As musicians from our past continue to create music, so do we as longtime fans endeavor to embrace their efforts. We applaud their continued successes 20 or 30 years into their musical careers, but when we see them live, we want to hear the music we fell in love with so long ago. Fortunately, most of them are fully aware of that and find a way to placate their audiences with the old hits while interspersing new ones.
On Friday, Tim Finn—one-half of the brother team responsible for '80s new wave band Split Enz—played before a packed house at the Bouquet. With only the accompaniment of another guitar player, Finn strummed, tickled keys and sang as though before a room full of A&R reps who held his fate in their hands. As fans, we were given everything he had to give albeit in a manner more fitting to the gray-haired man on stage than the high-energy youth of decades past. Unable to look away for fear of missing something, I didn't write down his entire setlist but managed to scribble "I Hope I Never," and "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" from his Split Enz days, as well as "Couldn't Be Done," "Unsinkable" and "Astounding Moon" from his new release.
After a second encore, precipitated by a crowd of mostly 40-somethings pounding their fists on the tables and stomping on the floor in pre-riot mode, Finn told us how much he'd enjoyed himself and that he'd be telling his brother Neil and his nephew Liam ( probably best known for fronting the band Betchadupa) to make a stop in Boise. Now wouldn't that be sweet?