It's not Neil's band though. It's Neil exploiting the name because it's the difference between playing the SSE hydro which takes 13,000 people and not selling out the 900 capacity queens hall as Neil and Liam finn despite it being 60% the same musicians.

At the end of the day.....any band can change any members.  We see it so much out there.  When I stated before that there could be a handing of the torch to his sons many years from now....why not?  Neil's kids keeping the band alive when Neil retires or passes on.  Right now I am happy to know that passing of the torch could happen (very good possibility....doesn't take rocket scientist to figure that out _).....I am actually at ease inside knowing this band will be around for generations (and my son and his kids will see that).  And the voice of Neil will be alive in his son's voice....who sound like him.  I think it's a cool comforting thought.  This could be deep in Neil's thoughts and comforts him too that Crowded House is something ever evolving and alive for decades....

When Neil and Nick get on the same stage, you have Crowded House. The other moving parts, as amazingly talented as some have been, come and go. The only other irreplaceable part, sadly, is Paul ... but echoes and honors linger and must suffice.

I Like when Neil says:

Crowded House has been a shifting landscape, befitting of the name. A cast of characters have inhabited the house, elevated our endeavours and been part of the evolution

And....

we believed in the concept of a band being the sum of parts, the interesting rub that occurs when strong and differing personalities get to add their character to the songs

In other words he's saying that Crowded House (not sure if a fluke by the actual name) is a house full of people....and now the people extracted are the current members.  At some point even Neil will be relegated to a room in the house (hopefully not his death bed) and others will perform and take the band to another direction possibly.  But keeping the old songs alive. 

 

 

Like everything this is business.

while we arent privy to the details, ‘crowded house’ is a brand name and a corporate structure if not owned then certainly majority controlled by neil.

it’s his business and he makes the calls... seen nick make any comment about mark or matt? Didnt think so.

neil is seeking to maximize revenue from a business opportunity and the mac has boosted his profile on a significant song that is branded crowded house... cue a european festival tour under the name crowded house... kaching. 

So who to play the tunes? In the way the band name evokes the sense of a young band shacking up together, the reality is the band as we last knew them lives at the four points of the globe.

to be able to call it crowded house to the fans nick has to be there - hence the ‘founding member’ status... and whats a dad to do when the kids need a solid job? Write them a reference to be a hospital orderly? 

so it comes down to neil’s pitch to the fans on making liam and elroy palatable ... and i think there will be a hardcore who wont like it... those who’ve seen nepotism in their own lives, those who dont see the magic of random creative sparks creating something new, and those who dont see the kind of talent in the new band that has marked it over periods of 30 years.

For mine, this is as much about legacy as payoff ... the band never enjoyed stable large scale Widespread success. First the US, then a decade later in the uk and europe. It’s coming at an unlikely time boosted by an unlikely side project... they ensured legacy in australasia both in 96 fttw and 2016 arias. I suspect those who loved them in europe in that time are now middle aged and have a few bucks to throw at a band they loved. They dont care about the minutiae of members. ‘It’s that neil finn guy and that hey now song and weather with you’. neil gets to achieve the stamp of european widesprwad approval, and the legacy of intergenerational appeal.. and he gives the kids a career.

is this what i envisioned for crowded house? Probably not. I strongly opposed them getting back together after paul died but i still went along and supported them. I find this iteration more challenging. I think liam has been underwhelming in recent years. Elroy was solid playing with neil and paul kelly. but the best thing about that project was a female bass player zoe hauptmann and paul kelly’s into temptation cover. Nothing finn related. To those suggesting liam can bring back energy id say he has played with neil for a long time Now and has never done that musically. Goofy? Yes. Inspiringmusical energy? Meh.

the prospect of future music is central to this for me. We’ve seen the side projects and half formed ideas and experimental stuff. For mine it rarely soared. This will be the litmus test for mine on a crowded house project (as with their ability to play the ‘holy trinity’ songs referenced earlier well live).

make no mistake there r things about this i find distasteful.

but...

here we all stand at the crossroads. Im wailing and gnashing my teeth and am bothered by it. But i reckon if i found myself within a half days drive of any of these shows id probably eat thru my left arm to scalp a ticket.

damn u neil finn... u had me at age 15... and now 31 hears later ...

