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Mission accomplished!

I finally got to see CH and it was worth the wait.

The band looked like they were having fun and both the set length and the on stage banter supported that.

Matt is an amazing drummer and Liam blended quietly in with the band after giving the most energetic solo performance I have seen in a long time.

For Canadian fans, Neil confirmed gigs in Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary.

Rejoice - the Crowdies are back!
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Originally posted by Half-Full:
Did somebody say.........EDMONTON????? Big Grin


Wow! Clearly Neil et al are very very smart! Of course the good people of Edmonton are overdue for a show. But also, can you imagine the excellent press and goodwill this show is going to generate?

Half-Full - when do you start taking reservations? Smiler
I am going to go out on a limb here and risk saying that i was trying NOT to get too excited about any of the upcoming CH shows - was even a bit "disappointed" that the new album wasn't going to be Neil solo - cause i LOVED the new songs that I heard at Largo in December and ...

you know blah blah, you can't go home again blah blah... so many good memories of the old CH shows, what if it's not the same...

All I have to say is HURRAH! I am YOUNG again! Smiler I can't wait for all of you to get to see them during this tour! That show last night was EXCELLENT, they were in top form.
Does everyone know that Liam has solo gigs in LA this Monday and Wednesday night and Tim has gigs Tuesday and Thursday night too! Go to Liam's myspace page and timfinn.com if you want to get all the info. hmmm...I bet Neil and Co will be there too!! That means Neil played/s Thurs(Arizona), Fri, Sun, Liam Mon, Tim Tues, Liam Wed, Tim Thurs. Southern California has been invaded by Finn's this week! Bloody awesome!
Ian - Didn't know that is how it happened, but now I can't thank you enough for the paper airplane!

Recurring Dream is one of my FAVS! and when Neil started to play it, I was elated! Then he said "you know this is only a tease" and my heart sank. - But then they all started to play and Neil started to sing (remembering the words as best as he could) and I was on cloud 9 for the rest of the night - well, I was on cloud 9 anyways, but that just threw me over the top - Never thought I would see that song live -

Thanks a million for your plane -

Karen
reflections on last night...

have seen Neil in one incarnation or another about 25 times over the last twenty years and have NEVER seen him in a better mood

as good as he is solo and with Tim, there is just something magical when Neil, Nick, and Mark are onstage together

everyone in the place seemed to have a smile all night

nice to see Peter running around, always a welcome sight

there was a crew from New Zealand TV3 filming parts of the show and doing interviews with the band at the venue's record shop

Neil and Nick commenting on how musically talented the audience was

all four began in suits, but it was really hot in the room so the jackets didn't last very long

the new songs were very well received, and "recurring dream" was a treat
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Originally posted by Yum Yum:
I am going to go out on a limb here and risk saying that i was trying NOT to get too excited about any of the upcoming CH shows - was even a bit "disappointed" that the new album wasn't going to be Neil solo - cause i LOVED the new songs that I heard at Largo in December and ...

you know blah blah, you can't go home again blah blah... so many good memories of the old CH shows, what if it's not the same...


Me too. I love Neil solo, and I love the intimate venues he plays in TO. I was a little ambivalent when I heard the boys were reforming.

I've loved the music for a long time, but anytime I've seen CH, I've always had lousy seats and it's hard to be the only one dancing in the sitting area.

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All I have to say is HURRAH! I am YOUNG again!


Yeah, I could use a little of that too. SO! Time to make some important musical connections to have a better crack at the good seats.

Thanks for the affirmation, Yum Yum!
I'm going to go out on a bit of limb, like another poster, and say that except for one thing the show was nearly perfect. The problem for me and the people I went with, was the loudness and aggression of Matt's drumming (more in a moment).

Overall the show was fantastic; loose, generally good song selection, with Neil in good voice. Liam added a nice texture (oh yeah, our group was evenly split on whether Liam's opening act was good, but my son bought Liam' album!).

