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Well, I went to see Neil and Tim tonight at their first fan-club concert of three at Tabac. It was absolutely ****ing amazing.

Neil switched from playing acoustic and electric guitars to piano. Tim switched from playing piano to acoustic guitar. Ross Burge (ex The Mutton Birds, TF and The Dirty Creatures) played drums and Bones Hillman (ex Midnight Oil) played bass.

They played sixteen songs. All new. The only old(ish) song they played was Edible Flowers, which sounds great with drums and bass.

Almost all of the new songs have a real rocking feel to them. Forget the laid back acoustic feel of the first Finn album. Forget the gentle new agey feel of One All. The new songs I heard tonight were a cross between the poppiness of Woodface and the hard rock edge of Feeding The Gods.

I can also honestly say that there wasn't a dud song in the setlist. Everything was brilliant. Neil and Tim's voices were in great nick. They had a great chemistry with Bones and Ross, who also appear on the album.

All four were very talkative too. Neil joked that a drummer told him once that they should be payed twice as much cos' they play with their ars and their legs.

Someone mentioned Phil Judd. Tim jokingly said that he wasn't allowed to talk about Judd because apparently Tim said some things about him that got back to him. Tim said "apparently he's not a bitter and twisted old man. the crowd obviously appreciated the irony as the whole room cracked up.

I'll report on nights two and three after I've been.
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Great review Jeremy, thanks for posting--even if I left for Auckland NOW I don't think I'd make it in time (possibly for night 3)

We certainly are waiting "out here" with baited breathe hoping you would write a few words about this.

I'm sure the new stuff was awesome, now I really have to get a copy of Feeding the Gods you've got me all curious.

Get some rest!! THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!! Cool
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Originally posted by Martine:
[qb] I'm sure the new stuff was awesome, now I really have to get a copy of Feeding the Gods you've got me all curious.
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First: Martine, get Feeding the Gods, you will not be disappointed. I woke up this morning with a song from it in my head. It is so good!

And Jeremy, you are making me so excited for the new album, I just can't wait!!!! Smiler
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Originally posted by awamutu:
[qb]but just the other day, i was wondering if it would rock out more, for whatever reasons. and i'm glad they do, and hopefully it carries over into the studio, not just live Smiler [/qb]
I know that Peter Green's away on holiday right now, but I hope that someone was taping last night and the next two nights shows for a fan-club CD.

I'm sure now that the new album is gonna' kick ass and then some, but it would be awesome to have them on a live club CD too.
Hi All,

I was at the Tabac gig last night as well. I'm not super hot at writing reviews but it was such a fantastic night. I loved that the guys were confident enough to only play the new songs, they just fitted together superbly.

Did anyone mention that Neil and Tim discussed this web chat?? Evidently Tim's never had a look but Neils an avid reader of Peters' diary website and he also mentioned this chatroom too!!

I didn't see Eddie there, but wasn't looking either. Marie was up close to the front, dancing and singing, absolutley glowing! That woman is georegous! She just grinned when Tim sang "Luckiest Man", a beautiful song. The night was full of happy songs, I guess both guys must have life pretty good at the moment. Cute also that there were two songs about brotherly love, one about the two banks of a river and another called Disembodied Voices, thinking back to their nights back at the Mount when they were kids.

The songs are a great mix, loads of potential singles. There are quite a few where one Finn leads and the other helps out in the chorus but also almost as many where they harmonised the whole way through. There's one really cute song (I'm so bad with names!) where they alternate the singing line by line, have they ever done that before? It worked really well.

I could just imagine a crowd of people humming away with that last song (it has a hummed chorus and is called the ?? Hum) but it didn't really work with the small crowd last night.

The barman seemed to be official photographer for the night, don't know about anyone recording it. It was an unbelievebly tight set, you'd never believe this was the first public airing.

I'm back tonight and tomorrow so hopefully will pick up a few more bits to post. I'll try and remember more names....

Toria.
Wow. Thanks much for the great reviews, Jeremy and SplitHouse! It sounds absolutely dazzling that they played 16 new songs (except Edible Flowers, which I'm really curious to hear a new version by this particular band). I'd love to hear them on club CD or another if there's a recording.

Jeremy wrote:
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Almost all of the new songs have a real rocking feel to them. Forget the laid back acoustic feel of the first Finn album. Forget the gentle new agey feel of One All. The new songs I heard tonight were a cross between the poppiness of Woodface and the hard rock edge of Feeding The Gods.
I'm lost for words as this description made my already high hopes for the new album skyrocket! I love the south-Pacific first Finn album, but I have to admit I'm still lukewarm about One All. But then I love poppy Woodface (my introduction to the Finn Bros) and most of all, rocky Feeding the Gods Smiler I can hardly wait!

Well, jenn beat me to it, but I'll say this again. Get Feeding the Gods, Martine. You'll love it Smiler

Keep it coming, please. I'm all ears to hear any thoughts and details.
My two cents worth!

The muso's will be interested to hear that Neil played 12-string electric on a lot of the songs last night. I guess it's likely then that this instrument will feature heavily on the new album.

