I’ve seen Neil Finn play a dozen times or more – reunions with Split Enz and Crowded House, shows billed as Finn or Finn Brothers (with brother Tim), and shows where it’s Neil and band – there was even that one time in the late 1990s where he allowed student pick-up bands in each town; a lucky chance to play a handful of songs with Neil. I never made it to any of the Seven Worlds Collide shows, sadly, but I’ve seen him in just about every other live context – and it’s always a great show. That catalogue really shows, he knows how to correctly exhume interesting album cuts while always playing to the strengths of his latest release.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Neil Finn show in New Zealand. Since the release of Dizzy Heights he’s been busy taking that album to the world.
In September we finally have the chance to hear and see these songs, road tested and tight no doubt. It’s a six-piece band that Neil will be leading – and the opening act for the tour is Bic Runga. It’ll be her first shows around the country since 2011.
Five shows for Neil and band:
Thursday, September 18, The Municipal Theatre, Napier
Friday, September 19, The Opera House, Wellington
Saturday, September 20, The Powerstation, Auckland
Presale for all shows commences midday, Thursday, July 24 with general on sale from midday Monday, July 28.
For more info go to neilfinn.com