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Benedict Cumberbatch To Read Refugee Poem During Hamlet Interval


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Rockers Crowded House have reissued their 1999 song Help is Coming as a charity single to raise money to help Save the Children's work with refugees, who have fled Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to escape violence and are trying to enter Europe for a better life.

Cumberbatch has loaned his support to the song by recording a video introduction from his dressing room at London's Barbican venue, where he is performing in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

In the video, he recites three lines from the poem Home by Warsan Shire, saying, "No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. You only run for the border when you see your whole city running as well. You have to understand that no one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

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Neil Finn Urges Fans To Buy Miley Cyrus' Crowded House Cover


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The pop superstar teamed up with singer Ariana Grande to record their own version of the 1986 classic as part of Cyrus' Backyard Sessions project to raise awareness for her Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless youngsters and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Cyrus has now won the backing of Crowded House star Finn, who has declared his support for the singer and her project.

He tells Billboard.com, "What a life that song has had. I'm happy to see them enjoying it so much and hope it inspires some donations to a good cause."

Miley Cyrus Debuts Flirty Ariana Grande Video


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The pop stars performed a cover of Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over while hanging out on an inflatable green sofa, wearing hooded animal-themed onesies and flirting with each other.

At one point, Cyrus, wearing a unicorn one-piece, asks her friend, "Are you a mouse or a bear?" adding, "Whatever you are, you're totally the cutest mouse/bear."

Grande later comments, "You're the cutest unicorn in the world."

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Crowded House Drummer Loses Cancer Battle, Aged 45


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Peter Jones, the drummer for Aussie pop band Crowded House has died at the age of 45. He had been suffering from brain cancer and passed away on May 18, 2012. The band posted a message of their website, that simply read "We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones. We remember him as a warm hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends."

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Crowded House Drummer Dies


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Former Crowded House drummer Peter Jones has lost his battle with brain cancer.

The musician succumbed to the disease on Friday (18May12), reports Australia's Herald Sun.

A statement on the band's official website reads, "We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones. We remember him as a warm hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends."

Jones replaced band member Paul Hester for two years after he left the group in 1994.

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Neil Finn's All-star Album Documentary Set For Release


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A documentary about the making of Crowded House star Neil Finn's 2009 concept charity compilation The Sun Came Out is finally set for a Dvd release following an exhaustive battle to secure the rights to the star-studded footage.

Finn invited celebrities like KT Tunstall, Jeff Tweedy, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr and Radiohead stars Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien to his home in New Zealand to record an album of new songs in 10 days - eight years after many of the same artists took the stage at the Chocolate Cake hitmaker's 7 Worlds Collide festival.

Finn asked Simon Mark-Brown to film the get together so each of the artists could have their own little documentary chronicling the experience, but he was so impressed with the footage he decided to seek permission to release the film on Dvd.

Almost three years later, the film will be available on Dvd and digital download in April (12).

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Confused Neil Finn Intruder Calls The Police To Report Himself


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A trespasser was arrested at the U.K. home of former Crowded House star Neil Finn on Saturday (24Sep11) after calling police to report himself.

The singer/songwriter took to Twitter.com to recount the odd break-in, calling the intruder "U.K.'s dumbest criminal".

Writing about the incident on Sunday (25Sep11), Finn explained, "Last night a drunken young man beat loudly on the door and smashed out our window... He then dialled the police and had himself arrested.

"U.K.'s dumbest criminal had the chance to flee but chose to wait for the police."

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Crowded House, Intriguer Album Review


To this ageing hack, there will always be a special place in the heart for Crowded House's third album, Woodface. Flush with youth and a first significant other, it's erudite mix of classic songwriting and mellifluous harmonies ensured that whilst the rest of Europe were shouting 'Acieed!' without even knowing what it meant, yours truly was enjoying road trips and quiet nights in the company of Four Seasons In One Day and Weather With You.

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Crowded House Performing In Concert At Live Music 2008 At Sherwood Pines Forest Park

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Finn Forced To Apologise To Festival Interpreter


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Crowded House singer Neil Finn was left red-faced after accidentally heckling a sign language interpreter at London's Hyde Park Calling festival on Saturday (23Jun07).
Signers were on hand to translate for the hearing impaired during Saturday's performances - but no-one informed Finn of their presence.
During his performance Finn turned to an interpreter and asked who he was. He later heckled the man's replacement saying, "Where has your friend gone? Are you here as a decoy to make sure no one storms the stage, because you have done it already."
When Finn eventually realised who the man was, halfway through the set, he immediately apologised, saying, "You have made me feel very embarrassed."
One of the signers said afterwards, "He thought we were encroaching his territory.
"You can't really blame him. He obviously wasn't told what we were doing. And he did apologise straight away when he realised."

Squeeze Offered Reunion Dates With Crowded House


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British pop act Squeeze turned down the chance to reform for a US tour with reunited Crowded House, but they're closer than ever to getting back together.
The COOL FOR CATS hitmakers, fronted by singer/songwriters CHRIS DIFFORD and GLENN TILBROOK, were offered a lucrative deal to support Crowded House this summer (07).
Difford admits the band considered a reunion but fell short of making a commitment.
He says, "We get offers all the time. We got an offer to support Crowded House on their American tour, which I think would be an amazing tour, but I'm not sure Glenn and I are both in agreement about how we would do it.
"I think it will happen at some stage, but I don't know if this time is the right time. We need to sit in a room and discuss it, and we've got to have concrete plans, and we have to get a booking agent.
"It has to be emotionally, spiritually and financially the right thing, and when all those planets come into line, then we will be there."

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