Jackson Browne – Chateau Ste Michelle : Woodinville WA : July 27th 2018

Always nice to go to the winery for a show on a nice night. It was nearly 90 degrees in Seattle today and by showtime had cooled down to just about 80…very nice.

I started out the evening with my normal routine for the winery…I stop at the swag spot and pick up a t-shirt and other items of interest, then walk to the food vendors and get a wonderful kielbasa and a giant, fresh squeezed lemonade…so good!

About 7:00, I made my way to my seat and met my seat neighbors who were having a picnic and some wine (looked like some tasty snacks). The show started promptly at 7:30.

This was my first time seeing Jackson Browne live and he did not disappoint. He sounded spot on to how I remember him from the many albums and CDs that I had listed to through the 70’s and 80’s. He played many of his hits, which my favorites of the night were That Girl Could Sing, Doctor my Eyes, Somebody’s Baby (which I love and had totally forgotten it over the years) and Red Neck Friend. There were actually quite a few songs which I had forgotten and it was great to hear them again, especially live.

Great show and I would see him again anytime.

The Doobie Brothers/ Steely Dan – Key Arena – Seattle : June 5th 2018

Another great show in Seattle last night. Great combo classic rock show with The Doobie Brothers opening up for Steely Dan.

I have to say, after the absolutely incredible show and song set selection by The Doobies, it was impossible for Steely Dan to follow up. I have to hand it to Donald Fagen and his band, but the atmosphere was charged and unfortunately, in my opinion, they just could not keep it going.

This was the second time I had seen The Doobie Brothers in the last couple years, and I don’t remember them being as good or as powerful as they were last night. I was always a Doobies fan, but thought my self partial to the Michael McDonald version of the doobies until I was reminded of ALL of the incredibly awesome music that original, early ’70’s guitar and vocals members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons were responsible for recording. John McFee rounded out the amazing guitar trio and also played a mean violin and harmonica. It seemed like it was just hit after hit for over an hour and a half with such great songs as, Rockin’ Down the Highway, South City Midnight Lady, Jesus Is Just Alright, Eyes of Silver, Takin’ It To the Streets, Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While), Black Water, Long Train Runnin’ and two awesome encore songs, China Grove and Listen to the Music.

It was also a special show as I was able to do a short meet and greet with the guys from the Doobie Brother before the show. They were very nice and actually seemed as though they enjoyed meeting and talking to us fans.

Paul Simon – Key Arena – Seattle : May 18th 2018

Paul Simon always puts on a great show. His voice and sound is still as amazing as it was when I first heard him on that all all time awesome album, Simon & Garfunkel Concert in Central Park.

The crowd at Key Arena was very energetic but yet subdued, which was ideal for just sitting back and listening to some great old classics. He opened up at just after 8:00pm with America followed by 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. He played his main set and then two encores with his 14 member band and then a third encore with just him and his guitar. My favorites for the night were Kodachrome, The Boxer and of course The Sound of Silence. All in all, he played for just about two and a half hours and played songs spanning his whole career and definitely all the greats.

It is sad to know that this is his last tour and we won’t have the chance to hear him perform all of these songs live again, but he did mention that he wasn’t sure what he was planning in his retirement, and that he loves performing, so who knows…he may put on some live shows sometime in the future, and we can always hope that he and Art Garfunkel decide at one point to have a reunion show or two…we can always hope.

Elton John – Caesar’s Palace – Las Vegas : May 12th 2018

An awesome show last night at Caesars Palace. Elton never disappoints and last night was no exception. He is so energetic and always engaged with the audience. You can definitely tell that he absolutely loves performing for his fans.

Toni and I have seen the “Million Dollar Piano” show before (about 2 years ago) when he was doing the residency back then and wanted to see the show one last time before he hangs it up. This was the end of his current residency and his last Saturday night show, so it was very special. Even his long time writing partner Bernie Taupin was in the audience last night.

The set-list was the standard set opening up with The Bitch is Back (an audience favorite), followed by Bennie and the Jets and then Rocket Man (one of my all time favorites). A great set of awesome classics which I never tire of hearing.

Oh.. I have to apologize for the low quality of the photos… I opted to use my new iPhone X and the camera sucks…sorry.

We were fortunate enough to have seats in row four and were able to get on stage while he was performing Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting! This was an incredible experience. Although we could not get right up close, we were able to get close enough for me to take a little video which I posted to YouTube (see below).

Three Dog Night – Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma WA : November 11th 2017

One of my first favorite bands. Their album Joy to the World – Three Dog Night – Their Greatest Hits was the first album I ever bought. I remember taking it to school when I was in 5th grade and my teach was somewhat of a hippie who had a record player in the classroom and played music during class. His favorite artists at the time to play were Jim Croce and The Carpenters,  but he let us listen to my Three Dog Night album which was awesome.

They put on one hell of a show. Much better than I had anticipated as many times the older the band, the more challenging it is for them to sound “like they used to”, but these guys hit it spot on, song for song they played all of their hits and it brought me back to the playground of my 5th grade youth. I realize that their line-up has changed a bit, but between Danny Hutton (Vocals) and Michael Allsup (on guitar), they brought back all that vibe from so many years ago.

My favorite songs of the night were (my all time favorite) Never Been to Spain and of course One, Mama Told Me Not to Come, Play Something Sweet and of course Joy to the World which was their final encore song of the night.

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