What happens when you wrangle some of the finest, most critically acclaimed musicians today, fly them to New Zealand and get them to collaborate on an album and live concert? Well, you’ll find out in the music documentary “The Sun Came Out,” a look behind the curtain at a pretty phenomenal undertaking all done in the name of charity.
In 2001 Neil Finn, lead singer and founder of Crowded House, gathered folks like Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien from Radiohead, Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing and Lisa Germano, and they staged three successful charity concerts under the moniker 7 Worlds Collide. Seven years later at Piha on the wild west coast of Auckland, Neil did it again, this time inviting Wilco and KT Tunstall to the line-up, and in addition to three concerts, they recorded a double album of new songs in just three weeks. “The Sun Came Out” goes behind the scenes and watches as these amazing artists conceive, write, tweak, record and perform these songs, all in an effort to raise money for Oxfam.
Want to give it a look? Well, we’ve got 5 copies on DVD for some lucky readers. To win, email us your name and address and tell us what the band name for the first incarnation of Crowded House was. Good luck!
Update: Contest closed, winners will be contacted via email. Contest open to residents of the U.S. only. “The Sun Came Out” is on DVD April 10th.