 

I'm underwhelmed by this development.  I'm excited that Mitchell Froom is part of the band, and will presumably have a big hand in producing their forthcoming album. (By that token, why not have Bob Clearmountain mix it?)

It's not that he's changed the lineup that bugs me.  And it's not that his kids are the new players that bugs me.  It's more that he's bringing in family under the guise of "new blood" when they are anything but that, having been involved in everything he's done for more than a decade now.  Logically, and more importantly to my ears, this has had a homogenizing effect on Neil's music despite the different packagings.  There have been highlights here and there but it's gradually blurred together into a sort of pleasant but uncompelling grey noise for me.  Crowded House, at least, seemed to be the one thing that was a distinct entity -- the kids had played on some of the newer tracks and Liam had performed with them as a utility guy, but the band seemed to stand apart.  But now that's gone, too.  Mitchell is an important part of Crowded House and not exactly a new face, but he's not worked with Neil since Everyone Is Here (the same is true for Bob Clearmountain I believe?) and he's never been properly in the band.  Had he brought in Mitchell and, say, an entirely new drummer and guitarist -- I'd miss Mark and Matt, but I'd be excited by the possibilities.  Not the case here.

"the interesting rub that occurs when strong and differing personalities get to add their character to the songs"...I agree with that sentiment, but the alchemy has not proven particularly worthwhile so far when it comes to making music with his nuclear family, in my opinion.  The Finns may have different personalities and opinions, but they all came up together on the same timeline.  If Neil really wants to spark things creatively, I think he'd need to cast a wider net.  Which is what they seemed to understand and what they did when hiring Matt as a new drummer.  Ironically, bringing his family into the band, who he's been making music with the entire latter part of his career, seems to move in the exact opposite direction of that quote.  Maybe the alchemy will produce something well beyond my expectations, and I'd be happy for that to be the case.  But as of now, I can only shrug and look on from the sidelines with curiosity, but not with excitement.

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Oh Silent Stream, you have summed up many of my thoughts to a tee.

I to am 46 and have been under the NF spell since a very early age.

Big fan of Zoe's since seeing her perform as well.

But to borrow a lyric that sums up my numbness : Nonchalant.

Hmmm...there's much negativity here.  Let's give this new configuration a chance without  jumping to conclusions.  I think we might be pleasantly surprised...

I always hated the legions of Beatles fans who could never move on from grown men growing up and pursuing their own misical paths. Instead some fans spend decades wishing they would get back together to fulfil their own dreams and wishes.

Crowded House has had many members since 1986. So it goes on. Crowded House is driven by Neil's songs and the textures come from who he chooses to work with. Even if Paul was still here, why would/should Neil wish to stick to some locked in musical line up for 30 year? Bands change. It's all about the songs. I say Neil - follow your vision. Bravo to new songs.   

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I've always hated musicians who exploit their fans and expect them to pay significant amounts of money to see a glorified tribute act ala the Mac and now Crowded House, so it's horses for courses.

silent stream posted:

Like everything this is business.

while we arent privy to the details, ‘crowded house’ is a brand name and a corporate structure if not owned then certainly majority controlled by neil.

it’s his business and he makes the calls... seen nick make any comment about mark or matt? Didnt think so.

neil is seeking to maximize revenue from a business opportunity and the mac has boosted his profile on a significant song that is branded crowded house... cue a european festival tour under the name crowded house... kaching. 

