Monday, October 29, 2007

Cirque Du Soleil, LOVE

To celebrate my 50th, I was treated to the "Love" in Las Vegas. What a super tribute to the boys and their music.

I'm not going to go into a blow-by-blow review of the show and the various sequences. You can find plenty of reviews on the Internet and see images as well. But I will tell you why I think it's great and definitely worth seeing. And I'll wrap up with a few tips about seating and other stuff.

"Love" is a classy presentation that doesn't exploit or do the obvious. And isn't that what made the Beatles' so great in the first place? They never hit you over the head. Whether it was a story-book tune like "She's Leaving Home" or a statement like "Revolution", they made you think. What's really going on in the songs? What does Gideon's Bible represent? What the heck does "one and one and one is three" mean?

Sure, they got preachy in their solo works. Sometime in New York City, "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", and a big chunk of George's songs are blatant statements. But as "The Beatles", they were always coy.

Even "All You Need Is Love" is vague. Compare it to the Youngblood's "Get Together" (y'know, "C'mon people now, smile on your brother, etc.). The Youngblood's told us how to do it, whereas Lennon's tune is more of a personal positive-thinking rant than an anthem to peace and love.

"Love" generally pulls off the same tone. They assume we know "The Beatles" and their history and rather than explain it, they present acts with a Beatlesque ambiance.

The Cirque show also gives us the same kind of variety a Beatles' album provided. It's not just Lennon-McCartney. We get plenty of George and one Ringo ("Octopus's Garden). And the types of acrobatics, visual effects and dancing vary as well. There are all types of performers. Black, white, Asian, gorgeous, grotesque, young and old.

It also has a very "British" feel to it. War torn Liverpool, Mod London and psychedelia.

And as a Beatle-nut, I was impressed by the more obscure references like a Volkswagen with "28IF" license plate and a character mumbling quotes from "Revolution No. 9": "The Watusi...the Twist...".

The use of projected images of real footage mixed with silhouetted actors imitating the Beatles (to a tee, BTW) was fab.

The sound system was out of this world. The re-mixed tunes fill the theater. There are even tiny speakers in the seats facing you. It's the closest thing I've experienced (other than a McCartney live show) that gives you a sense of what a Beatles' reunion might have sounded like.

Some tips:

The best seats are near the front but not the first few rows. Go for seats in rows E thru G.

Get there early. They start on time.

The Beatles' store has a lot of cool stuff. But don't go before or after the show. It's too crowded. If you go in the middle of the day, you can browse with only a few other customers. I especially liked to t-shirts and other "gear". Things, like toys, CDs, key-rings, etc., you can probably get online, but it's nice to actually see and try on a shirt or hat before you buy it.

So if you get to Vegas, check it out. You can buy tickets via the Beatles' official site.


Blogger breatnyS said...

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4:29 AM  
Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

If you're seriously asking, The Gideon Society puts bibles in hotels all over the country, maybe the world. It's hard to go into a hotel/motel room in the US without finding a Gideon Bible in a drawer of the nightstand or dresser.

4:28 PM  
Blogger John Goins said...

I'm familiar with the Gideons and the bibles. But what does it represent? Is it a symbol for something regarding Rocky or did Paul put in the lyrics just cuz it sounded good?

5:26 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

I sat front row a few weeks ago and LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVE! I especially liked the part where I was the first person to participate in the viewer interaction!

7:26 AM  

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