7 Worlds Collide

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7 Worlds Collide in August 2009

7 Worlds Collide is a musical project by New Zealand singer/songwriter, Neil Finn. The project brings together Finn and other musicians in support of charity.

Finn has released two recordings associated with the project. The initial project release was a 2001 live album, credited to "Neil Finn and Friends", and titled 7 Worlds Collide. A second recording titled The Sun Came Out was released in August 2009.

The title of the project is derived from the line "Seven worlds will collide / whenever I am by your side" from Crowded House's 1993 single "Distant Sun".

2001 live release[edit]

The first 7 Worlds Collide album, 7 Worlds Collide, was released in 2001 and is a live recording culled from a series of five shows recorded at the St James theatre in Auckland, New Zealand from 2 April 2001 to 6 April 2001. The album was released under the credit "Neil Finn & Friends"; Notable guests in Finn's band included Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien, Tim Finn, Sebastian Steinberg, Phil Selway, Lisa Germano and Betchadupa (featuring Neil's son Liam Finn).[1]

2008/9 follow up[edit]

In December 2008 the 7 Worlds Collide lineup reconvened in Auckland, New Zealand to record a studio charity album for Oxfam. The album was recorded in Finn's Roundhead Studios and featured all-new material, with singing and songwriting contributions divided amongst the group. Most of the original participants returned, along with several new additions including Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, and New Zealand songwriters Don McGlashan and Bic Runga.

In early January 2009 the ensemble played three sold out shows at the Powerstation concert venue in Auckland.[2]

The album, titled The Sun Came Out, was released on 31 August 2009.


  1. ^ Stephen Dowling (2001-04-15). "One Nil to Neil". The Observer.
  2. ^ Baillie, Russell (2009-01-06). "Review: Neil Finn's 7 Worlds Collide". The New Zealand Herald.