What an unbelievable night, I'm still buzzing now the next day.
I'm sure a few of these are in the wrong order, especially the encores, but the set list was (approximately) as follows:
Won't Give In.
Life Between Us.
6 Months In A Leaky Boat.
Four Seasons In One Day.
Part Of Me, Part Of You.
Only Talking Sense.
Nothing Wrong With You.
How Will You Go.
From here on in it gets more vague. You'll forgive me for being too busy enjoying myself to take notes.
There were two encores, which I was expecting after reading the set lists from the earlier shows. There were three songs in the first encore, and four in the second. One of the songs above must have been part of the encore then, I'm sure someone will have a clearer memory than me on this point.
History Never Repeats.
Weather With You.
The Land Torments The Sea.
I Got You.
I See Red.
Better Be Home Soon.
20 songs in total, but at the end I was desperately hoping for just one more, just one more, though if I'd clapped any harder my hands would have started bleeding.
Some great banter during the show, with Neil halfway through History Never Repeats breaking off to mention he had a horrible thought of everyone in the New Zealand version of Pop Idol singing the song. He also got the band to do a bit of improvised music so he could "sing" the names of all the crew on the tour, noting that the band were "getting dangerously close to jazz" at one point.
My first Finn Brothers gig in any form, and I am kicking myself for not getting tickets to the other dates in London. Worst of all, was the bitter-sweet aching feeling at realising how much I'll always regret never having seen Crowded House live, the Split Enz tracks adding a new "I wish I'd seen them too" regret to my heart.
The Finns said they would "see us next year". I sure hope so, I'll be there for every show I can next time. I could see the Finns every night of my life and never get bored. Someone on here described Tim as being like the mad uncle to Neil, and that was so true. From row U (yikes!) in the circle, all I could see was a big mop of grey hair bouncing around as Tim danced like a dad at a wedding. Neil looked so young from that distance.
Oh yes, Minnie was pretty good. Fair play to the girl, she was very listenable. Quite why she recorded a country album is beyond me, but I think I may check it out at some point.