Crowded House – Manchester, 26 May 2010

There are many great pop bands in the world but none are better than Crowded House.

They prove that tonight by treating us to classics like  Fall At your Feet and Pineapple Head, as well as newer material from Time On Earth and their next CD Intriguer. Throughout the show there is plenty of banter with the crowd and a guest appearance, via Skype, from Neil’s dad. It’s Neil’s birthday the following day (“It’s already my birthday in New Zealand”) so the audience decide to sing Happy Birthday.

Then there is the encore – they start with Four Seasons In One Day and, half way through, out wanders Johnny Marr to play harmonica. Then he plugs in his guitar and we are treated to a CH version of Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want. Sonny Marr then joins the fray to sing Even A Child from the album Time On Earth. This is followed by another Smiths classic, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. The show closes with the Crowdies playing Don’t Dream It’s Over.

With a world-class songwriter and vocalist in Neil Finn, an excellent multi-instrumentalist in Mark Hart and fine support from Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod it’s no wonder we get another great night with a great band.

Set List:

Everything is Good For You; Saturday Sun; Fall At Your Feet; Whispers and Moans; Isolation; Either Side of the World; Private Universe; Italian Plastic; She Goes On; Pineapple Head; Heaven That I’m Making; Archer’s Arrows; Weather With You; Brothers and Sisters; Better Be Home Soon; Inside Out; Don’t Stop Now; Distant Sun; It’s Only Natural.

Four Seasons in One Day (with Johnny Marr); Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (with Johnny Marr); Even a Child (with Johnny & Sonny Marr); There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (with Johnny Marr); Don’t Dream It’s Over.

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