You’ve probably heard the improbably-catchy melody that is the “Baby Shark” song, whether through Cardi B’s Instagram stories or on the countless YouTube videos and digital playlists aimed at toddlers and babies.
Did we really need a live version of this pop culture phenomenon and former campfire song?
Yes, says Live Nation, which is bringing the Baby Shark Live! tour to the Paramount Theatre on Oct. 24 — part of a massive road jaunt that will visit 100 (!) U.S. and Canadian markets through 2020, according to the promoter.
Tickets for the 6 p.m. Denver show — billed as a “brand new, fully immersive concert experience from Pinkfong and Round Room Live” — are on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12, via altitudetickets.com. They run $29.50-$59.50 (minus fees), so be sure your brood is committed to sticking out the stage show before buying.
“Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including ‘Five Little Monkeys,’ ‘Wheels on the Bus,’ ‘Jungle Boogie,’ ‘Monkey Banana Dance’ and of course, ‘Baby Shark!’ ” read a press release for the tour.
We get that this is a kiddie show, and therefore our eye-rolling at the sprawling nature of the tour is both misguided and wasted. But the good in this is that we’ve clearly hit peak “Baby Shark” mania, and it’s now entirely possible we only have down to go from here. (That’s a good thing, if down means taking a break from the song).
Of course, I’m the parent of two young kids, so my bias definitely runs along the lines of “I’ve already heard this freaking thing way too much.”
In case you’ve been living under a rock, or are lucky enough not to have heard it, Pinkfong’s version of “Baby Shark” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 32 and has maintained a 17-week streak in the Top 50 while topping the Kids Digital Song Sales Chart, according to the company. The “Baby Shark Dance” video has amassed more than 3 billion views, making it the 8th most viewed video in the history of YouTube.
Three. Billion. Views.
“We’re thrilled to bring Baby Shark Live to families across the country,” said Stephen Shaw, the tour’s producer and co-president of Round Room Live, in a press statement. “There’s something incredibly special about Baby Shark and it’s exciting to create a show that not only includes singing and dancing but an education component as well.”
If by “special” he means “distressingly inescapable,” then yes!