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Hey Folks
this is going to be very short, 'cause it's late, just to say that the show was a cracker!
I'm not a writer, so I'll leave the eloquent words to someone else Frowner
Neil, Shon, Sebastian and the drummer, whose name escapes my aching head...(so sorry) were on top form!
Neil only fluffed a line once, on Sinner, but I love it when that happens!
He was as charming and witty as ever! Wink
I'm afraid this isn't very informative, but the best I can do with a spinning head.... Eeker
good night!
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Further to Tina's post... a great night was had by all, with a few FAB things that made the night truly special...

LOVE THIS LIFE - I can't remember the last time I heard him sing this (Wembley Arena, London in 1994 or 5??). What a great one!! Big Grin

NEW SONG - Seems to be about Sept 11 (or at least the aftermath) which was really beautiful and touching.

SWEET DREAMS - I almost bust a gut when Neil started singing the Split Enz (Judd) cover... THANK YOU NEIL for pulling this one out of the dusty closet. Big Grin

WEATHER - Since no one volunteered to duet on FAYF, 2 guys from Bethesda came up and did a few rounds with Neil and the band... I *loved it* when one of them asked neil if he could strap on an acoustic guitar and keep going... Neil's face was classic throughout... clearly having a great time and a bit of a giggle.

OK - and I know hair & pants is old news, but I have to go there for one second. Neil looked the best he has in quite some time. It seems like he's finally gone back to the classic shorter hair and suit look from years gone by... I loved it!

OH - and Neil mentioned that the next time we'd see him would be with Tim... their songwriting is going really well (according to him) and they should have something down soon. Wa-hay!!

I loved the show, I wish there had been more, but I can not say just how happy I am that we have not had to wait 2 years in between tours. Keep em coming Neil!!!
Coming out of lurkdom to add that Heidi from Pittsburgh, you were asked after (initially as "Nicole," but the front row folks set him straight!). He knows you'll be in Philly and Boston, so maybe good fortune of the Finn variety will strike twice?!!?

I never cease to be amazed at what a good, genuine person he seems to be, and what a great crowd gathers for his shows. I always leave his shows wanting to be a better person, *knowing* that I can be a better person. And to be able to see him twice in one year -- it has been heavenly!

Have a great time, all -- he's in fine form!
You HAD to tell her this... I've still got to spend 5 hours in a car with "Nicole", who will now be even more wired than she already was... Roll Eyes

Just kidding... Big Grin In all seriousness, it's pretty cool that she was remembered, and since I didn't get to see "The Event" last tour (I was home watching the kids), a little selfish piece of me hopes lightning does strike twice.

In the meantime, keep those reviews rolling in!

Jason
Um.......HOLY CRAP!?!?!?!?!?!?!!

I was sitting here all night, watching the clock...thinking...the opening act is on right about now...he's walking onstage right now....he's probably finished by now....(whatever you do folks, DO NOT tell me that they had no keyboard player...I repeat, DO NOT tell me that. I suspect I would then go irretrievably over the moon. Tell me that he had one, and one that was well-showered and played well, even on the little black keys.) ;P

If any of you front-row yelling types from DC will be in Philly or Boston, it seems I seriously owe you a big hug and a beer! (Suspecting Tina and Carol might have had something to do with this....)

Love,

Nicole
(wearing one of those handmade tinfoil lightning rods on her head like the little girl in the movie "Signs....")

PS. Fiona. I ORDER you to have a good time. DO you hear me? It's an ORDER!!!!!!
Thank you all for your invaluable updates on the show last night! I am so excited about the show tonight that even the snow (that hopefully will stop before tonight) can't dampen it! Love this life is one of my FAVORITE songs.....I can't believe he actually played it and on his own accord-not from suggestions from the crowd Razzer
Bean-I too am having a mediocre week...or worse-I know that Neil will pull us out of it. Incidentally-Bean is my nic name Big Grin Glad it's being used by another Finn fan...and I digress...
See ya' all tonight ( this is going to be a loooooonnnnnnnngggggg day Smiler
P.S So glad he cut his hair-why cover such an adorable face Wink ?
In response to Bogue and anyone else who is wondering...

I thought Rhett Miller was AMAZING! An absolute perfect match for our number one guy. So freakin' talented, it's worth just watching him play guitar, but his songs are really great, too!

