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Crowded House Surprised, Happy With Return

Of the Oakland Press

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The title of Crowded House’s first hit, “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” took on new meaning this year.

The Australian-based group disbanded after a decade apart, releasing its first studio album in two years, “Time on Earth,” and embarking on its first tour since 1996.

“I really didn’t expect it,” says singerguitarist Neil Finn, 49, who co-founded Crowded House in 1985 with bassist Nick Seymour and drummer Paul Hester, who committed suicide in 2005. “I wasn’t thinking about it at all, and in many ways there were certain things that spooked me.

“It as an idea I had to get comfortable with, but once I did it was obvious this was the right thing to do.”

Finn says he and Seymour — along with multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, a Crowded House member from 1993-96, and new drummer Matt Sherrod — can’t wait to do more, either.

“We just know we’re gonna get really good on the road,” Finn notes, “so we’re very keen to record again quite quickly after that, maybe January or February of next year. There’s lots of new songs around and a huge energy to move forward.

“It does feel a lot like it did when we first started in ’85, which I must say is quite nice.”

Crowded House and 16 Frames perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (August 14th) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $35. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit www.livenation.com.

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