Even though I was still very elated from the previous night (see my Las Vegas recap), I managed to fit in a nap before the show. I invited my sister and her boyfriend to come with me. My sisterâ€™s boyfriend drove this time. Yay, no busses!
We got there 3 hours before the show because I wanted to see if I could upgrade the 2 tickets I had for the North Terrace section. But when I visited the box office, they had nothing. The show was sold out. Luckily, a guy named Matt contacted me through this board about having 2 extra tickets for section B (much better than N. Terrace). I called him that night and he sold them to me for face value. I then sold the other 2 I had to someone for the same price. I also had an e-ticket that was sent to me from a guy I contacted on craigslist. I bought that one for $80 but it was an excellent seat. $80 was a deal. Proof that you should never give up on the ticket hunt! It ainâ€™t over til the fat lady singsâ€¦or in this case, til the kiwis start singing and the theatre attendants shut the entrance curtain.
I had my sister and her boyfriend sit in Section B together and I sat in Section A, Row E. I was dead center, five rows behind the pit, 11 rows from the stage. To put it into perspective:
Awesome! James Bobin was sitting 2 rows in front of me! Pretty exciting. I havenâ€™t been to The Greek Theatre for 6 years so I had forgotten how gorgeous it was. Itâ€™s an outdoor venue, surrounded by trees in Griffith Park. Once it started to get dark, it was beautiful getting to see them play underneath the stars (Nope, not Angelina Jolie! Iâ€™m talking about the other kinds of stars.) in Los Angeles.
I knew Arj Barker was going to open but I didnâ€™t expect Eugene Mirman to also be a guest. It was a pleasant surprise! Eugene came on first and was only on state for maybe five minutes. He read his letter to Delta airlines. Arj came on after and did practically the same set from the night before. He said it was great to back in California but since heâ€™s from the Bay Area, he also said of course, he hates it down here. He screwed up the teacup joke but he said there was more where that came from.
I actually wrote down the set list this time.
Too Many Dicks
Most Beautiful Girl
Iâ€™m Not Crying
Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros
(Issues) Think About It
Prince of Parties
Albi the Racist Dragon
The banter for this show was way better than the banter in Vegas. I was laughing the entire time, along with the people sitting next to me. After Too Many Dicks, they did the one about one band member being late for rehearsal before diving in to Hurt Feelings.
When Nigel came out, someone shouted, â€œNigel, you rock!â€ And Jemaine concurred that Nigel does in fact rock. And then Nigel came back with how itâ€™s funny that itâ€™s always the men who say that to him. And he credited his hair for that.
Matt was fantastic on drums during Business Time! Afterward, they had technical problems and they were calling Matt for assistance. Then, I think Bret said Matt was on a drumming high and he was backstage signing a â€œtitty.â€ They joked that there was A LOT going on backstage. Bret got up and ran offstage to go get Matt and Jemaine said Bret left to go sign the other one. Bret came back a second later and said, he just left to get a quick BJ. All part of the rock â€˜nâ€™ roll lifestyle.
For Carol Brown, Bret had the women in the audience do a rehearsal before the song. He wanted the chorus to have a haunting effect. Afterward, he said he was disappointed because we were better in the rehearsal than the actual song.
The highlight for me was getting to see the Spanish translators during Think About It. Waldo and Patricio did an excellent job! I thought that I could try to use what I learned in two semesters of Spanish to follow along. Ahahaâ€¦I was wrong! Two semesters will not cut it. Iâ€™m glad the videos from the show got uploaded so quickly.
skipsabn wrote:One part was funny because they were playing the Greek Theater, Jemaine kept saying we're playing in the Pantheon Of The Gods. Bret was saying how it must have been just like this in Ancient Greece. Then some dude shouted (I'm pretty sure he said) "Freebird", but Jemaine cut right in and said "Caesar? No he was Roman! Totally different but it's okay. There's only 3 other americans that actually know that. Pow! Zing!"
I'm pretty sure I heard him shout out Freebird too.
Thereâ€™s so much more I wish I could remember. The vibe of this show was quite a contrast from the previous show in Vegas. The crowd for Los Angeles was more lively and energetic. A women in front of me even got up and started dancing with her date for most of the songs. Overall, it was more fun.
The show ended around 11 PM. We waited until 2 AM for Bret to come out for a few minutes. It was pretty chilly. I did not dress properly at all. After a few hours, my sisterâ€™s boyfriend went to get the car and we parked near the crowd and waited in his truck for anyone to come out. I was really hoping Jemaine would be there for the meet and greet. I figured that maybe the second time around, I would have all the nervousness out of my system and I would make a better impression this time. I also wanted to give him a cassette tape put out by Granny Press for his son. If youâ€™re familiar with Bruce Haack (think 60â€™s electronic music), he collaborated with this women named Esther Nelson and together they started a label (Dimension 5) and put out some really cool records for children. But he didnâ€™t come out.
Somehow, I'll deal. While we were waiting, James Bobin came walking past the crowd but he was with his date so I didnâ€™t try to bother him. Bret came out but didnâ€™t stay for long at all. He talked with 3-4 fans tops. This girl brought him a new toy piano. It was so sweet! I donâ€™t know the back story behind this but some fans wanted to get a picture of Bret sitting in their van. Bret went along with it and hopped in the passenger seat and posed with his thumbs up. I canâ€™t wait to see if that photo pops up anywhere!