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After rocking out with saturday sun neil mused "ah saturday night". It was party night. For the next 90 mins neil didnt pick up an acoustic guitar, belting his way thru a heavy rocking set. These guys continue to surprise, bringing life to old classics, selling new songs to an unfamiliar throng. And rocking so god damn hard. Locked out,, as thr first encore, was effortless and as hard as flint. Very little stuff from intriguer, including no Twice if Youre lucky,, which surprisd. Hordern has never been renowned for its acoustics and little has changed. I think they played to the venues characteristics too. All te heavy nmbers feom the bqck catalog were there - in my command, locked out. Beautiful harmonies as ever. Live classics in fingers of love and private universe soared. Dont stop now really a live fave now. Comp winner sarah sang intriguer, sharon her two numbers ffrom intriguer. Into the encore and out came an acoustic. Incredibly neil then responded to requet for recurring dream-- on acoustic! Wonderful wonderful song in any form.
Am always so pleasantl surprised - neils voice is a great live instrument and the boys still have it. Remarkable they are not so much bigger and popular at the moment given how theyre playing...
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Thanks to usaoz for alerting me to this.

Ted strikes again at the beginning of Sarah's Intriguer performance:

Intriguer

I have spoken with Finngirl and can confirm it is from the same batch I bought in Melbourne. I knew I was giving him to a good home Wink.

Melbourne Ted is safe at home here Big Grin

It looks like more than one light from the audience may have made it up on stage? Was the other light from anyone here?
When you Come gave me goosebumps, I've never had that reaction to that song before. The ending was AMAZING.

Thought the show was brilliant and agree with OP that Don't Stop Now is definitely a live favourite.

A lot of the songs seemed to have a funky, harder edge last night and I LOVED it.

I've never been to the Hordern before, and I think I prefer them at the Enmore.
Wow - what a great show! I enjoyed it more than the Melbourne one.....I think it was because we could dance through the whole show. Getting there early is a small price to pay for being able to dance and be close to the stage. The audience was fantastic and Neil (as usual) interacted wonderfully. I was sooooo impressed with recurring dream! wow.

Glad to see the security was not intrusive (that puts such a downer on everything).

The support band was pretty good too.. I met them outside the gig.......told them it was great but they needed to interact with the audience more...The lead singer was a bit cranky and said "I don't know anyone in the audience!" (you would think if he was lucky enough to sing with the crowdies he would take note of what makes the audience react so well to Neil & Co)

Resting today for the trip to Brisbane tomorrow!

Great to meet up with so many FRENZ in Melbourne and Sydney.
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Originally posted by R_curring Dream:
Congrats SHHHW!
And great work Finngirl getting it on stage - maybe it will become a recurring theme Big Grin (for the Aussie tour )


Yeah that little teddy got a good work-out once Neil started playing the keyboard. It was SSSOOO COOL - the bear changes colours.....and at one stage his head was rocking so hard I thought he was going to explode......or become a multi coloured bear....rather than just the one colour.

great to see him....not sure if he will be travelling to other gigs......as I think he stayed on stage...

wonderful wonderful night all round!
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Originally posted by CK:
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Originally posted by R_curring Dream:
Congrats SHHHW!
And great work Finngirl getting it on stage - maybe it will become a recurring theme Big Grin (for the Aussie tour )


Yeah that little teddy got a good work-out once Neil started playing the keyboard. It was SSSOOO COOL - the bear changes colours.....and at one stage his head was rocking so hard I thought he was going to explode......or become a multi coloured bear....rather than just the one colour.

great to see him....not sure if he will be travelling to other gigs......as I think he stayed on stage...



Yeah the colours are great. He was retrieved at the end of the night and will meet up with his Melbourne brother later in the tour.

Maybe one of their cousins could go to the Brisbane shows and report back? Wink
Sydney... agree with you, CK, so much better when we're up & dancing.

where to start.. think I'll start from the end.... Recurring Dream. Yes!!!!!!! A few of us started early on, calling for it (and for me, especially when Neil picked up his gold-top) and we were rewarded at the penultimate song. Neil did a great job of it - funnily, it was one of the few times he picked up an acoustic guitar & used it for one of the hardest-rocking songs of the night Smiler That man is talented....even the solo sounded good, away from the gold-top.

