Satanic worship? Sort of.
Video Games? YES!
I went to see Video Games Live! with YoungerSon and The Bride.
WOW! It was great!
The audience was full of "gamers" who came to see the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Chorus perform music written for video games by video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall.
First let me say I'm far from being a gamer.
My video game experience is limited to Pong, Donkey Kong and Frogger with quick bursts of Super Mario and Tetris in between. Oh, and recently some rather pathetic attempts at Guitar Hero on "easy".
But these sellout crowd gamers were rabid! Hoots and hollers and cheers each time their favourite video came on the big screen. Some dressed as their favourite game character.
The Symphony played valiantly through big screen monster attacks, caveman skirmishes, and military ambushes.
And the laser lights just kept on flashing.
A special guest was Martin Leung, the Video Game Pianist. Never heard of him? Don't worry, I hadn't either but apparently his claim to fame is an internet video of him playing the Super Mario Brothers theme while blindfolded. See the video here. He sure could bang away at top speed on that piano!
Part of the show is a Guitar Hero competition and the champion is invited on stage to play "Sweet Emotion" from Aerosmith on "Hard", and is given a target of 160,000 points to win a prize. This has to be one of the most difficult songs on the game. He scored over 150,000 points, so they gave him the prize anyway!
This is a concert that I would never in a million years put on my "must see" list, but I surprised myself by really enjoying it. The music was unexpectedly good, although a lot of it was a bit "Star Warsish". Lots of interaction between the performers on the stage and the audience.