Tuesday, May 31, 2011

U2 360 Tour

Let me start by saying, this concert was like nothing I have ever seen before.  I've had a lot of firsts when it comes to concerts, but this was like nothing I could have imagined.  The stage was massive.  Rice-Eccles Stadium was completely packed.  The Fray opened for U2 and put on a good show. The 360 stage had a giant LCD screen and while we were waiting for U2 to come out on stage it showed different statistics and numbers like google searches that day, or how many people were born today, etc.  That was really interesting.  If you know anything about Bono, he's part of a lot of different causes.  That was a definite theme of the concert.  U2 played a lot of songs from their new album No Line On The Horizon but they also played so many of their classics.  I couldn't believe it but they performed my favorite song Walk On. The crowd went crazy when we recognized so many greats like Beautiful Day, City of Blinding Lights, One, Vertigo, Elevation, and so many others.  The whole performance was amazing.  At one point the interlocking LCD screen dropped all the way down to the bottom of the stage.  U2 spends $775,000 a day to run the tour.  It takes four days to put the massive stage together.  They use as much energy as it takes to fly a passenger airplane to Mars, all of which they are paying back to the environment.  It was amazing to see them in person.  I think Bono is a complete stud.  The Edge is awesome and I loved seeing them perform the songs that I've loved for a long time.  We had to wait a year to see them, but they were worth the wait. 

The interlocking LCD screen lowered to the bottom of the stage

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Voice

I have recently discovered a show on t.v. called The Voice.  It is an interesting concept.  The "coaches" who are Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton  have their backs turned to the performer.  If the coaches like the artist's voice they turn around and battle for them to be on the coaches teams of 8.  These performers are finalists from all over the U.S.  If the coaches don't turn around, the performer hasn't been selected to be on any team. The coaches then teach these contestants to be better singers throughout the competition.  The thing that sets this show apart from American Idol is that it doesn't matter what these people look like, only their vocal ability is important.  It's been interesting to see how each contestant is chosen and by whom.  My favorite coach is Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5.  He's got a great voice and has reached stardom by his vocal and songwriting abilities.  Check it out, it's on NBC.