Flight Of The Conchords live HBO special release date confirmed

Good news if you missed out on tickets to the recent tour...

The release date for Flight Of The Conchords’ HBO special has been announced, following filming taking place at their London show earlier this month.

The New Zealand comedy duo – featuring Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie – performed a run of shows at  Hammersmith Apollo in July. Prior to their residency in the capital, the band stopped off in Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. The tour was initially scheduled to take place in March and April, but was postponed after McKenzie injured his hand falling down the stairs.

During a two-hour show on July 2, the duo announced that it was being filmed and would air as a one-hour special on the HBO network.

It has now been confirmed that Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo will hit screens on October 6. The band made the announcement via a short YouTube trailer – check it out below.

During the taped gig, the group referenced the tour’s previous cancellation. “Guns N’ Roses are normally 90 minutes late on stage, well we’re 90 days late,” Clement joked. “It’s pretty rock n roll.”

The band were accompanied by a one-man New Zealand symphony orchestra, who played guitar and cello. Tracks from the TV show featured throughout the performance – with McKenzie dedicating ‘Bowie In Space’ to the “late great David Bowie”. ‘Inner City Life’, ‘Hurt Feelings’ and ‘Robots’ were also aired.

Fans were also surprised by a sprinkling of new tunes. ‘The Ballad of Stana’ references U2’s hit ‘With Or Without You’ and tells the tale of doppelgangers in love in the Wild West, while ‘Shady Rachel’ spoofs Tom Waits. Other new cuts included ‘ The Seagull’, ‘Summer Of 1353’ and the piano ballad ‘Father And Son’.

Last month, Clement and McKenzie spoke about the possibility of a third season. “It’s not like we were tired of each other’s company,” McKenzie said, with Clement adding, “we were tired of working together.”

The original show premiered in 2007, with the second season arriving in 2009. At the end of that year, the duo announced that it would not return for a third instalment.