Summer Concert Review: Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan

posted by Jason Aldrich - 

These are two of my all time favorites.

This ended up being only the second time I'd ever seen the Doobies live. The first time was almost exactly one year ago in West Palm Beach, FL.

Two of the original members remain, Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston. John McFee is not an original, but has been with Pat and Tom in the Doobies since 1979.

No Michael McDonald, although from time to time they will share a bill, jam together, and even some shows McDonald will make surprise appearances.   

The guys can still absolutely rock, and they play pretty loud for some "old" guys. They have such a catalog, that 90 minutes doesn't do them justice. We heard classics like "Rockin Down the Highway", "Jesus is Just Alright", "Long Train Runnin", "China Grove", and "Listen to the Music".

Steely Dan is the creation of 2 men, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, dating back to the late 1960's.

Becker, guitarist and co-writer of many of the band's signature hits over the years, passed away last September.

Fagen vowed to go on, and after a bit of a messy legal thing with the name, the rights, etc, he is continuing, and is out on the road with a new set of musicians, which has been the case for he and Becker for many years.

I have to admit, that I've probably seen Steely Dan a good 10 to 12 times in my life, maybe even more.

It just doesn't seem the same without Water Becker in the fold. Fagen is funny, relates to the audience, plays this crazy hand-held organ-type thing that he blows into, and the songs are great. 

We heard "Hey Nineteen", "Aja", "Black Cow", "Kid Charlemagne", "Ricky Don't Lose that Number", as well as "My Old School" and "Reelin' in the Years", along with a few covers, and some Fagen solo tunes.

SHOW RATING: 7 out of 10 stars

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