Neil Finn Gets Political And Slams New Zealand Premier

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Gavin Riley

03rd May 2007
At 23:56 GMT

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Probably New Zealand's most famous rock son, Neil Finn, has taken a swipe at New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, and has caused a bit of a furore.

May's edition of 'Real Groove' magazine carried the usually mild Finn's remarks: "It sort of makes me sick to see Helen Clark getting up at the music awards and taking the bows."

"Being lauded by the music industry because everyone's getting a handout. It's like New Zealand music is taking over the world and it's all because of Helen."

The New Zealand Herald has reported a backlash. With veteran musicians Sir Howard Morrison and Ray Columbus leaping to the defence of the Prime Minister.

Sir Howard hit back: "What's really got up my nose is, here's a guy that had his last farewell in front of a free audience in Sydney. He's never done one of those in New Zealand.

"He doesn't volunteer when asked to do things. To my knowledge, he's been asked and just flatly refused."

Yikes! Well handbags aside, Crowded House have been busy playing in North America, with a nostalgic set at the Coachella festival and are set to play a few shows in the U.K, including the Hyde Park Calling event and Scotland's Outsider Festival.

And if that wasn't enough, a new studio album drops on 2nd July - 'Time On Earth', which is the band's first studio album since 1993's 'Together Alone'.

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