Pipe hype 

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It's not just anyone who should play a drumulum, airpoles or a piano smasher. In fact, those potentially dangerous and discordant instruments are best played by a trio of men. Yes, blue men.

The members of the Blue Man Group dress in black, paint themselves cobalt blue and use a vast array of innovative instruments to excite and entertain their audiences in thoughtful, satirical plays on modern life.

It's a wild combination of rock music, percussions, theatrics, comedy and audience participation. (As in those old Gallagher comedy performances, there is a "poncho section.") By hammering various lengths of PVC pipe, Blue Men create an assortment of instruments that make specific sounds. Other favorite instruments include boat antennae "airpoles," the trombone-like "drumulum," a steel and ball-bearing "shaker gong," and the ever-popular piano smasher.

Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton are the three men originally behind the blue paint. They invented Blue Man Group in the 1980s and began performing on the streets in New York City.

Today, there are about 60 Blue Men performing regularly in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and London. They have appeared in Intel commercials and on programs including "The Tonight Show," "The Drew Carey Show" and "Arrested Development." The trio performs worldwide and has recorded two albums.


The Blue Man Group: How To Be A Megastar Tour 2.0

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.

Oct. 27, 8 p.m.

Tickets: On sale soon; call 477-2121 or visit worldarena.com.


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