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Ah, so it isn't just me who thinks that it is far too quiet after the first NZ gig. I was wondering if I had my time zone/DST calculations screwed up and somehow was one step ahead of myself (har).

If it's Sunday here, which means that it's Monday there...thus must be a review waiting to happen. Smiler

Of course, it *is* pretty early in the morn over there at the moment. Big Grin I'm sure that we'll see some review action in a few hours when everyone has recovered and had a strong cup of coffee. Wink
Well, last night Neil had no need to encourage the crowd to stand up. I think it may have been down to the support acts, who were both very good and very energetic, so the audience was well warmed up Smiler I almost thought that CH were going to be upstaged by Supergroove, wow did those guys put on a show!

Opening song was Private Universe, with Matt almost sounding like a full complement of Maori log drummers on his own. Very powerful. Second song (I think) was Don't Stop Now, and two guys went down to the stage, one of them gesturing the rest of us to follow. It didn't take long. I ended up just in front of Neil, and spent the rest of the show (over two hours) in the company of some very enthusiastic fans, all dancing, singing and clapping. OK, so the Vector Arena is bland and cavernous, but I didn't notice Smiler

Neil commended the guy who had started the dancing, saying he had a good command of the audience, and Nick went off to get a torch to pick the bloke out.

Tim played on WWY and It's Only Natural, and Don McGlashan did harmonies on a Sigh (yes, and it was wonderful) and played on English Trees which followed.

There were no covers or 'unusual songs', and not that much banter, it was really like a huge singalong party.

Davey Lane is still with the band - he seemed to be enjoying himself, and his harmonies are good. For all the discussions about the necessity of a fifth member, at several times last night there were six of them.

I didn't manage to get a setlist I'm afraid, and my memory is hopeless, but I'll post a few pics later. Matt was also snapping the crowd as he left the stage Smiler

Highlights for me were Private Universe, Say That Again, In My Command, A Sigh and Fingers of Love. One fantastic night.

But what on earth was that with the greyhounds???
gotta say, I had an amzing time last night and it was VERY VERY good, not the same as the shows I have already been to (of course one could'nt expect that in a much larger venue)but, still it was more than worth coming down here for

the set list

Private Universe
4 Seasons
Don't Stop Now
Fall At Your Feet
Say That Again
Walked Her Way Down
When You Come
In My Command
Silent House
Locked Out
A Sigh (with Don McGlashan)
English Trees (ditto)
Mean To Me
Distant Sun

Encore 1

Something So Strong
Weather With You (with Timmeh )
It's Only Natural (ditto)

Before the second encore there were about 8 greyhounds running around on the stage in support of the greyhounds as pets project and Neil commented on how beautiful the doggies were and that he loves them... awwwww


Encore 2

Fingers Of Love
Mean To Me
Don't Dream It's Over

H&P

Neil was in a grey suit and almost white shirt with a stripey tie (which he said Nick told him to wear, but he did'nt know why he listened)

Nick was in his white suit and Mark in his dark suit and Matt was wearing a sort of mustardy yellowish shirt and deep orange tie

Ohhhhhh yes, my row buddies 3 & 4 seats down were none other than Emlyn Crowther and Mr Eddie himself

ahhhhh good stuff


Wish I could of waited after the show but my last ferry was only 20 minutes away and it was pouring rain plus I seem to be getting Neil's sniffles. I did try and take some photos but they did'nt work at all sorry guys

and it was wonderful to meet you alucidor, you are awesome Big Grin
Wow nice show for yours truly to re-enter touring life! Despite the flu bug seeming to be around band, crew, staff...it went well. I am still flu-free.

Soundcheck was fun, 12+ clubbers in, the guys acknowledging them, due to the smattering of applause that 12 people could muster in such a large venue. It is almost exactly the same as Melbournes Rod Laver- same company built it I believe ...I get lost in the same places!!!!

A new job was added to my list, band room back stage and dog trainer.8 wonderful retired greyhounds (Nicks idea) and the loveliest people owned them. After soundcheck the dogs rehearsed, we named one Madonna as she kind of took over, refused to let any other dog sleep on the mat (it wasnt her mat).. she also decided to lead the 8 onstage for a run... they seemed to love the crowd and were rather excited- they were the true stars of the night.
We were very careful, if there was a chance the dogs would not be happy it was all off...but they were great- many of us are now interested in having a retired greyhound as a pet. Not sure if banshee the cat will like that idea.

