Mike's Blue Man Group Page

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The Evolution of Blue Man

Although no one knows exactly from where they originate, the earliest sightings of Blue Man Group occurred around 1987 in the New York region. Although they have long since been seen in cities across North America, they seemingly always travel in a group of three.

You will find that the Blue Man can easily be distinguished from an ordinary human being by his easily recognizable blue color. They are bald, have less-pronounced ears, and are typically garbed in loose-fitting black garments. Although they are different-looking than we are, they should be treated as guests in our world and our society.

The Universal Language

Early on, our blue friends took an interest in the cultural clichés. They have consistently demonstrated excellent percussive ability. Perhaps in an effort to emulate some of our culture's music, the Blue Men set out to build instruments out of common industrial materials such as PVC piping.

For some time, a number of experimental theater groups hosted the Blue Men as they developed a show called Tubes, mixing performance of their custom instruments with short sketches and references to items and concepts of pop culture.

By the end of 1991, the Astor Place Theatre in New York City became home to Tubes. As their popularity grew over the next few years, they added more performers and opened new venues in Boston and Chicago.

During this time, they also made several apperances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, giving BMG a nationwide audience, an abrupt but well-received change of pace from localized popularity in the regions around their regular venues.

The Audio Track

In December 1999, BMG released their first album, appropriately titled "Audio". Although this album contains some music from Tubes, with some previously unheard selections, it is intended to be a separate listening experience, rather than a soundtrack.

In early 2000, Blue Man Group - Live at the Luxor opened in Las Vegas. While this show uses some material from Tubes and Audio, the larger stage allows them to perform newer material that had previously been limited by space constraints.

In response to those affected by 9/11, BMG produced the Exhibit 13 website, with a video consisting of still images of the remnants of paperwork and other documents retrieved from the World Trade Center offices. This was a more reverent piece of music in comparison to their previous work.

The Complex and Looking Ahead

In 2003, BMG released their first album for a mainstream rock audience, The Complex, along with a nationwide tour. Since the Blue Men do not vocalize, the album and tour feature guest vocalists for new songs, as well as covers for older songs such as I Feel Love and White Rabbit (this selection is in the Las Vegas show). The Exhibit 13 tribute is included with The Complex.

BMG plans to open their first European venue in Berlin in 2004.

Albums


Audio
Released December 1999

The Complex
The Complex
Released April 2003

Thank you for purchasing the Rock Concert Instruction Manual. Now you can join the thousands of other satisfied rock stars who have used these helpful guidelines to create the perfect rock concert experience.

Before we begin, here are a few warm-up exercises. Start by loosening your pelvis. The pelvis has a rich tradition of movement throughout rock history. You will need to find the pelvis movement that is right for you.

Here's a rhythm for your to move your pelvis to:

(wait for 8-beat rhythm to begin playing)

Now expand your movement exploration to include the rest of your body. As you move to the beat, you should begin to develop a repertoire of choreographed dance moves that you can use during your performance.

Using choreographed dance moves is one of the best ways to deflect attention away from shortcomings in other areas, such as singing or instrument playing. Do not worry about how becoming fatigued from dancing might hinder your ability to sing or play your instrument accurately. Thanks to recent advances in backing tracks and lip-synching technology, today's rock stars can focus their attention exclusively on choreography, without being distracted by details such as hitting the right notes or expressing emotion.

Let's review some of the standard Rock Concert Movements that you'll want to perform with your audience:

It's Time To Start

Rock Concert Movements:

#1: The Basic Head Bob

#2: The One-Armed Fist Pump

#3: The Up-and-Down Jumping Motion

#6: The Two Arm Upward Thrust With Yell

#8: The Blackout

#10: Getting a Closer Look at the Audience

#15: Bringing a Guest Vocalist Onstage

#18: Waiting Around for the Next Rock Act

#23: Getting the Audience to Sing Along

#27: Saying Hello to the People in the Cheap Seats

#28: Bringing an Audience Member up Onstage to Dance

#63: Bringing Out Venus Hum

#78: The Fake Ending

#91: Enjoying the T-Shirt You Bought at The Complex Rock Tour

#237: Taking the Audience on a Jungian Journey into the Collective Unconscious by Using the Shadow as a Metaphor for the Private Self that Gets Repressed by the Modern Persona, and Also by Using an Underground Setting and Labyrinth Office Design to Represent Both the Depths of the Psyche and the Dungeon-like Isolation of our Increasingly Mechanistic Society that Prevents People from Finding Satisfying Work or Meaningful Connections with Others.

Now that you are playing the role of "rock star", you will need to develop an iconic rock persona. You can start by altering your appearance in ways to help you stand out. You may need to work on your personality. If you do not have a lot of natural charisma, you can compensate with a descriptive name, such as "The Edge", "Slash", or "Scary Spice".

Once you have established yourself as an icon in your field, it is important that you pay tribute to some of the great rock legends that came before you. This kind of gesture will create the illusion that you are still humble and serve as preemptive strike against anyone who has noticed what a callous and delusional ass you have become.

Pictures

Next time you're in Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, or New York,
Check out a live Blue Man Group show!

The following pictures are from one of the September 9, 2001 shows in Las Vegas.
I took all of the pictures, except the one that I'm in.

Outside the Luxor
Luxor auditorium

This is outside the Luxor, shooting a beam of light into the night sky, with moon just off to the side. It's a bit more impressive in person.

And you probably thought it was just some pyramid-looking thing shooting a beam of light into the night sky. Looks like the joke's on you.

This is the auditorium in which Blue Man Group performs, though it looks a lot different by the end of the show.

I'm not going to spoil anything here, just go and see the show for yourself.

Blue Man Group band
Mike with Blue Man

Although Blue Man Group plays instruments during their shows, there's a lot of necessary percussion, and therefore there is a band.

"What odd-looking outfits," you might say. They glow undera blacklight. You see, they don't just play, they're part of the show.

If you're lucky, and you push enough people aside, you can get a picture with one of the Blue Men. They mark some fans with blue paint, as you can see.

What do you suppose I was saying to person taking the photo? I think it was something like "Did you get it?"

Mural promoting Blue Man Group show
A larger-than-life mural near one of the entrances to the Luxor. It is quite colorful.
This page created 4/29/03
Last updated 11/1/03