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Mannheim Steamroller Reviews
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If you're looking for an over-the-top sensory assault like TSO, this is not the show for you.
This is, however, an outstanding concert with top-notch musicians and beautiful renditions of
Christmas classics and original compositions.
I was disappointed in the performance. The musicians were ok, but this was billed as a Christmas performance. They only played a few Christmas songs and I am not sure what the other songs were about. The video footage behind the band had little to do with Christmas for most of the show. Very disappointed.
We were disappointed and left wanting after seeing
Mannheim Steamroller at the Grand in Wilmington,
Delaware. For those who are expecting a TSO type
performance, is was not a close comparison. The
quality of the the music was good in a low key type
fashion, but the visuals in terms of musician
performance and the video backdrops were downright
poor. Was expecting much more.
We saw/heard this show in Grand Rapids, MI, leaving at intermission. We were most disappointed.
The musicians appeared bored and did not engage with the audience on any level, We found the
music artificial, plastic, and "pretend." We have heard Mannheim Steamroller before and have
several recordings, but this was just painful to observe and hear. The only bit of relief was the
University of Michigan Men's Chorus (we think) which was wonderful, but too brief.
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER IN SEATTLE - NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
The intro was 10 mins of space and pictures of the Discovery shuttle which hasn't
flown since 2011. It was long and really, very uninspiring. This was to simply plug his
new CD, "Exotic Spaces". Not buying it.
I was watching a cover band. This was Mannheim Steamroller WITHOUT Chip Davis!
The sound was terrible. The bass drum and or bass guitar were overdriven a lot. You
couldn't see the players in the back nor for that fact, any players in front. They had a
jumbo tron but no camera to highlight or show individual performances. And I have
a suspicious why that was. There seemed to be a lot of music being played when no
one was playing at all! And there were missed notes and stumbles.
And to make matters worse, Chip would put in a plug to hock his item via the jumbo
tron. Bad taste I thought.
Won't go again...Stick to the CD's
As for seating, the Paramount could be better. The seats don't stack up to see in
front of you.
THE SPACE SHUTTLE THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS - SONIC BOOM!
I had planned to celebrate this Mannheim Steamroller event for months as a surprise to my wife for Christmas. The evening came. We are seating in the Fox Performing Arts Center - Riverside, CA excited to experience this wonderful group. Before the performers came on stage, we were greeted with an explosive sound from the audio system. We thought, "Okay, they are just have a minor sound check problem". The concert began with an odd NASA Space Shuttle backdrop video; no Christmas music? Hmm,.. okay, the first song from their portfolio began,... BOOM! That sound, again. It's happened every time they performed any of the up tempo songs, BOOM, ...BOOM... It was so loud and forceful you could feel the air blast from the speaker. The pain from the sound was like cannons. The poor musicians we all shock as us. Guests were streaming out the doors. They stopped the performance to fix the problem, but to no avail when they attempted to start. BOOM!! At that point, the concert was over. Our night
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