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Well, despite an incredibly depressing day at work, a nasty virus, and the inability to meet up with Martine et al as planned (arrggggh, I'm soooo sorry!!!! Frowner ) , I still managed to have a blast at the show last night at the Commodore (with a few minor complaints about Rhett Miller fans). Smiler

First off, Rhett Miller was waaaaay better than Ed Harcourt: cuter, lots more energy, pretty good songs (abeit with a sameness), and enough taste to wear (what I think was) a Canada NHL (?) shirt for a sing-along on during the first encore.

Rhett Miller fans: did I happen to stand next to the exact same ones at one of the earlier shows in the US who were drunk, loud, and knew only the "Hey Now, Hey Now song"??? They were far more concerned with who was smoking the "Black Sheba" (their words) and making several runs to the bar than Neil Finn on stage. Fortunately they decided to wander off about half-way through the set, probably to reduce the distance to the beer.

As for Neil, he was brilliant as ever, naturally! Not much chat this time, which I suppose is fitting for an end-of-tour show. It was two hours of a good mix of energetic, solid, fun music.

I won't bother with duplicating the set list, since I won't be able to!!! The only non-Neil tune was a bar of "Pretty Little Hen" (methinks) while Trevor/Shon was tuning his guitar for his own song.


- Lisa Germano

- Elroy on FAYF (jeez, he looks so young for 15!!)

- The bus driver (can't remember his name) playing the drums for "Something So Strong" (again, I think it was SSS)

- My favourite moment: After singing "Love this life", Neil told us about how someone had made him fortune cookies the night before, each containing a line from one of his songs. One of the lines came from "Love this Life", which line I can't quite remember (it's early, I'm tired, so sue me Wink ). Neil said he could not for the life of him, remember where that line went in the song! It was quite funny, because he seemed genuinely perplexed. He commented that his brain/head was gone and it was time to go home (to which we soundly gave the thumbs-down). Some guy in the audience kindly sang the line for him in the context of the song, then we all sang the verse for him as it should be. Then Neil said something to the effect that we did a terrific job, then asked "What was that line again??" Awwwwww, he's sooooo cute when he's forgetful Big Grin

- "Gentle Hum" as the last song of the night: very lovely, as was "Love is All That Remains"

- No paper airplanes (or if there were, they were ignored), proferring of cell phones, or dancing on stage to distract from the show.

- Cool bass vibration thing that just rang through the bouncy dance floor and my body, giving me chills - can't remember which song it was

- A very good, tight band (my non-fan husband's comment, a thing that always impresses him along with the amazing, singing crowd Smiler )

Hair n' Pants report: Couldn't see his pants because of my height impediment, but he started off with a purple button-up shirt and a denim jacket, and switched to a blue, shiny (well, smooth like silk) button up for the encores. Hair was good, kind of from the days of CH

Hmmmm, I might have missed something, but I'll have to go get more coffee to get it out of my brain. Just want to say as my final comment: I can't wait for when Neil and Tim come 'round!!!

(Floating on Cloud 9 on the way to school...)
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Wow, sounds like a great show and thanks for the review! Neil was wearing a suti for most of the tour out on the east coast accept for encores when he took his jacket off. The jean jacket sounds a little more casual look. Probably good for him.

Did he make any mention to coming back soon?

Wow, I knew Elroy was about 15, but you are right - he doesn't look it! Shorter kid, round face. The again, Neil still looks pretty boyish.
What a treat to have seen Neil twice in a year, how lucky those of us have are. Wonderful show last night. It was my first time seeing Neil at a general admission gig. Unfortunately my pregnant body didn't fare too well, my feet killed me! But Neil is the only person who would get me out on a Monday night well past my bedtime. Afterall, I had to introduce my unborn child to the wonders of Neil. Leaving for NZ tomorrow morning, hoping Neil and Co. are heading home on the same flight!

