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Another night with surprise guests and song selections at Neil and Liam’s second show at Largo in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
We had a return guest appearance by Wendy Melvoin to again perform “Last To Know” and “Wherever You Are” from One All. This time Wendy subsequently returned to play drums on a highly unexpected cover - TLC’s 1995 hit “Waterfalls” - an ensemble performance with Neil and Liam leading on piano and guitar with a collection of backing singers, likely friends of Liam’s, including Kirin J Callinan who delivered a rap-style vocal interlude.
Kirin had earlier appeared as a guest to perform “Family Home” a song featuring the Finn Family from last years Bravado album.
Similarly Connan Mockasin again performed “Why Are You Crying?” from his 2013 Caramel album.
Before TLC’s “Waterfalls” was performed a young singer introduced as Natalie had sang Paul McCartney’s 1980 single of the same title backed by Neil and Liam.
There was no return appearance by Neil’s Fleetwood Mac bandmate Mike Campbell, but we had another Mike show up instead - actor Mike Myers! who got into English character to lead the band through a manic “BBC” as performed by Ming Tea in Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery - with Mike running around the Largo stage and “moshing” with Liam.
The band otherwise was the same as last Thursday - Matt Eccles, Connan Mockasin, Sebastian Steinberg, Sharon Finn and John Carroll Kirby. Jon Brion wasn’t a guest on this occasion.
The band were partially in costumes they had worn to a video shoot for “Back To Life” - an upcoming single from the “Light Sleeper” album - Sebastian performing in a particularly fetching toga.

The printed set list:

Sweet Dreams
Fire In Your Belly
Distant Sun
Meet Me In The Air
Any Other Way
Private Universe
Waterfalls
Back To Life
Where’s My Room?
Last To Know
Wherever You Are
Miracle Glance
Family Home
Why Are You Crying?
Message To My Girl
Better To Be
Waterfalls (TLC)
BBC
Anger Plays A Part
Better Be Home Soon

From memory this was the actual set performed with the addition of I Got You before the show closing Better Be Home Soon which was performed by Neil on piano with a whistling solo by Molly Lewis.
As on Thursday Molly and John had opened the show with a brief set which included Willie Nelson’s “Crazy”.

 

The Ligature posted:

Another night with surprise guests and song selections at Neil and Liam’s second show at Largo in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
We had a return guest appearance by Wendy Melvoin to again perform “Last To Know” and “Wherever You Are” from One All. This time Wendy subsequently returned to play drums on a highly unexpected cover - TLC’s 1995 hit “Waterfalls” - an ensemble performance with Neil and Liam leading on piano and guitar with a collection of backing singers, likely friends of Liam’s, including Kirin J Callinan who delivered a rap-style vocal interlude.
Kirin had earlier appeared as a guest to perform “Family Home” a song featuring the Finn Family from last years Bravado album.
Similarly Connan Mockasin again performed “Why Are You Crying?” from his 2013 Caramel album.
Before TLC’s “Waterfalls” was performed a young singer introduced as Natalie had sang Paul McCartney’s 1980 single of the same title backed by Neil and Liam.
There was no return appearance by Neil’s Fleetwood Mac bandmate Mike Campbell, but we had another Mike show up instead - actor Mike Myers! who got into English character to lead the band through a manic “BBC” as performed by Ming Tea in Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery - with Mike running around the Largo stage and “moshing” with Liam.
The band otherwise was the same as last Thursday - Matt Eccles, Connan Mockasin, Sebastian Steinberg, Sharon Finn and John Carroll Kirby. Jon Brion wasn’t a guest on this occasion.
The band were partially in costumes they had worn to a video shoot for “Back To Life” - an upcoming single from the “Light Sleeper” album - Sebastian performing in a particularly fetching toga.

The printed set list:

Sweet Dreams
Fire In Your Belly
Distant Sun
Meet Me In The Air
Any Other Way
Private Universe
Waterfalls
Back To Life
Where’s My Room?
Last To Know
Wherever You Are
Miracle Glance
Family Home
Why Are You Crying?
Message To My Girl
Better To Be
Waterfalls (TLC)
BBC
Anger Plays A Part
Better Be Home Soon

From memory this was the actual set performed with the addition of I Got You before the show closing Better Be Home Soon which was performed by Neil on piano with a whistling solo by Molly Lewis.
As on Thursday Molly and John had opened the show with a brief set which included Willie Nelson’s “Crazy”.

