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5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Nancy » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:57 pm

Thu 5 July
Sydney Opera House NSW - All Ages
CAPACITY: 2,679
http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com (02) 9250 7777
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Venus » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:38 am

First Australian gig kicks off tonight! :supz:

frontiertouring: Rumour has it @FOTC are cooking up something special for their @SydOperaHouse show tonight! Be there by 8.15pm – you’ve been warned.


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Sound Check at the Opera House #fotc #iconic #picoftheday

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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Venus » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:16 pm

Some cool pics already coming in. Pics courtesy of AAP.
They're both wearing dark shirts. 8)

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Flight of the Conchords! They turned around to sing to us

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Nice of them. :lol:

Credit to @the_howie (who won the Oxfam Coffee Break with Bret & was offered tickets to this gig by Bret)
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Sydney! #realtalk #fotctour2012

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The show's barely over and we've already got good pics. Thank you, Australia, please keep this up. ;)
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Venus » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:40 pm

Flight of Conchords takes off in Sydney
Kathy McCabe The Daily Telegraph July 06, 2012 12:00AM

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Flight of the Conchords perform their first Australian show at the Sydney Opera House. Picture: Adam Ward Source: The Daily Telegraph

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Flight of the Conchords perform their first Australian show at the Sydney Opera House. Picture: Adam Ward Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE New Zealand comedic muso duo Flight Of The Conchords ripped laughs from the belly via the brain at their opening Australian concert at the Sydney Opera House last night.

Well warmed by their co-star and almost Aussie resident Arj Barker, an up-for-it audience welcomed Jemaine Clements and Brett McKenzie like long lost mates who had missed the last two BBQs.

By virtue of their hit TV series, expectations were buoyant.

Much of their material is well known and loved, yet the pair's unique blend of comedy and song hit its mark with a first-time freshness which few seasoned professionals could match in the YouTube era of sound bites and shaky fan videos.

Every element of the show is rigged for laughs, from instructions to Matt their sound guy slash hairstylist to the lighting technician Alex to strike a particular mood from "medieval" to "misery".

Although poor Nigel from the NZSO (the supremely talented representative from their home country's "orchestra") as straight man seemed a tad wasted. In a comedic rather than rock n roll fashion.

Where FOTC truly bedazzle is as musicians, songwriters and singers.

The laughs may be the ultimate pay-off but it's their music which riivals their peers in pop, rock and well, every genre imaginable.

They are that good, whether channelling Bowie, Barry White or Black Eyed Peas.

If you can get your hands on a ticket to see FOTC on their Australian tour - they're pretty hot with a long list of celebs still hanging in hope - grab it. It's one of those nights.

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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby LauraK » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:29 pm

:clap: :supz: :thumb: What a great bunch of pics!! Thanks, Aussies!! :heart;

You can usually tell when they're telling the muffin story and at what point they're at in it... :lol:
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Nancy » Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:12 am

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Wow! Loving that first photo of Jemaine by yakidkay. Also liking his shot of both guys. I also love the dark shirts. :eyelashes:

I haven't seen Clements in awhile. :hrm: :wink:
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby LauraK » Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:35 am

That's the least offensive name-screw-up....to me, at least. :lol:
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Venus » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:52 pm

True. :lol:

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Flight Of The Conchords, The Opera House Concert Hall – 5/6/2012
WRITTEN BY JANET COLLIS ON 6TH JULY, 2012

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What shouldn’t have come as any surprise was the appearance of Arj Barker as the opening act. After all, he features heavily on the television series as Dave, the pawn shop guy. Performing in his notoriously brash, exuberant style, Arj contrasted the shy and awkward duo of Brett and Jermaine perfectly, his confident personality oozing through with puns about his sexual prowess and the pains of having to ‘work’ at the Opera House. His mannerisms were great, adjusting the tone of his voice to great affect, often shouting crazily, head tilted back into the microphone for added effect. The laughs were plenty for the American native, who avoided one thing that New Zealanders tend to enjoy quite a lot: paying out Australians.

