So Mona and I went to see Mannheim Steamroller a few days ago, and long story short: they stink.
It turns out Mannheim Steamroller has two bands touring under that name, neither of which contains a single founding member. They played songs from their albums exclusively, with identical note-for-note arrangements.
Some parts were pre-recorded, and I honestly have no idea which parts were live and which were Memorex. The sad thing is, it doesn’t even matter.
This was essentially a charmless cover-band. I feel like I bought a ticket just to watch their videos- the exact same videos that have been playing on PBS for decades.
They told us at least three times during the performance where we could go to buy their merchandise. I don’t mind that when the performer is an up-and-comer struggling to make ends meet, but when a highly profitable corporation does it it reeks of greed.
Just stay home and listen to their albums. You’ll have a better time.