 

Great rundown, Ligature.

I have to say, I though everyone was in great voice and I loved both of the Waterfall covers. The band sounded really tight - Probably all those concerts together traveling trough New  Zealand. The more I hear of the new stuff, the more I like it. Quite a few jams on songs too (Neil getting ready for the Mac?)

Finnbear posted:
The Ligature posted:

Another night with surprise guests and song selections at Neil and Liam’s second show at Largo in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
We had a return guest appearance by Wendy Melvoin to again perform “Last To Know” and “Wherever You Are” from One All. This time Wendy subsequently returned to play drums on a highly unexpected cover - TLC’s 1995 hit “Waterfalls” - an ensemble performance with Neil and Liam leading on piano and guitar with a collection of backing singers, likely friends of Liam’s, including Kirin J Callinan who delivered a rap-style vocal interlude.
Kirin had earlier appeared as a guest to perform “Family Home” a song featuring the Finn Family from last years Bravado album.
Similarly Connan Mockasin again performed “Why Are You Crying?” from his 2013 Caramel album.
Before TLC’s “Waterfalls” was performed a young singer introduced as Natalie had sang Paul McCartney’s 1980 single of the same title backed by Neil and Liam.
There was no return appearance by Neil’s Fleetwood Mac bandmate Mike Campbell, but we had another Mike show up instead - actor Mike Myers! who got into English character to lead the band through a manic “BBC” as performed by Ming Tea in Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery - with Mike running around the Largo stage and “moshing” with Liam.
The band otherwise was the same as last Thursday - Matt Eccles, Connan Mockasin, Sebastian Steinberg, Sharon Finn and John Carroll Kirby. Jon Brion wasn’t a guest on this occasion.
The band were partially in costumes they had worn to a video shoot for “Back To Life” - an upcoming single from the “Light Sleeper” album - Sebastian performing in a particularly fetching toga.

The printed set list:

Sweet Dreams
Fire In Your Belly
Distant Sun
Meet Me In The Air
Any Other Way
Private Universe
Waterfalls
Back To Life
Where’s My Room?
Last To Know
Wherever You Are
Miracle Glance
Family Home
Why Are You Crying?
Message To My Girl
Better To Be
Waterfalls (TLC)
BBC
Anger Plays A Part
Better Be Home Soon

From memory this was the actual set performed with the addition of I Got You before the show closing Better Be Home Soon which was performed by Neil on piano with a whistling solo by Molly Lewis.
As on Thursday Molly and John had opened the show with a brief set which included Willie Nelson’s “Crazy”.

 

Great rundown, Ligature.

I have to say, I though everyone was in great voice and I loved both of the Waterfall covers. The band sounded really tight - Probably all those concerts together traveling trough New  Zealand. The more I hear of the new stuff, the more I like it. Quite a few jams on songs too (Neil getting ready for the Mac?)

Yes - thanks for the summary.  Great, great show.  Really enjoying the new songs the more I hear them. 

A few more bits of info from last night.

1. I met someone who's very close to the members of Fleetwood Mac who said he can't say anything on "the record", but that we will likely see a studio album by the new lineup.

2. Neil introduced "Anger Plays A Part" by saying that Liam wrote the song and that he (Neil) really likes the song a lot.

3. Neil and Liam were in great spirits. Neil, in particular, looks incredibly vitalized and happy.

4. Wendy Melvoin spoke again about Neil saying that he's "music royalty" and that he's "the bar that all songwriters should be measured against."

A very special night indeed.

 

Sugar Mouse posted:
Finnbear posted:
The Ligature posted:

Another night with surprise guests and song selections at Neil and Liam’s second show at Largo in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
We had a return guest appearance by Wendy Melvoin to again perform “Last To Know” and “Wherever You Are” from One All. This time Wendy subsequently returned to play drums on a highly unexpected cover - TLC’s 1995 hit “Waterfalls” - an ensemble performance with Neil and Liam leading on piano and guitar with a collection of backing singers, likely friends of Liam’s, including Kirin J Callinan who delivered a rap-style vocal interlude.
Kirin had earlier appeared as a guest to perform “Family Home” a song featuring the Finn Family from last years Bravado album.
Similarly Connan Mockasin again performed “Why Are You Crying?” from his 2013 Caramel album.
Before TLC’s “Waterfalls” was performed a young singer introduced as Natalie had sang Paul McCartney’s 1980 single of the same title backed by Neil and Liam.
There was no return appearance by Neil’s Fleetwood Mac bandmate Mike Campbell, but we had another Mike show up instead - actor Mike Myers! who got into English character to lead the band through a manic “BBC” as performed by Ming Tea in Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery - with Mike running around the Largo stage and “moshing” with Liam.
The band otherwise was the same as last Thursday - Matt Eccles, Connan Mockasin, Sebastian Steinberg, Sharon Finn and John Carroll Kirby. Jon Brion wasn’t a guest on this occasion.
The band were partially in costumes they had worn to a video shoot for “Back To Life” - an upcoming single from the “Light Sleeper” album - Sebastian performing in a particularly fetching toga.