Brett and Jermaine of Flight of the Conchords emerged from the darkness in matching shiny silver foil jackets and dodgy home-made cardboard boxes on their heads, decipherable as a simple representation of their faces emerging from a bass speaker. Their awkward intro banter drew mass laughter from the audience as they jumped straight into Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor), a cheeky dance-oriented number that was a ridiculously hilarious opener made even more comedic by their appearance. Limiting their vision and mobility, the cardboard boxes proved a hilarious prop, as they struggled to maintain balance with the awkward object wobbling about on their heads as they played with the fact that they couldn’t hear each other speak or see anything. It was well after the first song that they even realised that there was seating side of stage, and that their view must have been terrible (made up for by playing I Met A Girl facing side of stage in the encore).

Robots saw their costume drastically transform with a 180-degree rotation of their cardboard box head pieces revealing a silver robot-style face to match their foil jackets. It was performed for the most part in monotone, with Arnold Schwarznegger and MS DOS impressions thrown in to hilarious results. At the song’s conclusion, their robot outfits (jacket and box) are removed and Matt, full-time sound guy/part-time hair stylist runs on stage to fix the duo’s hair. Brett objects to Matt’s styling on Jermaine’s hair stating, “why would you try a new hair style on our biggest tour, just stick to the classics”, in his awkwardly nonchalant manner. With their hair styles sorted, Brett and Jermaine set to the task of seducing the female contingent with Most Beautiful Girl via sexy lyrics like ‘Let’s get in a cab, I’ll buy you a kebab’ and ‘You’re so beautiful you could be a part time model, but you’d probably have to keep your normal job’.

In the TV series, the songs emerge from storylines that form the key subject matter. In the live setting, Brett and Jermaine give the songs meaning through the exploration of seemingly whimsical stories and discussions that eventually form the foundations for a song. The stories satirise the duo and their touring lifestyle that they refer to as “rock n roll”, the funniest of which, believe it or not, included receiving a complementary muffin and being stuck in a lift. These seemingly banal topics are made bone-achingly funny with Brett’s well-measured storytelling, and the proud and overly-excited manner with which Jermaine interjects. The way that Jermaine talks up ‘the band’ as “a couple of wild-dogs, a couple of wild dogs diabolising women” is so bleedingly ironic, but the way that he and Brett play out their characters is so believable that you can’t help but laugh at the thought that it is just their everyday personality.

The subtle way that Brett and Jermaine make jokes about being in a band is very well measured. Multiple pre-song requests from Brett to make the lighting “more medieval”, “more depressed”, or to make their sound “more rock ‘n’ roll” often turn into hilarious quips from Jermaine like “you can’t do smells with lighting Brett”. It makes the audience crack at how literal and blunt yet playful they are with each other. The chemistry between the two is captivating, for they are so equally tragic at being cool, and try so hard to impress us with knowledge, stories or musical prowess, but always fall short. The perfect example is Business Time, where Jermaine has the female contingent screaming in lust at his deeply rich and sexual baritone, until he completely changes the mood with ‘making love for two, making love for two minutes’.

Once you see past the humour, the musicality alone is something to admire. In their own respects, Brett and Jermaine are talented musicians, with exceptional multi-instrumental playing abilities. Jermaine’s most impressive(ly funny) are his triangle playing and clarinet solos in Inner City Pressure. In all seriousness though, the pair posses equally impressive voices, with which both have a huge range, plus Jermaine’s aforementioned baritone. The most captivating part is how they manage to transition so effortlessly from speaking and sounds into such well-sung harmonies and duets, as well as bust out the odd rap and sing accents and emotions perfectly. In its own right, many of the songs have catchy elements that draw you in and convey emotion. Plus, they tend to favour a funky playing style that makes you want to dance.

Showcasing a new song (one could only guess could be called Pec Sex is exciting) could mean that a new show/movie is in the works. However, it proved to be a weak moment as Brett had to stop multiple times mid-song, stating, “Damn, I’ve forgotten the lyrics”. His memory proved not to be so good as it happened a few times in different songs, although it was quickly forgotten each time as they re-gathered quite quickly. Another weak point was definitely the Bus Driver Song, which was sung in a seemingly Australian accent, although it’s meant to poke fun at New Zealanders. The song was a flowing ballad and didn’t draw much laughter from the crowd as its content was more serious than the others.

