The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 10 February - 23 February 2003
Artist, Dancer and Friend
February 10th 2003
At home and seem to be living on the phone today. Turn on all the remotes
around the house so I can work and not have to carry the phone around...even
up on the balcony they call..no peace, they call and call.
I'm covered in cuttings from the huge balcony baskets, all the dead summer
flowers snipped back. The printer man is down on the street I can see him,
he can't see me....I use my 'Godly " voice..."Are you after me". It clearly
startles him and he looks about unable to see me. I save him a call as he
was just about to mobile me up. He's got all the roughs from the pages of
GLAMOUR. I mostly look at the photo captions as I hate reading the text..I
know, I know I should check it after all it is a book not a school project
but I've read it enough. It's as is...and hopefully makes some sort of sense
when it's released. This one has taken ages. Not far to go, binding is the
next step, we use the expensive stitch binding so they'll never fall apart.
Hester calls, sounds a bit blue, we'll catch up soon. He's continuing on
his solo CD...that part of the conversation seems to make him happy.I keep
playing a rough in the car, love this solo CD.
Neil tells me that Lisa will be playing The Wiltern on the USA tour and
maybe a few other gigs, hopefully that means her cat is a bit better.
Well Star Trek NEMESIS debuts at #1 on the Australian movie charts, bumping
off Eminem's movie. Yey Sci Fi geeks win out. I guess this is the only
country where the Trek movie went to #1. (#2 in the USA).
Try to link up with Dan Kelly to collect my Bic Runga Platinum album award,
he has been carrying it from NZ and other areas. I didn't realize that this
is the same Dan Kelly who's debut EP was single of the week in this weeks
beat and InPress magazine. He told me he was releasing a single, and I kind
of went "Oh yeah"...OPPS. It's actually a debut EP and it's called
MAN-O-MERCY. His band are the Alpha Males...have to grab a few copies- he
seems like a nice chap. I feel a bit silly- my mate Deb V. pointed out that
he was THE Dan Kelly. (Duh PG).
Hear from the lovely Katie Bardot who is in Sweden songwriting...ok she is
buying some boots too...sounds like it is cold.
How happy are we- BUFFY RETURNS at long last. Forget the War, Sex, Drugs
and R&R...it's Buffy...I will happily sit in our underground bunker watching
the Buffster till the end of the world. Wow Dawn is getting tall- it's her
Giraffe like neck...all the better to bite you on dear Dawny! Good show, and
for those who don't get it- your loss.
Nick Seymour calls by in the afternoon. His first visit to this house, we've
always been away when he has returned to Melbourne. he calls me up later and
tells me the house is just lovely and brilliant. Very lucky boy...we had to
throw him out on the street to make him move.
It was great to see him...nice to hang out and really fun. he's back to
Ireland in a few days but you can tell he has a hankering to come back to
Melbourne and spend more and more time.
I drive him to the 4 wheel drive shop, where his car is being repaired, and
we have the best chat. he's really good, that little bit of anger has all
but gone from when C.H split, and really you can't blame him most people who
can see a future in the band at the time where a bit shell shocked. Anyway
was good. he also collected his copy of WINGS OFF FLIES- "this is great,
really good" ....we laughed at the early Crowdies shots- Nick looking like a
long lost member of the Pet Shop Boys...I keep saying Neil is a gay scout
master in the early shots...hmm I can imagine how tragic I looked at the
time..so i'd better keep quite....WINGS is doing well we've reached the half
way mark with sales so for those who asked, yes it can still be obtained.
Once it sells out there won't be another pressing, it's a super limited
As I drop Nick off I spot a huge flower shop, been wanting to visit this
one for awhile, a massive collection of plants. Mostly buy Ivy Geraniums and
some blood'n'bone for the Vampyres living in the wine cellar..ok for my
tomato plants. The Ivy geraniums can take the heat on the balcony... plus
they look brilliant.
I arrive home and Mish gives me a call to let me know the sad news- our
friend Vali Myers has died. I tried to be really strong on the phone but for
a short time I just couldn't talk and my eyes welled up with tears, I think
I muttered "I hate this shit" meaning crying, sadness and death.
