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Music's really big gig!
27.8.09 - It's a fair way off
yet, but it's something to be looking forward to.. I'm getting
enquiries from interstate about it already. Starring Jim Keays'
Masters Apprentices, Madder Lake, Kush, Spectrum and Blackfeather,
this is an Aztec Music roster show not to be missed!
Check the full flyer
for more details - you can book at Ticketek
Graney gives me the Machiavellian evil eye
The King of Pop interview
26.8.09 - Dave Graney e-mailed me a few
days ago to ask if I wouldn't mind coming into Triple R a week
earlier than originally scheduled, and, naturally, I didn't
mind. Dave and Elizabeth McCarthy host the Banana Lounge Broadcasting
show every Tuesday arvo from noon till 2.00 and, on this occasion
at least, were getting into the minutiae of Australasian rock
history, of which, of course, I'm an example. Dave (pic)
was dressed impeccably, this time as a plush leather lounge
suite, and Elizabeth was sporting a hand knitted lilac beanie,
so I felt quite under-dressed in my worn corduroys and Target
bomber jacket. I'd brought along some fave music tracks as per
Dave's suggestion, but
|we spent too much time meandering
down half-remembered by-ways to play my curious selections.
However, Dave sportingly played three tracks from the EPs along
the way, which nearly made up for their nearly poisoning me
with some very salty (!) Dutch licorice before we'd even got
An hour had passed and we hadn't arrived in the current century
by the time we drew stumps - maybe we'll cross that bridge when
the next in the Breathing Space series of EPs is released.
Newman with Elaine and Jeff Edwards on Sunday
Club Sports Bar 23.8.09
debuts at the Manningham
24.8.09 - I made a special effort to let people
know about the Manningham Club gig on Sunday for a couple of
reasons: 1) it's less than twenty minutes from my place,
and 2) it's not very far from home. Works for me. Anyway,
I was very pleased with the turn-out, both in quality and quantity.
The family was represented by Kath, Geoff and Molly, Terry,
Marie, Samuel and Sacha (probably, although I didn't actually
see her), and, of course, my actual son Chris, who
came with the Vermont St crew, plus Martyn Sullivan, Simon Gardiner,
Wazz and Marg Sellers, Roger and Rachel, Natasha and Kate -
and it went off.
Kate Blanchfield with big hair and friend 2) The Great Gadsby
and Leslie Avril point and make fun
Rudd's not my sister either..
& Bill do the Chicken Mary Show
19.8.09 - One of these days we'll do a
live-to-air and not stumble and bumble our way through it, but
it wasn't to be last Monday on Gary Young's Chicken Mary Show.
It was subscription day (Spectrum signed up for another year)
and Gary once again invited Bill and me in to play a 'couple
of tunes'. I experimented with not wearing headphones, which
I think was better overall, but with the studio door open and
all the chatter and noise from the phone room filtering through
it was difficult to hear what I was playing. Mind you, we got
a rousing reception from everybody when we finished, so that
was good. And I met Marilyn Rudd (pic 3) for the first
time and I don't think we're related. Another song perhaps?
Dave's frankly not convinced 2) Paul Murphy (left) introduces
Ken and Rosemary lately from the Hunter Valley
St Andrews Hotel Sun. 16.8.09
St Andrews springs a leak!
17.8.09 - It was a blustery
day with the occasional shower on Sunday, and when
we arrived there was a leak in the ceiling over the stage,
right about where the drum kit was to be set up. I knew it
wouldn't do any good, but I had a go at gaffering up the offending
cracks - and, as I thought, it didn't do any good. If anything
it made it worse. St Andrews is St Andrews, and it's never
bad, but the audience were the stars on the day, right down
to Barry Murnane requesting Health Kick, having cracked
a rib doing yoga, (!). Oh, and I sold out of copies of Breathing
Space Too - again.
EP goes into JB stores!
17.8.09 - When I saw Aztec's Ted Lethborg
after the 5 Decades of Cool show the other night, he
was very pleased to tell me that the EP had been sold into the
JB network of stores. It's been selling very well anyway, and
so it's now likely we'll have to go into a second pressing.
Nice problem to have!
There's a new Sunday arvo gig coming up this Sunday arvo (my
favourite time) at the Manningham Club in the Sports Bar. (pic)
It's quite a massive complex, but you can easily sail past
it without even being aware it's there, so I'll dig up a Google
map when I send out a reminder this week.
