The Steely Dan Reader: 4 decades of interviews and reviews on Steely Dan

Welcome to The Steely Dan Reader

Welcome to the Steely Dan Reader, formerly called the Steely Dan Internet Resource. This site is home to four decades of interviews, profiles and concert reviews of Steely Dan and its founders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. We also maintain the text archives of Metal Leg, the great newsletter that from 1987 through 1994 was […]

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Getting Started on the Site

Many of you reading this have already consumed the 100-plus articles housed on our predecessor site, The Steely Dan Internet Resource. Those articles are all here on the new site. In addition we now have an additional 300 more interviews and reviews, and that number is growing each day. To find the new stuff, just […]

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Sharing the Stage: Steely Dan vs. Elvis Costello

By Marcus Crowder Sacramento Bee No one saw this coming. Certainly not back in the polarizing musical times of 1977. Rock bad-boy-in-training Elvis Costello and jazz-flouting, studio perfectionists Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen) sharing the same tour bus. Yet here they are playing 23 summer dates together across the country with Elvis Costello […]

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Punk Attitudes Make Steely Dan and Elvis Costello Logical Tourmates

By Tom Murphy Westword DENVER — Steely Dan and Elvis Costello & the Imposters will perform together (7/6/2015) at Red Rocks. Perhaps today, the pair share a status as FM radio rock legends from another era, making them reasonable playlist companions. But they still seem to occupy very different musical worlds. Steely Dan has come […]

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Dan Reels in Ears with Slick Jazz-Rock

By Lynn Saxberg Ottawa Citizen Riding the crest of a renewed interest in their music, jazz-rock pioneers Steely Dan cruised into the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall on Tuesday (8/26/2014) and delivered a wealth of musical riches to a packed house. The band’s core creative duo, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, renowned for their perfectionism […]

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Steely Dan Electrifying

By Liz Braun Toronto Sun For two spectacular hours on Saturday night, Steely Dan brought their unique blend of rock, R&B and jazz to happy fans at the Sony Centre. The band stepped up and tossed off “Black Cow,” “Aja” and “Hey Nineteen” for openers, finally getting people in the crowd up and dancing in […]

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Smartest and Slickest of ’70s Popsters

By Bruce Ward Ottawa Citizen If Steely Dan were just starting out in the music biz, could they make it big in the post-album era? Or would today’s music fans tell Rikki to lose their number? It’s something for the Dans — hardcore Steely Dan fans — to think about with the band’s “Jamalot Ever After” […]

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Veteran Band Puts on Quite a Show

By Curtis Schieber The Columbus Dispatch Steely Dan songs are the perfect live pop music vehicle. On record, they are intricately structured on tight, varied rhythms and precise horn arrangements but punctuated by marvelous solo opportunities. Singer Donald Fagen’s melodies are appealing as candy, while his lyrics mock the world. As presented in the Palace Theatre […]

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Polished Band is in Fine Form

By Nancy J. Parisi Buffalo News Niagara Falls, NY — Jazz-rock ensemble Steely Dan, fronted by co-founders/co-creators Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, and with a sterling touring band, played Seneca Events Center on Friday night. The show, a stop on a three-month theater tour (as it’s called in the industry), fell midway between a large […]

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‘Jamalot Ever After’ in New Orleans

By Grace Wilson New Orleans Times-Picayune Steely Dan promised an other-worldly experience at the UNO Lakefront Arena on Saturday (July 26) during their “Jamalot Ever After” tour. “As long as the building doesn’t take off, we’ll be in good shape,” said co-pilot Walter Becker. The spaceship-esque Arena stayed grounded, but as the concert progressed, the near-sellout crowd couldn’t keep […]

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Dan Bring Best Backup Band to Phoenix

By Jason P. Woodbury Special for the Republic PHOENIX — Among the more quixotic artists of the ’70s, songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker blended boho jazz, soul, rock and funk with sneaky, biting lyrics, creating a string of complex, funny epics in the early ’70s. They quit playing shows in 1974, devoting themselves solely to […]

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Steely Dan Thrills Phoenix Audience

By Ted Hansen Examiner.com When you’ve made a career of recording albums by surrounding yourself with some of the best musicians around, it only makes sense that when you hit the road to perform, you do the same. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the two evil geniuses behind Steely Dan, stuck to that successful formula for Steely Dan’s […]

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