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So crowdies 3.0 debuted on aussie / nz tv tonight as part of a commercial tv tribute to anzac day (australian nz war remembrance day)... along with other big bame antipodean acts the members played from their homes mostly and in the case of crowdies in isolation as if by zoom meeting. Neil was in iso 1 on acoustic, liam and elroy separately in iso 2, nick seemingly in ireland and mitchell in a room probs in LA.

they played a breezy ddio (what else?) about an hour into the show. Sounds like they all played individual tracks laid over one another. Nick and liam in jammies.

main stage at byron blues fest it wasnt and headlining a big festival with new material it wasnt either... but theyre up and running ... no doubt a version will be on youtube soon.

the crowdies came on after a stonkingly good version of throw yr arms around me by mark seymour and james reyne from aussie crawl with beautiful backing vocals from mark’s daughters hannah and eve.

 

 

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When was the last time Mitchell played the DDIO solo live with Neil? I can’t recall a previous occasion off hand but there must have been one...

Mitchell made a guest appearance at "A Night with The Finns" at Largo in Los Angeles in September 2016 and Don't Dream It's Over was one of the songs he performed with them. You can listen to that performance on episode #844 of Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast:

http://nerdist.nerdistind.libsynpro.com/neil-finn

Mitchell had previously performed on Don't Dream It's Over on piano as a guest at two of Neil's solo shows at Largo in 2002.

There were also at least a couple of performances where Mitchell sat in with Crowded House in Los Angeles in 1991 - in March at Club Lingerie, and at the show in the Capitol Records parking lot in July - presumably Don't Dream It's Over was performed in both sets.

Mitchell made a guest appearance at "A Night with The Finns" at Largo in Los Angeles in September 2016 and Don't Dream It's Over was one of the songs he performed with them. You can listen to that performance on episode #844 of Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast:

http://nerdist.nerdistind.libsynpro.com/neil-finn

Mitchell had previously performed on Don't Dream It's Over on piano as a guest at two of Neil's solo shows at Largo in 2002.

There were also at least a couple of performances where Mitchell sat in with Crowded House in Los Angeles in 1991 - in March at Club Lingerie, and at the show in the Capitol Records parking lot in July - presumably Don't Dream It's Over was performed in both sets.

I was at that Largo show. Wasn't Mark Hart there as well? I think he was sitting a couple of rows behind us. I could be confusing it with the solo gig for Dizzy Heights where they had the full string section. Too many Largo shows to keep straight.

 

That was the first time I've seen Mitchell Froom play live.

It was a tight and beautiful version of the song. And seeing Nick's smile was really something 🙂.

Although it was no surprise, it was still odd for me to not see Mark (I haven't followed the band for that long so I'm one of those fans who did not see the band before he joined).

I just watched the 2016 webcast version on YouTube and watched this version again and I just realised Mark played the song slightly different. Just showed he probably wanted to put his own spin on the song. Probably Eddie Raynor did too.

And I missed his backing vocals... Anyway, good memories 🙂.

Enjoy the new album and the tour next year 🙂.

While i'm still saddened to see Mark out of the band, one thing I wasn't a fan of during TOE/Intriguer was that the band effectively lost a guitarist as I noticed Neil taking to the piano and keys a lot more than usual. 

This particular iteration of the band appears to have a dedicated musician on keys and, hopefully, two guitarists to help fill out the sound. 

Another great version. This version of Crowded House seem so tight and solid as a unit.

FWIW, I really like Time On Earth and Intriguer and thought Mark Hart brought such a richness to the band's sound - he's a fantastic musician and will be missed - but that era of the band feels more head than heart to me, and I think this time round is coming more from the heart. Make of that what you will.

Excited to hear the new album after seeing these two performances. While Sherrod was a very talented drummer, I never liked the different feels he had compared to Hester. I also feel that Froom usually brings out the best in Finn too. These two performances are amongst the most authentic reproductions of the album arrangements I've ever heard.

Froom does reproduce the original keyboard parts very accurately. But is that necessarily good, or what we want out of Crowded House live? One exception might be something like Into Temptation, where the live versions always felt like a too-simple version of the record. I’d love to hear Froom play that lush arrangement with the authentic Chamberlin sounds. But otherwise, I always appreciated how CH preserved the essence of the records live, but made edits and approximations, took departures, messed with things. I think a studious reproduction is fun the first time, probably boring after that. This is very speculative after just a few performances, but I hope Froom cuts loose a little.

@slowpogo posted:

Froom does reproduce the original keyboard parts very accurately. But is that necessarily good, or what we want out of Crowded House live? One exception might be something like Into Temptation, where the live versions always felt like a too-simple version of the record. I’d love to hear Froom play that lush arrangement with the authentic Chamberlin sounds. But otherwise, I always appreciated how CH preserved the essence of the records live, but made edits and approximations, took departures, messed with things. I think a studious reproduction is fun the first time, probably boring after that. This is very speculative after just a few performances, but I hope Froom cuts loose a little.

I agree. 

I better add, in my opinion, Something So Strong wouldn't be Mark's best work and maybe he sometimes got the BBHS solo wrong.

But I thought Mark enjoyed tinkering the keys in Hole in the River and I reckon the live version sounds better than the studio version. 

If and when Mitchell Froom does "cut loose" I hope he doesn't copy Mark's little alternatives!!

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