Saw the Aussie band Crowded House last night at the Fillmore, and they put on a pretty good show. Most famous for “Don’t Dream it’s Over,” aka the “Hey now, hey now” song, they’re a solid late 80’s band who put on good set of hits and new songs.
The concert got to a late start with doors at 8 and a folk singer with an unpronounceable name as the opener. He was a New Zealander and played a good set, and had some good humor with the audience. Aussie bands, like Scottish bands, have the tallest audiences outside of a Masai jazz fusion quintet. We couldn’t score our favorite spot behind the upstairs soundboard because there were a bunch of kids sitting there- at the time we didn’t know why. So we staked out a spot in front of the downstairs one, and a crowd of 6’7″ Aussie football players, crocodile wrestlers, shark molesters and their Amazon women stood in front of us.
Before the band came on, that gaggle of kids came onstage, and we learned they were the choir from P.S. 22. They sang “Personal Universe” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by themselves, and then backed up the band on a few other songs, which was pretty cool. It’s too bad they couldn’t come back to sing behind “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which would have been great, but it was past their bedtime by then, I’m sure.
Afterwards they launched into an hour-long set. I remember “Weather with You,” “Catherine Wheels,” “Four Seasons in a Day” … “Mean to Me,” “Something so Strong” and “The World Where you Live…”
The last encore was of course “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which was a deserving worldwide hit back in the day. They’ve still got it, it sounded like it would have 20 years ago. It was a great show, and I’m glad they’re touring their reunion album here in the states.
Short clip of the choir singing.