Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Steely Dan in Tucson

I really wanted to hear Don't Take Me Alive

Big nasty storm on the way out to the casino/amphitheater last night cleared up right as the show got started. The Joey Defrancesco trio started the night off with some free-form jazz. Not a big fan of that stuff. Every so often, Joey sounded like he was about to break into that ballpark organ riff that goes, dah, dah, dah, dah, dadadadundadaaaahhhh...Chaaarrrrge!! A buddy of mine who attended the show last night called it Zamboni music. Seemed an amiable bloke, and he and the boys finished strong with an audience participation number about getting my mojo on. Shagadelic baby.

So the rest of the crowd starts filing in, and for the first time in a long time, I don't feel so old. Scores of Tommy Bahama guys in the Hawaiian shirt, microfiber shorts and leather sandal ensemble. Other than wife-of-Tommy Bahama guy, not a lot of women at the show. Oh yeah, there was a grandma who passed in front of me pushing her walker to the extreme of its performance envelope trying to get to her seat before Fagan and Becker made their entrance. And a nice mix of dads and sons. I dig that. Raise 'em right. It's never too early to teach them to just say "no" to Rap and those Flaming Lips people.

Becker and Fagan didn't look like they were ready to be fitted for portable oxygen tanks and scooters, but the boys are looking very seasoned. The other night towards the end of that VH-1 Who tribute, Roger Daltrey closed with something along the lines of: If we're still playing when we're 90 we may look like shat, but we'll still sound great. And the Dan sounded great last night. It was almost deja vu-2000. My concert-going shipmate, Captain Dan, recalls this as the set list:

  • Royal Scam-Love the jam session that segues into Walter and Donald making their appearance from opposite sides of the stage. Becker kinda waddles and Fagan has this gangly, stoop-shouldered scarecrow swagger thing he does. He's mastered how to look really cool when you don't have lick of motor skills beyond your hands.
  • Everything You Did
  • Show Biz Kids-Best of the night for me. Re-arranged from the studio version. Less machine-like, more jazzy. Fagan and the gals hit the Show business kids making movies of themselves, you know they don't give a F_ _ k about anybody else line twice. Very cool
  • Two Against Nature
  • New Frontier
  • Hey Nineteen
  • Glamour Profession
  • Godwacker
  • New Frontier
  • Gaucho-Ever heard Walter Becker sing? He's more Tom Waits than Tom Jones
  • Home at Last
  • Parker's Band
  • Aja
  • Josie
  • Peg
  • Love is Like an Itching in my Heart/band introductions
  • Kid Charlemagne
  • (encore) FM
As they came out for the encore, Becker complimented the audience and called us all M-Fers. Made me all warm and fuzzy. Musician of the night honors go to drummer Keith Carlock. Dude looked like Howie Long with a chili bowl haircut, but I felt that thundering in my chest most of the night-especially on Aja.


Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

Hey. Long time since I heard Steely Dan. I spent an hour on Youtube listening to it. :)

A question. I'm looking for a music video. It's a vintage video with guys in long beards and long hair, and they're riding dirtbikes (motocross-bikes?) on hills and stuff. I think it's a pretty famous song. Is that Steely Dan?

Ring any bells?

CasonBlog said...

The closest video I remember is the Tears for Fears video where the guys are riding dirt bikes up the dunes in Yuma. It also features two Sam and Dave looking brothers dancing in front of an abandoned gas station. Not sure what that symbolized. Happy hunting anyway. Oh, it's the Everybody wants to rule the world video.