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My wife and I went to the 2nd NYC show the night before. Afterwards, I asked my wife if she wanted to go down to Philly the next night and she said no way, she knew she'd be too tired.

So around 4:00 pm Friday afternoon, I decide to see if tickets are available, and lo and behold they are. Good seats too (Orchestra A, Center Section. Much better than the seats at the Beacon, which were the 2nd to last row, even though I purchased them weeks in advance). I purchased my ticket online, left work a little early, got home and took the car to Philly. About 2 hrs with traffic.

I got there in the middle of Zorn's set, which was good. Crowded House was magnificent, and I really loved the venue.

The one thing that bugged me about the 2nd NYC show was that they didn't play a single song off Temple of Low Men, so I was glad that "When You Come" and "Better Be Home Soon" made the set list in Philly. Personally, I'd like to hear more TOLM songs live, but it looks like from prior set lists that they're not playing much from that album.

Got out around 11:40 and it took about 2 hrs to get back home again.

As it happened, the people to my right at the concert drove up from Baltimore that evening to see the show, although they were staying in Philadelphia overnight before going back.

I didn't notice anything wrong with Neil's voice. I heard the radio broadcast online the next day and was amazed that he was able to recover so quickly.

Overall a great concert, made even more enjoyable by the spontaneity involved in deciding to go down to Philly at the last minute.
I agree that the Philly show at the Mann was magical. I think the venue has been renovated somewhat because I don't remember it being that nice when I saw concerts there in high school! I was very worried about Neil's voice because I was at the XPN Free at Noon show and was (selfishly, I know) disappointed about the early cut-off time (Neil on a bad day still sounded pretty good to me!) since I was right up front and assumed that they might give the audience some additional songs that might not make the broadcast. I also agree that the Philly show had a much more pleasant, light-hearted vibe than the second NYC show. I think the increased security on the second night and the audience being "strongly encouraged" to sit down was a little off-putting. But I did get to chat with Matt Sherrod for a few minutes and he was an absolute sweetheart!

After seeing six and a half shows (Philly being the last), I am definitely going through some CH withdrawal. They are the only band I would happily follow (if I had the financial means I would be at every show on this tour). I am sure my fellow followers of the northeast leg of this tour are feeling the same sadness!
Playful Crowded House delights fans
By Nicole Pensiero
For The Philadelphia Inquirer

It's hard to say who was having a better time at the Mann Center Friday night: Crowded House leader Neil Finn and his sidekick/bassist Nick Seymour, or the exuberant, mixed-age audience reveling in the two-hour reunion concert under suddenly cooled skies.
Playing before a crowded (but hardly full) house of devotees, Finn, Seymour and bandmates - multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, drummer Matt Sherrod (the replacement for original drummer Paul Hester, a 2005 suicide) and Finn's guitarist son, Liam - could hardly contain their delight at the warm reception.

"Fantastic!" the 49-year-old Finn yelled out after a show-stopping sing-along to "Don't Dream It's Over," the band's only U.S. mega-hit. The audience participation had him reaching out to them from along a wooden partition.

Following a solid opening set by pop-rocker Pete Yorn (whose countrified cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 hit "Suspicious Minds" was especially impressive), Crowded House led off with a forceful rendition of 1993's "Locked Out," then moved between their best-known songs to tracks from their just-released CD, Time on Earth.

Finn's and Seymour's ongoing stage banter was like a show within a show: They chatted about everything from Philly cheesesteaks to their own oddly esoteric stage set. A quick primer on Australian '60s folk-rockers the Seekers inspired an impromptu rendition of 1965's "The Carnival Is Over." Silly or not, it charmed the crowd.

Crowded House's razor-sharp musicianship was almost (but not quite) overshadowed by the onstage playfulness. The still-boyish Finn - whose emotive vocals were the show's sonic center - moved between guitar and keyboards frequently, showing off some fun dance moves in the process. New songs such as "Silent House" and "She Called Up" were catchy, but old favorites such as "Weather With You" and "World Where You Live" had the crowd on its feet.

Rewarding concertgoers with two encores, the band closed things out with a spirited Neil and Liam Finn duet on the ever-sweet "Better Be Home Soon."

Note: THAT is a spot-on review, including kudos to Pete Yorn. Too many people here who don't even know his music are snarking him. I don't get that???
*BIG SIGH*

I love that people are still buzzing about this show. 5 days later and I am still smiling to myself and humming the tunes in my head all day long.

Some things are magic, plain and simple.

Happy to share it all with the Frenz.

To those yet to see the tour, enjoy (I know you will) and please provide full reports. I will be living vicariously through you!

Cheers
This show was indeed magic! I've seen the Finns in different incarnations atleast 6 times and I have to say this was borderline greatness! I did introduce myself to Jacocake, so glad you got to hear Distant Sun! I was ecstatic to hear "Recurring Dream" which I've never heard live and one of my favorite CH tunes! The 2 encores of this show were just downright brilliant! I didn't know about Neil's voice problem earlier in the day, I thought he was a little off the high notes for the first couple of songs. But after warming up he settled into that beautiful melodic perfection we've all come to know. I took a friend who wasn't a huge CH fan and she love it so much she bought a t-shirt! All in all, it was definitely worth the hassle to fly in all the way from TEXAS to see the show and I can't wait to see the boys in Chicago next weekend! It will be interesting to see how the venue (house of blues) influences the show!
Sure hope Kufala puts this one up for sale as I would definitely consider it a "must buy"!
quote:
Originally posted by xport:
Playful Crowded House delights fans
By Nicole Pensiero
For The Philadelphia Inquirer

It's hard to say who was having a better time at the Mann Center Friday night: Crowded House leader Neil Finn and his sidekick/bassist Nick Seymour, or the exuberant, mixed-age audience reveling in the two-hour reunion concert under suddenly cooled skies.
Playing before a crowded (but hardly full) house of devotees, Finn, Seymour and bandmates - multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, drummer Matt Sherrod (the replacement for original drummer Paul Hester, a 2005 suicide) and Finn's guitarist son, Liam - could hardly contain their delight at the warm reception.

