Nancy Hillner wrote:Yes, where's JulesJules? We haven't heard how her charity event went, and I know she's going to the Atlanta show.
The Fox is a great theater - I did Rumors there, and went on for the lead, which was very cool. It's a lovely theater.
Can't wait to hear stories - the last thing I heard was that they were singing Albi.
(Always fun to use the Albi emoticon. )
Flight of the Conchords show review
Who: Kristen Schaal, Flight of the Conchords
Where: Fox Theatre
We had a good quick dinner at Bookhouse Pub, then made our way to the theater. Thankfully getting will call tickets was no problem, and we went in. Unfortunately I screwed up buying the tickets so two of us sat together and one friend had to sit by himself in another section. The seats were great though (well, the pair of seats). They were dead center and only a few rows from the stage; I'd never sat that close at the Fox for anything.
Kristen Schaal opened the show, and she was pretty good. I think she's better used as a funny actor, but she made me laugh pretty good a few times. She is funny, but I just feel that a little of her stand-up goes a long ways. Either way, she was good and had us warmed up, then introduced the band immediately at the end of her set.
They opened up their set wearing weird silvery jackets and funky homemade helmet looking things and played "Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor" complete with drum machines. The set was great with lots of laughs during the songs as well as during the in-between chatter. I had heard that at previous shows yokels had yelled out song requests, and they did at this show as well; beginning very early on with someone screaming "Freebird!" Jemaine's cool reply was: "we didn't write Freebird, so we won't be playing that one." The random yells and requests kept being shouted at various times. At one point someone from the balcony yelled something, to which Jemaine slowly shook his head and then added "undecipherable." One person took it upon themselves to simply scream "Season Three" and the guys said "okay, now we'll perform season three on stage here for you." He slipped into his best Rhys Darby impression saying "okay guys" to a huge laugh. Bret added his own Murray impression this time adding "band meeting." He called the roster out, and then said "Atlanta?" and the crowd screamed "present!"
At some point they did remark that it was amazing for them to be "in the fabled lost city of Atlanta, thought to be lost beneath the seas." They estimated that Atlanta was at a minimum one league under the sea. To round out the people-yelling-things-out portion of this review, at one point a guy screamed "Men At Work." Bret found it funny and actually tried to play a tune that no one recognized. Jemaine asked him "what was that?" "I was trying to play 'I Come From a Land Down Under.'" They both tried once or twice and Jemaine at least got a few lines out right up to "vegimite sandwich," to some of the loudest applause of the evening. He added an anecdote that Colin Hay the writer of the song had once taught the Conchords how to play the song. They were at a show in Canada for a, what he called, "Southern Hemisphere Extravaganza," and Hay taught them the song, while Bret sang the wrong words back to Hay.
I purposely have not watched the HBO show yet, preferring to get the DVDs and watch them all at one time, so I had not heard any new songs that debuted there, nor did I read up on their other performances because I wanted to be able to experience new songs live, in person. One of my favorites was about a man named Stana. Jemaine explained that he was the exact opposite of the similarly spelled Santa. "Where as Santa comes down the chimney once a year and gives you presents, Stana comes down the chimeny once a year and molests you. What day is that, Bret? What day of the year does Stana come down the chimney and," at which point Jemaine broke character for the only time making himself laugh at the thought.
One of my favorites was a song about Jemaine's ex-girlfriends. "Sugalumps" ended their main set. The encore followed with another few songs including "Business Time." There was loud demand for a second encore, which they granted. Jemaine said "this must be annoying for the people that don't want to listen to any more songs from us. If you are bored, feel free to leave at this point, but we're going to play some more." They played a song that I was unfamiliar with about love keeping people together (better than using super glue, Jemaine pointed out). They got the crowd to participate helping Bret sing the chorus that went something like "Brown paper, white paper, the sticky side of love" or something close to that effect. Towards the end they stood up from their instruments and started the crowd clapping over their heads in rhythm with the song. They quit playing and the crowd continued the clapping and singing along with Bret. Bret quit singing but the audience sang the chorus again at the appropriate timing. At this point Bret was visibly surprised. His head popped up and he looked at Jemaine and pointed to the crowd smiling and saying something. It was obvious he was shocked that the crowd had kept the time of the song and were still singing the chorus. Then he hopped off the front of the stage and started going through the crowd giving out high fives. Jemaine jumped down and shook the hands of every one in the front row one at a time, but then he hopped back up to the stage. During this Bret took of running up one of the aisles and presumably out of the theater. Everyone in the audience was standing and still clapping in rhythm. A woman with a headset came out onto the stage looking for the guys, and saw Jemaine. You could see them talk and then Jemaine just walked off stage. The woman shielded her eyes from the lights looking out into the crowd and then got on her walkie-talkie. It was obvious no one knew where Bret had gone to and they were trying to find him. Meanwhile the audience is STILL clapping and STILL singing the chorus in time. Then the lights go on and the house music starts playing finally putting an ending on a very bizarre last song. The crowd demands two encores, then the band ends the song by not finishing it and just leaving in different directions without a final comment to the crowd. It couldn't have been a more fitting finale.
