'The Sun Came Out' video shows Neil Finn, Eddie Vedder and more
Fans of the creative minds behind Radiohead, Pearl Jam, the Smiths, Wilco, Crowded House and Split Enz can take a behind-the-scenes look at how they work in a new video coming April 10: "The Sun Came Out: The Making of the Album '7 Worlds Collide.'"
The project explores the creation of 2009's follow-up to the 2001 benefit album "7 Worlds Collide," which former Split Enz and Crowded House singer and songwriter Neil Finn assembled to raise money for Oxfam, the international charity whose mission is to alleviate poverty and injustice.
A little more than a decade ago, Finn invited Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Radiohead's Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Lisa Germano, as well as his brother and Split Enz/Crowded House band mate Tim Finn and others to New Zealand for a multi-artist concert and album.
In 2009, he brought most of that group back together, with extra help from Jeff Tweedy and other members of Wilco, KT Tunstall and other friends to record a second album and play three more shows from which proceeds were donated to Oxfam.
During their three weeks days together, 20 musicians produced 10 new songs collectively for "The Sun Came Out." Here's the trailer:
"The Sun Came Out," which is being released on DVD and as a digital download, documents the 2009 gathering. The package also includes the two-hour "7 Worlds Collide" concert video from 2001.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Neil Finn and drummer Matt Sherrod during a 2010 Crowded House concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times