Flight of the Conchords announce tour dates

Flight of the Conchords announce tour dates
Photo by Matt Grace

Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will return to North America. this summer. The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” is their first since co-headlining 2014’s “Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour.” Jemaine and Bret have new material in the works, which they’ll showcase exclusively at these shows. The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” begins June 11th in Cleveland, OH at State Theatre and ends July 27th in Los Angeles, CA at The Greek Theatre.

Bret had this to say of the upcoming tour: “I’m thrilled to get back on the road with over half the original band.”

The Conchords have also partnered with the charity organization Global Citizen for this tour. Amy Freeland, Senior Manager of Global Citizen Tickets, had this to say of the union, “We are so excited that Flight of the Conchords has joined the Global Citizen Tickets program for 2016! Offering two tickets to each show on the upcoming “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” will engage and motivate Global Citizens across the U.S. to take action to end extreme poverty by 2030.”

Bret and Jemaine first met in 1996 at Victoria University Wellington. Jemaine vividly remembers the first time he met Bret; “he was wearing a hat”. Bret doesn’t remember meeting Jemaine, but says it was unforgettable.

They were both acting in a University Drama Club production called Body Play. Bret and Jemaine were put in a group of five men to create a short theatrical piece about male body issues. The most memorable part of the show was the costumes. They wore nothing but skin coloured bike shorts giving the audience the illusion that they were naked. From that short vignette the group of five developed another pseudo nude show called So, You’re A Man. They performed to sell-out audiences in Wellington andAuckland, and were then invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

They flew to Australia for a one month season at a Melbourne comedy club called The Last Laugh. The group couldn’t believe they were being paid to perform and Bret blew his entire first pay cheque on a pair of leather pants.Unfortunately the Australians didn’t appreciate the show like they had in New Zealand, and the season was cancelled after one week.

In 1998 Bret and Jemaine decided to start a band. With a combined knowledge of three chords on the guitar they set about jamming out. The first song was Foux Du FaFa, (two chords) and they called themselves Moustache. The four piece band had Bret on casio-tone, Jemaine on guitar, and their friends Toby Laing and Tim Jaray on trumpet and double bass. They performed their one song at the Wellington Fringe Festival late night club and members of the audience were said to have been “mildly impressed” by the act.

After the encouraging feedback the pair continued to write songs in their living room, subjecting their six flatmates to relentless three chord jams. After several weeks they knew four chords and Jemaine got them a gig to perform at the Thursday night Comedy Club. On the afternoon of the gig they realized they needed a band name. The initial list of names included Roxygen Supply, Albatrocity, and Tanfastic. But the final name was chanced upon in a series of events that went something like this: Jemaine went to the bathroom and noticed the flat toilet was called the Concorde, he returned from the bathroom to suggest the name Conchord, and Bret said “What about Flight of the Conchords”, and Jemaine said “okay”, and Bret said “okay “, and Jemaine said “okay then” and Bret said “We should go to the gig, we’re late”.

That night was their first performance as Flight of the Conchords. Bret and Jemaine were so nervous they couldn’t speak between songs. Despite their performance anxiety the crowd of eleven people enjoyed their gig and were heard clapping and talking amongst themselves.

Tour Dates
Jun. 11 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
Jun. 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
Jun. 13 – Washington, DC – Wolf Trap Filene Center
Jun. 14 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
Jun. 16 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Jun. 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum
Jun. 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Jun. 19 – Chicago, IL – Pritzker Pavilion
Jun. 22 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
Jun. 23 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum
Jun. 24 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
Jun. 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Jul. 01 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
Jul. 02 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Jul. 03 – Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Jul. 05 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jul. 07 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Jul. 09 – Austin, TX – Bass Hall
Jul. 11 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
Jul. 12 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Jul. 14 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Jul. 16 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre
Jul. 17 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Jul. 18 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival 2016 (Fort Adams State Park)
Jul. 23 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul. 24 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
Jul. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre