Showing posts from September, 2011

Concert Review: Steely Dan @ the Beacon Theater (Aja Show) 9/19/11

“Break out The hats & hooters”….. Steely Dan, a band that did not tour much during their hey days now seem to be a regular on the concert circuit every couple of years. They have found a home at the Beacon Theater on The Upper West Side of Broadway in Manhattan. The Beacon is not my favorite venue, great location but the seating is rather high up in the loge area. We were in the first loge at a very high priced $150 ticket for being so high up. The seats are tightly close together, not enough leg room, rest rooms & a rather small lobby which is very tight at the start or end of the show. The sound can also be iffy, although it was pretty good last night. No matter what economic times we live in the huge Steely Dan fan base are loyal and always come out. Last nights show was the fourth of seven sold out nights at the Beacon on their Shuffle Diplomacy 2011 Tour. Each night at the Beacon has a different theme usually where an entire album is played, on the fourth night it was

Mets Honor 911 Ten Years Later

The Mets did a fantastic job of honoring 911 on the tenth anniversary at Citi Field. The Mets players along with eight New York City agencies lined the foul lines in a touching pregame ceremony. MLB & Joe Torre denied the team the right to wear FDNY / NYPD caps in place of their usual Mets caps. 2001 Mets Pitcher & native New Yorker John Franco threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza. Also on hand from the 2001 team were manager Bobby Valentine who was on hand broadcasting the ESPN nationally televised game in honor of the anniversary. Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile & Steve Trachsel were also on hand to escort the honored guests onto the field. Former Met Rusty Staub who's organization The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund has donated more than 115 million dollars since 911 was also on hand.  here is the link from the Mets site of the ceremony:

Concert Review: Stevie Nicks at Jones Beach- 9/4/2011

It was a beautiful night on the ocean as Stevie Nicks put on another incredible performance closing out her “In Your Dreams” tour. It was the final night of the twenty show tour which mostly ran through the e late summer. Earlier in the year Stevie supported Rod Stewart on his Heart & Soul Tour. This latest set of shows was a Stevie Nicks solo tour featuring Michael Grimm as an opening act. No matter how many times I see Stevie Nicks ( I have to go through my ticket stubs because I lost count) she never disappoints. Is it possible that she even gets better? It sure sounds that way. We had incredible sixth row seats just off to the right of center stage, nice & close. The weather was also perfect as breeze blew into the Jones Beach Theater from the nearby beach. Stevie played her usual legendary classics (Rhiannon, Gold Dust Woman, Dreams, Stand Back, Edge of Seventeen, Landslide) but this show was different than previous tours because she is currently promoting a new album/