fun. fun! fun* Punctuation doesn't matter

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 10:57 AM
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LannyD1Jan. 24, 13 8:31 AM

I do agree that the screen in front of the stage was more than a little off-putting. Half of one song - it might have worked but definitely not for three full songs. This was the second time I've seen fun.fun!fun* in last four months. Last night's show was technically more interesting, but I'd have to say the show's pacing was a little off. Don't get me wrong, I like this band, and so do my kids. That's why I take exception to simply saying that fun is a reworking of the past. Very few bands these days receive the kind of cross-generational appeal of a band like fun. But they do this mixing in elements of modern music. These guys seem to really enjoy themselves on stage and they are a hard-working band that tours relentlessly. Harmonies, sing alongs, guitar solos, there's nothing wrong with that at all and I'm glad there is music that still appeals to a wider audience. Remember when that type of music sold out large arenas three times over during a tour? I do, and this band just might be one that can, at the very least, keep the crowd singing along for a while.

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trapper32Jan. 24, 13 8:59 AM

This reviewer made it sound like it was the first time he'd ever heard fun.

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rshacklefordJan. 24, 13 1:18 PM

(article quote): "The chorus of "Why Am I the One" started like Alanis Morissette and finished like Elton John. "Carry On," fun.'s most recent single, sounded like Yes' Jon Anderson delivering a Styx ballad." ---- And readers are using google with those listed names to learn what real musical composition and originality is. These "fun" bands are on Leno, Fallon, etc and after 10 seconds, they can go ahead and take one direction...off stage, thank you.

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waterdogzJan. 24, 13 2:18 PM

Some Nights also sounds a lot like Cecilia (Simon and Garfunkel). Catchy, but no originality at all.

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SEYMOURJan. 24, 13 2:58 PM

I like these guys. If sounding too much like Queen is wrong, I don't want to be right.

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thom2578Jan. 24, 13 3:41 PM

the fun. concert was amazing! i don't know why their music is being compared to other groups/artists as if they just released the album last month. the fact that they are back in MN performing a similar set list to an even bigger crowd than their last show here 6 months ago is very impressive. i enjoyed their new song (lyric: remember when I woke you up to say I love you?). and although the scrim takes an artistic eye to understand i was much too busy singing/dancing along to care for more than 5 seconds. i wish i was going to a second performance tonight.

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funisfunJan. 24, 13 7:40 PM

I'm going to have to disagree with your review. They have a very unique and distinctive sound and don't sound anything like the artists you compare them to. That's what I like most about them. Nate's vocals are a gift from God. And when a band sounds just as good live (like they did last night) as they do on a recording, you know they're good. The proof is in the pudding (thus the six Grammy nominations). Rock on fun. You guys are great and I can't wait to see what's next for you! p.s. Loved the Wild jerseys at the end!

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wozowozowozoJan. 24, 13 8:20 PM

What kind of concert reviewer spends his first three paragraphs on the NAME OF THE BAND? What kind of concert reviewer whines about the band's songs? CONCERT REVIEWING 101: If a reader went to the show .... or did not attend, but is interested in reading about the show ... the reader LIKES THE SONGS. Memo to Jon Bream: NOBODY READING YOUR CONCERT REVIEW CARES WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ABOUT THE SONGS.

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