I knew she was going to go, but knowing and it actually happening are two
entirely different things. Mark was great as always, my best friend, my
rock, and he knew just how special she was, I think if I didn't stop he
might of started.
Of course my timing was great too, our annual tenants meeting for the body
corporate, and I promised I'd attend. I found some huge black shades after
trying on several pairs that made MG laugh....I felt far more like Jackie
Onasis ...and I understand why she wore such big glasses as they are great
to hide behind. My head was rather light, and I kept drifting, like the
anchor that grounds us all was dragging along the bottom of the ocean...
couldn't focus...and God knows if I voted for new metal federation fences
and what new colour scheme for the heritage houses...
I was so glad to be home in my house...had a drink for Vali like so many
others would of done that night, lit a candle on the balcony with a photo of
her and Foxy...and thanked her for coming into our life. She was a friend
and an inspiration. It's how I want to be when I'm in my seventies, not
sitting around in some shitty old people's home complaining...God just let
me keep my passion (and good fashion sense! *grin*). God speed Vali...and I
know you are watching over me and I didn't say the "L" word once.
Most of today is spent with people calling and emailing, Vali's friends run
deep and it's nice. Not sure if I want to see anyone though, too much of a
reminder...my head feels like an empty sock. Mish must be exhausted as she
has taken a lot on.
Just remembered that Neil plays the wonderful WARFIELD in San Francisco
tonight. What a gig, San Fran is superb. Hell this tour is approaching it's
end. Find out from a Pixie that a certain crew member was left on the bus
asleep in his bunk after everyone else had been dropped off...the bus driver
almost had a heart attack when he popped out of his bunk while the driver
was cleaning the bus. How funny...the joys of touring and getting worn out
with that horrid flu. Thanks Pixie.
Paul C. brightened up my day. A huge parcel of Alfred Hitchcock DVD's
arrived...most of the one's we need. Some people are really kind ,and
feeling a bit blue today so it made me smile. The Hitchcock DVD's are great
and really worth getting, look around as the prices vary... but be warned
you get addicted to them....such time capsules as well. Just great.
OK was that you ol' Foxy one...was in the bath soaking away the worries of
the planet as us Gryphon's always do...my Italian candle with the Virgin M.
on it came crashing down and shattered into a million pieces. I've had it
for years and it's never broken....made me go all spooky. Hopefully that was
just a final goodbye...a peck on the cheek with that prayer tattoo'd lips
would of been far more appreciated!!!!! Bad! But forgiven. Spooked me just a
bit too much.
Wow some very cool jewelry samples arrive from Deb. Earrings to plastic
belly bars. I love the blood red ones, The eyebrow barbells are incredible,
will be wearing mine for that "special occasion"... maybe for the upcoming
Pearl Jam show. So if you are after a present for someone who likes bead
rings, or needs a new eyebrow bar or belly bar check out the site.
Just discovered a packet of toe rings, ..with crystals. Good quality too
Venetian Glass I think. Anyway good present for that special someone.
Head into the city for the first RALLY FOR PEACE. I know these are happening
around the world over the next week. So Melbourne is one of the first, I
hope the public support these Rally's. Just from talking to people daily
nearly everyone does not want a War. It just seems that the PM's and
presidents from Australia, UK and USA are rushing into this far too fast.
Yep Saddam is an evil bastard and should die, but innocent Iraq's shouldn't,
it's morally wrong.
Mark says he is going to march as well, which is so cool. People always
make excuses why they didn't, like all things in life if you really want to
do something, then usually you can.
When we arrive in the city we get the feeling that something is stirring,
either that or it's a busy Friday. We head to the State library and suddenly
realize that this Rally for Peace is huge...Swanston street is full of
people. I am talking packed. For a Friday, it seems like everyone has made
the effort, and the final count is something like 120-150,000 people. Which
makes it the biggest march ever, beating the Vietnam protests of the
seventies. The haunting sounds of a air raid siren rings out and the crowd
is quiet...and it messes with my head a bit. It's the sound that the Iraq
population will be hearing time and time again I think.