Edited to add: RD began with just Neil and the guitar, the full band joining in on the second verse

Some of the setlist was similar to Melbourne (including some of the snippets), but happy that they included Saturday Sun. Really missed hearing TIYL at both shows; in fact there seemed to be only a few Intriguer tracks at both. No Black & White boy with Private Universe this time, but never mind.

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maybe it will become a recurring theme (for the Aussie tour )


Recurring Bear, as he has been christened Smiler Just loved seeing Neil's reaction to seeing the bear make a reappearnce!

Thanks to all the Frenz who made the long line-up a lot of fun, great to meet you, Axver.

Will come back & post photos once Facebook has stopped being a pain.
Ok, great gig – review to follow…

Only one thing marred it for me, and I'm bringing this up for those who are yet to see them on this tour (because maybe you can make a difference)

… People with cameras/iPhones filming…

Yes, I think I've just had about my fill of some tw@s (yes plural) stood in front of me blocking my view with their camera. Now I'm all about getting a couple of shots, even perhaps the odd minute of video, that’s cool.

BUT I do object to those gits (and you know who you are) who spend the ENTIRE concert with their mobile phone/camera held aloft their head – it just spoils it.. Why the fug go to a concert if all you are going to do is film it?? I asked one of the two particular cung's whether or not I had to watch the entire concert through her 10 inch digital view finder or whether or not I could enjoy as if I was actually there… While she did move the camera (thus annoying someone else, sorry someone else) she did moan back to me that she had to have the camera there because the 11ft bloke in front of her was filming too.

I call upon all TRUE crowdie fans that if you get one of this funk knuckles stood in front of you obscuring your view with their 2 hour video recording, please kindly grab the camera and let them experience an endoscopy with their own technology.

And just a little bit of an interesting fact about the bush pig who was filming in front of me; on the odd glance of her view finder I did notice on more than one occasion she was filming Neil or Nicks crotches… Not saying anything about it… Just that I noticed..

Rant over… Review to follow..
Yeah that little teddy got a good work-out once Neil started playing the keyboard. It was SSSOOO COOL - the bear changes colours.....and at one stage his head was rocking so hard I thought he was going to explode......or become a multi coloured bear....rather than just the one colour.

great to see him....not sure if he will be travelling to other gigs......as I think he stayed on stage...

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Yeah the colours are great. He was retrieved at the end of the night and will meet up with his Melbourne brother later in the tour.

Maybe one of their cousins could go to the Brisbane shows and report back? Wink[/QUOTE]

Does anyone in Brisbane have one of the bears? If not, hopefully I could find one before the show. Have a spare day so will try to find the shop and buy one.

Can anyone think of a whitty note I could attach to him?

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As the sun set across Sydney, young and old alike joined the queue around the Hordern that backed up to the SCG in order to catch one of the greatest enduring Australian bands of all time, which, considering what was to come, was far from surprising.

Openers Oh Mercy got things going with an impressive performance comprised of melodious indie pop with interludes featuring banter between the band’s members, whose dry humour greatly amused the audience. Vocalist Alexander Gow easily shone as the band’s star, with an outstanding voice reminiscent of Angus Stone and Bob Evans guiding the band. Despite the fact that the band was relatively unknown to punters, it was evident from the great cheer at the end of the set, that Oh Mercy had gained a few thousand fans in forty five minutes.

As Oh Mercy made a triumphant exit, which consisted of them packing up most of their own gear, the giant black curtain covering up the rear of the stage was removed to reveal an impressive artistic backdrop of Crowded House’s name, as seen on the Intriguer album cover with illuminated dolls of various animals across the stage.

After a quick setup on the part of the roadies, Crowded House took to the stage to rapturous applause from the audience, at which time, long time bassist Nick Seymour and relatively new drummer Matt Sherrod established the eerie intro groove into the band’s latest single – Saturday Sun, before Neil Finn demonstrated, via vocoder, that despite looking a little aged, he can still sing damn well.

As the band wrapped up the opening track for the night, Neil Finn briefly introduced the band, before moving into a rendition of When You Come, beginning with Neil Finn strumming away on his acoustic guitar, before slowly evolving into an all out chorus to finish out the song with an incredibly dynamic ending that gave the impression that the latest re-incarnation of Crowded House was incredibly tight.