So who to play the tunes? In the way the band name evokes the sense of a young band shacking up together, the reality is the band as we last knew them lives at the four points of the globe.

to be able to call it crowded house to the fans nick has to be there - hence the ‘founding member’ status... and whats a dad to do when the kids need a solid job? Write them a reference to be a hospital orderly? 

so it comes down to neil’s pitch to the fans on making liam and elroy palatable ... and i think there will be a hardcore who wont like it... those who’ve seen nepotism in their own lives, those who dont see the magic of random creative sparks creating something new, and those who dont see the kind of talent in the new band that has marked it over periods of 30 years.

For mine, this is as much about legacy as payoff ... the band never enjoyed stable large scale Widespread success. First the US, then a decade later in the uk and europe. It’s coming at an unlikely time boosted by an unlikely side project... they ensured legacy in australasia both in 96 fttw and 2016 arias. I suspect those who loved them in europe in that time are now middle aged and have a few bucks to throw at a band they loved. They dont care about the minutiae of members. ‘It’s that neil finn guy and that hey now song and weather with you’. neil gets to achieve the stamp of european widesprwad approval, and the legacy of intergenerational appeal.. and he gives the kids a career.

is this what i envisioned for crowded house? Probably not. I strongly opposed them getting back together after paul died but i still went along and supported them. I find this iteration more challenging. I think liam has been underwhelming in recent years. Elroy was solid playing with neil and paul kelly. but the best thing about that project was a female bass player zoe hauptmann and paul kelly’s into temptation cover. Nothing finn related. To those suggesting liam can bring back energy id say he has played with neil for a long time Now and has never done that musically. Goofy? Yes. Inspiringmusical energy? Meh.

the prospect of future music is central to this for me. We’ve seen the side projects and half formed ideas and experimental stuff. For mine it rarely soared. This will be the litmus test for mine on a crowded house project (as with their ability to play the ‘holy trinity’ songs referenced earlier well live).

make no mistake there r things about this i find distasteful.

but...

here we all stand at the crossroads. Im wailing and gnashing my teeth and am bothered by it. But i reckon if i found myself within a half days drive of any of these shows id probably eat thru my left arm to scalp a ticket.

damn u neil finn... u had me at age 15... and now 31 hears later ...

 

It does make sense to hop on the road after the exposure of the FM tour. It all makes sense and even having his sons play ((did I really say that (hand over mouth). I think they play well together with Neil just not sure how much it translates and adds to Neil's talent in my eyes. I think Mike Campbell would have been a great edition and might have added heaps to the vibe.   Like others I will miss the energetic vibe of the CH that was. Last seen in person 2016. It was fun to see them step forward after Paul's passing. Any Ch was better than no CH then. Just not sure how the new vibe will be. 

Still sitting on the fence about this, might just being sad. As others have said not a new trend in the life of CH just not expected just yet. I am curious though and will listen. 

 

sinner62 posted:

I always hated the legions of Beatles fans who could never move on from grown men growing up and pursuing their own misical paths. Instead some fans spend decades wishing they would get back together to fulfil their own dreams and wishes.

Crowded House has had many members since 1986. So it goes on. Crowded House is driven by Neil's songs and the textures come from who he chooses to work with. Even if Paul was still here, why would/should Neil wish to stick to some locked in musical line up for 30 year? Bands change. It's all about the songs. I say Neil - follow your vision. Bravo to new songs.   

“Hate” ?! That’s a strong word ! 
surely we are all allowed to feel what we want . 

I always wanted the Beatles to get back together . If that makes me childish i couldn’t care less . 

we are allowed to have our dreams .

ginacandle posted:

Hmmm...there's much negativity here.  Let's give this new configuration a chance without  jumping to conclusions.  I think we might be pleasantly surprised...

I have no doubt the new configuration will deliver . My negativity is down to the treatment of Mark , and to a lesser extent Matt . 

I remain conflicted about this. Objectively, CH can comprise any collection of musicians Neil wants it to, but subjectively - emotionally - it just feels further and further away from the group I love.

