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The Steely Dan Reader: 4 decades of interviews and reviews on Steely Dan

Deja Vu From Days at the U

Originally published on Sept. 21, 1993 By David Menconi Raleigh News & Observer CHARLOTTE — Steely Dan is a band that has both no context at all, and all the context in the world. For the most part, Steely Dan didn’t exist outside the studio during their ’70s heyday. They never played live except for […]

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Veteran Rock Stars Show Fans They’ve Lost Little to the Years

By Steve Dollar Atlanta Constitution ATLANTA — Dinosaurs walked the earth again in Atlanta over the weekend, causing a ruckus in the city’s bigger music venues and proving, as if promoters of three heavily attended concerts didn’t already know, that old rock stars never quite become extinct. In fact, they’re a hardier species than anyone […]

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Doing It Again

By Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Greeting each other with a handshake at the center of New York City’s Madison Square Garden stage, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen seemed less like the pop stars Steely Dan than like a couple of reformed dweebs exchanging a brusque hello at their 25th high school reunion. Considering that they […]

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Steely Dan in LA: Old School, New Liberation

By Richard Cromelin Los Angeles Times In the sunshine of the ’70s, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were a voice of doom, prophesying from the heart of subversively seductive, sophisticated pop hits. In the turbulence of the ’90s, they’re a couple of pussycats. Well, not entirely — the two brand-new songs they played […]

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Steely Dan reunion tour offers flashes of old brilliance

By J.D. Considine Baltimore Sun COLUMBIA, Md. — It’s funny the way reunion shows work. As curious as we might be to see how our old favorites have changed over the years, it’s always vaguely disappointing to hear a familiar tune done differently. Because even if that change is ultimately for the better, the fact […]

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Edgy, Cool Steely Dan Back on Stage and Tour

By Jon Pareles The New York Times As timing goes, now would hardly seem to be the right moment for the first Steely Dan tour since 1974, which came to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Pop music has veered sharply away from everything the group’s core, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, cared about most. […]

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Rock & Soul Revue: High-class Nostalgia

By Steve Morse Boston Globe MANSFIELD, Mass. — Welcome to a concert that echoed a high school variety show, only on a much smoother, more elegant level. Welcome to the New York Rock & Soul Revue — a snappy traveling corps of musicians from Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, leavened with solo artists Boz […]

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Metal Leg 16 – April 1991

Editor’s Note: From 1987 through 1994, diehard Steely Dan fans turned to a small fanzine called Metal Leg for information about Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Published first by England’s Brian Sweet (who went on to write the unofficial band biography Steely Dan: Reelin’ In The Years) and later by New Yorkers Pete Fogel and […]

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Metal Leg 13 – July 1990

Editor’s Note: From 1987 through 1994, diehard Steely Dan fans turned to a small fanzine called Metal Leg for information about Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Published first by England’s Brian Sweet (who went on to write the unofficial band biography Steely Dan: Reelin’ In The Years) and later by New Yorkers Pete Fogel and […]

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Metal Leg 8 – January 1989

Editor’s Note: From 1987 through 1994, diehard Steely Dan fans turned to a small fanzine called Metal Leg for information about Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Published first by England’s Brian Sweet (who went on to write the unofficial band biography Steely Dan: Reelin’ In The Years) and later by New Yorkers Pete Fogel and […]

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