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Published on January 19th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin

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Who’s Bad Review: A Recap

Written from the Eyes and Ears of Two Michael Jackson Fans

My lovely co-worker, Ms. Jessica Frost did some work with the band and was able to offer two tickets for a prize for our department, the Information and Resource Center of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Ms. Frost sent a questionnaire and the first one to respond with the correct answers won the tickets.  I was so excited when I saw the opportunity and was able to answer a group of questions about Michael’s life.  I was lucky to win since my daughter Danika became obsessed with his music around the age of 11.  Our family listened to Michael Jackson day and night for a couple of years.  And this weekend was her 17th birthday.  I could not think of a better way for us to celebrate.  Thank you Ms. Frost and Who’s Bad for our experience!

The venue was really nice and spacious.  From where we stood at the stage, we were able to see lots of separate areas for people to stand with clear views of the stage; including an upper level with great views of the stage.  It didn’t seem too crowded; people seemed to have space to move about easily.   The crowd was really all ages, all colors and all types of people.  We saw the cutest little girl dressed like Michael, someone with a giant pink Mohawk, some professional looking folks and some very casual Coloradans.  We noticed that people seemed to be there either to enjoy the show or people were there for a party.  The people who were there to party and crossed the line of being out of control were not so fun for those around them.  Especially for an all-ages show.  I heard a drunken woman complain about the show being all ages using vulgar language in front of the youngest girl.  We nearly saw a fight because a drunken guy could not keep his standing balance after several complaints for him to leave the immediate area and my daughter had nearly a whole drink spilled on her from another drunken lady beside us.

The opening act, The Earful was very funky group.  They had a great sound with a couple of horns, couple of key boards and couple of drummers.  They loosened up as they progressed from one song to the other, flowing more fun with each song.  I loved that they all showed their own style and individuality.  By the end, I felt like I was in New Orleans’s and certainly pumped up for some Who’s Bad.

It was our first time seeing Who’s Bad.  I don’t know how many sets they played.  It seemed they played and played and played.  They never took a break!  They played hits from every decade of Michael’s music.  Danika was most excited to see Man in the Mirror, Remember the Time, The Way You Make Me Feel and Billy Jean.  All were very well executed songs by this group.    We never got to see Michael Jackson live, only on video a million times.  It seems it would be so hard to pull off the costuming and dancing without the millions of dollars he had.  Yet, the costumes were fantastic and the dance move really makes one appreciate all the work Who’s Bad puts into their show.

The most remarkable part of the show for us was that it was all ages.   I’m a big believer of access to live music for all ages and am thankful to the Ogden and Who’s Bad for making this an all-ages show.   I thought that the Pretty Young Thing was epic!  Ladies under 10 and over 50 were able to dance with “Michael” before the crowd.  It added an element of fun for everyone.  The crowd was often encouraged to sing along with the band… and Danika sang along to every song.  Danika especially loved the version of Man in the Mirror.  Oh, yeah. We’d see it again.   It was very entertaining.

 

Written by Michael Jackson fans: Danika Gillespie and Dawn Gillespie

 

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