It’s been quite a while since I have been to the Olympia in Dublin. It’s one of my favourite venues to watch bands and musicians, no matter the type. After a good many years, I went to Neil Finn’s gig..the first time seeing him live since he toured with his brother Tim back in 2004.
The venue was full when Neil and his new band came on stage. We were greeted by Tiny Ruins who played a solid 30 minutes before the main act. I enjoyed her and am listening to her album while I type.
Neil started off with a Crowded House oldie ‘Black and White Boy’ and throughout the night we were treated to songs dating back to his Split Enz days right up to his latest album ‘Dizzy Heights’. I must admit I didn’t know much of the music from this latest album but sang along to his Crowded House tracks and music from ‘Try Whistling This’, his solo album from the late 90’s.
He was joined on stage later on my Nick Seymour who was the bassist in Crowded House. Nick has been living in Ireland for 16 years and has recently been given Irish citizenship. They all had a Guinness to celebrate.
We had a great night and I’m sure he will be back in the near future.
Ps: We had to leave the concert before it finished so I could catch the last train home. I later learnt that Neil performed until 11.50pm!!