THURSDAY 4/12/03 - Adelaide
Deep watery thunder was my alarm clock this morning in
Tooleybuc. Well, actually, the thunder was the alarm click
I liked – the one I didn’t like included some unidentified
mechanical noise, and the room-next-door’s inhabitants getting
up and going very early and noisily.
We finished at Tooleybuc yesterday’s day of driving which
was mostly uneventful. After dinner in Hay the following
two hour’s driving treated us to a spectacular lightning
show, with a deep red sunset underpinning the clouds. It
was quite beautiful (although you really did have to be
It was just Jamie and I driving to Adelaide, so there wasn’t
much gallivanting about, just talking and loud music.
We picked Ben and Simon up from the airport and went and
played our show. The air conditioning was over the top in
the Enigma Bar and so we exercised our considerable sway
and had its operation ceased. One of the more spectacular
rock moves I’ve seen happened tonight: the guy in Bad Girls
from the Bible jumped on a PA speaker mid song, stuck a
superman-like pose for a few moments, then proceeded to
attempt to jump off the speaker, straddle his microphone
mid-air then land back on the stage. Of course, he underestimated
his groin clearance and the microphone came crashing down
with him. He attempted the same move near the end of the
set and was more successful.
We had a pretty good set (and an even better rider!) but
we didn’t try to jump any mic stands. Jamie did, though,
crawl on his knees through the crowd during Boredom You
Are Breaking My Heart.
FRIDAY 5/12/03 - Bendigo
We drove to Bendigo today after an obligatory stop at Big
Star records in Adelaide. There was some over whether the
route I decided we take was the best one – I thought it
was romantic and scenic in a sparse kind of way – and we
got there ok in the end.
The show was something special. It was the first all ages
show we’ve played in at least 3 years (excluding festivals
of course). There were (I think) 5 bands on the bill – 3
of which were some kind of metal, 3 of which had drummers
who used a double kick pedal, 3 of which wore only black,
1 of which had members wearing leather pants, and one of
which had member using copious amounts of fake blood. The
band before us were kind of a gothic version of Van Halen
(or something), some parts reminiscent of Whitesnake. The
crowd (or the portion of the crowd down the front) were
really getting into it, showcasing their best headbanging.
Given the festive time of year there were some Santa hats
around, but as we all know there is only one Santa. And
he was there. He was one of the most elaborate headbangers,
and was frequently onstage slammin’ with the bands. In fact
Santa was getting into it all in a way that seemed unnaturally
A small kid was talking to Santa earlier in the night, obviously
in awe to be able to ask for what he wanted for Christmas.
Just as he left Santa’s knee, Santa hurried to the corner
of the room and was doing something in his briefcase. The
boy was pointing at Santa and had his Mum come and see what
Santa was doing.
Later again, a security guard came in (the band room is
where we and Santa’s briefcase are) and asked whose briefcase
it was sitting in the corner. We told him it was Santa’s,
so he went and found Santa (no doubt moshing). Santa was
then forced to empty his briefcase. Santa was then led with
force from the venue…
Just before all this happened, Santa was talking to the
same little boy again, and as he was doing so he was taking
off and rearraging his beard, hair and hat. Poor kid. And
all this was happening to gothic Whitesnake!
Our set wasn’t to bad, I experienced some technical difficulties
but it was ok. Just before our last sing someone screamed
for us to “get off!” because they wanted “Bloodduster!!”
Bloodduster were next. They were tough. They used fake blood.
SATURDAY 6/12/03 - Melbourne
The Melbourne show was pretty good. I left Melbourne early
the next day for Torquay but the boys, following later,
managed to leave their load behind. Until it hit them.
SUNDAY 7/12/03 - Bendigo
The show at Geelong was sparsely attended but very well
received. It was probably (in musical terms) our best show
all tour, ironically. Or perhaps predictably (all the other
shows were paid rehearsals, mate!)…
The drive home the next day saw me without the guys and
the guys without me – again I had left them. Which I was
glad about, because I got a message from them later in the
day saying they had broken down somewhere. And later again
saying they’d broken down again. I felt for them…