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Due to bad planning on my part and various factors beyond my control, I arrived at the ACL festival 10 minutes before CH's set was scheduled to start. There was a huge mass of people at the gate trying to get in. After waiting 30 minutes and hardly moving (with people passing out around us from the heat), my husband and I walked to the perimeter of the park to see if there was anywhere else we could catch a glimpse of the show, before we missed all of it. We luckily were able to find a good spot by the fence where we could hear everything well and see Neil and Nick. Several other fans in the same situation were there too.

So, here are the songs that I know were played, but others who were there for the entire show should have more to add:

Mean to Me
When You Come
Weather With You
Heaven That I'm Making
Transit Lounge
Don't Dream It's Over
Distant Sun
World Where You Live
Silent House
Locked Out

Everyone sounded terrific, looked great (from what I could see) and were in good spirits. I'm sure others will have more to report...
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Well, there's this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Oeal8Yj2g

Not taped by me, we didn't make it. The touts weren't coming down on the price of tix, the bike racks were maxed out, our boy was napping. Given that what I love about Crowded House -- going where the music takes them -- was going to be stifled by the format AND the well nigh perfect memory of the taping the night before, could be my heart wasn't into it.
Well, I've just made it back home after a long weekend at the ACL Fest.

Crowded House played from 4:30 - 5:30pm on Friday, which was the only one of the three days that turned out not to be a sellout. I suspect it's largely due to Friday being a workday, so perhaps it wasn't surprising that the size of the crowds likewise didn't seem to grow to really impressive numbers until evening.

Anyway, the setlist for the performance was as follows:

Mean to Me
When You Come
Say That Again
Fall at Your Feet
Weather with You
Heaven That I'm Making
Transit Lounge
Don't Dream It's Over
Distant Sun
Silent House
World Where You Live
Locked Out

The crowd was surprisingly good for a day crowd at ACL Fest. It roared the "What do you know?" response to Neil's "What do you know?" call in "Mean to Me" and participated in singalongs during "Don't Dream It's Over" and "World Where You Live."

Having attended a number of shows by artists this weekend, I realized it's no small feat to get crowd participation, as it has to be won over with so many people in the audience perhaps with little knowledge of the band or its songs. With Crowded House not being a familiar face here in the States, it's even tougher.

KGSR has apparently been playing the band in its rotation, so at least those coming from Austin who listen to the station might have some familiarity with the band. (Kudos also to the station for broadcasting on the grounds of the festival with reports, artist interviews and special live radio performances, etc. throughout the proceedings.)

I believe it was during "Fall at Your Feet" that a strong, cool breeze picked up and it actually began to lightly rain. It was noteworthy since I'd not remembered any chance of rain in the forecast for the day. It largely amused both Neil and Nick. Whether scheduled or not, the next song happened to be "Weather with You."

During the show, Neil told the audience that this performance was their last of the North American tour and thanked a number of the crew who wouldn't be continuing on with them. He also expressed that he was very sorry to be seeing Liam go after the show and dedicated "Don't Dream It's Over" to him. I actually found myself a bit choked up, which is a bit unlike me.

A friend and I hooked up with the wonderful poptartjen and got to about the third row from stage and close to Nick. (Bob O, ptj didn't notice you there, but did you manage to make it?) My write-up is based upon my relative position and perspective, so I hope even more people who may've attended are able to weigh in with their experiences to see if they might be any different from mine.

The sound seemed quite good from where we were standing. As usual, the higher-energy, more rocking numbers worked best for me, and it seemed as though this stop was one of the few that actually ended on a high-energy song. I really enjoyed that contrast and think a healthy dose of those types of songs in a festival setting is the best course. The crowd seemed to respond to and enjoy those songs most, as well. Neil seemed to be caught in the moment playing guitar at a few points during the show.

All in all, it was a very good experience, but just different than a dedicated Crowded House show with dedicated Crowded House fans. I was very happy I was able to attend, nonetheless, obviously.

Off to you next, Madrid/Europe . . .
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs...l_crowded_house.html

Crowded House’s first new album in more than a decade, “Time on Earth,” is rather subdued, recorded as it was in the wake of drummer Paul Hester’s 2005 suicide. On the AMD stage Friday, the reunited band proved less mischievous and extroverted than in its late-‘80s heyday, but there was no loss of energy or edge, and joie de vivre was still in evidence.

Frontman Neil Finn is generally tagged as a pop guy, thanks to a classically clear, sweet, deceptively powerful voice and a knack for memorable pop melodies. Fans only familiar with the band’s big Top 40 hit, “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” may have been surprised by the meatiness of Nick Seymour’s bass lines, or the heavy Les Paul face-off between Finn and new member Mark Hart on “Locked Out.”

The group opened with the jagged “Mean to Me” and soaring “When She Comes,” two older tracks that never got significant airplay. There were obviously plenty of fans who knew all the words, however. Finn took advantage of a well-rehearsed crowd by puckishly breaking out “Weather With You” when a stray cloud favored the assembled with a breeze and a few raindrops, and orchestrating a full-throated sing-along with an easy gesture. “Let’s summon up some rain,” he joked. “A light rain - just a gossamer rain.”

