Crowded House were briefly reunited last week much to the delight of unsuspecting fans at the Esplande Hotel in Melbourne, Australia.
Australian music industry columnist Christie Eliezer described the crowd as “dumb-founded when Neil Finn and Nick Seymour walked on stage to join former drummer Paul Hester. The band had been billed as Hessie Shed, a project of Hester’s, playing in conjunction with the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
The reunion was part of a TV special hosted by Hester, who had left the group not long before they announced they were disbanding late in 1996. Eliezer reports that the trio performed “Sister Madly,” “Karekare,” “Not The Girl You Think You Are” and “Leaps And Bounds,” the latter with Paul Kelly who was also on hand.
Hester’s own show will be debuting on Australian TV later this year.