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"Gentle, Faceless Squires" Are Better In Blue

Of the Oakland Press

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Blue Man Group co-founder Chris Wink says the concept’s goal is to be “gentle ... faceless squires in the land of pop.”

That’s not easy to achieve when you’re talking about three guys who paint their heads blue and play instruments made from PVC pipes.

Since 1987, Wink and his mates — Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton — have actually turned BMG into a highly visible, multi-company endeavor that has standing shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas, has made TV commercials and CDs, and has a history of touring arenas and amphitheaters.

BMG’s latest large-scale endeavor, “How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1, features many of the group’s favorite visual tricks and also pokes fun at rock concert conventions — because, as Goldman notes, BMG is anything but a regular rock band.

“We’re performance artists first and rockers second,” explains Goldman, who, like Wink and Stanton, tends to stay off the road while other Blue Men perform at the shows.

“Lighting is more our medium than music, so our attitude is make an irresistible show and they will come. Our feeling is you can go nuts visually if it’s on top of something real ... It’s not in our character to go out and look like a bar band, you know?”

Blue Man Group and Mike Relm perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $77.50 and $50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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