steely dan

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Average User Rating 5.19
Total Reviews 2
Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Steely Dan at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Venue/Date: Bama Theatre (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Concert Date:  
August 20th, 2011
Reviewer: bama ryan

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1.00
Really a fabulous show. For a band that didn't play live for so long, they really have a live performance on point. The opening band was a jazz organ trio led by Sam Yahel (sp?) It was excellent, Jimmy Smith-type music. They played for about 30 minutes or so and left a good, mellow taste in your mouth. I wish they had an opening act with a little more energy, but I won't complain. To the main event, Fagen and Becker have an all-star band. Not a weak link in the whole bunch. Their three female backing vocalists were all very professional and beautiful. They have a 4-piece horn section that was right on point. It's been said several times that one of the most coveted spots in popular music history are: the lead sax player with Tower of Power, the Drummer with Earth, Wind, and Fire, and the lead guitarist with Steely Dan. Jon Harrington holds the current title of the Dan's guitar backbone and may be the best of the bunch. The star of the band, however is drummer Keith Carlock. He's a young man with the chops of a 40 year veteran. His solo during Aja is stuff of legend. Becker and Fagen -- professionalism and perfection are what they're all about. Several times during the show Becker seemed to be dissatisfied with the way his guitar sounded. He was met on stage several times by a roadie to exchange axes. Fagen wasn't in great voice early in the show. They opened with "Your Gold Teeth" and "Aja". He warmed up the later the set went but he started out very hoarse. The venue was beautiful. When we went it was in its opening season. It seats about 7,500 people and it was about 90% for the Dan show. The highlight was the Crimson Tide mad crowd (including this reviewer) singing the chorus of Deacon Blues in unison. It was a great night that just so happened to be my father's 60th birthday with whom I watched the show. He's a bigger Dan fan than I and the best music critic I know. The concert was at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and not at the Bama Theatre. The site wouldn't allow me to add a new venue.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
June 18th show at St Aug Amphitheatre
Venue/Date: Cathedral Festival (Saint Augustine, FL)
Concert Date:  
June 18th, 2009
Reviewer: drummingbulldog

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9.38
The concert I attended was at the St Augustine Amphitheatre. The venue inside was very nice with the first section covered. The parking is inadequate for the size of the venue though so I parked and walked. Wear comfy walking shoes hint-hint. Their sound system sounded excellent with both the opening group and Steely Dan. My only qualm was that I felt it could have been louder but I am sure it sounded perfect up front. The concert goers in this event seemed hellbent to get up and down 50 times each as if they were at a sporting event. This is not a football game people. Some of us love music and want to see a band and not the back of your large elephant man sized heads. The bathrooms were clean and the staff were friendly. The signs for sections and the seats were well marked. Now onto Steely Dan and all things music related. Some purists may think that a band like SD should do everything just like the record. I found myself enjoying the songs and solos the musicians took liberties with. Donald Fagan put together a nice ensemble where all the newer members can carry the old and bring out the new in their classics. My personal favorites during the set were Aja, Bodhisattva, Do it again, Hey Nineteen, Don't Take Me Alive, and they did an encore which featured Peg. All the songs sounded fantastic because of the super tight ensemble playing. Keith Carlock was my standout performer. I must say being a drummer I am biased but I felt the crowd really showered him with accolades when he soloed and when the band introductions were given. This is to no way exclude any of the other members including the two founders themselves. This was a top rate evening of music performed by top flight people. I left with my internal musician totally satisfied and my fan side was totally blown away. As a little boy in the 70's (I am 39 now) I had always liked Steely Dan on the radio so seeing them live was a kind of musicians dream come true. It's not every day you get to see someone truly great and I think Fagan and Becker are collectively great. Fagan, I believe, is an underrated American composer, arranger, songwriter, etc. I would go see SD again in a minute. I just wish I had gotten a t-shirt.

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