Some great speakers, and a very passionate crowd...loads of signs and
thousands of parents with their kids- after all it's their future. It takes
an hour to march down Swanston street, usually it takes 15 minutes
walking... and I hope the other Rally's around the planet are equally as
passionate. The people elected John Howard to represent John Howard. The
people of Australia have not been asked about this War- we have been told
this is how it is. The majority of people do not want it, but J.W.hoWARd is
not listening..his ears have left the building.
We run into Mardi and the Hester girls with their No War signs. Good to see.
You go Travis...swing on that vine. That lovable Calvin boy of ours (meaning
Australia) Travis is playing a young Tarzan in a new TV series. He'll do
well and you just know that Calvin will release a new style loin cloth to
Expect many more Heroin deaths over the next year, since the Taliban have
been kicked out of power in Afghanistan, Heroin sales have gone through the
roof. The one (and probably only) good thing about them is that they banned
Heroin and when Afghanistan was liberated, so were the smack dealers.
Already a higher grade smack is on the streets in Melbourne and they just
expect it to get worse worldwide.
There must be some good news today.....no the world is just a bit dark.
Nick Seymour departs, he'll be back in Australia this Winter...he has that
new pot bellied fire to use.
Miss Belinda calls and is in Melbourne soon, working on her demos. Katie is
freezing her butt off in NYC, working on songs and hopefully about to sign a
deal (touch wood).Tiffany is connected with Warners and Sophie playing the
role of Marilyn Monroe in some US backed movie. That just leaves Sally
Bardot....where has she gone?
My friend delivered Pizza this weekend and all of the Spice Girls answered
the door....it's not a reunion just a pajama party at Posh's house. They
wouldn't let me stay as I have been sleeping a la nude all week.
Skyhooks songwriter/bassist Greg Macainsh sends me his "all time favourite"
Skyhooks Top 10. The 'Hooks website has asked Skyhook fans worldwide tos end
in their 10 Fave Hook songs, so I thought it might be great to see what the
main songwriter of such gems thinks.
Here is Greg's Top 10. The 'Hooks website is located at:
1/ Living in 70's
2/ Is this America?
3/ Women in Uniform
4/ All My Friends are getting married
5/ Somewhere in Sydney
6/ Bondage on the Boulevarde
7/ Jukebox in Siberia
8/ Loves not Good Enough
9/ Kooyong Dollar
Some of my favourite tunes are on that list. What a great time to be a
teenager, bring back the seventies I say! Gawd I'm starting to sound like a
few of our friends....
Last gig for Neil and the boys and then everyone heads home -nice and safe.
It's at Vancouver at The Commodore. Sounds like it's another sold out show.
Been a really good tour this one, shame I had to miss it but with tour it's
a one out of three and usually depends on budgets etc. Loads of work at home
that we do, and a lot of tour info etc is recycled via us. One small cog in
a big wheel.
Robin tells me she has started reading the F/16 diary site, makes her
chuckle, that's a good thing....I keep reassuring her what she reads isn't
the real me...Trudi and Robin know the real me...I'm far more scarier in
Angus Young and Malcolm Young of AC/DC fame brought Marianne Faithful to the
Rolling Stones Enmore Theatre show in Sydney. The AC/DCers jumped up for a
play too on "Rock me baby". Jagger telling the audience "welcome all my ex
lovers and new lovers". Such a sweet talker...or is it those lips and hips!
Keith makes some drug comments and the Aussie media take it to the extreme
and it makes the front pages, talk about a slow news day, give the guy a
break...some people take comments far too seriously. I'm just amazed that
Keef has lasted this long, god bless you Keith Richards you were nice to me
when I worked for you...it's all so silly.
Split Enz are back on the Australian charts with the "History never repeats"
30 anniversary CD. It debut on the top 200 at #71 (#13 on the Australasian
artists chart). Mushroom expect it to jump next week as they have been doing
some regional TV adverts. The album is now Platinum here.
There is still a clause in the 1966 vagrancy act that witchcraft in Victoria
is illegal. Sorcery or conjuration is a guilty offence. $500 minimum fine.
