bastards.
Going through the transcripts of my Katie Bardot interview and I love the
"media" quote. I asked her about critics and the press. " I've learn't a lot
about the fact that a lot of what's written in the media is not a search for
truth just a search for what will sell."
So true....they dig for dirt like groundhogs on a picnic around this girl
group.....nothing is sacred.
Never trust a journalist. (or a diary on the internet!!!!).
Was sitting in Candie Bar with Jj and noticed our old buddies Pansy Division
were on the front cover of Brother & Sister....grab some copies and mail
them to the boys in San Francisco.
The Solar is officially connected and we have this ceremony out front
watching the "wheel" slow down and it actually starts going backwards. The
citipower guy makes a joke that if we hit zero we'll have to fight them to
get money out of them.......I tell him I've dealt with the toughest
promoters so citipower will be an easy prey (cocky bastard that I am). I've
love for us to create THAT much solar power......neat though because the
whole day (almost) the power wheel turns very very slowly, it's just at
night when their is no Sun that we gobble up the power. Hey it's
environmental and the wonderful Victorian government gives us a rebate.
Marky gets a bit paranoid that by printing babble and Alley cats address
that a whole new bunch of stalkers will turn up...."there goes the last of
your privacy" ....... doesn't worry me too much
I'm pretty weird looking and I have my frown working well (thanks for the
we'll be fine.
Into the city and clear all of Vali's Birthday messages. She turns 70
today.... born in 1930...that is really freaky. When she left Australia she
was 19 and celebrated her 19th birthday on the boat
that took her to France. How brave she is to get off at Marseilles.....after
the war with Europe still in tatters...and displaced persons everywhere from
the camps. She said that she got along instantly with the street kids and
basically became one when her money ran out...they all scrounged and
described the street life like they were a "pack of dogs" not really
Anyway Vali in a world of copies you stand unique and just amaze us all.....
we'll celebrate when you come home from Positano.
I call her that night and she's home in 10 days.
Have a chat to Bill from the office....totally baits me with a line about
sex with woman, and of course I act offended. I wish he was on this Bardot
tour, just feel that things are all ok when he's on the road with us- he did
some of the Crowdies tours , always good to have someone aboard that you can
trust with your life. Touring is such an oddity and it has all kinds of
levels, pacing yourself, the temptations, the head trips, the power trips,
the Ego's the new friends, wondering if you are a freak on a leash , the odd
person out on the tour....acts of God and the Goddess, weird fans, amazing
fans , total nutters and people who become mates for life. It always
reminds me of the carnival (small hands and smells of cabbage...sorry old
joke)....all those lights and movement and the public turning up and
laughter and applause..... I can understand how it gets into peoples blood.
The hardest part is coming down after the tour. Many a time I have woken up
and picked up whatever was by my bed about to call for room service or a
porter. You can miss the
"gathering" very BORG...a cluster that is a creative unit....hard to explain
till you do a "real" tour.
So I shouldn't try should I? Rambling- sorry.
The office is getting excited because we have the dvd release date for
Spinal Tap- yes the ultimate tour video is soon on dvd and it's the extended
version. We are a tragic bunch.
An amazing day and I'm feeling heaps better...I tend to bark like a dog at
night from this virus but on a day like today- all sunshine and blue skys
it's too nice to be sickly.
Bardot perform at the Bledisloe Cup- several of their songs and the
Australian national anthem.
It's Australia V's New Zealand. The original group True Bliss that Popstars
was based on(in NZ) sing their songs and the NZ anthem.....without being
biased Bardot are better singers. Ok I am biased, stuff shit! (sorry).
To top it off Australia beat NZ and the Wellington crowd get pissed off and
start throwing bottles etc. hey it's only a game guys........
Obi-Wan from Star Wars dies on the weekend (Alex Guinness) ....
get a call from Little Pink and we chatter for an hour....I love those phone
calls where everything is just a bit funny and wacky.
Another amazing day- so much for Winter.....but it is Melbourne and we all
know what a terrible tease Mother Nature is here...I can tell it's not
really Spring, but we all run outside to grab that Sun while we can, even us
Jump in the Grey Ghost and head to Sth Melbourne with Marky. We both need
some new jeans as
various roundish body parts are almost hanging out like the bells of St
Clemons and we fear we'll be arrested (or get a proposition!!!). Damn GST
has put the price up by nearly $10.
We purchase a safe for the house and it's a heavy fireproof bastard....Mark
does his strong man act and carries it on his shoulder.....topless in a pair
of tarzan speedos...and yes I am lying girls.......
just calm down! Really he cut his hand, hit his head and we swore at each
Finish the Katie transcripts in the kitchen while I eat dinner...very bad
and make a note not to make this a habit. Michael tells me that she is
changeing her haircolour from blood red to BLUE.
You just know everyday someone is going to say "Katie are you feeling a bit
Take some time out to email all our acts for work....nearly die when work
out how much money is owing.....will cover a few bills. Now pay up you guys
Went into the art studio today for a few hours- was listening to the news
and they said a guy jumped onto the road when the Olympic flames torchbearer
was jogging past and tried to grab it-
I called home worried that Mark's threats of dressing as Mrs Doubtfire and
stealing the flame was becoming reality...he answered (phew).....than again
they would of said a weird old lady tried to steal it!
Quite a few smack busts went down in Melbourne today....it's a modern day
battle, they clean up and area and it moves to another. We watch
"Trainspotting" on dvd. Did you know that our fave Jeti knight was
previously a smack boy. The scene where he climbs into the dirtiest toilet
in Scotland and swims down through the "water" is amazing.....I like Ewan
he's cool and he always shows what's under his kilt, in every movie! One of
the good guys.
