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Crowded House at the Tabernacle

A report from Sunday night's performance.

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  • Perry Julien



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Why does the Tabernacle disallow people from sitting in the best seats (the ones on the balcony, right above the stage)? What's up with Neil Finn's tiny little minuscule porn-stache? Is the song "When You Come" really about what it might be about ("Burning and exploding!!! Buuuurning and exploding, like a slow volcano. When you come")?

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These are my questions after last night's Crowded House show at the Tabernacle. Well actually, I've had the "When You Come" question since 1988 when it was released. But hearing it sung live brought it up again.

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Let's face it, Crowded House lovers: the latest album, Intriguer, continues on the band's trajectory towards adult contemporary. There are some lovely songs on there, but they are over-produced, and many, including the opener "Saturday Sun" have a kind of saccharine quality. Last night I actually wished for more from their last album, Time On Earth.

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Still, there was no shortage of great moments, starting with the opening song, "I Feel Possessed." Others? Finn talking about the band's exploits the previous evening at the Clermont Lounge. The song "Four Seasons in One Day," which has special significance for those of us who know and love Melbourne, Australia. And as always, Finn's ability to get the crowd singing, I mean really singing, is one of the most soul-satisfying concert going experiences around.

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But Neil, darling. Lose the stache. It detracts from your elfin appeal. We don't mind if you hang out at the Clermont, but you don't have to look the part.



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