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Crowded House @ The Troubadour, 7/17/07

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Tuesday's Crowded House show was, well, just that. I’ve never seen so many people squeeze into the Troubadour, and concert organizers even opened the doors of the Loft (their VIP lounge) in an effort to fit everyone.

The crush of people was worth it, though, and thankfully, it wasn’t too hot. The Crowded House guys put on an energetic show that was a mix of their well-known stuff peppered with songs from their new album, Time on Earth. Though the band had just reunited, it didn’t sound like it, and new drummer Matt Sherrod—perhaps best known for his work with Beck—fit right in with the rest of the group.

The ticket situation for the event was very interesting. Those who were lucky enough to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster were instructed that they could only buy a maximum of two tickets, and that the tickets could not be transferred to anyone else. No exceptions. This was the most stringent effort to prevent ticket scalping I’ve ever seen at an LA venue. But someone forgot to tell some of the scalpers. A number of them approached me asking if I had any extra tickets, and I had to let them know that there were no hard tickets. It was all about being on “the list.”

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Click the link below for a bunch of photos, the VIP room shower, the setlist and a Flight of the Conchords sighting.