Bob’s Bits #14

Welcome to 2015!  The new year had begun well until the very hottest day of the year, thus far, came along only two days in and with it brought catastrophic warnings about the ever-present summer threat for bushfires. With that of course came reports that a bushfire had broken out in the Adelaide Hills and…

Bob’s Bits #13

“You guys don’t have a harvest holiday do you?” This was a question posed to me only the other day when I was on the phone to American singer songwriter Ani DiFranco – a rare occurrence I must say – and I happened to wish her a happy Thanksgiving in the hope it would help…

Bob’s Bits #11

Anyway, where am I? Not sure but I do know that back in 1977 I was at The Marryatville Hotel in the leafy Adelaide suburb of Marryatville seeing Radio Birdman play for the first time. I’d heard they were coming to visit Adelaide as it had been announced by radio announcer David Woodhall on his…

Bob’s Bits #10

When conducting an interview with a recording artist over the telephone during the week, I was reminded of some of the more interesting interviews I have undertaken over the last 24 or so years. One that springs readily to mind is one I did with a famous singer who is so famous I now can’t…

Bob’s Bits #9

This is a story from long ago but it remains relevant to today. My mesmerising Bob’s Bits column of the last issue – which was so mesmerising I have only just gotten my busy self around to reading it – which was all about sharing a share house at Mile End in the ‘70s, caused…

Bob’s Bits #7

Is not the weather quite lovely at the moment? Don’t all nod your head at once, as that may cause it to get just a little bit windy. Anyway, the lovely weather goes a fair way in explaining the lateness of this column as, wishing to take full advantage of it, I ventured down to…

Bob’s Bits #6

I don’t hear it quite as much anymore due to the much more enlightened times in which we now reside, but I often used to hear (some) people bemoaning about there being not much going on around Adelaide. It would frustrate me as, being a very social kind of person, I knew that there is…

Bob’s Bits #5

I awoke to news this morning (26 Aug) that Jason Curley, bass player with Australian band Tumbleweed, had passed away suddenly at home the previous day. The tributes to Jay, as he was known, then starting pouring in on that Facebook thing which caused me to reflect on the much-loved band as I have had…

Bob’s Bits #4

The fact Russell Morris is heading to The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel with his band to play on Friday 22 August has caused him to be in my thoughts as I am young enough to recall his big solo hit, The Real Thing, of 1969. In fact, I am also young enough to recall Russell’s first…