Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The Fourth-Most Something Somethings Out Of New Zealand
Went to see the Flight of the Conchords at Red Rocks tonight, and it was just in the nick of time - I desperately needed help washing away the stress and disquiet of the past month or so, and the humor and music of McKenzie & Clement was just what the Doctor ordered.
I wasn't able to see the entire show due to a job commitment, but what I did see, about an hours worth of the world's best folk-rap-rock-funk-whatever-you-call-medieval-music-funniest stage-banter-ever, was pretty damn awesome.
The duo and their accomplished accompaniment (referred to as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), had the sold-out amphitheater rocking and laughing with every tune they played, and everything they did and said in-between.
I caught about half the show according to the friends I met up with. I enjoyed Jemaine and Bret punching out the comedy lights with Mutha'uckas, Hurt Feelings, The Seagull (which turned into a hilarious interaction with a "Freebird" shouting fan - not me, I swear - after Jemaine asked the audience what they wanted to hear next, someone shouted "Freebird", and Bret replied "No, we can't do that, we just did a bird song, Seagull. We can't follow one bird song with another bird song." Which led to Jemaine musing aloud, "Hey, why not shout 'Seagull' out at the next show you go to? You can yell out 'Seagull!' when the band you're watching next asks for requests, and see what kind of reaction you get from them."
Uhm, it was funny, seriously. Guess you had to be there.
I think that was followed by Business Time, which was followed by Bowie - a song that was now both poignant and hilarious - and that was then followed with non-encore encores, Think About It and 1353 (Woo a Lady).
I state they were non-encore encores as Jemaine & Bret discussed walking off the stage and waiting until the cheering was loud and long enough to return, as musical acts usually do, but then decided to show how rebellious they were and talk about walking off the stage but actually stay on stage and perform a couple of encores.
All-in-all, while I was only at the show for an hour or so, I'll tell you what, it was one heckuva rejuvenating, soul-refreshing hour.