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Blue Man Group rocks Happy Valley

Submitted by on May 1, 2008No Comment

I have been to quite a number of concerts and performances in my day. Linkin Park, Coldplay, Black Eye Peas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, you name it. But never in my life of attending performances have I ever obtained front row seats. And I’m talking the seats where your tickets actually say Row 1. Not only was I fortunate enough to be sitting in the front row, I was dead center facing the stage in the first row for the Blue Man Group when they made an appearance at the Bryce Jordan Center last night.

It is because of this momentous occasion that I find myself writing about the performance in lieu of a sports related topic which I shall touch on later.

I wasn’t kidding when I said I was in the first row. You could literally reach out and touch the performers, not that you would want to, since they’re all covered in latex and blue paint, but if you were into that sorta stuff I guess you could from where we were.

I was lucky enough to obtain 5 tickets to their only show in Happy Valley last night, but when I invited a couple of my friends, all of them had heard of the Blue Man group, but didn’t know exactly what they were. A band? A circus? Or possibly a little bit of both. I didn’t even know how to describe the performance to them. I mean common, they never speak throughout the entire show and they play with paintballs, florescent paint, and produce music. Try explaining that to someone.

I’ve always had this fear of being approached by a mascot at an amusement park or a performer to drag me onto stage. Its been a lingering fear since I was a kid so being in the front row dead smack in the center, every time one of the Blue men stepped off stage, my heart skipped a beat. This man was unfortunate enough to have his credit card swiped by the blue men for a charge of a $1000. But luckily he gets to take home a ‘How to be a Megastar kit’.

One of the most unique bits about the Blue Man performance elsewhere (there are performances in Boston, New York and Vegas) is that regular students who can’t afford the costly ticket price can actually volunteer to become an usher before the show and clean up the mess after performances. In return, they get to actually watch the Blue Man group for free from the back. I was lucky enough to volunteer for a performance in Boston two summers ago and was the first time I saw the Blue Man group. And even having seen it before, there is nothing quite like a performance involving lights, drums and latex.

If you have never seen the Blue Man group before, I would highly recommend you take an opportunity to catch it if it is on tour at a place near you or if you happen to drop into Boston, New York or Vegas.

We’ll take on the BCS playoff proposal after this, but I must say all this talk about the Big Ten and Pac 10 being the ‘Axis of Obstruction’ to any sort of playoff idea is ridiculous. The SEC commissioner knows all too well that there are plenty more commissioners out there opposed to any sort of playoff idea, so to earn a little bit of good will, he goes on a pointless crusade for a playoff he knows has no chance of ever making it into the BCS system.

When you know you are fighting a lost cause, why not go all out and propose the impossible. Nadar wants to legalize weed, Nadar wants to lower the drinking age to 18, Nadar wants to provide free health insurance. Nadar is full of shit. So is the SEC commissioner Michael L. Slive. Hey, if you can propose something that will win you good will with the fans, and know it won’t ever become reality, why not be the one to bring it up. The only difference between Slive and Jim Delany is that Jim actually has a backbone. He is not willing to play this propaganda game.

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