Just back from tonight's show at the Home Of The Arts on the Gold Coast and needed to say...WOW!
I had been to the Out of Silence show at the Sydney Opera House a few weeks ago and I must admit to have being pretty disappointed. Neil was obviously struggling with illness at the time and was not at his best (not his fault), and the set list was somewhat disappointing, leaning heavily on new Neil and Liam songs and Dizzy Heights material. Although I thought that Out of Silence sounded spectacular live, l had thought that it was a little bit of a wasted opportunity that the rest of the set hadn't included more of the wonderful symphonic interpretations of Neil classics or, otherwise, interesting new interpretations of some fan favourites (such as anything from Try Whistling This or One Nil, or some of the more obscure Crowded House songs).
Tonight, I was simply blown away. I have seen Neil many many times (5 times this year alone) but when that extra choir of 100 odd voices came out to the stage for the final few songs, it was clear that tonight was something very very special. And Neil himself has never sounded better and was in truly fine form (and clearly having a wonderful time). What an incredible venue for a truly spectacular performance. With the Out of Silence choir and orchestra, there must have been close to 200 musicians on stage. Thank you to each and every one of you.
And thanks, of course, to Neil for providing the songs.
I hope there were other Frenz there that got to enjoy the show??