On Sunday night me and a group of friends attended the Boyz II Men concert. Yes, you heard me right and no it's not 1994. Personally I was a bit apprehensive that these guys would be fat, bored and more than happy to steal my $93.30. How wrong I was.
First of all, I'm not the biggest Boyz II Men fan out there. In fact, during the early 90s I was more into my Mr. Big, Red Hot Chili Peppers and anything else that was peddled to young children. Secondly, I'm a naturally pessimistic guy when it comes to concerts. I watched my favourite band the Arctic Monkeys a few years back and I was so disappointed that I left heartbroken with no meaning in my life.
So there we were lined up ready to get into the club (that's right Boyz II Men just play clubs now) and I was not looking forward to it. Good thing was I just nailed a half bottle of red so I was pretty buzzed.
The first act was some guy named Israel or Ishmael who was apparently a contestant on The Voice Australia. I don't watch The Voice and I don't associate with folks who do. But you know what? This guy was actually alright. He sang "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones, "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse and some other songs that were actually pretty good.
After he was done came the main act. The first thing that suprised was the fact that they all look like they did back in the 90s. The second thing that suprised me was the fu$%en screaming! I'd never heard that many girls scream!!
It was like Bieber or One Direction had just come on and my ears nearly exploded! Sure, I've been to loud concerts before but it's usually drunk idiots screaming "Wooooo!", not a twenty-something woman screaming "Eeeeeeh!". The last time I heard that was . . . Hanson's Chadstone concert in 1997. Please don't judge me.
Boyz II Men's first song was from their new album. Their second song was "On Bended Knee" and my ears are still friggin' ringing. From there it was another hit. Then a Motown tribute. Then another hit. The awesomeness wouldn't stop. Or so I thought.
Because at the end of the day, Boyz II Men are still a cheesy ass group. During "I'll Make Love To You" they gave out roses to the audience. I nearly spewed into my scotch and coke. Then they sang acappella versions of songs citing "technical difficulties". I did spew into my scotch and coke.
Then they closed with "Boyz II Men" and it went off and everyone went home happy. And people tweeted about it. And people posted pictures on Facebook. And then after a while they realised it wasn't 1994 anymore.
But we all wish it was.