February 14th, 2008

Polychrome

Spice: The Final Frontier

So, last night, bethje and I went to see the Spice Girls at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, which is where the Nets play, and is right next to Giants Stadium. I never like trying to find a new place, especially in the dark, so even though I knew this place would be pretty easy to find, I was nervous the whole way up. Once there, I had a parking attendant yell at me because I couldn't figure out what to do, even though I don't think the signs or his signals were very clear. It always gets on my nerves when someone who knows something well gets pissed off at someone who doesn't really have any way of knowing it; I feel much the same way about city driving. I'm probably hypocritical in this respect, though. I guess that's something I should work on in the future.

Anyway, we got to the doors a few minutes before 6:30, when they were supposed to open, and listened to a repeated loop of the spiel about how you can't bring in laser pointers or use counterfeit tickets purchased from scalpers. There was also a little jingle that went as follows: "It's all about being here. The Meadowlands!" One thing I noticed that wasn't particularly surprising but still a little odd to see was that the audience was probably at least 99% female. Inside the venue, there were several merchandise tables, not all of which sold the same stuff. Beth ended up buying a tote bag and a poster. The concert was scheduled to start at 7:30, but it must have been at least 8:30 when it actually began. In the meantime, they played some Jock Jams type of mix. I'd much rather have heard "Peter and the Wolf," like they play before Decemberists shows. {g}

We were up in the balcony, so we didn't have a very good view of the stage. There were screens, but with at least five people on stage at most times, they couldn't really do the show justice. Just one of the drawbacks of arena concerts, I suppose. It was also hard to hear at certain points (mostly when they talked in between songs), but I have to suspect that was due more to the screaming audience than to a bad sound system.

I guess the show must have been about an hour and a half long, and it included almost all of the singles and involved several costume changes. I have to say that I quite liked the costumes they used for the encore. (What can I say? I have a thing for the bright and shiny. {g}) I also appreciate that, for the show, Scary's hair was curly, and Posh's was brown. What I didn't like were the male backup dancers, who just seemed unnecessary, but I guess K-Fed needed a job. (Actually, these guys were a lot more acrobatic than I can imagine K-Fed being.) Overall, though, I did enjoy the show, so thanks to Beth for dragging me to it. {g}
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