Last week my wife and I got to see the Blue Man Group. I saw them for the first time at MAX 06 in Vegas and all I remember thinking was that this was the most incredibly exciting performance I had seen in my life. It made me feel like I was four years old on Christmas morning.
So when they actually came down to Lafayette (which isn't a small town, but most groups will hit up NO or Baton Rouge instead), I decided to get my wife and I tickets for her birthday. The tour, named "How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1" had a funny premise. The guys (not sure if they have a name - the Blue Men?) send out for a DVD to help them become megastar rock and rollers. So a lot of the DVD talked about typical rock star/concert type things. For example - the times when everyone moves theirs head up and down, or put two fingers up in the air, etc. Funny stuff.
Unfortunately, in ways it was like a real concert. There were about 6 songs (sung by some woman I had never heard of, or a guy, ditto). It was funny. The show would go from these moments of super insane coolness (when the Blue Men were doing stuff) to incredible boredom when the singing started. You would see streams of folks get up to go pee as soon as this lady would start singing. In ways it was frustrating. But was it worth the money? Heck yeah. For the times when it wasn't boring it was just as exciting as you would think. I'd probably see them again - but not the same tour.
What was truly surprising was the opening act, a guy named Mike Relm. I'm not exactly sure what you would call him. His MySpace describes him as "Hip Hop / Psychedelic / Comedy". I guess you could call him a 'scratcher', someone who makes music by scratching LPs, or I think in his case it was all virtual. While he played there was a constant stream of video behind him that was pretty cool (and funny) at times. Both my wife and I would have enjoyed a show with just him. If you have the opportunity to see him perform, you definitely need to.
The Blue Man Group has a place in Chicago where they perform, and my wife bought us tickets for our anniversary a couple years ago. I share similar sentiments: It totally pulled out the kid in me and I had a blast.
The rolls and rolls of toilet paper with a heavy techno music backdrop was an awesome finale to the night.. :-D
The permanent shows in Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, and New York (and other places in the world) are theatrical shows with concert elements, while BMG's Rock Tours are concerts with theatrical elements.
It's too bad they couldn't make this clearer to people before they bought tickets, as I'm sure many people wanted to see a show rather than a concert. Glad you still enjoyed it, though.
-A BMG fan
I saw them the Friday night after MAX last year. Seeing one of their shows was on my "to do" list while in Vegas, so having them show up for the keynote was a big bonus. I got one of only 5 tickets left Friday morning and ended up in the 6th row. One row past where they gave out the raincoats.
Had a blast. I'll see them again.
I rented the DVD of their tour and I was blown away. Went right out and bought a bunch of their music. They've come to town, but I've been too cheap to buy tickets. I'm waiting to see the entire deal in Vegas. Completely unique, great music.
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