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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0013D8JJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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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
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Editorial Reviews

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.

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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
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 David E. Toussaint 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
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mesdag on June 27, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
I bought this after the concert, and while it's not as good as actually being there, it's still awesome Blue Man Group Rocks!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scooter Bruce on May 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been waiting for a BMG live album since I first saw them back in early 2007. This cd/dvd is almost identical to the live Megastar tour. This is what a rock show should be. All the good BMG songs are here, although a few have been cut short, for example: One of These Days. The cd/dvd have captured all the energy of the live show. It's one of the discs you want to crank up. Thier version of Baba O'Riley is worth the price of the disc alone. It's a must have for any BMG fan and worthy of fans of 70's and 80's metal and rock.
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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."
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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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