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January 21, 2007

Together Again

Holy cats! The official announcement is still in the works, but it's looking very definite that Crowded House will reunite. The lineup will be Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart, and a new drummer. Auditions for the drummer are said to be taking place. From the Daily Telegraph (Australia):

CROWDED House, one of Australia's biggest ever musical exports, is reforming for a world tour.

The band's former frontman Neil Finn and bassist Nick Seymour will hold auditions for a new drummer in Melbourne this week.

Paul Hester, the band's founding drummer, took his own life two years ago.

Sources say Finn will commit 12 months to a world tour by Crowded House. Rehearsals will begin when Finn and Seymour find their drummer.

Finn's UK-based management group are expected to make an official announcement this week.

The surprise re-forming comes 10 years after the band's emotional farewell performance on the Sydney Opera House steps.

It won't be the same without Paul Hester, but I'm glad that the guys will be making music together again. Please please please come to Atlanta when you tour!

Just released this past Tuesday (finally!) are the DVD and CD releases of Farewell to the World, Crowded House's final concert back in 1996. This is great news, especially for those of us who have had to be content with tracking down PAL-format videos and bootleg CDs of the concert. Waiting for my official releases in the mail!

Crowded House Rebuilt [Daily Telegraph (Aus)]

Addendum: Full text of news article after the jump.

Crowded House rebuilt
By Nui Te Koha

January 21, 2007 12:00

CROWDED House, one of Australia's biggest ever musical exports, is reforming for a world tour.

The band's former frontman Neil Finn and bassist Nick Seymour will hold auditions for a new drummer in Melbourne this week.

Paul Hester, the band's founding drummer, took his own life two years ago.

Sources say Finn will commit 12 months to a world tour by Crowded House. Rehearsals will begin when Finn and Seymour find their drummer.

Finn's UK-based management group are expected to make an official announcement this week.

The surprise re-forming comes 10 years after the band's emotional farewell performance on the Sydney Opera House steps.

Finn has regularly dispelled notions of reforming Crowded House. However, Hester's tragic death shook his resolve.

Last year, Finn toured with Split Enz, his band that pre-dates Crowded House. In March, he will release a solo album, on which Seymour plays bass.

"In the shadow of Paul's passing, we had more than enough reason to seek each other out and take a bit of comfort from each other,'' Finn said last month.

"But we've reconnected musically, too. I've really enjoyed him playing bass. There's something instinctive that we've got together and it's pretty undeniable.''

Two years ago, he said Hester's talent as a beatkeeper was virtually irreplaceable.

Finn said he truly appreciated Hester's musical chops after the drummer left Crowded House in 1994.

"I never knew how great Paul was for me, how much he gave me, how incredibly important the chemistry was, until much later, when I was trying to show drummer after drummer how to play the brushes properly on Four Seasons In One Day,'' Finn said.

"Not one bugger got it. I realised how professional Paul's groove was and how genetically in sync we were.

"It was an accident, but a beautiful one. A fate that drew us all together.''

With Finn's incandescent pop at the helm, Crowded House became one of Australia's finest pop exports.

They split in June, 1996, with Finn saying he was sick of touring.

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