Yet again, here's an unnecessarily long recap of the show! Before the show
I arrived Wembley Park station and just followed the large crowd to Wembley Arena. There was a cool atmosphere outside the Arena with people hanging outside the Arena around near the fountains before the show started. I met up with my partners in crime, Rachel and minilea to go inside and take to our front row seats!Opening Acts
Lawrence Arabia & The Prime Ministers took to the stage as people filed in. I really enjoyed their set and I'm so glad they played 'Apple Pie Bed' which I think is a great song they dedicated to their hosts of the evening, Flight of the Conchords and 'Beautiful Young Crew', another brill song of theirs which went out to people from Hoxton in East London. It was also great hearing material I hadn't heard before and I'm now definitely going to look into more of their stuff. They completely rocked out at the end and ended their set on a high.
There was then a brief pause and this is when Whambi tapped me on the shoulder and introduced herself. It was lovely talking to her about the Conchords, her time in London so far and we just shared our excitement for the show which was about to take place!
Arj took to the stage with another great set. It was pretty similar to the set last week at the Hammersmith Apollo on the 17th although I think it may have been slightly shorter as he left a couple of jokes out from last time round including using a phone on a plane and babies. He discussed discovering white hairs in his beard which either makes him old or a wizard.
A highlight was when he made us go for a "Guinness World Record Attempt" for the largest indoor arena bird flip so everyone in the audience flipped the bird with both hands and Matt took the picture on stage.
During the interval I saw Arj hanging around the stage filming the crowd. JM13 came over to say hi just before the "New Zealand Is Yours. Go there now" advert from the archives was shown followed by FOTC taking to the stage.
A pic I took just before FOTC began their set:FOTC!
FOTC took to the stage with their lit up robot heads for another enthusiastic performance of Too Many Dicks. Unfortunately Arj's mike wasn't working until right at the end of his part which was a shame. I absolutely loved Bret's teaser of "Who likes to rock the party?" right at the end though.
They settled down to first of all introduce themselves as the band. Bret introduced Jemaine and Jemaine played a riff on his guitar and then Bret introduced himself and played a single (but impressive) lick.
They then sang another great rendition of Most Beautiful Girl and then Hurt Feelings. Regarding his casserole, Jemaine rapped "The motherf*cka's been simmering for an hour 45" and there was a drawn out pause when Jemaine rapped about waiting for a call from his family during his birthday in 2003 which got a big "aww" from the audience. After this, Nigel was introduced as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and they talked about budgetary cuts affecting the NZSO including one member who never actually had a tuba and always used to mime playing the tuba. I noticed that Nigel seemed to be looking over at me quite a lot during the show and I think it was just cos he recognised me from last week.
They discussed how they would be talking professionally throughout the show. At one point, Jemaine said that they even banter with the audience. To give an example, he slightly lowered and tilted his head to the side to look underneath the bright lights and looked right at me and said "Oh, you look like a girl". I was surrounded by many other girls so it was kinda nice to be singled out.
At first I just smiled and giggled and then I noticed he was still looking at me so I laughed and nodded and then he said something like "so you are a girl" and smiled and talked about how they do this and embarrass members of the audience
. He looked over at someone else to give another example and asked them "What are you wearing?" and repeated it in a deeper voice. I hope a video of this turns up somewhere cos my memory of this part is a little hazy once I noticed Jemaine was talking to me.
Jemaine noticed that he had a "spinny chair" whilst Bret's was taped down so if he moved slightly, his chair spun all the way round. Bret said that this happened at their previous gig so he spent half the night with his back to the audience. So Jemaine called Matt to come on stage to fix it by taping it down. Bret started to play Hurt Feelings but stopped to tell Matt to quieten down because he was making the song sound all "tapey". Jemaine complained afterwards that his chair wasn't spinny enough cos he couldn't turn around properly to reach his other instruments.
Someone shouted out a request for Prince of Parties and at first they were a bit hesitant because they said that they tried playing it the other night but couldn't remember how one part of the song goes. Jemaine went on to start playing it anyway and said it would become apparent which part of the song they can't remember. It was the part when Jemaine sings "Oh pretty prince of parties, where's the party now?..." so Jemaine tried to remember that part there and then by playing it slower. It still sounded fantastic live! It was great seeing Boom live as well.
