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Well I got there!
Got to Perth and the venue ok. From the different snippets I've picked up, I must have been SO close to a number of you at different times and yet we didn't know! Andrea, we must have been about three feet apart I reckon!
Finngirl & Tiawamutu, saw you with PG and ?? getting your sound check passes! (What was in the box FG?)
So close yet so far ... nevermind.

Well I had booked a cab for after the gig but got chatting with someone outside as I was taking photos over the fence of Neil doing sound check. General gig talked followed by the promise of who'd save who the better position inside .... ok, cool. So I'm in line, number two off the fence, all the 'Lego' barriers are going in, more people turning up behind me and then the storm troopers arrive. Where upon he with the Tan Ray-Ban's says to me 'No backpacks inside' and turns away with all the finesse he can muster after his umpteenth time of watching 'Risky Business'.

You'd think I was carrying a double bed on my back, twas more like a swollen hand bag. So I push past the many faithful, saying goodbye to my position and lodged the offending Campervan with the 'Cloak Room' - which was a BBQ table under a tent. Nice ... Soon I’m back in line 'up the other end' and only a few off the fence once again.

Inside we all are, I get Andy's shirt Smiler ... ok and another one for me Roll Eyes, have a quick feed and I'm standing like a honeymoon with a coffee beside the mix tent.
Coffee gone and I spot a patch of grass towards the front between 'Mark and Neil'.
Well this 107kg frame sprung like a grasshopper into position and I'm singing Jimmy "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky!".
THEN who's head should appear but 'chatting with someone' - all but five inches off the barrier. "Hey come on down! Plenty of room!" patting the picnic blanket. Well BUGGER, ONLY IF YOU INSIST!! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Well if I was 'kissing the sky' twelve feet out from the stage, I'm shaggin it at two!
CWS (chatting with someone) and I chalk up a deal for a lift to the airport in lieu of a shirt, as CWS was convinced there was no way I'd get a cab, even if it was booked. Deal done, booked cab cancelled, went to get shirt but none that CWS wanted. (This would soon prove to be an omen!)
Augie March came on whom CWS is really only there to see as it turns out despite CWS's sister being a keen CH fan. Now, I knew that CWS and CWSS have been enjoying their drinks along with everyone else and that’s cool … 'til three other female gig goer’s come down and stand ‘in their vicinity’.

Now sure, I can see both sides and there’s no point juicing that here but CWS and CWSS soon turn into LocalP!ssedScraggs. Sorry! … Soooooo LPS get fair up this other three, they don’t back down either, bit of physical argie bargie follows and THEN I realise that there’s eyes coming onto me like “Aren’t you going to help your girlfriend/wife? …. Look at her!”
Well the neon sign of distance lit upon my forehead for all to see as I’d be quite happy if LPS had got taken by a shark at this point in time. I had made a little bit of distance between myself and LPS by the time Augie March finish and then! THEN! … this hand from LPS reaches through, tugs at my sleeve and gestures to follow them as they walk off!
The_Hand_Of_God could not move me from this spot!!! And I let LPS fade off into the crowd along with my cab ride to the airport after the gig.

So I’m back to being a honeymoon amongst friends and all is peachy. Show time folks! I can’t believe that I’m looking at them as close as I am. I thought Melbourne was good! From being in the trusses at Brisbane to in their laps in Perth – it was a great great way to wrap this up. I couldn’t believe that I was seeing all this AGAIN. I’ve been a very lucky lad this last week and a bit – no Christmas or birthday presents for me!

I can’t give you the play by play of the list and I’m sure it’s already well covered but it was once again a great gig.
I do really like ‘Distant Sun’ although it’s never grabbed me by the throat but like I’ve asked previously; how good?! How GOOOOOOOOD was Mark in this?!!!
The man needed conbantrim! He was wrigglin and rippin this one up … god it was good and sadly the photos I got of him at this part do nothing to capture it. Shoulda switched to video Wink, that’ll learn me.

