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June 01, 2007

Why John is a Happy Boy

Because he just got tickets to see this band in August, when they come within a 200-mile radius of where he lives:

Which makes him a happy boy, because he's not seen them live before. Go me!

Posted by john at June 1, 2007 11:50 AM

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Jeff | June 1, 2007 12:37 PM

I am hugely, massively jealous.

John Scalzi | June 1, 2007 12:41 PM


Kit | June 1, 2007 12:47 PM

Crowded House is back together? How can this be? I have their farewell concert on DVD......

cathy | June 1, 2007 01:00 PM

A good friend of mine actually banked her tax refund check specifically so she could follow Crowded House on tour. She's going to the Northampton and Boston shows. Not sure about Philly and NY.

Kate MacLeod | June 1, 2007 01:22 PM

Ooh, you are in for a treat! I saw them many years ago, and it's still my all-time favorite concert experience. (I'm trying to remember how many years ago it was. The opening act was Sheryl Crow, but no one in the crowd knew who she was, so...)

Dave | June 1, 2007 01:47 PM

'Grats on that!

It's bound to be a good show. One of my favorite bands of all time. They are one of those that you put in the CD, and people say 'Hey who is that? Can I get a copy?' or your six year old grooves to it as he walks by absorbed in his Nintendo DS.

I liken them alot to 'Tears for Fears', 'Ben Folds Five' and 'Wilco'. All bands you've heard, know their music but really couldn't place your finger on one of their albums. And then you think 'I need to go buy some!' and spend the rest of the day perusing Amazon, filling your basket.

A old college buddy of mine forked over for floor tickets for the Police for three of us in July in Tampa. I haven't seen them since the Syncronicity tour in 1984.

But alas, I'll be selling my ticket. I just got a new job, and as the head of the IT department I can't very well take off for two days in the middle of the week for a concert... or can I?

hmmmm *eyebrow arched in villanous plot scheming mode*


Joe Hass | June 1, 2007 01:49 PM

I had tickets to see them in 1994, when the woman I was dating at the time broke up with me and offered to take the tickets off my hands for face value.

I don't know why I'm sharing this, except that it reminds me of her and how I miss her very much.

Megan | June 1, 2007 02:22 PM

Very cool. My favourite member of Crowded House was the drummer. His death was so sad. Do you know who the new drummer is?

John Scalzi | June 1, 2007 02:23 PM

He's Matt Sherrod. He used to drum for Beck.

Tatiana | June 1, 2007 02:29 PM


Much better than my parents' day yesterday, which can be summed up thusly:

O HAI, I CAN HAS UR SPOT? http://flickr.com/photos/80566550@N00/524823631/

Kate | June 1, 2007 02:30 PM

I know the forces of nature were keeping me from your site for a reason, John. You seem to put big dents in my wallet when I visit. I had no idea they were on tour!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I just got second row in Boston.

Yes, I could have bought the cheap seats, but I kicked myself when I bought Sting tickets and I wasn't closer. If you're going to a concert by one of your favorite artists, splurge!

I'm hoping I can atleast wave to Mr. Finn. :)

Mark | June 1, 2007 03:29 PM

If you saw them at a pub in Melbourne in 1985-86 under a previous name (The Mullanes?) does it count? The Melbourne music scene in the 1980's was spectacular.

Jonathan | June 1, 2007 04:12 PM

My wife is a huge Finn brothers fan (we saw them on tour last year at the same place Crowded House is this year here in Boston), so this should make for a good birthday gift. Personally, I'm more of a Split Enz fan, but CH will do in a pinch, I guess.

Rob Thornton | June 1, 2007 04:12 PM

Don't forget the New Zealand indie scene! Seriously, those bands were way underrated outside of college radio. The only band that almost broke was the Straightjacket Fits, who snagged an Arista contract and did a marvelous version of Cohen's "So Long Marianne."

As for now, I am hoping the Dead C manage to come and tour behind their new album....

ben | June 1, 2007 05:15 PM

Jealous. A few months back I picked up their debut CD (long and sadly absent from my collection) for a bargain, and had it on heavy rotation for a week.

In fact, I think I'm going to listen to it again, now.

Julie K. Rose | June 1, 2007 07:03 PM

Like Kate said, you're in for a treat. Saw them 4 or 5 times in the 80s/early 90s and they are brilliant live.

And thanks for this video! I can't believe I've never seen it. Of all their stuff, I think this is still my favorite song. You gotta love a writer who can work "cumulonimbus" into a song.

Phil B. | June 1, 2007 08:53 PM

Hadn't realised they were so well known overseas. Always nice to see Australian artists doing well.

For the record, Australian custom dictates the following:
Successful NZ performer = Australian
Unsuccessful NZ performer = New Zealander

*waves at trans-Tasman cousins*



Ian Mathers | June 2, 2007 03:37 AM

I just got a promo copy of their new album! They were one of my first favourite bands as a kid (I still think Temple of Low Men is perfect), and I've been listening to the best-of a lot recently. I wonder if they'll come to Toronto...

Paul | June 2, 2007 08:21 AM

What, are they playing CasinoRama again?

Martyn Taylor | June 3, 2007 05:26 PM

Saw them once when I thought I'd bought tickets for Little Village (anyone remember them?) Only one Finn there at the time and someone had obviously told them they were a rock band 'cos they cranked the volume up so loud you couldn't hear the words.

It doesn't matter if you can't hear the words at a Motorhead gig, but Crowded House..?

Hope they're great.

Scott | June 4, 2007 05:24 PM

You must be going to the Ann Arbor show. Me too! Hope to see you there.

Anthony Taylor | June 6, 2007 12:55 PM

I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Atlanta show on September 15th. I've been a Finn fan since Split Enz, but never had the opportunity to see either brother live. CH is in fact my favorite Finn iteration, so I'm very excited they're back together and touring America.

Anthony Taylor | June 6, 2007 12:56 PM

I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Atlanta show on September 15th. I've been a Finn fan since Split Enz, but never had the opportunity to see either brother live. CH is in fact my favorite Finn iteration, so I'm very excited they're back together and touring America.

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