Saturday, November 30, 2013

Listen To The Music

Well, crap.  I was going to wrap up my posts about Texas with pictures of the Doobie Brothers concert that I went to.  BUT, I conscientiously put the photos from my camera on my fairly new back-up external hard drive and now I can't access it - something about an I/O error.  I'll take it to the computer repair people next week but I'm preparing myself for the worst.

So, I have a few blurry concert photos that I took on my phone and I'll share those with you.  If I ever get my files (pictures, knitting patterns, music and more) back, I'll post some decent pictures at a later date.

The Doobie Brothers concert was held at the aptly-named Majestic Theater in San Antonio.  In the afternoon before the concert I went for a walk around the block that the theater is on and saw the tour buses and equipment van that was being unloaded.  There was a policeman watching the backstage door but he let me have a look inside where the stage was being set up.

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The outside may look rather plain but inside....what an incredibly beautiful venue.  This decor, below, is on both sides.  During the concert one of the band members commented that this was the prettiest venue they've ever played.  Perhaps they say that no matter where they are playing, but I tend to agree with the sentiment.  The theater has an interesting history.  If interested, you can read about it here.

 Patrick Simmons is the original member of the Doobie Brothers from when they first began decades ago.  He played a beautiful song called Far From Home from their new album.  I checked out the official video and it's very touching.  At the end of the concert, I got to shake his hand...very cool for a fan like me!

The show was sooooo good and the time flew by much too quickly.  Tom Johnston has a lot of energy and great interaction with the crowd.  It appeared that he was having as much fun as the audience.

Here is guitarist, John McFee and drummer Tony Pia in back.

The Doobies did a lot of their classic hits and had the crowd singing along with them.  By the end of the concert I was only a little disappointed as they didn't play a song that I particularly like:  China Grove.  Well, China Grove is the name of a little town outside of San Antonio (yes, I went there!) and they saved this for the encore and the audience showed their appreciation....loudly!

 When the sun comes up on a sleepy little town
Down around San Antone
And the folks are risin' for another day
'round about their homes.
The people of the town are strange
And they're proud of where they came.

Well, you're talkin' 'bout China Grove, wo, oh, oh,
Oh, China Grove

I hope I get a chance to go to one of their shows again someday.  It was fantastic.

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