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  • Not exactly sure why we have chicken wings on the breakfast buffet, but I’ll take a few 6 hours ago
  • Dylan at the Orpheum in November – tickets are $70 or $153 7 hours ago
  • Umm, the National Weather Service page says it’s currently 37F here right now 9 hours ago
  • No snooze button today – up and at ‘em early 10 hours ago
  • Chick-fil-A to open a location up the block from me in 2015. In other news, 2015 looks to be the year I top 200 pounds 23 hours ago
  • Gordy’s last day is 9/14, while The Wilderness closes for the season on 10/12 1 day ago
  • Missed the end of the Emmys, but 11 hours of sleep really helped – feel 100% better today 1 day ago

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Day at the Races

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No Filter

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Reflected

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Rollin’ on the River

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The Photoshoot

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Interesting book titles

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The Cedar Crew

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Opening Day at the Outlet

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Nice look at 16

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Won’t be long

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There’s three things in this world that you need: respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis and a navy blazer.

- The Fisher King

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Zodiac Race is Live

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Steak saves the day

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Santana and Rod Stewart at Xcel

Monday, August 11th, 2014 11:06 pm GMT -5

Rod Stewart and Elton John are two artists that regularly play Caesars Palace that I’ve always wanted to see. When Travelzoo sent me an offer to see Stewart at the X for under $30 (including fees), it was a no-brainer. On top of all that, top 100 guitarist Santana was on the bill too.

Turns out Carlos stole the show. His 85 minute opening set sounded great and included two iconic moments for me: Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va. The three percussionists were amazing and must have permanent calluses on their hands. Loved seeing the Hammond organ out there too. His comment about “we both play black music for white people and we love to make women crazy” made me laugh.

When Stewart started, the sound quality was noticeably worse (and his vocals needed a boost). I actually agreed with a lot of Jon Bream’s review in the Star Tribune, which is scary. Youa Vang at City Pages was much more positive, so maybe I’ve officially moved into musical curmudgeon territory.

Rod’s portion of the night seemed overproduced to me, with twenty additional performers at times and three costume changes. Song selection, pacing, a cover by his backup singers and an awkward encore seemed strange for an act that’s been performing a long time. I was also turned off by the weird World War II tribute and the “Rod wants you to know he personally signed all of the soccer balls” message on the big video screens during Hot Legs.

The biggest disappointment for me, though, was Maggie May. I was waiting all show for this song and when it finally came at the end, he had the audience sing the first few iconic lines. He also seemed to be phoning it in a little, in my opinion (or maybe his voice was just worn out by then). And what was up with the perma-grin on the woman playing the mandolin? Freaky.

Colleen also agreed with Bream, with both thinking Rod’s highlight was the Faces’ song Stay with Me. I thought Colleen was going to die laughing when one of the production cameras showed an audience member on the big screen looking at his watch. Another highlight: showing the Rolling Stones quote about him singing Do Ya Think I’m Sexy when he’s 50 (and making a mockery of himself). The balloons were…fun?

It was so great to see Santana come out again for I’d Rather Go Blind, but we were hoping to see him again during the encore (pretty sure they were planning to, but probably turned up the house lights when they saw how many people had already left). Can’t complain too much for the price, though. Our upper level seats were almost exactly where our hockey seats used to be and were fine for an arena show – especially at $28 per ticket. Set lists (per City Pages) after the jump.

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Tall and puffy

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You have been a fabulous audience! Tell you what, you’re the best audience in the whole world. Take care of yourselves! Good night, Alice! Good night, Agrabah! Adios, amigos!

- Genie

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Dave Arcari @ Bayport BBQ

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I’ve been meaning to phone you but from Minnesota, hell it’s been a very long time…

- You Wear It Well

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There will be balloons

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17 miles for an Egg Flick Muffin

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BBQ Charlie

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Shantytown club + tots

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Official

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When everything feels like the movies, yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive…

- Iris

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Being house photographer doesn’t suck

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Daisy Bay Run

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Something new for lunch

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Fall is on the way

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The giant eagle is kinda creepy

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Birch Point House Special

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A different style stage

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Really need to stop

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I already lost the woman I love; I’m not going to lose my club…

- Jax

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I want a girl with the right allocations, who’s fast and thorough and sharp as a tack…

- Short Skirt/Long Jacket

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Happy Birthday myVegas

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Well that’s new

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Half Price Apps

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Wine and Chocolate

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King’s Place Lunch

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Thrift Shop Stylin’

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Most of these are gone

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Oh I bought a Thermos for you

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Top five all-time printer

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Sixth back in play

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I got the rooster, I got the crow. I got the ebb, I got the flow…

- Big in Japan

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The Pizza Cabin

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Toast @ TBF

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