Here�s the scenario.
Two years from now, Neil Finn does a U-turn and announces that from now on he will be performing as �Crowded House�. He�s bought the rights to use the name from Nick, Paul and Mark Hart, and they lose their artistic interest as a result, but keep their royalty payments only.
Neil falls out with Paul and Mark, but stays friendly with Nick, and occasionally co-writes with him.
He announces a new tour called �Crowded House Live � All The Hits And More�, and says that he will playing mainly the popular Crowded House material, with one or two songs from his solo stuff thrown in. The setlist is pretty much along the lines of the �Recurring Dream� compilation, and he plays the same set every night of the tour. The band consists of himself, Peter Jones on drums, and he invites some new musicians to play bass, keyboards and guitar.
This improves his visiibility, and the band begins to play in slightly bigger venues as a result, but sticks to established territories like the US and UK. No Canada or Europe etc. EMI releases another compilation CD to cash in. Neil sets up his own label and sells the new CDs and a range of Crowded House merchandise via his website only � the band doesn�t have a record label and is anxious to minimise costs.
The fan club is closed, but there is a thriving web community who still follow Neil�s every move.
He announces in interviews says that there will be a new Crowded House album on the way, but after a year there is still no sign of it. They join an �80s retro� tour for a few shows. The following year, another tour is announced, which is identical to the previous one, playing similar venues and material. He releases a new Crowded House Live CD of these shows.
My questions are:
As a long-time fan of the band, how would you feel about all of this?
Is this �Crowded House� still the same band, albeit with different members, because Neil is at the core of it?
Would the artistic integrity of the original material and lineup be compromised?
How would you feel about a �Greatest Hits� only type tour, with no sign of new original material?
Would the new album appeal to you, without any contribution from original members?
How would this reflect on Neil�s relationship with longtime fans?
I�ll give the reasons behind this debate later, but thought I�d ask you all what you think first!