I was impressed by Neil's heartfelt thanks to all those who have travelled to see his shows, either all of them or just a few. He seemed truely touched, but wondered why those who did aren't sick of him yet! I was also impressed by Neil's knowledge of all the Canadian cities between here and Toronto. To those Canadian cities who missed out, and he listed them all, he wishes he could have come to you as well.
Neil is such a cat. Great band. Great vibe. Great low bass frequencies (I think it was "Love Is All That Remains"). Great guitar solos. Great improvisations. Great energy . . . Neil was running around on stage in true rock god fashion. Great songs -- as ever. Great knowledge of Canadian geography (Neil knows that the Rockies are between Vancouver and most other places in Canada . . . which is better than some people from Toronto!) He mentioned Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal and promised to get to you next time. He called you "The Heartland."

He mentioned that he would be back with Tim (something he said last July too).

Something So Strong opened the night. I can't recall the order, or every song, but he also played:

Driving Me Mad
King Tide
She Will Have Her Way (which ROCKED!)
Last One Standing
Love This Life
Loose Tongue (which also ROCKED)
Last To Know
Love Is All That Remains
Fall At Your Feet (with Elroy on drums)
I Got You (With all key parts played on guitar)
Into The Sunset (very cool version)
Something So Strong (with the bus driver on drums and his guitar tech on guitar!)
Better Be Home Soon
Gentle Hum (Neil solo at the piano)

Gentle Hum had some really fine piano playing and nice closely clustered chords. For a while it sounded like the girl next to me was humming the theme from "Titanic" -- but there you are, maybe if Neil thumped his chest she might think he was Celine Dion.

I wondered if Lisa Germano was sick or something . . . she kept leaving the stage - mid song! Also . . . apart from Neil the band seemed to be pretty scruffily dressed. Lisa and Sebastian -- did they lose their luggage or something? Man, I look better when I'm going to bed.

Elroy played drums on Fall At Your Feet. He slowed down a bit, but hey . . . it was his third ever gig. Neil's wife, Sharon, sang backups from backstage (she was mic'd and you could hear her but she very mysteriously remained anonymous). Can't remember the tune. Lisa's voice was shot completely, maybe Sharon was covering for her (Lisa was not singing on the tune). Also, Lisa's solo tune was a bit of a train wreck. Poor thing. I think she must have been ill.

I sound like I'm bitching. I'm not. Neil seemed less into hamming it up for the fans and more into experimenting with his songs. Sebastian got a great upright bass solo complete with audience participation in the form of a clapping motif picked up by Neil on his guitar. Sebastian was also fantastic all night on his electric bass. Lots of lofty stuff. It was a mighty fine concert.

Sorry to hear about the unruly fans up front. The opening guy made me want to rush out and buy either a chain saw or a guitar with some tone to it. What did he string that thing with - barbed wire? I guess it explains all his shouting. Good enthusiasm, but crap songs. You can see that sort of thing on several street corners.

The sound was a bit muddy . . . AND WHERE WERE ALL THE CARNATION PEOPLE? I didn't see a single one of the "Frenz".

Catch you next time . . . at the Tim/Neil gig!

William Shakespeare
Hi Frenz,
well I too was unable to say hello to the red carnation bunch (too busy doing my job and didn't see them, where were you all?).

I hope everybody who came enjoyed both the show and venue.
Here, from my notes is the set list and show moments. Please feel free to add and correct

Now We're Getting Somewhere
King Tide
Locked out
Anytime (with Rhett Miller)

Intro Lisa and Sharon

Last to Know (all sit down during violin solo)
Neil introduces Lisa - the cat's recovering etc
To Dream Lisa's song (Lisa refers to her hoarse throat someone Neil? suggests singing a Horse song)

Pineapple Head Neil invites audience to "be" the electric guitar part. also breaks down to a Guitar and Double Bass duet near end.

Intros Seb on bass,mentions heartland of Canada, talks to Winnipeg Fan Martine was that you?
Intro Trev,Scott. then mentions Scotts "girlfriends" also Scotts Mum and Dad.
Thanks travelling fans

Love This Life
Neil talks about fortune cookies with lyric lines enclosed, the missing line in Love this life
Love This Life reprise with audience singing missing line.

Love is All That Remains (big bass vibrations)
Driving Me Mad gtr solo at end
Into the Sunset
Short chicken song while waiting for Trev to tune

Trevs song (title?)

