Friday, October 22, 2010

What do I want to do?

I get asked this question a lot as an artist.  The things i have in mind as about the kind of show setup i want and such.  My answers are pretty simple really.  I want to be a part of a group that has flawless execution in a performance.  I seen a lot of shows on TV and you can always tell the one that have not rehearsed very much.  It's usually the band that comes out on stage and give a great show, but that, to me, isn't good enough.  I don't want a band that puts on a good show.  I want a show that blows you away, that incorporates a band.

I don't had to think long and hard about what bands I've seen in the past that were a part of a show that was unforgettable!  It just comes to mind.  So with that in mind, here's my list of the best shows on earth!

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
The best shows have simple ques and a build up of excitement that can't be matched. Anyone who's seen MJ's Billie Jean performance remembers how much the crowd got excited even before he says the name of the song, and he delivers.

Girugamesh - EVOLUTION
Girugamesh is a J-Rock band that has everything I love in music: Rap, Hard rock, Great vocals, and electronics in the music.  Some people seem to think it's impossible to do music like this when I talk about it.  Some people think that it's because they have a lot of money that they can pull it off.  I've been following this band for years and I can say that it comes from hard work and discipline!  The band follows their cues perfectly, and though they have an electronic track playing in this show, there's NEVER any confusion about what's going on.  I'll bet that they can play this half awake if they wanted because it's rehearsed so well.

Carmen - Revival in the Land
Carmen is a Vegas performer.  I'm sure he's seen lots of awesome shows in his day.  The thing about Carmen is that he's not the best singer.  He's not a dancer.  He's probably the worst rappers n Christian music, but he does everything well enough to get his points across.  The audience doesn't mind either.  Just look at the opening shot of this show and you will see an ocean of people who came out to his concert.  He's a true showman.

In the end most artists would complain that it takes a lot of money (or some other unobtainable commodity) to do these shows, but it doesn't.  It takes commitment, dedication, discipline, and intimacy with the songs.  Notice that everyone involved in these performances knows what he should be doing, and in the event that the lights go out, or a string breaks, the show must still go on.  A show is built on the artists involved first.

Bonus Material:
20 years ago, I was one of the many excited kids who wanted to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live in concert!  The concept for superhero concerts was awesome!  Superhero musicals have got to be the coolest thing EVER! (even if the music is really bad).  Try to imagine this show without bad 80's style music...LOL!

TMNT - Coming out of Their Shells
Watch these highlights or watch the whole thing HERE -

The intro is a little long on this one.

Pizza Song

Shredder, Crowd participation, and some really creative scripting

Mortal Kombat: Live Tour
Who could forget the Mortal Kombat: Live Tour?  I went to see this show myself as a kid.  All i could find on this project was a few promo vids.


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