Aided by the fact it’s my blood supply at the moment, I thought ‘Silent House’ was framed for me. I felt like I was up there singin it with them. My heart was screamin to Neil ‘show me your thoughts’ and baby - I had the match that sets that song on fire. WHOOMPH!! Back to earth …. But that’s how it felt anyway. It just absolutely kicks the way they’re doing it on stage. (If the version on the live TOE cd is a bit of a dud then Somebody! Anybody! out there has GOT to get this one live.)

Did anyone else notice Neil’s smirks and glances over to Sharon during his “world moves on a woman’s hips” intro to ‘Walked Her Way Down’? And … was it just me or did Mark seem to be struggling there at one stage?
I don’t make light of whatever degree of deaf-as-a-post-ness he might have but I’m sure I was picking up more than a handful of side glances from him as if checking where he was at or supposed to be??? I know they all read Neil but this just seemed different and out of the norm. I could be wrong.

Bit of trivia – the black guitar that Mark was playing was signed by Nick, Neil and Matt.

Neil seemed quite impressed with the venue at the Supreme Court Gardens and I’ve got to agree. It seemed like a great spot and a very fitting way for them to wrap up the Oz tour. To hear him say it was the last night of the tour & thank everyone really brought it home and although it’s never really been a heart puller for me, when they did ‘Better Be Home Soon’ the tears came a bit and I could only say thanks and goodbye. I’d had my shot in the heart one more time and I’m so bloody thankful for the opportunity to reconnect with so many lines in my life.

Then like a vacuum through time, DING! Holy crap! Gotta get a cab!!
I scampered across the tops of ALL those aluminium cans like a cat on a hot tin roof. Retrieved the jumping castle despite having seen sooooooooooo many other back packs in there and I was away – heading for the only road that I recognised on the way in on the from the airport. I soon ended up in the cab rank line at the Duxton Hotel … I've got ten people in front of me and ten behind me. It’s 11pm and flight goes at 12.20am. 11.05 … 11.10 …. 11.15 …. 11.20 – no cabs. Na-da. 11.25 and I’m going in my head “I’m gone. I’m stuffed.” I can’t stay at the Duxton, it’ll cost me 500 to sleep in the bin there!!

So I figure traffic going THAT way will be full, and therefore traffic coming THIS way must be a chance of being empty and so I hot foot it up the footpath setting a PB for obsessive compulsive footpath square hopping. Kidding …..
Anyway about three or four hundred meters up the road the blissful, eternal light – the one that says ‘vacant taxi’ – appears on a roof top at a set of traffic lights.
I stop in my tracks, remove one mobile phone from pocket, slide open to illuminate and start flapping like a tarp in a cyclone. It worked. Cabbie pulls over …
Me – “You’re free mate?”
C – “Yeah ok, where to?”
Me – “Qantas Domestic”
C – “But that’s the other way, I’m going this way”
Me – heart fails …. “Well mate, it’s only geography !!!!! I gotta be at the airport by midnight! There’s a fare here & you got two choices, so what’s it going to be??!!!!”
C – “Ok, hop in”

Well I could have given him a neck rub and sung ‘Crunchy Granola’ to him.
I was on my way … albeit giving him some encouragement. (So what DOES happen when you push that right peddle DOWN?!!)
The flying kangaroo soon appears a few mins before midnight and I give him all the cash I have to cover fare and the rest to say thanks.
Upstairs with enough time to get a bottle of water and change my shirt before boarding. We’re up and away … Brissie bound and I fall into a coma only to wake about twenty minutes before landing. On the train and home cooking pancakes with my three year old daughter by 7.45am for what she says is ‘Pancake Sunday daddy!’
(You know, the one that comes before ‘Kindy Monday’ Smiler )
All had gone according to plan.

From the two gigs in Melbourne … to Brisbane … to Perth.
First time to Victoria …. First time to Western Australia … both my longest flights.
From walking out of Spencer Street Station, to my drive out and time spent with Paul, to the uncertainty outside the Duxton.

What a day! What a night! What a week!