Last one standing
Loose Tongue
Human Kindness
She Will Have Her Way (with Rolling Stones "Can't always get what you want")

Encore 1
Something So Strong (with Blair Camp bus driver on drums)
Turn & Run
I Got You

Encore 2
Fall at Your Feet (Elroys 3rd show on drums)
Better Be Home Soon (solo)
Gentle Hum (solo at piano)

Well I hope I got everything and helped nudge some memories.

Bonus stuff

Sound check songs were:
King Tide
Last to Know
Something So Strong (with bus driver on drums)
Faster Than Light (Neil on piano abbreviated version)

Gentle Hum was way more than I expected � goose pimple stuff. Also Love....Remains If this is and indication of Neils latest work I can't wait to hear what else he has coming up.

Also I only saw maybe two or three paper airplanes on stage after the show. I thought there would have been more than that.
Also no audience members ended up on stage.
Neils voice was pretty good. better than I thought it was going to be, after hearing about him being sick earlier in the tour. That's a bug that's going around Vancouver recently too.
What a trooper Neil.

Lisa mentioned she was well until she rejoined the tour. (Get well soon Lisa)

Steve Earle was fighting the same thing a couple of weeks back. but I digress....

A great show by Neil and Company

Best Wishes
Thanks, Teabag.

Good to have a sternographer at Neil's gigs! Lucky you to catch a soundcheck too.

I saw Sebastian strolling about the venue before the show. Question . . . did the sound guy test those bass frequencies during the soundcheck? It was quite remarkable that any of us had hearts thumping in our chests after that. It sounded suspiciously close to something the CIA might use for mind control.

Paranoid Shakespeare
Wow, Shakespeare. I know what you mean. Wasn't that a crazy sound? I can truly say I've never felt a sound (nor heard a sensation) like that before. Sebastian rocks Wink And 'Love is All That Remains' is such a gift.

Thanks for your reports, everyone. I loved the SF show. It seemed pretty low-key to me ~ perhaps because Neil was fighting a bug and perhaps because, well, it wasn't my first show. Lisa played and sang in fine form at that show. I'm sorry to hear later she wasn't feeling so well. I didn't ask who all had been sick, but sounds like most everyone (?). Who had the fortune cookies made (at Portland or Seattle?). Stroke of genius!

I love how creative we are each invited to be, and how motivated we are to connect and give back. It's a good thing. Razzer

~ Colleen
Bass Frequencies, part of sound check, it just happen to be the harmonic frequency of the walls!
yup, the sound guy tested them so they went to the edge but no more.
Calculated to add visceral impact to the tune.
It wouldn't have been as effective if it were like that the whole night.

The dance floor may not be as bouncy as before but I think you can get a good rattle out of the walls if you try. LOL

Now we know the secret bass frequency of the Commodore everyone's going to be trying that trick. I know on many nights I have strolled by the Commodore on the street. All of the windows are rattling away as one band or another bashes on overhead. I'm amazed nothing broke last night -- like the ceiling!

Forget "Love is all that Remains" try "Walls Are All That Remain."

Am penning this within the hour and half of arriving home to my Heartland city of Winnipeg.

KATHLEEN!!!!!!!!!! What happend to you lady????
We waited at Starbucks for an hour and then I ran up and down the lineup distrauht-edly (is that a word) waving my carnation looking for you!!!!!
I'm a so sorry we missed each other!!!!!!! I hooked up with boardergurl and sweetsecretpeace--had tried to find them all day too--poor dears were tired --they got into Van at 5 in the morning and then slept until 2:30--boardergurl's cel phone wouldn't work in Van (???) and I had her last name to give the hotel but they had registered under sweetsecretpeace's last name which I didn't know.

Next time we are going to be way better organized ok!!!!!

I'm so glad you had a good time anyway--didn't you hear Neil talking to me?????SCREAMMMMMM

Boardergurl and Sweetsecretpeace are in Whistler BC for the next few days and I know boardergurl is planning on posting as soon as she gets home.

A Big HELLO to our new friend Grant who found us at Starbucks by London Drugs, a real pleasure Grant--and to all the very very kind folks I stood with from Tongue in the Mail forum.

