I’d been in the Town Hall a few times, for a few shows – but it was still a novelty. And such a great venue. So this was the first gig I can remember being a bit disappointed by in that venue. I guess I was buying into the myth and hoping for so much – but Tim Finn was in pretty shitty voice, almost embarrassing actually. And Bic Runga, though rather lovely – that voice, and a shyness that was as endearing as it was sometimes off-putting – was not a let-down it was really only Dobbyn that was in full good form. And in a way he wasn’t because he had one of his weaker albums out at the time, and so there was material from that in the mix. Not a ghastly album, and with time I’ve come to find some highlights there. But just not as great as the three records before it.
But I remember people seemed to think it was; seemed to lap it up. That annoyed me.
I’ve grown into that feeling, now an occupation hazard. Back then it was almost new to me…
The live album was pointless. I owned it for years. And I don’t think I ever played it right through. Certainly never more than once or twice.
I’ve since seen Tim a few times live (and the others too – together and alone, I attended the reunion of this “Together In Concert” series out of curiosity, and it was pleasant, perhaps better the second time around, if safer) and he’s always been in better voice than when he was on this tour. He sounded so unbelievably shitty.
And that was a great shame – he’d always been, at that point, one of my favourite live performers.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.