Whenever the band or Neil gives the public an opportunity to ask them questions, I'm always left a bit disappointed with the questions asked.  I think I'm not alone.  At this juncture in the band's existence, everything feels open ended.  What question would you have asked the band during their webcast rehearsal?  

I'll start it off.  Are there plans to make another album?  

 

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I don't know, but I would try and ask questions of Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod. I love Neil but it does get a bit boring when every question is for him...

Agreed... it does sometimes feel like 'Neil Finn and his Crowded House'... even the way he boasted about being solely responsible for coming up with the set lists came across as a little self absorbed.

I too want to hear/know more about Nick, Mark and Matt. How do they feel, what are they into and what do they look forward too?

Above the Kitchen posted:

Whenever the band or Neil gives the public an opportunity to ask them questions, I'm always left a bit disappointed with the questions asked.  I think I'm not alone.  At this juncture in the band's existence, everything feels open ended.  What question would you have asked the band during their webcast rehearsal?  

I'll start it off.  Are there plans to make another album?  

 

It maybe  this question  was asked  but pre-vetted out as the embarrassing  one

I would  ask each  band member  for their  personal  highlight  of being in the House - be it a fav song, gig or experience.

 

I'm a mischief maker: I'd like to know why they abandoned sessions for a follow up to Intriguer and why they are, in Neil's words, parked on blocks in the garage...

Since that is an observation I've made while watching, listening to and reading Neil interviews: why is it that Neil is rarely singing the praises of his band mates in public? Does he still feel he is -- above all -- still the main or only decision maker in the band creatively, when it comes to music, and what do the others think about this?

BRANDO BRANDT posted:

Agreed... it does sometimes feel like 'Neil Finn and his Crowded House'... even the way he boasted about being solely responsible for coming up with the set lists came across as a little self absorbed.

Boasted? I thought he just said "You guys usually leave that to me, right?" I don't see it.

I would ask how they are putting together set lists for the Sydney shows? All greatest hits? Any trips to the "rarities corner" as Neil puts it? Do Mark, Matt or Nick get to put favourites forward?

I would like to ask the band the following:  if they only had enough money to buy one version of the reissues, what would it be:  cd, MP3 or vinyl?  If Paul was alive, I'm guessing he would say "neither, only 8 track."  So missed.,,,

This was my question as I am just as curious about them all too! "

Loving this Recurring Dream and so so pleased that The Band had been lowered"down from the blocks "so to speak for such a special occasion as The Aria's . I am especially pleased to see Matt and Mark again. Mark we know where you have been but my question is for Matt. Where have you been musically these past years? and what have you missed about Oz and CH?" 

Always hopeful I might get a chance to ask in person this week. 

 

Paul H posted:

I'm a mischief maker: I'd like to know why they abandoned sessions for a follow up to Intriguer and why they are, in Neil's words, parked on blocks in the garage...

This. most definitely this. I mean,  they got a producer in and everything!  For the result of this to be a couple of bonus tracks on the Intriguer box seems to be a bit of a waste of all the sessions!  It's very odd that it was just abandoned. 

I did feel it was odd at how mundane some of the questions were... 

 

Neil mentioned the possibility of doing these webcasts once a month.  I'm guessing that's not with crowded house... 

A couple of people asked when they were coming such and such a place,  but I'm amazed no one asked about a new album or tour... 

stuartjb posted:

Neil mentioned the possibility of doing these webcasts once a month.  I'm guessing that's not with crowded house... 

A couple of people asked when they were coming such and such a place,  but I'm amazed no one asked about a new album or tour... 

He's made that comment more than once during webcasts and, while they still happen more often than most artists will do, they've not been anywhere near that frequent.

And, yes, I'm also staggered no one asked about a new album. It's like the elephant in the room at the moment.

stuartjb posted:
Paul H posted:

I'm a mischief maker: I'd like to know why they abandoned sessions for a follow up to Intriguer and why they are, in Neil's words, parked on blocks in the garage...

This. most definitely this. I mean,  they got a producer in and everything!  For the result of this to be a couple of bonus tracks on the Intriguer box seems to be a bit of a waste of all the sessions!  It's very odd that it was just abandoned. 

I did feel it was odd at how mundane some of the questions were... 

 

Neil mentioned the possibility of doing these webcasts once a month.  I'm guessing that's not with crowded house... 

A couple of people asked when they were coming such and such a place,  but I'm amazed no one asked about a new album or tour... 

I suspect either an album without a tour or the infrequent, occasional concert here or there are the likely future of the band.  Neil wants to keep working in his studio, keep making music, and keep spending time with his family but I think he wants to avoid revving the CH engine and speeding through 3 years of his life with a world tour.  

With that being said, the band rapport and chemistry is undeniable.  I believe when Neil is with the band, the history, the musical and relationship bonds, the inside jokes are so thick that he feels the love. It's all the other stuff that comes with being a legendary band that he can probably live without.  

I wonder how the band would have developed  if they all lived in Auckland or Nashville or LA or Dublin.  More albums, more gigs, maybe like the Wilco model.  

 

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