The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 13 May - 26 May 2001
May 13th 2001
On the Bus zonked out with pain killers and somehow I manage to get
something close to sleep. We cross into France and are waved on through. I
climb down the inner staircase to the second level of the tour bus and make
myself a cup of tea and watch the country side roll on by. Try working on
more text for the 2nd book BANG but lose the vibe after 3 pages.
I eat strawberries and Australian sultanas for breakfast, Alex Lloyd is
upstairs in his usual position, lying under his bed cover watching a video,
Paul Jeffrey's is downstairs in the lounge with me. He's a good tour mate,
has been incredibly helpful on this tour.
Skinny trees, Pony's, Power-lines and factories that start with Van Den...
go rushing by, the drivers all look frantic. We arrive at Cologne, a lady in
the car next to us stuffs her face with food while driving, our bus has
those funky one way windows, countless times young woman adjust their makeup
while the crew are a wee bit suggestive on the other side of the glass
little to their knowledge!!!
Check into the Hotel- head to the Dentist, and of course the Cathedral. Spot
Shieffers art store, some great paintings for sale, sadly it's closed.
Dentist tells me the bad news, full cosmetic tooth, which is good in one way
as I don't want fillings etc....but it looks like I will have to wait till I
am home in Australia as it takes 2 or 3 trips to get it done.
Hotel has European Adult channel but the European version is total X rated!
Unlike it's English sister channel......no one goes out tonight.
It reminds me of The Club in Melbourne where I use to work all those years
ago. Long skinny room. You can tell tonight will be hot and smoky.
A lot of the regular club members are here so they are allowed in out of the
rain, Silke is adorable and helps out with some German display signs. She
also makes me a cake that I (sadly) can't eat (the tooth limits me to soup).
It's another sold out show and will be radio broadcast.
Take a few photos during sound-check, Neil comes over and says "hey Pete
really loved the Hussy book...well written and just wanted to say I liked
it". Always good to get the thumbs up from the boss. Put me at ease.
Sounds like its selling well, will have to get another run for when it
eventually gets into the stores, but the first editions will be the ones
that are the thing to have.
We are selling the merchandise ourselves on the European leg, just helps add
some $ to the tour coffers, costs a damn fortune to tour.
I head to the bus and get Elroy his (stolen) "Thank you for not smoking"
sign, we keep waving it around, some serious smokers breath tonight on some
of the patrons.
Shon our lovely American guitarist sings another of his songs in the set,
also Mean to Me is getting played a lot more now- love tonight's "Anytime".
Met heaps of European fans for the first time, a few presents too and more
birthday cards...I do my red faced bit...totally hopeless.
head outside mid gig, climb on the bus and change into my Vedderish shorts
and beanie....just catch my breath outside the venue- clean air, and nice
and cool.....I think some of the locals think I'm a rent boy as I get some
interesting offers of sex!!! Always throws me when people offer when you
least expect it.
The manager of the club gives me a Prime Club shirt, which is great as you
can never have enough fresh shirts on the road. We drive off into the night
our target Brussels. John from our crew just loved Cologne!!!
I wake up on a green field full of daisy's...the sky is a different blue to
Melbourne....but I feel fresh and recharged. Eat my yoghurt and fall asleep
in my daisy turf-bed.
We head off again and drive through the wonderful streets of Brussels. I
love Brussels, it always seems so much bigger then I remember.
We park outside the Venue both Neil and CH have played here before, a
regular. So regular in fact that I find a spare Neil Finn Try Whistling This
Poster from the last tour downstairs on the poster rack.
Catering today- breakfast of eggs and bacon...sit with the local crew who
ask me if I like Goth music. Must be that black hair red streak pale
complexion thing that I have going on.
One guy- Stiason takes me to a few record shops and introduces me to the
local "king of the Goths"...I am impress him with my knowledge of Bauhaus
the band and the style/art. I know a certain lady at home that would sell
her family fortune to get her hands on these 2 boys- cute or what...I think
about ways of mailing young Goth boys back to Melbourne for her!!!!
I wait in line in a bank and manage to get money changed over, even a polite
conversation....I've picked up the odd word so that helps.
Sit at the coffee shop next to the Venue and Steve and Deborah turn up so we
have a chat- I like these 2 , they make a nice couple too. Alex Lloyd rolls
up and we take some snaps in front of the electronic advertising sign- they
have Alex headlining over Neil so that's a hoot (for Alex).
The Finns and band rock up, so we all head in for sound-check...get a tad
excited as Neil and Mr Marr perform some of "Bigmouth strikes again" another
fave Smiths tune- I know they do this to tease me (bastards!!! *grin*).
Elroy decides to use the gaffer tape to make himself into some sort of
Elvis rocker.....Amanda joins us and adds her small gaffer moustache. I seem
to be doing a lot of running to and from backstage tonight- rush Alex
through as he doesn't have his pass on him, 20 seconds before he was due
onstage. Go live on the various digests from the show, wish I could of done
that every night-fun.
