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I have mixed feelings about this. I’m absolutely delighted Tim is touring and love the Life and Times concept but am also really disappointed that he isn’t touring Forenzics or AT… What would fix this is if Eddie and Andy were part of the band and the set list included a couple of songs off each album.

My ideal Tim Finn band is:

Guitar - Brett Adams

Bass - Andy White

Piano/Keyboards - Eddie Rayner

Drums - Matt Eccles or Michael Barker

Backing vocals - Harper and Elliot Finn

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I see some reviews are already in for the Life and Times of Tim Finn in Australia. Anybody from here go??

By the sounds of it, Tim is in good form. I hope this starts a bit of a resurgence in Tim's touring. This gig setlist only covers 1977-1993, so nothing from the past 30 years! I think it is the songs that are missing from the setlist that show the depth of Tims back catalogue. This gig is basically songs from Split Enz, Escapade (4 songs), and Woodface (3 songs). So nothing from Big Canoe, nothing from Tim Finn, only Persuasion from Before and After, and nothing from the Finn Brothers or any solo albums after 1993.  It really should be called the Life and Times of Tim Finn 1977-1993.

I hope that the success of this little tour will encourage him to tour his most recent works (particularly Forenzics and AT) and maybe a The Life and Times of Tim Finn 1994-2023

I see I got part of my ideal Tim band with Brett Adams on guitar and Elliot on backing vocals. I'm looking forward to hearing her and Tim singing together. I think it is really cool that she is part of this gig, and sharing some of the vocals with Tim.

@Guy. posted:

I think it’s great that Tim is touring at all. These shows are at bigger venues and targeted at audiences of people who will know and like Tim, but likely won’t be familiar with songs like Young Mountain or Haul Away. I’m proud of Tim that he can play a full show with almost all radio hits.

I'm going to see Tim in Wellington in a few days and can't wait. I think there's plenty of later songs casual fans would know. Manys The Time, Angels Heap, Luckiest Man Alive, What You've Done, Couldn't Be Done, Winter Light, Out Of This World. Even just a song or two from one of his four new recent studio albums would be nice.

Sure only the die hard fans know Young Mountain. But Parihaka from the same album was a huge hit. Kinda disappointing that the setlists have all been identical so far and there's nothing post 93.

Yeah...I'm really surprised that the Tim Finn album doesn't make the setlist. Parihaka, Not Even Close and How Am I Gonna Sleep were all hits. Certainly, more so than Ghost Girl (and Made My Day for that matter) which did make the cut. I do love that Staring At The Embers is being done though. I never thought I would hear Tim do that one...

I'm hugely excited about the upcoming show on Saturday night at The Civic in Auckland. Although I've always considered it likely that there would be another Split Enz reunion at some point, I didn't expect to see a solo Tim performance again. I'm replaying memories of previous shows...

1989 Split Enz encore after Crowded House show, Auckland

1993 Te Awamutu Rugby Club (and busking the following day outside a record shop in Hamilton). Encore included Neil. In my mind, this was the best.

2000 Wellington

2002 Wellington

2003 Tabac, Auckland (two Finn Brothers shows, debut of "Everyone Is Here" material). Legendary.

2004 Finn Brothers, St James, Auckland

2005 Finn Brothers, The Civic, Auckland

2006 Auckland ("Imaginary Kingdom" launch)

2008 Auckland ("The Conversation" launch)

2008 Split Enz, Auckland

2011 Auckland ("The View Is Worth The Climb" launch)

Hard to believe, looking at the setlists, that there's nothing after 1993 included. It's like time travel back to that Te Awamutu show all those years ago.

I have been meaning to write a bit of a review of the Wellington Tim show. For me it was one of the best solo Tim shows I’ve been to. Joyous would probably be the word I would use to describe it. Tim looked like he was having the time of his life and sharing the stage (and some vocals) with Elliot appeared to make it that much more special for him (and the audience).

Tim is still an incredible performer and puts on a fine show. We all know his voice hasn’t been what it was for over 25 years now but I just don’t think that matters anymore (I saw both Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson when they were about the same age and Tim holds up well in comparison now). I only really notice it on the slow ballads. I thought it worked well sharing the vocals with Elliot on Stuff and Nonsense but I Hope I Never was a little bit of a hard listen for me. I thought he really rocked the Enz songs and I enjoyed hearing the Escapade songs. I particularly loved his version of Its Only Natural. I actually prefer it to the Crowded House version and I really appreciate that he makes it his own and doesn’t just do a straight copy of how it was done on Woodface.

Everything about the show was slick, from the band to lighting to the merch. It was a great graphic they came up with for the tour and it worked really well on tea towels, t-shirts, tote bags and posters. It looked like the merch was selling really well too. It was also a nice touch that Tim had signed some posters (which came at a cost of course) but rather than just signing his name, he also wrote something different on each one (mine says “Let’s shake it up!”.

As mentioned above, the gig does completely ignore any of Tim’s post 1993 output. From a gig perspective, it was a great setlist that worked (certainly for those out for some 70s/80s nostalgia) and left you wanting more. I would have loved to have heard some of my favorite more recent songs but will live in hope that he does another tour focused on his more recent era!

I was surprised that there were no Tim CDs/LPs for sale at the merch stand. I am sure they would have done pretty well. I thought they could have moved quite a few copies of AT, Forenzics and Finn/Manz. I am sure many who attended the gig and had a great night out would have left completely unaware that Tim has released some mighty fine music recently. It seemed like a bit of a wasted opportunity to not have them available.

Im really keen to hear what others thought of the gig…

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