Concert Review: Flight of the Conchords Rock The Lost City of Atlantis
â€œWelcome to the lost city of Atlantis. We were just driving around in our submarine.â€ Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie brought their A-game with hilarious banter and songs. They opened up wearing robot suits and went into â€œToo Many Dicks on the Dancefloorâ€. Then they went into their banter. As the night progressed, you could tell they both knew their sex appeal as Jemaine slowly unbuttoned his shirt and Bret stroked his beard. I love how they combine their songs and throw in obscure pop culture references. During one of my favorites of theirs, â€œJennyâ€, Bret sings â€œWe watched a movie. It was weekend at Bernieâ€™s 2â€³ and Jemaine responds with â€œAh yes. What a hilarious premise for two movies.â€ And later in the show, a fan screamed out â€œMen At Workâ€ which caused Bret and Jemaine to attempt to play some of their songs. They told an anecdote about how Colin Hay had taught them the song in person, and Bret sang the wrong words.
The highlight of the night was the Bowie banter into â€œBowies in Spaceâ€. As usual, they talked about the time they time warped back to 1970s to see David Bowie. Jemaine goes on a tangent and says â€œAnd as usual at parties, I end up in the bathroom with the crying ladies. In this particular bathroom, a young Tiny Turner was crying and the older-also-time-warping Tina Turner was telling the young Tina Turner to not get back with Ike. She looks at me and ask me what to do and I kind of think that I should say â€˜Whatâ€™s love got to do- Go to do with it?â€™ but I thought no. And this was before she had made that song.â€
They also folked out with a new song called â€œStantaâ€ about an evil man who â€œunlike santa who comes down your chimney once a year and gives you a giftâ€, he instead â€œcomes down your chimney once a year and rapes youâ€. The song ends with Stanta running into an exact replica of himself, and Jemaine sings â€œwhen you run into you, what would you do?â€ and he explains they become lovers and start a farm. Fair enough.
Other songs they went through were â€œMuthaâ€™uckersâ€, â€œThink About Itâ€, â€œDemon Womanâ€, â€œThe Most Beautiful Girl (In The world)â€, â€œHurt Feelingsâ€, â€œIâ€™m in Love with a Sexy Ladyâ€, â€œCarol Brownâ€ and â€œSugalumpsâ€. They played an encore with â€œBusiness Timeâ€ and â€œSello Tapeâ€.
Their new album with songs from the second season is titled â€œI Told You I Was Freekieâ€ and is supposibly still being released this Tuesday the 14th of April as planned.
This entry was written by Tim, posted on April 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm, filed under Music and tagged atlanta, concert review, flight of the conchords, fox theatre. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.
Venus wrote:They also folked out with a new song called â€œStantaâ€ about an evil man who â€œunlike santa who comes down your chimney once a year and gives you a giftâ€, he instead â€œcomes down your chimney once a year and rapes youâ€.
Carol wrote:If I remember correctly, Jemaine didn't use the word "rape" in Nashville. I believe he just said "molest". But that's not really funny either, come to think about it.
girl_with_bangs wrote:Their banter was just so spontaneous and charming. Especially their reactions to the audience. I loved when Jemaine shouted â€˜â€™Shut up!â€™â€™ followed by a his bemused â€˜â€™You know, not an angry â€˜shut upâ€™, justâ€¦ after the showâ€¦ we need to have aâ€¦ conversation.â€™â€™ They are really such sweet guys.
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