It is a huge venue! But the sound was surprisingly good
So FINALLY I know what you lot all rave about - the show was SO good! They played for 2 hours solid (3 hours total with Arj on first then a 20 minute interval before our boys came on stage) and I don't think I stopped laughing the whole time - if I did I was still smiling like an idiot. Afterwards my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!
I loved all the songs - even though of course I knew them all, but the banter, oh the banter! Finally I get to hear about the muffins!
The two of them together are amazing - they just riff off each other so easily and smoothly! Jemaine looked like a complete dork most of the time and is clearly not afraid of looking silly, pulling faces and bizarre expressions. Bret just looked cute cute cute! Tynant and I went out to dinner before the show with a bunch of people I know, but her seat was much closer to the stage than mine. She said Bret was laughing a lot more at this show than the others she saw. (Ty also went to the first Wellington show and the Nelson show).
When they introduced Nigel (his hair is SO long - way past his shoulders) he came on and sat down, fiddled around for a bit then got up and walked off again with no explanation. And he stayed away for quite a while... Meantime B&J are joking around about 'I hope he hasn't quit, wouldn't that be awkward' etc. But Nigel still doesn't reappear and it is kinda awkward! Then they give up waiting and start to play anyway which is when Nigel does come back on and interrupts. Cue more jokes. Ty will be able to say if that happened at other shows too, but I don't think it was staged, I think Nigel genuinely forgot something, or something!
I wasn't brave enough to stand up and shout 'Happy Birthday Bret' - though I wanted to! But it's just as well I didn't cos it would've ruined it for when Jemaine introduced Bret later as 'a very popular member of the band - and it's his birthday today'. Then the whole audience spontaneously began to sing Bret happy birthday - though it was kinda funny cos the venue is so large one part of the audience was out of time with another so it was all a bit of a mess until Bret came in on the keyboards to play himself the happy birthday song so we could keep in time!
The epileptic dogs four part harmony thing didn't really work either, I think partly for the same reason. Actually there was very little singing along at all - but a LOT of laughing. 11,000 people laughing at the same time makes quite a noise! Trying to do comedy in kind of vast venue must be really difficult to pull off, but Arj and the boys did it! I can't believe they filled Vector two and half times over. Three if you count the people at the Auckland Town Hall gig. That's the same as Lady Gaga who also played here just few days before. Bret even made a joke about their glittery lycra costume change being very Lady Gaga!
Alas I don't have any photos or videos - OK I have 2, but they're not worth posting cos I was too far away, and I was too immersed in the experience to take any more. But Ty was a lot closer and I know she has some good ones so hopefully she'll post those soon enough. She would only just be back in the States now so give her a few days and I'm sure she'll be along!
Alas no meet and greet. Well I didn't even try to be truthful - but there haven't been any at any other show that I've heard of, and Vector is so big I didn't think it was even worth trying. I know Ty waited at Nelson which was quite a small venue, and so much more likely to offer a meet and greet opportunity (she and her son were the only ones who waited apparently), but there wasn't one there either. Kiwis just aren't that dedicated I guess.
Never mind, it was all made up for the next day when I was out and about with my siblings for my sister's 60th birthday celebrations and I saw Bret and family at the Auckland Museum. He was holding his little girls hand - so cute! She's a lot bigger than the last time Helgecko and I saw her! (As an infant in her pink baby-gro up at Leigh Sawmill when he played with WIUO there a couple(?) of years ago)
Oh I think my favourite song was the 'on the road' one at the end. It's the only one I hadn't heard completely, and I loved the way it tied all their stories and banter together. Particularly the bit about the goldfish. I nearly fell off my chair laughing when Bret piped up with "a snapper in the crapper"
Anyway, I can't think of anything else for now. Just remembering the gig makes me smile. I'm so glad I got to go! I hope they tour the US again for you guys!