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And he’s not the least bit worried about getting lost in the shuffle of the year of reunions.

“Ours is a little different, in a real sense, because we’re actually intending to continue on as a current band and we’ve got a new record,” Finn says. “I’m more intense, more passionate and more committed to music now than I ever have been — and I was never short of that — but I just appreciate the fact that after this period of time I’m still able to do it and people still want to hear it. I feel very respectful and very appreciative of the life it’s given me.”

Does that mean we may get more albums in the future?? Smiler

The East Valley Tribune was a great read, thanks kelly! btw I'm more of a mint slice boy myself (from the fridge of course), but timtams make for good variety Wink

"all the flickering lights"
Winnipeg Sun

Good quote about that 'dedicated fan' in NZ, who's kept all the bootlegs, we can thank him for the Box set.

"""There's a guy in New Zealand who is really dedicated to it and thank Christ for that because none of us would get around to it," Finn says of the project.

"You're only going to do a box set once and asking the fans to shell out for a big set of stuff that they're interested in, you want it to be really good."""

Keep an eye out for Great Australian Albums on SBS Woodface, and the barney in Byron. Classic !!
TV3 NZ report

Forbes Live Earth Review
""In Sydney, an estimated 50,000 people grooved through a set by former professional surfer-turned singer-guitarist Jack Johnson, banged their heads to 1970s retro rockers Wolfmother, and gave a re-formed Crowded House a rapturous homecoming.

"This is so cool," Neil Finn, the singer-guitarist who penned the band's 1987 breakthrough "Don't Dream It's Over" and other hits. "We are the groundswell."

When a glitch cut the massive on-stage light display backdrop two songs before the end, Finn didn't miss a beat.

"There's something deeply ironic about the fact that the power's gone out - and we're still having a good time," he said.

Finn, like others on the bill, said Saturday's event drew a line in the sand for rock concerts: from now on, offsetting the carbon emissions caused by powering big shows must be factored in to the cost of putting them on.

Sydney Morning Herald

A good bit about our crowdies Wink

Crowded House Stars As Live Earth Begins In Sydney
Crowded House

July 07, 2007, 9:40 AM ET

Christie Eliezer, Sydney
The first of the Live Earth climate change concerts in Sydney began today (July 7) with an emotional welcome by a traditional Aboriginal troupe painted in white and waving eucalyptus leaves, and ended 10 hours later, equally as emotional, when a reunited Crowded House played their first show on Australian soil in 11 years.

The group's set stuck to hits like "Don't Dream It's Over," "Weather With You" and the encore "Better Be Home Soon" but included the new "Silent House" about the death of their drummer Paul Hester two years ago. Not even a power outage that shut down the lights onstage cooled the crowd's response.

Saturday, July 7th, 2007
Lights go out at Aussie Stadium and the show goes on

By Jeffrey Jolson

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 7/7/07 — All the lights, stage and audience, went out at Aussie Stadium during the heralded Crowded House reunion and it turned out to be one of the magic moments of Live Earth. “I think this is a statement,” said lead singer Neil Finn in the darkness. “Since the PA is still working, let’s keep singing.” And he launched into “Something So Strong” and everyone starting singing and dancing in the dark.

It was a bit of a scary moment. But the spirit in the stadium provided all the electricity that was needed. And after all, weren’t we here to conserve?

“We are the groundswell,” Finn stated, referring to the fact that Australia had set the bar that the other eight Live Earth shows had to reach. He was right about that. The whole long day in Sydney was like an Aussie Woodstock with their top acts turning in emotional performances.

To Australians and New Zealanders, the reunion was something like a Beatles reunion or at least a Police reunion, in that these were all the songs they grew up with, heard when they first fell in love, listened to after a bad breakup, you get the drift. So the show HAD to go on.

And go on it did with the hits “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” “Something So Strong,” “Better Be Home Soon,” “Fall At Your Feet,” and “Weather With You.”

Peter Garrett, of Midnight Oil fame and now a member of the Australian House of Representatives (go figure) introduced the band, which started the reunion show with the lyric “Been waiting for the wall to crack, but I knew one day I’d have you back.”

Its unfair to say that Finn sang “Fall at Your Feet.” He’d just sing “Whenever I Fall…” and 60,000 people sang the rest of the song.

It seems like the group may be back together for a bit. “We made it back,” said Finn. “This is our theme song of the moment,” and sang “Don’t Stop Now” with the lyric “Sometimes time you have to turn the wrong way around.”

Indeed it was something so strong that kept the show going in the darkness, which lasted quite a while, even into the encore. “We’re all united in darkness,” said Finn. “And in honor of the darkness we should do one more. Let’s have everyone in the wings come out on stage. Now’s the time to have a snog with your girlfriend out here.”
Although originally posted by Black&WhiteBoy (really good find, thanks!! ) on the CH/Youth thread, I thought I'd re-post the link to the recent Times Podcast on this thread as well in case anyone missed it, as it is one of the most insightful and interesting interviews I've heard for some time.

Well worth a listen.

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