The way they play on irony is so clever. The most drastically ironic moment came from the most rock-driven song of the night, Demon Woman. Appearing in one-piece leotards, devil wings and electric guitars, the hip thrusts and power stances were unleashed with a fury. The hilarity that was drawn from such an unlikely rock status was heightened when after the song they trashed the stage by pouring some tea out of a cup, pushing a chair over gently and giving it the finger and laying a cymbal on the ground. After leaving to an unbroken applause, they came back for a three-song strong encore. The third encore song and show closer Sugar Lumps was where all the antics came out to play. Ditching their instruments, and backed solely by New Zealand’s ‘one man orchestra’, the duo burst out into spontaneous dance moves to flaunt their ‘humps and lumps’ to the audience. Jermaine jumped into the audience and rested his crotch on a female audience member singing “she put her shoulder on my gonads”. Whilst Brett hoaxed a lady in the second row into climbing the chair in front to get on stage, only to call security to grab her as she got half way up. One thing was for sure, the ladies completely lost their marbles over their sugar lumps. Brett and Jermaine told me to say that.

A huge ovation was justly given to a stunning two-hour performance that brought hysterics to many happy punters. It’s been a long wait for a tour. But their long history paying out Australians has paid off with sold-out shows around the country.

We now patiently await another TV series..

Full Setlist

Too Many Dicks (on the dancefloor)

Robots (The Humans Are Dead)

Most Beautiful Girl

New song – Title unknown (closest guess is Pec Sex)

Think About It (Issues)

Hurt Feelings

1353 (Woo A Lady)

Bus Driver Song – sung in Australia

Inner City Pressure

Epilectic Dogs

I’m Not Crying

Business Time

Bowie

Demon Woman

Encore

Moving On

I Met A Girl (Over There)

Sugar Lumps

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NEWS | FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS REVIEW!

We Check Out Their Sydney Show...
Jul 5, 2012



It was a soaked night in Sydney as a crowd of eager fans arrived early at the Opera House for a ‘special surprise’ happening at the Flight of the Conchords show.

We were richly rewarded when Arj Barker (who plays pawn shop owner Dave in the show) took to the stage for an unannounced warm up show. He got some big laughs out of a warmly receptive crowd who seemed delighted to have another Conchords alumni on stage.

But of course it was Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie that everyone was there to see, and when they appeared on stage clad in silver suits with square aluminium space helmets, we knew we were in for a treat. They burst straight into ‘Too Many Dicks On The Dancefloor’ and followed it with fan favourites ‘Robots’ and ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room.’ In between songs, they gave us some classic banter about life on the road and some light hearted ribbing of their stage crew - make sure you listen out for their hilarious muffin story!

But it’s really the music that makes this band so special, where they manage to both parody and emulate some great musicians and songs. ‘Bowie In Space’ wouldn’t achieve its humour without its near perfect references to David Bowie’s catalogue; similarly ‘Inner City Pressure’ owes a gratitude to the Pet Shop Boys. Their harmonies and musicianship are exemplary, and they have the added bonus of being extremely sharp and funny as well.

The crowd was lucky enough to hear at least four new songs, the highlight being a track called ‘Medieval Summer Of 1353’ complete with mood lighting. Perhaps one of their best known tracks ‘Business Time’ had the audience in stiches and a hilarious sing along was encouraged with ‘Epileptic Dogs.’

The ease and familiarity they bring to their performance is a beautiful thing to behold. Despite making some mistakes in new songs, on occasion re-starting a song a couple of times, everything felt fresh and exciting and the innocent repartee present on the show was out in full force. We were subjected to some fairly amazing costume changes mid-show and were also rewarded with some Bret and Jermaine dance moves towards the end.

Closing the show with a very special performance of ‘Same Girl’ and ‘Sugalumps,’ fans left with sore bellies and tear soaked cheeks from laughter, back into the Sydney rain.

After such an incredible performance, Flight of the Conchords have firmly cemented themselves as New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo. We hope they bring their sugarlumps back soon!

Written by Miranda Boyce

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Live Review: Flight of the Conchords + Arj Barker - Sydney Opera House (05.07.12)
July 6, 2012 - 2:46am — Larry Heath

I write this review as I recover from a two and a half hour onslaught of hilarity, brought (finally) to Sydney by the one and only Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie aka the Flight of the Conchords, with a very special and an unexpected appearance from someone who's no stranger to our city, Arj Barker. I say "recover" because the amount of laugher this night induced exhausted just about every muscle in and around my face. But enough about me... let's talk about the show.

