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Originally posted by Bold As Brass:
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Originally posted by chrismawn:
There was about 200+ people there and 30 of them were frenz. It wasnt anyone for the frenz group, dont sweat it.


I don't know about that. Word is that yes it was, several in fact. Very unfortunate. It's so good to hear that it did not seem to ruin anything for anyone else (except Neil Frowner) since it apparently went largely unnoticed. There is certainly something to be said for the good vibe that CH gives off. Bring on more good times with the boys!

Love the av. BTW Chris. Wink


Yes, that is what I have heard too.

Sorry, but I fail to understand why people/fans treat Neil like he is their best friend. He isn't, and he probably never will be. He is one of the best singers/songwriters/musicians alive, and the fact that he (and the band) are so approachable, doesn't make him our best mate or drinking buddy! Be happy to be invited to such a wonderful and unique event, but please, respect his privacy. The last thing we'd want to do is anger Neil by being in his face! This was a fantastic event, but if you have been invited as (one of the) guests, please behave like one! And please don't behave like 13-year-old Take That fans, or whatever.

I don't like the word 'respect', because if its context, but I really feel that Neil deserves a lot of respect for who he is and what he has done, and that seems to have been missing last night, imo. Fortunately, what I just said concerns only a handful of people. Who, I am sure, will have learned from this experience.

But I am very glad to hear that it did go unnoticed for the larger part, and that so many frenz had a fantastic time. As it was meant to be.

So Chris, who won, you or Matt?? Wink


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Yes, rumour has it that Farnsie had attempted to storm the stage for a rousing version of "Burn For You" after manager Glenn Wheatley was heard to say "Go on Johnny, give em a "Touch Of Paradise"". Security became concerned when a person allegedly perporting to be John "The Voice" Farnham, attempted to take command of the stage. The pair were bustled outside where a melle of grunts & choruses ensued in a scuffle down the lane. One report claims that manager Wheatley was heard to taunt security with "you don't want to make Jack Whisper boys" & "i used to play bass barefoot in The Masters Apprentices, what have you ever done?". It was in the confusion that ensued after Johnny quipped to security, "which one of you has the other half of the brain that he's missing", that the two made their escape on foot towards Circular Quay, where they were last seen boarding a Manly ferry. It has been reported that Wheatley was heard to console Johnny with a "don't worry Jack, we'll try again in Auckland".

This report was from friends who may have been drinking red cordial, & by all reports had taken guarana juice, & a couple of Allen's Snakes before the Sydney gig, so i am dubious about the Manly Ferry bit, as i'm sure Glenn's appartment is in Neutral Bay.

Glad an ugly incident didn't mar an otherwise wonderful evening, & it sounds like a splendid time was had by all. Who was the lucky person that got the only bar stool in The Basement? Any truth to the rumour that Kevin Rudd was there? & was he really eating ear wax at the bar, whilst performing back-flips? Eeker

The closed bar can be a cruel thing to a thirsty musician. I feel your pain. Frowner
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Originally posted by chrismawn:
Sorry, but I fail to understand why people/fans treat Neil like he is their best friend. He isn't, and he probably never will be. He is one of the best singers/songwriters/musicians alive, and the fact that he (and the band) are so approachable, doesn't make him our best mate or drinking buddy! Be happy to be invited to such a wonderful and unique event, but please, respect his privacy. The last thing we'd want to do is anger Neil by being in his face! This was a fantastic event, but if you have been invited as (one of the) guests, please behave like one! And please don't behave like 13-year-old Take That fans, or whatever.


Yeah, its really annoying when you see someone who thinks they have some kind of entitlement to be at the front of the crowd/hang with the singer/ruin the band members conversations/be a general nuisance, just because they followed the band around the world/own every single EVEN PROMOS/named their firstborn after the bassist/think erotic thoughts about various bandmembers daily.

i dont mean crowded house fans, because basically i dont really know any huge huge ones. But i go to a few shows a week, i've seen plenty of these types around and oh god how i'd love to never see their kind again.

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Originally posted by esquared:
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Originally posted by chrismawn:
Sorry, but I fail to understand why people/fans treat Neil like he is their best friend. He isn't, and he probably never will be. He is one of the best singers/songwriters/musicians alive, and the fact that he (and the band) are so approachable, doesn't make him our best mate or drinking buddy! Be happy to be invited to such a wonderful and unique event, but please, respect his privacy. The last thing we'd want to do is anger Neil by being in his face! This was a fantastic event, but if you have been invited as (one of the) guests, please behave like one! And please don't behave like 13-year-old Take That fans, or whatever.


Yeah, its really annoying when you see someone who thinks they have some kind of entitlement to be at the front of the crowd/hang with the singer/ruin the band members conversations/be a general nuisance, just because they followed the band around the world/own every single EVEN PROMOS/named their firstborn after the bassist/think erotic thoughts about various bandmembers daily.

i dont mean crowded house fans, because basically i dont really know any huge huge ones. But i go to a few shows a week, i've seen plenty of these types around and oh god how i'd love to never see their kind again.



