Diary

  • 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. The

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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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  • Neil demonstrating nilfun site, October 2000

    The nilfun team films the 60 Minutes team filming Neil Finn. Nilfun only lasted a few years but a few musical games and art pieces similar to those shown here have been collected on our nilfun page. 60 Minutes interviewer: Cameron Bennett. Video captured by in October 2000 by nilfun

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  • The family tree

    “Anzac Day on a nostalgia trip with the best boy rider in Te Rore.” Neil’s father Richard Finn stands beside the family tree.

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  • Blue Smoke – Neil’s extended video

    I had the great pleasure of meeting and playing music with Jim Carter and this is my own document of our day. – Neil Finn. Download “Blue Smoke” at iTunes NZ and Australia. Commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, Neil Finn and Jim Carter have re-recorded “Blue Smoke“, composed

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  • Record Store Day – Neil at Slow Boat Records

    Neil’s performing today at Slow Boat Records in Wellington for Record Store Day. He’s joined by Lisa Tomlins and Jesse Sheehan. Here’s the line up: Jesse Sheehan – 11 am Tami Neilson – 11.30am Neil Finn – 12 midday Orchestra Wellington String Quartet – 2pm UPDATE: Read a report and

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  • Neil Finn solo in Melbourne and Sydney – more shows added

    Live Nation by arrangement with Artist Voice present Neil Finn Solo – Intimate Melbourne and Sydney Solo Shows MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2015 TICKETS ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY APRIL 17 via Live Nation and Ticketmaster. MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MELBOURNE FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015 TICKETS ON SALE 10AM

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  • Neil & Liam Finn with friends at Largo – setlist 14-4-15

    Setlist from the second show at Largo at the Coronet by Neil and Liam Finn, Tuesday night. Distant Sun wasn’t performed but additions included Helter Skelter and Whip It. Thanks again to Kathleen for the photo. Expect to see fan reviews at http://www.frenzforum.com/topic/largo-april-14-reviews after they’ve recovered. See a photo and

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  • Neil & Liam Finn at Largo – setlist 12th April

    A selfie of Neil, Liam and a few friends at Largo, Los Angeles on Sunday. They were joined through the night by Ceci Herbert, Matt Eccles, Sebastian Steinberg, Sharon Finn, Mark Hart, Connan Mockasin and Jon Brion. Read fan reviews at the Frenz Forum , where there’s also a list

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  • Melbourne and Sydney solo shows in May

    Updated 16/4/15 with two more shows Live Nation by arrangement with Artist Voice present Neil Finn Solo – Intimate Melbourne and Sydney Solo Shows MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2015 TICKETS ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY APRIL 17 via Live Nation and Ticketmaster. MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MELBOURNE FRIDAY 29

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