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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Blue and Complex

I watched the Blue Man Group on commercials, but didn’t realize they were an honest to goodness act until Carl and I went to Vegas. We caught their show in the Luxor and were HOOKED. They were funny, entertaining and extremely talented. Their entire show was based on their music, which, if you don’t know, is done with PVC piping, steel drums, plastic tubing, and other items you could pick up from your local hardware store. Carl, who is not one to show a lot of emotion, was standing up, dancing and yelling by the end of the show. It was that. damn. good.

A couple of years ago BMG came to Atlanta on their Complex tour. We took my mom and step-dad expecting the same show. Not so. This was totally different with a different feel and music. Yes, they still played with hardware and paint, but this just looked different. Carl was a little disappointed only due to the fact that the show wasn’t as funny as the one in Vegas. My mom and step-dad, having never seen it, just didn’t know how to “take” what they saw. They had to digest it and mull it over. BMG are visual performers and the music is “different” – a huge departure from what they are used to - Country.

In the end, though, they like it. They want to see them again when they return in October.

I loved it. I bought The Complex CD and listen to it all the time. There are guest singers on the album such as Dave Matthews, Peter Moore and Tracy Bonham (I have never heard of the last two – are they newbies?) Their songs are totally different than anything I have ever heard.

Their rendition of White Rabbit is amazing. The song The Current is fabulous, and Time To Start will get you rocking as they teach you all the necessary steps to perform during a rock concert-

  • the Basic Head Bob
  • the One Arm Fist Pump
  • the Up and Down Jumping Motion

Ready GO!

The Complex is a fun, funky, and fabulous CD that would be a great addition to your collection. AND if you ever get the opportunity to see them live -- GO! You will not be disappointed. At. All.

Update:

Here is their video Sing Along - I believe it is Dave Matthews singing. Please don't hold it against me or BMG if you don't like Dave. It is still an awesome song!It gives you a little taste of what they can do. LOVE THEM!


9 comments:

Coffeypot said...

A&E (I think) had a special on them. They were interviewed as normal people (and realy do not look like their state persona) and they explained their craft. To them, they are artist just as painting and sculpturing is an art. Not entertainers. Isn’t that weird? And yes, they are funny.

Life, or Something Like It said...

I would love to see them. I wonder if they're on you tube?

Marni said...

They had a big special on PBS a few weeks ago and Carl and I watched it. They are just so awesome!

Life: I'm sure they are on there somewhere. I think I may search myself.

Stevie D. said...

I think they were also on DirecTV's freeview. An amazing show.

-Steve D. (lazycomic.blogspot.com)

Ben Heller said...

I've seen these guys on TV. I really like the fact that they mix music with art and perform a totally unique entertaining show.

The song's good too Marni, thanks.

KLee said...

We happened to catch a number they did not long ago on "America's Got Talent". They covered the Who's "Teenage Wasteland". the music was good, and kinda funky, but the lady (lady?!?!) singing the vocals was just terrible. They'd have been much better without her. They wore these weird pipe/tube suits, and looked like techno octopi.

Offspring liked the paint/drums bit, but she thought the drum suits were really strange.

I'll have to give the sings a listen, maybe this weekend. :)

Old Lady said...

Coool!

Dale said...

Blue Man Group has an installation or permanent show here in Toronto and they really rock out. It's probably more like the Vegas show with a lot of humour, audience participation and all round fun. It's well worth seeing.

See if YouTube has a video for Tracy Bonham's big hit Mother Mother from a few years back. You might be a bit shocked. :-)

Dale said...

Blue Man Group has an installation or permanent show here in Toronto and they really rock out. It's probably more like the Vegas show with a lot of humour, audience participation and all round fun. It's well worth seeing.

See if YouTube has a video for Tracy Bonham's big hit Mother Mother from a few years back. You might be a bit shocked. :-)