Crowded House are always good for a laugh when live and last night at the Oxford Apollo was no different. They (eventually) played a good mix of new, unreleased until Monday, songs and older stuff. I was a little concerned as the first 2/3rds were from the last few albums but as time went on they started to play more from the first two “classic” albums.
One of the reasons I continue to go to see Crowded House live, other than the music, is that they are just so good live. No two nights are the same. They don’t play the same set list every night (*ahem* Genesis) and their interaction with the crowd is superb and last night was no exception.
At one point Neil brought a laptop onto the stage on which he was running Skype and was in the middle of a video call with his Dad. The audience then had a “conversation” with Finn’s father. This was a trick that he had tried to pull off when I went to see him last but no-one was online. The laptop was then set on top of a piece of equipment facing the audience so that Dad could see his son (and grandson) at work.
That is what makes Crowded House unique in my opinion and why you should be booking to see them.
Below are a few more photos from those that I surreptitiously took as the ushers were pretty hot on preventing anyone capturing the moment for prosperity.