NEIL FINN and Paul Kelly will tour together in Australia in February and March, promising concerts that will canvas at least 30 hand-picked songs.
But don't just expect Kelly and Finn singing their well-known numbers on stage, as they always have. There will be reinterpretations, an occasional switch between artist and song, and possibly even new material.
''We don't want this to be a token romp through each other's songs, we want it to be a little more expansive. We want to put time and work into creating distinctive versions of the stuff we do, that are distinct to this tour,'' Finn said.
The pair have been emailing each other to work out a final set list for the performances (it's down to a shortlist of 50), which were announced during a press conference at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday.
To announce the tour they performed three songs together including Finn's Into Temptation with Kelly on vocals and harmonica, which left members of the media mesmerised.
Kelly and Finn say the tour has been a long time coming, a concept that has been talked about seriously for a few years. It is only now they have found a window in their schedules for the 10-date tour. If it is successful, there may be further shows in New Zealand, although Finn says nothing is confirmed yet. An album may also be in the works.
''There's a chance of [writing new material] but you can't really schedule those things,'' Kelly said. ''We're going to probably have a crack, but we don't know. Songwriting is a form of play and it's got to be aimless. We might get something, we might not.''
The tour will kick off in mid-February and there will be three performances at the Opera House in March.