Neil sang so well despite having the flu, Matts hair grew to double the size before going on stage (how does he do that) Nick king of the dogs grabbing Mark and reaching out to the crowd..the addition of Davey Lane was cool- just hearing him playing on his won in the band room was a concert all on it's own.

Fave Songs- When you Come. Locked Out -killers as always, lovely singalongs from a passionate crowd during the usual numbers.... grabbed Tim from his seat upstairs (Tim and Marie and Bic were together)...great to finally see Bics 6 month old baby'her' first gig (with big ear covers)...Tim making the stage with time to spare for his joint-vocal ...a heroes welcome from the kiwis.

All in all a fine night...we felt the love!

Caught up with Eddie Rayner today for some filming and chat- I said I'd remind NZers that he will be on the "Where are they now' Tv show with Space Waltz (tonight or is it tomorow??Check your guides..they are playing I believe).

This is rushed, excuse the typeo's! Next stop Wellington and yes some snaps will be on the website eventually of Crowdies and those dogs. No idea if the dogs will be regulars, like I said being careful the animals are happy (and with greyhounds you can tell)...I think madonna could easily do this every night, the owners are going to have to change her name to that!

Take care and see you on the road
PG
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Neil was in a grey suit and almost white shirt with a stripey tie (which he said Nick told him to wear, but he did'nt know why he listened)

Hee. I love envisioning Nick and Neil having fashion discussions.

Sounds like a great opener for the NZ/AU tour; I look forward to future reviews from all you lucky ducks attending the show.
Excellent. Smiler
That Supergroove eh !. Big Grin
Looking forward to the Welly gig.

Thank You for the heads up on 'Where Are They Now?' Gryphon (aka P.G.).

Now there's a Split Enz link there with Space Waltz, not just Eddie Rayner.

But wasn't Alastair Riddell once asked to join Split Enz, but declined ?.
All promoters should have been in a band like Brett Eccles.
The Chunn brothers, a who's who of the N.Z. music scene.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.vi...e&friendid=109290948

So all we need now is a Split Enz re-union tour of N.Z. to follow on from the 2006 Australian tour, bring the Enz 'home' and lay them to rest, and my life will be complete. Roll Eyes

Any ho see all you Wellington Frenz at the gig. Cool

Oh Gryphon i guess if i asked what time the Wellington soundcheck was you wouldn't tell me ?...... Red Face

So see you all
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Originally posted by UK Jen exiled in NZ:
Not sure if this link will work or not outside NZ but here is a tv piece from New Zealand TV3 tonight:
http://www.tv3.co.nz/VideoBrowseAll/EntertainmentVideo/...rticleID=37960#video

Love hearing about the greyhounds - hope they are in Wellington too


Excellent link UK Jen exiled in NZ. Cool

TV3 are good for gig news, unlike TVNZ.

http://tvnz.co.nz/content/?q=crowded%20house&style=tvnz Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by newbornbabe:
A gr8 concert but disappointing to wait nearly 2 hours B4 CH came on to do their stuff. Is that the norm?!! Wished they'd done a couple more songs off the awesome Time on Earth, but overall a cracking concert.


Excellent. Smiler
Interested to know how long were C.H. on stage for Newbornbabe ?.

Some good reviews here.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/feature/story.cfm?c_id=1501154&objectid=10472677
"Private Universe" was an inspired and unexpected choice for opening song. Worked a treat. It was great to witness how tight Crowded House have become musically since the fan club show in July. I'm very much looking forward to hearing what they come up with in the studio next year.

The Auckland audience was in very fine voice. Made me proud.

And Supergroove rocked. So much funk'n'energy. You should have heard the noise the audience made when the lights came on after their last song (the hit "Scorpio Girls" was meant to finish the show but had to be dropped due to time constraints).
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Originally posted by Jaffaman:
"Private Universe" was an inspired and unexpected choice for opening song.


Unexpected, yes, but as I think about it, I can imagine the atmosphere was electric when they opened with it at this long awaited homecoming. What an excellent choice! Smiler

Great reviews by everyone - wish I was there, arena or no arena, Wink
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Originally posted by treegrrl:
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Originally posted by Jaffaman:
"Private Universe" was an inspired and unexpected choice for opening song.


Unexpected, yes, but as I think about it, I can imagine the atmosphere was electric when they opened with it at this long awaited homecoming. What an excellent choice! Smiler

Great reviews by everyone - wish I was there, arena or no arena, Wink


It was also the opener in Brussels and it worked fantastically. It showed the new Crowded House in full force and nobody has to doubt the choice for Matt!

