Yes indeed, ''they'' did have their way and I don't mean Tim and Neil Finn.
Those who like straightforward celebrations of songs you love got it in happy spades with Paul Dempsey's Message To My Girl, Alexander Gow's Poor Boy and Lior's Mean To Me, which all stuck close to the originals.
They got it too in the punchy second act where Something So Strong from Gow and Clare Bowditch (a woman whose bonhomie and charm could make a North Korean border guard gurgle happily), a rocked-up Chocolate Cake from the beaming and animated Dempsey and an all-in encore of It's Only Natural and Weather With You were communal hugs and massed singalongs.
But equally satisfied were those of us who want to be surprised and challenged.
Sally Seltmann's spectral Four Seasons In One Day and quite haunting I Hope I Never dug into the bones of the songs. Sarah Blasko put some Falstaffian drunken rhythm in My Mistake and mixed the electronic, the rustic and the Viking funeral (!) into Don't Dream It's Over, while Holly Throsby made Not The Girl You Think You Are and Stuff And Nonsense (with Gow) airy and loaded simultaneously.
As a bonus, all three, in their Seeker Lover Keeper mode, showed what could happen to Sinner if Bjork had written it. So the show, which seemed as loved-up onstage as in the seats, got the big things right.
Just as importantly, it got many ostensibly secondary things right too. The entwined tree backdrop and lighting created a diffused but warm glow that set just the right mood.
The band was ego-less and flexible enough to adapt to quite different arrangements/ voices but skilled enough to lead when necessary.
The obvious thought behind not just the songs and artists chosen but the sequencing meant that shifts from soloists to multi-voiced to soloists again flowed naturally rather than as a production line.
Then there's maybe the least talked about but still vital small thing: how good is it to see a tribute show where no one is using a lyric crib sheet? It's not a huge thing when it happens (as it did occasionally at the Nick Drake show last week) but its absence does help convince you that these songs have not just been rehearsed but actually matter to each artist as much as they do to us.