the complex, salt lake city

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11 Responses to “the complex, salt lake city”

  1. Sandman says:

    Unbelievably good performance in an unbelievably poor venue. Jónsi was stunning throughout — good crowd and Jónsi and his band seemed to be in top form. The visual impact of this tour is hard to overstate. The images are so well-crafted and tuned to the melodies and rhythms. The venue (“The Complex”) is more of a music mall and during some quieter moments on a few tracks, you were treated to the thunderous noise of the neighboring band. You really couldn’t see the stage if you were under 5’10” due to the low height of the stage relative to a flat warehouse floor. Really a shame for such a visual performance.

  2. Amy says:

    Venue was terrible, but the band was amazing. Best experience I have ever had. And… I’m 4’11” !! I couldn’t see anything other than the amazing artwork up on the screen, but the feeling was amazing, and the sounds were incredible. I had the chills the whole time.

  3. Dave says:

    I saw Jónsi at the Roseland theater at the beginning of the tour and then again at “The Complex” in Salt Lake last night. What a great experience. The music seems to have ripened in the months between. Jónsi’s voice is amazing, his acoustic guitar skills also have improved. The video production has been toned down since Portland, and I’m not sure why. Still a great set with some great video segments, but not quite as well integrated as in the past.
    Star of the show? Perhaps his drummer, þorvaldur þorvaldsson. Truly a gifted percussionist, he was all over his drum set. Lowlight of the show? Definitely the venue. “The Complex” should be avoided at all costs, at least until the management makes some adjustments. The “Will Call” line was 45 minutes long, and only because they had two (2!) people handing out tickets to will call customers. During quiet moments in Jónsi’s performance, you could hear the booming from the band in the next room. The Complex is tragic.
    But not even a bad venue can ruin a performance of this elegance and beauty. Jónsi is a great musician with a true gift. He has amazing musical sensitivity, an amazing voice and a top notch band. The world is a better place with this music in it. Can’t wait to see it again!

  4. Rachelle says:

    This show was amazing!!! It was so much more than I expected. They performed so well! I was never even close to bored during the performance. I’m still in awe about it the next day. I was on the second row of people, and it was amazing how good Jonsi and the band sounded.
    The Complex sucks. I’ve been to venues that only hold 50 people who are more professional and organized than The Complex. There was a lot of confusion in the lines, and a huge mass of people standing around trying to find the “will call” line. I don’t think I will ever go to a concert there again. But Jonsi was totally worth it. And the other fans there were extremely polite. Words cannot express how awesome the performance was. I wish more than anything I could see the show again!

  5. Cindy says:

    Best concert I have EVER been to. Jonsi is an amazing artist. The light show was fantastic. Everyone was so into it. The 45 minute wait to get in was worth it. I just wish that I could have seen him better. I am only 5’3″, so it was hard to see over all the tall people. But the crowd really enjoyed him. I felt like crying after a few of the songs because they were so powerful.

  6. Adam says:

    Jonsi was absolutely incredible. It is too early to say, but I believe that was the best show I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a TON of great shows, even previous Sigur Ros shows. The production was incredible, the artists unbelievably talented, the visual art unreal. It was not “like” it “was” a dream, and yes, even though the venue was laughable, basically a sterile warehouse, the performance was absolutely professional, and phenomenally tight. Actually, I could not believe they made that place sound that good. If only it would have been in a concert hall or opera house, I can not even imagine… His sound crew adjusted incredibly well to the poor venue. I remembered from the previous Sigur Ros shows, that nobody’s piano mic’ing sounds better than theirs, period! The crowd was very polite by being quiet during the songs, and we were rewarded with a hypnotic spiritual experience! Many people were in tears, and I left without being able to shake the effects of the show even until this writing. Needless to say the bar has been raised, and I will almost judge every other concert I go to, against this one. It was a perfect show in a imperfect place, but I have never been that genuinely touched by any artist before. Unfortunately after a show that great, life in general seems boring. Thanks for coming to Utah Jonsi! May God Bless You!

  7. Jim says:

    I have not been to a concert for probably 7 years, but was SOOO amazed by his performance. He and his band are just incredible. Hope I have the opportunity to see him again.

  8. Paige says:

    First off, The Complex, as everyone else has mentioned, was a poorly chosen venue. During quieter moments the band on the other side of The Complex could be heard playing, which was annoying. But, I would return to any venue to hear Jonsi play again.

    I cannot adequately describe the feelings I felt at the Jonsi concert. The emotion Jonsi creates through his music isn’t present in any other artist I have listened to. Jonsi is a wonderful musician and everything he creates is beautiful. I loved the set, the videos were incredible and perfect representation of the music. The band sounded amazing as did Jonsi, they play with such intensity and raw emotion. The overall production was simply incredible and touched me on every level possible. I am so thrilled I got to see Jonsi’s show, I can only hope he returns to Utah soon! He’s a very talented, unique, and beautiful artist.

  9. Amanda says:

    that concert was AMAZING!!!! I am a HUGE fan of all things Jonsi and I was still blown away. the Venue in which the concert was done was HORRIBLE!!!! There was a loud rock band right across a hall from us and sometimes it got really hard to hear Jonsi with the noise of that rock band, the screaming of the audience from the Jonsi venue (the people in the other concert after it had ended were looking at us becuase we had a much better concert :D), and the band up on stage with y’a Jonsi. The very last song that they did was so INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! Thank You Jonsi, Alex, and all of the band members!!!!

  10. Cameron says:

    I had very high expectations for the concert. I’ve loved everything Sigur Ros has put out, and I haven’t been able to take my Jonsi CD out of the player since buying it. I am absolutely blown away that they were able to totally surpass my highest hopes of what the Jonsi concert experience would be. It was a completely engaging experience that my wife and I were able to get completely lost in. The entire band was outstanding. The animation and effects were spectacular. I have never had a live musical performance (or any live performance of any kind) move me emotionally the way Jonsi did. The crowd was well behaved. It was pretty touching to have that many people in one space, and be able to hear a pin drop at certain moments during the show. At the close of the show, during “Grow Till Tall,” I felt like the world was coming to an end in the best possible way.

    My only complaint has nothing to do with the band or the stage show in any way. The owners of “The Complex” should be ashamed of themselves. Creating a large, sterile, warehouse subdivided into multiple “venues” is bad enough, but treating bands and their audience like whores in your industrial sized brothel is disgusting. Booking two touring bands on the same night across the hall from each other? At the same venue? Absolute greed. But the Jonsi concert was still one of the most beautiful and inspiring events that I have ever witnessed.

  11. willow says:

    Easily one of the greatest, most all encompassing concerts I have been to. Jonsi finds a way to combine to all out amazing live energy of a Radiohead show with the almost spiritual devotion of seeing Sufjan Stevens play. Out of the many and various live acts I have seen Jonsi is toward the top end.

    The show, the set, and the experience were brilliant and only serve to make you want to see it again. I would probably pay a full price ticket just to hear Kolniður again. That song, with the background visuals, was breathtaking. The venue, as others have mentioned, leaves a lot to be desired. It is cramped, the sight lines are poor (bordering on completely absent), and the setup for the crowd is, well, lacking. Whatever the limitations of the space, Jonsi overcame them all and put on a great show.

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