Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to The Scene Is Dead Tour 2012 with Blood on the Dance Floor, Jeffree Star, New Years Day, and Davey Suicide at The Webster. For $23, you get a VIP meet-and-greet package on Thursday, October 25 (up to a $49.50 total value, including all fees). The VIP package includes:
- One general-admission ticket to the concert at 6 p.m. (up to a $24.50 value, including all fees)
- Meet-and-greet session at 3:30 p.m. (a $25 value)
Local-stage doors open at 5 p.m., and main-stage doors open at 7 p.m.
Unabashed profanity, fever-pitch melodrama, transgressive politics, and rafter-shaking beats mingle in The Scene Is Dead Tour, running nearly nonstop through December. Sporting severely sleek, Kiss-like makeup, the frontmen of Blood on the Dance Floor rose to national attention with the release of Evolution earlier this year. Glossing over gothic melancholy with a Lisa Frank color scheme, the duo boast a stylistic agility highlighted on tracks such as “Rise and Shine,” which melds together agonized lyrics and two-ton dubstep. The elaborately coiffed foot-looseners are joined by fellow beat-maker, beauty guru, and sometime collaborator Jeffree Star. The self-styled “Queen of the Internet” in dayglo-pink hair, Star spits straightforwardly obscene come-ons with aggressive glee. His frank vocal delivery of ridiculously raunchy camp surges through driving, chopped-up beats on “Jeffree Star Has More Fun Than You” and moves sinuously slow on “Legs Up,” a song about proper marching technique.
Whereas these electronic acts revel in glamorous, boundary-pushing kitsch, the rest of the bill supplies a grittier perspective. New Years Day evokes a female-fronted Fall Out Boy, particularly on the sneering rock-waltz “I Was Right.” By contrast, “Two in the Chest, One in the Head” builds blistering guitar riffs off of a minor-key techno intro. Davey Suicide completes the billing, with his blond dreadlocks, leather-clad band, and unfiltered profanity bespeaking his allegiance to both Marilyn Manson and Eminem.
The Webster opened as an art-deco movie house more than 70 years ago, and in 1992, the theater and its employees’ slang were both restored to their original condition. Today, the stage monopolizes a major portion of the big-name acts passing through Hartford, with previous headliners including Whitesnake, Henry Rollins, and Cake. A wide-open orchestra invites dancing, and a more-relaxed loge area lets guests coolly survey the action onstage and in the audience.