Regarding the drums, we were on the left side of the stage (some closer to the stage, most of us toward the back) and the drums were waaayy too loud. And just too heavy for some of the songs. That might have been a function of our location, though some people closer to the middle and much closer to the stage than us felt the same way.

At one point Neil asked if it was too loud, which I think meant he realized the drums were a bit too heavy. But the crowded shouted "no" and you can guess how much weight that carries . However, it appeared Neil looked back at Matt a few times with a look that suggested he thought the drums were coming through a bit harder than they should.

With that minor point out of the way. . . the band seemed very relaxed, loose, and the sound a bit more muscular than in days of old.

Final verdict: You MUST see CH during the tour, whatever it takes.

Just $.02.
I feel so lucky to have been there last night...it was a brilliant show! almost 16 years between Crowdies concerts for me. Neil thanked the audience for "hanging in there between tours"...well, it was worth the wait! my favorite of the new songs played was Nobody Wants To...why is that not being released as the first single? and of the old stuff, my favorite was Black and White Boy. what am I saying, it all was my favorite! I was really pleased that my little sister (she turns 20 on Monday) thought it was a fantastic show - she keeps remarking today how fun it was (she also thought Nick was quite handsome). the guys all looked and sounded fantastic. it was clear that they were having a lot of fun. the mutual love and respect between audience and artists was pretty clear, too. I thought Liam's opening set was fantastic. I know he's a seasoned performer, but for someone so young (what is he, 21 or 22?) to be up there all by himself, doing his thing in front of several hundred people who all have come to see his dad, I think that's quite brave. I bought a copy of his CD and I hope he sells heaps! all in all, it was an incredible night. I love Crowded House! Neil, Nick, Mark, Matt, Liam and crew - thanks a million!

Emma (my sis) and I had a bit of an adventure on the way back to campus. we made a wrong turn and ended up in a dark and deserted industrial park area of Pomona, where we saw a golden retriever crossing the road. we pulled over and checked to see if he had any tags...he didn't, and we weren't about to leave him there as it was midnight, so we hauled him into the rental car and took him back with us and snuck him into Emma's dorm room for the night. we didn't know his name, so Emma suggested that we call him Neil; he seemed to like his temporary name!. this morning we took him to the shelter and learned that he has a microchip, so hopefully his owners will hook up with him soon (I left him there tearfully, though, and I am going to call and check every day until his people find him). so, yes I've gone off topic but if it wasn't for Crowded House playing a concert in Pomona last night, who knows what would've happened to that dog?

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet up with any Frenz last night, it always sounds like it will be so easy to find people you don't even know until you get there and are in a sea of hundreds.
Last night was truly amazing. I am still all abuzz and with hardly any sleep having to drive home to San Diego afterwards, but it was pure heaven. As always seeing Neil is a treat, for me it feels like a renunion with family and friends. Even when I don't know anyone in the room, everyone is so excited and you can just feel the energy bouncing off everyone. It's a great feeling. The added fact that Mark, Nick and Neil were on stage again together really made it feel like home, Sharon and Liam's presence and familiar faces out in the crowd as well. I didn't want it to end.

The highlights for me were Nick and Neil's rendition of 'Do You Want To Know a Secret' and the sweetest smile and gaze Neil made as he watched Liam dance in front of Sharon during, I think, Four Seasons in One day. The family man Neil definitely gives him huge kudos in my book.
The banter was as ridiculous and fun as ever. Nick didn't disspoint with his spontaneous versions of 'You Don't Own Me' and 'Bridge Over Trouble Waters'. And even Liam chirping in about the pronunciation of Mark's name in Africa. It was cute.

I was a little uncomfortable when Neil had technical problems during DDIO. maybe it was just me, but he seemed really upset. I hate tense situations, and I just got this vibe as he got the audience to start singing...to help him get over it. It worked, he seemed back to his old self soon enough. But there was a few awkward seconds when I felt so bad.

