I just got home from the Oak Ridge Boys concert and I’m doing an insta-review in order to hit the high points.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
a) I went with my family– my mom, aunt, uncle, grandma, and my grandma’s “boyfriend” (or whatever you call it when the “boy” hasn’t been a boy for a good 65-70 years!)
b) The Oak Ridge Boys was my very first concert ever. And a *huge* part of my childhood memories, especially at Christmas time (maybe I’ll look up old posts that reference this later. Not now. )
Okay, so first of all, the show was split into two parts: the “Greatest Hits” and the “Christmas Show.” The first part opened with some dude (maybe a tour manager?) announcing this fact and then hawking CDs. Hmmm…
They opened with a song *about them* written by Shooter Jennings. Again, hmmm….
By this point, I was CRACKING up at their clothing. The guy with the really deep voice looked like he was auditioning for American Idol–in skinny jeans, velvet (?) jacket, I-wear-my-sunglasses-at-night. Definitely the “hippest” of the group. Dude even had a flavor savor!
The rest of them looked like your average group of middle-aged Harley dudes. Except they didn’t really match. And one guy was wearing what appeared to be black tapered SLACKS. Weird. Anyway, it was amusing.
It goes without saying that the ORB cater to a decidedly older clientel. In fact, it took a while to find *anyone* who was anywhere near my age bracket. And it was FUNNY to watch the crowd participate– by clapping, singing along, waving back to Santa, taking videos on their cell phones. HILARIOUS! There was a superfan seated in front of us. She had a SIGNED sweatshirt from “The Boys” and loved every minute of the show.
Remember: this is the stuff I grew up on. We played the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas CD every.single.year while putting up the Christmas tree, baking cookies, opening gifts, etc. It’s pretty much a family tradition. They played quite a few of their famous songs during the “greatest hits” portion….but no Bobbie Sue, which greatly disappointed me. They played some songs off their new album, which they should do…but, again, I wanted to hear Bobbie Sue!
Then they had intermission (weird) and on to the Christmas portion, which was decidedly longer. They played *some* of their songs off the Christmas CD and did some standbys (Jingle Bells, The Christmas Song, etc.) but they did a LOT of songs that were unfamiliar to me… and a lot of slow songs. In a row. At the end. My grandma’s 80 year old boyfriends was faring better than me in the I-can’t-fall-asleep-at-a-concert department.
The cheese factor was severely high tonight– they did the requisite tributes to family, kids, military, etc. A lot of heartstring pulling, but people were genuinely enjoying themselves. And, like I said….this music is so engrained in my childhood that I couldn’t help having my own heartstrings pulled a time or two. Even if I did bust out laughing during Elvira. I mean, SERIOUSLY, how that song ever got popular is beyond me.
As much as I’d like to be all cynical about it, the show definitely helped get me in the Christmas spirit, though… for that, it was a success!