Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vale Australian veteran of the road Pat Pickett

A message from audio engineer Greg Clarke. Feel free to pass on:
Our beloved mate Pat Pickett has passed on after a brief illness than none of us, including Pat expected.
Pat is an icon of the Australian music industry, and had history with ACDC, Midnight Oil, The Models, Spy vs Spy, and The Screaming Jets, among many many other bands, and in many roles such as FOH and monitor sound engineer, system engineer, production manager, stage manager, truck driver. Originally Pat was from Melbourne, and in more recent years he was based in Sydney. You name it Pat did it, and in inimitable style. He took young bands and crew under his wing, and he showed them the ropes so they would never forget him.
Let’s remember Pat at his memorial service, which will be held at the South Chapel Rookwood on Tuesday the 7th of December at 10:30 am
Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium
Memorial Avenue
Rookwood Necropolis
Phone 02 9746 8945
Despite the fact that Pat had a terminal illness, he was completely independent and working right up to the week before he died. His rent was paid up in advance, but unfortunatley Support Act have been unable to help out as they don’t cover funerals.
A bank account has been set up for those able to contribute to the funeral expenses. We are aiming to raise at least ten thousand dollars. Any amount remaining after all the expenses are met will be given to Pat’s family.

The banking details are as follows:
Pat Funeral Fund
Commonwealth Bank
BSB 064121
Account 10245472
Any queries regarding this can be directed to myself at admin@audioboffin.com or Geoff McGowan at geoffmcg@optusnet.com.au

Friday, November 26, 2010

Now He Wants To Save Your Dog

Iggy Pop is involved in a campaign to limit human medical experimentation on animals. Who would have pegged the Pop to be an animal activist? More here.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The night NY punks got a New Rose

Can't say I've ever been a glued-on Damned fan but this piece about their American debut at CBGB's in the Huffington Post is pretty good reading. Author Binky Phillips nailed the excitement of that night alright, and wrote another piece about coming face to face with Johnny Rotten here that you need to check out.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Fleshtones roll out another one

The Fleshtones are alive and well and about to unleash another album, this time produced by Lenny Kaye. There's also a compilation and a double-album re-issue ("Hexbreaker" and "Speed Connection") out on Aussie label Raven. Read all about it in this Keith Streng interview.