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by sargifster » Tue May 18, 2010 2:30 am


Amily wrote:
Vesna25: The setlist! #fotclive http://yfrog.com/154skj

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I love how the muffin story has grown so much during the tour and that it now gets its own place on the set list.

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by Venus » Tue May 18, 2010 4:58 am

Haha, I loved the inclusion of 'Muffin Story' too. Bret actually showed the audience that the setlist said 'Muffin Story' after they told it because it's a classic rock n roll story. [image]

I thought my recap for this show and M&G would be shorter but no, I have a lot to say so it's going to be another long one. You've all been warned! Once I'm done, I'll post it. :)

The boys signed and played my friend Rachel's ukulele as some of you may have gathered from my tweets. Here's the video I took:
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by accordions » Tue May 18, 2010 5:25 am


Venus wrote:

The boys signed and played my friend Rachel's ukulele as some of you may have gathered from my tweets. Here's the video I took:


Thanks for posting the video!
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by squidhat » Tue May 18, 2010 8:28 am


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by chrissycubana » Tue May 18, 2010 1:10 pm


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thank you for sharing!! [image]

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by gezyka » Tue May 18, 2010 2:23 pm

That video = [image]
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by Venus » Tue May 18, 2010 2:41 pm

I'm glad you're all liking the video! :)


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Is this the front row gig??? [image]

Either way, have fun Vesna!!! [image]


Just saw this going back over the thread. Front row is next week at Wembley! [image] Second row was amazing! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself in front row centre-ish. [image]

A few pics of the M&G:
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Me, Rachel and Leanne with Arj
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by hellomyfriend » Tue May 18, 2010 3:12 pm


Venus wrote:I'm glad you're all liking the video! :)


Amily wrote:
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Is this the front row gig??? [image]

Either way, have fun Vesna!!! [image]


Just saw this going back over the thread. Front row is next week at Wembley! [image] Second row was amazing! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself in front row centre-ish. [image]

A few pics of the M&G:
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Me, Rachel and Leanne with Arj
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Awesome pics, Vesna! [image] [image] [image] You look adorable with Arj. [image]
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by Venus » Tue May 18, 2010 3:23 pm


hellomyfriend wrote:Awesome pics, Vesna! [image] [image] [image] You look adorable with Arj. [image]


Aww, thank you! [image] [image] [image] Gah, I don't usually like looking at myself back in photos but I appreciate all the good memories they bring. [image]

I'll post more pics soon. :)
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by gezyka » Tue May 18, 2010 3:28 pm

You're so cute, Vesna! [image] Thanks for sharing these! [image]
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by gezyka » Tue May 18, 2010 3:39 pm

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by hellomyfriend » Tue May 18, 2010 3:41 pm


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by Venus » Thu May 20, 2010 4:53 am

Here’s my account of the show. I thought my recap would be shorter (kinda like FOTC’s set that night…zing! :P) but in fact I remembered quite a lot and I have a lot to say so it’s another lengthy account. Again, do not read if you don’t want to know anything about what the upcoming FOTC shows may be like.

Before the show

I spent the evening with Rachel and Leanne who were fantastic company! We arrived at the Apollo quite early so we had a bite to eat and drink at Pret a Manger and hung out at the Apollo not to long after the doors opened. I noticed that there was a t-shirt on sale that I hadn’t seen before for with ‘World Tour 2010’ on the front. A pic of it can be found here.

I took my seat in the second row on Jemaine’s side. A kiwi guy sat to my left (I could hear his accent while he was talking on the phone and to confirm his New Zealand origin, he said “Sweet As”. Bless.) and a small group of people to my right had made signs reading “Folk Me” and “Leggy Blonde” which they held up during Sugalumps.

The show

Arj’s set

Arj opened the show for the second time during this tour. As you can imagine there were many instruments and wires all over the stage so Arj nearly tripped up on numerous occasions during his set. He compared the stage to being in a minefield and tried his best not to trip up or break something. I think the crowd was really into Arj. He opened his set talking about the volcanic ash disruption and how Al Qaeda must be kicking themselves because all they could have done is to set up a huge campfire near Heathrow. He got big laughs for quite a few of his jokes including 3D films (how he refused to watch Avatar at first because it was “corporate bullsh*t” but it ended up being one of the best films he’s ever seen and how inferior 2D is now because it’s now just like reading a book), using phones on planes (which led to a hilarious joke about how text speak could mess up the plane’s system), his thoughts on global warming (it’s the SUN’s fault…think about it) and his thoughts on having children (sleep!), porn movie titles and not being ashamed about being into video games. I really enjoyed his set so I'm looking forward to seeing him again next week at Wembley. :)

FOTC!

