I was in Las Vegas last week and managed to see two Cirque du Soleil shows. My favorite part of both shows was actually quite similar. And I suspect we’re going to see a lot more of it in the future.
In The Beatles show (more about that here), things kicked off with giant silhouettes of the band playing one of their songs. This was topped in the Michael Jackson show by a hologram of the artist performing “with” the Cirque artists.
One was great. The other was spectacular.
This begs the question: why don’t we see more of this? That is, live performances of music where holograms (or at least silhouettes) stand in for the missing performers?
Last night I saw Love, the Cirque du Soleil show set to the music of The Beatles. As you might imagine, it was great. But then again, I think basically anything featuring the music of The Beatles would be great. Even the San Francisco 49ers excrutiating loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game tonight would have been great set to the music of The Beatles. 1
While seemingly every band in the world has their share of detractors, The Beatles don’t seem to. Everyone loves The Beatles. Is it because they only had a fairly short (though extremely prolific) amount of time recording music together? Maybe. But they’re obviously ubiquitous enough even after all these decades that plenty of people should have gotten sick of them.
Instead, I think the key to The Beatles music — and you’ll forgive me if this is a completely unoriginal thought — is that it was so varied. This is what mainly stuck out to me last night at the Cirque show as they jumped from one hit song to another, seemingly in random order. The Beatles have very few songs that actually sound the same.