Steely Dan Conclude 53-Show Tour With Greatest Hits In NYC
... begin the title track from 1974's Pretzel Logic. Thetour debut of "Pretzel Logic," which was played flawlessly, closed out a tour Becker hadearlier said he "wished went on forever." The show wasn't without its flaws as Fagen had a hard time hitting the high notes, butoverall the power of Steely Dan
's compositions and talent of the band's hired handsprovided an impressive evening of live music. Even the typically staid Steely Dan
audiencecouldn't resist the funky breaks and catchy rhythms as many in the crowd were on theirfeet for the outstanding "Josie," "Peg," "My Old School," "Reelin' In The Years" ... [ read more ]
Becker Recovers For Steely Dan Royal Scam Night In NYC
... the effects of a fever and it was the first time he had ever left in themiddle of a concert. The rest of the show went on as planned and Becker returned for allof lastnight's "Royal Scam + More" performance at the Beacon. [Photo via @Ericbeebo] Becker and Fagen have been leading Steely Dan
through one of the most extensive tours inthe band's history as last night marked their 49th gig since the run kicked off in July.While the setlists haven't offered too much diversity, Thursday night's "Royal Scam &More" saw a number of tour debuts including "The Caves of Altamira," "Sign in Stranger,""The Fez," "Haitian Divorce," "Everything You Did" and "The Royal Scam." Steely Danfollowed the performance of all the songs off The Royal Scam with a bevy of hits. Watch "Green Earrings" from last night's show: Steely Dan
's seven-show Beacon run continues tonight with a performance of Gaucho. Check out last night's setlist: Edit thissetlist | MoreSteely Dan setlists Becker Recovers For Steely Dan
Royal Scam Night In NYC ... [ read more ]
Full Show Video | Steely Dan Plays Aja And More In Virginia
... currently in the midst of their Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake DayTour, which took them to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA this past Friday night. WalterBecker and Donald Fagen along with the extremely talented band delivered a completeperformance of the Dan's landmark Aja LP as well as an assortment of hits andrarities from throughout their career. Thanks to YouTuber ClubDoc we canwatch fan-shot footage of Steely Dan
's entire show: Here's the setlist from Friday night's Steely Dan
performance: Edit thissetlist | MoreSteely Dan setlists Full Show Video | Steely Dan
Plays Aja And More In Virginia ... [ read more ]
Steely Dan (1972-)
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They're named after a dildo from the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.
When they were all attending Bard College in the late '60s, Chevy Chase was a drummer in one of Fagen and Becker's early bands, Bad Rock Group.
Becker and Fagen met while they were students at Bard College in upstate New York. You can hear references to these times in their song "My Old School
They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001, 4 years after they were eligible.
In 1981, they stopped recording. They got back together in 2000 and released Two Against Nature, which won the Grammy for Album Of The Year.
In 2001, they received honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where their music is a large part of the curriculum.
The name of their first album came from their dismay with Los Angeles. Becker once said to Fagen, "You can't buy a thrill in California."
Donald Fagen grew up in South Brunswick, NJ - he hated it there. In his time it was all soy bean and potato fields and there was nothing to do. Now it's very developed and there's still nothing to do. (thanks, Mike - South Brunswick, NJ)
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, who played guitar on many of their records, is a self-taught expert on mobile missile defense systems. He wrote a paper on the topic in the early 1990s which caught the eye of conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He has subsequently testified before Congress and is a consultant to the Pentagon. (thanks, Mark - Falls Church, VA)
Jeff Porcaro was a drummer for Steely Dan, and later left to form Toto. Micheal McDonald was a keyboard player and did background vocals, and later he and Skunk Baxter joined the Doobie Brothers. Mark Knopfler, from Dire Straights, plays guitar on "Time Out Of Mind." Legendary sax player Wayne Shorter even played with them. (thanks, Joshua - Seattle, WA)
Steely Dan released seven studio (non compilation) albums from 1972-1980. Over 100 session musicians contributed to their songs. Other than Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the duo that is Steely Dan, the only musician who played on all seven albums was the late Victor Feldman. Feldman was a British Jazz legend who actually played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra when he was 13 years old. (thanks, david - san diego, CA)
They entered the corporate music world in the Brill Building, where they briefly became members of Jay and The Americans and recorded some songs that group member Kenny Vance
produced. Kenny told us: "They were just two guys that had a band that were steeped in jazz and Duke Ellington. Becker always had a book with him, and, you know, drugs were around. They were different. But then as time went by, at some point I discovered the depth that was contained there, and I always believed that they were going to be huge."
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