Decades of Cool
Ross Wilson writ large on the Palais billboard 2) Boz, the fold-back
being Hanna 4) I did a paparazzi on Jimmy Barnes , but he recovered
and Jimmy rehearse Rockabilly Women - the fold-back was redundant
6) The Boss rocks out
was starting to bug the Wolfgramms - can you tell? 10) James
Black and Bongo discuss iPod technology
well satisfied crowd claps along to Eagle Rock*
5 Decades of Cool epic goes off spectacularly
15.8.09 - There was a rehearsal
at the Palais on Thursday, but I'd anticipated that the soundcheck
on Friday might be a little more complicated and planned on
not going home before the show. This made for a long afternoon,
but also gave me an appreciation of the effort that Ross was
personally putting in to the show. He had quite a number of
guests apart from myself, but being the one constant (apart
from drummer Haydn) meant that he was on-stage for the duration
- of the rehearsals, the soundcheck and then the show itself.
I conjectured that had I been in his position I would have
been a mental and physical wreck, and that would've been before
the show even got under way.
The Party Machine
soundcheck was uneventful, but I'd forgotten about Jimmy Barnes
being on the show and I managed to surprise him with a sneak
pic attack, (pic 4) which he took in good spirits.
I watched him run through his paces with Ross (pic 5)
and I can tell you that all the jokes about Jimmy not needing
fold-back are true.
After the soundcheck I wandered off to grab a burger in Ackland
St, and about twenty minutes before I was due to go on I tuned
Bill's bass (thanks Bill) and stuck my (only) plectrum under
the strings. About five minutes before I was due to go on
stage I put on the guitar again, only to discover to my horror
that the pick had disappeared! I was quite panic stricken,
but borrowed stage manager Julia's torch and eventually located
it on the dark back stage floor with a couple of minutes to
I'd been chatting earlier to Brenden Mason, who was there
as part of the Asylum video crew, and I jokingly mentioned
how easy was it was to miss notes on this unfamiliar and over-sized
instrument, and bugger me, I found myself playing half a tone
down for about a bar before I picked it up in Virgins,
the first Party Machine number! I don't think anybody noticed,
and thankfully the next number, Woman of The World,
went (mostly) OK. I think a lot of people were surprised that
Ross invited me to sing I'll Be Gone - I know I was
- and it was a very generous gesture.. Mind you, I think a
lot of people were more surpriised to see me playing bass
- Aztec's Ted Lethborg wasn't aware that I played bass with
the Party Machine, for instance.
To sum up; I'm sure Ross Wilson followers, casual and dedicated,
would've been well pleased with the concert. It showcased
Ross' various talents admirably, and I think you'd be carping
if you objected to the absence of the full Daddy Cool line-up
for instance. Sure, Ross' extremely capable MD, John McAll
was replaced by James Black on keyboards for the Mondo songs
for 'authenticity's sake', but, in any case, whatever you
think, it was Ross' call and Ross is the Boss, after all.
The 5 Decades of Cool could be viewed as a retrospective
on an ongoing career - that Ross has made a successful musical
career for himself in a country that is historically mean
to its artists must be a source of considerable pride, and
even moreso that it's not been at the expense of his musical
you were there, try and pick yourself out in the large
pic taken by the slightly inebriated tambourine player.
Reviews, interviews and other news..
13.8.09 - I missed the Billy
Pinnell rave on the Denis Walter's 3AW show on Tuesday arvo,
so I'm not sure what was said and if a track was played -
if you heard it you might let me know. In the meantime, we're
accumulating bulk interviews and radio appearances. Of the
interviews already done you can listen to an interview I did
Pursche from his 'Sitting in a bar in Adelaide' show and
a very relaxed interview I did with John Broughton goes to
air Tuesday week August 25th at 10.00pm on 3SER 97.7fm or
streaming online at www.3ser.org.au.
Bill and I are to make an appearance on Gary Young's Chicken
Mary Show on Triple R next Monday the 17th at about 3.00 or
shortly thereafter and we'll have our guitars with us, so
we'll probably play a couple of tunes.
We have the first published review (of both EPs) to contemplate
from Martin Jones in this month's Rhythms.
(If you've not come across Rhythms before you should check
it out at your local newsagent). There's another on-line review
from the kids at TheDwarf.com.au
and while they're still admonishing us for not being serious
enough, by comparison with the review for the first EP it's
almost a bloody rave-up. (Incidentally, there are excellent
pics taken by Carbie at our last show at the Lomond Hotel
you can access form the Dwarf site).
I'll let you know about some more upcoming interviews soon.
Hanna's busted collar bone 2) Ross does the Eagle Rag
Decades of Cool rehearsal
11.8.09 - I misjudged where the rehearsal
room was from my Google map and had to walk a couple of blocks
carrying Bill's bass, but at least I got a couple of hours free
parking, and, anyway, the room was worth the walk. I don't get
rhapsodic about rehearsal rooms as a rule, but this one is an
exception - you can get the gist of it from the pics.
