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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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Steely Dan Essential Singles

By Ed Masley The Arizona Republic Jazz-loving soft-rock perfectionists Donald Fagen and Walter Becker topped some of the ’70s’ most sophisticated pop recordings with lyrical portraits of life on the dark side, casting a cynical eye with black humor and pathos on the American Dream as it was being acted out on a cocaine binge […]

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The Band Still Mixes it up After All These Years

By Rozanna M. Martinez Journal Staff Writer Albuquerque, NM — Playing for Steely Dan for about 15 years never gets routine, according to the band’s guitarist Jon Herington. The band always finds ways to switch it up during live shows even though some Steely Dan classics were written so well that Herington sometimes prefers to keep […]

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Dan Cools Down Hot Summer Nights

By Felice Lineberry Redmond Reporter Contributor  REDMOND, Wash. — With the excellent weather we have been receiving, Marymoor Park was cooled down with the breezy sounds of Steely Dan this past weekend. Originating members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, along with their 11-piece band, played both Saturday and Sunday nights as part of their Jamalot Ever After […]

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Herington Looks Back at 15 Years

By Robert Ham Special to The Oregonian PORTLAND, Oregon — Until 1999, Jon Herington had been living the life of most well regarded but little known guitar players. The New Jersey native was grabbing gigs in studios and in clubs where he could get them, playing in the backing band for Broadway musicals, and teaching […]

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