Hard-Ons Blackie: ‘I'm Definitely Getting Fucking Better’
News posted Friday, July 27 2012 at 08:00 AM.
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The Hard-Ons’ Peter “Blackie” Black still suffers from dizziness and vertigo, but is otherwise on the road to recovery following a vicious assault earlier this year.
Black, who also works as a cab driver, was allegedly set upon by two teens in May suffering a skull fracture and swelling on the brain. But in a soon-to-be-published interview with M+N, the legendary guitarist said he’s trying not to rush his rehabilitation ahead of looming tours of Europe and Japan.
“I'm fuckin' frustrated as fuck that I still suffer from the dizziness and vertigo, but I was told that's really normal,” he told M+N. “I have to be patient and calm about these things and just take it slowly and not push things.”
Black spent a week in hospital following the alleged attack, but while his healing process is admittedly going well, he’s been unable to return to his day job as a cabbie.
“I've always been a very fit dude and even my doctor has been very positive and surprised that I didn't crack a vertebrae or anything,” he said. “As a good friend of mine who was always coming to see me in hospital said, 'Yeah, you get dizziness and vertigo but you're fuckin' jogging. You walk up and down stairs with no problems and you started doing solo gigs. You don't fall off your fuckin' stool’ … When you look at it that way it's like, yes, I'm definitely getting fucking better.”
Black described the outpouring of support from Australia’s music community as “heartwarming”. In the days following the incident, several benefit gigs were organised to help the musician get back on his feet. “[There’s] no other way to describe it except amazing,” Black said of the support. "What words can I use except amazing and astonishing? [It's] so fucking heartwarming that I literally just couldn’t believe it. I am grateful beyond what words could describe."
Black’s second solo album, No Dangerous Gods In Tunnel, is out today through Citadel. Tour dates below.
Sat, Jul 28 – Pharmacy, Islington, NSW
Sat, Aug 4 – Music Farmers, Wollongong, NSW
Thurs, Aug 9 – Port Macquarie, NSW
Fri, Aug 10 – SCU Uni Bar, Lismore, NSW
Sat, Aug 11 – Prince Of Wales, Brisbane, QLD
Sun, Aug 12 – Tym’s Guitar, Brisbane, QLD
Fri, Aug 17 – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sun, Aug 19 – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC