Don’t dream, it’s not over. 20 years after they supposedly said “Farewell to the World” on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, Crowded House will return to that spot for an encore performance.

This November, almost 20 years to the day since their ‘Farewell’ concert, Crowded House will celebrate their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame with two special ‘Encore’ shows at the Opera House.

And to think, we give John Farnham a hard time about retirement.

“I am excited to announce two ‘Encore’ performances on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House,” says founding member Nick Seymour. “The shows will mark the 20th anniversary of our break-up concert. ‘Proper order!’, I say, as being at the top of our game, I didn’t want to break up in the first place!

“I’ve come to realise ‘the top of our game’ is whenever we get together so please join us for a f**k-off sing song, an off-piste jam session, a toast to absent friends and NO RAIN.”

Not only are the band returning to the scene of their farewell, but each of their seven albums will be re-issued to mark the occasion.

“We are thrilled all seven of our albums are about to be reissued in all formats including vinyl, each one accompanied by a rich trove of rarities including writing demos and other unreleased musical curiosities, as well as new original artwork from my dear friend Nick Seymour,” says frontman Neil Finn.

“This has been many years in the making with much of the exhaustive listening, editing and remixing being done by the keeper of knowledge, Jeremy Ansell in Auckland. It has been a labour of love for us and our mission all along was making a superlative quality, definitive document of Crowded House’s unique history for all the fans who have given us their affection over the years.”

Crowded House will play the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on Friday 25 November and Saturday 26 November. Kirin J Callinan will play the support slot at both shows.

A Fan Club pre-sale will be held from 9am 20 September to 9am 21 September; a Telstra Thanks pre-sale will be held from 10am 21 September to 10am 23 September; and Flight Centre travel packages will go on sale from 1pm 23 September.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday 26 September.

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