I won't argue with Camus. If Neil wanted to call it Crowded House he's well within his right to but I think Neil is quite prepared to let the name rest. If he did, I wouldn't be upset. After all, Paul did leave the band in 1994 and the band carried on for another 2 years. Sure the band was a different beast but if eyewitnesses are to be believed in the book Something So Strong, the musicianship was outstanding and it really prompted Nick to come out of his shell on stage. The live tracks on the latter CD singles suggest this to be the case.
And even if fans protested, would it be safe to assume that everyone who has posted on this forum would go and see the shows? Sure, some would bitch and moan about "'not the same without Paul" BUT we'd still go and see them. Personally I can't believe Split Enz fans are wishing for Phil Judd to be part of the reunion tour. Face it, the early line up weren't as successful (or entertaining) as the latter so why would they choose to represent the band as a quasi-avant garde (read "smart ass") combo when a majority of the people want the hits? Obviously it's not enough for some fans that they have reformed - AGAIN - and touring.
And to lay the Led Zep/Live Aid debate to rest before it takes over this thread. Phil Collins was only one of two drummers for Led Zep that day - the other being Tony Thompson (who was in Chic and The Power Station - do these qualify as hard rock?). The surviving three were under rehearsed and has much pressure on them in America as they were more or less the feature attraction on the day. Such expectations were bound to be result in a less than spectacular gig. The band withdrew permission to be on the DVD because they felt THEY weren't up to standard (as was the case at Atlantic's 40th anniversary party in 1988 where Jason Bonham sat on the drum stool). Blaming Phil Collins - whose drumming skills are more than adequate enough for a hard rock band, by the way - reeks of ignorance. Unless you are a rose coloured glasses wearing card carrying obsessive fan of Led Zeppelin whose heroes cannot do any wrong in which case God Speed and be on your way.
Anyway back to Crowded House...