Originally posted by Anselm:
It doesn't rest solely on the whole banter/no banter business. Sometimes the band themselves don't seem into it, or maybe they feed off the audience's reactions, which as we all know can vary hugely from city to city, and venue to to venue. Even consecutive nights in the same venue bring different audiences. Sometimes the band seem tired, other times they are totally up for it. You can usually tell prety early on.
Is it me or have the best CH shows people have seen usually been in the smaller, more intimate venues? I just think they are a 'community' band, much better heard when they can see all the faces in the audience and just connect.
I'd not seen CH before Friday night in Brighton. I've seen Neil several times and Neil & Tim a couple of times, but never Crowded House.
Anyway, the venue was the Brighton Centre, possibly one of the most soulless venues out there. It's like a giant school hall. But despite that, it really didn't feel like they were playing a giant school hall, it felt like they were playing a small club - and I wasn't remotely near the front so it wasn't down to that either.
friendly heckling and banter with the crowd, but you could just tell from the minute they came on that they were all well rested, in good spirits and up for a good time, so even though the initial reception wasn't exactly amazing (they started with Private Universe, my favourite song but not exactly an upbeat number to get the crowd going!), it didn't matter as they seemed decided that they
were gonig to have a good time no matter what.
So, um, yeah.
Have I ever been disappointed? Its the only time i've ever seen them and in some ways, yes I was. The CH I saw on friday night weren't and can never be, the band I fell in love with - and I couldn't help but notice that. Still enjoyed it though, I'd probably still take that over a Neil Finn solo or Finn Brothers gig too.