Boyz II Men 5/21/11 – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner
Coming into last nights Boyz II Men show in the suburbs of Spokane, Washington, I had zero expectations for their performance. I mean, I always kind of liked the dudes and their acapella/R&B style was fun when I was way younger, but I certainly did not expect to have a blast at this show. I was surprisingly wrong. This show was one big fun party.
Coming out to a pretty cool intro video collage (biggest R&B band ever, 17 million records sold or something), the three remaining Boyz opened the set with an abbreviated version of Motownphilly. This was pretty cool for a couple reasons. 1) My date particularly wanted to hear Motownphilly and 2) I had predicted a Motownphilly opener. I mean honestly, they HAD to open with that, it’s the perfect crowd mover to start their show. And the crowd was moved!
Speaking of the crowd, there was debate on the drive to Spokane on whether this would be a sit-down crowd or a stand-up crowd. I had guessed this would be a 90% sit-down concert because of the style of performance. However, little did I know that Suburban Spokane, Boyz II Men fans were serious about their shit and actually flipped my prediction. This was a 90% stand/dance show, which was fine with me and pretty cool. It was lively in that ballroom, and it was an older crowd taboot!
Another note about the fans, this show sold out quickly (really!) and I haven’t had such a hard time finding tickets to a show in ages (sans this Summers Eddie Vedder Seattle shows). I FINALLY found a pair on Craigslist less than a week til showtime. Who knew this was such a hot ticket?! Maybe that was why the crowd was so into it.
The Boyz played for a hour and forty minutes, about what I expected. There was no opening act and we were out of the show by 10pm. Each member took turns bantering with the crowd, giving out roses to the ladies, and generally having a good time. You can tell these guys are really good performers, and have mastered that art.
The rest of the set is probably what you would imagine, except for a couple distinct things. Of course we got almost all of their greatest hits (“End of the Road”, “Amazed”, “On Bended Knee”, “Water Runs Dry”, etc.), and also a nice, albeit predictable, Motown era medley mid-set. But two things stood out. First, the only disappointment of the night came when the set ended and they did not perform “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”. I don’t know how THIS band could not play THAT song, but that was a bummer. Maybe they are sick of playing it every night? Pearl Jam certainly isn’t playing Jeremy at every show, and I can understand that I guess. Second, as the set came to an end and we got one last tune, they decided to bring Motownphilly back and do the full song! “We opened the show with a song and didn’t get to finish it, until now” was I believe the quote. And the crowd, my date and myself included, got super pumped and it was a fitting way to end (and start!) a show.
The Boyz put on an impressive performance I wasn’t entirely expecting. If they came around my area again, I would probably go without question (and get my tickets early so I don’t have to deal with Craigslist stress).
Til next time…
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