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‘Aja’ stuns at the Beacon Theatre

Originally published on Oct. 19, 2016 By Alex Biese Asbury Park Press NEW YORK — Over the last several years, artists from Bruce Springsteen to Public Enemy have engaged in the lucrative and crowd-pleasing practice of performing their classic albums in concert, to varying degrees of success. But if there’s one act that seems ideally suited […]

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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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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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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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Mood Swings on Broadway

By James Campion For Huffington Post Steely Dan — Beacon Theater — 10/4/13 What you expect from the newest Steely Dan show, Mood Swings: 8 Miles High To Pancake Day Tour, the most recent incarnation of the enigmatic jazz-pop duo of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker — the resurgence of which began two decades ago […]

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