Darren Coggan Darren Coggan
25
Feb

GOSFORD, PORT MACCA, BENDIGO & MILDURA

on February 25, 2014. Posted in General News, Peace Train

G’day groovers, some cracking shows over the past two weeks in truly some of the most beautiful theatres in Australia! The Laycock Theatre on NSW central coast greeted us with a sell out show, and a chance to catch up with some old friends. An interview with my mate Scott Levi on ABC Gosford was a trip down memory lane as we reminiced about our time in Wagga Wagga whilst Scott was a part of the town’s character as breaky announcer on 2WG. It was also great to catch up with my dear friend Dianne Chambers who so kindly sold my CD’s for me at the show! Dianne and the entire Chambers clan have been such a huge part of my life for almost 20 years now and it was great to see her again – although I doubt she was kept as busy as she normally is on the merch desk with Kasey on her tours! The lads and I found a fabulous coffee shop adjacent to the theatre and it was indeed the Christmas spirit that filled our souls!

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It certainly felt like Christmas the next day when we got to perform to a full house in the divine Glasshouse Theatre in Port Macquarie – truly one of the most lavish theatres in Australia, we absolutely loved every minute of this day! A big thanks to my in laws for selling the CD’s for me (always good to keep it in the family) and for letting me crash in their spare room.

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Feb 21 and 22 saw us back in Victoria for performances in Bendigo at the gorgeous Capital Theatre and the brand spanking new Mildura Arts Centre. Both shows drew enthusiastic Cat Stevens fans who sang and cheered their way through generation defining hits – incredible!

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It was a long and dry road to Mildura so we felt we deserved to quench our thirst on our arrival and sample a local brew from Mildura Brewery, a tasty little honey wheat beer! Again it was great to catch up with my good friend Kaye Crick who worked for Massive records when I was touring with Dead Ringer some years ago (Dead Ringers record label), it was great reminicing about those days and to see her doing so well now in her own business in Mildura!mildura beermildura2

The long drive back to Melbourne for the flight home was made even longer when our flight was delayed 2 hours – arrgghhh! Anyway, no point in complaining, that’s rock’n’roll, made all the more bearable by the fabulous hospitality in the Virgin Lounge – free drinks always taste the sweetest don’t they! Looking forward to more shows back in Victoria this weekend in Werribee and Warragul, come and get on board the Peace Train folks!

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