Friday, July 30, 2010

Timetripping: Mostly European Tour May, 2010

It's been exactly two months since Flight of the Conchords had their epic tour finale in Hollywood Bowl in L.A. with the audience of 17,000 people. The venue was almost sold out.

The Conchords were supposed to tour Europe only, but to the US fans' great surprise, they added three more shows in Berkeley, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, thus it came "Mostly European Tour". The Guys didn't have any problems with selling their shows in Europe. The pre-sale tickets were gone within seconds after the sale had started and Wembley Arena in London (12,500 seats) was sold out after about 15 minutes.

Having two warm-up shows in Wellington, NZ and L.A., the Guys started their tour in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This was pretty significant, considering where the name of New Zealand comes from.

Jemaine and Bret with the support of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
(or just Nigel); Amsterdam, May 3rd, 2010

Then, they headed to Dublin. That was a long journey, because Europe was under the constant alert about the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland and their plane had been cancelled. They were such a troopers that went by tour bus and gave the show on the same day.

From Ireland, the Conchords went to the UK where they performed in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and London. I was lucky enough to see them in the last two cities. I still can't shake off the impression Jemaine and Bret made on me when I met them. And I don't want to. :)

Leaving the British Islands for a few days, FotC visited Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Their last show in Europe took place back in Wembley Arena in London on 25th May. Three days later the Americans had their feast.

A couple of words need to be said about FotC's supporting acts. For their two shows in Ireland, the Guys invited their old friend, David O'Doherty. In the UK, Eugene Mirman (their tv show landlord) joined them for a couple of shows just to be switched in London with Arj Barker (tv show Dave) who stayed with the band till the end of the tour. Kristen Schaal (tv show Mel) made it to support them in Hollywood as well as Eugene had his comeback in the US. It's worth to note down that at the two shows in Wembley Arena, the Conchords were supported also by their friend from New Zealand, Lawrence Arabia.

Two wonderful men who have been an important part of the FotC team for many years deserve a special paragraph. The first one is Nigel Collins a.k.a. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. I can't imagine Jenny without his cello now. The second guy is Matt Shane, a sound engineer. Thanks to him we could hear every whisper of Jemaine and Bret in every corner of the venue.

With a new tour, there were new posters. Here's the Euro Poster Series. Have you got your favourites?


  • Banters with 'on the road' stories, especially the Muffin Story. It was the only banter that was noted down on the setlists, so important it was!

  • three new songs (check this entry); On the road was actually written on the road!
  • sparkling jumpsuits for the song Demon Woman;

London, May 17th, 2010

  • Korean karaoke with the multimedia;
  • an awesome version of Inner City Pressure;
  • singing Epileptic dogs in canon with the audience;
  • Jemaine doing different accents for Albi;
  • Matt's odd jobs;
  • mendley of Too Many Dicks and Rock the Party;
  • and of course, last but not least, Sexy Lady / Sugarlumps.

To sum up, I did some maths and here are the results, more or less:

7 countries

13 cities

21 shows

87,900 people (55,000 in Europe and 32,900 in the US)

Not bad as for the 4th most popular New Zealand folk band, ay?

Every show was unique and special. For more details, reviews, photos and videos check fan forums: FOTCmb (sign in first), WTF! and FOTCfanbase: 2010 Tour Archive.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Timetripping: Phones4u

I'll be posting from time to time something about the Conchords' past and I'm going to call these posts "Timetripping". ;)


Phones4u have uploaded better quality videos of the mobile phone ads that the Conchords made for them in 2003, while they were in the UK.

"A live 'remix' rendition of the Conchords famous Phones 4u theme. Rare behind the scenes footage of Brett and Jemaine jamming on the tour bus!"

Honestly, these Guys can sell everything with their music.

Woo A Lady

I decided to surf youtube for some tour videos and just now found out about some new FotC songs. One titled "Woo A Lady", check it below, it's 6 minutes of total greatness.

The next one is called "I don't Love you Anymore". Check that one out below.

Anyways there's one more that I found and it's called "On The Road". It's only around one minute long, but that's fine and dandy.

This makes me really happy, because new songs, usually mean, a new album. So let's hope for that. Anyways, enjoy!

Also, I should add, if you guys have any videos of new songs by the guys, then please e-mail them to me so I can put them up here. My e-mail is

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jemaine in Predicament

It depends what you understand under this word, because he is doing pretty well.

Giving up the tv show allowed the Conchords doing other things, like touring Europe (I'll write about it next time). It's been very fruitful year for Jemaine being busy taking up different acting roles. One of them is the role of Spook in his friend's, Jason Stutter's (Tongan Ninja, Diagnosis: Death) new movie, Predicament.

Before the movie had its premiere at New Zealand International Film Festival on July 16th in Wellington, you could watch some clips with interviews with the producers and the cast of the movie on its YouTube profile (isn't this sentence too long?). There are some hilarious videos with Jemaine as well :).

A real treat for the J-Dog fans is that the music video to the new song 'Predicament' written and performed by Tim Finn featuring Jemaine Clement can be seen now on the Predicament official website along with the full length trailer and some stills from the movie.

Here's just a teaser:

You can buy the single on Amplifier (international) or iTunes (NZ only).

The national release of the movie is on August 26th. If / when it is released the US / worldwide, I'll let you know.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Some updates

Again, sorry for not posting anything lately. There just hasn't been much going on. I recently re-watched seasons 1 and 2 of FotC. That's the only notable thing FotC related I have. Well there is Dinner for Schmucks, which looks pretty damn good. Jemaine was on Jimmy Fallon last week and they revealed this clip of Jemaine's character, so check that out below.

Also you might have noticed I changed the layout a bit, wish I didn't since the gif image above doesn't work anymore and I had to do some editing to make it a simple image. Anyways Dinner for Schmucks comes out July 30th so look forward to that, because I know I'm going to see it for sure.

How cool would it be if Bret started doing some major movies soon? I'd like to see that.

Here's a video of the cast of Dinner For Schmucks talking about beards:

And the video you all waited for:

It seems that this isn't the full video. I'd suggest going here to watch the whole episode.

I should also add that Flight of the Conchords are in the running for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, they're at 11 so far and you can vote here.