Blue Man Group combines new technology with old act

Adam Larck
mtn@timestoday.com
The Blue Man Group pose for applause at the end of their show on April 9.

The last time I saw the Blue Man Group in person was about nine years ago in Las Vegas.

During that time, the “How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.0” was going on, and I loved the humor the trio brought to the table, as well as the piped percussion sets.

On April 9, I got a chance to check them out again in Peoria. I knew that, since the last time I saw the group, they had gone through a few changes on the Strip. However, I had never seen the national tour before, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from the group.

What surprised me, though, was how much the tour borrowed from the act I saw nine years ago.

Those that have seen the group before would have appreciated some of the new parts that have been added over the years.

The group, known for their curiosity of technology in between pipe performances, toyed around with a trio of GiPads, giant iPads that aided in their rhythm. Their playing brought plenty of laughs and a nice beat to listen to.

There was also a small video on plumbing and a giant pipe they used for different sounds that I don’t remember from Vegas either.

Outside of that, though, most of their other parts came from earlier tours. Ranging from Captain Crunch crunching to a Twinkie dinner scene to rock movements, these were all parts that I had seen before in Vegas years ago.

That’s not to say it was stale, though. I still found myself laughing throughout the hour-and-a-half performance and bobbing my head along. Their individual natures and charm, even without saying a word or showing emotion, is great.

The best thing about the group that still holds true is the involvement they get with the crowd. The group walks along (or on top of) the audience, gives out the art they make during the show and launch giant light-up balls into the audience to toss around. They want to keep the audience involved and they always do.

I’ve heard that a new show is going on out in Vegas. I’ll have a chance to check it out next week.

I hope, though, that they put some of the show into their national tour to get some new content built up. That way, when the group comes back to Peoria there will be something for fans to come back and see.