Neil Finn
New Zealand musician
Neil Finn
Neil Mullane Finn OBE is a New Zealand recording artist. Along with his brother Tim Finn, he was the co-frontman for Split Enz and is now frontman for Crowded House. He has also recorded several successful solo albums and assembled diverse musicians for the 7 Worlds Collide projects. Finn rose to prominence in the late 1970s after replacing singer songwriter Phil Judd in his brother Tim Finn's band Split Enz.
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The Handy Ambassador To New Zealand's Music Scene
NPR - about 3 years
New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn is the front man for the pop band Crowded House. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new solo album, called Dizzy Heights. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Finn and Vedder play for fans
Byron Shire News - about 3 years
ANYTIME Neil Finn plays in Australia, there is a cast iron guarantee it is going to be special - especially when he brings Eddie Vedder on stage.     
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Neil Finn brings strings for solo show at Largo at the Coronet
LATimes - over 3 years
Neil Finn says he has something special up his sleeve for his sold out solo show on Tuesday at Largo at the Coronet Theatre.
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Watch Neil Finn's video 'Divebomber' from new album 'Dizzy Heights'
LATimes - over 3 years
New Zealand popmeister Neil Finn will return to action with a new solo album, “Dizzy Heights,” scheduled for release Feb. 10, but he’ll preview some of the new material earlier with a handful of solo shows including an L.A. stop on Nov. 19 at Largo at the Coronet.
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Falls Festival line up revealed
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
BANDS including The Roots, Vampire Weekend, Violent Femmes, MGMT plus Neil Finn will join the Falls Festival line up.     
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David Wild: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Curtis Stigers?
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
I love the music Curtis Stigers is making right now. This suggests that the great Bob Dylan was right when he sang "Things Have Changed" -- a song Stigers brilliantly covers on his most recent album Let's Go Out Tonight. And if you think that jazz singing is a lost art, then check it out and think again. It was not always so. When I first heard about Curtis Stigers, he was a promising rock-pop-soul singer and sax player signed to Arista Records, and I was a young wiseass rock critic at Rolling Stone. There was no mistaking that Curtis had a hell of a strong voice, but it wasn't entirely clear what he would end up doing with that impressive vocal instrument of his -- especially with a rather hands-on record company pushing him further and further in a pop direction. Around that time, Curtis also committed what -- at the time -- stuck me as a musical war crime: covering one of my favorite songs ever -- "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding" -- on one of t ...
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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Soundtrack Honors the Dwarves - Premiere (Rolling Stone)
Wesmirch.com - about 4 years
Rolling Stone: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Soundtrack Honors the Dwarves - Premiere  —  Get an exclusive first listen to the fantasy film's score  —  Neil Finn had dwarves on the mind when he wrote “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” a ballad that plays over the end credits of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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LISTEN: Complete 'Hobbit' Soundtrack Already Online
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" won't be released for another month, but the full soundtrack for the upcoming fantasy-adventure film is already streaming. Empire Online first posted the full "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" soundtrack on Tuesday. Howard Shore, who has composed scores for a multitude of box office hits, including "Hugo," "Twilight: Eclipse," "The Departed," "Lord of the Rings," "Gangs of New York" and "Crash," once again worked with Jackson on the soundtrack. Click here to listen to the "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" soundtrack, courtesy of Decca Records. "You'll hear very specific echoes of elements from that work throughout the whole album, giving this a clear link to our first adventures in Middle-earth, but there are new themes here for the new characters too," notes Empire's Helen O'Hara. Due to copyright concerns, the widget only allows listeners to stream the album in full, not skip from track to track. The "Hobbit" ...
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Kelly and Finn team up for tour
The Canberra Times - over 4 years
NEIL FINN and Paul Kelly will tour together in Australia in February and March, promising concerts that will canvas at least 30 hand-picked songs.