Like me, Hannaford (pic 1) was at a loose end waiting
for the Party Machine numbers, and I didn't know whether his
collarbone had mended enough to play guitar, but he managed
quite OK as it turned out. Playing Bill's bass is another trip,
but I think it'll be all right on the night...
trio goes slightly potty in Foster
The Rhythm Café's Michael Blyth stands on tip-toes
2) Frank and Theresa standing in for the absent Shirley
The Rhythm Café Sat. 8.8.09
gang's all here, but where's Shirley?
10.8.09 - The last time we were
in Foster was back in February for Mary Ann Ahern's birthday
party, so it was good to hear from The Rhythm Café's
Michael Blyth (pic 1) that the Aherns had booked
a table for the show that night. (Thanks for the T-shirts,
Paul). Michael has been saying for ever that he wants
to sell the place, so I was rather surprised to find that
he was still there when I rang on spec a month or so back.
He told me then that that he'd broken his right arm while
pruning a tree and wasn't sure if he'd be able to play his
sax with us this time around, but when we arrived the plaster
had gone - and the master blaster was back!
Our friend Shirley, who always comes to our Foster
shows, wasn't able to make it this night and we missed her,
but her friends Frank and Theresa (pic 2) bought
an EP for her, so I hope that's some consolation for not being
there in person.
We stayed up late after the show and Robbo and I ate a family-sized
bar of chocolate between us as we watched the cricket and
the first half of the Wallabies v Springboks match, which
might help explain why I didn't sleep a wink that night..
When will I learn?
clip up on YouTube
7.8.09 - Well, it was a bit of a learning
curve, but I've cobbled together a clip for the de facto
single from the Breathing Space Too EP, Xavier
Rudd Is Not My Son for YouTube,
which you can also view on the Videos
page. After the initial frustration, I quite enjoyed the process,
so I'll get started on another project smartly so I don't lose
I heard from Billy Pinnell the other day, and he's planning
to play a track from the EP on 3AW's Denis Walter show between
12.00 - 4.00 on Tuesday arvo. I think I mentioned that Denis
has recorded a version of I'll Be Gone - how mainstream
can we get, I wonder?
incontrovertible evidence of interstate popularity 2) Roger
and Weird Harold
More chart action for EP!
3.8.09 - Our publicist got in touch this
morning with the news that BST has inched up another place on
the 3D Radio 20 + 1 chart and is now nestled on #9, that most
propitious of numbers. Where will it end?
There's been a happy ending to the ongoing saga of Weird Harold,
|sold today to Roger (pic 2)
for an undisclosed price and has now left the building. Harold
(an Oberheim DMX) has been languishing on the Classifieds page
since the inception of this website, and is an absolute classic
piece of musical furniture that played.. when he felt like it.
(If you'd like to see/hear him in action, check out the WHY
clips on the Videos
page). We're sad to part with this chunky slab of history, but
glad that he's gone to a good home.
Big Fun Night
The trio poses with the Fun Night hostess Lil' Fi 2) Hugh
McSpedden's not sure if he's too pleased to see Mike
The Big Fun Night Arthurs Creek Hall Sat. 1.8.09
shirts all round at Arthurs Creek
2.8.09 - It was Lil' Fi (pic
1) who had the notion of reuniting the people affected
by the Black Saturday fires with some of the artists who donated
their time to the various bushfire benefits earlier in the
year, and it all came together at the Arthurs Creek Mechanics
Hall on Saturday night. Arthurs Creek is about half an hour
past Hurstbridge on the St Andrews side of town, and the road's
hairy enough on a dark, damp night, even without kangaroos
- we had one pop out of the bush and hop along the road in
front of us for a while. (This way, boys, it seemed
to be saying).
When we arrived at the Arthurs Creek Hall, Robbo spotted Bill's
torch at the gate and we were soon loading our gear into the
Green Room behind the stage, bustling with belly dancers,
children with fiddles (and hobby horses), various musicians
and volunteer kitchen staff. Bobby Bright said there must've
been a sale on red shirts, because he and I and Leslie
Avril were wearing 'em.
To cut a long story short, it was a hugely successful night,
with acts as diverse as you could ever wish to see strutting
their stuff to a good natured and appreciative audience. It
was good to catch up with Hugh McSpedden too, (pic 2)
and at one stage in our set Bill drew my attention to
the images of us past and present that Hugh was projecting
on the wall behind us.
Well done Fi - and we all wish you and Dirk the best of luck
when you move back to NSW in the next few weeks.
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