I look at the promo shot of the five of them and do I see Crowded House? No, I see Neil with a touring band that features his son, Nick and one other. If Mark Hart had been in that photo, that would be Crowded House because, for me, that trio is what presently makes a collection of musicians Crowded House.

stuartjb posted:
ginacandle posted:

Hmmm...there's much negativity here.  Let's give this new configuration a chance without  jumping to conclusions.  I think we might be pleasantly surprised...

I have no doubt the new configuration will deliver . My negativity is down to the treatment of Mark , and to a lesser extent Matt . 

We haven't been told the full story on either Mark or Matt. Neil doesn't seem to have anything negative to say about either of them. There have been rumors that Mark has had hearing loss making it difficult to perform with him on stage. I heard that Matt has another drumming gig. It may not just be that Neil wanted to kick them out and bring in his sons. We don't know and we shouldn't just assume that Neil has the worst intentions. 

My opinion is that creatively Mark and Matt did not add a lot to Intriguer. I found their musicianship uninspired and I'm not surprised the Neil ran to LA to work with session musicians to bring some of the songs to life. CH 2.0 had a great run and I enjoyed it, but I'm totally open to CH 3.0 knowing how great Mitchell's work with Neil has been over the decades, that Elroy is a solid drummer, and that Liam is a lot of fun on stage.

I would love to see Tim do some guest vocals on the next album. I do not want another Lightsleeper (though I enjoyed it), but I think the intent behind calling it Crowded House is to let the world know that the album and tour will be a pop/rock outing as opposed to one of Neil's more experimental side projects. They'll focus on playing CH songs and the new songs will be produced with a classic CH sound (much like 2005's Everyone Is Here).

Paināporo posted:
stuartjb posted:
ginacandle posted:

Hmmm...there's much negativity here.  Let's give this new configuration a chance without  jumping to conclusions.  I think we might be pleasantly surprised...

I have no doubt the new configuration will deliver . My negativity is down to the treatment of Mark , and to a lesser extent Matt . 

We haven't been told the full story on either Mark or Matt. Neil doesn't seem to have anything negative to say about either of them. There have been rumors that Mark has had hearing loss making it difficult to perform with him on stage. I heard that Matt has another drumming gig. It may not just be that Neil wanted to kick them out and bring in his sons. We don't know and we shouldn't just assume that Neil has the worst intentions. 

My opinion is that creatively Mark and Matt did not add a lot to Intriguer. I found their musicianship uninspired and I'm not surprised the Neil ran to LA to work with session musicians to bring some of the songs to life. CH 2.0 had a great run and I enjoyed it, but I'm totally open to CH 3.0 knowing how great Mitchell's work with Neil has been over the decades, that Elroy is a solid drummer, and that Liam is a lot of fun on stage.

I would love to see Tim do some guest vocals on the next album. I do not want another Lightsleeper (though I enjoyed it), but I think the intent behind calling it Crowded House is to let the world know that the album and tour will be a pop/rock outing as opposed to one of Neil's more experimental side projects. They'll focus on playing CH songs and the new songs will be produced with a classic CH sound (much like 2005's Everyone Is Here).

There’s No problem with Mark performing on stage . He is in another band right now  He is pretty devastated to be told he is no longer required . How do I know ? Because he told me .

Bottom line is that the Crowded House 2.0 needed to be revamped....one person said about the energy of 2.0.  I really think it lacked that.  The only two who were really energetic on stage were Neil and Nick. I agree with someone that said Matt and Marks's musicianship was uninspired.  I really think Neil means well and is not just using the name Crowded House.  I really think he knew the band and the concept needed a shot in the arm and that he wants to create something unique instead of the over produced, poppy feel of Intriguer.  The songs are good but just nothing that I would recommend anyone to listen to like Pajama Club.  We need new fans and and an incredible CD.....another unique one.  I really think this lineup will give us that.  The old lineup would have been most likely another subdued album and tour....with only Neil creating the energy really.  Let's get this thing going and please come to Winnipeg!!!!