Throughout the show, they bantered about their 'rock n roll' lifestyle on the road, complete with the muffin story which is always a crowd pleaser. One of their stories was about them taking drugs- Jemaine's antihistamines for hayfever, that is. Bret being the bad boy that he is took half an antihistamine tablet when he didn't even have hayfever and it caused him to feel drowsy. At one point during the show, they were going to play Robots but Bret missed the intro so they gave up for a little while and decided to tell the elevator story but some people in the audience were anxious for them to play the song. Jemaine heard someone call out "song!" so he told Bret and added "don't mean to hurry you along." It was great hearing it live as it was another song I hadn't heard it at the other gigs I attended.
As always, I loved listening to 1353 (Woo a lady). During the song Bret has a solo on the recorder which got cheers from the crowd and I thought it was a cute moment when Jemaine smiled at Bret and nodded approvingly and Bret looked over slightly at Jemaine whilst playing and nodded back as if to say "yeah, I got this". They also performed a funky version of Business Time complete with Jemaine playing the recorder at the beginning before throwing it away behind himself and repeatedly singing "your knees in my kidney".
I also liked Nigel's contribution to the song as he sang "making love!" quite enthusiastically.
Before they sang Think About It, they talked about all the caring about all the "issues" which Bono cares about in the world. With regards to AIDS, we were advised by Bret and Jemaine to reject advances made by monkeys and just ignore their calls. As well as AIDS and famine, as always, Bret and Jemaine talked about saving the whales. They talked about how they were booed in Norway whilst they were talking about saving the whales because Norwegians eat whales but we should regardless save the "apparently quite delicious" mammals of the sea. They re-enacted a phone call a whale may make to emergency services and talked about the difficulties whales may have particularly handling handsets with their flippers and not knowing where their ears are unlike rabbits who just have to hold the phone to their long ears. They both put on a cockney accent and Bret said over here we'd sound something like "Allo guvnor, what can I do for ya? Ambulance, police, fire or lucky dip?" and when Bret made the impression of how whales sound like on the phone, Jemaine replied as the operator on the other line by also re-enacting a phone call to emergency services by saying, "Sorry love, I'm actually just finding this very relaxing". I also liked when they were "breaking it down" and people started clapping and Jemaine sang in between "you don't have to clap".
They played Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenocerous. After Jemaine rapped "my lyrics are bottomless". Bret missed his part to which Jemaine replied "the same thing happened to me".
Yet again I was again impregnated by the Hiphopopotamus' potent rhymes as this time he made all of the ladies in the front row pregnant.
After Inner City Pressure, they sang Epileptic Dogs. Bret sang the extra verse about a pitbull named Earthquake. After, they tried to get the audience to sing along by splitting us in to sections. Bret got the people on his side to sing "Think about the epileptic dogs. Think about the eeeeplileptic dogs", Jemaine got the middle section which I was in to sing in a different way "Thiiiink aboouuuut the doggggs. The epileptic dogs!" whilst Nigel got those on his side to howl like dogs. I'm just as unbiased as Rachel but I think that the middle section sounded the best.
Everything was going well until they tried to get the back involved and Jemaine gave them something crazy to sing in his signature deep singing voice. Even I was confused for those at the back and wouldn't have been able to sing that part so it started to fall apart a bit towards the end but at least the front sounded quite good.
Jemaine responded to another request in the crowd for Albi and Bret played Little Red during the song. People sang along and Bret commented that we sang better for Albi compared to Epileptic Dogs.
Towards the end of the show, Bret and Jemaine talked about how we were drawing close to the end of the show and that they'll have to go back on the road. Someone shouted out "Season 3" to which Jemaine replied that they could make a third season but then they wouldn't be able to go on the road. So they went on to sing "On The Road" which is another song I hadn't heard live before and it was brilliant and got big laughs from the crowd. I liked how they incorporated the rock n roll stories they've been telling throughout the tour into the song.
