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Doobie Brothers/Peter Frampton/Cheap Trick casino concerts


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I had a retro concert weekend with a woman friend.  

We went to see the Doobie Brothers at the Agua Caliente casino on Friday night, and then saw Cheap Trick open for Peter Frampton at the Fantasy Springs casino on Saturday night.

 

All three were good performances.    After Cheap Trick left the stage Saturday night, a couple came up to us and gave us front row seats for the Frampton show.    

 

That was a retro cool weekend.  

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I've seen Cheap Trick a couple of times, once back in 1980 and then last summer I think at the Greek Theater.  Or maybe it was two summers ago.  They're an old favorite of mine.

 

Frampton I saw a couple of times back in the 70's including the big Anaheim Stadium show with Yes, I think that was 1977.

 

Always wanted to see Doobie Brothers original lineup not with Michael McDonald.

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I've seen Cheap Trick a couple of times, once back in 1980 and then last summer I think at the Greek Theater. Or maybe it was two summers ago. They're an old favorite of mine.

Frampton I saw a couple of times back in the 70's including the big Anaheim Stadium show with Yes, I think that was 1977.

Always wanted to see Doobie Brothers original lineup not with Michael McDonald.

Pre-Michael McDonald Doobies is the only Doobies in my opinion.

And that is awesome you saw Yes. They probably put on one hell of a show in their heyday.

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I sawr Cheap Trick at the House of Blues on Sunset and they were solid.  Bun E. Carlos' son played drums due to illness.  Unbelievably good live band.  They sound pretty much like the album.

 

Side note:  Steve Miller has a song called "I Want to Make the World Turn Around" or something like that.  It was used in an episode of Miami Vice...the one where Zito gets killed.  Very sad episode.  Great guitar intro.  The words resonate today.

I don't want to live in a world of darkness
I want to live in a world of light
I don't want to live in a world that's heartless
I want to live in a world of sight
Well you know, I want to make the world turn around

Living in a world of justice
Living in a world of shame
Living in a world of freedom
Living in a world of pain
Well you know, I want to make the world turn around

 

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I've seen Cheap Trick a couple of times, once back in 1980 and then last summer I think at the Greek Theater. Or maybe it was two summers ago. They're an old favorite of mine.

Frampton I saw a couple of times back in the 70's including the big Anaheim Stadium show with Yes, I think that was 1977.

Always wanted to see Doobie Brothers original lineup not with Michael McDonald.

They played all of their pre-McDonald songs as well as Takin It to the Streets. Seemed to be as close to vintage as anyone could expect. The crowd was rockin. They played China Grove and Listen to the Music for the encore.

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Pre-Michael McDonald Doobies is the only Doobies in my opinion.

And that is awesome you saw Yes. They probably put on one hell of a show in their heyday.

 

Yes were awesome.

 

The Anaheim Stadium show was amazing.  They were definitely a trippy band back in those days.  I found this image from that era:

 

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At Anaheim Stadium the stage was behind the center field fence.  The lasers emitted from behind the drummer's head and traveled all the way across the field to the upper deck, like a giant fan.  Then the fan rotated and did some other cool stuff.  They had a three-headed animated creature on stage that was definitely bizarre.

 

Edit: check this out:

 

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I saw them a couple years later at the Forum on the Going For The One tour.  They played that show "in the round" on a rotating stage.  That was truly amazing.  For me the Forum show was better because at that point I was listening to Going For The One almost continuously.  I had an 8-track of it in the car that just played and played.

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Casino venues are more intimate than regular venues.

I've seen shows at Pauma (Little River Band), Agua Caliente (Doobie Brothers), and Fantasy Springs (Cheap Trick/Peter Frampton).

Haven't been to shows at Pala or Pechanga yet.

 

Pauma seats maybe 800, all regular folding chairs.

Agua Caliente and Fantasy Springs both seat around 3000, with floor level chairs and permanent seats above there. 

 

Pauma is a casino only (no hotel).

Both Agua Caliente and Fantasy Springs have high rise hotels. 

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We used to go to the Greek when we were kids living in SFV.  Now its a major pain to drive up to Griffith Park from OC.  And then drive home.  The Greek is still a nice venue though.

 

Also the neighborhood outdoor venues have noise limits, curfews etc.

 

The casino venues have obvious advantages like restaurants, bars, hotel rooms, etc.

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Frampton and Cheap Trick were supposed to play here at Red Rocks last night.

 

However, Frampton was unable to sing so his part of the show was canceled and it was just Cheap Trick.

 

So, it's AO's fault.

 

I wasn't going anyway because I used up my June concert quota last week when I saw Brit Floyd.

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I took my son to see Journey with Steve Miller last year. Both were really good even though it rained during Steve Miller the whole time at Irvine Meadows.

 

I was terribly let down by Steve Miller Band when we saw them at the fair maybe 5 years ago.  They spent 90% of the time playing new(er) crap they were trying to sell and only played a few riffs from their well known songs.  Even the AARP members we talked to on the way out felt let down.    

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