The Doobie Brothers supplied a hits-filled, good humoured set that got a much stronger reaction than I expected, and even had Bill Payne (Little Feat) on keyboards (sadly, no “Day at the Dog Races”). The Steely Dan set was a tad truncated, but given that, as stellar as one might expect, thrilling a sold-out 20k seater. A lot of tracks from”Aja” and “Gaucho”, which suited me. Expensive lighting provided big looks and is probably necessary in a hall such as this. Sound remarkably good bar a trombone mike not switched on during a solo, and the band tighter than a gnat’s chuff. Donald Fagen seemed to be enjoying himself; maybe he’ll be back sooner. I’d like to see a solo band gig with more of his solo material at a smaller venue, e.g. the Royal Albert Hall.
Very mixed in age and with plenty of women. A few too many shiny happy people types for us sport-hating snarky hipster types who like to claim Steely Dan for their own. Their “dancing” was a bit of an irritation given a fair few had dodgy knees and so not sitting was not an option; at £100 for our tickets, seeing their lumbering on the spot was unwelcome; couldn’t they dance in the aisle or down the front? Yes, I am a curmudgeon. Don n’ Walt would understand.
It made me think..
I liked the gig but hated the venue (£33 for the car park is beyond a disgrace). If I go to another gig, i will get balcony tickets to avoid having my view obscured by bad dancers. I know some people like dancing and need to express themselves: great, but do consider other people who want to see the band, not you.