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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 Sillysally from Seattle, Washington


Saw these guys at the Key last night...the evening totally exceeded my expectations!! The Doobie Bros played all of the great old hits we all remembered and got to our feet to sing and dance to! I can't believe their voices are still recognisable as them. Steely Dan was interesting...Loved the Brass and the Back-up singers and was totally intrigued by Donald Fagan...first time to see him live and I wasn't disappointed. His voice was also recognisable, which is hard for those older fellas to do...just not enough air in those lungs! Totally enjoyed both groups but I have to say the Doobies stole the show for me!

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.

4.0 star rating Jon from Georgetown from Austin, Texas


Doobie Brothers were great. Wasn’t expecting much from them but they were really good. Sound was loud but fit their music. SD was good, but they were much better 2 years ago. The sound was not good for SD. I could not hear the drums and bass very well and the band just lacked the punch I was expecting. Songs just fell flat for me and my wife. The sound was definitely not mixed well and some parts were Barely audible. Come on sound guys. The Austin360 Amphitheatre is a great venue even on the HEB lawn. Overall a decent concert.

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

3.0 star rating GB from Nanuet, NY


Nobody expects 70-ish rock stars to be at peak form but the Doobie Brothers came pretty close.- 5 stars for them. Unfortunately, Steely Dan was a puzzling disappointment. Strange choice of songs, and Donald Fagen looks like he's done. Missed a lot of notes and frankly seemed unwell. No "Deacon Blues" nor "Do ii Again"? The "Danettes" seemed bored and the show lacked energy. Music was pretty good thanks to the band behind them but generally not up to expectations.

3.0 star rating Jamie from Toronto, Ontario


Left after the Doobies were done... Our ears were painfully ringing. Having said that - they were a fun show - played the songs that got the audience on their feet - and lots of crowd interaction. They know their stuff - but seemed distorted - at least for the first 1/2 of the show... Please also note: Lots of audience gets up and heads to the beer counters throughout the show at this venue. Then they return to seats - then back up for more beer - then back... YOU are up and down, letting them in/out too....

3.0 star rating Rick R. from Cincinnati, Ohio


Doobie Brothers incredible, vocals and music still intact after all of these years. Harmonies still incredible. Perfect mix of hits and others, and played what the crowd paid for and expected. Steely Dan not so much. This is a terrible pairing, and I felt sorry for Steely Dan as they watched some of the audience file to the exits, including me. Fagen has totally lost his voice, and seemed to only play the "hits" with a tone of contempt, as if that is beneath him, including a terrible rendition of "Rikki" where he actually came in early and was skipping lyrics. The musical elitists are probable blind to how bad they were, and will attempt to mask the performance by referencing the musicianship in the band. Yes, I go to a concert to hear the singalong songs, not sit on my hands in my chair while the musicians try to show us how accomplished they are at their craft.


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