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Kim Dotcom waiting to return to life of luxury - Stuff.co.nz
Google News - over 4 years
Stuff.co.nz Kim Dotcom waiting to return to life of luxury Stuff.co.nz Megaupload millionaire Kim Dotcom will have to wait until next Tuesday to find out if he can move back into his rented $30m Coatesville mansion, but has been granted more time to record music. He appeared in the Auckland District Court today seeking a ... Dotcom wins more time in music studioNew Zealand Herald Judge lets Kim Dotcom finish his hip-hop album in Neil Finn's studioHerald Sun Red faces after Dotcom evidence taken to USOtago Daily Times Radio New Zealand -TVNZ -3News NZ all 71 news articles »
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Neil Finn And The Hobbit Stir Up Interest For Charity
Green Celebrity Network - about 5 years
Over 350,000 hits from all over the world have been recorded for a unique charity auction on Trademe.co.nz – which includes advice and studio time with Crowded House's <a class="fplink fp-204719" href="/neil+finn">Neil Finn</a>, an on-set visit with The Hobbit and Peter Jackson, immortalizing your face at Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop plus a number of other brilliant personal experiences. The hits on the <a class="fplink fp-204719" href="/neil+finn">Neil Finn</a> experience alone are 200,000. The Stars Come Out For Christmas charity auction aims to raise money for Sir Ray Avery’s charity Medicine Mondiale. Residents of New Zealand and Australia can freely bid on New Zealand’s Trademe.co.nz, and bids can be taken from all over the world if interested parties have people to nominate and bid on their behalf. The auction closes Monday, January 9 2012. “The interest that has been shown in the auction is very humbling and a total knockout,” said Sir Ray Avery, " and we are looking ...
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The Pajama Club: Musical sideline in nightwear - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Finn might be teaming up with for a one-off show with brother Tim for next week&#39;s Rugby World Cup opening concert but he too has a new album out. Only it&#39;s a side project - The Pajama Club is his band with wife Sharon Finn, Sean &quot;SJD&quot; Donnelly and
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Finns and friends stay close to comfort zone - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Finn and wife Sharon are about to launch the first album of their new band, writes Bernard Zuel. Some empty nesters pack up the caravan and hit the road, some discover or rediscover hobbies and others fall apart when what had been the reason to
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No more Crowded House: Neil Finn's new band, Pajama Club - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
With a career stretching back 35 years – beginning in older brother Tim&#39;s eccentric art-pop group Split Enz, then the beloved (and latterly reformed) melodic institution Crowded House – such behaviour is second nature for Neil Finn, but less so for his
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(RRW) Athletics: 34th America's Finest City Half-Marathon Set For Sunday - RunnersWeb
Google News - over 5 years
The race sold out in June with 8300 entrants, and the accompanying 5-K recorded 1600 entrants, according to long-time race director, Neil Finn. &quot;Weather on Sunday looks to be ideal,&quot; said Finn in an e-mail to Race Results Weekly
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Finn
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 56
    On the 27th February 2015 Tim, Neil and Liam performed a sellout show at the Auckland Zoo (Auckland, New Zealand) that also featured Elroy Finn, Sharon Finn, Tim's children Harper and Elliot Finn, and Dick Finn (Tim and Neil's dad) watched on skype.
    More Details Hide Details This discography relates to solo releases by Neil Finn only. See Split Enz discography, Crowded House discography and The Finn Brothers' discography for other related works. The New Zealand Music Awards are awarded annually by the RIANZ in New Zealand. Citations Sources Bibliography
  • 2014
    Age 55
    Neil Finn's solo album Dizzy Heights was released in Australia and New Zealand on 7 February 2014 via Kobalt Label Services.
    More Details Hide Details His sons and his wife also play on the album.
  • 2013
    Age 54
    During February and March 2013 Finn and Paul Kelly undertook their collaborative Goin' Your Way Tour of Australia.