Naomi Campbell says she hates nice-ness and wants to go down in history as
being known as a bitch. Sorry Naomi you are nothing more than a ignorant old
slag. God why am I wasteing valuable website space even mentioning this
dopey bitch. Naomi sux.
Big Hairdresser day at last..Edward returns from the Flu and I'm on my way
to Hawthorn for my much needed hair cut- colour, style, reclamation.
I have this thought on the way- his name is Edward..he's a hairdresser-
Edward Scissor hands (sorry)....poor boy he must get that a lot.
Am running early so I get to call in and hang with Toija and Marco...the flat looks
different in the day time so I have to use the mobile to find out if it's
the right place. Nice to catch up...miss the tram so I walk the 200 or so
shops to GIZA . Nah not all the way to Egypt, that's what the salon is
called. Am spoilt and it's a long day, but the hair looks amazing....I call
it my Rumtomtugga Look....my hair looks like it could be used as an extra on
the Cats set.....bronzes that become coppery, and some blonde and this
incredible red brown.....I love it and my hair is now all thick again....you
know when you get a GOOD hair job.....I actually gasped. A very happy
Edward wants to call me a cab but I insist on the tram as I want my public
to see my hair (plus I had an all day ticket and the traffic would be
horrible in a cab).
Several trams later, and some serious window shopping at Park Lane antiques
and I am finally close to home. As I jump off tram #3 the heavens open and I
actually wrap my jumper around me hair!!!! I head inside looking like a
drowned cat from CATS.... Mark says all good things, in his best
Ramone Voice (from Rommy & Michelles highschool reunion)..... Marks latest
is that he is becoming Ramone.....he has this weird voice, all he needs is a
pencil thin moustache.....be scared be very scared what goes on in that boys
head.???! I live with a madman. he wants to create a website that no one
will visit....his alternative universe F/16 site.
Soaked to the skin I decide I might as well venture back out, the loudest
thunder clap I have ever heard, so loud my ears ring.....sounds like a bomb
has gone off. We find out later that a mini tornado hit part of
Melbourne....very freaky weather.
The whole side street is now flooded I leapfrog from island of grass to
island of grass and eventually get our Indian food.
Sleep really well....the rain tap dancing on the tin and slate roof.
The true test of a good haircut is next day....I wake up and it looks damn
good, messy alley cat.
Work all day preparing for the Bardot tour, clearing the last of the emails
and packing the band room bag.
We have brekky with Jj for the third day in a row , he keeps arriving
earlier.....strange days indeed.
We chuckle over our current joke....one of those secret silly things- we
three are just boys......very immature of us. (grin).
Head to Pattersons bakery and Mark discovers the worlds biggest rabbit in a
amagzine. It's name is Dancer and it is from England. Weighs 26 pounds and
is over 3 foot long. It looks like something you store P.J.'s
I still haven't heard about my : flight details, accommodation, tour
info...only 2 days to go...well I
think......it's like they are doing a tour and just forgot about me, I know
it will be an eleventh hour thing.
All our fave shows are going off air for their break. X Files goes soon.
Expect Nick Seymour from Crowded House to arrive home soon, will be good to
see him, another face at breakfast...another silly boy to joke with.
Hmm few days to go, a tour without you know who....not digging it already-
gotta tell you. Think i will read my way through six states.
My poor old paper diary is overflowing with lists of things to do and things
not to forget, I know I will probably stuff something up on this tour. How
hard can it be, work and work, on the road and off, I've done it a million
times before so it should be a piece of cake- but I'm nervous as hell.
I know what it is, not knowing the crew, and no Ben, Bill, Sharon etc....
all these girls and all new faces.......I'll probably read my way through
this tour.....Mr Ambience becomes Mr Tour Hermit!
Meeting and parcels arriving all day.
The new Voyager Video is out...Mark points out that I was willing to blow
out the tour just so I can stay at home and wait for the new Voyager.....and
he was right!
Had no feedback on how the Finn/Runga/Dobby NZ tour is doing, should be a
sellout but more so I want some gossip and wild stories.
Hmm am switching off my email so no one can email us till around September
bin I think.....I hate coming home to endless sea of emails.
Thought I spotted Nick Seymour today but it was some old lady...now there's
a compliment, maybe a blonde Nick at 70.......he would not be impressed, she
was riding a "razor" scooter- those new funky silver scooters- maybe they
are only a fad in Australia.....she reminded me of Disco old lady in Studio
Finally get my flight details for the tour...so I guess I'm really doing
Wake up early and lie in bed pondering........it's grey and wet looking
Babble- what no Jj for brekky....seems odd after him turning up every day.
maybe he is really flu ridden.
Come home and we spot a Ford Explorer Limited edition out the front- yes
Mark found it, god he blows his own trumpet......like how could you miss it-
shiny black huge mother******er car.....
So we climb all over it screaming I want......I want.....great seats- it's a
Ford- hell we are selling out!
Will have to get KUNDUN on DVD....another Buddhist movie....what am I
becoming- will have to wear heaps of orange on the tour...shave my
Rosemaree is being a darling and driving me to the airport- Leanne will
catch up with me at my Perth Hotel...it's the one I stayed at
before.....which is pretty good. Flying all by myself on ANSETT!!!! Ford
instead of Holden, Ansett instead of Qantas...hell I'll be voting for John
Howard next, yeah right!!! Like ahhh never....one eyebrowed twat.
Decide on the Burton on Burton book to read on the plane. It's the Mark
Salisbury revised edition, looks good, light funny, interesting.....the
DEPPster does the forward.
Well better go, sorry it;'s a short rushed Diary .....just wanted to get one
issue up before I head off.
I'm hoping September will be more Finn related, he's spending his time with
the family, and that's his choice and a good one methinks.
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