Census figures show there are at least 2000+ witches in Victoria. Not that
many witches will ever admit that. It has become the new religion, sorcery
books and accessories are big sellers. Any religion that gets us back to
nature is fine with me. Memo to Mark- nude witch day at the office, opps
sorry 'sky clad day" see it's so easy to forget the little titles these
Rebekah arrives and we are off to Pearl Jam. I was offered one ticket today,
no idea what section but I really wanted to be with my favourite dancing
partner- hate sitting at gigs..aint gonna happen at Pearl Jam. Anyway thanks
E.V or Liz nice thought but the Boothoid wins out, and besides someone has
to stop her from bringing her hunting net to snag ol' Ed Vedder.
We had really good seats, not that we sat in them, right behind the mixing
desk. Johnny Marr and his band were on first, some really good songs and
great guitar work as expected. Pearl Jam blitzed the stage and the whole
venue just went ape shit. My lame arse request for "Better man" (c'mon what
else would I ask for!) was a failure as it was the first song they played...
so I was instantly happy. Ed's stage antics slowly removing that shirt to
reveal a T-shirt emblazoned with "NO WAR, NO WAY". The band played really
well, and whoever did their lighting on this tour- thumbs up- close to
perfect. At one stage I felt like I was tripping, considering I had water
and water...that makes it a pretty impressive light show. The guys behind me
were obsessed with PJ playing "Daughter" and like that happened (not). A big
selection from "Riot Act", surprisingly the single "I am mine" received only
a healthy applause, considering it was a really big hit here...and a good
song. Only once did I kind of get a bit lost, somewhere near the middle of
the set....but some old classic sent us off again. Never sat down, danced
all night, feet were killing me. "Turn on the house lights, I want to see
some friends up the back....argh that red shirt". Nothing like being spotted
in that magical first night red bowling shirt..amongst a sea of black
shirted PJ fans...he has good eyes. He seems pretty happy, and an audience
member carrying Vedder around wearing that ugly George Bush mask was
brilliant. One encore and it finished with a WHO cover. Truly fantastic gig,
tonight I think I really witnessed the best band in the world, for tonight
at least they might of stolen U2's crown. Very satisfied and thanks Bec for
getting the tickets.
Home and hanging out- very vibed...chat to Deb V and the Yeti..I want to
party, it's only 1.00 and they want to go to bed....I hate that. I am fired
up on music....Mark hits me with a brick, the only way to make me go to bed.
Head into Mushroom records today and my friend Dean presents me with my
Skyhooks "One Million albums sold" Gold award. It's put together really well
kind of a Retro award, most of the album covers against a silver sequined
backing and red frame and the plaque has my name and it's in the shape of
Australia, and the Skyhooks logo is on it. Very cool. Thanks for all your
years of support with Skyhooks...just made me happy. Will look great on the
I also grab the new 16 Greatest Hits artwork for the 'Hooks TV campaign,
it's in stores April 1st (fitting!!!) and like the Enz release will have
regional TV adverts etc.So Skyhooks are still very much in our lives, even
with Shirl gone. The 'Hooks DVD is selling the same quantities as the Split
Enz one so it's neck and neck.
This diary site hits 176,000 visitors today. Wow can't even imagine that,
that's more then the Rally for Peace.....cool.
We've put it off for awhile but it's Tax time. Robin turns up, god bless
her, she just makes my tax life much easier. Her hair is much nicer then my
previous Tax person who wore a toupee !!! She's paid in love and DVD's, wish
I was paid in DVD's then I wouldn't have to pay tax..ok the grotty ol' GST..
the tax man gets you in all areas- the Beatles were right!
Like all the Deb's in my life, I also have a collection of Jen's, gorgeous
all of them. Jen from Sydney called tonight and we had a long chin wag,
always fun, we end up laughing a lot. What is it about girls and dating, so
funny, I need to date more....I might take Cosmo the bunny out on a hot
date!!!! he looks a bit needy these days. He eats more then I do.
