Who: Steely Dan
Where: The Beacon Theatre, Manhattan, New York City, USA
When: 24th October 2018
What: Countdown to Ecstasy ++
(In September, I was commissioned by a management group to travel to the USA and cover Steely Dan’s shows at the Beacon Theatre in October. Once I am allowed to, I am expanding the articles I wrote to lengthier reviews which will appear here and elsewhere. My last piece was on the “By Popular Demand” night (which was really more like a “Greatest Hits” show). In this next group of writings, I will concentrate on the performances that were based on individual albums – concentrating on the songs that were not in the earlier performance, beginning with the “Countdown to Ecstasy” night)
On my way out of the “By Popular Demand” show, someone commented “Steely Dan may not be the best live band in the world – but if they’re not I’d sure enjoy seeing some of the others”. It’s right. It’s hard to imagine a tighter, more capable band
A little medical downtime has meant that I’ve had chance to update my catalogue of reviews of Shakespeare productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company which I have been covering for the last nine years.
What: Three Cheers for Christmas
Who: The Riding Lights Theatre Company
Where: Ravenscourt Arts, Hammersmith, London
When: December 2016
Anyone for two-handed pantomime?
Well… not really a pantomime. A little bit pantomime, a little bit nativity. Mostly a feel good half day out from school for kids who were able to get seats for this free presentation.
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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.
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I’m pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to this time of year.
In the first quarter of 2011, 12 music albums that I have been involved in were released in different markets around the world. This has garnered a certain interest in my social circle at home but has not really made any other difference to my life, lifestyle or income.
So I’m walking through Greenwich village. Bleecker Street, once heart of the East Coast counter-culture. Once home to beatniks and hippies.