Extra added bonus, Neil and company walked past the line out front before the doors opened and smiled and waved at the fans. Very casual. Nick even stopped to talk to a few. It really was a great evening.

Now I have no regrets about missing out on Coachella, I think the heat would kill me anyhow, because the intimacy last night was just to die for. I happen to be in London on holiday in June, so I will be seeing the Hyde Park Calling festival and that should be quite a change, but it's something else to look forward.

So glad this forum is here to talk about the band.

Oh, and Liam's opening....I love his individuality, my daughter (17), now has a little crush. She really liked his artsy set. I did too.

Sorry to blab on, I'm just still on a House high that is for sure!
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There was strong audience participation throughout, particularly singing chords at Neil's instruction during "Four Seasons"


While Neil was strumming and the audience was "aah"-ing, Nick chimed in with a bit of Simon and Garfunkel's "El Condor Pasa" - "I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail. Yes, I would. If I could...." Cool As much fun as the musical performances were last night, the between-song banter and interaction with the fans was equally so! Smiler

Also, when I got to my car after the show, I turned on the radio to the local classic rock station, 93.1 Jack FM and the next song that came on was none other than "Born to Be Alive". No kidding! Eeker

I'm not going to brave the 100-degree plus weather or the crowds out in Coachella today, but I definitely want to see CH again if they come back to So Cal later this summer. For those of you that go, don't forget Neil's word of the day - "hydration"!


Daryl
The Pomona show was excellent. I too love the banter between songs. No prob that Neil flubbed a few lines as we all know the words. Thank you to the security guard that handed out water. The club had no air conditioning! I was so happy to finally hear "Recurring Dream" live. Missed "Mean to Me" which Tempe got but I got a few of my faves, which was a good thing. Can't wait for the tour...Wonder where they'd play in LA. Greek Theatre maybe? Do you think the tour will be in Sept. or Oct. Neil didn't even seem to know when the cd will be released.

MAM
Wow, it's been thirteen years since I last saw them, so where to start ...

The new songs bode well. "English Trees", "Transit Lounge" and "Silent House" were the immediate favs. "Locked Out" was especially powerful with Matt's drumming. I don't care how many people were auditioned, they definitely picked the right guy. I didn't notice any mistakes by Matt other than playing 'too loud', which happens easily in such a small venue. Neil, Nick and Mark all made boo-boos, but hey, that's what warm-up shows are for. It takes awhile to tone up those musical muscles and start to percolate as a tight team.

For me the only clunker on the night was "Black and White Boy", a song I like, but which sounded as if was being played in a different key and time signature by everyone. Hard to explain but it just weren't right.

The best part of all was seeing the renewed enthusiasm of all the players. Seeing Neil and Nick interacting again was a joy.

Hopefully someone has decent audio from the show. I broke in my new camera and captured decent video for three songs, but I didn't realize that the audio sensitivity could be adjusted and during loud passages it sounds like a tank is running over the microphone. Doh !!

Bravo boys !! Can't wait for a return engagement in August or ??
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Originally posted by Texas Rose:
photokr wrote:
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Recurring Dream is one of my FAVS!

I discovered this song quite late in the proceedings but it is a dream of mine to hear it live.

Neil, start practising son. Big Grin



I'd second that, it's one of my favourites but I've never heard it live either.

I'm issuing a challenge now to all Sydney-siders to start practising our paper plaes Big Grin
More wonderful photo's as usual mummakook, thank you very much. Big Grin

I need to start playing with my new camera to work out how to do the video, just in case we can use them in Australia. I hope they'll be as free and easy with cameras here as they seem to have been with the gigs so far.

Again, many thanks to the reviewers who have so far provided us with great reviews. Love those details.

I'm now hoping that Liam will open for CH at the Australian shows - I've never seen him live but it sounds as though its worth it.
Hi there,
I haven't posted in probably 4 or 5 yrs. but lurk mostly. I do want to comment on what a fantastic show that was!! Much heavier band than the last time I saw them in '95 but equally impressive and fun. I can't wait to have the new CD in my hot little hands. My favorite new track right now would be "People are Like Suns".

