“I’VE got 230 songs,” smiled Kiwi troubadour Neil Finn in the direction of an eager fan calling for a favourite track to be played.
Neil Finn - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
“It might take a while to get to that one – you never know your luck, though.” Yet it was hard, in the end, to see how any amidst the large and clearly devoted entourage of followers crammed into this all-seater venue might have gone home unsatisfied.
Across nearly 30 songs, Finn took us on a tour through his solo career (most recently active with this year’s album Dizzy Heights) and his time with a variety of bands including seminal New Zealand New Wavers Split Enz (including History Never Repeats and Message to My Girl), Pajama Club, the Finn Brothers, and of course the hugely successful Crowded House. Songs by the latter group were sprinkled judiciously throughout, including crowd-pleasers like Distant Sun, an understated, piano-led Don’t Dream It’s Over, and the impressively rocky Locked Out.
That Finn’s recent solo material stood alongside these tracks testified to his continuing quality and long-standing maturity as a songwriter. Yet when he returned solo for a second, eight-song encore to play “the songs the band don’t know” it was an unashamed crowd-pleaser for long-standing fans. Lesser-known Crowded House tracks like She Goes On, Walking On the Spot and Better Be Home Soon stood alongside another audience request, the Hobbit-soundtracking, rarely-performed Song of the Lonely Mountain, a knowingly comprehensive finale for a very personable show.
Seen on 23.04.14