Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Long time, no 'Top 5'

I may have mentioned a couple of these before, but never all in the same top 5.

Top 5 Brushes with Celebrity at Live Gigs

1) Julian Casablancas

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It was a Thursday night gig at the Globe theatre in Perth just prior to the release of The Strokes' debut album. They were actually supporting You Am I, something that I'm still trying to get my head around.

After an awesome set Julian sidled up nest to me at the bar while Tim Rogers and the boys were playing. He was only nineteen and it seemed he had no idea of his obvious awesomeness.

It wasn't a long conversation but one I will always remember. It included him asking me where "all the hot girls hung out in Perth". I think I told him that he needn't worry too much, they'd find him.

2) Mick Thomas

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It was a Sunday afternoon show at The Oxford in Leederville. Mick was playing with his band The Sure Thing, all-girl act Git provided the support. My mate Rob and I consumed way too many pints throughout the day, and we found ourselves chatting to the Git-girls after the show.

Rob's girlfriend came to collect him while I ended up going into the band room with the Git-girls where much red wine was consumed. I was introduced to Mick and the Sure Thing boys. After the pub shut, the guys were keen to move the party back to their motel. Mick asked me if I wanted to join them... I was too drunk to refuse. I actually got a lift with them in the Tarago... how rock 'n roll!

Things got a bit hazy back at the motel, although I do remember ringing Kim in the UK (quite possibly the biggest Mick Thomas fan in the universe). Mick was kind enough to speak to her for five minutes or so, making me an absolute hero in her eyes. My next foggy memory was of Stuart Speed (the 7 ft tall double bass player) escorting me out of the motel, I think I'd overstayed my welcome.

3) Jimeoin

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The Irish-Aussie comedian performed at Subiaco's Regal theatre. The guys I went with thought that a trip to the Regal's bar after the show was in order.

After a few Crown Lagers nature made its familiar call. I was standing at the urinal following all urinal etiquette (eyes forward, no sideways glances etc etc) when I heard a "how're ya' goin'?" in an unmistakablekeable Irish accent come from the guy next to me.

We had an impromptu 'urinal chat' about how Melbourne is a "funnier" city than Perth, before returning to the bar where he was beset by 'comedy groupies' (I didn't know there was such a thing, but it turns out there is).

P.S. If you were wondering, I didn't steal a peak at his pecker... honest.

4) Ben Lee

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Many moons ago at the Grosvenor front bar Ben was doing a triple-billed solo tour with Juliana Hatfield and someone else who I can't remember (I keep thinking Evan Dando, but I don't think it was).

During Ben's set I found myself to the side of the stage with two others. After his first song he looked over in our direction and asked if we could see okay. I said no. The next thing I knew he had invited the three of us up on to the stage next to him, where we sat cross-legged with our red wine for the remainder of his intimate show.

5) Tex Perkins

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The Cruel Sea were playing an outdoor gig at Banamah Wildlife Park just out of Yallingup, I can't remember who did the support.

It was a balmy summer's evening and I was kicking back on the bank drinking icy cold beer with my mates, I think the support act was just starting. A bloke in a blue singlet, faded blue jeans and 'double-plugger' thongs plonked himself down next to us and proceeded to munch on his hot-dog. I thought he was a bit under-dressed, even for an outdoor, down south gig, so I turned to have a better look at him. Fuck me if it wasn't Tex!

We chatted, I drank, he ate. He is so down to earth it's not funny. Top bloke!

Listening to: Pink Floyd - Relics


At 8:22 am, Blogger Arthur_Vandelay said...

Working at an unspecified upscale department store raises ones chances of bumping into the odd celebrity also, though your list trumps mine, as you will see:

Johnny Young, Richard Court, Alannah MacTiernan, Matt Birney

At 8:25 am, Blogger Arthur_Vandelay said...

Oh, and I never actually spoke to Jimeoin, but I did pass him on the stairs prior to one of his gigs at the Regal. I didn't realise it was him until my girlfriend said: "That was Jimeoin!"

At 10:16 pm, Blogger Melina said...

Ooh I'm supposed to see my boy Julian play on Saturday...but I'm guessing that I won't be.

At 7:42 pm, Blogger chuffed_enuff said...

Man, i remember reading about how the Strokes supported You Am I. I was pretty damn shocked, given that they were already a bloody awesome band. No offence to You Am I...


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