sinner62 posted:

Yawn

I find that quite sad . He was part of the band for 30 years and one of the things I really liked about Crowded House . 

renzo posted:

Bottom line is that the Crowded House 2.0 needed to be revamped....one person said about the energy of 2.0.  I really think it lacked that.  The only two who were really energetic on stage were Neil and Nick. I agree with someone that said Matt and Marks's musicianship was uninspired.  I really think Neil means well and is not just using the name Crowded House.  I really think he knew the band and the concept needed a shot in the arm and that he wants to create something unique instead of the over produced, poppy feel of Intriguer.  The songs are good but just nothing that I would recommend anyone to listen to like Pajama Club.  We need new fans and and an incredible CD.....another unique one.  I really think this lineup will give us that.  The old lineup would have been most likely another subdued album and tour....with only Neil creating the energy really.  Let's get this thing going and please come to Winnipeg!!!!

Completely disagree . Mark was a big part of what made Crowded House special to me . 

Crowded House 2.0 delivered 2 fairly mediocre albums but live they had plenty of energy. I'll take Mark letting rip on the 12 string any day over Liam making barely musical noises out of whatever novelty instrument he has bought along any day of the week, but each to their own.

Hello All, I feel it’s time to let you all know that Neil has informed me that I will not be a part of the band’s new lineup. Being a part of Crowded House for 30 years was a pleasure and a privilege. I wish them well and hope you all enjoy the new band. Best to you all, Mark

Based on Mark's tweet, it sounds as though not participating wasn't his choice.  I do feel badly about his dismissal.

The personalities and abilitites of the members of Crowded House v2.0 on and off-stage seem to have remained very similar over the years and were known quantities.  If there had been a problem with energy, personnel, musicianship, etc, wouldn't a change have been made before Intriguer in 2010 or Sydney Opera House shows in 2016?

If an issue existed with the Intriguer finished product, wouldn't a pivot in terms of songwriting direction and producer have sufficed for the next release?  My recollection of the shows preceding the release of Intriguer was that several of the earlier versions of songs had more energy than the finished version performances.

Wouldn't loyalty to existing members in the absence of one or more of them becoming a liability have trumped making a change?  Without additional information, it does run the risk of appearing as though the change primarily was made for the benefit of including family members.  That said, both Liam and Elroy are quality musicians and will be able to hold their own.  In fact, a strength of the new lineup should relate to harmonies.

Mitchell's relationship with Mark over the years has been a bit rocky, so the choice of Mitchell as producer may've resulted in Mark's departure.  That move may've made it easier to do the same for Matt.  Regardless, Neil had to have ultimate responsibility for personnel changes.

I suspect that when Neil eventually decides to hang it up, Crowded House as an entity will cease to exist.  Perhaps some members will continue on, but not as Crowded House.

Still a number of unknowns, so much conjecture by those on the outside . . .

Paināporo posted: There have been rumors that Mark has had hearing loss making it difficult to perform with him on stage.
 

Mark's hearing loss has been known for years. I recall jokes about him having to stand in a particular place on stage to enable him to hear the others. If it had been the reason for him standing down, I'm pretty sure it would have been mentioned in the press release.

Speculation, of course, but my theory is that a) Neil reconnected with Mitchell, which would, at best, reduce Mark's role on stage to guitarist rather than multi-instrumentalist (assuming that Mitchell can't also play guitar, in which case Mark's role would become completely redundant), and b) that Matt was possibly ambivalent about rejoining, resulting to Neil considering Elroy. And if Elroy is in the band, why not go the whole hog and invite Liam?

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Like I said....I think having his sons in the band will result in Crowded House continuing for decades.  And as I said, that should actually make us feel at ease knowing that the band and music will be kept alive for our kids and hopefully their kids.  The voice of Neil is alive in his sons and that is a great thing.  I have no problem with this.  Now, if it were strangers or non family members then I would not warm up to it as much.  And to top it off, Neil's son's are great musicians and strong songwriters....da future looooks bright!