FOTC’s set kicked off after the showing of the ‘New Zealand is Yours. Go there now’ advert from the NZ Tourism archives on the two big screens. They opened their set with Too Many Dicks which included Arj passing by to rap his part of the song. Once they finished the song, Bret and Jemaine decided to give a full explanation of the song being about too many dicks on the dancefloor. They said that they stopped counting the number of times they said the word ‘dicks’ after they reached 40 and it was probably said about 100 times and that they used other words for dicks such as ‘schlongs’. Bret and Jemaine were also keen to highlight that there are many layers to song such as the lyrics could refer to men being actual dicks. Jemaine then introduced the next song as also mentioning times when there are too many men on the dancefloor and so they went on to sing Most Beautiful Girl. During the song Jemaine sang, “You could be a high class prostitute like a politician would use”. [image] Hurt Feelings was played which was preceeded by Jemaine talking about their brother Tupac having hurt feelings so he died of hurt feelings...and the loss of blood. Jemaine also rapped that Bret is “not a snorkelling transvestite” after being offered a ladies sized wetsuit. [image] Bret rapped about his friends going to see Julia & Julia despite the fact that his friends know that he loves Meryl Streep.

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After this, Nigel was introduced on to the stage as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Bret and Jemaine explained that unfortunately budget cuts affected the NZSO so one member had her tuba taken away. When Nigel came on stage, he was given a big round of applause and wolf whistles which Bret and Jemaine commented on. Bret wondered why we call those type of whistles ‘wolf whistles’ so they decided to ask Matt to look it up on Google. Jemaine pointed out that perhaps he should concentrate working on monitors rather than going on Google. After a song, they received a piece of paper from Matt explaining wolf whistles. Bret read it out and realised it basically explained how you make wolf whistles with your hands and mouth. Part of the explanation said that wolf whistles is usually used to call someone who you find attractive. They were still wondering why it was called a wolf whistle but then Bret read out the end of the explanation which said that it can be also used to call wolves. Jemaine then said that we can use it if we find any wolves sexually attractive. [image]

Bret and Jemaine explained that the evening will consist of songs and talking in between songs. They said that they will be talking but their talking is more professional than the way we talk. Jemaine said that the way they talk is better than us because we don’t get paid to do it which got a big round of applause. Londoners love a bit of fake arrogance. :P

The banter during the night was mainly focused on Bret and Jemaine’s rock n roll lifestyle. The muffin story went down really well with the crowd. After they finished telling it, Bret picked up the setlist to show us that ‘Muffin Story’ is actually written on the setlist because it’s such a classic. ;) They also talked about putting hotel staff in charge of 24 hour room service through their paces by calling room service really late at night (starting at about 11.30pm) and ordering about 30 toasted sandwiches throughout the night and not getting any sleep. Both Bret and Jemaine realised that it didn’t get as big a laugh as the muffin story though! The story about the groupie and the goldfish came up and as always, they were reluctant to tell it. There were shouts of “Tell it!” from the audience to which Jemaine replied, “maybe later” but they never did.

Bret and Jemaine addressed the issues (basically all the ones Bono care about, they care about). They addressed war-"What’s it good for? Nothing." They also addressed famine which occurs when people don’t have enough food in their cupboards and Jemaine described being famished as it being like Ethiopia in his stomach! Whilst they were talking about whales calling up emergency services, Bret mimicked a sort of cockney accent and renacted a phone call to emergency services and was like “’Allo, emergency services?”. Jemaine put on an English accent and pretended to be the call operator and said “Which emergency service would you like or would you like a lucky dip?” which got a big laugh from the crowd. Think About It was sung with the inclusion of “AIDS, AIDS, no thank you!” and “You can shave it and put a dress on it but it’s still a monkey” during the fade out whilst Bret sang about it being dark and not knowing it was a monkey. [image] HvR was played so I am proud to say that I was one of the lucky few ladies in the first 5 rows of the Apollo that evening who were impregnated by the Hiphopopotamus’ potent rhymes. ;) As always, “Congratulations, bitches” got a huge laugh.

