Based on the fact that the Blue Man Group drew an impressive 6,500 fans their first time here, I'm not sure they can build their Idaho audience much more. But that appears to be the goal: Just one year to the month after that first Idaho Center concert, the Blue Man Group will return to Nampa. Ticket details haven't been released for the Feb. 1, 2008, performance, but I suspect they'll be similar to prices that first time, which were $51.50 and $77.
Here's the deal with the Blue Man Group: You either get them or you don't. I was surprised so many Idahoans *do* get these three mute, earless, cobalt-blue pipe bangers. I was equally surprised that Idahoans were willing to pay major-concert ticket prices to see them. But I was probably most surprised at how fun the concert wound up being. The Blue Man Group blasted out a creative, funny rock show with more visceral energy than many card-carrying arena-rock bands. And the crowd reaaaaally got into it.
The key to success for this sophomore shindig hinges on whether the Blue Man Group will have an entirely new performance planned. If they try to recycle the "How To Be A MegaStar 2.0" tour, this won't — and shouldn't – sell as well. On the other hand, I could watch the Blue Man Group cover The Who's "Baba O'Riley" (you know, the song you always thought was named "Teenage Wasteland") another 10 times and continue to be entertained. This video captures exactly how it felt at the Idaho Center, complete with the raining crepe paper:
UPDATE: The Blue Man Group's show — called "How to Be a MegaStar 2.1" — will be thematically similar to the previous tour, but will include some fresh comedy bits and songs, including a new one called "Rock & Go," which they performed last week on "The Tonight Show."