My thoughts on the new songs? All really great. Some clear standout singles just from this first listen. I think tonight it will be like hearing them again for the first time. Some trademark Neil Finn lead guitar on a number of tracks.

All is well in the house.

DM
Someone mentioned Phil Judd. Tim jokingly said that he wasn't allowed to talk about Judd because apparently Tim said some things about him that got back to him. Tim said "apparently he's not a bitter and twisted old man. the crowd obviously appreciated the irony as the whole room cracked up.


Frowner Mad

Having said that....

I wish I coulda been there..at least to see one Finn. Smiler
Hello,

I also have been to Tue and tonights show. No words could really explain how fantastic they were. 16 new songs from start to finish. In some ways tonights show was better. Neil and Tim just sounded better and their vocals were really in fine form tonight. The sound also had more of a balance to it. More piano on the firts night. tonight had more rock to it...


Both nights so far have been just great - just great.


All the best good people....
I must say, it is so cool to be able to hear all of this fresh material. If they write another batch of songs they will have enough for a double cd for sure (that won't happen though I suspect). Audience was approx 60 people - plenty of space!

A heap of the songs are very personal (at least two are about brotherly love etc).

There was also some banter about taking acid, with Noel Crombie mentioned. Ian Magan (Enz concert promoter)was in the audience, as well as members of Betchdupa.
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Originally posted by SplitHouse:
[qb]Also mentioned were that last nights songs weren't a dead cert for the album, they're writing more stuff before then.

So all could change ... [/qb]
There was no such mention. Tim's exact words were "these are the songs we've written so far". No-one said that they wouldn't record all sixteen songs.

Also at the first concert Neil said that essentially they were playing "the new album".

I think that they will probably write and record more and what doesn't make the album will either turn up as b sides or on a limited edition bonus disc like with the re-issue of TWT.
Thanks, Buffy. I agree wholeheartedly about the uncalled-for crack about Phil. How much more positive a truthful comment along the lines of "He got the ball rolling, now, didn't he?" or words to that effect would have been. "Bitter"? Well...if there's a living artist out there who has actually imagined more previously-unheard sounds over and over again to less Rest-of-world, non-Oz/NZ acclaim, I can't possibly imagine who it could be. "Twisted"? I'm preferring a positive spin on that particular word. You bet he's twisted! As far as his work goes, which is all I have to judge, some of us wouldn't have it any other way! Still, though, I guess ongoing soap operas haven't exactly hurt the likes of John & Paul, Ray and Dave Davies, and to a vastly lesser extent, Noel and Liam Gallagher. OK, so Tim's impulsive, sensitive, and with a bruise or two. His work and our lives are much the richer for these things and everything else that he pours into his amazing music. I'd be happy to go on record right now and say that the new Finn Brothers record is my Best of 2004 - that's how highly I regard their current output. But Phil? Statistically, someone out there somewhere has to think he's God. Guess who heard that particular call? And forumfriends, as some of you know only too well, disciplehood isn't a choice, but follow we must! Thanks again for the postings describing these amazing shows. It makes all of us from all over the world feel like we can begin to imagine the magic of being there. I'm sure not trying to cast any shadows, rather, to shine a light where apparently it doesn't shine too often.
>Tim said "apparently he's not a bitter and twisted old man. the crowd obviously appreciated the irony as the whole room cracked up.<

The crowd were obviously a bunch of bumsuck clingons. Phil is not bitter and twisted and people would realise that if they had the courage to pick up the phone and attempt to explain away one decade of public, onstage, insults - directed at Phil.

I think it's disgusting that this continues to happen and I think you should be ashamed of yourself if you were one of the sheep bleating along.

Question - did Neil laugh at that one ?
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Originally posted by Lozza:
[qb] >Tim said "apparently he's not a bitter and twisted old man. the crowd obviously appreciated the irony as the whole room cracked up.<

The crowd were obviously a bunch of bumsuck clingons. Phil is not bitter and twisted and people would realise that if they had the courage to pick up the phone and attempt to explain away one decade of public, onstage, insults - directed at Phil.

I think it's disgusting that this continues to happen and I think you should be ashamed of yourself if you were one of the sheep bleating along.

Question - did Neil laugh at that one ? [/qb]
Oh Lozza lighten up mate. Phil is a bitter and twisted old man, at least when it comes to talking about Neil, Tim and Noel Crombie. It's no big deal. We all love Phil, but lets be honest here, the guys got issues.

Second point. Klingons is spelt with a K not a C. What do you have against Klingons anyway? They're by far Star Treks coolest bad guys.

Why shouldn't Tim be able to have a sense of humour about his old bandmates? Why should an audience feel ashamed of laughing at a joke. Like I said, we all love Phil. That doesn't mean we can't have a sense of humour. Phil's said some downright nasty and vindictive things about lots of the SE guys. What Tim can't crack one little PJ joke?

Yes, Neil laughed.

Could we now keep this to the Tabac concerts and the new Finn album. If you have to blindly worship Phil and be anti Tim, why not keep that to the PJ forum.

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