Friday July 24, 2009 / 8:00pmSteely Dan Live (Gaucho - Plus)
Balcony (Rows T-FF)
How was your experience?
The best thing was getting half price tix with reduced service fees for this pricey concert. As the band seriously miscalculated in offering Gaucho over Royal Scam in Boston, the concert was grossly undersold and the first and second balconies were virtually empty. So despite getting the lowest price tix that placed us 3 rows from the back of the second balcony, we ended up at the front of the first balcony, unobstructed and with plenty of breathing room. The venue turned out to be better suited for the band than I expected. The staff was very accomodating, and they let you take drinks back to the seats from the several bar set-ups. I'm a huge Steely Dan fan (the older the better) and have been to most of the concerts since they started touring again back in the 90s, but became disappointed with the predictability of the shows and higher prices the last 2 years. While Gaucho is not my favorite album, I didn't mind hearing it in its entirety, and since it's so short, figured there would be plenty of time for the extra tunes. Having heard that they unexpectedly did Royal Scam in its entirety in addition to Aja on the first night in Boston, I was hoping for at least a good dose of RS also, but we only got one tune. We got 4 from the overplayed Aja, a couple of the other overplayed perennials, and a couple of rarely played tunes that perhaps should stay that way (sacrilege!) Fagan wasn't in great voice (but quite animated), and though the band is stellar, it didn't generate much excitement or electricity. They played for about 2 1/2 hours, but it just wasn't my choice of tunes. Still, it is one of my favorite all-time bands and we had a good time, thanks to Goldstar. If we had paid any more, I would have been a bit disappointed.