Roses are red
Violets are blue
Imma spend today
Thinking about you
Happy 11 year anniversary of the day that you signed up to have me ‘do your head in’ for the rest of our lives.
How am I doin’ so far?
Also, I love you.
One of the BEST cities in the world
Melbourne has everything
And over the weekend, we got to experience it all
The weather, the food, the people, the city
All crammed into 3 days and 2 sold out shows!
We have a few days off now…which, if you can believe it, has NEVER happened before on tour. We get a day off here and there, and once in a blue moon, we have 2 off.
I have the WHOLE week off!!
Of course I have a bazillion things to get done in that time
Starting today with visiting my Nanna
First show, barefoot….long story.
The Mebourne (motley) crew
The beautiful room we played in at the Crown
Walking the labyrinth that is the tunnel of confusion, backstage at Crown
The first night’s rowdy crowd
Duck face slash who farted?
Meeting Slinky and his apprentice
The view from my room
Daz & Andy
but didn’t last the night custom choccies from James & Carol at GROOVY CHOCOLATE
Mama bear doin’ her thang
warming up, sound checking, getting ready taking selfies
Trying to be artsy
Enjoying the show
Meeting some peeps
Saturday’s fired up crown
In my life, there’s been 3 places that I’ve called home
There’s been more than 3 places where I’ve actually LIVED
But only 3 that I would class as hometowns
A hometown is where you were born, I hear you say
I couldn’t agree less
Yes, a hometown CAN be where you were born
But it can also be where you grew up with your family
Or it can be where you live now, where you made your OWN family
The above, is of course, according to my ‘make up your rules/sayings as you go along guide to life’
In a weird twist of scheduling abracadabra-ness, that may never happen again…
In the space of 7 weeks, I will be playing at ALL THREE places that I consider MY hometowns
And I’m pretty fucking excited about it lemme tell ya.
At the end of this month, I’ll be with Dad in KALGOORLIE for two shows
For those of you that don’t know, I was born in Kal, and have the best childhood memories of growing up in such a unique and isolated outback Australian town (thanks to fast planes and cars, it’s not so isolated anymore, and it’s WAY bigger….but still glows with it’s own shade of red-dirt unique-ness)
Mid-December, Dad & I will be in PERTH for THREE shows. This is beyond spesh, as selling out in your hometown is officially *the shit*. But selling out TWO shows and having to add a third, at one of Perth’s most prestigious venues? Hell-to-the-fucking-yeah!
We moved from Kalgoorlie to Perth when I was in grade 5, and I lived there until I moved to the U.S. So all my schoolin’ & growin’ was done in good ol’ Perth. It’s where most of my family still lives, so I’m “squeeee-ing”, that I get to see them all before Christmas.
Perth is also where I did all my youthful partyin’ and where a lot of the evidence is buried. Luckily for me, I don’t remember shit, so don’t be coming up to me at shows saying,’ do you remember when?’
‘Cause I don’t.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it as highlighted in the conditions of my parole
Finally, in January, I’ll be back in CHICAGO for one show
Chicago is where I live now, and where my family (the one Diamond & I made) is
For most of the year, it’s where I call home, and where 90% of my bills get mailed to
The rest of the year I’m traveling all over,
and ignoring bills
I know I get worked up easily, but I don’t know a better way to express
HOW FUCKING EXCITED I AM TO SEE ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND PLAY ALL MY HOMETOWNS WITHIN WEEKS OF EACH OTHER AND TO HAVE SORE ARMS FROM ALL THE HUGGING AND GUITAR PLAYING
AND OVERUSE OF CAP LOCKS