About as far from Ed Harcourt as one could possibly get and still maintain a circumference of 360 degrees. Wink

Great show, great night,
--Heather

P.S. - If DC is any indication, you need to practice your background vocals for "World Where You Live." They will be called upon.
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Originally posted by snapier:
[qb]Coming out of lurkdom to add that Heidi from Pittsburgh, you were asked after (initially as "Nicole," but the front row folks set him straight!). He knows you'll be in Philly and Boston, so maybe good fortune of the Finn variety will strike twice?!!?

I never cease to be amazed at what a good, genuine person he seems to be, and what a great crowd gathers for his shows. I always leave his shows wanting to be a better person, *knowing* that I can be a better person. And to be able to see him twice in one year -- it has been heavenly!

Have a great time, all -- he's in fine form![/qb]
Wow! Heidi, I'm so happy for you! You're going to have such a blast!

Thanks for all the reviews! I'm getting so excited!
Any of you guys still not excited???????
You are in for a HUGE treat!! Big Grin Big Grin
It's all over for me, for now, but I'm still on a high...not my voice, unfortunately, but I sang my little heart out!!!
HEIDI... he sounded like he really wanted you up there...!! Shon was good on the backing vocals, but it could've sounded fuller(?!?), he was busy running back and forth from keyboards to guitar...he NEEDS you, Girl! Go for it! Wink
Just let it be me next time, ok?
Love this life beautiful, mmmmm, can't find words...again!
Smiler
Great show last night. Arrived late and only caught the last two minutes of the Rhett Miller set. The band was a little less polished than last summer in DC - not surprising, given that (1) Lisa Germano was absent due to friend's illness, (2) first show on the tour, (3) preponderance of live "rarities" in the set. Steinberg needed to turn down the amp on his bass. About five songs in Neil asked who had been at the show last summer, and then who hadn't - sounded like about 60% of audience was at the show in the summer, and the set list was planned accordingly. I'd estimate only a 30-40% song overlap from the last show: Sinner, She Will Have Her Way, Anytime, World Where You Live, Fall At Your Feet, Pineapple Head (?), Loose Tongue (?), Driving Me Mad and Weather With You, which wasn't on the set list but played anyway because it was the only song known by the buskers who he invited on stage.

From memory, other songs played included:

Message to my Girl
Faster Than Light
Something So Strong
Locked Out (first time played in many years, he said)
Sweet Dreams
Last to Know
Human Kindness
New song (title: Love Is All That Remains ?) - good central chorus, but still a work-in-progress at some of the bridges.
Love This Life
There is a Light That Never Goes Out
...blanking out on the rest...& I recognized the last song of the show but can't place the name from memory...anyone?

Other highlights:

Somebody threw a CD from their own band up on stage, and he passed it back to the house DJ and had him put on the first song, entitled "Mean to Me." Neil threatened to sue him. Played first 30 seconds of the song, told the guy that "that F chord is a mistake, it was good up until then," and moved on.

Early in the show he said something to the effect of: "It seems like there's a lot of bad stuff going on in the world, but I know that there's a lot of good things going on in the world, just beneath the surface. I have to believe it," and then segue-wayed perfectly into Love This Life.

After a couple of Crowded House songs early in the show, somebody shouted out "Play Neil Finn," and Neil mused about the irony of that statement.
Any1CanTell-

The "New Song" that you are referring to is "Love Is All That Remains". I downloaded it a while back, and it is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.

Yeah, I have to agree that it was cool when he brought the two guys up- they were standing near me in the front row- but it was even better when Neil wished me a happy birthday!!!
Heidi - he asked for you by name??? That is so cool! And I have to admit - I am also a little jealous - last year I got to go on stage in portland an s sing with 3 or 4 other people - I don't think we sounded all that great. My goal this year is to get on stage by myself and prove to myself that yes, I can sing back with Neil and sound good....

Enjoy your moment in the spotlight in Philly and Boston!! You'll be great! Tell him he's got another "Heidi" in Portland and Seattle who'd love get a chance, too (that's me!!!!) Big Grin
Actually Anne, I'm not sure telling Neil there's another Heidi would do a lot of good since he thinks my name is Nicole, lol....

Under the heading of PRICELESS...I got an e-mail today from one of the guys who got onstage with Neil last night, THANKING ME for NOT going to DC because it helped him get his turn! LMAO!!!!!! Good on ya, dude!