-dennis-
Thanks for the reviews everyone! It's nice to see the guys are still getting better and better...

I can't help but wondering if some of the names (Tim, Eddie, Bic, ...) will also be guest at the RAH in December? Tim, if you can spare the time??? Maybe??? Please???
Or Gryphon, for the last show? It would be great.

Oh, and Private Universe was the opener of the second Amsterdam show too. Great choice for an opening song.
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Originally posted by yemanja:
As an owner of a retired racing greyhound, my second one actually, this thread has been extra special to read. Good on ya Nick and for all you devoted fans out there that don't have a pet, get on board and get yourself a greyhound as they are the most beautiful creatures and make the best pets ever Smiler


They DO make great pets - I'm going to start a thread over in W2S with some links about where to go to get more info.

ETA: here's the W2S link:
http://frenzforum.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=6131016071&f=1...321088944#6321088944

Hopefully they had some doggy ear-plugs though?

And to bring this back on topic, thanks everyone for the reviews, and especially thanks for those pictures alucidor! Neil looks extremely happy in the end of show pics, triumphant at his homecoming.
Ah, thanks Peter, now I understand about the dogs. They may be retired, but judging from Sunday night, they still remember how to chase a lump of fur, so Banshee had better watch out. For those trying to picture it, a white fluffy 'hare' was pulled across the stage to get the dogs to run from one side to the other - but at least one of the hounds had other ideas!

And another huge thanks to PG for the soundcheck (you know why). It was Finngirl's fault, she's a bad good influence Wink Just kidding FG, your company was truly a pleasure this weekend Smiler

Loved the soundcheck, four songs from Time on Earth - English Trees had me in tears, something about that song and the experience just hit the spot.... it'll probably be that memory which will stick with me, great as the show itself was.

Did I spot one of the Finn sisters in the front row? There was a woman with a striking resemblance.

The Visitor - I reckon the CH set was about 2.15 - and good luck with the stage door, I didn't manage it on Sunday. Just as well I took a plastic bag to keep my programme in, because the floor was awash with beer by the time CH came on! The programme is gorgeous btw, hopefully I'll have another chance to get it signed.
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Neil let Nick cut his hair?? After frolicking naked together in the Baltic, what next!


To bear repeating--Neil let Nick cut his hair!? When did I miss this tidbit of info being psoted originally? Is it much shorter than it was during the US tour? No more scaffolding/mousse to keep it up in spikes?

Hi Anna21, Neil said it in that television clip posted earlier here.

His hair was long and floppy in Barcelona when I saw them - more short and spikey now.

And I like the tie actually - schoolboy rather than Dad look I should say.
A couple of hours my husband tells me. I couldn't remember, shame on me!
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Originally posted by thevisitor:
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Originally posted by newbornbabe:
A gr8 concert but disappointing to wait nearly 2 hours B4 CH came on to do their stuff. Is that the norm?!! Wished they'd done a couple more songs off the awesome Time on Earth, but overall a cracking concert.


Excellent. Smiler
Interested to know how long were C.H. on stage for Newbornbabe ?.

Some good reviews here.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/feature/story.cfm?c_id=1501154&objectid=10472677
It's 6 am haven't had much sleep, guess i'm overwehelm at last night concert.

I meet Jenny before the show, it's was very nice to meet you Jenny, that was the only frenz that i meet.

First of all let start with the people next to me. Brett, Stewart, Anna and my teacher flat mate Sharon. Brett thought i was in my 20's and Sharon thought i was 27 or something around their, that was very funny because i'm only 16. They asked me why i wore a name tag, my reply "why not, just to be different." They there to see Supergroove mainly. But they were very cool people, very funny to hung around. Ok enough about them. Brett brought me a beer veyr nice of him.

Phuto was the open band, people were very stiff, i guess that people did really know who they were and they were there to see Supergroove and Crowded House. Supergroove got everyone loosen up and dancing (including me) They were very good.

Ok now for the Crowded House talk. I don't where to start. While i was in 3 row, i jsut got out of my seat and went to the barrier right in front them, that so awesome. I sang every song, every word here the setlist:

Private Universe
World Where You Live
Don't Stop Now
Fall At Your Feet
This Heaven That I'm Making
Walked Her Way Down
Whispers and Moans
Silent House
Hole In The River
Don't Dream It's Over
Say That Again
Pour Le Monde
When You Come
Distant Sun

Pineapple Head
Four Season In One Day
Weather With You

Locked Out
Temptation/ She Goes On
Something So Strong
Better Be Home

They also did parts of:
Born To Be Alive
You Sexy Thing.

