Took my kid to Outside Lands.

Shockingly good sonics.

Food was good, but crazy expensive.

Winelands - meh.

Enjoyed the following...

Cello Joe

Beso Negro

Disclosure

The Kooks

Spoon

Jenny Lewis

Flaming Lips

Tom Petty

Deathcab for Cutie

Night Terrors of 1927

The Dum Dum Girls

Warpaint

Group Love

Haim

Local Natives

The Killers

Bleachers

(Did not like Kanye)
Recently:

The Offspring with Bad Religion - this really rocked. Both were in top form. "Smash" album in its entirety. Wow!

Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper - as usual, Alice was in top form. Great to re-live my teenage years with Crüe, but even though I know they just aren't a great live band musically, they performed even worse than I had set my expectations.
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Steely Dan


Gonna see them here Tuesday - thoughts on the show?


Excellent Great backup band. Joe Herrington on guitar especially. My favorite album of theirs is Aja. If it's yours, you'll leave the show very happy.
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Steely Dan


Gonna see them here Tuesday - thoughts on the show?


Excellent Great backup band. Joe Herrington on guitar especially. My favorite album of theirs is Aja. If it's yours, you'll leave the show very happy.


Keith Carlock is a killer drummer. His drum break towards the end of Aja is worth the price of admission.

Jon Herington is also fantastic. He plays more guitar during the night than Walter Becker.

Oh hell... The whole band is ridiculously good.
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Hard to pick a favourite album but Aja would definitely be in the running. Thanks to you both for the feedback!


The Sony Centre show on Saturday was the first Toronto concert of theirs that I've missed in the past 10 years. I also caught the Donald Fagan solo show, and the Dukes of September show.

The two Massey Hall shows about 6 years ago were a highlight. That's when they were doing full albums: Aja the first night, Royal Scam the next night... plus another hour + of other material after they finished each album.

Donald's vocal range isn't quite what it used to be, but he still makes it work.

What bugs me about the Dan shows is the large percentage of the audience that only wants to hear the big hits, and they bitch (during the show, and online afterwards) that they didn't play Do It Again or Rikki, and instead played "a bunch of songs nobody has ever heard of" (referring to songs like Green Earrings or Don't Take Me Alive).

But the thing is, they DO play all the hits - EXCEPT for those two songs, which, frankly, are their least interesting compositions. (Once in a blue moon they will play one of those two songs, but it's a rare occurrence.)

I'd honestly prefer to hear them play the entire "Two Against Nature" and "Everything Must Go" albums than to hear them play Reelin' In The Years (as an example) yet again.

That's why I passed on seeing them this tour. 90% of their set list is the same every tour, and as much as I love Bodhisattva, Babylon Sisters, Reelin' In The Years, Kid Charlamagne, and the entire Aja album, I wish they could get away with playing more obscure tunes.
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That's why I passed on seeing them this tour. 90% of their set list is the same every tour, and as much as I love Bodhisattva, Babylon Sisters, Reelin' In The Years, Kid Charlamagne, and the entire Aja album, I wish they could get away with playing more obscure tunes.


They wouldn't sell out without the hits. I'm sure no artist wants to sing/play the same set-list show after show. But the money is in the touring these days. Artists have to appeal to the hard core and the fans seeing them for the first time.It's a trade off
Caught the latest incarnation of YES twice last month. Good shows and the new singer (Jon Davison) sounds very close to Jon Anderson. Although the performances were good it just wasn't the same without Anderson there.

Also had a chance to catch Skid Row at the Mod Club in Toronto with opening acts Spin Dizzy and Psychotic Authority. Skid Row were okay...at least they had a couple of songs with which I was familiar but the opening acts weren't that great. Not bad for $25 but not great either.

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