When Neil was saying he really means to hit the heartland next time, I kept waiting for him to say Winnipeg and he didn't, so I leaned past the poor girl in front of me who was directly under his mike stand and screamed WINNIPEG!!!!!! I could not believe it when he started going on about "I've been in Winnipeg when it's been 30 below!!!!" (newsflash, got home tonight and it's minus 12, not bad, but brutal after what? 14 above in Vancouver)

Having never seen Neil in the flesh before, I found I was sort of dumbfounded Eeker when he actually started addressing me, I'm not usually caught for words, the Gods were really smiling on me!!!

I have little to add re the show itself, the whole experience was so intense, I was sort of sad that he didn't do The Climber which is a song I just love, but I was very happy he did Gentle Hum as I understand from everyone that he didn't do that for the last two nights.

Well, I better end the essay here for now, phew!!!!
WHOA!!! I wasn't at the Vancouver show, unfortunately, but I was at Seattle the night before and...


He really mentioned those during the show!?!? I am floored... and speechless... and totally honored. I wanted him to pick them up during the Seattle show and maybe even pass them out like he did with Jackie's airplane cookies at the Seattle show last July, but he didn't pick up the bag on stage. I managed to hand them to him after the concert, but he didn't look inside the bag before he was whisked away onto the bus.

You know, as I was making those things (not easy! Norwegians shouldn't make fortune cookies!), I was wondering to myself whether or not the lines taken out of context would be hard to place. Apparently so. Razzer I was really wondering what he thought... and now I know! Thanks for posting about it--I didn't really get to meet him, but just knowing that he looked at the cookies and maybe even ate them... it's rewarding. WOO!

(BTW, good Seattle show... will post more under the appropriate topic...)

Not only did he mention your fortune cookies, he specifically asked that the 'grapevine' pass his thanks onto you!!!! He mentioned that he hadn't eatten them all yet (or was that cracked them all open) but he seemed very very very impressed with your ingenuity!!!!!! I think a girl off to the right of him said "I will!!!" or something like this and he turned and said "Oh, are you the one that made the cookies" and the woman said, "No, but I know who that is and I will thank her for you" and he said "Good"

So there's the story for you.
we are good good folks. i love us. we take care of each other. *rubs tummy contentedly*

i'm impressed with your ingenuity myself, Pinahead! hey, how do you make fortune cookies? (living in SF I guess I should know, as they were reportely invented here)

congrats on the cosmic neil nod. maybe it's cause I never had siblings, but all this banter warms my heart. yeay us!

Smiler Smiler Smiler
Shakespeare, you crack me up, yes I guess we are going on a bit ad nauseum.

Be Careful to Boardergurl because her and Catherine were going snow boarding or something after the Neil foofarah was over for them (3 nights in a row of Neil)

Yes, it occured to me today that people are saying Elroy looks very young for 15 when in fact, I'm sure I read somewhere that he was born in 1989 and I'm sure he hasn't had his birthday yet this year

And Grant!!!! You were not obnoxious at all, hope you got home ok though??!! Do you have a tape of the July 10 show? PM me if so ok.
Maybe we can trade. Big Grin

I was the poor girl under Neil's mike stand that you shouted "Winnepeg" at! I thought it was fantastic that he spoke with you! It was my first Neil live experience as well, and I had flown in that morning from Lethbridge, AB to catch the show.

I had such a great time, and met some very cool people! To Dina and her pals, Thanks again! Three hours to be the first in line was totally worth it, and a lot more fun because of the people I met! I thought I would be spending the whole time counting Neil's nose hairs, but not at all...I had a great view, and the music was...well...amazing, of course!

I'm still on Cloud Nine after that show, what an incredibly talented group he had with him.

Thanks again to everyone who was nice to the Finn Rookie at the front of the line!
Originally posted by boarderGurl:
[qb]Hey PINAHEAD .....I was the girl that Neil was addressing in the audience re: your fortune cookies!!!!! [/qb]
Me too, me too!! Cool I was right behind Gen... when he mentioned the cookies I hollered out (obnoxiously, of course) "Oh! Pinahead's cookies!" and he looked over our way and said something like "Ah, so you're trying to take credit for them, are you?" And I said "NO, but we'll tell her you got them!!!" ... etc.

