posted on July 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

twilight mysterioso

meet the band

adrian hoffman on bass guitar guitar and b vox

a tall blond geezer of about 20

adrian is a very talented bloke actually

hes got his own bloody band, hasnt he…?

writes and sings his own bloody songs, doesnt he

he is a cool calm collected and wry humoured type

shaun hoffman on drums about fortyish i guess

hes in charge (a bit) i guess booking flights etc

he is reliable and amiable and a little on the wry side too

a very individual drummer and very good too

on the guitar is ricky maymi

talk about a mercurial character

one of the best musicians ive ever seen

absolute encyclopaedic knowledge of rock music

i dont mean rock trivia neither …..i mean the actual music

watching a video of him playing at notes in newton is a revelation

the way he plays the guitar and the way he moves with his music

ricky would be an asset to any rock band on any fucking axe you like

hes an amazing drummer too

hes got energy motivation verve and pizazz

he helped me put this david neil thing together

on 12 string occasional bass and vox is me

i need no introduction here i suppose

old sk you know

the guy from the crunch


i fly off to perth one day last week

our rehearsal is drowned out by the pounding rain

our first gig is a party

thats right i’ll play yer fucking party

or write you a fucking song or whatever

if you can but come up with the dosh

so yeah we played at this very nice blokes fortieth

it was at a gig in a hotel

the bloke came in and said ” can we get ya anything?”

ricky quick as a flash says the name of some drink

the bloke goes off and comes back with a bottle

we drink it with orange slices and much bonhomie is had

we play pretty good i guess

the crowd at the party like us dont they

more drinks more bonhomie

ricky even sings happy birthday in a dean martin voice

(how BJM is that??!!)

ricky and i stay at a beautiful house in fremantle with felicity and otis

on sunday afternoon i meet up with david kenworthy a sculptor

im gonna do some music for an installation

he gave me a fantastic piece

which is jelly babies set into black and lit from within

a real stunner it is

now i own 2 david kenworthy pieces

he also had a neat house in this strange suburb

i felt very relaxed there it was nice

that night we played in freo at a bar called mojos

we certainly rocked

they liked us

we did an impromptu gloria

and ricky turns it into a bit of a happening

he gets down on the floor and plays with the pedals

the guitar sits in its stand mildly feeding back

and ricky manipulates the sound twiddling the knobs

a series of telegraphic tremolo blips …its fantastic

the next gig in sydney is more problematic

its at the beach road in bondi

my neck of the woulds

its a free gig and i dont like it because of that

it actually wasnt as bad as i feared

but still……

i kept my head down n was glad when it was over

the next night at notes was different again

we had johnny z joining us in sydney on the double bass

he played on the DN record

notes was a good gig and left a nice taste in yer mouth

then melbourne at the cherry bar

this was a hip little venue in melby and very rocknroll

so we rocked and as a guest we have evil graham lee on pedal steel

he plays on the record too

seemed kinda crowded there and we went down well

the next night was ho-bart the capital of tas-mania

wow a bleak cold remote city reminding one of norway

a strange but good gig there

ricky and co stay at a house

where theyre filming a tasmanian macbeth

that was not a joke

the gig was cool i enjoyed it

ok …

new zealand

ps i will be sending david neil albums to all subscribers

who have paid one hundred dollars in the last year

this is the beginning of sk premium…details soon!









31 Responses to “neil on the road”

  1. avatar
    david | 12 July 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    …slapping you with a mythdemeanor for makin us worry….

  2. avatar
    Boriah | 12 July 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    “its a free gig and i dont like it because of that”. Agreed. Good luck with the gigs anyway.

  3. avatar
    hellbound heart | 12 July 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    …..and there you go…
    love always…..

  4. avatar
    Sunflower Sister | 12 July 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    My sister and I loved your work @ cherry bar fri nite Steve..we even told you so!! Keep On Chooglin’ xx

  5. avatar
    Lara | 13 July 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Yay, David Neil! He may be a scoundrel, but he’s got CDs…

  6. avatar
    Steven Krut | 13 July 2011 at 1:49 am #

    I read some of the gig reviews on HW. People are enjoying the shows and it sounds like you’re enjoying them too. It’s such an cool concept, this David Neil thing. Who else does stuff like this besides you? Ceaselessly engaging, you are. Enjoy NZ!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 July 2011 at 1:58 am #

    I really like the formula for this band. I am also glad that all is well and that ‘ being busy was the reason for your absence from your daily blog. I know with financial and logistics that the current work that your are doing, and obviously enjoying greatly, would not allow you and your mates from taking the tour to the states. I like living thru your words, what the present currently holds for you – Ricky and the guys. I am asking if there is anyone out there who has seen theses current concerts or plans on being in attendance any time soon – to shoot some video so us poor unfortunate ladies and gents can, at the very least, enjoy some sights and sounds from afar. If that would not be any trouble.

    Darrin K.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2011 at 7:24 am #

    adrian hoffman on bass guitar guitar and b vox

    a tall blond geezer of about 20 ………………it’s me innit!!!
    Looking forward to buying the album. Any news on a release date?

  9. avatar
    Freddie | 13 July 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I wish I could’ve been there!
    Been digging the live vids and his songs on Myspace.

    • avatar
      jon | 13 July 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      perhaps you are more hellbound
      than you think

      • avatar
        Mom | 14 July 2011 at 7:14 am #

        Jon, you’re too young to contemplate what mom might think.