Impossible to pack up merchandise tonight as people kept wanting a tour
shirt after we've closed and counted them....hate that- but we looked after
them. Was one of the last on the bus, called home from production tonight.
Sit up with the crew in the back of the bus, share a spliff, we wait till
midnight and then call Graham on the intercom system, he's our Bus driver
and its officially his birthday so we all sing to him. Totally out of tune,
think it made his night- he sounded like he was a bit teary.
The pain killers must be working over time, I am having this weird dream, it
centres around the Osborne Street (old Finn) house and I just find the chain
of events very hysterical- 3 large woman in satin, incense and everyone
acting really odd, I am in fits of laughter, I am laughing loud- oh my God I
am REALLY laughing, aloud in my bunk- so loud I wake myself up....I am
horrified by this as I'm sure the rest of the sleeping crew would of been
woken by my kookaburra laugh....I nervously pop my head out of my bunk but
all seems quiet...now the only problem is that I am in full giggle mode and
I have NO control over my actions- I just can't stop- I end up using my
pillows to muffle out my laughter....it must be the painkiller combination.
There is a thing as too much happiness!!!
The bus glides up the ancient streets of Amsterdam, we park in front of the
Venue, on the edge of the canal. I have to leave a 20 guilder deposit for
the production office key- just damn odd.
I head off to one of my regular food shops, and Alex is carrying his guitar
and bags to the Hotel. So he has a coffee with me, sit in the window and
Marky B sees us and partakes in the meal. It's always fun to watch Amsterdam
parading by. Neil has the flu, in fact the band all look a bit sickish and
moody...... head to the Amsterdam flower market in search of sunflowers for
the band room. Open my band room case and get out some room props- Indian
lamps and rugs etc. Transformed one regular band room into a comfort zone.
Another classic sound-check- a full version of Neil singing the old
unreleased Enz song- PLAY IT STRANGE. Wow.
Tonight is one of those gigs where half the audience are club members, I've
noticed on this tour that we seem to at least speak to more club people then
internet people- this could just be that we have known so many of them since
day one, but it's about one in four. Maybe internet people are more shy?
At tonight's show there is a horrible rap room next to us, has about 10
people in it, they give dirty looks to the sold out Neil Finn room on the
other side- Elroy eagerly wants to explore the rap room, I remind him he is
11 years old. This is the same guy who considered doing Train-spotting as
his book review- he is a 30 year old in a eleven year olds body and we adore
him to death. Liam was the same, just so road friendly- guess it has
something to do with the large number of adults around (most of us acting
I found the Train-spotting book in my bag, a thank you gift from Alex- that
One of the Koldyk sisters couldn't get in tonight so I managed to squeeze
the extra name on the guest list. The food part of the venue were trying to
isolate the band to one table and the crew to the other- I dutifully told
the lame arse food guy I was a Megastar and I would only sit at the Megastar
table.....totally confused him- then I added chaos by mixing the band and
crew on each table.....Neil not turning up to eat at all- flu=sleep.
Fave 2 songs from tonight's gig- Love this Life and Take a walk. Also Alex
finally makes it onstage for a rather neat version of Message to my Girl.
Mardi from EMI hangs out with us tonight and I try finding her a new
boyfriend.... always a fun thing to do at a gig. We have a huge cuddle
session in front of the fans causing massive discussion about my sexuality
(again)....perfect timing as a mate calls me and tells me that Michael
(Stipe) is finally about to come out in the media. In, Out why does this
We (sadly) don't get to stay in Holland, I had plans to head to Utrecht to
see my old mate Karen but we leave straight after the show, back to London
Climb out of my bunk at sunrise and watch the tour bus unload off
Euro-tunnel- we were in the front metal holding carriage-really cool and it
travels so silently....
Cal BA and am terrified that I am not o the flight home.....
Do some last minute shopping at MUJI at Kensington, manage some solid food
for lunch, it starts to rain but for once I am prepared.
Kind of a weird day just repacked my bags and counted stock for London.
Taxi to gig, over the moon to see Robbie in the catering again. The three of
us- Rosie, Robbie and myself pose for extremely silly photos. Robbie gives
me a belated birthday present- a Vivienne Westwood top- love it- I
especially like Vivienne's wrapping paper.
Speaking of birthdays, in all my rush to get the last F.16 update out, I
totally missed saying happy Birthday to little Miss Rebecca in Melbourne, at
least I called her and sent her a pressie- both Becky and Jj called me on my
birthday and that was a super treat...anyway sorry Bec.
Spent the first half of tonight's gig looking after guests, meeting new
managers and staying on top of stuff. Even bolted out into the blackness to
try and find a birthday card for Sharon Finn.
The caters made a huge Pavlova birthday cake for her, I popped two bottles
of Moet and everyone- crew and band sang.... was nice. She told me she was
tempted to put her face into the Pavlova!!! Nice way to end the night.
I stayed with Dee at the Venue for ages, basically doing settlement etc,
didn't make it to the end of tour party, in fact most of us didn't want to,
some horrid local venue. Ended up at the bar at the hotel, and even then it
all went onto my room bill (and some of Rosie's).