Introduced in a typically dry/awkward fashion by Jemaine, Arj Barker surprised the crowd with an opening stand up set that covered topics such as laser eye surgery, half toilet flushes and man whoring it on the road. In his usual fashion, Arj worked the room like a pro, kindly kicking off not only this fine evening at the Opera House, but the entire Australian tour, too. Not a bad way to get things started, and he certainly got our laughter muscles well lubricated for the main attraction.

The New Zealand duo, who up until today had only appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, made their Sydney debut with the popular, bass heavy number "Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor)". Lights flashed in rainbows and they wore speakers on their heads as they jammed through the song, getting plenty of laughs along the way. As with many songs of the night, the song served as a catalyst for lengthy banter that was as entertaining as the music itself.

Given it's been a while since their series went off the air, the music felt fresh to the crowd who laughed at every joke in every song they knew, and found great moments in the songs they didn't. The duo - with a supporting instrumentalist in Nigel, primarily on the double bass, and the occasional, brief appearance from Arj - seemed to find the music fresh too, humourously stumbling over lyrics a few times here and there. As this is their first tour in quite a while (their New Zealand tour last week was their first in two years), it's only natural. A new song which may it may not have been called "Let's f*** on the Ceiling" proved a particular struggle, which they admitted from the outset, but made for one of the best moments of the show (and does this mean a new album approacheth!?).

What it was easy to forget in between their last record and the stage show was that not only are they hilarious, but they are fantastic musicians and singers, too, showing off their range throughout the night... along with their bodies through a series of costume changes that were achieved by the fact they were wearing each outfit under the next. By the end of the show they were in spandex, rocking out for "Demon Woman", before returning for a three song encore and ending the night with the easy favourite for many: "Sugalumps". This saw them bump and grind around the stage, and on their audience, in glorious, hilarious fashion.

Other highlights included an epic rendition of "Bowie", "Hurt Feelings", the audience participation of "Song for Epileptic Dogs" and the adventure in the days of ye olde, "The Summer of 1353". Notable absences included "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros" and "Albi the Racist Dragon" - but with the set looking to change slightly every night, they will no doubt make appearances later in the tour.

I feel reluctant to say too much more because I don't want to spoil the night completely, nor do I want to put anyone's expectations too high (what!? They played that song the night you went!? They didn't play it the night I went!!). But I think it's pretty obvious for anyone who knows the duo that in purchasing a ticket, they're in for a treat.

Flight of the Conchords came, conquered and did not disappoint. They return to Sydney tonight "all the way up the road" at the Entertainment Centre, before hitting the rest of the country and even some regional dates. If you're a fan of comedy, this is a tour you don't want to miss.

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Flight Of The Conchords on song in Sydney
Ross Purdie, NZ Newswire
July 6, 2012, 2:35 pm


It must be hard to stay grounded when you're Flight Of The Conchords.

Once self-titled "New Zealand's fourth most-popular folk parody act", Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement have since soared to the heights of international comedy's hippest act.

But when the running joke is that you're two losers from a failed band with only one fan turning up to your gigs, how do you handle hundreds treating you like rock gods at the Sydney Opera House?

Fortunately, the ego has yet to land on the live stage with the comedic duo as self-deprecating as when they burst on to our TV screens five years ago.

Vain attempts are made at pop diva posturing - chastising a sound tech for styling their hair the wrong way ("this is our Sydney Opera House gig, don't try out new things") or meandering into a long anecdote about "crazy times" on tour with muffins.

The Kiwi duo also land a few expected digs on their Australian audience, unveiling new musical instrument the "wozzanator" ("invented by Wozza") and marvelling at their surroundings ("this is probably where they did Crocodile Dundee The Musical").

Otherwise the laughs are firmly on them, a dual tribute to the characters' dim-witted naivety and the actors' near psychic intuition during some glorious ad lib moments.

Of course, the funniest moments throughout the TV series were always the songs, whimsical and quick-witted compositions that parody every musical genre from hip-hop to glam rock.

Hurt Feelings (Tears Of A Rapper) comes to life as a mournful ballad ("I feel like a prized arsehole, no one even mentions my casserole") while Business Time sees Jermaine shine as the sleazy but loveable sex machine.

Other songs, such as the Pet Shop Boys-aping Inner City Pressure, suffer from a lack of graphics to storyboard the narrative, while a couple of newer numbers drift by forgetfully.

