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The State Theatre, a Hennepin District theatre, is presenting John Denver! My ears perked up, because to my knowledge, he hasn't released anything for a while. Or paid income taxes. Odd, that.
No, but really, John Denver is a guilty pleasure of mine - a childhood AM radio dad thing, I like John Denver. Sue me, wevs. This 'tour', though, consists of longtime members of his touring band from those days backing projected footage of Denver performing. I don't even know what to say to that. Bad taste? Money grab? Tupac Lives? I don't know...
The Doobie Brothers seem to be doing the casino-oldies tour, but with new material, the band composed of a few from the original (pre-McDonald/Baxter) line-up. The Doobies are one of the classic rock era bands that hold up for me, in both its original guitar lineup and Michael McDonald's blue-eyed soul stuff. The fact that they are touring with new material gives me hope that they are not pulling a Roger Daltrey, but casino tours are hospice for rock and roll bands. Imma give the new album, World Gone Crazy, a fair listen, cuz I'm curious, but I just don't know what to think.
Now this, I know some of what to think. Casinos and country go together like bread and evil. One of the pioneers of country acts who ripped off the Eagles (blech) and added slide guitar to create
The parts of that I don't know what to think? Not enough internets to describe 'em. Probably gonna sell out, ugh. Tell you what, I'll narrow my questions down to WTF?!?! Over-engineered, coldly calculated nostalgia. How does a just universe not smite them, with falling anvils and spiders and woodworking tools with inadequate guarding? Fudge.
*And yes, I take music very seriously - I give credit to anyone who can write, play, and sing, I can't. Eh, maybe a little, been a while though for writing and playing, and on a very good day, I can easily sing 2-3 beautifully pure tones. Actually, I'm pretty good at finding/singing the harmony on the music playing gadget...