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Old 01-24-2007, 07:45 PM   #16
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what is the name of the keyboard/guitar player they used to have in crowded house?
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:40 PM   #18
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thanks.

will mitchell produce again?

i sincerely think tim should jump on the wagon too. the finn brothers album is probably the best thing done by any of them since they split.
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This is great news!
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:50 PM   #20
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thanks.

will mitchell produce again?

i sincerely think tim should jump on the wagon too. the finn brothers album is probably the best thing done by any of them since they split.
If they do a follow-up to the already recorded album then I would say Froom/Blake will be in the hot seat to produce - no doubt.

I thought One Nil/All was as good as any Crowdies Album - even if it was a little hard to get into. But like you said the Brothers album was solid too. Anything Can Happen is the best song Neil's done in years.

Mark Hart is the absolute bomb. He took Neil to the next level on the Together Alone sessions and tour. It's poor quality vid, but this is probably my favourite bit of work from Mark on the lap guitar in Private Universe... just magic.
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I think all this info is old news, but I just thought I'd post the article that was in the L.A. Times today:

POP MUSIC
Crowded House stands out in the Coachella crowd
"I just wanted to be in a band again," says lead singer Neil Finn.
By Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
January 26, 2007


There's "Something So Strong" about New Zealand rock band Crowded House after all: The group that disbanded a decade ago is re-forming for a new album and tour that will begin at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.


While most of the headlines regarding the latest Coachella talent lineup announced Monday focused on the one-night-only reunion of rock-rap group Rage Against the Machine, fans have been buzzing worldwide about the resurrection of Crowded House.

After charting hits with Crowded House in the late '80s and '90s, including "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," the group's lead singer and chief songwriter Neil Finn decided to retire the band so he could concentrate on a solo career and on sibling projects with his brother Tim Finn, who also joined Crowded House briefly. Both had previously been members of Australia's Split Enz, which did a reunion tour in 2006.

But after the suicide of Crowded House drummer Paul Hester in 2004, Finn says he slowly came to the realization that "I just wanted to be in a band again. And what other band could it be, really?"

Speaking from Auckland, New Zealand, where he's been finishing the new album with bassist Nick Seymour, Finn told The Times today that he and Seymour came together again after Hester's death, and last year began working on new songs. They also spent time revisiting the band's past for "Farewell to the World," a 10th anniversary expanded DVD release of the film of their final concert at the Sydney Opera House, which came out earlier this month.

"It just feels like something good and true," Finn said. "We sought each other out in the shadow of Paul's passing. That helped us reconnect and gave me a reminder of what bands are and what they bring, with the sharing of the load between everybody, and the humor of not being the only guy at interviews and photo shoots. It all started to feel very natural to me."

The new album, due in the spring, will be called "Time on Earth," signaling the fleeting nature of life, a theme that came into sharp focus for Finn and Seymour with the loss of Hester.

"In ways I can't really elaborate on, Paul's presence looms large on the record," Finn said. "I didn't want to make a record that was wallowing in anything.... We were moved to write and to do things that remembered him to some degree, to acknowledge what happened. It affected us both very deeply and it still resonates very strongly. I dream about him a lot, and it will always to some degree haunt me. But ultimately it's an act of free will and choice, and you have to recognize that too."

Keyboardist Mark Hart, who toured and recorded with Crowded House, also will be taking part in the reunion tour, but Finn said there were no plans for his older brother, who has a solo album due soon, to join in. He and Seymour have been holding auditions in New Zealand and Australia and will continue the search for a new drummer with additional tryouts in Los Angeles in the next couple of weeks.

"It's pointless trying to find another Paul, because there isn't another Paul," he said. "It will be different, but hopefully it will be something that can grow and develop.... I'm very concerned that we do this properly so that it becomes a real band, and not just a brand."

Acknowledging rampant skepticism about the ever-rising tide of band reunions, Finn said, "There are people who may choose to see it in cynical ways, and I can't blame anybody — they can look at it any way they want. I know what drives me, and I'm not doing it for the money. I've done very well and I've got a really great, loyal and significant community of people who follow what I do as solo artist, with the Finn Brothers, and this is very exciting and has got me very fired up."


The print version of the article had a picture that accompanied the article.
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I agree. It seems like a ludicrous move.
Every band you've ever seen live on tour has done it for the money.
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I saw the Finn Brothers live and I would go see them live no matter what name they use
and the album was a solid effort that I still enjoy listening to now & again

bring on Crowded House
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i'm happy they're reforming, but i'll be even happier if they play somewhere in the states that's closer to me
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I met Neil, Nick and Mark on Wednesday night after their surprise 2 song performance at a charity concert at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. I was able to get into a pretty good conversation with Neil, who was in a great mood. I discussed possible drummers with him and with Nick. Timothius or Axver, email me at Halup@aol.com if you want more details, as I don't want to publicly post everything said to me.
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A few weeks have passed......and a decision HAS been made regarding the new Crowded House drummer.

I, and perhaps a few others here, know who it is - but I don't think I should publically name him until the official announcement is made.

Let's just hope and pray that the announcement is just around the corner! I have no idea if it is or not!

Here's hoping anyway! :Pray:

PS: Steve Lillywhite is currently working with them on a few last minute tracks....should be very interesting!
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I, and perhaps a few others here, know who it is - but I don't think I should publically name him until the official announcement is made.

Let's just hope and pray that the announcement is just around the corner! I have no idea if it is or not!
It was announced over a week ago:
http://www.frenz.com/crowdedhouse/board.php
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Yep, I know it was announced by that website back then. We're still waiting on an official statement from the record company. I'm VERY surprised that the media in Australia haven't run with this information but I guess they're playing by the rules this time. Time will tell....information tends to leak out on a Sunday...let's see what tomorrow brings.

Then again, maybe the media don't care but given the recent coverage in our media of the reunion, I'm quite certain they will be happy to report about the newest member, Matt.
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Yep, I know it was announced by that website back then. We're still waiting on an official statement from the record company.
Why would you need that when you've got confirmation straight from Neil? How much more official does it have to get?
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