More details, I was right in front on Nick and somewhere in the first four song i was screaming "GO NICK!!" And i think he herd me, because he give me this smile. Someone behind me yelled out "play some of the old sh*t" and Neil misherd it can't remember what he thought he herd, but Nick corrected him. Neil goes "Ok we will play some old sh*t" and then they play Walked Her Way Down very funny. Some give me a note to give to Crowded House during Silent House, so after they play Silent House their was about 3 of use yell to Nick but he didn't hear. So we waited til Hole In the River finish, final he herd and came over and i lent over the barrier to give him the note (i'm a short person, just over 5ft), that was very cool that i got to do that. Don't know what the note said thought some along the lines of "Please..." thats all i know.
Neil and Nick did a little groove it went like this "i'm to sexy for my suit" and they Neil handed it over to Nick "I'm to sexy for my black suit".

I grey hounds came on between the first and second encore. The atmosphere was great and the audience was awesome. I loved my first concert. Got lots of photos. I did stay to meet the guys, because i was going back with some teachers, maybe next time i'll be able to meet them. Thanks John Walsh for the setlist.

Cheers Lisa.
Two people went over the barrier and on stage during Something So Strong a guy and girl. The girl got tooking away by security and the guy was still up on stage Neil and Nick said "they felt sorry for the girl" because the security guard took her and the guy was still up there. Neil also refer to the security guard as warm frizzy and cuddly, something along the lines of that.
Here we are in Christchurch, just arrived, the afternoon off. Notice CHCH seems to be covered in Crowdies Westpac Arena posters, such good teeth they all have-big smiles in that shot!

Wellington fun, what a great crowd, a smaller venue compared to Auckland, but the crowd made up for it in voice. Sandie Shaws 'Puppet on a string' somehow jumped into the set (well partially)! Unfortunately it's stuck in some of our heads, next day we are still humming and singing 'I wonder if one day that, you say that etc etc'....

The hounds were exceptional again, thanks to all involved...especially GAP (greyhounds as pets') www.greyhoundsaspets.org.nz
Have to say the owners & dogs have been brilliant- you'd expect someone who takes in a dog to be generous of heart..the dogs seem to love their moment, very processional- snoozing up to the first encore. Though Biggles did change his mind, which is fine, refuse to force them... MO was my baby for the night...the dogs are the true stars!

Set starts with Private Universe (followed by World and Dont Stop)

Plane up today seated next to Max/Matt and he will be having a chat/interview soon with us for the next newsletter- good man! His hair today is short(er) , Neil is towards the end of his flu- singing well-he always impresses me that even with illness his voice soars !!! Nick Seymour keeping everyone out on the town till the wee hours...those 'women' really did have rather big hands Nick! Wellington the city of T.V.'s!!! (:

Had some people asking about Davey Lane, yes we have borrowed him from You Am I....(the corridors ech with his playing in the band room) for Melbourne fans You Am I are playing a show in Melb the same night as CH..so expect him to play Crowdies and flee the scene to be onstage with You Am I.

Good to meet so many, soundchecks have been fun, hope the 5 who had the car breakdown made it to the Wellington show! it's all good out here, lighting is blowing my mind...Glenn's kicking some visual goals-glad so many of you have enjoyed the colours/tones.

Stay safe...Australia is fast approaching!

Love
Gryph

www.frenz.com/16min/

remember I am email free till NOV 20th.
Ah, so many tours, so many germs. Is it just me, or does every tour seem to start off with a bout of the flu from Mr. Finn? (by which I think is really meant a cold, not true influenza, which is seriously debilitating. Seems the Finn Brothers acoustic US tour in 2005 really did start off with the bona-fide.) Anyway, Neil, more Vitamin C for you, I think!

Thanks for the updates everyone, especially Gryph from the road. Sounds like the big arenas are not interfering with people's enjoyment of the band. Also glad to hear the doggies are still digging the tour! Rescue dogs are go! I have a rescue dog myself, though not a greyhound.
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Originally posted by UK Jen exiled in NZ:
The band played Lowlands (is it Into the Lowlands?) from the Temple of Low Men album at the sound check. Have not heard this live often so that was a real fan club treat. Thank you Peter for letting us come to that.


Into the Lowlands??!!

Oh how I would LOVE to hear this live, as it ranks up there as one of my favourites. Perhaps the next time they're coming through Canada...

*sigh*
Oh loved the snaps (thanks) remember tos end me a jpeg if you can... that would be brilliant.

