Finn phenomenon hits town
TIM FINN (right and below with band) proved why he is a music phenomenon when he played Te Awamutu’s Events Centre on Saturday night. Dean Taylor photos.
By Dean Taylor
I’m biased I know, but even I was amazed at the interest around Tim Finn’s current tour and Te Awamutu show - and at the lengths die-hard fans will go to see their hero. It is a reminder that we must never under-estimate the power of true celebrity - even in a couple of local brothers who are basically down-to-earth blokes who prefer to shun publicity.
Tim and his young band delivered a great show on Saturday night - everyone was smiling. The set delivered classic tracks from four decades of songwriting - from the very early Split Enz’ ‘So Long For Now’ from ‘Mental Notes’ to the new material from ‘Imaginary Kingdom’.
Once the crowd found their voice, and their feet, there was nothing holding them back on such sing-along favourites as Crowded House’s ‘It’s Only Natural’ and ‘Weather With You’.
Tim told the crowd the centre was his ideal venue - mixing his two loves, swimming and music, in one place. He said he thought about having a swim, but likes to use a snorkel and thought he might look like a ‘dork’.
The concert wasn’t packed, but promoter Brent Eccles was encouraged by the response which saw the bleachers filled and hardcore fans on the floor.
Hardcore fan Koji Komada (below) was in the crowd. He has seen Tim and Neil over 60 times, but never in his homeland of Japan. Mr Komada travels the world to see his musical heroes - he took in three New Zealand shows on this, his third trip to New Zealand, and called in to Te Awamutu’s i-Site Visitor Information Centre to buy his first day cover Finn stamps.
I was also amused that some fans took photos alongside our car - obviously approving of our ENZFAN number plate.
STAMP OF APPROVAL
The first issue of NZPost personalised Finn stamps, launched by Te Awamutu Public Relations to coincide with Tim’s concert, was a huge success, with sales exceeding expectations. Over $3000 worth of the $10 first day covers were sold through the i-Site Visitor Information Centre and at the concert, plus a number of orders have been received.
Some orders arrived by email from the UK, Australia and North America - fans reading the news online in the Te Awamutu Courier or spreading the word via fanbase websites and email.