The roots of 7 Worlds Collide can be traced back as far as 1993 to the lyric of the Crowded House song, Distant Sun. "Seven worlds will collide/Whenever I am by your side,' sang Neil Finn, who eight years later had the idea of putting together a supergroup for the first time. Neil Finn & Friends played for five nights at the St James Theatre in Auckland, culminating in a live album, 7 Worlds Collide which featured such luminaries as Eddie Vedder and Neil's brother, Tim.
Fast forward to 2009 and Finn has decided to resurrect the 7 Worlds Collide banner, this time with a dedicated and reinforced line-up. The current 7 Worlds Collide roster includes Finn and his son Liam, Radiohead's Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien, Johnny Marr, Lisa Germano, KT Tunstall, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and a host of other collaborators.
The collective spent the Christmas and New Year period recording at Finn's own Roundhead Studios in New Zealand, with a view to releasing an album later this year, all proceeds of which will go to Oxfam International. More than 25 tracks have been recorded thus far and 7 Worlds Collide even got together for a series of three gigs Down Under over the same period. You can read more about this amazing line-up in the latest edition of Q, on sale on February 25, which includes interviews with Neil Finn and Phil Selway. Charitable causes rarely sound as good as this one, as the videos below demonstrate.
11:36 AM | 03/02/2009
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