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Welcome to the gateway to my subscriber site . Please consider Subscribing it's only $1 a month to help me to continue to write and perform. Inside the subscriber areas you will get FREE downloads and full access to my NEW Memoirs Blog #TheOtherSideOf Touring here is a segment from the Chapter "Running Away With the Circus"
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The Memoirs of Aly Cook #theothersideoftouring Subscriber Only Blog
I’m writing my memoirs. So many stories I CAN tell .. So many I CAN’T tell! I guess in writing this I am analysing my story, what makes me who I am and how I am in life. Plus a healthy dose of humour and the Rules of Rock n’ Roll. Let’s start with Rule Number one..
‘What Goes on the Road Stays on the Road.’
Here is a little segment of the story or at least what I CAN tell in a story. To read more please subscribe to the NEW Subscriber Area of my Website ‘The Green Room’ . To follow my private subscriber memoir blog
A segment from chapter 12
Memoirs of Aly Cook - #theothersideoftouring
Photo Circa 1991 (NZ Musician Magazine)
RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS
Most people dream about running away with the circus ... Well I actually did! The Great Moscow Circus for about 9 months.. throughout New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan in 1991/92.This was an era in my life when I spent some time with two dynasty families of the Australian Entertainment scene the Bullens and the Edgleys who had worked together over decades & generations to bring some of the biggest productions to Australia and New Zealand from Torvill and Dean to the Bolshoi Ballet to the Great Moscow Circus. Some of my experiences on this tour included standing up on take off between two stallions in a 747 Chartered Jumbo Jet bound for Taiwan, (No health & safety standards inside that flying tin can) to sourcing tons of meat and vegetables to feed 4 indian elephants, 1 african elephant, 20 + cossack Horses, 12 Bengal tigers,, a big boa constrictor, 4 dogs, 4 russian brown bears, 11 rhesus monkeys all named after pop stars, The photo is me and Donna Summer. A photo taken in the Big Top Tent at Western Spring in Auckland for a full page in NZ Musician magazine circa 1991 (As the whole time I continued to write music) . My daily tasks at that point in time could be for example be finding 20 litres of blood from freezing works, everywhere we went for the Big White tigers to lap up like a kitty cat does with a saucer of milk. Touring with these big productions made working on a rock band tour seem like a Sunday picnic and made everything in my life that came after it seem that much easier!
It was a bizarre but interesting time with probably the last big animal circus to ever tour Australia and New Zealand. Not some small circus but a multi million dollar circus playing in a 10,000 seat Big Top and in sold out Entertainment centres across Australia. Despite the controversy, it was a time I cherish and forever grateful for the adventure.. It was one of those experiences in life that you learn a lot from. It would take me on a journey by road with a team of semi trailers through part of New Zealand and then on every route to every major city in Australia and across the Nullabor to Perth and on to Taiwan in a chartered 747 federal express Jet … To read more please subscribe. http://alycook.com.au/
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