[spoiler]Being wooed. Bret and Nigel playing the recorder:
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During Epileptic Dogs, Bret got the audience to sing along and harmonize. Members of the audience in the Stalls sang “think about the epileptic dogs” in one why whilst the other members of the audience in the Upper Circle sang “think about the epileptic dogs” in a different way. At first I was kinda worried that people weren’t going to sing loud enough since the crowd was quiet at first but when people understood what was going on, they started to get really into it and sang louder. I have to say that the harmonies sounded really good. Even Jemaine said something along the lines of “Aww, that’s sounds really nice”. ;)

We were informed by Bret and Jemaine that some time tripping acid was available at the merchandise stand in the form of a poster but Jemaine warned that we shouldn’t take too much otherwise we’d be “fingered by a Tyrannosaurus Rex”. :o [image] They then proceeded to talk about their acid time tripping experience at David Bowie’s party where Bret laid down some “cadaverous chops” with Bowie and Jemaine encountered a present day and 70’s version of Tina Turner. After wondering about the possibility of David Bowie being in the audience and then deciding that it was pretty unlikely, Bret said something along the lines of “David Bowie is an arsehole, you heard it here first” after Bret accused him of stealing his rhythms but then Jemaine pointed out that he was playing Bowie “an easy to play Bowie book”.

[spoiler]There was another swift costume change during Bowie as Bret and Jemaine took their tops off to reveal their spangly glitter outfits. After that, they ripped off their trousers (they were all pretty smooth this time round ;)) for Demon Woman. As they were setting up, there were heckles from some of the more vocal and ardent Breteros in the crowd of “Bret, your beard is good!” and “Bret, you got it goin’ on!” and Bret said thank you to both of them. They completely rocked out during Demon Woman which included Jemaine lighting a match and all of them pretending to trash the stage afterwards.

During Demon Woman:
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Oh and at one point during the evening there were a few people shouting out requests and Bret and Jemaine heard someone shout out “Wuthering Heights” so Jemaine replied “That’s not one of ours” but they proceeded to play a bit of the song anyway. They mockingly sang it which was pretty funny. When they finished, Bret said "There's a guy up front who's not into Kate Bush. He's like *shakes head* 'nah'". [image]

They came back on stage for a shorter encore compared to the other shows of We’re Both In Love With A Sexy Lady/Sugalumps. I liked when Bret got Nigel to stop playing the cello cos it was getting all up in his grill. [image] Bret jumped off stage really near where I was sitting and took the camera of someone sitting a few seats away from me near the aisle and took photos of his crotch on her camera. He tried to climb a few seats but when he got up, he dropped back down again and sang about it not working out. :P After speaking to Arj after the show, I realised that he did miss his cue during Sugalumps because Bret and Jemaine kept on looking back waiting for Arj to come on and rap his part, hehe! But he did eventually come on stage to do his part of the song which was a nice surprise. :)

Bret taking someone's camera to take pictures of his crotch:
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The setlist was as follows (not in order):
Too Many Dicks
Most Beautiful Girl
Hurt Feelings
Jenny
Inner City Pressure
Think About It
Foux du Fafa
HvR
I’m Not Crying
1353 (Woo a lady)
Epileptic Dogs
Brief rendition of 'Wuthering Heights'
Bowie
Demon Woman
Encore: We’re Both In Love With A Sexy Lady/Sugalumps

General comments about the show

There were very few heckles during the show. Only when there was a pause between the songs when they were figuring out what to play, there were a few song requests and a few other heckles that I mentioned and that was about it.

