I met up with my old friend Neil Finn today. We go way back……nah, not really. I did meet him today though!
I was down the road killing time in a guitar shop. I was salivating over all the cool guitars that I’ll never be able to afford when I spotted Neil and his son. I did what any completely sane person would do….I stalked him around the store and waited for a good moment to say hi to him. I’ve always had respect for Neil. I grew up with my big sisters playing Split Enz and I was always a pretty big fan of Crowded House.
So the moment came, I approached the great man, stuck out my hand and said, “Neil, how you going? I just wanted to say Hi.” He looked at me and smiled politely. We shook hands. After a slightly awkward silence I said, “So, you guys are playing here aren’t you?”
I knew damn well that Crowded House were playing Madison Square Garden.
He replied, “yeah, we’re playing Madison Square Garden. You coming?”
I said, “Well, it was a choice of seeing you guys or Damien Rice and we decided to see Damien Rice instead…sorry mate.”
He looked at me with what seemed like genuine anger and disappointment. I stood there thinking, “why did I just say that?!”. I had just insulted Neil Finn. Good one Adam. I needed to soften the blow…and fast! So I went with the first thing I could think of:
“Actually, it was my girlfriend, she really wanted to see Damien Rice.”
Yep, I blamed Trinh. It was completely untrue. Trinh and I never even discussed seeing Crowded House, but what could I say to Neil Finn? It was Neil Finn!
Anyway, Neil kinda laughed and said, “We are playing two nights, so if you can fit us in your budget come along”
We exchanged pleasantries and I left the scene. I was secretly hoping he would offer me free tickets but after insulting him for no good reason and choosing Damien Rice over him, I guess I ruined my chances. Sorry Neil.
I think I should also apologize to Trinh as well…..Sorry Trinh. I’m sorry for pulling you into my sad web of lies just to try and save face in front of Neil Finn.
What can I say? I suppose “Something So Strong” lead me to say hello to him. Well, “It’s Only Natural” to want to meet someone you admire. At least I didn’t go up to him and say, “Oh Neil, I wanna “Fall At Your Feet”, you have no idea what you “Mean To Me”.”
I’m surprised he didn’t tell me to get the hell out of the store and to “Take The Weather With You”. I felt like a real “Pineapple Head”. The minute I said goodbye to him I thought, ” I “Better Be Home Soon”. When I got home I scoffed the last piece of “Chocolate Cake” and went back into my own “Private Universe”.
That’s the end of this blog entry. But remember, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.
I’m an idiot.
-Posted by Adam