Peter Kay, M.E.N Arena
If only we realised that Manchester Victoria Station was right next to the M.E.N Arena we would of got the train in and less hassle of parking, doh! Anyway apart from that it was great to see a comedy legend, very funny Northern bloke who did not talk about garlic bread this time. It was a real surprise to see Rick Astley come on as the support act for Peter Kay, he played a mixed bag of songs from his new album and a melody of Manchester hits (including Happy Mondays, Oasis, James and The Smiths). There was a hint though of what was to come ahead as a couple of Rick Astley posters were splashed across the side next to the Peter Kay merchandise.
On to the man that no one had heard of for about seven years, a man who lazed around and got fat (his words, not mine). So was he still the Peter Kay the nation cherished and loved, yep he sure was. He was still quick with his banter with the audience and even had time to have a jibe at Paddy McGuinness and his ever expanding wallet from him endorsing Greggs as his favourite baker. Kay did mostly new material as well from what I could tell and my face was aching so much from laughing. The only downside was every half an hour he took a break for 25 minutes, but the ending was worth it. Especially the outfit he wore as well, but I won't spoil for anyone who will be going to see him.
My view from the birds nest waiting for Peter Kay at the M.E.N Arena, with a surprise twist of Rick Astley being the support act.
Flight of the Conchords, Manchester Apollo
An amazing night, better than Peter Kay! I have fallen in love with this dead pan duo from New Zealand, maybe it is being a Lord of the Rings thing. This was the only chance I would get to see them live in the flesh as this will probably be their only tour in Europe/UK. Cheryl got me into these guys from watching their HBO live gig on YouTube and being so randomly funny and very silly (my kind of comedy).
The setlist from what I can remember, ok here we go...
* Too Many Dicks
* The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room
* Hurt Feelings ( this was HILARIOUS when firstly Bret forgot his words and then when Jemaine said to stop laughing and they tried again he forgot his words too)
* Jenny (I think, that was when Nigel came out and joined them)
* Maybe then the Woo A Lady one?
I really can't remember the exact order from then on, but before the encore it went:
* Demon Woman
Then in the encore it was:
* Business Time
* the one about being on the tour bus, the mock-Aussie one
* We're Both In Love With A Sexy Lady
The Apollo is a wonderful venue and well suited the Conchords with their third member of the group was Nigel who was the New Zealand Philharmonic Orchestra (apparently there was two others but they could not get past passport control, something to do with sheep rustling?). It felt like we were in a big living room and the banter between them and the audience was brilliant, when they came on to do Demon Woman with Jermaine having apparently a scarf that was meant to be flying rigidly in the wind looked like Biggles, they were both wearing sparkly skin tight leotards. It was a real lo-budget gig which worked so well that it makes you realise that Bands over do it at times. I will never forget as a gig and will be in my top five all time. When I think back at the gig I still find my self giggling aloud. Five years ago, they were a cult duo with a clutch of great comedy songs. Now, they’re masters in their field; it’s a shame it’s happened just as they look set to call time on the project.
Peace, Love and Bananas xxx