Well... that depends on whether you agree with that last sentence or not. No idea about Elroy's ability as a songwriter but Liam's I rate about as little as I do his musical talent. I would also hope the two of them would have a bit more ambition in life than to be a tribute act to their own father.

Whatever happens with Crowded House, I really want Neil to commit to it in the same way he did with the original run. I'd love to see a string of 3+ albums and hear the band develop.

My waking thought this morning was - why all the negativity around Neil bringing in his sons.

I find that more than ironic given the history of Tim Finn bringing his 17 year old little brother Neil to the Split Enz line up. That worked out Ok.

I can imagine if we were in 1977 there would be similar gnashing of teeth on the departure of Phil Judd and the 'nepotism' of Tim too bring in family, and a 17 year old at that...

sinner62 posted:

My waking thought this morning was - why all the negativity around Neil bringing in his sons.

I find that more than ironic given the history of Tim Finn bringing his 17 year old little brother Neil to the Split Enz line up. That worked out Ok.

I can imagine if we were in 1977 there would be similar gnashing of teeth on the departure of Phil Judd and the 'nepotism' of Tim too bring in family, and a 17 year old at that...

He’s sacked two existing members to make way for his sons though . He works with his sons often . I saw them all play in Edinburgh in January . It was great . Why now make it Crowded House ? That’s my thoughts .

For whatever reason, it seems as though bringing a sibling onboard with a band in general seems to be more acceptable for its fanbase than bringing on a child or spouse!

stuartjb posted:
sinner62 posted:

My waking thought this morning was - why all the negativity around Neil bringing in his sons.

I find that more than ironic given the history of Tim Finn bringing his 17 year old little brother Neil to the Split Enz line up. That worked out Ok.

I can imagine if we were in 1977 there would be similar gnashing of teeth on the departure of Phil Judd and the 'nepotism' of Tim too bring in family, and a 17 year old at that...

He’s sacked two existing members to make way for his sons though . He works with his sons often . I saw them all play in Edinburgh in January . It was great . Why now make it Crowded House ? That’s my thoughts .

Make it Crowded House because the House needed some young energetic blood in....same way that Matt was made part of the band.  On that note, I think Matt still being included would have been good but I guess there was a reason for that....more than just that Neil had a son that could replace him.  I think Neil must have thought about this alot and felt the band needed a couple of young guys in the band to keep it going into the future and give it energy and new perspective now.  He looked around and low and behold two young chaps were sitting next to him that have the talent/experience/voices etc to do what Neil planned. 

IainK posted:

Well... that depends on whether you agree with that last sentence or not. No idea about Elroy's ability as a songwriter but Liam's I rate about as little as I do his musical talent. I would also hope the two of them would have a bit more ambition in life than to be a tribute act to their own father.

Liam's I'll Be Lightning was a huge success with maybe a dozen or so beautiful pop songs that Neil himself would have been happy to have written. His followup albums have not been as successful, but you can't deny that he's got significant talent as a singer/songwriter. The guy basically wrote and recorded the entire I'll Be Lightning album on his own. I'm not going to compare Liam's solo albums to Mark's, but one could if they wanted to.

I will probably miss Mark's guitar work on a song like "Fingers of Love," but is that enough of a reason to keep him around when Neil's muse is pulling him elsewhere? For me it is not. Art needs to change and evolve if it's to continue to stay relevant and Neil obviously knows this. I can both love what Mark brought to the band and be excited about Neil taking things in an exciting new direction.

The Pineapple Head posted:

Whatever happens with Crowded House, I really want Neil to commit to it in the same way he did with the original run. I'd love to see a string of 3+ albums and hear the band develop.

This I agree with 

Paul H posted:
Paināporo posted: There have been rumors that Mark has had hearing loss making it difficult to perform with him on stage.
 

