My kids survived being chaperoned to the big show by Mom - no disguise needed, and they didn't even try to keep a distance. Hey, they're only 14, and who knows what stupid thing they might have done without me.
What a FANTASTIC spectacle. The show started with Kanye West and Jay-Z on separate platforms rising out of the ground, with green lasers shooting down on them from above and thunderous music filling the whole arena. As the cubes rose, there were images of flying doves on their sides, and then barking dogs, and then the cubes looked like gigantic fish tanks, with sharks (dolphins?) swimming around inside. "Watch the throne" indeed! Then the show moved to one giant stage, and there were a lot more spectacular effects--fire jets, laser beams shooting around the arena, amazing images on a giant double screen. All just incredible.
(The images are from the Atlanta show, but the Dallas show looked the same).
[12/9: What? Some of my images disappeared. They're available here]
I would enthuse some more, but I've got things I need to do. So let's get on with a little, um, complaint. Where, may I ask, was all the complex layering of sound that makes me a Kanye West fan (especially)? Or, to be more frank, what happened to the pretty parts? The 14s think this is a stupid question. If I wanted to listen to pretty music, I should have stayed home and listened to pretty music. Okay ... I'll hang my head in shame ... I am an idiot ...
But wait (pick me, pick me!) .... These guys DO make complex and sometimes pretty music. So maybe the question isn't so dumb after all. Why shouldn't I want to hear the whole sound? Take for example "Made in America," sung against the flag background above. This is a downright lovely and moving song--sorry, kids, but "lovely" is perfectly apt. Yet as performed last night, the "lovely" was mostly missing.
Nobody seemed to care, but today I'm doing some remedial listening. Oh wow, so that's what the song sounds like (listen below). That sound PLUS the spectacular show would have been more than a few degrees more amazing.
I know. This little rant may cost me the chance to attend future concerts with the 14s, who won't necessarily need an escort forever (we'll see). Still. I believe I am right about this.
p.s. I forgot to say: what exactly is the deal with printing "7:30" on the tickets but starting at 9:15? Just wondering.