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Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers Reviews

ConcertsIndie & RockJazz & Blues

Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 41



4.0 star rating Fizzoko from Boston, Massachusetts


The Doobie Brothers rocked. They had the crowd up and on it's feet for most of their set. They played all the classics and with energy. They sounded great and played real well. Steely Dan did not fare as well. They miss Becker's jazzy guitar lines. The current guitarist - tho he can certainly play - did not have a sound that cut through the songs. He was too far back in the mix. Daonald Fagen has no more voice. At least on this night. He croaked though Aja and was indistinguishable most of the night. You saw his mouth move but heard nothing. And when you heard something - it was not singing. He may have been sick - because he sounded like he had lost his voice. He talked his way along - didn't sing anything. Just croaked. This was my second time seeing Steely Dan - and it's probably my last. The band sounded best with the back up singers - singing along.

5.0 star rating Julie Roberts from North Augusta, SC


The Doobie Bros were great! Steely Dan was fantastic! I am more of a fam of Steely Dan, too! When Steely Dan came on i felt like i was transported to NYC or LA! So perfect! The sounf, the weather, amazing!

4.0 star rating High-Mountain Mama from Denver, Colorado


The Doobie Brothers were great: sang all the best songs, sounded fantastic, seemed genuinely happy to be performing. Steely Dan was bizarre: Fagan seemed to be up there playing whatever he wanted, jamming out with his buds while ignoring the hits we came to hear. For the Doobies? A five-star rating. For Steely Dan, maybe three stars for the musicianship onstage.

4.0 star rating Mean Old Man from Boston, Massachusetts


Doobies 3.5 stars. Steely Dan 4.5 stars. All great performers. Doobies suffer without Michael McDonald tunes. Steely Dan came on strong with a ton of hits. Fagan sounded terrific. I was nervous after reading the previous reviews. No need. Stellar set list mde SD the deserved headliners. Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA.

4.0 star rating Alec Johansson from Seattle, Washington


The Doobie Brothers were fantastic and the newest member was singing most of the hits and replicating the vocal sounds to a tee. The band was great and all of the remaining original members were still spot on. Hired hands were of the highest quality. NOW....... STEELY DAN. Donald Fagen was unable to sing his songs and missed note after note and sang out of key on every song except one, but the band was the very best in the business. I wanted to leave 10 minutes into the show. I wanted to throw up. To justify the ticket price and SWAG purchase, I just convinced myself that I paid to see some of the best guitar,sax and DRUMMERS in the business. DONALD...if you were sick, I am sorry and I hope you get better. If you are just too old to sing, hire a soundalike , or use backingtracks and lip sync or pitch correction device. THERE !!! I SAID IT

4.0 star rating Roberta T from Seattle, Washington


The show started right on time with the Doobie Brothers. Since I'm a Michael McDonald fan, I found the vocals lacking. The overall sound of the group (maybe due to the sound system?) was rough and kind of repetitive. However, once Steely Dan took the stage, the night was transformed! Judging by some of the reviews from last year, they must have upped their game because it was one hit after another! Donald Fagan was spot on as was the brass quartet and the lead guitar. Perfectly in tune, perfectly in sync...the sound transports you to another time while not sounding the least bit dated. The main downside of the night was it was overall TOO LOUD. Come on people, we are not deaf (at least we weren't before the concert!) Music should not hurt. Turn down the sound system, Key Arena.

4.0 star rating Charlie Baird from Seattle, Washington


The ticket price was worth it for The Doobies alone. They played and jammed throughout their show all of the hits I loved since 1972, when I was 10. Eyes of Silver, China Grove, Rockin down the Highway, South City Midnight Lady, Without Love, Black Water, and more. I was thrilled to finally see them after all this time. Great guitar and sax jams, and an old time stage show and audience appreciation. Reminded me of the good ole days. Steely Dan, for me, was unbearable. Just not my thing. I’m so glad I went, The Doobies are timeless.


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