Hi everyone! I'm still feeling the glow from last night.. (strong imprints on my unconscious.. J was in my dreams and even my naps today) wish I went again tonight -- can't wait to read the reports and see pics from my new friends
It was SO GOOD to meet you dear fellow board concert goers! Hugs!
I'm so glad for this forum.. thank you Sherry for setting it up and keeping it in such good shape.
First of all, i literally teared up a little bit when Jemaine and Bret came on stage. This happens to me sometimes at the beginning of a very moving classical concert, but not usually at a band or comedy show. I just feel so grateful to them, and their art is such a large part of my life. It was amazing to be in the same room.
I had an interesting seating position in that I was at the show alone (through Bibliaddict's extra ticket, yay THANK YOU), and I was literally surrounded by men. A row of 5 in front, 1 or 2 deep on each side and at least 4 behind me. I don't know if the Universe was trying to give me the chance to meet someone with similar interests, but it didn't work out that way, as I only had eyes for the stage!
Also, except for the guys to right, they weren't a very jovial bunch. Compared to other parts of the theatre, they were mostly sitting back kind of cool like "impress me". They seemed to get the most out of the Albie song.. laughing out loud at that one. I guess its the most macho song?
At first I felt inhibited by all these impassive men-folk sitting around me.. but then I started imagining that they were my bodyguards and I just let myself go. Laughing loudly for my whole area. Also, it was lovely to sing along in the ex-girlfriends choir and then have Jemaine compliment us on our singing "oh you can see its the land of Celine Dion".
On the Canadian note, Bret and Jemaine seemed genuinely impressed at the amount of laughter/response they got from the "We've been in America for a month we're very arrogant now" quip. Bret was like "oh, we seem to have really hit a chord there". Maybe they can relate with the whole New Zealand/Australia thing (not to say that Australians are particularly arrogant, but just the smaller population/larger population). Anyways, it made the later skirmishes with the rude American girls at the front side that much funnier, though also painful... it was clear that the girl hadn't caught that the "NZers are unhygienic" comment was directly from the show when she ventured her hair variation, haha. I think when Bret said the "everyone was thinking it" comment, he was pretending to be her trying to justify the holler to herself kind of thing, hehe.
About the songs.. three words and one apostrophe: Bus Driver's Song. I hadn't heard it before and, that song is very special to me. It is amazing. I love how it just 'rolls' along, and then by the end you feel deeply for the man. Thoreau lives of secret desperation and poignant and other words I can't think of. So glad I heard it live, that is a highlight for me.. (Turnip, you told me that was a fav, I see why).
Also as mentioned Foux du fa fa was amazing cuz they were just so relaxed and made up extra hilarious conversation in the middle and as Turnip pointed out it was an audience where everyone would understand so they could ad lib more.
Stana had some incredible moments, dark and dreamy. I would love to see all the lyrics to that sucker.
And that moment of beauty in Jenny was really beautiful, like you could hear how they could just be a 'regular band' if they wanted to be. And they played the Issues! I was so worried they wouldn't but right at the end they did..
In other news, I was downstairs by the merch table before the show when the faulty poster arrived. I really felt for the delivery guy, he looked really sick when he found out the opener name was wrong. The woman in charge was like "I'm going to kill Mark, I was already going to kill Mark and now I'm really going to kill him", and the delivery guy said that it WAS Eugene's name on the poster at one point that day, but then it got changed back. Yikes! I love the idea of Eugene crossing out and putting his name in.. they will be collector's items I bet, like stamps with errors.
Loved Eugene's show btw.. I saw him in Texas at SXSW and he used some of the
same material and a bunch of new stuff. It was all of the hilarious.
Hmm, what else what else. The two hours went by SOO QUICKLY, and I wanted to be even nearer the stage,
and Jemaine's genuine thank you at the end was a good good feeling
As someone who very rarely goes to shows with more than 50 people at them, I was so happy for this cozy venue and feeling relatively close to J and B with their friendliness and interaction. They are such a collection of qualities that I look for in people and its just great knowing that they are living their lives on this planet right now.