But with the audience singing along to every word on favourites like Epileptic Dogs, the hardcore fans well in on the joke, this show is simply a way of reliving laughs with two of the funniest guys on the planet.

Flight Of The Conchords continues at shows around Australia until July 18.

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Flight of the Conchords, Arj Barker @ Sydney Opera House
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Fri 6th Jul, 2012 in Gig Reviews

Less a regular Thursday night show and more a triumphant, agonisingly belated victory lap, New Zealand’s self-styled “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk comedy folk duo”, The Flight of the Conchords, have finally made it to our shores. It was worth the wait. In front of a capacity crowd at Sydney’s “hat-shaped building”, the answer to their rhetorical question “Who wants to rock the party?” was pretty much everyone.

First though, the unbilled support act was FOTC collaborator and honorary Australian Arj Barker, whose ‘I just smoked some cones and now here’s some weird s*** I observed’ demeanour has now been polished to slacker perfection. There’s a deceptive art to what he does, his apparently casual looseness belying his precise timing and ability to extract every ounce of humour out of even the slightest of anecdotes. Jokes about Michael Phelps smoking weed, ‘freeballing’ a solar eclipse and having corrective eye surgery may appear tossed off and almost improvised, but there’s serious polish and comedic know-how here. Taking in crowd-pleasing local references (“I’ve been doing tourist stuff. I went to see the famous 3 sisters…up in Kings Cross”, Breaking Bad impressions and recurring riffs on ‘Marley and Me’ (“Spoiler alert: the sequel is just called Me”), the themes of Barker’s set would have been fairly familiar to anyone who’s seen him before (is there anyone who hasn’t?) but he proved the ideal, crowd-pleasing appetiser for the Conchords.

Mercifully appearing straight after Barker, the Kiwis had the crowd, if not at ‘hello’, then about two lines into first song Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor, which Jermaine explains is not just a literal re-telling of their experiences, but something of an analogy: “It’s about how there are a lot of dick-like people on the dancefloor of life. If you explore its hidden meanings, you’ll be richly rewarded”. We’re then left pondering the possible metaphorical implications of Robots, the hilarity of which is added to by the pair’s cardboard robot heads which leave those side of stage basically watching the side of a box. “They’re getting a very different show up there” Brett observes, dryly.

One of the triumphs of their instant-classic show was how the duo seamlessly transitioned from the all-conquering musical chameleons of the musical interludes to the uber-gormless, provincial naifs who bumbled through the storylines, forever confused by their big city surrounds. So it is tonight, with the pair skilfully skewering every genre from lovers rock and folk balladry to futuristic glam rock and then basically reverting to their hapless personas between songs. New Zealand’s image as a backwater is played up throughout, with the ‘New Zealand Symphony orchestra’, consisting of a single member called Nigel joining the pair for most of the set.

The focus throughout, however, is firmly on Brett and Jermaine. Unlike many comedy pairings, there’s no straight man here, no half of the duo that’s a bit smarter or a little more worldly. Both are equally out of their depth at all times, a dynamic beautifully explored on the hilarious We’re Both in Love with a Sexy Lady and the not-quite-gangster rap Hurt Feelings. The banter between them is priceless, not least when they negotiate with the lighting desk for an appropriate backdrop to one song: “Can we have something that’s like the smell of heather and the woods?” Brett asks. “I think they mainly just do colours, Brett” Jermaine deadpans.

The straight-faced absurdity of The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room and Inner City Pressure keep the laughs coming, and their deadpan banter between songs is almost as amusing. There are hilariously stilted non-anecdotes about getting free muffins in a hotel (“complementary means free. The muffins weren’t flattering me” explains Brett), getting stuck in a lift and a truly ridiculous gag involving misuse of a fish where we have to wait until the end of the show to hear the pay-off.

In many ways it was a night of firsts. It was surely the first time anyone has led the Opera House Concert Hall in a mass sing-a-long about epileptic dogs, and almost definitely the only time a song featuring the phrase “David Bowie’s nipple antennae” has graced the venue. There were also some newer songs to complement the favourites we’ve all long since memorised, including the mock-heroic Summer of 1353 which recounts the difficulties of wooing in the 14th century, and the typically ludicrous f*** on the Ceiling, which takes them a few goes to get through.