    More Details Hide Details One of their performances at the Sydney Opera House was recorded for the live album, Goin' Your Way (8 November 2013). It was issued as a 2× CD, which peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It was also issued as a DVD, which peaked at No. 1 on the related ARIA Music DVD Chart. In 1986 Finn performed with The Rock Party a charity project initiated by The National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NCADA), which included many Australasian musicians such as Reg Mombassa from Mental As Anything, Eddie Rayner, Tim Finn, Nick Seymour and Paul Hester of Crowded House, Geoff Stapleton, Mark Callaghan and Robbie James of GANGgajang, Mary Azzopardi of Rockmelons, Andrew Barnum of The Vitabeats, Lissa Barnum, Michael Barclay, Peter Blakely, Deborah Conway, Jenny Morris, Danny De Costa, Greg Herbert (The Promise), Spencer P Jones, Sean Kelly (Models), John Kennedy, Paul Kelly, Martin Plaza (Mental as Anything), Robert Susz (Dynamic Hepnotics) and Rick Swinn (The Venetians). The Rock Party released a 12" single "Everything To Live For", which was produced by Joe Wissert, Phil Rigger and Phil Beazley.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    Finn has contributed solo music to various film and TV soundtracks including Rain, Boston Legal, Boston Public, The Waiting Game, Antz, and Sports Night. In 2012, Finn recorded the song "Song of the Lonely Mountain", which was featured in the end credits of Peter Jackson's film adaptation The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
    More Details Hide Details The Dixie Chicks release Taking the Long Way has a song co-written with Finn, entitled "Silent House", which is also on Crowded House's "Time On Earth" album. It deals with people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, slowly finding that familiar faces and items long cherished are slipping away from their memory. Neil Finn was also featured as a backing vocalist on the Sheryl Crow song, "Everyday is a Winding Road" from her self-titled second album, released in 1997. He also produced the song "Greenstone" from Emma Paki's debut album Oxygen of Love. Finn has also produced and recorded with various New Zealand acts such as Bic Runga, The Mutton Birds and Dave Dobbyn. In 2006, Neil and Tim Finn were both honoured by a slew of women re-recording and re-interpreting a selection of their songs with the album She Will Have Her Way which featured artists performing Neil Finn's songs such as Kasey Chambers, Clare Bowditch, Boh Runga with her band Stellar*, Renée Geyer, Brooke Fraser, Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, Amiel and Natalie Imbruglia.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    They released their self-titled debut album in September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons, Liam Mullane Finn (born 1983) (Split Enz's "Our Day" was written about his birth) and Elroy Timothy Finn (born 1989). Both sons are multi-instrumentalists, like their father, and often perform alongside him on tour and in the recording studio. Liam had his own band, Betchadupa, originally based in Auckland, then London before releasing a solo album, I'll Be Lightning in 2008. He also played in Crowded House's touring band lineup in 2007. Elroy Finn is also following in his father and brother's musical footsteps as drummer for the psychobilly band The Tricks and has previously filled in on drums for Cut Off Your Hands. Elroy began touring as Liam's drummer in 2011 to promote Liam's second album 'FOMO'. Both Tim and Neil Finn share the stage and have released two albums under the name The Finn Brothers. They have also performed with Neil Finn's son Liam Finn.
    Pajama Club released their self-titled debut album in September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2014, Finn released his third solo album titled Dizzy Heights, before embarking on a world tour spanning four continents.
    Finn and wife Sharon began a side project called Pajama Club in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details After Finn's children, Liam and Elroy, left the family home to pursue their own musical careers, the two wondered what to do to fill the time left open by their children's absence. The two decided to repair the music room in their Auckland home and begin making music of their own: "We've had a bit more time on our hands since the boys left home, and we just decided to make a record. It was as simple as that. We called the group Pajama Club, because we were dressed in our pajamas when we started." Here, Sharon began to play the bass guitar, while Neil sat behind the drum set, despite the fact that neither had played either instrument before. Neil commented that "We found ourselves locking into these grooves which were incredibly fun to play We naturally gravitated towards being 'funky'," drawing influence from South Bronx band ESG.
  • 2009
    Age 50
    In March 2009, Finn joined Tim Finn on stage, with his son Liam, at Melbourne's charity Sound Relief concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in support of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.
    More Details Hide Details Liam Finn played drums on a rendition of the Crowded House song "Weather With You".
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 45
    Everyone Is Here, a second Finn Brothers album, was released in 2004. In January 2007, Crowded House reformed with Neil, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart and new drummer Matt Sherrod (following the suicide of Paul Hester in 2005).
    More Details Hide Details The group's new album Time on Earth was released in June 2007; in the pre-release build up, they headlined a show at Coachella in April 2007, then commenced a world tour.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    Finn was additionally heavily involved in creating the 2001 soundtrack for the motion picture Rain.
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    In 2001, he released a live album/DVD (7 Worlds Collide) consisting of songs recorded at St James Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand with the likes of Lisa Germano, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing), Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway (Radiohead), Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Paul Jeffrey, Tim Finn, and Betchadupa.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 36
    Finn and Tim Finn also collaborated on a Finn Brothers albums, Finn, that was released in 1995/
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  • 1993
    Age 34
    Both Neil and his brother Tim were invested as Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to New Zealand music in the 1993 Queen's Birthday Honours List. After releasing four albums, Crowded House, Temple of Low Men, Woodface, and Together Alone, the group broke up in 1996, and followed this action by releasing a greatest hits album Recurring Dream.
