No show today. Sadness, but keep your chins up, would-be PJ Raleigh-ers. Solidarity!
Presumably, when this happened, I was all over it, but I might not have been paying too close attention. So what a bonus to find this (and thanks to @PearlJamOnline for the upload!). Beauty.
I’m all aflutter with the news that Ed and Neil Finn are combining forces for a contribution to a new Hunters and Collectors tribute album (thanks, @demetriosns for the link!). I love Neil Finn. I love his brother and I love his son, too. I pretty much love anything to do with the Finn family. This is evidenced in this blog, where I put up videos of their collaborations and/or covers pretty much every chance I get. So I thought, why not build a little compilation (á la the REM + PJ/EV collection) for your (and my) enjoyment? Got more? Send ’em!
Better Be Home Soon, with Neil and Liam, Christchurch 2009
History Never Repeats, Ed with Split Enz, Auckland 1995 (This is almost too great to be endured. You’ve been warned.)
Habit, with Liam, PJ20 2011
Plus, Who You Are, with Liam helping out, also PJ20 2011 (it’s there, scroll down)
Betterman, Ed with Neil and friends, Auckland 2001
I See Red, Ed with Betchadupa (and Tim, too!), Auckland 2001, plus Ed (on the drums!) with Liam at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, rocking out on Habit + I See Red
I Got You, Melbourne 1995 and again, epically great, from Verona in 2000
Ok, so yes. This video is not great quality, and the audio is not great either (though the audio gets better once the music starts). But it’s “I Got You”, so it can’t help but be awesome. When they covered this in Verona in 2000, it was totally great. I didn’t realize they’d done it before, and I think Ed gets more of the words right the first time around.
“You’re always out…IT GETS ON MY NERVES!”
I get chills when this starts: that crowd loves their Crowded House (as well they should). It’s amazing. Sometimes, I just love rock music so much it makes me want to cry.
I’m on a real Ed kick, given that his Euro tour is now underway (though, truth be told, that’s a pretty permanent state for me). I cannot believe he played “Good Woman” last night. I get chills just thinking about how beautiful it must have been; I hope I’ll get to hear it (live, ideally).
Here’s a great cover of a classic Split Enz song from the 7 Worlds Collide concert that Neil Finn put together in New Zealand in 2001. Ed is rocking out with Betchadupa (Liam Finn’s band!) and Tim Finn makes a nice appearance, too. If you don’t own this cd or DVD, get on it. It’s a great show.
And for a more recent collaboration on the same song from Liam and Ed, here’s a video from the Tractor Tavern (in Seattle) from 2011: “Habit” into “I See Red”.
Ed with the Finn brothers is the greatest. I remember when he showed up at Neil Finn’s shows in Boston (1999? 2000? I’m lazy to look); I was in school there, but missed it, and listened to the crappy quality boots that came out of it on repeat for months, kicking myself especially hard when they did this song.
I don’t know where this (pro-shot) video is from, but at the end, he’s about to go into this performance of “Throw Your Arms Around Me” when the video cuts out.