Another Blue Man show

posted by Jeff | Monday, March 19, 2007, 11:51 PM | comments: 2

The Dayton show put us the closest we've been to the stage, and it was good to get one last shot in before the tour ends. God knows when they'll do it again.

Overall, they've made a lot of improvements to the show to keep it flowing. Even the longest break in the action, where they order the rock concert manual, has been spiced up a bit. That's the good.

The bad is simply that it lacks Tracy Bonham. The new girl does OK on "Up To The Roof," but she doesn't have the pipes for "I Feel Love" unfortunately. And since she doesn't play the violin, "Baba O'Riley" just doesn't have the impact it did before.

Those aren't deal breakers, just minor disappointments. We did find it rather sad that they changed the graphics in front of Exhibit 13 to spell out the fact that it's about 9/11. How fucking sad is it that people are that dense? (Watch the video at that link, and it should be apparent by the time you've watched half of it to get it.) I remember seeing on the tour journal about how they were surprised people didn't get it.

Anyway, my hope is that they consider recording new music, with vocals. It's time to move beyond The Complex. I also think it's time to think about integrating some of the vocal music into the stage shows, because it really brings the performance to the next level.


Carrie, March 20, 2007, 4:19 AM #

You are totally right. I watched the Exhibit 13 video and got it right away... of course, you already indicated here it was referencing 9/11. ;-)

Gonch, March 20, 2007, 4:44 AM #

Good stuff. Still glad you got me to check it out.

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