This one is tough to decide, because I’ve been to many amazing concerts. Back in 2006 I saw Ben Folds perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 I went to my first stadium concert and watched Red Hot Chili Peppers play some of their classic songs from the 80s and early 90s (which they very rarely perform now). Last year I saw Foo Fighters (who were amazing and so full of energy) at a huge stadium concert, only weeks after an amazingly intimate show by Paul Dempsey in a hotel which could only possibly have held 400 people. At the start of this year I saw Incubus and System of a Down, two bands both on my bucket list of bands I have to see.
However, my favourite concert of all time (so far) is when I saw The Finn Brothers at the Sydney Opera House, in either 2005 or 2006 (can’t quite remember). In 2004, Tim Finn (older brother, frontman and co-founder of Split Enz, member of Crowded House briefly, and successful as a solo artist) and Neil Finn (younger brother, frontman of Crowded House, member of Split Enz, founder of the 7 Worlds Collide projects, a solo artist and most recently the band Pajama Party) released their second album as The Finn Brothers, titled Everyone Is Here. It was nearly ten years in the making, and I would go so far as to say it’s one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard, with both of their amazing songwriting talents shining as strong as they ever have.
This show at the Opera House has always stuck with me. There was something special about it, from the moment they…erm…walked onto the stage dressed in a pantomime horse, confusing everyone for about thirty seconds until revealing themselves and starting the show, to asking the entire concert hall to hum along to parts of the song “Gentle Hum”. They performed songs from all their various bands, and the fans there adored them as much as I do – there is something very powerful about a room with thousands of people all singing together.
I’m going to include three live clips of The Finn Brothers taken from around the time I saw them, because I couldn’t decide between these three. The first two are songs from the album Everyone is Here, titled “Won’t Give In” and “Part of Me, Part of You”, and the last song is a Crowded House song that they co-wrote back in the early 90s, called “Weather With You” (this was (and still is) a hugely popular song in Australia). Enjoy!
What’s your favourite concert? What made it so special?