report and photos by Trevor Connell
Take the advice of someone who states “My dad does pretty good parties.”
That was the recommendation from Peter Jones’ daughter as seen in one of the video tributes to the man who was celebrating 20 years in the business as The Ringmaster of Razzle Dazzle (as he was described on the night).
Although Peter may have booked the venue (Peninsular) and invited the guests, it was his team who put the event together (something Peter admits is usually the case).
The event kicked off with DivasInc singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – very sweet, but then they segued into AC/DC’s Long Way to the Top featuring guitarist James Ryan and then joined by the City of Melbourne Pipe Band with a ring-in tagging along – Mr Peter Jones himself. Well it was his party and he could play what he wanted.
Brenda Jones welcomed the guests to “the most special of PJ’s special events” and spoke of “myself and all the other women in your life, who have made you what you are today’.
Tributes were delivered by representatives of Peter’s clients, staff, family and some familiar voices from his events.
One of the great moments of the night came from Malcolm Gough who described how although Peter has done 78 major events for Mazda over 16 years – he has never owned a Mazda. So he announced that Peter was to be presented with a Mazda RX8. Peter’s jaw hit the floor just in time to connect with a radio controlled model of a RX8 that was heading for him across the stage.
Back in 1991 Peter was working for an advertising company when he was made redundant – so he set up an office with a phone, a fax and an answering machine and Peter Jones Special Events
was launched. And this was the theme of a tribute song The Dream of Peter Jones, penned and sung by Rupert McCall.
The girls (past and present) of PJSE presented a tribute to Peter via a behind the scenes look at the legendary PJSE Christmas cards.
In his response to the well wishes (and roasting) Peter said of the event “It’s all about me – and my relationship with you. Being retrenched 20 years ago was the best thing that ever happened to me. After 20 years I still love giving people a good time. I can’t do it all myself, but I can bring together the people who can”
Peter’s thankyou speech was immediately followed by 100% Kylie singing a very breathy Happy Birthday Mr Jones
Then it was onto the dance floor with AJ and Old School
Happy 20 years indeed Mr Jones.
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Venue: Peninsula C
Catering: Atlantic Group V
Production Manager: Martin Featherston
Staging and AV production: The Staging Company, Alpha Audio, Resolution X, Masteknik, Show FX
Vision: Toby Harding, Next Vision
Event Producer: Alex Nihill
Room design: Alex Nihill with Allie Hammet – Table Art and Andrew Balnaves – Solution Red
Green Event, Harry the Hirer
Crew: Tim Newman, Laurence Winston, Greg Hill , Elio Risio
Born in a Taxi
The City of Melbourne Pipe Band
Anthony Jaye and James Ryan
MC’s: David Mann, Peter Meehan, Stephen Phillips, Sandy Roberts, John Deeks.