Thu 8 Nov – Crowded House, Augie March
I'm going to marry Neil Finn
. I don't care if he's married already. I don't! We'll figure something out.
But seriously, holy crap. To set the scene: me and three other people (my sister, our aunty, and the biggest Crowdies fan in Melbourne. Seriously, he's nuts for 'em), seats probably could've been better (we were on the floor, but up the back and to the right), but I did have a direct line of sight through the heads in front of me all the way up to the stage, so I could see Neil perfectly and most of the rest of the stage clearly enough.
I nearly died of happiness right from the get-go, as hours before we even left to go to the concert, I'd been hoping they'd play Private Universe
at some point, and then they opened
with it! Score!
Of course, I could list 95% of the songs they played (Don't Dream It's Over
, Something So Strong
, Fall At Your Feet
, Hole In The River
, Silent House
, etc., etc. ;) and say omgilovethatsongwtfbbq, but I doubt anyone'd be that interested. :P
Right from the beginning, the mood was a whole lot of fun. Neil and Nick Seymour
were bantering back and forth, and Neil was talking to us about this and that between most of the songs, not to mention jumping around all over the stage during the more energetic pieces, which was fantastic (he's such a spunk!). I loved that it was so obvious he was into what he was doing, smiling through half the songs and just totally enjoying himself by the looks of it. And the drummer, Matt Sherrod
, holy geez, that guy is nuts on a set of drums! Wow!
The three main things I remember most clearly (and most fondly) were:1)
The times when Neil stopped singing and the band stopped playing and let the audience take over. I remember one song it happened during was Weather With You
, which made Neil laugh when it came to the part where the lyrics go, "... take the weather, take the weather, the weather with you", because no one ever gets that part right (myself not included, of course. I know every freakin' word to that song. *smug*), and the audience just sort of bumbled around and trailed off then started laughing. Neil remarked that he'd only just realised how funny it was that it always seemed to go wrong right there.
The sing-along thing happened during a couple of other songs, but I only recall one other (I'll write about that in a moment) as my memory's patchy on the best of days. I wonder how many voices were raised in that arena. It was a beautiful thing, at any rate.2)
Nearing the end of the show, Neil mentioned that he'd seen a couple of brave souls get up to the front of the stage to dance, only to be turned away by a "rather grim security guard". So he said that if people wanted to get up and dance, they should! My sister and I go straight out of our seats and ran, and we ended right up behind the first group of chairs, in the middle of the floor, with a perfect view of Neil (complete spunk, seriously!) and the guys. Utterly fantastic.3)
In one of the encores (first or second, one of 'em), Neil had all the lights turned off so that the only light was a little lamp inside the window of the cardboard caravan on stage, and they performed Four Seasons in One Day
in tribute to Paul Hester
, the song having been written about Melbourne, and Paul having been a local boy himself.
It was really gorgeous. People singing along the entire way through (this was another one where the audience sang solo, if I remember correctly), lighters and mobile phones making twinkling stars all through the arena.
So in conclusion, I do wish I'd seen Crowded House
perform when Paul was still alive, but I guess this is just the way things go, and I do wish they'd played Italian Plastic
and Mansion In The Slums
, but I guess you can't have everything, and with me still on a high a day later, with a raw throat and sore hands as evidence I had one of the greatest times ever, I can't quite gather the incentive to complain at all.