- Publish Date
- Monday, 5 February 2024, 3:18PM
Globally acclaimed Kiwi music legend Neil Finn stunned attendees of a Sunday Auckland market yesterday, playing a surprise performance with former Split Enz counterpart Eddie Rayner.
The former Crowded House singer took the stage at the Coatesville markets after requests from the organisers for him to perform.
Hundreds of people amassed to catch a glimpse of Finn, with a witness telling the Herald he played “all the bangers”.
“He was absolutely awesome. When people walked by and realised it was him they couldn’t believe it,” they said.
Former Split Enz keyboardist Rayner also joined Finn on stage in a blast from the past.
At the conclusion of his performance of Don’t Dream It’s Over, a member of the crowd yelled out to Finn and said “that was so much better than Bono!”, likely a reference to the Irishman’s recent rendition of the hit song in front of 20,000 fans at the Sphere in Las Vegas.
In reply, Finn laughed and said something about it being “such a Kiwi comment”.
A source said the organisers had reached out and asked Finn to perform, but never actually expected that he would do so.
“I’m sure they didn’t expect he would actually say yes,” said the source.
“He drew a big crowd.”
This article was first published in the NZ Herald by Benjamin Plummer and is republished here with permission.
Benjamin Plummer is an Auckland-based reporter who covers breaking news. He has worked for the Herald since 2022.