The printed set list:

Sweet Dreams
Fire In Your Belly
Distant Sun
Meet Me In The Air
Any Other Way
Private Universe
Waterfalls
Back To Life
Where’s My Room?
Last To Know
Wherever You Are
Miracle Glance
Family Home
Why Are You Crying?
Message To My Girl
Better To Be
Waterfalls (TLC)
BBC
Anger Plays A Part
Better Be Home Soon

From memory this was the actual set performed with the addition of I Got You before the show closing Better Be Home Soon which was performed by Neil on piano with a whistling solo by Molly Lewis.
As on Thursday Molly and John had opened the show with a brief set which included Willie Nelson’s “Crazy”.

 

Great rundown, Ligature.

I have to say, I though everyone was in great voice and I loved both of the Waterfall covers. The band sounded really tight - Probably all those concerts together traveling trough New  Zealand. The more I hear of the new stuff, the more I like it. Quite a few jams on songs too (Neil getting ready for the Mac?)

Yes - thanks for the summary.  Great, great show.  Really enjoying the new songs the more I hear them. 

A few more bits of info from last night.

1. I met someone who's very close to the members of Fleetwood Mac who said he can't say anything on "the record", but that we will likely see a studio album by the new lineup.

2. Neil introduced "Anger Plays A Part" by saying that Liam wrote the song and that he (Neil) really likes the song a lot.

3. Neil and Liam were in great spirits. Neil, in particular, looks incredibly vitalized and happy.

4. Wendy Melvoin spoke again about Neil saying that he's "music royalty" and that he's "the bar that all songwriters should be measured against."

A very special night indeed.

 

I agree about the revitalization - I've seen Liam and Neil at Largo about 4 times over the last couple of years, and last night was different. The whistler, the ladies who wandered in to sing parts on songs, the sound, the ambience, the party like atmosphere on and off stage - it was probably the tightest I've heard that group sound in like...ever

Ligature and Finnbear, you’re spot on, can’t add much to what you’ve put so eloquently. It was truly unlike any other Finn show I’ve ever seen - just amazed at the level of musicianship, variety of material and the overall warmth of all the performers. Really touched by so much last evening, particularly seeing Neil and Sharon with arms around each other singing background vocals on Family Home. Father and son - and Connan - banter was hilarious. BTW, don’t think it’s been mentioned yet but Mac DeMarco was among the revelers on stage.  Covers of both McCartney’s and TLC’s Waterfalls were fantastic. Even before the show, the Largo DJ was spinning some great tunes I wasn’t familiar with and made me an instant fan of Brazilian musician Arthur Verocai. So grateful to have been able to experience such a magical, joyous night...

mikelm posted:

Ligature and Finnbear, you’re spot on, can’t add much to what you’ve put so eloquently. It was truly unlike any other Finn show I’ve ever seen - just amazed at the level of musicianship, variety of material and the overall warmth of all the performers. Really touched by so much last evening, particularly seeing Neil and Sharon with arms around each other singing background vocals on Family Home. Father and son - and Connan - banter was hilarious. BTW, don’t think it’s been mentioned yet but Mac DeMarco was among the revelers on stage.  Covers of both McCartney’s and TLC’s Waterfalls were fantastic. Even before the show, the Largo DJ was spinning some great tunes I wasn’t familiar with and made me an instant fan of Brazilian musician Arthur Verocai. So grateful to have been able to experience such a magical, joyous night...