    More Details Hide Details Following the breakup of Crowded House, Finn embarked on a solo career. The album Afterglow was released in 1999, which contained previously unreleased Crowded House recordings. Finn appeared alongside Roddy Frame and Graham Gouldman as part of the BBC Four's "Songwriters' Circle" series in 1999, and explained that "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Better Be Home Soon" were both written quickly, with all of the elements of each song—such as lyrics and verses—emerging at the same time—Finn also sang the opening lines of The Verve song "The Drugs Don't Work" to the opening chords of the latter song. Finn has recorded three solo albums to-date, the most recent being "Dizzy Heights" (2014). His previous albums were Try Whistling This (1998) and One Nil (2001). One Nil was released in the US and Canada in a remixed version—with two new tracks, one track deleted and reordering—and was renamed One All (2002).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 26
    While his brother Tim Finn left for England, Neil was the founder of Crowded House with Split Enz's final drummer Paul Hester in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The group achieved international success in 1987 when they released the single "Don't Dream It's Over", written by Neil Finn. He ended Crowded House in 1996 to embark upon what was to become a moderately successful solo career, and has released two albums with his brother Tim under the title the Finn Brothers. In 2006, following the death of Hester, Finn reformed Crowded House (adding Beck's former drummer Matt Sherrod) and released their first studio album in over 13 years, Time on Earth, and the band began a world tour. In 2010, Finn commenced another world tour with Crowded House in support of their 2010 release, Intriguer. In February 2014 Finn released his third solo album "Dizzy Heights." Finn was born the youngest of four children to Dick and Mary Finn in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. His mother, a devout Catholic who moved to New Zealand from Ireland at the age of two, maintained a religious influence over the family. Speaking of Catholicism, Finn stated "It's a great fertile ground for pulling lyrics out. There's lots of good stuff going on in there, good rituals and imagery and lots of guilt. It's a very potent combination. I think you're blessed, really, to be brought up with some kind of weird dogma like that." His father, the son of a farmer from Waikato, served in the army in Italy and became an accountant during World War II.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    Finn contributed significantly to the band's later albums, and even briefly assumed leadership of the band after Tim Finn left in 1984, prior to the cessation of the band. After the breakup of Split Enz in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Finn formed a new band called The Mullanes (Mullane being both his middle name and his mother's maiden name) with Split Enz drummer Paul Hester, guitarist Craig Hooper of The Reels and bassist Nick Seymour (younger brother of Hunters & Collectors leader Mark Seymour), whom Neil had met on the final Split Enz tour. Hooper left just before they recorded their first album, at which time the band was renamed Crowded House, inspired by the rental home they shared while recording in Los Angeles. Crowded House went on to enormous success worldwide, in particular with two major hits: "Don't Dream It's Over" (US #2, 1987, Canada and New Zealand #1) and "Weather With You" (UK #7, 1992).
    Finn rose from prominence to international fame after Split Enz broke up in 1984.
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  • 1982
    Age 23
    Finn married Sharon Dawn Johnson, on 13 February 1982.
    More Details Hide Details The song "I Love You Dawn", available on Afterglow (an album of unreleased Crowded House tracks and B-sides) was penned in her honour. Sharon creates chandeliers in her workshop in Auckland, many of which featured on stage in the 2004–05 tours promoting the Everyone Is Here album. She has appeared on backing vocals on various albums such as Crowded House and Alex Lloyd's Watching Angels Mend She also features prominently on the new 7 Worlds Collide project, co-writing (and sharing lead vocal on) the track 'Little By Little' with her husband and sings on the track 'Isolation' on the new Crowded House album, Intriguer. Finn and wife Sharon formed a band of their own titled 'Pajama Club' after their two sons moved out of the family home and they were left with a lot of free time.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    By 1980, he was sharing lead singer duties and wrote their first international hit, "I Got You".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 17
    In 1976, Finn formed the group After Hours, with Mark Hough, Geoff Chunn and Alan Brown.
    More Details Hide Details Not long after the band's debut performance, Finn was invited to London to join Split Enz, replacing original singer-songwriter Phil Judd.
  • 1975
    Age 16
    Finn finished school in 1975.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on May 27, 1958.
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