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Steely Dan is Heaven in Concert

By Gary C.W. Chun Honolulu Star Bulletin For the baby boomers who nearly filled Blaisdell Arena to capacity Saturday night, two hours of Steely Dan — with intermission — was absolute heaven. Never mind that they had to wait nearly 30 years for Donald Fagen and Walter Becker to return to the Hawaii concert stage. […]

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Be on Time for Steely Dan

By Tim Ryan Honolulu Star Bulletin Legend has it that musicians Walter Becker and Donald Fagen considered thousands of names for their then-new band. With the help of a computer, some of the lively monikers that came up were Penis Whip, Hard Donut, Chucky Upchuck, Thigh Patties, Virginia Mastic Wiener Whistle, Sucktion, Luvburst, Shredded Brain […]

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Steely Dan Still Does It Well

By Stacey Vreeken Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ, Cal. — Call it revenge of the nerds or the triumph of music over rock stardom, but Steely Dan at the Chronicle Pavilion proved again that good music knows no age. The band seamlessly performed a concert heavily laden with hits from its heyday in the ’70s, […]

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Steely Dan in Universal City

By Gabriel Sheffer liveDaily Contributor LOS ANGELES — With no less than 13 musicians onstage at the Universal Amphitheatre on Thursday night (10/2/03), Steely Dan was a formidable ensemble that proved virtuosos know how to rock too. Now back on the road with their second studio effort in three years, Steely Dan — the band […]

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LA Concert Review: Steely Dan

By John Lappen Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES — A mere three years after their Grammy-winning triumph of “Two Against Nature,” a megasecond in the lifetime of a band that virtually ignored the call of the live stage in the ’70s and ’80s, Steely Dan has returned with both a vivacious new album (“Everything Must Go” […]

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Proud to be Rock Anomalies

By George Varga San Diego Union-Tribune SANTA MONICA – Making a mark on posterity is not a concern for Steely Dan’s acerbic co-founders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who have absolutely no interest in how they’ll be remembered by future generations. “I don’t care; I’ll be dead,” said a suitably deadpan Fagen, 55, as he […]

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Back on Track

By Mike Weatherford Las Vegas Review-Journal Steely Dan’s album “Everything Must Go” was recorded in the post-Sept. 11 climate, but apocalyptic visions are nothing new to the dark-humored musical team of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. “We were born just as the nuclear age started,” notes the 55-year-old Fagen. “We grew up with very low […]

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Steely Dan Delivers Pristine Pop

By Michael Senft The Arizona Republic Before we proceed with the review of Steely Dan’s concert, here are a few words of advice for Valley concertgoers. 1) When a concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. without an opening act, don’t wait until 8 p.m. to find your seats. Dozens of fans were still […]

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Sept. 24: Steely Dan

By Michael Senft The Arizona Republic Twenty-two years ago, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen dissolved Steely Dan, the band they had taken to stardom with such albums as “Pretzel Logic,” “Katy Lied” and “Aja,” despite a lack of concert performances. Ten years ago the pair reunited, and spent most of the ’90s on summer shed […]

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Band Brings New Life to Old Favorites

By Dave Ferman Fort Worth Star-Telegram DALLAS — Even a serious Steely Dan fan was probably surprised when the group embarked on its first full-length reunion tour nearly 10 years ago. The Dan (guitarist/vocalist Walter Becker and keyboardist/vocalist Donald Fagen) were known throughout the ’70s for creating ultrasmooth, tuneful jazz-pop — and then not going […]

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