"Fantastic!" the 49-year-old Finn yelled out after a show-stopping sing-along to "Don't Dream It's Over," the band's only U.S. mega-hit. The audience participation had him reaching out to them from along a wooden partition.

Following a solid opening set by pop-rocker Pete Yorn (whose countrified cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 hit "Suspicious Minds" was especially impressive), Crowded House led off with a forceful rendition of 1993's "Locked Out," then moved between their best-known songs to tracks from their just-released CD, Time on Earth.

Finn's and Seymour's ongoing stage banter was like a show within a show: They chatted about everything from Philly cheesesteaks to their own oddly esoteric stage set. A quick primer on Australian '60s folk-rockers the Seekers inspired an impromptu rendition of 1965's "The Carnival Is Over." Silly or not, it charmed the crowd.

Crowded House's razor-sharp musicianship was almost (but not quite) overshadowed by the onstage playfulness. The still-boyish Finn - whose emotive vocals were the show's sonic center - moved between guitar and keyboards frequently, showing off some fun dance moves in the process. New songs such as "Silent House" and "She Called Up" were catchy, but old favorites such as "Weather With You" and "World Where You Live" had the crowd on its feet.

Rewarding concertgoers with two encores, the band closed things out with a spirited Neil and Liam Finn duet on the ever-sweet "Better Be Home Soon."

Note: THAT is a spot-on review, including kudos to Pete Yorn. Too many people here who don't even know his music are snarking him. I don't get that???


Sorry, not a response regarding CH so apologies for being off topic but have to agree regarding Pete Yorn. I totally agree with xport and was so envious that Pete was the support act over in the US for some of the shows. I seen him do a 2 hour solo show last year here in Melbourne and he was fabulous and it's quite obvious he has been highly influenced by his fellow New Jerseyian (is there such a word..??) Bruce Springsteen. Hell he even looked like a young Bruce when I seen him, full beard and hat just like 1970's Bruce and also opened the show with Atlantic City, much to my delight Smiler
quote:
Originally posted by emilybeck:
*BIG SIGH*

I love that people are still buzzing about this show. 5 days later and I am still smiling to myself and humming the tunes in my head all day long.

Some things are magic, plain and simple.

Happy to share it all with the Frenz.

To those yet to see the tour, enjoy (I know you will) and please provide full reports. I will be living vicariously through you!

Cheers


I'm still riding the wave from Friday, actually. And I'm telling everyone I can, including some friends in Chicago, to just go, see the band, and have the best time.
I have to say that I can't concur with the Pete Yorn fans here; we thought his set in Philly was a bit tedious, the mix was a blurry mess (too many guitars strumming at once), and only a few songs really stood out. Plus I always think it's a mistake to end a set with a cover song - everyone goes away remembering that one, and they forget the originals. Of course, he stands little chance of competing with CH in the charisma department, so he was in trouble from the start. (I like his records, by the way, but thought the show was drab.)
It's been a week since the Philly concert, and I'm still in "Crowded House" mode. I took my 21-year-old daughter (who has all 4 of Crowded House's records on her i-pod), and I can't tell you how happy it made me to see her on her feet singing every song the entire show. We froze our butt's off during the concert (coming from parched DC), but it was definitely worth every cold moment. It was a special night for both of us, one that we won't soon forget.
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Originally posted by Aileen Williams:
It's been a week since the Philly concert, and I'm still in "Crowded House" mode. I took my 21-year-old daughter (who has all 4 of Crowded House's records on her i-pod), and I can't tell you how happy it made me to see her on her feet singing every song the entire show.

There are now 6 Crowded House records:

Crowded House (1986)
Temple of Low Men (1988)
Woodface (1991)
Together Alone (1993)
Afterglow (1999)
Time on Earth (2007)

Anyway, I'm glad everyone had fun -- it was a wonderful show. It was great meeting you, too, Adam. I wish I could've met more of you! Next time...
Hi all! Newbie here. Usually lurk and finally joined. A week later and Crowded House is still stuck in my CD player on continuous play. It was such a thrill to finally see one of my favorite bands live! I snapped a few pics during the show, although they didn't turn out too stellar. I posted them on myspace of any of you would like to take a look:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&...745&blogID=298233591

Was lucky to catch The Finn Bros. a few years ago. They were incredible live too.

Afraid I spend too much time on line, usually on the INXS forums. But, I do take a peek here often. Love music and live gigs. Nice to meet you all.

Oh, there is a picture, someone posted on Liam's myspace, of Neil and Liam doing harmonies during Better Be Home Soon in Philly. Really cute pic!

Steph

p.s. - I would love to see them again. One show just wasn't enough!

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