Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Full House? Crowded House!

Way back in the mists of Mags’ youth, so way back that she couldn’t remember exactly when and had to resort to the power of The Internet to remind her (answer: August 1993), she saw a splendiferous band called Crowded House perform at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. South Africa had yet to experience its first democratic elections, Paul Hester was alive, and Alien Wally didn’t yet exist (well, of course technically he did exist in the world at large, just not in Mags’ own little slice of it).

Fast forward 14 years… South Africa is free, Paul Hester is no longer on the physical plane, and Alien Wally and Mags found each other, formed their own private universe, and moved to Scotland, where they went along to see the newly reformed and still just as splendiferous Crowded House perform at the SECC.

The place was packed, with fans old and new. The band was happy to be back together after about ten years apart, and their fans were happy to see them back. As you can tell, much happiness abounded. It was a happy night. A two-encore happy night! Even so, the band didn’t get to cover all their songs, but it was still all good. Very good. Two-encore very good! And thanks to the miracle of modern technology, Alien Wally got to take home an official live recording of the show not ten minutes after it had all finished! How cool is that?!

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