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          thetimebeing | 14 July 2011 at 9:42 am #

          ok freddie

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            Freddie | 15 July 2011 at 12:31 am #

            I want a double serving with extra nutty-ness and one more for the road down please.

  10. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 13 July 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Ricky probably knows Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. They are two of the most awesome California based guitarists. Peter and Marty are exemplary riff masters too !

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 July 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Hey Brien,
      Satriani is a transplant from Long Island, New York. He taught some of the most influential metal guitarists such as Kirk Hammet and Alex Skolonick in California. Satriani is a huge fan of Al Di Meola.Di Meola’s guitar playing on Elegant Gypsy is by far, some of the greatest work by a little known artist. I saw Al Di Leila live here in Chicago many many years ago, and remember the show as if it was yesreday.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 July 2011 at 2:03 pm #

        Excuse some of the spelling, my computer is acting up and really messes with anything I write. Have a great day Brien and everyone else . Enjoy life, be selfish today and find some time to do something that you enjoy, but have not had the time to, induledge in something fun for yourself.
        Darrin K.

  11. avatar
    Cocoamo | 13 July 2011 at 10:55 am #

    There you go, half apologizing for doing parties, commission work, etc.
    We would much rather you do this then end up like Jim Morrison, John Lennon, and so many others who acheived dizzying fame and financial success, but…

    Even though we can’t quite understand how the world has missed giving you such. Still it is better.

    You’ve got to believe it is all part of the grand plan – Not one to rest on your laurels, not you. Still creating. Still experimenting with new and different sounds. Still curious and appreciative of the wonders along the path that has been laid before you. Brilliance like yours cannot be squelched. We believe the best is yet to come.

    And we who really care about you would much rather you take a modest approach that is not so physically brutal as the tours through the states. Yeah there’s an upside to the USA tours, but the cost/benefit ratio – the number it does on you – reminds us of a bull getting skewered in a bull fight. Puts on a good show – the crowd cheers. Everyone but him having a good time.

    We have always believed that gratitude is the closest emotion there is to prayer. We have been lucky to be on the receiving end of the body of work from you and the Church, and we blessed to have so much to be grateful for. But you can’t see the forest through the trees, we are sure. So, it is of such value that you do appreciate these wonderful people with whom you are working. You are feeling gratitude, and there is no greater joy.

    Not that you haven’t had your cross to bear. Hoping your children are well and being properly cared for. Sorry for babbling away here.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 13 July 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      thank you dear cocoamo

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 July 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      I really enjoyed that and agree with every word. He, and in fact they, have given so much- and never asked for anything in return. Such an unselfish extraordinary man in a time of selfish and self centered artists consuming all media outlets. I always pray for great health and happiness for our moderator because its all I have to offer and costs nothing, goodwill wished upon others.

      Darrin K.

  12. avatar
    . | 13 July 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    safe travels
    keep them in awe
    bright as a flame
    stand tall

  13. avatar
    bc | 14 July 2011 at 8:47 am #

    love this band…
    stoked about sk premium!

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 July 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Vai is also a transplant of Long Island and Satriani taught him too. I really can’t think of a better dual guitar team that can match Marty and Peter. Maybe Richards and Brian Jones. The latter was really talented and died way too young. For those people that think Angus and Malcolm Young are great. The only great thing they do is to drown out the voice of the bomastic vocalist. That truly is great.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 July 2011 at 11:38 am #

      I saw the 1996 inceptions of G3 with Satriani, Vai and Eric Johnson. In my opinion, Vai was and always will be a step below Joe. It always drove me crazy that Joe would get nominated year after year for Grammy instrumentals and…lose. That drove me crazy. Surfing… is one of the best instrumental albums of all time. I actually was fortunate to see Satriani play with Tony Macalpine. Macalpine was insane. I saw him play piano and was blown away by him. In that era, Yngwie got all the glamour but his rivals could easily shreds him apart. HELL- IM gonna go dig out my copy of ‘Edge of Sanity’s from Macalpine. That is a very underrated cd. Who was your favorite from that era?
      Darrin K.

  15. avatar
    andy | 14 July 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    just missing gig after gig after gig over here……….
    bit depressed about it really.

  16. avatar
    Robbo | 15 July 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    SK, Your goodself, the “Hoffmen” and the extra ordinary “Rickster M” are welcome at my place anytime your in town ! Everyone is still talken bout the gig … ( repeat biz ? )… My little 4 yr old boy listens to the tour disc you gave me when he hits the sack …GOLD ! ( he’ll play the axe one day i’m certain of it ).

    Looking forward to next installment …

    All the Best


  17. avatar
    Narelle | 15 July 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    simply fantastic night at Newtown!!!! the whole concept/creation was so well put together…creative talent beyonds words. Ricky, (first time for me) truely amazing guitarist…David Neil would and should be proud…and it did take me back to the good ole days
    also, thank you for doing Wolfe etc “thats Wolfe with an e”
    just sorry that some can’t help themselves…had to open their big mouths and jibber, esp. during the support acts….the majority of us were there to listen and enjoy the night…and what a night it was…………
    thanks again
    take care

  18. avatar
    John F | 15 July 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Whoa Steve, just watched the video of Hollywood Ending. Fantastic. I think I’m good for a CD. Most excellent sir.

  19. avatar
    captain mission | 16 July 2011 at 11:04 am #

    i was lucky enough to catch the bondi and the notes show, thought they were very different but both brilliant in their own way, what a great band. ricky’s guitar work is awesome. in fact the whole band works wonders.

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