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Steely Dan Goes Back in Time to 1979

By Bobby Reed Chicago Sun-Times Examples of irony, riddles and perversion have been prevalent in Steely Dan’s lyrics for over 30 years. The same is true for the duo’s relationship with the road. They didn’t tour when they had big hits, and two decades later, they toured without new material. Walter Becker (guitar, bass) and […]

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Contemplating end of the world

By John Soeder Cleveland Plain Dealer Even if “discorporating” really is a word — sorry, it’s not in our dictionary — who uses it in everyday conversation? Those wise guys in Steely Dan, that’s who. We were talking about the upgrades at Blossom Music Center, where singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen and bassist-guitarist Walter Becker bring their […]

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Decades Later, Steely Dan Still Vital Force

By Rick Shefchik St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — If any ’70s-era band should have survived to play arena concerts and win Grammys in the 21st century, it would be Steely Dan. After all, they were an anachronism in their own time, just as they are today. While other groups, then as now, […]

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Having another ‘Go’ with Dan

By Greg Kot Chicago Tribune Donald Fagen and Walter Becker chuckle when they recall the night they derailed the Eminem victory train at the Grammy Awards in 2001. The Steely Dan duo had just walked away with an unexpected triumph for album of the year, their “Two Against Nature” pulling an upset over the rapper’s […]

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Steely Dan Makes a Long-Awaited Return

By Jon Bream Minneapolis Star Tribune Steely Dan is pop music’s most successful recluse. In their heyday from 1972 to 1980, the Dan duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker eschewed the stage, touring briefly two or three times. They reunited in 1993 to hit the road, touring regularly in the ’90s before finally releasing […]

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Everything’s Going Right for Steely Dan

By Chris Hovan Cleveland Free Times As sophisticated icons of contemporary pop music, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have secured a space among the landscape of modern mainstream culture. Beginning with 1974’s Pretzel Logic, the pair would lead Steely Dan through a number of quintessential albums that featured a slick blending of pop and jazz […]

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Ever-Droll Steely Dan Still Offbeat

Newhouse News Service When Steely Dan released “Two Against Nature” in 2000, it was the band’s first new studio album in 20 years. Now, just three years later, Steely’s colorful co-founders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are confounding expectations with the release of the comparatively instantaneous studio follow-up album, “Everything Must Go.” Then again, as […]

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Strumming a Cynical Chord

Steely Dan starts its summer tour of ‘Everything Must Go’ in all its jaded glory By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times COSTA MESA, Cal. — For a short time after Sept. 11, some pundits pronounced irony and cynicism dead. Had that been true, it certainly would have meant the end of the line for a […]

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Steely Dan really can

The veteran act’s jazz-pop proves as strong as ever at the Pacific, though Donald Fagen is losing his vocal potency By Ben Wener The Orange County Register COSTA MESA, Cal. — A quarter-century ago, when the meticulously smooth “Aja” was an inescapable FM rage, if you had placed a bet that Steely Dan would today […]

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