I am glad they pulled off "Recurring Dream" as it almost was stillborn had it not really been due to the audience clapping the beat and keeping Neil going. Then the band clicked in and what we saw is what makes a good band GREAT...they just ran away with it and made it gell.

I think most people made the correct comments above....."Black and white Boy" was a bit off...but raw and punky, so that was a different texture. One thing about the Glass House (and I've played there before)..their sound system tends to be more geared for harder edged punk, speed metal, Alt bands so they have room dialed in for a "loud" almost non-dynamic sound. I think that's why Neil was a bit thrown during DDIO. I'm not sure if it was the band's sound guys or the house guys running the mix. I do think that it was bit loud in some places, just on the threshold of full distortion...so it seemed the sound was blurred...but it did get sorted out.

I do have one complaint. I was standing about 3 or 4 rows of people in from the stage. There was a guy in front of me taking shot after shot of the band on his cell phone. Now that's OK for about 2 or 3 songs, but this guy kept taking shots until probably the next to last song. It is quite annoying to be at a concert and see these little screens in your line of sight for the whole show. Yes, I could have moved, but I was in a great location and since I'm about 6 feet tall, I didn't want to block someone elses view (short people around me).

Now waiting for the new album.
M.R. - thanks for the great review! It was a pleasure to meet you at the show.

I went to both the Tempe and the Pomona shows, and though I enjoyed them both, I just loved the Pomona gig! The banter was more free-flowing, the mood more relaxed, and the set list a bit more malleable with the addition of the impromptu Recurring Dream and the Do You Want to Know a Secret snippet. A Beatles song sung by Neil - sheer bliss for me!

It was fantastic that Neil asked the surly, troll-like security guards to move to the side because "this crowd is so NOT dangerous." The security guards, though I am sure they are excellent at their jobs, did not seem impressed by the performances and were clearly perplexed by the fans and our enthusiasm and adoration.

Highlights for me were Fingers of Love, Private Universe, Silent House, Transit Lounge and Fall at Your Feet.

All the band seemed in very cheery spirits, especially Neil and Nick. They were clearly enjoying themselves! I also want to add my compliments to Liam and I hope he makes other guest appearances with them (hint, hint - Mountain Winery would be terrific!).

It was great meeting some Frenz in both places and we can only hope to meet again sometime - SOON.
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Originally posted by CMC:
M.R. - thanks for the great review! It was a pleasure to meet you at the show.

I went to both the Tempe and the Pomona shows, and though I enjoyed them both, I just loved the Pomona gig! The banter was more free-flowing, the mood more relaxed, and the set list a bit more malleable with the addition of the impromptu Recurring Dream and the Do You Want to Know a Secret snippet. A Beatles song sung by Neil - sheer bliss for me!

It was fantastic that Neil asked the surly, troll-like security guards to move to the side because "this crowd is so NOT dangerous." The security guards, though I am sure they are excellent at their jobs, did not seem impressed by the performances and were clearly perplexed by the fans and our enthusiasm and adoration.

Highlights for me were Fingers of Love, Private Universe, Silent House, Transit Lounge and Fall at Your Feet.

All the band seemed in very cheery spirits, especially Neil and Nick. They were clearly enjoying themselves! I also want to add my compliments to Liam and I hope he makes other guest appearances with them (hint, hint - Mountain Winery would be terrific!).

It was great meeting some Frenz in both places and we can only hope to meet again sometime - SOON.



The security guys between the audience and stage were clearly bored. They weren't watching the crowd, they were busy texting on their phones. At least they weren't driving. Ha!

Repertoire notwithstanding, I think Pomona was better then Tempe. I almost considered going to Coachella after. So glad I'm not. It's quite warm here in LA. The heat in the desert is gonna be brutal. I couldn't go anyway, we're going to the Troubadour for Arctic Monkeys. Woot! Smiler

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