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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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Review: Eminent Hipsters

By Paddy Kehoe RTE.ie Since their formation in the early Seventies, their days of hit single success and the seigneurial, yet still frantic years of the present, Donald Fagen has led Steely Dan through thick and thin. That jazz-inflected, but essentially rock combo has always been a long-tailed ensemble of commissioned musicians gathered around the […]

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Icon: Donald Fagen

By Dylan Jones GQ Magazine – UK As one half of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen was responsible for what many consider to be one of the greatest albums ever made, 1977’s jazz-infused masterpiece, Aja. With a career that has seen him veer from rock stardom to pathological secrecy, via long periods of inactivity, Fagen remains one of the […]

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