Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hot Night at the Austin360 Amphitheater

Elvis Costello

So, my friend Ron and I arrived at the venue right around 7PM. After quickly wolfing down food at the trucks, we got seated just as Elvis and the band started playing. Like the previous Rush show, although the sight lines were good, the sound was so-so, and it was extremely hot and humid. With the small seats, this made things sticky and slimy.

The Imposters

The backing band for Elvis is essentially the Attractions with a new bass player.

  • Steve Nieve - Keyboards
  • Pete Thomas - Drums
  • Davey Faragher - Bass

The set lasted exactly 1 hour, and consisted of the following songs. The music was very enjoyable despite the sound. Both of us agreed that the Bass would have been a much better venue.

Elvis and Steely Dan

My love of this music probably resulted in my enjoying this show more than I should have, given the shortcomings of the venue.

Steely Dan

The stage change-over was completed very quickly, with the headliner taking stage precisely at 9PM. This was my first time seeing Steely Dan live, and I would describe myself as a casual fan of the band.

The Band

In addition to Fagen and Becker, there were 12 other musicians on stage. They were all awesome musicians, but the drummer and bassist were particularly kick-ass in my mind.

For this leg of the Rockabye Gollie Baby tour, the 2 hour set of music consisted of selection of their greatest hits.

Everything was great with the exception of the heavy set, middle-aged, bald guy near me, who clapped out of time with every song, and insisted on standing and dancing throughout the show. Fortunately, the music was able to compensate for this annoyance.

Elvis and Steely Dan

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