Very interesting read. 16 guitars?  Even considering that many of those are "backups" as discussed in the article, that sounds like a lot for Neil.  Maybe there are a few one offs for particular songs, but I feel like he mostly just plays 2-3 electrics, 2-3 acoustics.  That's fascinating about Gretsch making an exact replica of his special Firebird.  I'd love to know what they discovered that makes it so special.

And yes, does sound like a new album next year!  I'm thinking it's probably Crowded House.  Between the upcoming reunion show and the personnel shake up, it's hard to see it as anything else.

Freofan posted:

The word "overseas" puzzles me. When I hear that word used in NZ, it generally refers to as not Australia, but somewhere else (and vice versa between Aussie and NZ, if that makes sense). LA?

Same here.

"Time in the studio overseas" should mean US (probably LA; Froom lives there doesn't he?); or the UK (closer to home for Nick?). 

slowpogo posted:

And yes, does sound like a new album next year!  I'm thinking it's probably Crowded House.  Between the upcoming reunion show and the personnel shake up, it's hard to see it as anything else.

My money is Neil going into the studio with Fleetwood Mac in some form.

This is my rationale for that:

Mitchell Froom is the current Fleetwood Mac producer (after doing Extended Play and Buckingham/McVie - which was meant to be a Fleetwood Mac album until Stevie Nicks refused to be a part of it). I reckon they will have booked time with Froom in LA and that is what is being referenced as studio time overseas. 

I reckon Froom and Neil will then head back to Auckland to do more work on it at Roundhead. Neil possibly learned that Nick was going to be in Aussie at that time, so thought it was a good opportunity for the 3 of them to get together and do a Crowded House gig at the Blues Festival. The way Neil has spoken of the gig - he has just said that Mitchell will be joining Nick and him this time. I don’t read into this that Crowded House are fully reforming or recording. What I see is a valid version of the band just playing a opportunistic gig.

I know I am playing down Mark’s twitter announcement but I could imagine being told that he will be seeing announcements of Crowded House playing a gig and he is not part of the band for the first time in about 30 years as Being pretty devastating and hurtful. Mark had to put something out to the fans as everybody would assume he would be part of any CH gig. He just made it very clear that it was Neil’s decision not his. I just don’t see a new version of CH hitting the studio. It doesn’t make sense to me. A one off gig due to circumstances does.

Having seen Neil with Fleetwood Mac, I cant imagine him not wanting to get into the studio with them. He has even alluded to that in some TV interviews.

The song with Fleetwood “Not Like Other Men”, Neil referred to as on the fringes and that he shouldn’t have been playing it. The only reason I could think of for him thinking he shouldn’t be playing it is if it is meant for the Fleetwood Mac sessions. Otherwise, surely he is free to play any of his songs at will and not feel like he is doing something he shouldn’t.

Fleetwood Mac will not be wanting to publicize going into the studio at all. They did that last time and a Fleetwood Mac album never emerged and then they ended up backtracking. That would explain why it is not referenced in the article and the studio reference almost sounds cryptic. Even if they do get studio time, the dynamics of the band may mean that nothing actually gets released at the end of it anyway.

If Neil was to do a Crowded House album, I can’t see him not doing it at Roundhead. But I can’t imagine Fleetwood Mac all coming over to NZ to record. I would imagine they would do the bulk of recording in LA.

I guess only time will tell - I just think the CH gig with Froom makes more sense when seen in a Fleetwood Mac context of Froom and Neil taking advantage of spending time together trying to get a Fleetwood Mac record done, rather than Neil firing Mark, and bringing in Froom to replace him so they can do a Crowded House album overseas with a different lineup (eg. No Mark, no Matt). I find the latter hard to fathom.

On the Christine MacVie documentary aired on BBC 2 last Friday night apparently she mentioned that she had written a song with Neil. So I guess that lends weight to the possibility of Neil being involved with a new Fleetwood Mac album next year.

Against that,  Stevie Nicks has spoken repeatedly of her reluctance to record a new Fleetwood Mac album, mainly it seems on the basis she doesn't want to get stuck in a studio for a long time making a record that won't sell.  She rightfully points that even big legacies acts like Fleetwood Mac don't sell many copies of new albums and all the money is in touring these days.   Also, Mike Campbell has indicated he is committed to touring with his own band for most of next year.

When Neil talked about the upcoming Crowded House show and not including Mark, he said "You'll just have to trust that we're working toward something cool..." or words to that effect.  It seemed to suggest there was more to come than just the performance, or at least that's how I took it.  There's also the fact that Liam lives in LA and has a young family, so if he's to be part of Crowded House now it may make sense to spend some time recording there.

In Love With It All posted:

Against that,  Stevie Nicks has spoken repeatedly of her reluctance to record a new Fleetwood Mac album, mainly it seems on the basis she doesn't want to get stuck in a studio for a long time making a record that won't sell.  She rightfully points that even big legacies acts like Fleetwood Mac don't sell many copies of new albums and all the money is in touring these days.   Also, Mike Campbell has indicated he is committed to touring with his own band for most of next year.

I know she's said that a lot, but I think it's pretty likely that "doesn't want to get stuck in the studio working on a record that won't sell" was code for "doesn't want to get stuck in the studio with Lindsay." If Neil wants to write songs for/with Stevie, there will be a Fleetwood Mac album. 

To quote Above the Kitchen in the Mark Hart thread:

"I think we can rule out Mike Campbell as a possible member of CH 3.0.  His focus will be on the Dirty Knobs.  According to an interview done during the Australian leg of the FM tour, Stevie Nicks will go on a solo tour after FM completes this tour in Nov.  Stevie’s tour will last a year and a half which will takes us through mid-2021 or later.  Campbell’s Dirty Knobs will be on tour during this time."

Sounds like if FM do plan to record, it's not going to be any time in the next few years.  At least not a proper album.  I still say Neil has something planned for Crowded House in 2020, beyond just the Blues Fest performance.

I'm pretty sure there's some CH stuff happening next year, based on Neil's comments on Fangradio and the FM situation that others here have pointed out.

Whether the "studio overseas" comments refer to CH or not is a different question, but it's certainly possible. The other option might be some collab with Christine McVie? (These two seem to be getting along rather well; overseas might then also be the UK.) 

(Or the new CH features Liam and all his LA-based mates, but let's no go there.) 

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