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The Doobie Brothers Concert Review, Austin, TX, November 5, 2013

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The Doobie Brothers are yet another band that has been around in my family for as long as I can remember.  More than anyone, Mom was a fan.  The only album I remember us owning was The Captain and Me.  Not sure why the Michael McDonald era albums weren’t around, probably because buying and owning music wasn’t a priority in my family.  That could be why it became important to me, who knows?

I was able to catch them last night in Austin’s Paramount Theatre.  I bought tickets late and ended up near the top of the venue, but that was OK.  Not a show that I necessarily need to be close to the front for.

No cameras were allowed and I was able to get a quick shot right as they hit he stage.  The volunteers that work the venue were pretty hardcore about making people put their phones away.  It was nice not having those lit rectangles sticking up all over the place for the night.

I brought my best friend, Amelia, with me as I hadn’t seen her much lately.  She’s my “go to” for shows when I can’t find anyone else to go with me.  She said, “We see all of the old people shows together!”  There’s some truth to that.  She’s good kid.  Late 20s but loves the Doobies, Hall and Oates, Chicago etc.  Perfect show date as always.

We climb the stairs and got to our seats, the lights go down and they come out with Jesus is Just Alright, straight in to Rockin’ Down the Highway and then in to Take Me In Your Arms.  The Doobies are still fronted by Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McPhee, all original members and all in their mid-60s.  But let me tell you, those guys can still sing and harmonize.  They didn’t sound like most rockers in their 60s.  Simmons sounded the best of the 3 and his guitar playing was quite incredible to watch.  The guy is a damn fine guitarist.

They rolled through a string of hits and one or 2 off of their latest album.  I was quite pleased that they played Clear As The Driven Snow from The Captain and Me.  Easily one of my faves by them and was never a radio hit.

Something was missing, though.  Oh!  The lack of Michael McDonald songs!  Beyond Takin’ It To The Streets, there were no other songs from that era.  Looking back at, it seems they have been neglecting that era since about 2000.  That seems strange to me.  Apparently there must be a rift between them.  Too bad as I really wanted to hear What a Fool Believes, my favorite by them.

But no matter, it was another fun show and I’m really glad I got to see them.  If I had a real complaint, it’s the 2 drummer thing.  Other than wanting to try it once with some friends in the mid-80s, I’ve always found it silly.  It’s impressive as they 2 have to be spot on with each other, and both of the drummers last night were super tight, I just find it unnecessary.  Oh well.

Great show!  And I couldn’t help but think about the episode of What’s Happening the whole night.  Most of you readers under 40 or from outside the USA probably won’t remember or even know of that show and/or episode.

On Meeting Director Ruggero Deodato

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Last weekend Austin hosted the Housecore Horror Film Festival which had a bunch of bands and some new and old horror flicks.  Other than Goblin being there, I didn’t have much interest in going.  Just not worth the price for me.

However, a pal of mine plays drums for Bloody Hammers (and Colossus) and BH was playing during the day on Saturday and got me in to see their set.  They were killer live and more palatable to me than their recordings.  It was good to see the guy but that’s only an aside to the cool meeting that happen.

One thing that I think that the festival did right was to have all of the merch booths/vendors in public areas so that you don’t have to buy the festival pass.  There were some really cool shirts posters and DVDs and all kinds of horror related stuff.  As I was about to leave the venue to head to band practice, I see an older gent sitting at a table filled with Cannibal Holocaust pictures and such.  Ruggero Deodato, director of that movie, was signing autographs and selling mini posters and stills from the movie.  I called my close friend back home and said, “Dude, you like Ruggero Deodato, yes?”  “Well, duh”, he says.  “Cool, I am standing next to him right now and will get you a signed poster.”  He squealed a little.

Deodato is Italian and Cannibal Holocaust is the only movie I have ever seen that grossed me out.  His accent was pretty thick and his English was good.  Somehow in our initial talk he mentioned that he spoke Spanish and German as well so I switch over from English to Spanish and we continued the rest of our conversation in Spanish.”  He thanked me for doing that as he said it was easier for him.  He was a super nice guy and someone that I’d love to dine and drink wine with.  He seems like he’d be a lot of fun.

See Daniel’s horror related site Celluloid Coffin.

Read more about Ruggero here.