Review: Steely Dan live at the Beacon: The Royal Scam + Hits

Posted by The G on September 21, 2011 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Is there a better way to spend your birthday than by seeing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Steely Dan in concert?  (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way).  Steely Dan’s 2011 tour, called “Shuffle Diplomacy,” finds them performing different albums (plus selected hits) on different nights.  On September 20, 2011, at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Steely Dan played the entire “The Royal Scam” album plus 12 additional songs!  You certainly get your money’s worth as the band played for nearly two and a half hours.  The musicianship in the band is fantastic and Donald Fagen’s voice sounds as good now as it did in 1976 when “The Royal Scam” was originally released.

Walter Brecker of Steely Dan
Walter Brecker of Steely Dan

Without a doubt, I was the youngest person at the show and perhaps one of the few that was sober.  People sitting around me were absolutely wasted.  It hindered my ability to enjoy the show fully as security kept having to be called to try and control the unruly drunks around me.  At times it was hard to hear what Fagen and Walter Brecker were saying when they addressed the audience.  I do recall Brecker telling the audience to use drugs while listening to their music (I am paraphrasing here, not directly quoting) and also both guys gave many shout outs to their fantastic band.  I thought they were great and I am really glad to add Steely Dan’s name to the list of legendary performers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live.

See the set list after the jump.

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New Banksy and Blek LeRat in New York

Posted by The G on September 20, 2010 under Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Blek LeRat and Banksy.

Blek LeRat and Banksy on 13th and Washington in New York. While Supplies Last!

New Yorkers – drop what you are doing and head over to 13th and Washington to see the latest works from my beloved street artists Banksy and Blek LeRat, respectively.  What a nice birthday surprise when I visited that corner and saw the wall as pictured above.

I zoomed in for you as well so you don’t have to ruin your eyesight.

Blek LeRat in NYC!!!

Aside from the Blek LeRat lithograph I own, this is the first B.L.R. I’ve ever seen in person.  As you can see from the above picture, it’s gorgeous!

See another image from Blek and one from Mr. Banksy, after the jump.

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Justin Bond, Jake Shears and Taylor Mac

Posted by The G on September 21, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

All photos by the birthday boy, G.

Justin Bond and Jake Shears perform "Afternoon Delight" at Joe's Pub in NYC on September 20, 2009.

Justin Bond and Jake Shears perform "Afternoon Delight" at Joe's Pub in NYC on September 20, 2009.

It’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to be at Joe’s Pub in New York City watching the fabulous Justin Bond, Taylor Mac and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters perform.  The program was called “Angels of the Morning,” where Justin and company performed their favorite hits from the 70s.  Before the night was over, we heard great renditions of You’re So Vain, Afternoon Delight, Angel of the Morning and Ticket To Ride, just to name a few.  Justin Bond is so great live, he sings, he dances, he makes you laugh until it hurts.  Joined by the incredible performance artist Taylor Mac (whose song “If You See Something, Say Something” is nothing short of genius) and Jake Shears (who sells out stadiums across Europe with his band Scissor Sisters), the night couldn’t have been better.  There’ll be 2 more chances to see Justin Bond at Joe’s Pub, so check the site and get your tickets before it’s too late!

See more great photos of Justin Bond, Jake Shears and Taylor Mac after the jump.

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