Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sometimes It's Better to Let the Beatles Music Stand On its Own

I'm on vacation in Vegas, but I've got a little time while my wife is still sleeping and this post has to do with Vegas. I know I'm probably going to take some crap for this one, but here goes.

My wife and I have come to Vegas quite a few times over the years, but this time we wanted to do something new (to us). We decided to see a show. In all the times we've come, we've never gone to any of the big shows. Because we heard so many great thing about it, we chose the Beatles Love. As a big music guy and Beatles fan, I was really looking forward to it. I'd never seen Cirque du Soleil either. What better way to check them out than to the soundtrack of one of the best bands of all time.  

Well...I have to say, and I'm sure in a huge minority here...I wasn't blown away. Obviously, the music was incredible. To the credit of Cirque du Soleil, they let the music be the star and it is, by far. Some of their acts or stunts (or whatever you want to call them) were impressive, especially some things they did with trampolines and roller blades. But, there was also just a lot of running and jumping around to the Beatles music. I'm not sure what I expected. I didn't know if they were going to weave the music and acts into some sort of overall storyline. If they did, it was lost on me. It more just seemed like separate acts for each song. Some of the acts did have a good representation of the songs, while some acts could have been done to any soundtrack. 

Taken separately, the Cirque du Soleil portion was good, but (for me) much of it just didn't pair well with the music. Quite simply, the music doesn't need it.  It's a good example of iconic music that doesn't need to be messed with or added to, even if it is combined with something as world renowned as Cirque du Soleil. Sometimes it's just better to let the music speak for itself. Don't get me wrong, while I love the Beatles, I'm not so obsessed that no one should ever dare to put their spin on their music (now Aerosmith might be a different story...). I just didn't find this to be as good as I was hoping. 

Overall, I'll likely skip any rock band collaborations with Cirque du Soleil in the future. I may at some point check out one of their truly original shows. 

Ok, you can all now tell me I'm crazy. I can take it...lol. Do so in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for reading as always and please share my posts with your friends!
Some Cleveland love displayed at the Beatles Love Boutique

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