Flight of the Conchords @ The Masonic, 06.27.16

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A reunited Flight of the Conchords played a sold-out show at the Masonic in San Francisco on June 27, and while the 3000+ seat venue is one of the largest in the Bay Area, it was an intimate affair compared to the duo’s show the next night at the 20,000 capacity Shoreline Amphitheater  down the peninsula in Mountain View. The duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement once billed themselves as New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” and “the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand,” but they now claim to be the biggest band in New Zealand, both in notoriety and in size, stating that most bands in New Zealand are solo acts. (Even their guest cellist was the entire New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, they claimed).

It’s been seven years since their HBO series ended, and almost three years since their last tour, and though Bret and Jemaine have kept busy with other projects, Flight of the Conchords have been sorely missed. After bantering with the audience a bit, the duo took a minute to strike some rock and roll poses, asking the crowd to take all their shots now (and at a second interval later in the show), and just enjoy the night without taking pictures. Then they launched into some old favorites, while working out the kinks on some new songs.

Setlist:
Chips and Dips
Father and Son
Robots
Foux du Fafa
The Ballad of Stana
The Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room)
Song for Epileptic Dogs
The Seagull
Mutha’uckas / Hurt Feelings
Carol Brown
Fuck on the Ceiling
Think About It
Bowie

Encore:
Shady Rachel
Business Time
1353 (Woo a Lady)

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