Yeah, the Waterfalls "Theme" for the night was interesting. Pulling an obscure McCartney track from 38 years ago was brilliant, and Liam effing nailed it

Finnbear posted:
mikelm posted:

Ligature and Finnbear, you’re spot on, can’t add much to what you’ve put so eloquently. It was truly unlike any other Finn show I’ve ever seen - just amazed at the level of musicianship, variety of material and the overall warmth of all the performers. Really touched by so much last evening, particularly seeing Neil and Sharon with arms around each other singing background vocals on Family Home. Father and son - and Connan - banter was hilarious. BTW, don’t think it’s been mentioned yet but Mac DeMarco was among the revelers on stage.  Covers of both McCartney’s and TLC’s Waterfalls were fantastic. Even before the show, the Largo DJ was spinning some great tunes I wasn’t familiar with and made me an instant fan of Brazilian musician Arthur Verocai. So grateful to have been able to experience such a magical, joyous night...

Yeah, the Waterfalls "Theme" for the night was interesting. Pulling an obscure McCartney track from 38 years ago was brilliant, and Liam effing nailed it

Really loved the obscure Paul McCartney song which I had never heard before. Listening to it now, I can see why it resonates with Neil.  The gorgeous melody and the melancholic uplifting lyrics are quite beautiful. 

Hi All - I am typically a lurker, but thought I would chime in since I attended the 2nd of the Neil / Liam Largo shows.  1st off, the venue was ok, but totally different from the last time I visited the previous Largo in LA that was over on Fairfax.  The old club was much smaller, you could get drinks, and was much more intimate.  The new largo is like watching a band in a lecture hall.  Mind you none of the seats are bad, and it was a fun experience, but it doesn't really compare to seeing Neil in the smaller older version of Largo.

The setlist was pretty great.  A nice mix of a few Neil solo songs (a few from One Nil w/ Wendy that were superb), a few crowded house songs, a few Liam songs, some nice ones from their forthcoming Neil / Liam album, and the two previously mentioned covers of two different 'waterfalls' songs.  The waterfalls covers were awesome.  Great performances, great energy great singing.  I felt like most people didn't know the McCartney song, as it is a bit obscure.  I recognized it right away and couldn't believe they were covering it.  I almost thought they were going to go with a 3rd 'waterfall' which could have been the one by Wendy and Lisa from their debut album which is a fantastic song.  I was kinda bummed that they didn't add the 3rd one. 

Liam was outstanding in this show.  His voice and playing was maybe the best I have ever seen (I have seen him 3 times before).  He was relaxed and crazy at the same time.  Neil seemed to be in an ok mood, but not as up nor as dialed in as many of his other performances. 

I haven't seen Neil play for quite a few years, not since a 2010 crowded house show in LA.  I have seen him play maybe 10 times, and I have to be honest here, it was probably the most ragged I have ever seen him.  I disagree a bit with some of the folks, the band didn't seem that tight to me, I actually felt like when Wendy started playing drums that things got tighter.  Neils voice is still great for his age, but in comparison to a few years ago it is a little less great.  But that is what happens with age, high notes get hard to manage, vocal strength a bit less.  Compared to many other 60+ year old rock stars he is doing great.

It was great to see Neil and Liam live.  I was so glad to get to see Neil before he starts on his Fleetwood Mac adventure.  I wish he would stick to his own music, but that is obviously his choice.  Hopefully he will be back doing solo shows or something with the family or CH sometime soon.

 

Thanks for chiming in Blink.  I think we fans probably tend to slightly overrate Neil's singing, saying things like "he sounds the same as 30 years ago" and whatnot, which of course is not true.

That said, I have more than one bootleg from the 90s where he's sounding pretty ragged and terrible.  Everyone has a bad day now and then and I think on better days his voice is still pretty remarkable.  The Out of Silence sessions from last fall were excellent and showed he can still sing very strongly, as on a song like Second Nature.  Some footage from the recent tour with Liam has him sounding pretty good too.

So I guess I'm agreeing with you in that we probably overrate Neil out of admiration, and I would tend to believe your assessment of this Largo show over some of the others -- but I'm also sure he's still capable of much more than what you saw that night.

Thanks again, please lurk less often (if you feel like it).

yes slowpogo, it def could have just been a little bit of an off night for him vocally.  I mean it wasn't bad, just not god-like.  Neil is one of the most fantastic live singers I have ever seen.  So he has set the bar super high. 

I remember the first time I saw him play live with Crowded House in St. Louis in april of 1994 I was shocked / floored / amazed.  This guy, who has such a great recording voice, was impossibly even a better singer live.  The control, pitch, and strength of his live voice was shocking to me at that time compared to other bands I had seen.

Hopefully we all get a chance to see him play again sometime soon.  Hopefully where the tickets aren't $200 as well. haha

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