Neil Finn front man for the group Crowded House has a new project this time with his wife,Sharon, called the Pajama Club. Neil made the ‘80s Split Enz with his brother Tim before the hit single with the House “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” The Club’s new album doesn’t hit until September 13 but Chicago gets a sneak preview at the Double Door this week. Daylight
Jerry Nunn: Hello, Neil. Where are you calling from?
Neil Finn: We are at Aukland in our home. We are on our way to LA tomorrow. We are just briefly stopping in to do the washing and the last tech before we hit stateside.
Yes, you are coming to Chicago and only a few other cities. I am excited!
NF: We are excited too.
The Double Door is very intimate.
NF: We have a whole new band. We really want to get good as quickly as we can by doing shows. The idea of doing little rooms in various places is very exciting.
Do you happen to wear pajamas for this show?
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Crowded House has been crooning since the eighties with such hits as “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong.” They recently played at the House of Blues where Nunn on the Run spoke to Nick Seymour the guitarist before the show. Either Side Of The World
JN: Hello, Nick. So is this Chicago stop early on the tour?
Nick Seymour: It is close to the end of the American tour. We have three more dates and we are finished.
JN: Have you played at the House of Blues before?
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This Labor Day weekend was full of concerts in Chicago. Nunn on the Run was running all over the city for nonstop coverage of almost every show. The weekend began early with a Scissor Sister interview with Jake Shears. Combining ’80s style dance music and disco kept the abundantly gay crowd jumping throughout the set from the album Night Work. Many didn’t “Feel Like Dancin’” because the place was cooking with no air conditioning. People took the hint and shed their clothes for the encore song “Filthy/Gorgeous.” The after party was a blast at Berlin Nightclub, as the lead singer, Jake Shears, partied with fans throughout the night.
Temperatures cooled on Friday for an outdoor concert with Nelly Furtado. The show was half in Spanish spotlighting the album Mi Plan. Read the Nunn on One interview here. The fans packed the grass with wine, cheese and candles to complete the mood.
After the show, Chris Willis, known from David Guetta’s latest album was on the agenda at Roscoe’s Tavern. People jumped up and down for songs such as “Gettin’ Over You.”
The North Coast Music Festival ran the entire weekend with acts such acts as The Chemical Brothers (read the interview here) and Moby. Nunn on the Run drank backstage with rapper Trugoy the Dove from De La Soul pictured here.
Sunday had two concerts to tackle, the first with Vampire Weekend at the Aragon Ballroom and then Crowded House at the House of Blues. Both shows were packed to the gills and showed a strong following for both bands.
Happy Labor Day!