Diary

  • Mental Notes 40th anniversary

    It’s 40 years ago this week since the release of Mental Notes, the debut album by Split Enz. Delve into the making of the album in part 2 of Radio New Zealand’s Enzology podcast, featuring rare audio and band interviews: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/enzology/ep02 Neil Finn: “I was a young teenager when that

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  • In the media

    Two newspaper articles from the last few days: “Teacher lives dream with idol Finn (video)” When Neil performs “Anytime” from his 2001 album One Nil, he often invites a member of the audience on stage to accompany him with three notes on the piano. At the recent Auckland Town Hall

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  • The Beginning of the Enz

    Mental Notes, the classic debut album by Split Enz, reaches its 40th anniversary later this month! In celebration, we’re featuring the audio documentary series Enzology – The Story of Split Enz over the next few weeks. Unreleased demos, studio out-takes and live performances weave in and out of tales told

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  • Mental Notes – 40 years

    Mental Notes, the classic debut album by Split Enz, reaches its 40th anniversary later this month! In celebration, we’re featuring the audio documentary series Enzology – The Story of Split Enz over the next few weeks. Unreleased demos, studio out-takes and live performances weave in and out of tales told

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  • Woodface article

    Read Bill DeYoung’s recent article about the third Crowded House album, 1991’s Woodface, at somethingelsereviews.com . You can play the album in full right here.

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  • Neil Finn solo – with strings – at Auckland Town Hall

    Neil plays a sold out solo concert tonight with a 12-piece string section at the Auckland Town Hall. This photo, courtesy of Radio New Zealand‘s Brian Mahoney, is from this afternoon’s soundcheck. UPDATE: Here’s the setlist from Neil’s Auckland Town Hall concert on Saturday night. Only Talking Sense She Will

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  • Johnny Marr joined by Neil in Auckland tonight

    Neil was a special guest at Johnny Marr’s Auckland concert tonight at The Powerstation, singing “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” and “I Fought The Law”. The last time they played together in Auckland was in 2009 at the 7 Worlds Collide concerts.

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  • Neil Finn’s not so crowded house for sale

    Where Lester lived… The Finn family home which inspired some of Neil’s most famous Crowded House tunes has gone on the market. Read the article at http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/69966464/neil-finns-not-so-crowded-house-for-sale

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  • Artist In Residence – The Making of Records

    Updated 1-7-15 Neil’s fourth and final programme in Double J’s Artist In Residence series includes his original demos of “Something So Strong” and “Private Universe” – which changed completely during the making of the records. Listen to the archived stream of “The Making of Records with Neil Finn” here (archived

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  • Great Love – Hinges

    A few years ago, in a charity auction for Medicine Mondiale, Neil Finn donated two days in Roundhead Studios in Auckland along with production advice. Michael Burrows was the lucky winner and the results of those sessions are about to be released on the debut album by his Melbourne band

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  • Wrestle With Dad (video) – Liam Finn

    Directed and edited by Liam and Neil Finn Filmed by Elroy Finn and George Kannavas. From Liam’s album The Nihilist. Liam talks about the track on Stuff. Click here for details of the Neil & Liam shows in Brussels and London this September.

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  • Neil & Liam Finn – European concerts, September 2015

    UPDATED FRIDAY 26th JUNE – THIRD LONDON SHOW! Neil and Liam Finn will combine forces for three shows in September (scroll for more info). Botanique Orangerie, Brussels Friday 18th September 2015 On sale: Friday 26th June 2015 botanique.ticketmatic.com (English) botanique.ticketmatic.com (Dutch) botanique.ticketmatic.com (French) Bloomsbury Theatre, London Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd,

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  • Artist in Residence on Double J

    Photo courtesy of Double J Neil Finn is Artist in Residence this month on ABC’s Double J in Australia. Over four weeks Neil explores the elements that go into a great song, from the lyrics to the chords and melodies, the rhythms to the recording methods. ““The third instalment in

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  • Smash Mouth on Split Enz

    Paul Delisle of the band Smash Mouth writes of his love for Split Enz on Property of Zack’s Bands on Bands site. “The breadth of their oeuvre defies any kind of categorization. And believe you me, these puckish Kiwis with the fucked up hair-do’s could downright ROCK YOUR ASS OFF

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  • Artist In Residence on Double J

    Photo courtesy of Double J Neil Finn is Artist in Residence this month on ABC’s Double J in Australia. Over four weeks Neil explores the elements that go into a great song, from the lyrics to the chords and melodies, the rhythms to the recording methods. “This week I’m ruminating

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  • Impressions – live at St James’s Church, London

    Tickets go on sale on Friday for Neil’s solo concert in Auckland Town Hall. Here’s a hint of things in store. From Neil’s November 2013 concert at St James’s Church in London.

