PHOTO CREDIT STEPHEN WILSON
CROWDED HOUSE, OVO HYDRO GLASGOW 10th June 2022
AUSSIE LEGENDS WOW THE HYDRO CROWD
Australian legends Crowded House are back on tour after a ten-year hiatus and include a stop off at the Hydro in Glasgow for their first show in the city in 12 years, and what a show they gave the Hydro audience.
There’s no support this evening, meaning the band takes to the stage around half eight. A show over two-hours long consisting of 23 songs would be enough to keep most fans happy, with a mix of the old dusted down classics and a selection of tracks from the latest album, 2021’s Dreamers Are Waiting.
Opening with 1993’s Distant Sun, the band were on it from the word go. ‘Thanks for waiting’ says Neil Finn, looking resplendent dressed in white suit and blue shirt. He is in fine voice this evening and has the crowd in the palm of his hand.
Crowded House have seen several changes to the line-up over the years, and this tour is no different, with Finn joined on stage by the ever-present Nick Seymore on bass and now his sons Liam and Elroy Finn, with American Mitchell Froom on keyboards. Having grown up with many of the songs, it seems only natural for the Finn brothers to step up and blend in seamlessly, keeping the instantly recognisable sound of the band intact.
As the set unfolds, bigger numbers Fall at Your Feet, Pineapple Head, When You Come and Private Universe are entwined with newer tracks To The Island, Show Me the Way and Playing With Fire, the newer music well received and the older tracks owned by the karaoke contingent within the crowd, and it’s the bigger classics most are here for. Four Seasons in One Day, Weather With You and the timeless masterpiece Don’t Dream Its Over, which really saw the audience take over the vocal duties. Its Only Natural from the 1991 album Woodface would close the first part of the set, and much cheering screaming and chanting encourages the band out for one last effort.
A four-track encore would complete the evening. World Where You Live, another newbie Start Of Something followed by a cover of I Got You by Split Enz, the band that Crowded House would be formed from and finally one last singalong Better Be Home Soon and the show was over.
From the first notes to the last, this was a terrific gig of top tunes by a master craftsman. Its great to see Crowded House and Neil Finn back treading the boards and playing live in Glasgow again. Its been far too long since their last appearance across the road at the Armadillo back in 2010 and let us hope it’s not so long to wait for the next one. For a man now in his 65th year he shows no sign of slowing down, the musical and vocal talents are exceptional. This was another gig delayed thanks to the mega virus, but none the less, on this form it was very much worth waiting for. Top marks for the guys from down under!
Review and Photographs by Stephen Wilson