It didn’t go unnoticed by myself and other fans who had seen them at previous gigs that the show was a bit shorter. Crowd pleasers such as Business Time and Albi were omitted from the set. But as I said before, what they did manage to play was brilliant and I’m really happy they played Inner City Pressure. After the show, I went up to the stage to try and get a setlist. Matt gave out two setlists while he was clearing up the stage. One girl climbed up on stage to try and get one but when she thought she was going to get in trouble, she dropped a setlist on one of the seats and ran off stage. It was the last setlist available so I kept an eye on that setlist. Then Nigel came on stage so I managed to get his attention and asked for the setlist on the chair which he gave to me. I thanked him and shook his hand. I felt quite lucky because there were quite a few people around who also wanted a setlist. A few fans asked to see the setlist so we all looked at the setlist and one guy commented that he went to the show the night before and they played considerably more songs so a few fans were quite puzzled that the encore was cut short. I assume it is because Bret and Jemaine had commitments after the show at the after party with a few celebs in attendance. But as you can tell from the setlist, it was still a pretty full set so it wasn't much of a big deal for me and I still thoroughly enjoyed the show.

I was in the second row but I could still see some people around me and in the corner of my eye going back and forth from their seats during the show so it must have been pretty annoying for some others. Rachel and Leanne also noticed people seemed to get up from their seats quite often during the show. I wasn’t complaining when the person in front of me got out of her seat during 1353 though to make my view even clearer. ;) It was actually during that song that Bret was looking in my direction. I don’t know if he was staring into space but he held my gaze for a few seconds and then smiled. :)

Just before the show, I caught on to some of the buzz on Twitter about there being quite a few celebs in attendance. I saw most of them outside the Apollo after the gig (the 4 boys from ‘The Inbetweeners’, Bill Nighy, Richard Curtis and Rob Brydon). I also read that Jonathan Ross and his family, Nick Frost, KT Tunstall, Jude Law and Sienna Miller were there.

These tweets cracked me up:

oh_shin: i swear to god, all the british comedians i have on my twitter all went to the same Flight of the Conchords show

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empiremagazine: On the downside, the merchandise stall has completely sold out of FOTC tea towels. Jude Law's clearly swiped the lot.

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Next: The meet and greet. :)
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by Venus » Thu May 20, 2010 5:00 am

Meet and Greet

I waited outside the Apollo keeping an eye on the stage door with Leanne and Rachel. At first there were over 20 fans who waited for over an hour but then that dwindled to about 10 fans since I suppose people had to catch the last train etc.

Arj was the first to come out after about 2 hours. He said, “Good to see it’s all ladies out here tonight” but he failed to see the only guy there so he apologised and said “oh sorry, I didn’t see you there.” [image] He then hung around to talk to all of us. He talked about the after party that was going on backstage which he wasn’t impressed with and just described it as a gathering of old friends and said that we were more interesting. He also talked about seeing Jude Law backstage and commented on how good looking he is, “No homo but he’s so dreamy!”. [image] We then discussed Jude Law and Sienna Miller’s relationship status. We talked about the show and he compared our crowd with the previous night’s audience. He asked if we were attending any more shows (I guess he’s used to seeing fans attending multiple shows!) so I met a girl who will be sitting in the same section as me and will also be seated in the front row for the May 25th show.

Other than Rachel and Leanne, I got to speak to a couple of other fans who were waiting for a meet and greet. There were a few fans from the US who had been to the show the night before and waited for a meet and greet which didn’t happen so they were quite anxious for a meet and greet this time round. I have to say that a couple of the people who were waiting around looked quite familiar because I think I’ve seen them in photos with Bret and Jemaine whilst they were touring the US. They were very friendly and seemed like a very dedicated bunch. Whilst we were talking to Arj, a car drove past with Matt inside who waved. One girl was sure it was Jemaine so she was quite worried that he had just left but a few of us reassured her that it was Matt (further evidence that Matt is channelling Jemaine and is now even deceiving fans :P).

