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Neil Finn and the boys hoping for a Crowded House in Newy

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Their array of hits is the stuff of legends.

From Mean To Me, World Where You Live, Don’t Dream It’s Over, Better Be Home Soon and Something So Strong to Fall At Your Feet, It’s Only Natural, Four Seasons in One Day, Weather With You and Distant Son, there’s not much Crowded House hasn’t achieved in world music.

Now, the multi-platinum selling act is embarking on its Gravity Stairs Tour, in support of a new album.

And, the eagerly-awaited odyssey will see Neil Finn and the boys perform at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Friday 13 December.

“We’re so looking forward to getting among our people having practiced in the northern hemisphere for a few months,” he said.

“The group will be running hot and we can’t wait to sing with you and elevate our collective spirits.”

Produced by the band with Steven Schram (Paul Kelly, San Cisco), Gravity Stairs shows Crowded House’s current incarnation featuring Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom, Elroy Finn and Liam Finn.

“The name was inspired by an unnaturally heavy stone staircase near where we vacation,” he said.

“The Gravity Stairs are symbolic of the struggle to ascend, acknowledging the opposing forces of weight on the mechanics of living.

“It’s an act of will every day.”

Crowded House has sold more than 15 million records worldwide as well as earning a Brit Award, 13 Australian ARIA Awards, 3 Aotearoa Music Awards and an MTV VMA.

They’ve generated billions of streams, consistently sold-out tours on multiple continents and have been captivating audiences for nearly four decades.

Originally founded by Finn, Seymour and the late Paul Hester, the group’s self-titled debut in 1986 went platinum, uplifted by worldwide smashes Something So Strong and Don’t Dream It’s Over, which has been covered by everyone from Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande to U2, among others.

In 1996, the group delivered a legendary performance to an audience of over 150,000 on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, beginning a hiatus that finished in the wake of Hester’s passing in 2005.

This led to albums Time on Earth (2007) and Intriguer (2010) and a return to the Sydney Opera House for four unforgettable nights.

2018 saw Finn join Fleetwood Mac as a full-time member, canvassing the globe on a massive world tour.

Two years later, he and Seymour led another era of Crowded House, forming the band’s current line-up.

They issued their first full-length offering in 11 years, the unanimously acclaimed Dreamers Are Waiting (2021) and they leapt into a rapturous world tour in support.

From joining his brother Tim in the New Wave favourites Split Enz to leading Crowded House to his numerous solo efforts, Finn’s varied body of work is connected by his knack for penning meticulous, indelible melodies and impressionistic lyrics that demand multiple listens.

It’s earned him devoted fans all over the globe.

Tickets for the Newcastle show will be available to the general public from noon on Thursday 30 May.

Visit www.crowdedhouse.com for all details.

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