STLooy Kid 
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Re: “Josh Groban wins us over

Josh Groban is a very talented and personable young man---but this show played to the wrong audience. With all the amped up volume, heavy brass, two sets of drums, light show, etc.---this odd performance seemed designed to appeal only to Josh's cohort, 20-30 somethings, at best. The audience, mainly 40-70 somethings, expected a much more subdued show, featuring the power and nuance of Groban's voice, without all the hot jazz, ear shattering volume. They went away puzzled and disappointed. His voice was overwhelmed by the band on almost every number. The show got off to a very bad start (blame this on the producers) with Josh entering to do 2-3 fairly lengthy songs, not from the main stage, but from a center stage in the middle of the Coliseum. This meant that he was playing to the backs of several hundred people who had bought the most expensive "up-front" tickets. This upset a lot of people, counting me. It's one thing to move among the audience for a song or two---or for "meet and greet the fans," but you don't insult your best customers by singing to their be-hinds. This whole scene was repeated again in the latter part of the show.

Josh Groban may have performed with Church, Bocelli, Streisand, etc., but I just don't think that he can totally carry a large auditorium audience. Maybe with a larger porfolio of hits, which he simply does not have. His talent cries out for a smaller venue, with a much more intimate, acoustic presentation. It also cries out for a strong female headliner, featuring romantic duets. There were a thousand middle aged women dying to hear him sing the theme from "Titanic" or at least a rendition of "The Prayer." Not only did they not get them, but he actually referred to the former and, by extension, songs like it, as "crap." Big mistake.

It is obvious that Josh is in love with his own songwriting efforts, recorded on a recent album, and and a lot of foreign language numbers that sound nice, but of course, are totally alien to most concert goers. His career will not be ruined by doing more covers---he did one Neil Diamond song---that was heartily enjoyed. He and his producers need to wise-up and re-tailor this whole thing.

The highlight of the evening was when he invited a young lady from the audience to sing with him and she did a fabulous first stanza of "The Prayer." Was this concert worth paying scalper rates of more than $200 per ticket for 6th row seats? A resounding no!

Alan Wright---Pawleys Island, SC

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Posted by STLooy Kid on November 2, 2011 at 9:03 PM
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