January 22, 2007
It's official: Crowded House comes back to life
While we're still waiting for the announcement from the band and its management, I think an article in Billboard Magazine seems enough of a public confirmation:
Crowded House will reform after a 10-year-plus hiatus for a tour this year, including a stop at California's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in late April. The reunion, which was first reported by several Australian newspapers and confirmed by the webmaster of the Neil Finn site Frenz.com, will coincide with a new studio album.So between this, and the fact that - ahem - yesterday I pre-ordered a copy of the new album through the fan club, seems official enough for me!
Finn had previously maintained he would never revive Crowded House following the 2005 suicide of drummer Paul Hester. "It's an instant knee-jerk reaction, 'no Paul no Crowded House' for some, and you, know that's actually okay," webmaster Peter Green wrote on the Frenz.com message board. "Simply don't see them or play the new record. But there is a good chance you might be missing out on something special. Sometimes it's worth taking a leap of faith and giving something a chance."
"Neil has had a hankering to play in a band again and what better band to do this in but the one he had the most joy with," he continued.
The solo album Finn previously told Billboard.com would feature Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour has morphed into a Crowded House release, although it is unknown when it will hit stores. Also unclear is who will replace Hester; auditions are said to be underway to fill the slot. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, who joined Crowded House full time in 1992, will be back in the fold for the live dates.
I don't know how long they'll stay together this time around; it may be a fleeting reunion. But I will be happy to hear the new songs and see the band live again, for however long they want to make music together.