This became a recurring theme throughout the night, with not a single flaw in sight in the band’s performance, which is an incredible achievement considering the multi instrumental performance of Matt Sherod and in particular the always humble Mark Hart on keyboard, lapsteel, electric guitar and vocals greatly contributing to the extremely polished sound of the band.

Fall at Your Feet became the band’s third song for the night and was the first to be performed from their third critically acclaimed album Woodface, with Neil Finn working the crowd into chanting and singing along like a seasoned pro, before moving into a rendition of Don’t Stop Now.

The title track of the band’s latest release, Intriguer, was then introduced by Finn as having been conceived as part of a competition, in which the band had posted the backing track on their website, asking for a vocalist to write and record vocals for the track. This led to Neil bringing the winner, Sarah, on stage to lead the band in an impressive display of humility from Finn, which is nothing new from the modest front man.

As the night wore on, Crowded House continued to deliver a setlist heavily focused on the latest two Crowded House records released this year – Intriguer and The Very Very Best Of, which basically led to a set list comprised of the bands greatest hits including Don’t Dream it’s Over, World Where You Live and Mean To Me (in which Finn unusually abandoned his frequented Les Paul for a keyboard laden intro), with a few more contemporary alt-pop tracks thrown in including Either Side of the World, Amsterdam and Archer’s Arrow.

After a lengthy performance of nearly fifteen tracks, that included an attempt at shoe gazeish improvisation from Neil Finn and Mark Hart and two appearances from Finn’s wife Sharon Finn on vocals, the band rounded out their main set with It’s Only Natural, before humbly walking off stage to screaming, applauding and cheering audience.

Naturally, after a few minutes of clapping and chanting Crowded House, the audience was rewarded with a reappearance of the band, for what would become the most memorable section of the night.

Neil Finn began the bands encore, by briefly launching into the intro of Locked Out, before teasing the audience by stopping to emit some bizarre sounds from his micro-korg. Before long, Nick Seymour walked over and continued to join in, before the now grinning members of the band finally launched into the track, which was followed by a somewhat unusual rendition of The Weather With You, during which, the bridge section was altered with Finn on his Micro Korg by incorporating fragments of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax and Talking Head’s Once In a Lifetime, much to the amusement of the audience.

Finn then took an opportunity to talk to the crowd, telling them about how at their Melbourne performance, his good friend had told him he was singing this next song wrong and asked the audience to tell him if he was singing it right, before strumming the intro to Something So Strong, at the end of which, Finn broadly proclaimed “Well Evan from Melbourne, you’re full of ****;” before improvising a song in which he began to sing “Evan thinks with his head, not with his heart, Evan makes love to his bed”, which led into yet another one of Crowded House’s greatest hits – Fingers of Love.

What followed, was perhaps one of the most impressive displays of musicianship on the night, in which a fan in the audience yelled out “Play _Recurring Dream_” and Finn said “alright, I know a bit of that”, before soloing his way through the first verse with the band coming in one by one as they came up with improvised parts to layer over the top.

Finally, after nearly two and a half hours, the night came to a close with Finn once again beginning a lengthy singalong to fan favourite Better Be Home Soon, which as Finn stated, would be bought to and would end on a “Glorious Climax”. This was then followed by the band laying down their instruments, and bowing to screaming fans for a full two minutes.

After this 150 minute performance from one of Australia’s Greatest Bands, it’s clear that to describe Crowded House’s performance as anything less than spectacularly mesmerising would be a travesty to the band’s name, and from observing each fan leaving the Hordern grinning and cheering like five year olds, it was clear that Crowded House had once again proved why they’re regarded as one of the greatest Australian bands of all time
Saturday Sun
When You Come
Fall At Your Feet
Don't Stop Now
Intriguer (with Sarah singing)

Jam/boogie

Either Side Of The World
Silent House
World Where You Live
In My Command
Archer's Arrows (with Sharon)
Mean To Me
Isolation (with Sharon)
Private Universe
Don't Dream It's Over
Distant Sun
It's Only Natural

ENCORE

Locked Out
Weather With You (with Once In A Lifetime/Relax jam)

Money's No Object
Something So Strong
Fingers Of Love
Recurring Dream
Better Be Home Soon

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