Mark's hearing loss has been known for years. I recall jokes about him having to stand in a particular place on stage to enable him to hear the others. If it had been the reason for him standing down, I'm pretty sure it would have been mentioned in the press release.

Speculation, of course, but my theory is that a) Neil reconnected with Mitchell, which would, at best, reduce Mark's role on stage to guitarist rather than multi-instrumentalist (assuming that Mitchell can't also play guitar, in which case Mark's role would become completely redundant), and b) that Matt was possibly ambivalent about rejoining, resulting to Neil considering Elroy. And if Elroy is in the band, why not go the whole hog and invite Liam?

Yup , it’s got nothing to do with Marks hearing . He’s at this time a busy live working musician . I think you’re close to the Mark ( no pun intended ) when you mention Mitchell . I’d go as far to say that as Crowded House history shows - every time Mitchell is brought back , it’s at the expense of Mark . I admire Mitchell’s talent but it’s a great shame that Mark is sidelined because of it . 

Paināporo posted:
IainK posted:

Well... that depends on whether you agree with that last sentence or not. No idea about Elroy's ability as a songwriter but Liam's I rate about as little as I do his musical talent. I would also hope the two of them would have a bit more ambition in life than to be a tribute act to their own father.

Liam's I'll Be Lightning was a huge success with maybe a dozen or so beautiful pop songs that Neil himself would have been happy to have written. His followup albums have not been as successful, but you can't deny that he's got significant talent as a singer/songwriter. The guy basically wrote and recorded the entire I'll Be Lightning album on his own. I'm not going to compare Liam's solo albums to Mark's, but one could if they wanted to.

I will probably miss Mark's guitar work on a song like "Fingers of Love," but is that enough of a reason to keep him around when Neil's muse is pulling him elsewhere? For me it is not. Art needs to change and evolve if it's to continue to stay relevant and Neil obviously knows this. I can both love what Mark brought to the band and be excited about Neil taking things in an exciting new direction.

Very well said. You captured and more fully expressed my thoughts in a wY better than I could. 

Personally I never recovered from Gill, Mike or Jules not getting the Keyboard player spot...why wasn't Davey hired or Don...bring back Craig!!!!

Maybe the new songs will be good!!!!

As much as we might vent on our computers etc etc - I suspect most of us on here will go and see them if we can. Feeling a little under current on here of  - "I hope the new songs aren't great, aren't really "Crowded House".

The 2007 - 2010 line up was ok - some of the songs were good, the albums ok. Live they were pretty good BUT not much more than that - nowhere near might of the Together Alone Tour (the best in my opinion... when Paul was feeling it!) I think this might be better than the 2007 - 2010 incarnation. I think Paul would love this (and the devil in him would enjoy some waves this has caused!!)

...Mark will be missed for sure...

True about Paul....I think he would have loved Liam's albums and his unique ideas and not holding back what he has to say.  Have a feeling those guys would have got along well.  So, yes, I think this current lineup is more what Paul would envision....and maybe would have liked to be part of.

Well, this incarnation is one step closer to having Neil come to my town (or region, hopefully), so I'm optimistic. My daughter is 11 soon, so taking her is on my list of things to do.  I hope we are all very impressed.

c.houser posted:

Well, this incarnation is one step closer to having Neil come to my town (or region, hopefully), so I'm optimistic. My daughter is 11 soon, so taking her is on my list of things to do.  I hope we are all very impressed.

There it is......your taking your daughter....and I want to take my 10 year old son to a show.  If we stuck with the same old farts in the group (except Matt) then no chance for our kids to see Crowded House when they get into their 20's and then them showing their kids.  Now they will have a chance because Neil is taking a chance with his kids being in the band.  Cause I see this thing not dying with Neil.  If you read his message that is what he is getting at:  A Crowded House where the rooms are filled with possibilities and different musicians that will take over.....we may now just realize that it was the concept all along.....and what a great concept.  

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