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Have you ever thought or imagined what would make the perfect concert for you? Which act would you see, and how would the evening go? What memorable things would happen?

I wrote this one evening for a bit of fun - here's my scenario.

The Venue: The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Date: In the future.
The Players: Neil Finn and very special guests.

The scene - I arrive with my best friend at the venue at 7.30 pm. The ushers lead us to our seats...dead centre in front of the mike, four rows back - perfect spot. In the QE Hall too...best sound in the city. The PA system quietly plays a compilation tape featuring REM, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Prefab Sprout, Wilco, Squeeze etc...everyone's excited and in the mood.

Lights dim slowly, curtains back. Crowd whoops and claps. White spotlight picks out a lone figure who walks over to the mike stand with his guitar. He faces the front, smiles and waves...it's Tim Finn! Massive cheer and whistles from the audience. First song up: Persuasion. Then Poor Boy. Now Not Even Close...it's just getting better. Tim switches to piano for I Hope I Never, and invites a girl up from the crowd to duet on 'Charlie'. A storming version of I See Red, everyone swaying along, lights swirling. Angel's Heap. Fraction Too Much Fiction next up. The hits keep coming, new and old. Last song - Haul Away. He thanks everyone and zips off stage to ecstatic cheers.

Thirty minutes later - Neil walks on to a hero's welcome. He picks up his guitar and grins, and without saying a word yet, strums the first few notes and sings "Tell me all the things you would change..." a solo acoustic version of Distant Sun - roof nearly comes off, everyone on their feet, dancing. Next it's Message To My Girl on piano. Then Fingers Of Love...the audience is loving every note. Lights come on, the band walks on to a standing ovation. Gasps. The surprise that no-one expected...Paul Hester's on the drums. Nick on bass. Johnny Marr on guitar, stage left. Eddie Rayner and Lisa Germano sharing the keyboards. Liam Finn on guitar, stage right. Neil is centre stage. The setlist spans 25 years....Into Temptation, I Feel Possessed, Missing Person, World Where You Live, Bold As Brass, Last One Standing, Love This Life, with a few twists (Recurring Dream, Sweet Dreams, In The Lowlands, Lester, Kare Kare) and some great requests from the crowd (She Goes On, Rest Of The Day Off, Give It A Whirl). Richard Thompson is introduced to play and sing on Sister Madly. The show closes with Tim bouncing back on stage to join the fun - just for the sheer hell of it, they swap roles: he sings a song of Neil's (Don't Dream It's Over) and Neil replies with a great rendition of Show A Little Mercy. Last song: Throw Your Arms Around Me, featuring Neil, Tim and Liam.

Then the encores. Neil introduces special guest Paul McCartney (standing ovation) to duet with him on She Goes On and Private Universe - they swop the verses between them. The whole band returns for a quickfire medley of Beatles songs. Mark Hart is introduced, and to loud applause sings Fall At Your Feet. The show comes to an end with I Got You.

The show to end all shows for me...but let's hear yours Smiler
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Well, I met Neil and Paul in the same year so I am all over this one. The only person missing from your line up is . . . ME!

Shakespeare

Actually, I would have loved to have seen XTC open for the Police on the Zenyatta Mondatta tour. Me: "But Dad, it's the POLICE!" Dad: "I don't care if it's the bloody DETECTIVES, you're not going!" I didn't go.
If we're talking dreams here, I'd have to have an all-day fest of all my favorite musicians. Hall & Oates, The Fixx, Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook, Robert Plant, Go West, Billy Squier, Billy Joel, Steven Curtis Chapman... I could go on and on.

If I have to be a little more realistic, then I'd pick a twosome... Neil Finn with special guest Glenn Tilbrook. Acoustic, just pretty much the men and their guitars. They could play separate sets, then play some together, too. Mandatory for Glenn to do his walkabout, of course, but more fun if Neil comes along!

