Is This The End?

With the horrible news that Neil is joining Fleetwood Mac (yuck!) Do you think this is the end of Crowded House version II? I have to admit it doesn't look good... I was hoping this was some sort of ridiculous belated April Fool's day joke but apparently not... Neil can obviously do what he wants but disappointing to read about this turn of events... was really hoping for a solo tour but i guess the almighty dollar wins out in the end... after this money grab maybe Neil can join Bon Jovi for their next tour...

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He’s joining for this upcoming tour, but it could easily be the group’s last major tour. I don’t see this as being permanent. Neil is too restless. Perhaps it will make him want to dust off his own band. Who knows. But I don’t see this as the end of anything, but rather something full of new possibilities.

That said, I’ve never been particularly interested in Fleetwood Mac, but it’s a very high-profile gig that will expose Neil to a lot of potential new fans. It also opens him up to the scorn of a lot of die hards. Hopefully people give him a fair shake; the initial reaction from FM fans has largely seemed like “Nothing against these two replacements, they’re very talented but it’s not FM without Buckingham.” Hopefully it goes well and Neil and Mike Campbell change some minds.

I don’t think it’s the end for Crowded House , as it’s probably only one tour . What I do feel is that every other thing that Neil takes on pushes Crowded House further in the distance , and that makes me sad . Listening to two minutes silence yesterday makes me lament the fact that they didn’t finish the last album . The 2016 appearances at the opera house were incredible , but further proof that the band should be doing more . 

Ironically Neil has replaced the most talented member of Fleetwood Mac . ( the fact that it’s taken two people to replace him confirms that ). 

I consider Mark , Nick and Matt to be better anyway ....

 

 

Well, I just looked on Neil's website and the LA concert originally scheduled for 2019 has dropped off.  So indeed it is The End of that plan at least.  Heard that the Fleetwood Mac tour may begin this fall.  I am thrilled with the pending energy and creativity of this new lineup.  When you really think about it, this combination is not that much of a stretch.  Many of CH/Finn melodies match what Mac has been doing for years.  This blend will, I believe, be a winning match.

ginacandle posted:

Well, I just looked on Neil's website and the LA concert originally scheduled for 2019 has dropped off.  So indeed it is The End of that plan at least.  Heard that the Fleetwood Mac tour may begin this fall.  I am thrilled with the pending energy and creativity of this new lineup.  When you really think about it, this combination is not that much of a stretch.  Many of CH/Finn melodies match what Mac has been doing for years.  This blend will, I believe, be a winning match.

Completely agree. Once I sat back and thought about it and the initial shock wore off, I realized that this is a fabulous match. Neil's gift for melody, lyrics, and lead vocals with one of the top rhythm sections of all-time (McVie and Fleetwood) with one of the best rock guitarists of all-time (Mike Campbell) with two of the best female rock vocalists of all-time (Stevie and Christine). Wow, this could be good.

jamesp posted:

Neil is a mercurial beast - which is what makes him so good! Taste is, of course - subjective ---Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands that always made me reach for the "off" button! 

I've gone back to re-listen to a lot of their hits, and my impression is that Fleetwood Ma can often create an incredible chorus -- Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, etc. -- but the verses are often barely anything of interest, lyrically or musically. Just feels like marking time until you get back to the fantastic chorus.

Neil has always been more balanced, with his verses usually being just as catchy and meaningful as the chorus.

I hope this goes well for him, and as a band of people singing and playing I'm sure FM are excellent, and this current incarnation should certainly uphold that. It's just that after hearing them on the radio my whole life, then finally trying to dig a little deeper, I'm not quite seeing what the hype is with this band.

slowpogo posted:
jamesp posted:

Neil is a mercurial beast - which is what makes him so good! Taste is, of course - subjective ---Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands that always made me reach for the "off" button! 

I've gone back to re-listen to a lot of their hits, and my impression is that Fleetwood Ma can often create an incredible chorus -- Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, etc. -- but the verses are often barely anything of interest, lyrically or musically. Just feels like marking time until you get back to the fantastic chorus.

Neil has always been more balanced, with his verses usually being just as catchy and meaningful as the chorus.

I hope this goes well for him, and as a band of people singing and playing I'm sure FM are excellent, and this current incarnation should certainly uphold that. It's just that after hearing them on the radio my whole life, then finally trying to dig a little deeper, I'm not quite seeing what the hype is with this band.

I guess I'm in a good position to enjoy the news that Neil is joining the Mac as Neil and Fleetwood Mac are two of my favorite artists of all-time.

Neil Finn has many greats "singles" and also dozens of incredible deep cuts to discover. I still remember the day I discovered Neil’s obscure song “Blue Hotel”, which is now one of my favorite songs. And “Guiding Star”. And “Ray of Hope”.  So many Neil Finn hidden gems out there to discover.  Sort of like finding a secret treasure that you can then share with your friends and family or keep to yourself to savor. 

Same with Fleetwood Mac. They have the great hits, but they also have literally dozens of incredible obscure songs to discover.  One as good as the next.  "Sisters of The Moon", "Storms", "Carousel", "Have No Heart", "Circle Dance", "Beauty & The Beast" are just a few of the obscure Fleetwood Mac and solo artist gems out there ... with "Sisters of The Moon" probably being one of my favorite songs of all-time.

Obviously music is subjective, but here are my favorite Fleetwood Mac “hits” and rarities.  These are songs that should appeal to those who love all things Neil Finn.  Perhaps this isn't "the end" but rather the beginning of a wonderful Fleetwood Mac journey. Enjoy!

 

The Chain

Sisters of The Moon

Little Lies

Gypsy

Lady From The Mountains

Circle Dance

Everywhere

Have No Heart

Beauty & The Beast

Sara

Castaway

Say You Love Me

Landslide

Got A Hold On Me

Gold Dust Woman

As Long As You Follow

Crystal

Dial The Number

Beautiful Child

Think About Me

You Make Loving Fun

Sleeping Angel

The Second Time

Dreams

Over My Head

Rhiannon

Over & Over

Italian Summer

Edge of Seventeen

Over & Over

Black Magic Woman

Hold Me

Trouble

Kind of Woman

Second Hand News

If You Were My Love

Walk A Thin Line

Smile At You

God’s Garden

Hard Advice

Thrown Down

I'm So Afraid

Never Forget

Monday Morning

Never Make Me Cry

Storms

Illume

Carousel

Never Forget

Go Your Own Way

It Takes Time

World Turning

Mabel Normand

Don't Stop

If You Ever Did Believe

Silver Springs

Annabel Lee

Fireflies

Songbird

Lady

Belle Fleur 

Goodbye Baby

Battle of The Dragon

Planets of The Universe

 

 

 

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