Watching "Secret life of us " (what else) and they play Skyhooks "What ever
happened to the revolution " (U.S. Mix), they played one of Neil Finn's solo
songs a few episodes back. I think I have been saving up my tears over
Vali's death as a few small things triggered them tonight, felt good, am not
talking about enough drops to break Australia's drought but a small blubber.
Not a big fan of the teary eyes, but I'm not macho shmuck enough to be oh so
tough...bring on the water works if you have to, I say.
Wake up and it's raining, seems so long. I smell the rain before I see it
fantastic sensation. Feel like one of those outback farmers, just wander out
and get wet, open my mouth, let it run down my chin like the solo man. The
plants seem to come alive and gulp down every last drop. cars slide over the
slippery road and people at the post office say how great it is to finally
have some rain. Not enough to break the drought but some relief. It might
also put out the final lot of fires at east Gippsland.
Really good Split Enz DVD review in the Age "EG". 4 1/2 stars out of
5...calls the DVD "priceless stuff". Word is slowly creeping out on both of
Johnny Cash turns 71 next week, he celebrates with a new single "HURT". It
was previously recorded by Nine Inch nails, I like JC's modern day covers-
he does it well.
Have my secret 2.00 meeting, all a bit lame nothing too exciting. Oh well as
Mark gives me a lecture on not eating, my appetite is just more limited, not
into big meals, have given up trying to explain it. My weight is right on
normal for my height, age etc- exact I just eat small meals. Did some sit
ups last night on the exercise ball and really not into the whole big work
out routine, prefer just to do some running, some swimming some big sexy hot
sweaty sex workout! Opps! I'm sure there were many healthy people before
Gym's existed. (:
Leave Cosmo alone in my bedroom to get up to some mischief, he settles in by
the window and watches people walk past in the rain. I give him a carrot and
he hops over and gives my hand a kiss- little bunny love is a good thing.
He's a proud boy.
Decide to sleep in, a wet looking day outside, cancel out doing my washing-
yey any excuse. Was weird today, felt like I was in a coma for most of it,
my brain was rather foggy. Wandered about the house, I did catch the Larry
King interview on Michael Jackson. Uri Geller just came across as a Michael
Jackson arse kisser and was so obsessed with the guys...of course Jacksons
lawyer was avoiding most questions...the attorney who had the affidavit from
Jordie Chandler was really going for it...and the ET TV show person & the
other media woman were really fair in their comments. At the end of the day
the question has to be asked, if Jackson was so innocent why did he pay out
$20 million to the Chandlers. Who knows one day other kids like Brett
Barnes, Wade Robson may get the confidence to tell what happened (if
anything) between Michael Jackson and them selves. I guess Jordie Chandler
would be around 22/23 years old now, and with $20 million US ($38 million
Australian) I seriously don't think he will ever comment- all we have is his
affidavit describing oral sex etc with Jackson. Jackson has the money and
people to keep spinning this and creating smoke screens. It's funny as his
TV audience the other night was more than Bush or Saddam could ever hope to
get....yet his CD sales are still declining. So as intrigued as people are
about Michael Jackson they are not really showing support by buying his
music. People really just want a good freak show. Great for ratings, great
for building up that wacky old image. Did I ever tell you I am going to
sleep with Pauline Hanson and John Howard at the same time!!!!
The sun is shining, the door handle for Marks bathroom has finally been
fixed. I make an effort to do my washing. Wanted one washer person...and
they must do stairs too. I officially hate both things.
Mark tells me I am not eating much so goes down the road to buy me lunch. I
just have little meals- so many people just stuff themselves, it should be
like fuel a decent amount to keep us going but we don't need to have a full
tank 24 hours a day.
A friend was going by and dropped in some flowers- for no reason at all. I
love that, wonder if she would do my washing if I looked sad. feel a bit
special- thanks for that.
Well I guess this week GLAMOUR will finally be back from the binders so I
can finally start to send them out.
That's all for now, Mark the food man has just arrived and I am running on
Have a good week...stay safe and think of Peace. I'm sure there is a part of
all of us that says if there has to be a war get the thing over and one
with, it feels equally as bad just having it hang over our heads.
Every one smile! (Did you...I just wanted to try that).
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