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Crowded House kick off Opera House gig

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Crowded House have kicked off their anniversary concert on the Sydney Opera House forecourt with their song Mean To Me.

About 5000 fans turned up to watch the band perform the first of their four-night anniversary concerts on the steps of the Opera House on Thursday night.

"What a beautiful night," purple-suited frontman Neil Finn told the crowd before breaking into the band's hit Something So Strong.

The seminal group are marking 20 years since they performed their farewell tour to 100,000 people, who crowded around Circular Quay to watch them play in the exact same spot.

Finn welcomed all those from Sydney, Australia and anyone who came from across the water to be there.

"Even from the north shore," he joked.

Singer Kirin J Callinan played support on the night sporting a two-tone mullet hairstyle and orange trousers, finishing his set topless for an acapella song about being a toddler.

Neil Finn of Crowded House © Provided by AAP Neil Finn of Crowded House

The New Zealand/Australian band brought the weather with them two decades ago as heavy rainfall delayed the concert by one day to November 24.

However, the rain stayed away and clear skies remained as the band took to the stage exactly 20 years to the day of the rescheduled concert.

Crowded House will also be marking 30 years since their formation and their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame this week.

On Wednesday night, they performed their song Distant Sun at the ARIA Awards to mark the occasion.

More than 2500 interstate visitors are expected to travel to Sydney for the four gigs this weekend, but the final concert on Sunday night will be broadcast live on ABC TV, Double J and iview for anyone who can't make it to the shows.

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