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Steely Dan Goes Its Own Way, As Usual

By Steve Knopper Special to the Tribune CHICAGO — Steely Dan once spewed out impeccably crafted albums at an absurdly consistent rate — once a year, from “Can’t Buy a Thrill” in 1972 through “Aja” in 1977 — but it was the road that killed the band. “We were in our 20s. We weren’t going […]

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Steely Dan: These Guys Aren’t Shy

Jazzy classic rockers sound off ahead of concert Tuesday night at Embassy Theatre By James Grant Fort Wayne News-Sentinel FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, better known as the creative team behind rock group Steely Dan, who’ll be performing at the Embassy Theatre on Tuesday night, are never afraid to share their opinions. […]

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Top 10 Questions (and Answers) from our Steely Dan Interview

By Jeff Niesel Cleveland Scene CLEVELAND — We recently participated in a teleconference call with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan, who took the opportunity to have a bit of fun with the questions that a group of journalists asked about their upcoming tour, which they’ve called Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day […]

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Steely Dan on Making New Music: ‘We’ve Been Talking’

Band kick off 53-date Mood Swings tour this weekend By Andy Greene Rolling Stone Interviewing Steely Dan is no easy task. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen turned messing with journalists into an art form back in the Seventies. Rolling Stone checked in with Becker and Fagen during the final days of rehearsal for their upcoming 53-date Mood Swings American tour. […]

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As the ‘Mood Swings’ Tour Opens, a Conversation With Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen

By Joan K. Smith For Huffington Post Steely Dan’s 2013 tour, fabulously titled “Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day” (really!), opens this weekend. Coming on the heels of Donald Fagen’s latest solo album, Sunken Condos, and only two years after their last tour, Steely Dan is proving itself one of the 21st century’s most consistent, and unfailingly […]

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Steely Dan: ‘8 Miles to Pancake Day’ Tour Stops at CMAC

By Alan Sculley Finger Lakes Times   GENEVA, NY — In the 1970s, Steely Dan became that decade’s ultimate studio band, having decided in 1975 to quit touring to concentrate on turning out studio albums like “Pretzel Logic” (1974), “The Royal Scam” (1976) and “Aja” (1977). Donald Fagen and Walter Becker became famous for their […]

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Steely Dan’s Fagen and Becker Say New Music ‘In the Air’

By Chuck Yarborough The Cleveland Plain Dealer CLEVELAND — Remember elementary-school science class, when Mr. Wizard talked about polarity of magnets, how the south end of one magnet repelled the south end of another, while the opposite ends were instantly attached? Well, on a whole BUNCH of levels, Steely Dan exemplifies that. Take the conference-call […]

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New Steely Dan Album? ‘It’s In the Air’

By Gary Graff Billboard Walter Becker says he and Donald Fagen can “smell” a new Steely Dan album coming, the first since the 2003 Top 10 entry “Everything Must Go.” “It’s in the air, it really is,” Becker told Billboard during a good-naturedly sarcastic conference call with reporters to advance the group’s Mood Swings 2013: […]

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Jon Herington – Steely Dan’s Lead Guitarist

By Leslie Michele Derrough Glide Magazine If Jon Herington is anything, idle is not it. It may have taken him a little while to get to where he is today, playing guitar in Steely Dan since 2000 and fronting his own band, but he has never really stopped and piddled his time away. In fact, the […]

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Role Models: Donald Fagen

By Paul Zollo American Songwriter On the occasion of Donald Fagen’s latest non-Steely Dan effort, Sunken Condos, we sat down to talk about this new classic, and the previous ones. You and Walter Becker are among the few songwriters to extend the vocabulary of chords. Back in the days when they wrote standards, a lot of composers were […]

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