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.
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.
Live at Soundstage - Part Two
Runtime: 51 minSince breaking into the musicindustry in the early 80's, singer-songwriter Crow has gone on to multi-platinum success, while bending the bounds of modern pop-rock. In the second half of her two-part Soundstage, Crow gets down to rootsy, classic rock with "Steve McQueen" and "Sweet Rosalyn." She also includes the moody "If It Makes You Happy" and "My Favorite Mistake."
Sheryl's near hushed performance in "I Shall Believe" pays tribute to the eloquence and depth carried in her voice--a voice and talent that have won her nine Grammy's since 1994. "Let's Get Free" highlights the artist's perennial theme of having fun, while "Redemption Day" and "Home" prove that although she varies her style from blues to country to rock - she will always remain true to her socially conscious, introspective self.
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.
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.
Under African Skies
Runtime: 2 hr 2 minUnder African Skies tells the story behind the incredible journey, history and evolution of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and explores the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. The film follows Simon as he returns once again to South Africa, and remembers and reconnects with the people, places and music that inspired him many years ago. With the compelling perceptions of anti-apartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sir Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, Under African Skies is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society.
Runtime: 41 minICK LOWE A pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. He is best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single), and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and others. Lowe also wrote "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello.
Nick Lowe rocked English pubs in the ￼￼￼70s, then produced punk greats like the Pretenders and finally found the blues by way of the country band Little Village. Nick explores the dichotomies in the classic blues motifs: fear of God, pact with the devil, domesticity and wanderlust and partying on a Saturday night before the Sunday morning church service.
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.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 58 minHailing from one of Americas most renowned and successful bands, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham embarked on a productive and storied solo career that continues to evolve 18 years after his departure from the band. Reuniting in 2003 with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham and his former cohorts released Say You Will and embarked on a worldwide tour. With this Soundstage appearance, Buckinghams performance spans the various eras of his career. Whether performing Rumours hits Red Rover and Peacekeeper from Say You Will, or 1981s Law and Order single Trouble and the title song from Go Insane, Buckingham seamlessly ties the decades together with reverent detail.