Anyone get a copy of last night's show? PM or e-me... (The guy I just spoke of was in a similar predicament to mine last July: his spouse was unable to join him and missed "the moment." So it's as much for him I'm asking as it is for me, so she can hear it, too.)

Much more of this and I won't be able to fit my head into the car! Roll Eyes
Hey, Heidi:

When you get on stage with your best friend, Neil, in Boston, would you let him know that its my friend Lane's birthday (we are traveling up from New York/DC to see the show)? Wink

Also, if you could slip him "cow bell" resume, that would be fantastic. Ready to tour at a moment's notice.

Thanks in advance!
Heather
Hi guys,

I'm coming out of major lurkdom to say thank you for all of the great reviews! I'm in California so I still have a few weeks to wait for the San Fran show, but reading all of this will help hold me over....well that and watching 7 Worlds Collide and listening to all the NF, TF, and CH CDs I own. lol Glad you guys had fun, keep the reports coming.

SmilerRussty Cat
Well,my friend and I stood out in the freezing cold for over 2 hours to ensure we were front row,and it was DEFINATELY worth it.Neil was in great voice and seemed much more relaxed and personable than last July.And it was cool that he changed up the set list a bit for those of us who attended both shows.I loved,LOVED that he did Sweet Dreams as well.I also didn't miss Lisa Germano at all..to me she was a bit too intrusive last time around.
Now,having said that..all was not perfect.First off,the opening act,Rhett Miller.I hate to say it..but I just wasn't impressed.Yes,he had a decent stage presence..but every song he played sounded pretty much the same.And thrashing around does not make you a good singer/songwriter..to me it was like he was trying to draw attention away from the fact that he(as my friend pointed out) basically only played 3 chords.Ed Harcourt was a MILLION times better..IMHO.
Second,someone else mentioned the guy that threw his Cd's onstage.Well,it just so happened he shoved his way right inbetween my friend and I to do so.I realise it's a concert and you're going to get shoved and jostled a bit at times...fine,I accept that.What I really have a hard time dealing with is someone pushing me out of the way..yelling straight in my ear,and refusing to budge until Neil acknowleged him.To me that was just plain rude.He very well might be a nice and talented guy..but I felt that was pushing it a bit.
But in the end Neil's music overshadowed everything else,and I thank him for coming back to DC..and I hope I'm still in the States when the Finn Bros tour here again.

Brandi
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Originally posted by Bsnifter:
[qb]Now,having said that..all was not perfect.First off,the opening act,Rhett Miller.I hate to say it..but I just wasn't impressed.Yes,he had a decent stage presence..but every song he played sounded pretty much the same.And thrashing around does not make you a good singer/songwriter..to me it was like he was trying to draw attention away from the fact that he(as my friend pointed out) basically only played 3 chords.Ed Harcourt was a MILLION times better..IMHO.
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Hey... those of us who only KNOW three chords need heroes too! Smiler
Well, I'm finally back home from the show. I had a great time even though I was with a sick friend (who is great, BTW). Anyway, here's the complete setlist:

Human Kindness
Last One Standing
Pineapple Head
Sinner
Love This Life (dedicated to TITM)
Anytime
Hole In The Ice
Message To My Girl (solo)
World Where You Live (solo, sing-along)
- From the balcony, I yell out a request for Walking On The Spot. Neil said it was "too late," but he'd "try to remember later" ... although "later may be hours later on the tour bus."
Faster Than Light
Love Is All The Remains
Last To Know (dedicated to Lisa)
Locked Out
Loose Tongue
- Asked for Heidi to sing FAYF
Weather With You (with Andy & Brian from the crowd)
"Mean To Me" (from Jeff's CD)
Fall At Your Feet

Encore (1):
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Driving Me Mad
Something So Strong

Encore (2):
She Will Have Her Way
Sweet Dreams
Lullaby Requiem

Well, there isn't much left to say. I'm ecstatic that Neil talked to me again (I'm 2-for-2 after the Convent Girls request in Chicago). I wish I would've been close enough to get my airplane on the stage. I requested Nails In My Feet, Convent Girls (complete with lyrics to help him remember this time), and offered to help sing How Will You Go. Maybe next time. FTR, I didn't think Rhett Miller was great, but he was good enough. Also, I missed Lisa quite a bit. Still, I definitely had a great time.

I almost forgot -- no matter what anyone says, I dearly missed DDIO. A Neil show without it just feels a little empty.

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