AS Aussie rock talents Powderfinger release their new album Dream Days at the Hotel Existence today ( see below), the buzz around music industry coffee tables and other shiny flat surfaces is of the impending tour by the Brisbane five- piece and Novocastrian rock giants Silverchair. The tour, scheduled for later in the year, is an unlikely pairing, not because the two bands’ music is greatly at odds but because they are both quite capable of pulling large crowds on their own. One could speculate about what size the venues for such a double bill might be or who will take the headline spot, or who gets the most money. Whatever the reason or motivation, one can’t help but wonder what collaborations might ensue once the two rock giants hit the road. Clearly there is a deep- seated respect on both sides of the tour bus for this one, but let us remember that these are both bands that in recent years have found the demands of touring a little hard to take, whether through illness, exhaustion or just being fed up with each other. Will Bernard Fanning and Daniel Johns bond or will there be singer tantrums? Will it be all chummy down the rhythm section end, with each of them swapping tales of late- night paradiddles and bass player jokes throughout the ages? Stay tuned for further developments. HAVE you ever wondered whether Bob Dylan is any good between the sheets? It’s not something that has given this writer much cause for thought but that cannot be said of every journalist of my acquaintance. Spin Doctor has been the subject of some discomfort this week due to a persistent and clearly deranged member I CAN’T be the only person in Australia to be the Osmonds are getting back together, yet given that the ’ 70s is about to get another 15 minutes of fame with the upcoming Countdown Spectacular 2 tour across Australia, perhaps it’s time for Donny, Marie, Sneezy and the rest to bring the family troupe down this way next year, after they have filmed their reunion in the home of show- business dagginess, Las Vegas, in March next year. Someone should start a petition.
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of staff here at Spin Doctor HQ whose heart seems set on a tryst with the 66- year- old troubadour when he arrives here in August. This person says she will do anything ( and I believe her) to entice the greatest American songwriter of the modern era around to her place, postperformance, for a quick oyster frenzy followed by an amorous adventure the likes of which His Bobness will never have experienced, or so she says. The poor thing is under the impression that, with my music industry connections, I can make Bob, and thus the earth, move for her. ‘‘ You will be my conduit,’’ she commanded in her mildly upsetting, breathy manner. Ten weeks remain until Dylan gets here. Maybe I can work from
home for a while.