With a Crowded House, it was time for son Liam Finn to head out on his own and make a career. His new album FOMO separates him from his famous family and shows how eclectic he can be. This New Zealand musician hits the roads to show his many talents in playing live. Second Chance
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Liam. Where are you calling from?
Liam Finn: I am in the New York at the moment. We just came from the Pearl Jam festival. It was pretty mind blowing actually.
You are very good friends with Eddie Vedder aren’t you?
LF: He has been a friend of my family since I was about ten years old so he feels like an uncle.
He has been a big supporter of your work.
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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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Who needs summer blockbusters at the movies when these will be out on DVD for Christmas? Take advantage of great summer shows that are only in Chi-town for a limited time. If you have not seen About Face Theatre’s The Homosexuals at the Victory Gardens Theatre then head over to Lincoln Avenue right away. This production can make an audience member reminisce about past relationships and how people can effect our lives as it moves through the years around the time of the Tony Awards.
Chinglish at the Goodman Theatre explores the world of business in China. Actors that speak Mandarin with subtitles projected on the stage add a foreign film feel to this story about mistranslations. I ran into the cast of Chinglish at the premiere of the mediocre Middletown delivered by the gang at Steppenwolf Theatre. The talented group from the Goodman was so grateful for the compliments about their show.
Circque du Soleil’s Ovo hatched the same week under the big top tent at the United Center. Running through August 21, bring people of all ages to this one. The experience was light and fun then the acrobats bring thrills through stunts and tricks that had the audience screaming for the insect inspired show.
The next day I took a trolley tour around the city with the Blues Brothers in past haunts from the movie. Ray’s Music Exchange is still standing on 47th Street and the hot dogs Jim’s Original were a yummy lunch. The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers opens at the Auditorium Theatre July 6 and goes until the 24th.
Broadway in Chicago’s Beauty and the Beast played just like the Disney cartoon that evening at the Oriental Theatre.
The week ended with Taste of Chicago and a country performance by the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn herself. Fans screamed as the whole Lynn family took turns performing while they gnawed on BBQ ribs and corn on the cob just like in her hometown of Tennessee.
Neil Finn from Crowded House brought his project Pajama Club to the cozy Double Door to finish out the long day.
These are rare opportunities to see shows that are live and in person so take advantage of our summer season while we have it in Chicago!
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!