Wednesday, October 12, 2011
"Reelin' In The Years"
I have been lucky enough to see many concerts this year with a lot more lined up. I get notifications from the leading ticket sales companies telling me who is coming to town and I buy what I can. Steely Dan was one of these groups and when I looked at the ticket prices I decided to take a pass. I have seen them before, way back in the late 80's but they are a favorite of mine so I was disappointed to miss them. Then, to my surprise, I get an email from Steve A who blogs at Long Haired Boy, that he has two tickets he can't use. Seems his trip to Boston was cancelled. Would I like them, he wants to know? OF COURSE I would. Steve A has been a great friend, not only supporting my blog but also supporting my concert addiction. He was kind enough, before, to pass on some unusable tickets to Jeff Beck.
My husband and I headed into Boston early so get some dinner and drinks. We settled in at a bar/pub/brewery called Rock Bottom and enjoyed some appetizers. We still had time so we wandered around and explored Chinatown and the streets of the theater district. There were a lot of people out and about and the atmosphere was great. It was warm and the walk was pleasant.
Waiting to go into the Wang Theater and looking around the crowd was definitely older. Most concerts I go to I feel like I'm the oldest. It was nice to "fit in".
We bought some tee shirts, got a couple of drinks and found our seats. They were fabulous. The show started right on time. I don't remember the name of the opening band but they were ok. A jazz group that didn't leave a huge impression on me. Steely Dan however was great.
They jumped right in and played the entire The Royal Scam album [yes album, it was vinyl when I bought it the first time in 1979]. This was followed by 8 or 9 of their big hits. There were a few of those I didn't know but just a couple. I can sing along with just about all of their songs. It was a perfect night to attend since The Royal Scam is my favorite and contains my favorite Dan song The Caves of Altamira.
My husband introduced my to Steely Dan in college and it was great to share this night with him. We don't share too many bands in common but this is one of the first we bonded over in those early years of dating. [unfortunately I didn't get any good pictures]
Thank you again Steve and don't forget there is a ticket to Beady Eye for you. I hope you can make it.
Below are a few of my favorites of Steely Dan. What are yours?
The Caves of Altamira
Reelin' in the Years