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After playing to capacity crowds throughout 2006 and 2007, Blue Man Group's How to Be a Megastar
Tour hits the road again in 2008. 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. CD/DVD of Blue Man Group's live concert that is currently touring the world. It will feature a live
concert on DVD, a distilled version of that show on CD as well as the documentary Inside The Tube
and the video I Feel Love as bonus features. Packaging will be in a DigiPak.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Above - Blue Man Group
  2. Drumbone - Blue Man Group
  3. Time To Start - Blue Man Group
  4. Up To the Roof - Blue Man Group
  5. Altering Appearances - Blue Man Group
  6. Persona - Blue Man Group
  7. Your Attention - Blue Man Group
  8. Piano Smasher - Blue Man Group
  9. Gumballs And - Blue Man Group
  10. Marshmallows - Blue Man Group
  11. Sing Along - Blue Man Group
  12. One Of These Days - Blue Man Group
  13. Shadows - Blue Man Group
  14. The Complex - Blue Man Group
  15. Light Suits - Blue Man Group
  16. I Feel Love - Blue Man Group
  17. Rock And Go - Blue Man Group
  18. Baba O'Reilly - Blue Man Group
  19. What Is Rock - Blue Man Group

Disc: 2

  1. Above
  2. Drumbone
  3. Time To Start
  4. Up to the Roof
  5. Altering Appearances
  6. Persona
  7. Your Attention
  8. Piano Smasher
  9. Gumballs And
  10. Marshmallows
  11. Sing Along
  12. One Of These Days
  13. 2001 Theme/TV Heads
  14. Shadows
  15. The Complex
  16. Light Suits
  17. I Feel Love
  18. Rock And Go
  19. Baba O'Reilly
  20. What Is Rock
  21. Behind-the-scenes look

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0013D8JJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Smith on April 13, 2008
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The Blue Man Group return to their rock concert experience in their latest DVD, captured during their "How to Be a Megastar 2.0" tour. If you already own "The Complex" much of this material will be familiar as it nearly the same format as the group's previous rock concert tour. That's not necessarily a bad thing. As in "The Complex," "How to Be a Megastar" opens with "Above," which if you've seen/heard from "The Complex" you know is simply an amazing song. The concert presentation is exciting, with a screen obscuring the stage and only shadows of the Blue Men projected on the screen as, one by one, each takes to their PVC instruments to begin the melody, with a swirling of images of the band and the Blue Men as the song launches into guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, and percussion in an explosive cresendo. Awesome. The remainder of "How to Be a Megastar" essentially follows the same progression as "The Complex" with some new material and new rock conert movements. The premise of the tour is the Blue Men have purchased an "updated" rock concert experience manual from an infomercial and are incoporating the new material into the show. The band is amazing, as it was before in "The Complex." I miss the guest vocals of Tracy Bonham and Annette Strean of Venus Hum. Annette was gorgeous and belted out an exciting cover of "I Feel Love" in her unique style in "The Complex" and is replaced on the current tour with a new vocalist. She's fine, but it's hard to follow in the footsteps of Annette and Tracy.

Bonus material includes a music video for "I Feel Love"; a piece of comedy called "Mono Makes a Plea -- Save the TVs" campaign (bemoaning the switch to digital signals which will effect us all...) and finally, and perhaps most importantly, a documentary called "Inside the Tube.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Putz on April 7, 2008
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When Blue Man Group created a touring rock concert with The Complex, they recorded and released a DVD. It was, at best, a tease to get you to see the stage shows, since the tour ended about the same time. The DVD was horribly flawed. It wasn't mastered correctly as anamorphic widescreen, but rather it was letterboxed. The audio mix was questionable. There were visible compression artifacts. The exposure during dark parts of the show was poor, and they tried to compensate with bad video effects. The editing was terrible too, with visuals not matching audio, and countless shots of a lame crowd. This new DVD corrects all of that.

When the How To Be A Megastar tour launched three years later, the show had been heavily tweaked. Through five legs of the tour, changes were made at least three times, and various performers came and went. The last iteration of the tour is what's represented on this DVD (and CD), and it's easily the tightest version of it.

Almost the entire show is represented, with a lively crowd and a great performance by the excellent band. The arena experience is captured with a lot of great wide shots, including a camera in the "crappy seats," to give you an idea of how "big" the show feels. The scope is much bigger than the fixed theatrical shows, though many of the same comedic bits are shared.

The video clips for the "Megastar" manual are included here, played by Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live fame, as well as the Floppie the Banjo Clown clips.

Peter Moore is the male vocalist for the show. He sang on several of the recorded tracks for The Complex, and on the original tour. The guy is all-pro and has a bit of a rockstar quality. He left the tour shortly after this show to pursue a solo record.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Engineco16 on April 5, 2008
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Having been looking forward to this release for sometime now I finally bought this yesterday and sat down and watched it last night and was a bit disappointed. But first the good, the filming, picture and audio are fantastic and the performance is good.

Here's the downside though. If you have The Complex Rock Tour Live DVD then you basically have this performance with a few new songs added in. Personally the The Complex Rock Tour Live DVD is much better is several ways compared to this DVD. On The Complex Rock Tour Live DVD the singers are better and more energetic, there's better interaction with the Blue Men, and the Blue Men on the The Complex Rock Tour Live DVD are much better. So having been spoiled on the The Complex Rock Tour Live DVD seeing basically the same songs again left a lot to be desired. Not sure why they didn't try something fresher and not rehashing the older songs? I kept waiting for something to bring me to my feet but it never happened.

So if you don't have the older DVD you'll enjoy this one thoroughly, but if you do have the older you may not want to waste your time on it unless you want the documentary which is very good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan Mccabe on June 8, 2008
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Similar to the "Rock Concert Tour" this is still a great stand alone buy. The repeated stuff is given a new look and energy and the additions make this an enjoyable watch and listen. Well worth the $$
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on April 15, 2012
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I just saw the Blue Man Group in Vegas last week and was blown away! This DVD just blows - perhaps that's a bit harsh.

I bought the DVD knowing it would be somewhat different as shows vary from city to city, year to year. However, I had no idea that they would abandon what makes Blue Men so great. It's as if the producers of the DVD didn't have faith that the Blue Men could carry a DVD performance.

I was stunned when I saw the band at center stage and heard vocals. Instead of a true Blue Man performance we got a rock concert by some seemingly anonymous group with the Blue Man bits sprinkled throughout. There was no singing at the Blue Man show in Vegas. Only a computer generated narrator to supplement the performance art.

Short of it: this is not a true Blue Man Group performance. However, I hope they produce one someday so I can share it with friends.
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Ach! which version?
That does seem like a big price difference for a box.
I'm basing my answer on what I read from Blue Man's website which states that "all of the art, content, etc. are the same, they will just be available in different sized cases."
Apr 3, 2008 by Chris |  See all 7 posts
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Yes, the video of "I Feel Love" features the beautiful Annette Strean. And, btw, the concert video version of "I Feel Love" featured on "The Complex" does, in fact, feature all members of Venus Hum in that performance, with Kip and Tony up with the band, doing their... Read More
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