BIG BIG thanks to my lovely wife for encouraging me and for keeping the home fires burning the few nights I was away xx

p.s. I've got a gadoodle of photos, will let you know when they're up!
"... and through it all we kept the promise that we made, I swear you'll never be lonely!"
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Sounds like it all worked out well, brinkerz. Finngirl definitely didn't go to soundcheck as she was with me!

Hmmm, I didn't even know Sharon was there so can't help you with the other question, and guess I wasn't looking at Mark long enough either Frowner

BUT all in all it was a special night, loved every bit of it.
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Originally posted by Andrea:
Finngirl definitely didn't go to soundcheck as she was with me!
Hmmm, I didn't even know Sharon was there ..


Really? Ok sorry ... was sure I read somewhere that FG had gone to it??
You got me second guessing Sharon now but I was sure sure sure ... There were some seats arranged off stage to the left.
Thanks for reading my encyclopedia though!
Hey brinkerz, thanks for your review man !! sorry we could'nt meet up in person (I think you may have tried to call my mobile, which has sadly breathed its last I fear)nope, no Perth soundcheck for moi as such although we could hear it clear as crystal from the gates. but I was chatting to Peter for quite a while with the lovely Andrea, Pez and Mel (I am the chubby one with orange hair and had the 'It's all about Crowded House' shirt on that I made).


Glad you made it to your flight in the end, I have had moments myself where I am like 'no way I am going to get to the airport on time' actually, flying back to Sydney before dawn the next morning I was about an hour and a half early for once, which was a blessing as I had my long chat with Matt then Mark and Camille next to me on the flight.

Ooooh, I forgot to mention how Matt was taking photos of the crowd as they left the stage on Saturday night, and then later he came out on foot with John Walsh and chatted before the headed off somewhere. And Nick helping the greyhounds off stage. I want one. A greyhound that is Big Grin
FG I saw you saw you saw you!! You were like two feet away from me in the line up.
Too weird ... so who was the tall girl, shoulder length hair, stripy top & jeans going in? Sure she was carrying a box of some sort?

Re Matt taking photos - I was smack bang in front of him when he took his second photo on stage.
Got photo of him taking photo, tongue out and all.
Couldn't get too many of him as he was pretty much behind Neil on my line of vision.

I was only thinking before ... my piddly little post after four gigs. Wasn't this your 88th or so Finn related gig? God and I get all wrapped up in MY memories! You must be going ga-ga! Hell, beyond ga-ga!!

Is John the bloke with short dark hair? Appears on RocKwiz?
Well hang about ... you said FG didn't do sound check as she was with you ... so it couldn't be you!

Afore mentioned lass went in with two other guys + PG I'm sure.
(Note - never seen PG before but I'm making an assumption. Bloke late 40's/early 50's, dark hair, Enz shirt, carrying folder (VERY important in assuming identity of a stranger! Big Grin), handing out even more important things for these three people to keep and then last seen walking inside with them.)
*Rushes in* Big Grin

hey brinkerz yours was not a piddly little post at all, I loved it and a great start to your Finn related travels for sure, you rock !! and thankyou again for sharing your thoughts and memories with us. I am still going 'Did I just do that !!!!'The 17th show marked my 90th Neil related show -I think I may have an addiction

Yes that was indeed the wonderful Peter in the Enz shirt, (I am not sure if Frenz went to a soundcheck on the Saturday), but they did do one from about 4pm there was

'Lots of jamming' - different songs on guitars mainly

There Goes God

Whispers And Moans

Nails In My Feet (Neil was asking for more keys and after trying several times said he just could'nt get it right)

Heaven That I'm Making

I think they made us late getting in as they were only just heading off shortly after 5. Not that I am complaining mind you.


Can I do that again Big Grin
Brinkerz, andrea, Finngirl
Reading your posts only makes the continent, oceans and islands between you and me seem like an impossible barrier! So wishing to have followed the tour beyond the walls of America. But feels great to read your detailed posts and hanker back to the 3 concerts under my belt. Thanks for including the rest of us in your convo! What a year!!!!!
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Originally posted by Finngirl:
'Lots of jamming' - different songs on guitars mainly

Nails In My Feet (Neil was asking for more keys and after trying several times said he just could'nt get it right)
Really?

