December 30, 2012

Two interesting Hogmanay celebrations David has attended, one in LA and one in Edinburgh:

When David was in LA filming LA Without a Map he made friends with Johnny Depp, who had a cameo appearance in the film.

"He (Johnny Depp) even invited him as guest of honour at the notorious Viper Room, which he owns.

David said: "It was Hogmanay, Run-DMC were playing in this club, which holds only 150 people.

"The security was fierce and the bouncer couldn't find my name amongst this sheet of around 20 bits of paper.

"He was telling me I wasn't on it and I was praying that Johnny had put me on the list - it would have been so embarrassing as there was this massive queue of people, all trying to get in.

"But eventually the guy found it and I ended up rubbing shoulders with Hollywood for a night. It was fantastic."  - The Daily Record - March 16, 1998

I can't even begin to picture David in a club with Run DMC! But this party description from 1992 is even weirder!  While it doesn't name David I will assume he was one of the cast that turned up!

"Even by the anarchic standards of Hogmanay in Edinburgh, the party held at the Off-Centre Club, based in the 369 Gallery in the Cowgate, was memorably bizarre.

Billed as a Time Machine party, it was hosted by Roxy, the capital city's father of punk who appears exclusively during the hours of darkness, a Proustian eccentricity which has given rise to much sinister speculation.

Arrivals first had to negotiate their way past Roxanne (not to be confused with Roxy the host), a female bouncer imported from Brixton's Fridge nightclub who sported a ring through her nose and was encumbered by fetters (quite right, too, Cockburn thought too many employers these days allow their staff excessive liberty).

Roxy himself was resplendent in a mauve hunting coat and floral waistcoat from Vivienne Westwood's Dangerous Liaisons collection, a gift from the fashion queen herself. He received more than 400 guests, supported by Stuart Forbes, owner of the Off-Centre club.

``People are fed-up with hard-core music," declared Roxy. ``Why shouldn't things be colourful in Edinburgh? Tonight's themes are Caribbean and Ibiza, tartan and glamour."

Everybody on the dance floor seemed to be wearing tartan. ``Scottish nationalism is bringing kilts back into fashion again," announced Colin Veitch.

Morag Deyes, a dancer with Welsh National Opera, had come from Bath; Janet Lorimer, the painter, was flaunting her Andrew Logan brooch; and Brian Loudon, manager of the Lyceum theatre, turned up with some of the cast of Shinda the Magic Ape. Nobody recalls the bacon sandwiches served at 5am."

The Sunday Times - January 5, 1992 - Henry Cockburn