Shakespeare, I wished I'd seen the pairing of The Fixx and the Police... and also Def Leppard when they opened for Billy Squier... and always have regretted I never saw Stevie Ray Vaughan... went to a Eddie Money/Cyndi Lauper concert on NYE instead of his show...
[QUOTE by Anselm] Gasps. The surprise that no-one expected...Paul Hester's on the drums. Nick on bass. Johnny Marr on guitar, stage left. Eddie Rayner and Lisa Germano sharing the keyboards. Liam Finn on guitar, stage right. Neil is centre stage. [/QUOTE]


OMG Anselm......this gave me chills!! YIKES! Heaven, pure heaven!

Gen
Martine!

Shake me, do not stir me! You saw that gig!? I loathe and love you all at the same time.

I have seen so many wonderful shows (Miles Davis, Paul McCartney (2nd row centre - twice), Neil Finn (twice), Crowded House (twice), Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Sting . . . so many more), but I HAVE to be one of the few people on the planet to have seen the following three horrific abominations of sight and sound in THE SAME WEEK!

1. Cher
2. Motley Crue
3. New Kids On The Block

I defy anyone to top that!

Shakespeare
Neil Finn + Crowded House, The Smiths, and The Beatles (assuming we could somehow bring back John and George). At an intimate (non-smoking!) venue where I could have a table front and center with space around it to dance. It would be an all day affair where the various bands would play their own stuff (and grant a few of my special song requests), then various pairings would play together a whole variety of tunes (Neil with Johnny Marr, Neil with John Lennon, Crowded House playing with the Smiths, and so on).

I cannot begin to imagine how awesome that would be.
Martine,

Neil, Robin and Paul are the only three singers that I can just loose myself in their music.

When I was going through my cancer treatment, esp. Neil kept me going - there are some (like all of them) that just gave me such wonderful imagery that it became an eden for me while on my treatments. Thank God for Neil and his beautiful articulations!

By the way, think that this would be cool enough to meet him - you know "Your music helped save my life..." Wink

By the way I exposed my husband to Neil and he thought it WAS Paul.
Valley (notice it's getting shorter)

I also find that when I'm stressed at work or going through a bit of a bad patch, Neil's music always makes it feel not so bad, so I think your experience is a common one among the Frenz. Music in general has always allowed people to transcend the here and now.

A non-Finn Frend that I turned onto Recurring Dream (she plays it constantly in her car) reports back to me thather teenaged children are always asking her "is that John Lennon?" (LOL)

Valley, if you're lucky enough to meet Neil one day, I'm sure he'd appreciate knowing from you that his songs helped you through your treatment, go for it.

Wink
I read online recently about a dream concert of mine that actually happened in New Zealand: Goldenhorse opening for Bic Runga.

I'd also love to see Stellar* open for Bic, or for them to play alternating sets or something.

Seeing Tim Finn play before or after anybody wouldn't just be a dream, it'd be more like a fantasy. For an opening act... oh, I don't know, how about Mark Seymour?

*sigh*
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If we're talking dreams here, I'd have to have an all-day fest of all my favorite musicians. Hall & Oates, The Fixx, Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook, Robert Plant, Go West, Billy Squier , Billy Joel, Steven Curtis Chapman... I could go on and on.
That was the first concert I ever saw. Smiler

Dream shows/performers now: Neil Finn, Matthew Sweet, Pete Yorn, REM, Liz Phair, Manic Street Preachers, The Smiths, YES, U2, Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller, Minibar, Guster.... Wink
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Originally posted by Rain00:
[qb] If we're talking dreams here, I'd have to have an all-day fest of all my favorite musicians. Hall & Oates, The Fixx, Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook, Robert Plant, Go West, Billy Squier, Billy Joel, Steven Curtis Chapman... I could go on and on. [/IMG] [/qb]
Ooooooh, can you throw in Paul Carrack with that mix? I would be there...

I would say my all time dream concert is seeing Neil and Tim Finn together...I'm hoping that will become a reality though **crosses fingers**

I would love to see Genesis in concert again, a total dream because it will never happen! It can be just Phil, Mike and Tony, but if Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett wanted to join for a few, I would be pleased as punch. Songs from every era, 70's and 80's especially...would love if they would perform side 3 of Three Sides Live album, one of my very favorite pieces of music ever.

Also, seeing the Police again...all three members playing a concert in support of their new album would be another dream of mine, another dream that will never happen... Frowner oh well...

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