In short, no. Gotye’s popularity has exploded over the past 6 months. So much so that on his first trip to Chicago he sold out Park West and the Riv so fast that he was actually moved to the Aragon Ballroom. And even finding tickets to the Aragon were difficult if you waited too long.
I’ve been excited to see Gotye for a couple months. I know I will have a chance to see him at Coachella next week, but I really couldn’t wait to see this talented act. This was my first trip to the Aragon. Honestly, it is a beautiful venue. Even standing close to the back I was able to see the entire stage without a problem. So this was my first time seeing Gotye and my first time at the Aragon … what I thought would be the beginning of an epic night.
The place was pretty packed. People packed the balcony and overflowed the dance floor. When the band came out on stage the place blew up for a minute. But only a minute. After the first couple songs I realized that the majority of the crowd didn’t recognize the songs that were being played. As I was dancing and singing along to great tracks like ‘Save Me’ and ‘State of the Art’ I noticed that the crowd was fairly stagnant. I really didn’t see too many people even taking pictures or video until ‘Someone that I Used to Know’ was played. Then half the crowd raised their phone above their heads.
Now don’t get me wrong, I go to plenty of shows of artists that I have never heard of before. So I don’t want to make it sound that I’m ragging on the fans that went to show just to see someone new. But the fact that on his first time through Chicago, Gotye was able to sell out the Aragon when the majority of the people that went didn’t know more than one song bugged me.
I don’t blame Gotye for this. His show was amazing. They had a very Gorillaz-esque video show going in the background. Also, I never realized how much percussion drove his act. It seemed like each band member at one time or another was playing on some sort of drums. Even if I had never heard of Gotye before, I would have still been jacked to be at this show. And even though I just saw them, I will be draggin as many people as I can to see Gotye at Coachella.
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