I was so happy for you, Pinahead, as you seemed disappointed that your cookies hadn't gotten noticed in Seattle... Well, it turns out that they were very much appreciated after all, and not only were they yummy (he said), they were inspiring, too! YaY!!!! It was nice meeting you, by the way. (I hope your interviews went well!)

Martine, I believe I've already expressed this via PM, but you are so fun!! It was really nice meeting you, and I'm so glad we found you, even though we didn't come up with red carnations *sigh*. Big Grin

Also: Hi Grant! It was nice meeting you. You're a real honey. Smiler I'll never again see a Sleeman's without thinking of you (assuming I ever see a Sleeman's again at all--ha ha). And Maryann of the strawberry blonde hair and cool green Gore Tex: if you're reading this HI!! And to the rest of the TITM set: thanks for making the wait so fun! (Remember the Rhett Miller look alike crepe chef??)

Shakespeare: yeah! I know what you mean about the bass... wasn't that awesome? That vibe rattled through my chest especially hard at the Vancouver show because (to avoid further problems with the "front row neck" I'd picked up the two nights before) I chose a spot right in front of the speaker. Thankfully I took the waitress' advice and picked up a pair of earplugs at the coat check before the show. That was actually an awesome spot, because I could hear the niceties of the show much better: Lisa's vocals and violin (!!), Shon's guitar riffs in more detail, etc.

I know this will seem very "girl fan" of me, but even though the music was PHENOMENAL, throughout these three shows (Portland, Seattle and Vancouver) I was most impressed by how acknowledging and accomodating Neil is of his audiences. He makes a really good hero, that one.

Ok's the scoop as best as I remember it! Thanks to you, I had one-on-one Neil contact at all three shows!! I was only 2 people or so from the stage, but WAY over on Shon's side.

After Neil played "Love This Life" he mentioned your fortune cookies and how he wanted to thank the person who made them and I started screaming like a mad woman!! I guess Catherine was behind me and screamed as well?? I dunno....too focused on Neil! All of a sudden there was a spotlight on me, the crowd between Neil and I opened up, and he said "You made them, then?" At which point I stopped my fanatical screaming and yelled "No, no..." That's when Neil said "Oh, just trying to take the credit?!" LOL Then I said that I knew who made them, and I'd thank her for him!! WOOHOO!!!!

He went on to say that he appreciated them becaue he got one with the line from Love This Life about "Stop your complaining, leave me defenseless" and how he's been leaving that line out of the song for YEARS and really couldn't even remember where the line actually went!! So somebody right in front starting singing, and Neil KIND of remembered....then he had Shon play the appropriate chords, and the sing-along began!! And it's all because of YOU!!!! Great Job!!!!

Nice to meet you in Seattle by the way.....we were starting to get worried about you!!

It was also really great that Neil thanked the people who'd gone to multiple shows.....he said it was really great to see familiar faces in different cities!! What a guy!!

At the risk of annoying Shakespeare by re-animating this particular part of the thread, wasn't the line Neil has been forgetting"

"There's something that you can do, even if you think I hate you" ?????

Remember a fellow yelled it out after Neil mentioned there was a line he's been missing and
Neil got a really big kick out of it??

From me who is bewildered that this happened only 7 daze ago..............
So tell us Lester, where exactly were you all when Neil came out? The bus was parked in front of the Orpheum and Boardergurl, sweetsecretpeace and I wrote in the dust on the back of the uhaul (do I really really want to be admitting this)

Anyway, yes boardergurl wrote "thanks for naming my baby" in the dust and I wrote "COME TO WINNIPEG!!!!!" (what else)

Then it occured to us since it was the last night of the tour, Neil wouldn't be getting back on the bus (except to obviously unload his laundry)
So we all wandered back to the alleyway behind the Commodore.

Now I saw a blonde girl in the back lane holding a guitar but I do not remember a fellow standing around with a ukelele!!! Not that I'm doubting you were there because you obviously were, maybe just not when we came through.

Sorry to be so detail hungry!
We waited long enough to lose the feeling in our toes. My hands were so frozen I couldn't play my uke anymore.

