Ok, ladies..and guys..I'm back from my month-long vacation and here's the first recap..you've probably read/seen it all about that night..(sorry, I haven't been able to catch up yet..) but these were my impressions:
It was 5pm when the cab driver rang our door. We had spent the last 2hours showering, trying different outfits on, laughing..if youâ€™ve ever been a girl you get the picture.. We head to a restaurant across the street from Massey Hall where we met Miss Boo and PartTimeModel. Lovely ladies. Our dinner consisted of chocolate pies, cocktails and a lot of gushing...it was the perfect entrÃ©e for our fantastic evening. The time to pick up our will call tickets had come *cough*row C*cough*..and we went straight to the merch stand to discover that:
a) The poster for that nightâ€™s concert stated that Kristen Schaal was the guest comedian..and it also read 23rd of April as the date of the concert..they got the city right, though.. Â¬Â¬â€™
b) The prices were in CAD but if you wanted to pay with credit card..â€since the machine was Americanâ€ they had to charge your account in USD with an exchange rate of 1:1..
I wouldnâ€™t want to waste your time and eyes' health with boring details.. security walked me to my 3rd-row-4th-seat-in-from-the-left seat..I couldnâ€™t believe how close to the stage I was..they might as well have pointed to the stage and say â€œhere, young lady..you can take a seat right by themâ€
! I have to say Massey Hall is an amazing venue..perfect for the Conchordsâ€™ kind of show..very intimate and with great acoustics. I could discover that myself the second nightâ€¦ because one can easily enjoy a concert from row 3..but doing so from row 15, far right aisle is not something everyone can say. Back to the concert review..the room went dark and Jemaineâ€™s deep, skin-crawling voice (not in a scary but in a sixy
way..) came over the P.A. system to present comedian Eugene Mirman.
I had never seen anything Eugene had done and I didnâ€™t know what to expect because he has quite a small part in the show..but he had me in stitches from minute one. Loooved the Delta story, Nancy..and what people may regard as surreal is, unfortunately very very real.. "class L stands for L..f*ck you"
..so true, class L and about any other class..even the ridiculously expensive ones :shame on the airlines:
..and now THE FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS!! -eugene said-
Out came our guys..cod-pieces on..to the sound of â€œToo many dicks on the dance floorâ€.. the entrance even included a brief Jemaineâ€™s cod-piece to stool humping..just like in the best SXSW times..
After the song they introduced the band members..All two of them..and then continued with Hurt Feelings (people think weâ€™re incredible..weâ€™re credible!
) and on to a new song they wrote a long time ago Staaaaaanaaa! I have to admit I barely understood the lyrics
(but then of course English is not my first [nor my second] language..) but thatâ€™s what recording is for,right? To listen to it over and over again on your flight back..not that I did it. [yeah, I so did]. I canâ€™t remember the exact set list after a week and a half but they played a lot of my favourites..I specially liked how during Jenny, when Jemaine is guessing the name of their â€œmutual friendâ€, he said Mandy
..my heart skipped a beat there for a second..and also when he sang â€œWe just looked out..across the city..we talked about how the lights from the buildings and the cars seemed like reflections of the stars..that shone out so beautiful and bright that nightâ€ the lights actually dimed along until everything was dark except for Jemaine and his guitar..while Nigel played a soft tune that went perfectly with Jâ€™s tone.. that was quite special..and Nigelâ€™s performance adds a lot to the sound of the show.
Bibli had already warned me about Jemaineâ€™s powerful gaze..while Bret seems to be looking at an imaginary tinker bell floating above the audience, Jemaine looks people in the eye..and boy, does he have one powerful gaze! Yum!! The concert went by rather fast and after 1H30 they thanked the audience and left..We were clapping our hands out after what had been an extraordinarily funny and well put gig.. They came back for an encore of 4 songs..which included Bus driver song, Bowie, Foux du fa fa and pencils in the wind.. if Iâ€™m not mistaken. They hadnâ€™t played Foux du fa fa on this tour yet and Toronto seemed the perfect location to start speaking French..and I have to say both Bret and Monsieur Clement did an outstanding adlib piece.
It was my first Conchordsâ€™ concert ever..and to say it was absolutely fantastic does not do it justice..it was really phenomenal.. funny, sexy, witty.. and it sounded lovely. I also feel really lucky to have scored such a great seat.. being able to see their facial expressions up close is priceless. These guys..sigh.
We got out through the front door and went to look for the most feasible way for them to leave the venue from. There was a crowd of 100 people on the left side of the building..a tour bus with an American plate was parked there..so even though it was pretty chilly we waited up..there were a bunch of obnoxious teens waiting around too..so that was the reason we thought was keeping our guys inside.. weâ€™d heard it had took close to 2H for them to come out on other venues and we were willing to wait. By midnight, there was only 7 of us waiting there..and at 12:30 it was only us 3 (Bibli, Turnip and myself) freezing our bums in the streets of Toronto next to what probably was a very empty building. We thought that if they were still inside, three lovely, very polite ladies werenâ€™t keeping them from coming out.. at 1am we walked across the street, back to Franâ€™s to warm up and share pictures and impressions..
.more to come about the 2nd night on the 22nd April - Toronto thread.
PS. Thereâ€™s been a bit of controversy about the hecklers..and I have to say there were almost none..so few you could tell the guys had to come up with more banter than they had probably expected because there really were not that many interruptions..and the cleverest thing a guy could come up with was yelling their hair looked greasy.. Â¬Â¬ having been rather close to J and his hair
I can say that not only is it very clean but it also smells great ..not that I had any doubts.