I got the distinct impression that Bret and Jemaine decided to start this tour, their first in over a year according to themselves, with a couple of nights in Amsterdam so they’d have an opportunity to polish their act before hitting bigger venues in Ireland, the UK and the US. It was very entertaining with some very, very good bits, some very loose bits, and one or two bits that just didn’t work. Which is not to say that it wasn’t an enjoyable evening. Most of the songs were great, including a few I didn’t recall from the TV series. The only really weak moment for me was a new song about a coach tour guide in NZ who shares too much with his tour group about the local gal he never made it with. Maybe it’ll work better in a different context. Another new (to me at least) song was a really funny one about going to “woo a lady” in 1534.
The between song banter was very amusing at times, but they really did seem to run out of things to say. They hadn’t really worked out ahead of the gig which songs they were going to play and were a bit nervous about playing some that, perhaps, they hadn’t rehearsed. The result was a lot of drawn out bits between the songs where they tried to work out what to sing next, and then what key/rhythm/etc… to use.
Musically it was good, if far from tight. They were accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a.k.a. Nigel the cellist for most of the songs. (Apparently the other member of the orchestra missed her flight from NZ, and would need to wait for next month’s flight.) The finale – once they got their beat boxes working – was great. Imaginative use of cardboard boxes and flashing lights for “Too many dicks on the dancefloor”.