Most comedy rock has a limited shelf life, but the Conchords’ songs were always better than novelty numbers. You get the impression they could have carved out a successful career in any number of straight musical guises, but that they decided this was way more fun. Having had the good grace to end their TV show before it risked getting stale, this unlikely cultural phenomenon shows no signs of coming to an end, and by the time they get to the last song, a roof-raising Sugalumps, you’re already hoping their return visit comes around quite a bit sooner. I missed favourites like Hiphopopotamus v Rhymenoceros and If You’re Into It, but maybe next time. Otherwise this was a joyous, faultless Australian debut. They have no peers.

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Review: Flight of the Conchords
July 7, 2012 By Winsome Walker

Full disclosure: I am a die-hard fan of Flight of the Conchords, New Zealand’s ‘fourth most popular folk-parody duo’, and was positively squealing with excitement at the prospect of seeing them perform live at the Sydney Opera House.

The sold-out opening show of their Australian tour was no disappointment, bringing Bret and Jemaine’s hilarious musical-comedy stylings to the stage.

The thumping bass line of Too Many Dicks (On the Dancefloor) opened the show, accompanied by a dizzying lights display and a cameo from Arj Barker.

Clad in gaudy silver suits and tin-foil wrapped boxes on their heads, the boys then transported us to “the distant future, the year 2000”, in their rendition of Robots.

Bret and Jemaine have serious music chops, singing, serenading, rapping and rocking the Concert Hall. Jemaine even choked back tears, wailing his way through the woeful tale of rejection in I’m Not Crying (“I’m not crying, it’s just been raining… on my face”).
Anecdotes of the band’s rock star “antics on the road” are interwoven between songs. As Bret explains with glee, he once received a complementary muffin at a hotel. The muffin didn’t flatter him with praise, but was free of charge. Rock on.

Spectacular costume changes see the boys strip down to spangly Ziggy Stardust suits in a David Bowie parody and don billowing capes and scarves in the cock-rock bravado extravaganza, Demon Woman.

While legendary songs like Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros and I Told You I Was Freaky are absent from the set list, we are treated to Jemaine’s extended version of Business Time, and offered a tantalising taste of the insanely catchy new Conchords tune, F*** On the Ceiling.

No one grinds their hips and shapes their booties like Bret and Jemaine, confirmed by the side-splittingly funny finale of Sugalumps.
The Flight of the Conchords live show was a flippin’ amazing experience, and I pray that our beloved Kiwi cousins visit Australia more often.

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Sydney Opera House, 5 July 2012

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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby SheWolf » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:45 pm

:clap: Way to go Aussies. Hope all the upcoming shows receive so much photographic attention.
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Venus » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:07 pm

A gallery of pics courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald
Flight of the Conchords: Surprise special guest Arj Barker did a great job of warming up a capacity crowd at the Sydney Opera House ahead of the Conchords. When the Kiwi duo, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, were welcomed onstage they were wearing home-made helmets and the laughs started. They launched into Too Many Dicks (on the Dance Floor), complete with crazy light show and accompaniment from Barker. There was plenty of self-deprecating banter between songs that included Business Time and The Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room), which might have a long history, but can still bring down the house.
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby LauraK » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:49 am

I loved this last paragraph and I agree:

Most comedy rock has a limited shelf life, but the Conchords’ songs were always better than novelty numbers. You get the impression they could have carved out a successful career in any number of straight musical guises, but that they decided this was way more fun. Having had the good grace to end their TV show before it risked getting stale, this unlikely cultural phenomenon shows no signs of coming to an end, and by the time they get to the last song, a roof-raising Sugalumps, you’re already hoping their return visit comes around quite a bit sooner. I missed favourites like Hiphopopotamus v Rhymenoceros and If You’re Into It, but maybe next time. Otherwise this was a joyous, faultless Australian debut. They have no peers.


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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby SheWolf » Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:49 pm

I had a lot of respect for them ending the TV show at the right time and on the right note. But that doesn't mean there are songs I'm gonna wanna hear forever. There are already songs that I'd be happy to never hear again. :lol: Which is why I was heartened to hear them say they wouldn't return to the US without some new material. Now if they were only a bit quicker with the creative process. :P
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Re: 5 July, Sydney Opera House

Postby Venus » Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:12 pm

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