Neil Finn got his professional start in music as a teen in New Zealand, first by opening for, then landing a spot in his big brother Tim's band, Split Enz, a monolitic band who were at the apex of 80s New Wave. Since those heights of hairspray, brightly colored trousers and music videos with underwater monsters, Neil Finn has gone on to much more serious musical ventures. After Split Enz dissolved with a string of decade-defining hits, Neil went on to front Crowded House, a more streamlined version of his previous outfit, bent on focused songwriting and acoustic pop-tinged melodies. Neil proved his songwriting muscle by penning the band's big hits, "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," building both critical acclaim and commercial success for his new project. By 1989, Tim had joined him in Crowded House, and the brothers alos launched their fraternal side project, the Finn Brothers. Neil and Tim continued writing together even after the eventual fizzle of their work together in Crowded House (Tim split during a tour in 1991), a road which lead to a long-anticipated CD release, Finn in 1995 and then, nearly a decade later, Everyone Was Here in 2004. Despite their suc... See More
Neil Finn Concert Films
Sessions at West 54th
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minFormer Crowded House frontman, onetime member of Split Enz, and current genius pop songwriter Neil Finn made a memorable appearance on the PBS music series Sessions at West 54th.
The Concert in Hyde Park
Runtime: 2 hr 13 minThe Concert in Hyde Park chronicles Paul Simon's historic concert at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival with an epic career-spanning set. The concert features a Graceland reunion including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 55 minSuzanne Vega broke-through with her eponymous debut album in 1985 in both Europe and America. The album featured the hits Marlene On The Wall and Left Of Center. She hit even greater heights with her second album Solitude Standing, which contained the hits Luka and Toms Diner. In many ways, she opened the way for the rush of female singer-songwriters that followed in the late eighties and early nineties. She continues to have hit albums and to play to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic.
Runtime: 12 minInternational superstar, James Blunt, joins PausePlay to talk to us about touring with Ed Sheeran, being the creepiest singer he knows, stalking our host, and of course his great new album, the AfterLove.
Beneath this Gruff Exterior
Runtime: 54 minInventive performer and poignant songwriter John Hiatt captures the attention of fans and critics alike. In this Soundstage performance, which features Dar Williams and Robinella and the CCstringband, Hiatt performs "My Baby Blue" from his most recent album Beneath This Gruff Exterior. He also showcases timeless pieces like "The Thing Called Love" and "Memphis in the Meantime." Folk-rocker Dar Williams takes the stage to perform "I Saw a Bird Fly Away," a piece which encapsulates Williams' ability to combine sensitivity with not only pathos, but also a sharp wit. East Tennessee natives Robinella and the CCstringband close out the show with new songs including "Honey Honey Bee" and "Man Over." Both songs are a testament to the acclaim that this jazz-bluegrass-swing band has earned from not just critics, but fans and peers alike.
New Blood: Live in London
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minFilmed at Hammersmith Apollo in March 2011, “New Blood – Live In London” captures Peter Gabriel performing live with the 46 piece New Blood Orchestra. The repertoire mixes cover versions from his “Scratch My Back” album with classic tracks from across his solo career in brand new orchestral arrangements. Gabriel is a renowned live performer and his onstage charisma and instantly recognisable voice combine brilliantly with the orchestral sound palette to breathe a new sense of wonder into familiar songs. As you would expect the concert is also a visual feast, with graphics, animation and imagery blending to enhance and illustrate the music. This is truly a live experience not to be missed.
Miles From Memphis Live at the Pantages Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minFilmed in November 2010 in the palatial surroundings of the wonderful art deco Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this film captures Sheryl Crow on tour in support of her recent hit album "100 Miles From Memphis". The set pulls tracks from across her career and is peppered with hit singles and her best loved album tracks as well as highlights from the new album. Sheryl Crow is at the top of her form and is backed by an outstanding band. Combine this with simple but elegant staging and atmospheric lighting and everything is set for a perfect evening in the company of an exceptional artist.
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minLive Kisses captures Paul McCartney performing the songs from his acclaimed Kisses On The Bottom album live from the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Paul is joined by a virtuoso group of musicians led by Diana Krall on the piano in these sparkling renditions of classic songs from the American songbook and the wonderful new song My Valentine. In between the songs there are interview clips with Paul, Diana Krall and many of those involved in the recording of the Kisses On The Bottom album. This is an intimate and charming performance which adds yet another facet to Paul McCartney's already broad canvas of talents.
Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 46 minElvis Costello brings his solo show Detour to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Combining classic songs performed with guitar or at the piano with reminiscences of his family, life and career, it is by turns touching, humorous, thoughtful and uplifting. The set features recent songs such as “Church Underground” and “Jimmie Standing In The Rain” alongside much loved tracks from across his career including “Watching The Detectives, ” “A Good Year For The Roses, ” “Accidents Will Happen, ” “Shipbuilding” and “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” all given a new twist in their solo renditions. The show also features guest appearances by sister act Larkin Poe.
Songs From Small Machine: Live in L.A.
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minFilmed in high definition at an exclusive show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills in April this year, “Songs From The Small Machine” captures Lindsey Buckingham showcasing tracks from his new studio album “Seeds We Sow”, songs from across his solo career and Fleetwood Mac classics. His distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognisable voice are joined to his dynamic on stage presence to deliver a show that brings the audience to their feet and leaves them calling for more. Starting with five solo acoustic performances, Lindsey is then joined by his band to rock their way through the rest of the set before a final acoustic encore of “Seeds We Sow” brings a perfect evening to an end.