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Mannheim Steamroller Reviews

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Average customer review: 1.5 star rating (1.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 66

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1.0 star rating Mona from Jacksonville, Florida

JACKSONVILLE, FL

Terrible show with David Foster in Jacksonville, FL SAD... pride brings about a great fall ...

1.0 star rating Susan W from Durham, North Carolina

NEVER AGAIN - 80S VIDEO QUALITY WITH SOME CHRISTMAS MUSIC

This was a disappointing waste of time and money. I was looking forward to getting into the holiday spirit. Instead I had to view poor quality videos that looked like they were produced in the '80s that had no relation to the music they were background for. What do whales, dolphins (and their sounds) and Greek ruins (poor video quality) have to do Christmas music? What does a pirate or cloaked horse rider, riding frantically through the woods, with shots of the ocean and the coast, and then a Scottish castle with Santa & Mrs. Claus and to do with Christmas music? Chip Davis marketing (hawking) his products on video during the concert, including suggesting using the QR code in our program to make purchases, was over the top. Watching women in leotard in silhouette walk like an Egyptian across the screen, then see lips move across the screen to Carol of the Bells was the finale. Some of the music was very good. Some was mediocre. Not worth your time-or keep your eyes shut.

1.0 star rating Minsos from Palm Desert

STEAMROLLING OVER DIVERSITY

Too few moments of great sound, too much repetitive percussion, too many similar faces, too much self congratulation, too much sell, too much “jingle-type piano,” too much money for too little enjoyment.

1.0 star rating Neil from Morristown, NJ

LITTLE XMAS MUSIC, TERRIBLE DATED VIDEOS

We expected a live Xmas show 12/3/22 full of Xmas music. I guess the whole audience were too. But it seems that Mannheim doesn't care about it's audience and are going to educated us about chip, chip's daughter and the history of Mannheim steamroller and chip's other hit. And so we got: - no live singers - chip's daugher was pre-recorded on video and the band played along - some Xmas music, 1 baroque tune, mostly non xmas - a video of chip's other hit "convoy" with the band thrashing along to the record - chip talking to us from a diner in Nebraska - weird dated vhs quality videos of dolphins, a medieval enactment, ghostly angels, tropical sunsets - all in 640x480 blurry vision. I struggled to look away, but it was in your face - chip on video inviting us to shop for Mannheim steamroller merch from our seat (not tempted) - some self promotional video with the band playing on late night TV and to different ex-presidents (but different musicians) I wonder how this show got so lost

1.0 star rating from Detroit Michigan

OUTDATED

If you enjoy 1980s VHS videos in 2022 this show is for you. Loved the music but nothing Christmas about it. Seagulls and dolphins from a video recorder. Had higher hopes and couldn't wait for it to end. What the heck was that terrible country twang song before the intermission. Trans Siberian Orchestra blows this out of the water by a landslide?

1.0 star rating Gallagher from Denver , CO

NOT A CHRISTMAS SHOW - OUTDATED LIGHT SHOW

If you like old videos of Greece and Angels that look like the Dementor's in Harry Potter this is the show for you. They played CW McCalls “Convoy” out of no where. Not a Christmas Show! Save your money and watch them on YouTube.

1.0 star rating IryeElena from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PIERCING AND SHRILL

My high hopes and expectations for this show both were dashed. I purchased tickets for our ninth anniversary and to celebrate the season, and from the first note of the welcome music to the last before we left at intermission, the sound was excruciatingly shrill. Whoever mic'd the piano and harpsichord need a refresher tutorial, the light display was mediocre, the video and graphics that played throughout the show were confusing and amateur, and the self aggrandizing by Chip Davis off-putting. Upon leaving, my husband and I stopped for a drink at Proper Brick Oven and enjoyed the rest of our evening there. At this point, I can't bring myself to listen to MS music ever again.

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