We said good night to the waiters.

We buzzed Lisa and let her know her cab had arrived.

We even watched the remains of the evening get launched into a dumpster, adding new texture to the nasty ambiance of the alley.

We didn't believe the Nettwerk person who said Neil was probably coming out the front, so we stayed put!

In other words, we waited until around 1 am.
Lester, thank you SO MUCH for the additional information!!! I was really hoping that Neil would see what I'd written on the trailer (yes, that was me!) because I was so excited that I didn't get to thank him! You've brought me lots of joy!

You're right Martine, but I believe the line from the fortune itself was the one about "leave me defenseless" and that led to Neil remembering the "here's something that you can do..." line. I was hoping Pinahead could enlighten us by letting us know exactly what she wrote?? Hehehe....I had TWO of those fortune cookies myself, and kept the fortunes! Yipeeee!!!

Speaking of laundry...a few years ago, my best friend called me up from a laundromat on Yonge St. (Toronto) and says "hey Anne, you gotta get down here, Neil Finn is right next to me folding his socks and underwear!" and I actually heard the Rock God himself, laughing in the background.Just thought I'd share that tidbit of weirdness. Smiler
To bastardize a saying from Lurch of The Addams Family: Y'all rang? Razzer

Luckily, I remember that specific fortune... it was (altered somewhat from the original lyric to make it more fortune-like):

"Stop your complaining. Leave them defenseless."

This was one among maybe 50-75 others. A couple of my other favorites were "You're about to be the victim of a holy visitation" and "It's 3 a.m. and you're awake--go to bed!!" There were other more straightforward ones... I'd bet that if you went through Neil's and CH's lyrics you'd find plenty to include.

I can't add many other comments to what others have said about the concerts... Neil is an amazing man and creates really inspiring music, and his concerts are just these amazing, communal events. And Rhett... way too cute, talented, AND incredibly down to earth. What an evening!

And I must give mad props to the front-row gals from the Seattle show... Boardergurl, Sweet Secret Peace (the Texan!), Anne Francis, Joanna, and all the others that I was ever-so-briefly introduced to. You made the concert that much more enjoyable for me and I hope to see you again for the next go-round, if not before! Thanks for being so inclusive! (Oh, and Catherine... the interviews went well. We'll see if it means I end up in Seattle for good later this year). I wish y'all the best (esp. Boardergurl and family!)...
A couple of my other favorites were "You're about to be the victim of a holy visitation" and "It's 3 a.m. and you're awake--go to bed!!"
LOL.....I got the 3 a.m. one!!!! YAY!! I also got "Change your life. Never be the same." Big Grin I'm going to put them into my scrapbook!! Thanks for clarifying that line for us.....I thought fer sure Neil mentioned that line, which led to the "here's something that you can do" line. YAY!!

It sure was great meeting you too, lady! Seriously, the Frenz I met at these shows TOTALLY made the experience for me. And hey, let me know when you move to Seattle....I'll have to show ya the town! Wink

Gen & Maisy/Dez
Originally posted by Lester Lives:
[qb]We even watched the remains of the evening get launched into a dumpster, adding new texture to the nasty ambiance of the alley.

We didn't believe the Nettwerk person who said Neil was probably coming out the front, so we stayed put!

In other words, we waited until around 1 am.[/qb]
LOL! Well, I only half believed the Nettwerk chick, but I have to say that it was the stench of the alleyway that kinda sealed the deal for me... I love Neil and all, but: PEEE-YOOOO!! Hee hee. It was nice meeting y'all in the alley, though! So glad you got your stuff signed and GREAT avatar, BTW. Big Grin

Cool Pinahead! I've got my fingers x'ed that you'll get your wish (but are you sure you're ready to leave the swampy warmth of NOLA for that cold grey place?) P.S. Say 'hi' to your guy friend for me. He was very nice (afterall) Smiler
I was determined to get my uke signed this time since I missed him last time and regretted it. Reginold called me after I got home from that show and said "Guess who I'm standing with?" Mad

Glad you like the avatar, the original brings me more joy than you could possibly imagine, had to share. (Actually, most of you probably could imagine. I'm so used to being the only one in the universe who loves Neil Finn.)