REALLY?

Man, did I pick the wrong day to line up early...

*heads off to sulk*

Edit: Not really, it was too good a show to sulk about anything Smiler


Sorry to hear about the LPS episode blinkerz. I thought us Augie fans were all such nice people *sigh*. And the mixups with the bag rules were really frustrating.
Hi DaFinnative girl *hugs* you know, I thought of you and the guys and gals from Bumbershoot while sitting in the line-up, waiting waiting on a gorgeous day for the gates to finally be released, and kudous to Sherrie and hubby for their trot to the stage and getting us places at the barrier.

I know what you mean beclf, they really did'nt seem to know what was happening at the gates, changing the barrier lanes over and over and then deciding like 10 minutes before hand there were to be no bags Roll Eyes so glad I took Perri's advice and stashed mine.

You know I think 99.99% of Augie fans are nice people, but like with anyone there will always be a couple making things not so pleasant. Loved Augie's whole set I did, and the grin I got from Glenn when I called out 'Bring Davey back' after their convo about taking away his mike.


I really really hope that when the Crowdies do come back to Perth the do their gigs outdoors again, soooooooooo much a better venue then the concrete esky (Superdome)far better suited to their shows IMHO.

And had to smile atmyself since I have about 85% of the pre-show music on my i-pod, curious as to who cooses it, they have great taste Big Grin
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Originally posted by beclf:
I thought us Augie fans were all such nice people *sigh*.


No no! Don't sigh ... I'm sure you are! Like any group, the minority can bugger it for the majority ... Now that I know you're an AM fan too, you can benefit from the other part of the deal with LPS. That was AM photos! LPS loss = your gain. Will let you know when they're up. Enjoy ... Smiler
Brinkerz, sounds like a great adventure. Sorry you have the LPS to deal with. I was just thinking that the CH concert on Friday night was the only Finn related event where I've run across so many rude people. I guess being outdoors, they felt free to drink and carry on as they wished.

Also I envy your 12x optical zoom. I've got a Canon but only 3x. My husband has the 12x. I think I will have to work on upgrading before next time.

Finngirl, yes it would be oh so nice to have outdoor concerts all around next time. It's so much much more fun than the indoor shows. I'm just so glad they didn't do the show at Burswood here. You probably are too (aren't you the one who had such a bad time for the ENZ show here last year?)
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Originally posted by brinkerz:
... Now that I know you're an AM fan too, you can benefit from the other part of the deal with LPS. That was AM photos! LPS loss = your gain. Will let you know when they're up. Enjoy ... Smiler
You ripper Smiler

I couldn't take any photos myself, because we don't have anything between a phone camera and my husband's you beaut professional Canon SLR, which they wouldn't have let in.
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Originally posted by ljswa:
Brinkerz, sounds like a great adventure. Sorry you have the LPS to deal with. I was just thinking that the CH concert on Friday night was the only Finn related event where I've run across so many rude people. I guess being outdoors, they felt free to drink and carry on as they wished.


I guess it's to be expected - the gates opened at 5 and with close to a four hour wait for the main act, people with no imagination whatsoever are just going to drink aren't they? On the Friday we had to put up with some obnoxious cretin behind us, and then god knows what was going on Saturday night but we had to let security leap into the crowd two or three times. If they insist on serving alcohol at these types of things, they should either have a separate area for stupid pissed people, or not open the bar until 8.

I just can't understand the mentality - why spend $80 or $90, whatever it was, on a ticket and then get so rat-arsed that you don't remember any of it?
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Originally posted by brinkerz:
All had gone according to plan.

From the two gigs in Melbourne … to Brisbane … to Perth.
First time to Victoria …. First time to Western Australia … both my longest flights.
From walking out of Spencer Street Station, to my drive out and time spent with Paul, to the uncertainty outside the Duxton.

What a day! What a night! What a week!

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