Before they played Bowie, they told the time tripping story when they met Bowie, a present day and younger version of Tina Turner. Poor Jemaine struggled to put his guitar over his flying scarf. His glasses even fell on the floor and he struggled to put them back on and handle his scarf. I found it incredibly cute though (& kinda funny
). Bret was directly in front of me so I had a good view of his crotch as he put one leg up on one of the speakers and played his flying V.
They came back on stage for the encore and just before they did Jemaine explained that they were running out of time and said something like "Wembley has a curfew and are we are going to go by the rules?...err yes!" but they said they'll play a couple more songs. They played for over 2 hours but you could tell that they would have stayed on for longer if they could.
The Sugalumps videos show practically everything which went on and it was absolutely hilarious to watch live. Arj came on stage this time with a mic that was working and sang his part. As always, Bret was in quite a daring mood and was bouncing around all over the place. Bret was standing on a speaker and Jemaine seemed quite concerned that he may fall "That's a precarious place for your sugalumps- don't fall off that thing" The classic additional lines were sung, "This lady's eyes are creeping up my thighs and they stop on this ball. But that's not all, they drift over to the other ball" (Bret) and "Ladies from the easties, ladies from the westies wanting to molest these tantalizing testes" (Jemaine). I don't know how JM13 handled Jemaine repeatedly saying "Don't be shy". It was so funny when Bret pushed down the barriers and blamed JM13 "Security! She broke the barriers! Full on, London!"
As usual, Jemaine's tear away trousers were partially done up and were falling off so he ended up taking them off in front of us and I got to see his spangly glitter trousers up close.
I also had really good eye contact with Jemaine as he walked slowly past in front of us. We all had our cameras out so he said something like "all you ladies trying to take photos of my sugalumps" whilst gesturing taking photos. As they were taking photos of their sugalumps (including one of the security guys) on a guy's camera, the camera's memory became full and Jemaine explained that it shows how big their sugalumps are.
Bret being the rock star that he is, climbed through the audience and got quite far back. He looked very unsteady as he tried to stand on the chairs so we were all hoping that he didn't fall and luckily he didn't! Unfortunately he did seem to pull a muscle whilst getting back on stage because he underestimated how high the stage was. It was hilarious seeing his reaction though and calling out for a massage after the show. Jemaine sang that he hoped it wasn't an important muscle in Bret's sugalumps.
They left the stage to a standing ovation and a pic of the crowd was taken.The setlist was as follows (not in order):
Too Many Dicks
Most Beautiful Girl
Prince of Parties
Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenocerous
Think About It
1353 (Woo a lady)
Inner City Pressure
Bus Driver's Song
On The Road
We're Both In Love With A Sexy Lady
SugalumpsAfter the show
Even though I knew I couldn't hang out after the show cos I had to catch the last tube train since Wembley is pretty far out from where I live, I decided to wait around with a few fans for a while cos I knew I'd recognise a few people there. It was great when Rachel pointed out that Dot had posted on WTF! that she was waiting for the boys to come out so we eventually called out "Dot" and she was there right by us.
Just as I said before, the atmosphere was brilliant despite the chilly weather. People played FOTC songs out loud on their phones/iPods and JM13's boyfriend kindly sharing packets of crisps with everyone. The security guys were also incredibly kind by letting us know the times for the last trains and giving out free cups of tea. It was fun discussing various things Conchords related including how great the show was and our excitement for how excited we are to see Jemaine in Men In Black 3D.
I hope Bret and Jemaine give us an excuse for us all to meet up with each other again real soon.General comments
It was another night filled with much laughter and FOTC ended their European tour on a high. It was truly fantastic watching the show from the front row where I could see all of their facial expressions without having to look up at the screens. I loved the setlist and the audience yet again were generally well behaved. They were quite chilled and mostly respectful but I expected people to show a little more enthusiasm at times. It could have been just where I was sitting though and perhaps people further back were livelier.
I loved every minute of their gigs I attended and I just hope they come back soon to Europe to tour again because it has been so much fun and given all the positive reviews I've read, their live shows have gone down really well over here! I cannot thank Bret and Jemaine enough for all the laughs, all the hard work they've put into the tour, their kindness and generosity and all wonderful memories they have given me throughout this tour!