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Steely Dan Conclude 53-Show Tour in NYC

By Jambase Considering the rate at which Steely Dan has toured over the past ten years, it’s easy to forget this is a band that famously didn’t tour during their hey day. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were content for the Dan to be a “studio band” after a brief period of touring in 1972 through 1974. […]

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Steely Dan Brings Complete ‘Aja’ to Beacon

By Roger Friedman Showbiz411.com Ok. You know, I was 20 years old in 1977 and already five years into Steely Dan from the release of “Countdown to Ecstasy.” The album “Aja” was the pinnacle of their original output of classic albums. I hadn’t seen them since June 2007. But last night Donald Fagen, Walter Becker […]

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Delivering ‘The Original Classic Thing’

By Scott Stiffler New York City Informer They haven’t given us any new studio tracks since 2003’s Everything Must Go — but the sun isn’t even close to setting on the sleek, sharp, intellectually stimulating band that Walter Becker and Donald Fagen named for an instrument of pleasure referenced in William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. Like […]

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A Warm Journey Back in Time

By Timothy Finn The Kansas City Star KANSAS CITY — The best live shows are emotional journeys, escapes from reality into realms transcendent and nostalgic. Tuesday night, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen took a full house at the Midland theater on a two-hour excursion into various environments, some obscure, others familiar and beloved. As the […]

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Steely Dan at Bass Concert Hall

By Ramon Ramirez Austin360.com AUSTIN — Steely Dan is not here to make friends. The ‘70s era soft rock studio wizards infused Bass Concert Hall on Wednesday with a 20-song, two-hour set book-ended by Gerry Mulligan and Nelson Riddle covers, ovation-jumpstarting solos every five minutes and band geek drum breakdowns even during space capsule single, […]

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Donald Fagen at Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX

Steely Dan Follows up the Armadillo with Bass

By Jim Caligiuri Austin Chronicle AUSTIN, Tx. — According to Walter Becker Wednesday at a sold-out Bass Concert Hall, the last time Steely Dan played in Austin was at the Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980). The group that performed last night had the same name and some of the same songs, but was worlds apart. Becker […]

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Walter Becker at The Pearl in Las Vegas, Photo by Denise Truscello

Steely Dan at the Pearl

By Launce Rake Aging Hippie Editor Las Vegas CityLife Steely Dan isn’t a band. It’s an institution. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the perfectionist, song-writing core of Steely Dan, have been working together for more than 45 years, along the way twisting jazz-based compositions into some of the smoothest, catchiest hooks and some of the […]

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Steely Dan in Gaucho-Land

Acclaimed band plays songs from the 1970s and early ’80s at the Santa Barbara Bowl By Jeff Moehlis Noozhawk Contributing Writer Steely Dan occupies a special musical niche where rock, pop and jazz seamlessly converge, where flawless musicianship is not sterile, where lyrics can be cerebral and sardonic without being off-putting. Their studio creations sold in […]

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Steely Dan Soars at Humphreys

Reeling in the years, the genre-leaping band strikes a winning balance between punch and precision, fire and finesse By George Varga UTSanDiego.com Let’s hear it for the band! In this case that would be the three-woman, eight-man band puts the steel, and the musical punch and precision, in Steely Dan. On Wednesday night at San Diego’s […]

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Concert Review: Steely Dan

By Michael Deeds Idaho Statesman BOISE, Id. — Near the end of Steely Dan’s two-hour set last night at the Idaho Botanical Garden, singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen finally acknowledged what most of the 3,579 fans already knew: That he and musical partner Walter Becker had never performed in Boise during their four-decade career. “We might have […]

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