About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at their live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience.
The company applies its unique creative process to a wide variety of projects, including their live productions located in 7 cities worldwide, the recording of three albums; the Grammy nominated Audio, The Complex, which became the musical basis for The Complex Rock Tour, and Live At The Venetian ® - Las Vegas, available exclusively on iTunes ©. This fall, Blue Man Group will be hitting the road again in their How To Be A MegaStor Tour 2.1.
Blue Man Group has also ventured into film and TV scoring (most recently the animated feature Robots), commercial campaigns (such as Intel), and television programs (like the recurring storyline in “Arrested Development”). As the company grows, it remains true to its vision of providing exciting experiences in a variety of media, which appeal to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds.
After playing to capacity crowds throughout North and South America, Blue Man Group's Megastar World Tour hits the road again. The live rock show takes the audience through a satirical "workshop" on how to create "the perfect rock concert experience." In the process, they celebrate, skewer and otherwise deconstruct rock stardom in all of its narcissistic glory. Expanding on the "Rock Concert Manual" concept from The Complex Rock Tour, this time around the Blue Men download a new "how-to manual" that takes the audience through a uniquely clever and interactive show that guarantees to deliver hypnotic entertainment for all ages.
In the end, the message of the show plays against its ironic title. Co-founder of Blue Man Group Chris Wink explains, “We want people to walk away feeling like the real magic of rock concerts comes from their tribal and communal elements as opposed to 'mega-stardom.' We invite people to upload pictures of themselves taken at the show to our website as a symbol of how the real star of a good rock concert is the euphoric vibe that takes everyone in the building to create."
In the fall of 2007, How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 was captured by Rhino Records for a combo DVD/CD, entitled How to be a Megastar Live! Released on April 1, 2008, this two-disc collection provides an intimate look inside Blue Man Group's creative process and history.
2005年，對「Everybody Wang Chung tonight」的涵義保持沉默近二十年後，傑克‧休斯與尼克‧費德曼終於承認這句話的真正語意是：「去看藍人在拉斯維加斯威尼斯人酒店的表演。」根據他們的律師/發言人回應：「雖然藍人組直到去年才在那開始演出，但休斯與費德曼知道這只是遲早會發生的事情，因此他們寫下這句話，帶有音樂時光膠囊的意味，在二十年後的未來，這一切顯得理所當然。」而休斯與費德曼則不做任何回應。
Blue Man Group’s Influence on Megastar Rock History
In the early 50’s a struggling young crooner sought the advice of Blue Man Group on how to “punch up his act.” After viewing how stiff the young man’s movements were, the Blue Men decided to provide some exercises to help him loosen his pelvis. After just a few short sessions, the young performer yelled out something about having made it “up to the roof,” and how he was going to completely revamp his musical approach. Only a few months later the young Elvis Presley’s act began to catch fire. Though he never publicly acknowledged Blue Man Group’s influence on his personal style, many Presley scholars believe that he was sending out secret messages to them every time he said, “Thank you very much.”
In 1961, Blue Man Group spent some time on the California coast to pursue one of their new interests, surfing. So for several months, the Blue Men became part of a community of bands playing simple, catchy songs celebrating cars, girls and California as the Promised Land. But because Blue Man Group’s surfing lyrics referred to the then unheard of internet, this period of their work was not fully appreciated or understood until the mid-1990s.
A young Keith Moon caught Blue Man Group performing one of their paint drumming pieces at a small pub in London in the mid-sixties. In the earliest versions of this piece, the Blue Men did not use any paint, assuming that the audience would have the ability to see the metaphorical color that their expression of passion was making. However, the Blue Men learned the hard way that many people in the audience had lost their childlike access to joy and therefore could no longer see these colors. Since the piece had been heavily promoted as “a percussive explosion of color” the audience felt misled and booed loudly at the end of the piece. The sole exception was Moon who was heard yelling, ‘I can see the colors! I can see the colors! It’s beautiful!” After this performance, the Blue Men began pouring real paint on their drums to help give the audience an approximation of what they were missing, but Moon pursued a purist path and went on to create thousands of incredibly colorful air-paintings that only people who were young at heart could see.
The Blue Men spent the summer of 1969 painting and jamming with Joni Mitchell in Paris. Most rock historians agree that the Blue Men taught Mitchell to appreciate how color and music could be effectively intertwined. Were it not for her newfound fondness of color, one of her most popular songs might have been released under its original name, "Big Taxi," and of course, it’s no mystery who she was saluting with her acclaimed album, “Blue.”
Blue Man Group visited Morocco in 1977 to explore the music of various Sufi sects and meditate on prayer rugs, while also trying to incorporate Western influences into the mix. After recruiting a local vocalist, Blue Man Group paid tribute to this experience in their piece "Sects and Rugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll." Ian Dury’s misinterpreted cover version of the song went on to become a hit. By the time someone pointed out the error to Dury, it was too late, and an entire generation of rock fans was given the wrong recipe for mental and physical autonomy.
In 1989, Blue Man Group decided to head for the Pacific Northwest to work at a reforestation project outside of Seattle. During this period, the Blue Men would often venture into the rock clubs after work, and perform impromptu jam sessions with local bands. Because they worked long days, the Blue Men would often not have time to change out of their flannel shirts, big shorts and work boots before the gigs. The first time this happened, the alternative, hipster audience was outraged by this deviation from their strict punk/new wave dress code and started throwing fruit onstage. The Blue Men were able to turn this potential disaster into an opportunity and began to catch the projectiles in their mouths. From that point forward, audience members, as well as other Seattle musicians began adopting this look for themselves and before long the press dubbed this the “grunge” look.
In 2005, After twenty years of keeping mum about the meaning of the phrase “Everybody Wang Chung tonight,” Jack Hues and Nick Feldman finally admit that it means “Going to see a Blue Man Group at the Venetian in Vegas " According to their lawyer/spokesmen, “Even though Blue Man Group didn’t actually open there until this past year, Hues and Feldman knew it was just a matter of time, and so they wrote it as a sort of musical time capsule that would only make sense twenty years into the future.” Hues and Feldman were not available for further comment.
In 2006, Blue Man Group launched their “How to be a Megastar Tour 2.0.” Critics hailed the tour as an historic event that “approached the caliber of tours by Men without Hats, and the dude who sang the "Pina Colada Song.”