Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, singer/songwriter Lisa Germano and his son Liam for a sequel of sorts to his 2002 live album “Seven Worlds Collide.”
The as-yet-untitled studio project will be taped “over the next few months” in Auckland and will be released next year, with engineering by Jim Scott. Many of the guest artists will also join Finn for a concert series the first week of January at Auckland’s Powerstation.
Save for the Wilco members, the other guests all participated in “Seven Worlds Collide,” alongside Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. All proceeds from the new endeavor will benefit international development organization Oxfam.
Meanwhile, Finn and Crowded House will play five upcoming shows in Australia, beginning Nov. 29 in Hobart.