Actually, I believe that bit you quoted is Suzanne's Wink And you've summed up rabid fandom quite well. Glad you managed to avoid it for your CH experience!
No worries! Wink

No, I am not Chris, if I was I would have been at the Basement last night! I don't think I would have compared the length of my hair with Matt though.. Big Grin

I like your description of that type of fan esquared, it is rather apt I think. Unfortunately, some people are like that. Too bad there were a few of them present last night. Well, like I said, I hope they have learned from the experience.


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Here here!!

I actually thought Liam was the star at the basement gig to be honest. Neil of course was brilliant.

It was great to watch Neil on bass for a few songs, he played on Helter Skelter (beatles) (with liam on vocals) and You really got me (kinks).
And nick played acoustic, Davey ran on and off the stage adding a few mins of his talent randomly to whatever instrument he was near.

And while it was a very close call, matt just won the hair contest...
WOW - I am SO disappointed I missed out on hearing anything about this!
Then again, didn't like my chances given the circumstances I was there in. I flew to Sydney for the concert, with a non-CH-fan friend (is there such a thing?? - Um, unfortunately yes!)
This person spent the whole weekend complaining, whining incessantly about the weather, their feet, the weather, their tiredness, the hotel, the food, the weather, their feet, late evenings which were actually not, the weather, the support act, the seats (Floor, Row 10! - what's to complain about), that they couldn't see (but weren't interested in the concert), about the support act, about their feet, their thirst, their tiredness, that they didn't know virtually any songs (yes - OMG!!!!!! - what planet did they actually come from, I know!!!!!!), their feet, lack of taxis, walking, their feet, the weather.
SO, in reality I was lucky to stay for the 'encores'!!!
But I LOVED every second of the concert - it was so personal and 'real' for being in a big venue - LOVED IT, everything was so perfect - despite my whining, tutt-tutting, txting, groaning, feet-shifting, moaning, arm-crossing, long-faced non-CH-fan friend.
I survived the weekend with a smile on my face only because of CH, kept reminding myself that's what I was there for and it would all be worth it.
I will definately be wearing my Frenz and Life Member paraphernalia plastered all over myself at the next gigs!!!!!!!
Because I used every ounce of self control I have to be painfully patient, perfectly pleasant, and a peace-maker to the point of the ridiculous I hope I will be rewarded by some amazing CH private gig in Melbourne perhaps - hint hint ha ha????? Oooh, sorry I have kept all that in all weekend and it feels SO good to let it all out!!!! At least God sees everything!!!
I only heard there was 'trouble' at the Basement show after the Sydney concert last night and only just got online now to read about it.

We did not see anything (other than a large group of people standing up on the landing)and then Neil back at our table looking flustered and saying he had to leave (we thought he already had)


This totally stinks that people would treat the guys this way (if it is true)I know most of us would never in a million years make the guys feel like they did not want to be somewhere, or do a show for fear they may be bombarded by, ehhh clowns. I am majorly peeved Mad .



Okay that said I want to say a huge thankyou again to Peter and to The Crowdies, I did put in my earlier post that we love you guys, I should have added we also RESPECT you guys.
It's been 3 days now, and I still cant wipe the smile off my face. An absolutely amazing experience, that would not have happened without the band and PG. THANKYOU!!!!! Big Grin

Having missed out on the corner gig, and only seeing the band at live earth and that night's concert, it was a dream come true to be sitting a few meters away from the stage where they were playing. Love that it was informal and relaxed, and I never thought I would hear 'In the lowlands' and 'She goes on' live!! Neil was brilliant as usual, but the whole band (plus Liam) were just fantastic. One of the highlights definately was Neil asking for requests, and playing 'Message to my girl'.

It would be a shame if futher events like this are off limits to fans though. Thanks again to Neil and PG for allowing us to attend - you ROCK!! Big Grin
No I was on the door, no one was thrown out as far as I can remember and I was their for 98% of it...till some silly hour of the morning. In fact we let in around 5 people who were outside.
The only 2 people not admitted were 2 kids of one of our close friends, who were only 17. The Venue is 18+ and The Basement management really looked after us all, so we did the right thing.

I think there were a handful of people (not necessarily fanclub people) who were given the pass by one of our touring crowd and thought they could get loads of stuff signed/photo session !!!! when really it was simply meant to be a relaxing night for the guys, the crew, and family..and by chance, some lucky Frenz were in the right place at the right time. It was not for the fanclub, it was just Neil and the guys being big hearted enough to offer some club people (and others) a unique night out. The club members were great and I'd say nearly all were amazingly respectful which was nice to see.

Nothing good comes from being vicious to others over not finding out about things like this. Sometimes life is like that. I just felt a bit sorry for Neil when suddenly one or two (non clubbers) were rather demanding around autographs,photos . He'd signed so much at the fence behind the Entertainment centre, the band room for EMI etc... surely there are times when people should just know when it's uncool to do this. The annoying part for me was that one of the people , I'd actually walked his LP cover in backstage at the show and Neil took time to sign it (only hours before)... in the end one or two people can leave such a bad taste that I wonder if it truly does limit these things happening.

Saying all that, Neil had a good time, and he really isn't the type of person to harp on about some minor stuff, he was just happy to hear so many of you had a brilliant night out. hey we even wined and dined you!(:

thanks
Gryph

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