The new “The Heaven I’m Making” got a jazz-funk infusion from Hart’s keyboard solo. Another new one, “Transit Lounge,” suffered a bit from too-tight adherence to the recorded version, right down to the flight announcement that introduces it on the album. Crowded House is always at its best when the arrangements leave plenty of room for Finn’s unassumingly spectacular voice, as on the gorgeous coda to “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” featuring Finn’s son Liam on acoustic guitar.

http://austinist.com/2007/09/15/acl_fest_day_on.php

We arrived a few minutes early and found a spot about 10 feet from the front barrier amongst the resolutely middle-aged audience. The Crowdies had an interesting newspaper collage full of political headlines as a backdrop, but the set leaned toward the personal. They entered sharply attired in dress shirts, and Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod even sported ties! In Austin, in September! They began with 1986's "Mean To Me," which had the crowd singing along immediately. Neil Finn and Co. then worked a pretty consistent mix of two old, one new throughout the set. The mid-tempo numbers from new album Time On Earth were a mixed bag, with CH oddly skipping radio single "Don't Stop Now" to play lesser tracks like "Transit Lounge." Other new tunes like the Finn/Dixie Chicks co-write "Silent House" fared much better, and won over a crowd who were primarily there for older material. But ah, the hits. A noisy collection of young Aussie backpackers near us were clearly delighted to have such a commanding view of one of their country's most popular rock acts ever. So when songs like "Weather With You" (played to commemorate the three minute drizzle shower above the AMD stage) and "Don't Dream It's Over" came spilling from the speakers, the crowd smiled and sang, and all seemed right with the world. A temporary cool breeze made the proceedings that much more pleasant, and as the Crowdies closed with the rockish "Locked Out," one can only hope they'll turn up again soon in a city that loves them.

Also, if you go to the News 8 Austin website, click on the ACL vodcast banner at the top of the page (http://www.news8austin.com). If you watch the clip for Friday, part 2, there is a brief interview with Neil.
Through the wonders of texting, I was able to meet up with the lovely Romer and his friend, John, on the festival grounds. We watched a bit of Blonde Redhead's set before heading over to see CH. I was pleasantly surprised to get up fairly close to the stage barrier. I had my little digital camera with me but the zoom is limited. I'll try to post some photos later this week. Romer summed up things very well ; I can't think of much to add. I'm glad that Crowded House were invited to take part in this festival. It was the icing on the cake after seeing the TV taping the night before Smiler.

Jennifer
It was a great show! My first ever Crowded House gig, after waiting many years. Smiler

Here are my photos:
https://webspace.utexas.edu/ajw479/www/pics/ch/

After the gig, I walked over to the fence by the backstage and watched LCD Soundsystem... I noticed Liam behind the fence chilling out, and then Mark, so I waved my CH t-shirt and pen above the fence and they came and signed it for me! Mark even got a new pen for me when mine was broken. Thanks, guys!

All in all a great show, too bad it was so short Frowner
This was my first chance to see the guys outside in a festival show. It was a nice change. I was at the first Chicago show or I would have been sad it was only an hour. Luckily, we were able to get in to ACL about an hour before the guys played. Found a good spot in front of Mark toward the front. Everyone around us was impressed that they packed so much into such a short set.

I was really pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people about college age singing all the words to most of the set. I ran into one of my younger co-workers there later and she said they were "pretty good" (with a look of mild surprise). Glad more US folks are getting exposed to CH. It's about time they figured out what the rest of us already knew!!!

I don't know if it was planned, but it seemed that they started into "Fall" right as it started to rain big cold drops of rain. Seemed appropriate to let the tears rain down us. Then they went into WWY. The rain and clouds made the weather *almost* bearable. Too bad there wasn't more rain earlier to help put that fire out. We saw it from the buses and it looked pretty bad. I had hoped to hear Something So Strong live. Missed it by a day in Chicago, although I did get to hear Hole in the River live. Great set overall. I will definitely be looking for that show in January.
I've noticed quite a lot of DVDs have come from the Austin music festival; mostly country artists, but also other high profile names like Lindsay Buckingham. Do you think Crowded House was filmed with the possibility of a later release. I doubt the DVD would have the same production heart as the "Farewell" but it would be a good wee snapshot of the band.
There have been ACL Festival DVDs released the past couple of years from selected bands. Not every band is featured on the DVD and there's only 1 song per band and sometimes there are also brief interview clips. So it's anyone's guess if CH will be chosen for the ACL Festival 2007 DVD. I'm guessing that a DVD probably won't be released until next year. This is entirely separate from DVDs from the ACL TV show.

http://www.pbs.org/klru/austin/backstage/faqs.html#pleaseiwantatomwaitsvideo

Are CDs or DVDs available?
As the programs are produced for public broadcasting and commercial release is not the priority, rights obligations have made issuing the programs on CD or DVD a challenge. Not an insurmountable one, however: KLRU has recently partnered with New West Records to begin releasing selected episodes from the archives. Information on the current catalog can be found here. Also look for CDs and DVDs recorded at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, released by Warner Bros./Rhino Records.
Interview excerpts from News 8 Austin :

http://www.news8austin.com/content/acl_festival/?ArID=192308&SecID=334

"I always figure that generally there's only 20 percent of the people watching that have seen you before, So you just try to get on there, play as well as you can, and revel in each other's company. You can't worry about where it sits in the big scheme of things," Neil Finn of Crowded House said.

"It's a great place to be because it's got a vibe, it's a University town, and it's got respect for music. It's also a bastion down south of a very open-minded frame of mind I associate with the good things about America, a sense of freedom and open-mindedness. We love it here," Finn said.

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