The fun thing about the dogs CHCH room is that the local crew actually DO refer to it as the 'Dogs room' so you can imagine what comments we had from loaders walking by...'it REALLY IS the dogs room' (fame at any price!)

Like Auckland- the dog owners and those lovely canines truly were so nice to work with-we all had a ball- we are probably all smelling a tad doggish from all the hugs walking, and extra visits we make to see them!

Gryph
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Originally posted by surferlisa:
I grey hounds came on between the first and second encore. The atmosphere was great and the audience was awesome. I loved my first concert. Got lots of photos. I did stay to meet the guys, because i was going back with some teachers, maybe next time i'll be able to meet them. Thanks John Walsh for the setlist.

Cheers Lisa.


Oops I was suppose to wrote I "didn't" stay to meet the guys.

I got to pat some greyhounds after the show very nice dogs.

My apology again for all the mistake, 6am is to early to be up writing.

Cheers Lisa.
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Originally posted by Anna21:

BTW--Is Halloween a "big thing" in New Zeasland as it is here in te US? Any mention of it during the show?


Their was a mention of it in the show. They did little groove about it. Neil said how it was a big thing in his days, and Nick replyed is that a christian thing.

But I don't think Halloween is a big thing in NZ.
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Originally posted by Mel25:
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Originally posted by Anna21:
I can't get the videos to play--anyone else having issues?


Yes I have the same issue..just a frozen picture.


Depending upon your internet connection speed, all clips work, but have been compressed from 300MB's to 148MB's to fit the upload.

I'm on cable, but even if you are on ADSL 1 or 2, or even dial-up, they will work.

Try pausing the clip at the beginning till the download bar is complete, then play.

Hope this helps. Smiler

http://www.dailymotion.com/thevisitortjn

BTW: Did all N.Z.er's get what Mr Neil Finn said when asked about the re-union 'Split Enz' N.Z. tour, in this clip ?.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3cuyh_neil-finn-nick-...r-stage-door-f_music

Bring the Enz 'home'. Big Grin

P.S. Frenz in Christchurch do we have any word on last nights gig ?.
We are now all in Sydney town, day off..I headed to the 'Gong to surprise my Mum & Sis... really nice day- but about 10,000 bike readers doing a charity marathon from Sydney -Wollongong- good to see though. One did look like Mark Hart?!

Did a 'roundup' of the NZ tour on the F/16 diary site , kind of a mini version of the diary and Deb now has this (hopefully?)!!! So it covers the NZ shows..will try and do the same for Oz. Should go up whenever Deb has a spare minute.

Sydney first show tomorrow... will be huge!

Take care and enjoy
Gryphon.
Since all the action is across the ditch at the mo.

Memories of Wellington, Stage Banter and Teasers.
Now i was hoping for the teaser of that Zager and Evans song fron the 60's 'In The Year 2525' like they did at Copenhagen Amager Bio, DK
2007-10-09.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x42og_zager-evans-in-the-year-2525

My fav 'quote' of the night was Neil quoting Tim telling him when he was a young man "The world moves on a womens hips Neil". He mentioned this at an Aus show too. Big Grin

But teasers like 'You Sexy Thing' 'Born To Be Alive' 'I'm Too Sexy' 'Puppet On A String' and 'Ten Guitars' were GR8.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3h6w3_crowded-house-am-cam-stage-banter-t

BTW Who was that guy that got up on the stage with Neil with 'the girl', and security 'the cuddly giant' took the girl away, and left the guy on stage. Confused Roll Eyes

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3h7cd_crowded-house-a...stage-banter-t_music

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3h7h4_crowded-house-autographs_music
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Originally posted by alucidor:
Yes, that was the moment that prompted me to pull the camera out Smiler Photos are not great, but I haven't come across any others of Tim with the new Crowded House, so I'd like to think I captured a little moment in history! Link is on the first page of this thread or here.


Thank You for sharing Alucidor, Excellent photos.

Now to me the two Finn brothers together are the ultimate, i meen C.H. are GR8 as is Tim solo.

But i meen it all began with Split Enz, and the Enz ARE coming 'home' is the ultimate for me. Cool Big Grin Smiler
I am sure you devoted fans have the CD already but in case you don't, the band signed their latest CD for us to auction off to raise money for the Greyhounds as Pets charity. It is listed on Trade Me http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=128247161&ed=true

Maybe you can buy this one and give yours to a friend who really should hear how good the album is.

Have pity on me - the fan who didn't get anything signed for herself and is having to part with this........!

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