The horrid groupie girl turned up, Rosie tried being nice and spared her
feelings but we caught her out bitching to one of the crew....this girl is
just revolting, at least the crew person has seen the light- which was a
good sign. Woof! Is all I can say.
Wake up and I get moved to a new room, and of course my phone lines are out.
Eventually I get onto BA and they are just a star airline, this BA lady
manages to get me onto the flight, she must of pulled some major strings...
I hope she gets buckets of good Karma for her efforts. Relieved that I am
We all leave the Hotel at 7.00 , my baggage is three times over the limit
for BUSINESS CLASS...and they still are kind enough to waiver it. yes I am
spoilt. I end up with another bed seat, so I am all smiles.
I think it's now Sunday.....somewhere. The 13+ hours to Singapore was easy
as pie-thank the god who sent us Melatonin. A stewardess asks me why I look
so familiar- have no idea- I do play it up- keep 'em guessing I say!
Now flying over Phukey and Hat Yai, almost at Singapore.
Hop off the plane and stretch my legs, walk Marky B into the VIP lounge for
I wake up with a few hours to spare- weird red lightening storms over
Pekanbaru....I open the blinds over Maralinga near the Sth Australian
desert- the Australian sky is heavenly...the stars are so bright and so
numerous I am captivated.....
Dark outside when we land in Melbourne, stupidly tell immigration that I
work in the music industry, so I'm given the royal treatment....... taken
aside, my bags are scraped. Both marijuana and cocaine residue shows up on
them......I have a lot of shock on my face, even my wallet is covered in
Cocaine residue!!!!! Now that I can deny. So strange. The customs guy was
pretty cool, even he said he didn't want to open my bags..they were packed
to the point of compression. he scraped a few personal objects and they all
came up clear- so it was probably tour bags rubbing against mine on the bus.
No body search for me.
Walk out and Mark and Rosemaree just arrive...and I am so happy to see them!
A few hours later I am having coffee at Babble...still feeling ok.
Happy Birthday Sharon Finn
Speak to the NZ office and confirm that I am NOT on the Australian tour-
it's a hard decision for me to make but I need to get this work out of the
way, one of the few tours that I haven't done for Neil. Means no meet and
greets or fans at sound check.
Came home to the news that from July 1st it will be smoke free dining in
Victoria- we are so happy about this- it's the best news, and about time,
most other states have had this for awhile.
Sharon calls and she got our birthday present, am going to miss hanging with
her every day, good to have a a girl buddy on the tour.
Head into the city and pay off my Amex card, there goes the last of my tour
Last episode of Voyager is on tonight in America.....should rate really
well, I keep thinking it's BORG related.......we'll soon know, Miss July is
taping it for me.
Am hoping that Tower Books will be our distributors for HUSSY and future
books, am taking this slow as it has to be the right company. Sent Julie
who is the State manager, a few copies.....so I'm hoping these are the right
people for the job.
Katie Bardot calls by and she looks great, doubly happy as Paul is with her.
This isn't the place to talk about it as the Katie leaving is a delicate
subject, especially with the record company. Hope it all turns out for the
best. Need to speak to the other Bardot girls.
Mental as anything play Melbourne's ESPY HOTEL on June 3rd, may head down
and see them-their new CD- BEETROOT STAINS is out now.
My two fave cds at the moment are:
1/ YOU AM I's "Dress me slowly"
2/ JODI PHILLIS "In dreams I live".
Jodi used to be a member of The Clouds. They were one f my favorite
Australian groups from the Eighties.
Finally get all my tour washing out of the road. Gigantic task....seemed I
became a collector of socks while I was away.
head into the city and see Kylie my travel agent, she is looking after our
Peru trip, the Australian dollar is causing major stress on the travel
Spend the day looking for Neil's birthday present (May 27th) a few small
items for him but I usually give him some nice blank note books for his
lyrics. Couldn't find a single decent book...the search will continue.
Deb has added some tour photos to the images area of the F.16 site (thanks
Deb), they are up on the site now.
Remember the Frenz.com auction is approaching in the not too distant future,
hopefully there will be a few good bits and pieces. We are happy to support
this, and hopefully it will be a way that some of you can add some cool
things to your collection. Deb will let everyone know when it is coming up. [ed. note: donations now accepted!!]
Managed to catch up on all the HUSSY sales, even the internet sales- they
have now all been mailed. The hardcover numbered copies are starting to run
out, a second pressing will probably be done in a few months, but if you are
after the original first edition of Famous for 16 Minutes (Book 1-Hussy)
you can order it via this site (merchandise area) or email- email@example.com
and mention what country you are emailing from.
It's Robin's birthday today- think Trudi and Robin are escaping to
Daylesford for a full days pampering- massage, facial etc etc. Sounds damn
good to me.
Can you believe it is almost mid year! Wasn't it only Christmas yesterday
and how fast did that European Finn tour move along. It's nice to be home,
special hello to the countless friends that we met on the road.
Look after yourselves.
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