Season in the Sun, Part II
The summer classic rock invasion continues this week with the Doobie Brothers/Chicago show Saturday at the Woodlands Pavilion. As always, we're here to help you get the most bang for your buck. We even have a handy-dandy rating system for all these shows, as follows:
Positive Categories include the Lighter Load, which measures the amount of stone cold classics you'll be waving your Bic to, the Cachet Counter, which is a guesstimate of the current cultural relevance, and the self-explanatory Guilty Pleasure Score.
Negative Categories include the Overexposure Index and the Sap Tax, which weighs in insipid balladry and/or extensive wankery.
Disclaimer: Values are assigned according to Wack's personal preferences and prejudices; this is hardly an exact science, people. Artists are ranked in the chronological order of their appearance in Houston.
TicketsSun., Jul. 31, 8:00pm
Clint Black - On Purpose Tour
TicketsThu., Aug. 4, 7:00pm
Guns N' Roses: Not In This Lifetime?
TicketsFri., Aug. 5, 8:30pm
Russ: Did It My Way Tour
TicketsSat., Aug. 6, 6:00pm
World Famous Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Houston
TicketsSun., Aug. 7, 1:30pm
With all that in mind, who's better? Chicago or the Doobie Brothers? Let's do the math.
Lighters: 5 — Quantity, not quality
Guilt: 6 — Sue me, but their super-sappy '80s ballads make it "Hard to Say I'm Sorry." Ouch.
Sap: (-6) Okay, "You're the Inspiration" is a little hard to take.
Lighters: 6 — "The Doctor"? "China Grove"? "Jesus Is Just Alright"? Good stuff.
Cachet: 4 — It's been a few years since Yacht Rock.
Guilt: 5 "What a Fool Believes" is still genius.
There you have it – the Doobie Brothers edge Chicago 7-6, as the Windy City combo's Sap score seizes defeat from the jaws of victory.
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