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  • Newsworthy – Neil Finn interview

    Neil’s interviewed on the first episode of TV3’s Newsworthy, tonight at 10.25, NZ time. The show will be streaming live at this link. UPDATE 9/6/15 : Watch Neil’s performance of Distant Sun here. See Neil’s interview here. Photo of David Farrier, Neil Finn and Samantha Hayes nicked from the Newsworthy

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  • ABC Radio interview with Neil Finn

    In Neil’s recent chat with ABC’s Libbi Gorr he speaks about the force of “bluff and hard work,” how all creative endeavours are a combination of the former including his most recent album Dizzy Heights.

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  • Neil Finn – Solo, Auckland 18th July 2015

    AUCKLAND TOWN HALL SATURDAY 18th JULY 2015 Tickets are on sale at 12.00pm Friday 12th June from Ticketmaster. Frenz of the Enz/Official Neil Finn Fan Club Members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public from Wednesday 10th June at 12pm until Thursday 11 June 5pm. For

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  • Soundcheck Sessions – photo exhibition

    Stephen Dowling has photographed Neil at soundchecks many times over the years. His ‘Soundcheck Sessions’ exhibition is on now in London. More details on Lomography’s website. Limited edition prints are available too.

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  • Artist in Residence on Double J

    Neil Finn is Artist in Residence this month on ABC’s Double J in Australia. Over four weeks Neil will explore the elements that go into a great song, from the lyrics to the chords and melodies, the rhythms to the recording methods. Broadcast Sundays 3-5pm from Sunday June 7th. Encore

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  • Sydney setlist, Sunday 31st May

    Last night at Sydney’s City Recital Hall, Neil performed the final of four Australian concerts . He was accompanied again in the middle section of songs by members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on strings with arrangements by Victoria Kelly who backed Neil on piano and vocals. Sharon Finn also

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  • Sydney setlist 30th May

    The original setlist from Saturday’s concert in Sydney’s City Recital Hall Angel Place. “Golden Child” was replaced by “Better Be Home Soon” and Neil briefly played Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. See reviews at the Frenz Forum. For the last of his four Australian concerts, Neil performs at the same venue tonight

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  • Melbourne setlist 29th May

    The setlist from last night’s concert at Melbourne Recital Centre. “Golden Child” was replaced by an audience member’s request for “I Hope I Never” – a Split Enz sing written by Tim Finn, but Neil has sung it on the odd occasion in the past and managed to remember most

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  • Melbourne setlist – 27th May

    This is last night’s birthday setlist from the Melbourne Recital Centre. In addition there were snippets of Anyone Can Tell, Cool Change and even I’m Still Here (thanks, Daryl). See fan reviews at Frenz Forum. Melbourne’s turn again on Friday! See photos from the Melbourne shows at themusic.com.au and read

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  • Melbourne tonight – Neil’s birthday!

    Happy birthday to Neil from the NF Team. If you’re attending Neil’s show tonight at the Melbourne Recital Centre, it should be a doozy! Here’s a highlight from Neil’s birthday in 2010: Crowded House, Johnny Marr and Connan Mockasin covering the David Bowie classic, Moonage Daydream. This was “Five years”

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  • Nyssa Collins – Don’t Dream It’s Over

    While we’re talking about cover versions, here’s X Factor NZ runner up Nyssa Collins with a beautiful Samoan take on “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

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  • Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande – Don’t Dream It’s Over

    Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande have covered the Crowded House classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”. It’s part of Miley’s Backyard Sessions with funds raised going toward the The Happy Hippie Foundation, creating digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families. Neil tweeted today: “DDIO well covered for a good

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  • Crowded House radio session, 2007

    Radio New Zealand is highlighting a selection of live performances recorded over the years, presented one-a-day for the month of May – New Zealand Music Month 2015. Today it’s Crowded House live at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, 13th July 2007. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nzlive/audio/2518897/nz-live-crowded-house Photo credit: Jeremy Ansell/Radio NZ

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  • You And I Know

    “You And I Know”, a previously unreleased track from Neil Finn’s Dizzy Heights sessions, kicks off The Kitchen Sink III, the latest volume in our collection of rare studio and live tracks, demos and oddities from Neil Finn, Crowded House, Split Enz, The Finn Brothers and more. We’ll add more

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