In a shocking reversal of 40 years of live music tradition, there was more pot smoke at the recent Kenny Chesney show at LP Field than at last week’s Michael McDonald-Steely Dan show at Starwood, according to local concertgoers.
For a mainstream country act to outsmoke an outdoor rock show caught some local reeferologists by surprise.
“You’d think the fact that McDonald was once in a band called the freakin’ DOOBIE Brothers might have indicated a smokin’-friendly show, but, dude, that was not the situation,” one disappointed concertgoer said after the McDonald-Steely Dan show. “It seemed like there was one Starwood security guy for every, like, four people in the audience or something.”
Those seeking an herbal high reportedly found a somewhat better atmosphere at the
“It wasn’t up to Willie Nelson or Snoop Dogg standards,” one local concert veteran reported. “But there was a little of it around. I caught a whiff on the way to the concession stand a time
While Chesney has a clean reputation, the irony is that not only is McDonald’s musical reputation largely based on a band with marijuana slang in its very name, but that Steely Dan’s songs contain numerous drug references too.
“The sleazy guy in ‘Hey Nineteen’ connects with the teenage girl with ‘Cuervo Gold and fine Colombian,’ and the whole songs ‘Glamour Profession’ and ‘Kid Charlemagne’ are about drug dealers,” one Steely Dan fan noted. “Wasn’t much ‘fine Colombian’ around at the show, though,” he added.
A spokesman for Chesney sensibly says that the singer isn’t responsible for the behavior of everybody in a concert’s audience, and then makes the obvious connection to other performers on the bill with Chesney.
“My best guess is that those were Big & Rich fans,” he said.