The Australian Road Crew
NEIl FINN LIVE Solo at the Seymour Centre 2010
NEIL FINN LIVE
SOLO AT THE SEYMOUR CENTRE 2010
TAPE TO BE DROPPED OCTOBER 1ST
Neil Finn Live, Solo At The Seymour Centre 2010, is the eighth release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.
The tapes are straight out of the mixing desk and made by a member of the road crew. In this case it was by Angus Davidson who did front-of-house sound for Neil Finn and Crowded House.
The series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crews.
The tapes are released on the association’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.
Thanx for the cover artwork by Nprint, the mastering by Phil Dracoulis, and Neil Finn for his support of crew.
The Neil Finn Live Solo at the Seymour Centre 2010 desk tape and all of The Desk Tape Series will be available through:
https://ffm.to/neilfinnsolo2010 (paste into your browser if it fails to load)
In late 2010, when Neil Finn played an intimate solo show in the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, he took the opportunity to say hello to some old friends from different parts of his life.
From the stage, he told the sold-out 800-strong audience, “I thank you for joining me tonight and allowing me to pass through a few eras and a few songs that I don’t get to play very often because it’s a very joyous thing for me. “
Ten years later Finn has nothing but great memories of that show, and of that trip down the time tunnel.
“I remember it fondly as a great room and an audience that was leaning forward and listening to every word.”
There was no specific reason about what it is about those old friends he needed to bring up onstage and breathe new life into them.
“I just made it up backstage an hour or so before … I can’t remember what sparked each choice.”
Having built up a loyal following with Split Enz and Crowded House, Neill Finn was able to dig into darker and more experimental themes on his solo albums.
“I am truly blessed,” he says of his audience’s willingness to come on his different journeys.
Neil Finn’s songs have appeared everywhere – band albums, solo records, documentaries, movies, and endless collaborations.
But he is at pains to point out that he doesn’t write for projects. Rather the songs emerge and land where they may.
The Seymour Centre saw the songs blend into each other, as Neil switched from guitar to piano, and infused the proceedings with humour and with wry quips like "Is it contradictory we’re in the Seymour Theatre (sic) and there’s no Nick Seymour?” and bringing up an audience member (Adriano) to play two-finger piano with him during ‘Anytime’. Brilliant.
Representing the solo albums are stand-outs like the melodic ‘Into The Sunset’ which Neil describes as “a literal inspiration sitting watching the sun go down at Piha (a beach on New Zealand’s north island) after a long time away."
Not so literal are the numbers which have had fans debating about what he means.
One interpretation of ‘Try Whistling This’ is that Neil is ‘fessing up to turbulence within Crowded House and cites a well known incident when an emotional Paul Hester in heels had an altercation with Finn.
‘Faster Than Light’ could be inspired from Neil putting one of his sons to bed, gazing at his face and imagining what his future could be, and giving him prize advice, “Travel faster than light. In time you'll recognise that love is larger than life.”
Other solo songs include ‘She Will Have Her Way’, ‘Love Is All That Remains’ which strips off all its original psychedelic tones, ‘Wherever You Are’ about being homesick and ‘Spirit Of The Stairs’ abut the end of a relationship “and you wish you’d said the things you should have.”
The fans get a treat with a version of Crowded House’s’ Something So Strong’ the way he had originally written it, with up-tempo guitar and a rockier feel, inspired by waking up in a dark and quiet space and wanting comfort.
But in the studio, while cutting Crowded House’s first album in 1986, producer Mitchell Froom suggested it would be more effective with a R&B approach – which led to its becoming a Top 10 hit in Australia, the US, Canada and New Zealand.
There were other dips on the night into the Crowded House catalogue including ‘Fall at Your Feet’ and one he regards as one of his best songs and one which he loves performing ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’.
Even when he goes back to the Split Enz era, he performs the songs with a vibrancy and with his voice still as strong as ever
The Enz songs include ‘Message To My Girl’, written for Neil's wife Sharon whom he married in 1982 and given a special cheer by the audience, ‘One Step Ahead’ which he was always surprised was a hit (it "hasn't got a proper chorus”) and ‘Hello Sandy Allen’ about the time he met Sandra Elaine Allen, “the tallest woman in the world” (she was 7 feet 7 inches or 231 cms) at a talk show in New York.
For the Seymour date, the songs pulled from the Finn Brothers catalogue are the gospel-influenced ‘Gentle Hum’, an excerpt of the loping ‘Only Talking Sense’, ‘Anything Can Happen’ and the brooding ‘Last Day of June’ with its lines like ‘The so called third dimension/ Hardly deserves a mention/ The first and second stages/ Have been confused for ages.”
Of the many accolades and awards that Neil Finn has had since he stepped into the public spotlight as a teenager, the most powerful was when George Harrison reportedly remarked that "That Crowded House played the music The Beatles would be playing if still together."
Neil Finn Live (Solo) At Seymour Centre is a sparkling testament to a great performer and songwriter still at the top of his game. Inspiring.
ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-
Sponsor Industry Roles
CMI P.A and Production
DSE Trucks Transport
Scully Outdoors Outdoor Production
Gigpower Crewing and Staging
Lock and Load Crewing
Chameleon Touring Production and Lighting
JPJ P.A and Lighting
Novatech P.A and Lighting
Show FX Australia Pyrotechnics
Event Personnel Australia Crewing
Norwest P.A and Lighting Production
Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson
ARCA Co-founders and Directors.
Note from founders:-
"ARCA and The Desk Tape Series is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."
All Hail Roadies and Crew
"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"
All enquiries contact :
Adrian Anderson 0409 789 440
Ian Peel 0415 667 221
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