Soulful singer Michael McDonald has been performing since the late ’60s, and at this sold-out show at the Eastside Cannery Casino on February 18th, 2012, his age showed in some amusing ways. At the very start of the show he had slipped up by saying Los Angeles instead of Las Vegas, but quickly recovered. This one-time backup singer for Steeley Dan and ex-Doobie Brother poked fun at himself hoping he could ‘remember the lyrics’ to solo hit “I Keep Forgettin” off his first album, “If That’s What It Takes.”
A fan wished Michael ‘Happy Birthday.’ McDonald added that he recently turned 60. It was a night to celebrate all of his favorite pieces of music from The Doobie Brothers to his solo work to Marvin Gaye. McDonald’s rich baritone sounded great on hits; “It Keeps You Runnin’, ”Minute By Minute,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Sweet Freedom” from the 1986 movie, “Running Scared.” McDonald, on keyboard, was supported by a solid group of musicians. His two female singers encouraged the crowd to stand up and dance throughout the show. Fans instinctively stood up as McDonald sang “What a Fool Believes.” In McDonald’s encore, he dedicated “Takin’ it to the Streets” to Whitney Houston who was buried earlier that day. McDonald ended the 80-minute show with Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City.” It was a night that perhaps McDonald won’t remember, but his fans will.