After he finished talking to us as a group, I walked over to Arj with Leanne. I shook his hand and introduced myself. He was incredibly friendly and I liked the way he crouched down a little to ask what my name was. We took a photo and then I asked him to sign my FOTC S1 DVD. He asked me to spell out my name and thought I said “B” instead of “V” so he paused and said, something like, “it’s okay, I’ll write something else” so he wrote “Be well”, wrote my name on top of it to me and signed his autograph. When Rachel asked Arj to sign her uke he said, “I better not mess this one up”. [image] He was very patient with all of us and took photos with everyone and we managed to get a group one with him before he left in a taxi. He told us on a few occasions including just before he left that he was unsure whether Bret and Jemaine were going to come out or not and we told him that it was okay and we enjoyed his company. :)

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Bret, Jemaine and Nigel came out not too long after Arj left. Bret and Nigel came towards our side first and that’s when Rachel asked them to sign her uke which led to them taking turns to play it. When Nigel first started playing Rachel’s uke, Jemaine shouted over to Nigel something like “Sing a song, Nigel”. [image] Here’s the YouTube video again:



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After that, I spoke to Nigel first. I asked him to sign my WIUO- The Dreaming EP. He opened the CD case to take the booklet out and seemed quite touched that I had the CD. He asked me where I got it from and I said Amplifier. He took out the booklet and signed his autograph near one of the pictures in the booklet. Another fan next to me and I told him how much we enjoyed the CD. I then told him that it would be great if he could perform with the other members of the ukulele orchestra here. I wasn’t expecting to hear that they actually had plans to perform in the UK in June for ‘Toast’ which he described as a New Zealand Festival which takes place in London where everyone practically gets drunk. Their flight was going to be sponsored but the company sponsoring them pulled out so they can’t make it anymore which is a shame. I also told him that WIUO inspired me to learn to play the uke and he was like “aww, that’s great” and we talked about ukuleles becoming more and more popular. Nigel was so nice and very easy to talk to. We even talked about the Apollo’s marquee. He found it quite amusing that FOTC had their name in lights in the marquee but the rest of the building was covered with huge posters of Ricky Gervais. [image] We laughed and agreed cos I was looking forward to hopefully seeing huge posters of Bret and Jemaine on the Apollo but there weren’t. :P I took a photo with him, thanked him and then moved on to Bret.

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Bret signed my FOTC S1 DVD and I decided to ask whether there was any chance of a live tour DVD. He paused and said “No, you’ve seen it all live now!” quite animatedly throwing his arms around (aww!). I have to say that I’m still not fully convinced for some reason but maybe that’s just my wishful thinking. :P I took a photo with him and then took a pic of him with Leanne. Leanne told him that she came from Manchester and knew she had a long drive home asked whether I was from Manchester but I told him that I live in London. Afterwards, I asked him to sign my Video Kid CD. When he saw it, he said “Oh, wow” and signed it as follows:

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I asked him whether he has any plans to release any more solo material and he said that he didn’t know but he may do. I told him that I’ll look forward to whatever he does next so he smiled and said something along the lines of “Yes, I’ll be around doing stuff!” with a big grin on his face. So sweet! :D

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend that much time with Jemaine but it was okay cos I was able to speak to him more in Birmingham whilst I previously didn’t get a chance to speak to Nigel and only spoke to Bret briefly last time round. Leanne and I walked over to him just as their tour manager was actually going to take him away but he told her that he hadn’t spoken to us yet so he made sure that we got his autograph and had our pictures taken with him. [image] I asked him to sign my Season 1 DVD. After he signed his autograph, he pointed to the image of himself on the DVD cover and said “that’s me” and wrote that next to it on the cover with an arrow. [image] Whilst he was signing it I said “great show tonight” to which he replied “oh, thank you”. I asked for a picture which Leanne took and thanked him.

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(Rhys is the one who drew the ‘meetings’ thought bubble coming out of Jemaine’s head & signed it last summer after one of his shows)

Yet again, it was another incredible night filled with much joy and laughter. I had a blast during the gig and I’m so happy that I was able to meet them after both of the shows I’ve attended so far. It was totally worth missing the last train home for! I can’t praise them enough for being so considerate towards fans and generous with their time. I’m really looking forward seeing them again live from the front row at the Wembley gig next week.

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by hellomyfriend » Thu May 20, 2010 8:53 am

Wonderful recaps, as usual, Vesna. [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]


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Venus wrote:Yet again, it was another incredible night filled with much joy and laughter. I had a blast during the gig and I’m so happy that I was able to meet them after both of the shows I’ve attended so far. It was totally worth missing the last train home for! I can’t praise them enough for being so considerate towards fans and generous with their time. I’m really looking forward seeing them again live from the front row at the Wembley gig next week.

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