Sadly I heard today that Pat Pickett had passed away as a result of cancer. Words like “legend” and “icon” get thrown around too easily sometimes but Pat really was a legend and an icon. Pat was an old school “road warrior” whose reputation in the industry was huge. I only had the pleasure of working with him a few times so we were acquaintances rather than mates but I knew where he stood in the business.
His resume was a who’s who of Australian rock starting out with a very young AC/DC and including acts like The Angels, The Screaming Jets and literally hundreds of other bands over many, many years.
Rest in peace Pat.
* Update *
Clint Braddick, Garry Chamberlain and Derek Bovill have kindly given me use of a couple of great photo’s of Pat, thanks Guys.
If you have some you’d like to share here please send me an email or just leave a comment below with your email address & I’ll find you
* A Tribute to Pat Pickett from John Swan *
Another good friend and fine roadie passes away, I’ve been sharing stories all day with my friends who worked with Pat Pickett He was a funny bastard- nothing was exempt from his sense of humour. He invented the dance of the flaming ass holes and of course the Pat Pickett Strut funniest thing you’ll see.
All day good friends and some I haven’t spoke to for a while have been checking to see if I was OK. Now that to me tells you the type of man he was I met him way back at early AC/DC gigs Mark Evans will go into the stirs for you I hope if he deems this appropriate. Somehow appropriate and Pat don’t go together He was a real roadie he loved his friends, he entertained others.
He was loyal and funny, but most of all he was a big softie, he would protect the girls who had bad names he would try to get the good girls into trouble. Crew in this period were real worked hard and played hard, no podiums not much money or food none of us ate much then I guess we were looking after our figures (yeah……..right! ? ) but always had a GREAT time
Like all of us he was no angel and there was a lot that went on, on the road which shall remain there “what happens on tour stays on tour”. I liked him because if he didn’t like you he’d call you the most disgusting names. If and when he got to know you, he’d apologize, for only a few, because at the time you usually were what he suggested.
My light shines a little dimmer each time a friend passes, my heart goes out to all who knew him I had a chat with girl from Melbourne tonight, just talking about Pat, She’d been howling because she read my face book update she told me things he did for her how he took her in he was like the big brother she needed. She told me lots but I’ll just leave it at that.
All I can say is Bon Scott, Norm Sweeney, Billy Thrope, Wayne “Swampy” Jarvis, Marc Hunter, Ted Mulry, Mick Cocks to name only a few (sorry I know I’ve missed some here there are so many more.). So many we loved will be having a laugh tonight as he tries to explain some road antics to St Peter they will be pissing themselves as he takes them on a journey you would have to have been there to enjoy.
Funny man, great roadie, good friend such a kind person, I loved him as did many of the real rock and roll bands and their crew. Big, small all you had to do was ROCK, he would help drink your rider and tell you the best yarns in the most colourful vernacular.
God I’ll miss him RIP BIG MAN e used to say he was an honoraury Scott as they were the only other c….s that could get in as much trouble without even trying XXXXXXX . For those who think this is inappropriate, it’s only for those who knew Pat, the rest, well you can always go f………k yourself.
Reproduced with the permission of John Swan