Big Time Rush at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 6/28/2013
If you think you heard a strange, high-pitched noise being emitted from the Cynthia Woods Pavilion this past Friday night, there's no need to get your hearing checked. It was only the sound of a zillion teen girls screeching for their Nickelodeon music idols, the boys from Big Time Rush.
The TV boy band also brought along a fellow member of the Nickelodeon music pack, Ms. Victoria Justice. Although I was not an active contributor in the fangirl screaming, I too was in attendance to check out the Big Time Rush madness, and man, was it somethin'.
I nearly got trampled to death at one point, as a gaggle of giggling girls ran toward Logan -- one of the four members of Big Time Rush -- as he searched the crowd for a lucky girl to serenade. This job is hazardous to your health sometimes, in ways you'd never imagine.
Given that I'm still nursing my battle scars from the boy-band madness, I'm going to review the show with the help of some tweets from the ones who can tell you best about those Nick boys -- their fans. Here goes. You might wanna cover your ears. Even their tweets scream.
I, along with the people above and everyone else on the face of the earth, headed out to The Woodlands to check out what makes these boys so Tiger Beat worthy. I'd soon find out. And by soon I mean the hour and a half it took to make the drive, thanks to an accident by the exit and a caravan of SUVs loaded to the brim with tween Rushers.
There are two -- count 'em -- two openers before Victoria Justice takes the stage. There wasn't much excitement from the first two; these kids were obviously jacked to see Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush only, and man, did they make that evident. As soon as Victoria rose up from the platform on stage, the entire crowd of girls shrieked in unison, approving of the arrival of their Nickelodeon princess of pop.
I recognized all of zero songs she sang through her set, but the rest of the crowd (minus the parents) sang in unison. Standout song? "Best Friend's Brother (BFB)," an ode to, well, her best friend's brother and the crush she has on him. Lots and lots of little girls screaming out B.F.B. made it quite clear that this was a very important tune.
There was quite a long break between Victoria Justice's set and the Big Time Rush set, during which the girls in the crowd screamed in unison at nearly every movement on stage. The crew came out to change out the instruments -- random screams. The banner for Big Time Rush was lifted across the stage -- even more screams. Damn, those kids are loud.