Oh, and Sunny, it's a pic from the Vancouver show, it's not much, but will hopefully jump start Reg and Boardergurl. Razzer
Thanks Lester! You are soooo lucky!(but of course you know that).

I've been practicing "standing around" lately...I figure that if I'm going to be first in line again, AND wait around after the show, I'd better get used to being on my feet! Smiler

Vancouver was so much fun! Where's the rest of the pics everyone??

Sunny Wink
Uh�okay I get the hint�I'll get the Vancouver show pics up already. Wink I had to change the hard drive on one Mac and loaded on Jaguar onto the other one. I know, I know excuses don't cut it here. But then there was that pesky thing called "work" that I have to keep getting up for! Wink

Saturday is cleaning day so Sunday I will have something new up and will deliver the goods then!
Um ok, sad to say but even though I DID sneak my digital camera into the show in my sports bra (thanks to Amy in Portland for that idea!) I took ZERO pics at the Vancouver show. DOH! I know, I know.....BUT I have a nice selection of 15 or so from each of the previous NW shows, and I'll be posting them on my website in the next few days.......I'll try to get them up ASAP, but Maisy/Dezmond doesn't like for me to be on the computer for long periods of time anymore! hahahahahahaha..........she/he has OTHER ideas!

I like the sports bra idea, however, I just look down right silly in one� Wink

Hint: if you want to smuggle in a mini-disk recorder, just put it in a package of cigarettes. They are so small and they fit so nicely in there. An added bonus is that security never check cigarette packages. Just don't ask me how to smuggle in the mic. Big Grin

Hello all fellow Neil Finn fans. I've been reading your great reviews of one of the best...if not best concerts I've seen in my life.

And I've read some very kind and nice comments about the "fan" or "some guy" in the audience who helped Neil with the lost line from "Love this Life". Well...that person is ME!!!

I was hoping to get on stage and sing with him and even play guitar because it's a hobby and passion of mine. Ok, it's a dream of mine to be a singer.

Anyways, I didn't get to go up like what happened at the Vogue but I was still one-on-one with Mr. Finn himself who came up close to me on the stage to sing out the line.

I hope those of you who heard me didn't mind my singing.

Feel free to write back. Who knows...maybe I'll sing and play for YOU some day!
Where have I been? Obviously not where I should be...spending more time on this cool Frenz Forum site.

I knew about this site already but never took the time to read all the posts...I mean have you seen how many there are?

And so the night that I did post a reply, earlier that evening I was hanging out with a friend of mine and fellow Crowded House/Neil Finn fan and we were watching my taped "Crowded House Intimate & Interactive" that was done on Muchmusic in 1994, about a month or so prior to their concert here at the QE - which I might add also that I WAS THERE!

And so later in the night, much later I was on a Neil Finn high and was reading some postings. And the one that struck particular interest was the one about Neil's recent concert here. And so I'm reading these excellent reviews and some are talking about the "Love this Life" moment as a memorable highlight as well as mentioning about me! So I had to reply and let everyone know that it was me assisting Mr. Finn with this song.

So my apologies for replying late but better late than never!

And of the 2 concerts Neil did within the past year here, I definitely think the latter one at The Commodore was better! I think his vocal performance was stronger, the sound was better and he was more into it with the crowd and I think the overall "aura" of the show was better - especially that it was his final leg of the tour and having Sharon & Elroy there and even participating with him.

Don't get me wrong, BOTH were GREAT yet slightly different but if I had to pick one...Neil's February 2003 show!!!

Oh yeah!

P.S. - Can't wait to join Neil & Tim on stage to sing and play along when they come here on the next tour...I'm hoping I get lucky enough to do so!

Thanks for your reply!
and he was more into it with the crowd and I think the overall "aura" of the show was better
Wow, that is so different from my impression of the two shows. I thought the Feb. show was more, just one more to go and it's over , while the July show was more, good to see you again Vancouver.

The Feb. show was definitely more interactive, well at least for those of us at the front of the stage!

Who am I kidding? Both shows were great just in different ways.

I'll be racing you to the stage next show Razzer

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