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Santana, Doobie Brothers revive Day on the Green magic

Postby tater1977 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:25 pm

Review: Santana, Doobie Brothers revive Day on the Green magic

By Tony Hicks, ... reen-magic

What took them so long?

Gathering some of the Bay Area's most legendary bands and reviving Bill Graham's old Day on the Green concert format was such a no-brainer that no one should be surprised how great it came off Sunday at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

Officially dubbed On the Green 2016 San Francisco Fest, the event united Journey, Santana, Steve Miller Band, the Doobie Brothers and Tower of Power with more than 40,000 music lovers, almost all of them old enough to remember Graham's annual Day on the Green shows at the Oakland Coliseum back in the 1970s and '80s. And the vibe was just as good, as everyone -- bands and fans -- seemed to be enveloped by the spirit of an event that was a touchstone of their younger days.

Yep -- me too. My first real concert was a Day on the Green show during the summer of 1981, headlined by the same band that topped the bill Sunday night -- Journey.

Well, it's kind of the same band. More on that later.

A Day on the Green was -- and apparently still is -- much more than a concert. It was as much about making memories with friends on a gorgeous summer day as it was about the music. And, even for the most cynical of us, Sunday brought that vibe back. Even Oakland Raiders' owner Mark Davis -- who grew up in the Bay Area -- was in the middle of the crowd, getting his groove on.

The musicians obviously remembered. Opener Tower of Power was, well, Tower of Power. If you aren't moving during a Tower of Power show, you should probably check to see if you still have a pulse. The Doobie Brothers were the day's biggest surprise, delivering a big set full of more hits than some of us remembered they had. This was the raw, early version of the Doobies -- with Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons leading the guitar-based charge. Their joy was infectious -- especially during a superb "Black Water" and a giant version of "China Grove." They came off like a band that is much more than the sum of its parts.

Steve Miller had the unfortunate task of following the Doobies and did a rundown of his hits -- "Jungle Love," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Swingtown," "Jet Airliner" -- and bantered with the crowd good-naturedly about what a great idea it was to revive the Day on the Green format. But while Miller showed he is still a great guitarist, his performance seemed perfunctory, serving as little more than a place holder between two great performances

Then there was Santana which, apparently, never got the memo that bands approaching the half-century mark are supposed to slow down. Simply put, they hijacked the day with an almost exhausting performance that could inspire bands four decades younger. Of course, Carlos Santana is the elder statesman among a group of constantly-rotating younger musicians. But they seemed to feel the home court advantage more than any other band on the bill, ripping through extended jams with no letdown in energy while bringing out the Latin dancer in much of the crowd (ushers finally gave up trying to stop people from dancing in the aisles, because it was a waste of time). It was simply a great performance from great musicians who left it all on the stage.

The headliner Journey was less than inspiring with a set that wallowed in its '80s MTV hits and Neil Schon guitar solos. With Journey and Santana on the same bill, some of us hoped former Santana singer and Journey co-founder Gregg Rolie would show up, or that Schon -- who made his name as a teen prodigy in Santana-- would play with his old mentor. It didn't happen. Journey seems like Schon's band now and singer Arnel Pineda can sound exactly like Steve Perry on every song and still not prevent Perry's absence from being the elephant in the room. Yes, it was late in the evening, but people were actually leaving during Journey's set. The band that helped redefine the Bay Area scene during the '70s and '80s went though most of its hits and sounded fine -- but something seemed out of whack.

Hopefully, everyone will come back to again next year and they can get it right.

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Re: Santana, Doobie Brothers revive Day on the Green magic

Postby perryfan61 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:40 pm

Certainly not a very good review! I wouldn't hold out much hope that next year will be any different.
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Re: Santana, Doobie Brothers revive Day on the Green magic

Postby FamilyMan » Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:58 am

yeah, I'm not getting why the Rolie/Journey reunion didn't happen on this tour. It's very strange he wasn't brought out for a couple songs.
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Re: Santana, Doobie Brothers revive Day on the Green magic

Postby SF-Dano » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:10 am

Very opinionated article. I had a large group of friends that went and reported that the crowd was into every minute of it. In their opinion Miller and Journey owned the day. They were a little disappointed in Santana and the fact that it was not the reunion band as everyone had been lead to believe would be the act. No interaction between bands, no Neal with Santana. No Gregg. Not sure what was up with that. But I know that was one of the reasons that a lot of folks thought this a can't miss show.
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