Okay, here we go..."It was a dark and stormy night..."
No, wait, that was Kent State. Hold on...
It was a bright and sunny day. In fact, it was 86 degrees - far too hot to wear either my "Bret sweater" or my "Jemaine jacket". Between construction, the Google Map directions being wrong (for future reference, East 14 Mile Rd. is not West 14 Mile Rd.), and my own frustratedness, it took about four hours to make this hour and a half drive. My dad, map wizard that he is, gave me the most roundabout directions of all time over the phone. (When I got home, I spent two seconds looking at the map and had it figured out. I have a keen sense of direction, but I don't know who I got it from...)
So instead of meeting Kelly at her hotel and carpooling to the show, I wound up driving myself to the theater and I got a pretty decent parking space. I made it with nine minutes to spare. Yeah, the theater folks made a big deal about no cameras, etc., etc., but they didn't even give me a second look. I'm kind of glad they didn't, because my camera was wrapped in a Ziploc bag hidden in my underwear. I now know what it's like to have three sugar lumps.
I'm still getting over how close we were - third row orchestra pit is the place to be! (Thanks again, Kelly, you are the best!) The pit actually rocked back and forth a little bit when people walked on it, like a boat. Too bad they didn't play "Petrov"... We were seated on Jemaine's side, unfortunately right in the view of one of the security/theater/whatever guys. I only wound up taking a handful of photos of the first show, most of them not worth showing here.
And I'll echo everyone else here and say that the Fox Theater is beautiful, and HUGE. Too bad it's surrounded by downtown Detroit.
Eugene Mirman was actually pretty funny, especially his rant about Delta Airlines, comparing them to Al-Qaeda. "They operate on the same business model." He gave out postcards to send to Delta that said "I HATE YOU".
Then of course, the guys come out, and I got that feeling of deja vu since we just saw them last Sunday. (Of course, the view was MUCH better this time.) Plus the sound system didn't freak out every time Bret said "dicks".
I guess this show was Bret's turn to mess up a bit, and he flubbed a bit of "Hurt Feelings". Jemaine ran with it and made fun of him while still making it part of the song. He also mumbled a bit in "Stana", which is just a perfect live song. I've heard it three times now and they add more funny bits to it every time. "He'll molest you. And your pets. He'll molest you - WITH your pets."
Well, it looks like most of the good "heckling" portions have been covered, except for Jemaine explaining how the two girls that left were able to come back even though he ordered security to have them killed. "Yes, we brought them back to life." His "insult mirror" was really funny as well. Take that, people in the balcony!
I said it before, but I love the addition of Nigel. Is it okay to call him the "Third Conchord" yet? He's clearly still getting used to the fans. And the cello adds so much to songs like "Jenny", it makes the songs seem musically "deeper".
And I'm not
mentioning the ridiculous orange underwear that those girls "threw" on the stage. Except for how Jemaine threw them at Bret's face. That was hilarious.
They ended with "Hiphopopotamus" and sadly Jemaine did not get Kelly pregnant.
After the show ended, we were in the weird situation of leaving the theater then coming right back in. Although, not before Kelly got her poster and I got my magnets (take that, Matthew!)
And that's it for Part 1! Part 2, coming soon in the 11PM thread...