Posted in music on April 30, 2007

Crowded House also played a warm-up gig at The Glass House on 4/27....

That clip is especially funny since the reunited Crowded House obviously knew what they were in for two nights later at Coachella. They had the unfortunate set time of right-before-Manu-Chao, and two-before the also-reunited Rage Against the Machine on the main stage - all at the very end of a 3-day festival. And there they were - this older kind-of-cheesy-older 80's band playing to thousands of camped-out Rage fans.

It was really awkward when CH singer Neil Finn was hit in the face with a bottle right in the middle of Don't Dream it's over...."Hey now, Hey now...BAM...Don't Dream it's over....". Ouch. He handled it well though - looked a little flustered, changed the words of the song to say he was unaffected, told the thrower it was a good shot, and said "they're coming, they're coming" to the many people chanting "RAGE".

I would have watched Rage, but they didn't stream it the bastards. More photos, videos, reviews, and what not later....



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Posted by Fred | April 30, 2007 10:14 AM

ok. i don't like crowded house either and i think they were probably misspaced in that line up but come on- throwing bottles at performers.
what assholes.

Posted by soup monster | April 30, 2007 11:33 AM

RATM are the ones that are kind of cheesy

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2007 11:59 AM

I agree. RATM = embarrassing. Boy is that band a joke. Crowded House already had their heyday but whatever. hopefully they made their cash and got them hell out of there

Posted by deb | April 30, 2007 4:06 PM

I was enjoying a brief moment of nostalgia for RATM- now I remember their lunkhead fan base. So rebellious!

It's awesome Crowded House played Coachella. Too bad about the scheduling though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2007 4:08 PM

Of course they knew what they were in for. They may be older but they're not stupid. Did anybody actually SEE their set at Coachella? They rocked pretty good, I'd say.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2007 10:51 PM

Obviously Neil FInn is a professional, he has been doing this for a long time. Some people could learn a thing or two about that.

Posted by heather | April 30, 2007 11:47 PM

Crowded House is a fabulous band, and showed an incredible amount of class and integrity under less than favourable circumstances. The bad apples in the audience could learn a thing or two from Neil Finn about how to treat people. One thing I know for sure.....a Crowded House audience would NEVER have treated RATM this way.

Posted by HF | May 1, 2007 12:14 AM

"older kind-of-cheesy-older"????? Are you kidding me? Neil Finn is likely the most gifted musician and lyricist since the likes of McCartney and Lennon.

Neil Finn and co. are obviously first-class and can roll with just about anything. Too bad a couple of idiots couldn't control themselves and show a little respect.

Posted by NTGITIA | May 1, 2007 6:07 AM

Neil and co. might be on the older side (for the Coachella set) but they sure as fuck are **not** cheesy.

Posted by yael | May 1, 2007 8:01 AM

"Older, kind of cheesy"??? Wow, takes balls to say something like that, then again, considering the source who likes RATM, I would expect them to be brain dead too, just like the brain dead mutants who so obviously have NO festival etiquette!

I also agree that their placement, before RATM was ill timed on the part of organizers. They absolutely deserved far better respect than what they got!

Posted by Dollface | May 1, 2007 8:01 AM

RaTM...well, it's a bit late for them to reform. Where have they been during the whole Bush debacle? Making their safe $$$ without their 'revolutionary' confrontational spirit, eh? Making cash in the name of, more like.

CH...wrong place, wrong time, and you can't but feel sorry for these talented kiwis. Hapless, but not their fault. Where's a coffee house when you need one?

Posted by Renegade Of Funk | May 1, 2007 11:11 AM

If only Chef from the Wiggles was still with us to see his "other band" perform again...

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2007 4:01 PM

"cheesy" 80s band? your lack of knowledge of the brilliance that is Crowded House saddens me. everyone's taste is different, I don't expect you to think as highly of this band as I do; however, please go have a close listen to some of Neil Finn's lyrics...I think you will find they are anything but cheesy

I was at the show excerpted in the above youtube video. it was incredible. everyone in the room loved the band. I was not surprised to hear that despite the bad juju from some of the Coachella audience, Crowded House sailed through it like the true professionals they are

Posted by LP | May 1, 2007 11:06 PM

It was so sad to see a band of such talent treated with such disrespect and people being so irresponsible to jeopardise the safety of others. Neil Finn/Crowded House are such talented and respected musicians who's music has been part of the lives of many different age groups. They handled the situation with professionalism that should be taken on board by younger bands. The scheduling was unfortunate, but so was the behaviour of the sub human creatures that were there. We all need to take responsibility for our actions, and I'm sure the yobo's that threw objects couldn't give a dam about the consequences of their behaviour!!!!!

Posted by EE | May 2, 2007 5:44 AM

Did the RAtM fans disrespect Manu Chao, too?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 7:20 AM

The only reason RATM reformed is because Chris Cornell had better things on the go. That moron in the crowd should have been told off Josh Homme style. Also Rage aren't evening releasing a new album.

Posted by pinehead | May 2, 2007 7:22 AM

Crowded House is one of the most talented bands of the past 20 years. RATM fans burning flags, throwing cups and bottles, chanting disrespect to Neil Finn: reprehensible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 5:15 PM

you ought to consume some animal products, asap. clearly, your body is digesting your brain. Crowded House are da bomb!

Posted by Lalala | May 2, 2007 10:14 PM

Check out this video of Rage performing at Coachella, it's only 3 songs but it's the best of the videos I've seen so far.

Posted by Zach | May 3, 2007 8:37 PM

Explosions in the Sky, The Roots, Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Manu Chao, RATM...while others may think it an odd combination, I watched them all and I think the main stage offered fabulous diversity and great performances. I am a big fan of most of these bands, yes, Crowded House and RATM both. It's a real shame that more people weren't more open about their musical tastes - the bottle-throwing idiot just exemplies how closed-minded our society really is. How ironic, does this person actually listen to RATM lyrics or take their message seriously? By the way, Crowded House is one hell of a class act - it's too bad more people don't take to heart the values of love and respect they engender.

Posted by Jenn | May 4, 2007 12:21 PM

Anyone who throws anything at Neil Finn, or gets a laugh out of seeing it happen is a sick bastard indeed

Posted by tabatha voss | May 6, 2007 12:30 AM

Props to Neil Finn and CH for continuing their set and playing to their fans in the midst of what sounds like a level 2 prison riot. As always, they are a class act. I can't wait to see them on the East Coast later this year.

Let's check out where RaTM is twenty five years after they form and see how they get treated by the new generation who considers them "old" and "cheesy." Karma, you know.

As for the rabid degenrates who think throwing water bottles is cool, I have this advice:

get a job
stop living in your mom's basement
call your parole officer

Posted by BBHS | May 9, 2007 12:22 PM

Arg you guys..

Both bands are amazing, although i must say i would have rather seen RATM live (then again im only 18)...
Hm, i don't know where i was going with this post..


Posted by oscar | May 10, 2007 7:37 AM

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