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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

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3.0 star rating Jamie from Toronto, Ontario

I'M GETTING OLD? WAS TOO LOUD...

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 Elsa from Austin, Texas

WHAT’S UP WITH DONALD FAGEN?

Let me start with the ***** rating I give the Doobies. Could not have been better, those guys are ageless and they brought on the hits and the audience to its feet. On the other hand, Steely Dan indulged in playing obscure songs sprinkled with a few hits in between. Mr. Fagen is quite the genius and I am sure he misses Mr. Becker. Maybe there is a legal reason for the paucity of hits played or maybe he just didn’t want to. It was a real disappointment to not hear Deacon Blues, Reeling in the Years, Rikki and many others that I so wanted them to play. I would love to know from the band if there was an actual reason for this, it would be more understandable and forgivable.

3.0 star rating Mickie from Pittsburgh, PA

DOOBIE BROTHERS SHOULD A BEEN THE HEADLINERS

Saw at Denver Pepsi Center. Doobie Brothers rocked the house......people out of their seats singing& dancing in aisles. They sounded GREAT !!!L. Steely Dan however was a yawnfest. We left about 30 mins after they started playing & once outside saw that A TON of others were leaving in the middle of their set too. Just boring..,every damn song sounded the same. Cannot figure out how EVER Steely Dan was the headliner group. They were just OK at best. Had they warmed up for the Doobie Bros, as they should have, people would have stayed for the entire show & left happy & still singing. Would not ever pay to see Steely Dan again.Give the Doobies 5 stars, Steely Dan 5 yawns

5.0 star rating Melly from Cary, North Carolina

DOOBIE BROTHERS AND STEELY DAN MAY 11 RALEIGH CONCERT

Doobie Brothers played and played outstanding music and songs everyone knew and loved -- Michael McDonald was not missed (in my estimation), proving once again that everyone is indispensible BUT... The HIGHLIGHT of the evening was Donald Fagen and his musicians -- Of course they played the favorites -- Are there Steely Dan tunes that are NOT favorites? There was NOT one 'Tired Sea Song' among the bunch and after watching a LOT of people leave BEFORE the show was over (in COMPLETE disbelief!), the group finished up and THEN returned to play Reelin' In the Years -- AWESOME! S.D.'s musicians are TOP FLIGHT and Donald is just AMAZING -- I guess there are FANS and then there were the rest... Ah well... Oh... With the number of people under the overhead roof, it could have been HOT but fans kept a GREAT breeze going - We had GREAT seats!

3.0 star rating Lisa W. from Seattle, Washington

STEELEY DAN WAS CONFUSED

So excited to see Doobie Brothets and Steely Dan at Key Arena Doobie Brothers were pretty amazing. Steely Dan on the othet hand seemed confused on what to sing. People come to see older bands to sing along with the hits. Yeah that didn't happen. Many people started leaving by about the fifth song including us. What songs were they singing? Who knows...fail

3.0 star rating Neil from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

DISAPPOINTED

Travelled up from Kissimmee to Jacksonville see two of my favourite groups with my family. We were on holiday from England. Disappointed on two fronts. No Michael McDonald - I was looking forward to hear him singing. Secondly the sound production for Steely Dan was poor. The band are very good with some brilliant musicians, but they were drown out by the bass and drums. The sound guy was on the stage to the side and should have been out front with the audience. Consequently several of the audience got up and left half way through.

3.0 star rating Eric from Hickory, North Carolina

GREAT MUSIC, LOW ENERGY CROWD

Maybe the run of 70s legends is coming to a close. The Doobie Bros started off rough, with an abrasive sound mix that came under control as the set warmed up. The band worked hard to bring up the energy of the crowd and you could feel it as the Bros closed with a string of their most memorable hits. Black Water was especially fun. Steely Dan (ie Donald Fagan) displayed their extroadinary musicianship, but the energy died. Crowd up front was planted in their seats, complaining to the few to sit down. Security prevented fans from filling empty seats up front. Oh well. We cannot stay 18 forever.

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