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Date: Fri, July 01, 2016, 00:03:53 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

Tampa Setlist

1. November Afternoon
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Ninteen
5. Black Friday
6. Show Biz Kids
7. Kid Charlemagne
8. Babylon sisters
9. Razor Boy
10. Bohisattva
11. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City
12. Time Out of Mind
13 I Want To (Do Everything for You)
14. Josie
15. Peg
16. My Old School
17. Reelin In The Years

18. Pretzel Logic
19. The Untouchables

I thought the show was excellent, in spite of the lack of variety. I went with a blas attitude of same old same old. Sure there were no big surprises, but other than a couple of blips it was one of the better shows I have seen in quite a while. It reminded me of why I keep going back. The missteps; Kid C had a rough start and Donald was late with the first line, Jon's lead on Black Friday was not loud enough for my taste, KC was louder but could have been pushed up more in the mix. After that his volume level was great. His playing was rip your face off stellar. Last year he was doing the recorded version of the solo on KC...not this time. He created something special. Jon was absolutely tearing it up all night.

Donald's voice was steady and strong, Keith Carlock was a beast as usual and Freddie Washington owned the pocket. Walter had his moments of idle noodling, but was rather solid all night as far as I am concerned. For the record I have been less than impressed by some of his past "efforts". I would not say that about tonight. He sounded especially good on a single cut Les Paul styled boutique guitar with humbuckers. I think it might be a Haan, but not positive. He did not have any issues with his equipment or rig....and as I think Dean pointed out, it has become massive. SIX amp heads on stage tonight. Five Dr Zs and one Freidman, plus a rack system. Once his guitar tech brought out a guitar for the next song and he refused that one pointing to a Futura/Explorer that was sitting on the stage since the beginning of the evening. One thing I noticed was a Marshall combo amp placed on stage in front of the drum riser with a pedal board plugged into it. My guess, hope was it was there if Steve Winwood wanted to join them, which didn't happen. In fact before the encore one of the techs removed the pedal board. Only if.....

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 23:15:40 ET
Posted by: Pete Rose, in the car

They played Razor Boy in Tampa tonight. No other surprises.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 21:46:35 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Some people simply can't take a joke. Hit a topic that's too close to home, and they are immediately offended. Can't please everyone, so fuck em.

Oh, and Doc, there ARE crocodiles in Florida. (And I don't mean just in zoos and such.)

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 21:19:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Gotta insert Manatee instead with that quip,

No Crocs anyway in Florida.

Walt enjoys pushing the envelope with the Hey 90 rants.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 20:48:48 ET
Posted by: NYB, Social Justice Warriors For Crybabies...

Stop crying.

Walt made a comment about the crocodile incident down in Florida. HEY! IT WAS FLORIDA! SHIT HAPPENS IN FLORIDA (CONTINUOUSLY) THAT'S BEYOND REASON BUT NOBODY REFUSES TO GO BACK IN JANUARY WHEN IT'S BALLS ASS COLD UP NORTH NOW DO THEY! Nobody cares about the guns, the killin', the wife beatin', the rednecks, the gunracks in pickup trucks, THE BUGS, the fried chicken at the gas station, THE BOILED PEANUTS, the lack of a place to pull over on EVERY ROAD, the stupid TOLLS ON THE INTERSTATE BECAUSE THEY AIN'T GOT NO STATE TAX, the BUMS WITH CARDBOARD SIGNS ON EVERY CORNER BEGGIN' FOR CRACK MONEY, the whole GEORGE BUSH HANGIN' CHAD FIASCO, the SWAMP, the MOLD!, THE MOLD!, THE SWAMP!, NOBODY CARES WHEN IT'S COLD UP NORTH!!!

So stop blamin' Walter for making a comment about the DYSFUNCIONALITY OF FLORIDA because IT'S DYSFUNCTIONAL DOWN THERE!




Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 20:14:59 ET
Posted by: B Doyle,

I think Walter's bored. He's not musically challenged. He's not challenging himself musically. He's in a deep-complacency mode.

When I noticed all of his different guitars, all those amps, all those picks... WTF?

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 19:01:34 ET
Posted by: Red, Chicago

The comment Walter Becker made last night was "So what if the occasional toddler gets bit by the occasional crocodile here?". It was a part of Walter's "Hey 19 rap".

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 17:42:35 ET
Posted by: Askin, Q

What was Walter's comment? I hope it wasn't part of his Hey 19 rap.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 16:55:36 ET
Posted by: Red, Chicago

Melanie Feder just made this comment on Jon Herington's Facebook page:

"Walter Becker is an arrogant cold hearted jerk. His comment last night about the boy being dragged off by the alligator sent me and my party immediately out the door. I have seen Steely Dan dozens of times but last night was the last time they will get a penny from me. We all know that you do the heavy lifting and that he is a lazy guitarist...and a lousy person."

Walter's been getting a lot of heat today.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 16:19:46 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida...Counting down in Tampa

In a few short hours I will be in the audience at the Tampa Steely Show. Each tour I check out Walter's playing more carefully. Last year in this same venue (outdoors) often I could hear Walter better in the mix as opposed to Jon Herington. Being outside you expect the worst and hope for the best as far as the sound quality goes. Walter does seem to be still messing with his gear on this tour. Checking out one of the videos posted of Kid C from April 2016 tour and Walter's tech was being called over for some issue.

I will try and post a set list here after the show as well as comments on the night.

Counting down......

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 15:10:39 ET
Posted by: Osgood, on lunch break

It's nice to see some negative reviews for a change. All these other reviews sound the same and are interchangeable.

Larry Carlton was stiff on that 2009 tour. I remember seeing him at the Los Angeles gigs and he looked very uncomfortable. It seemed like he couldn't remember the guitar chords.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 14:43:19 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

My main complaint about the 2009 tour, with all the album nights and Larry Carlton, was that you couldn't hear Walter enough. Three of the greatest guitarists of all time on one stage and one of them is way, way down in the mix even while his giant batch of amps sits next to Larry's tiny Fender Deluxe. He was still on it, though, lead-wise. Even with all the old stuff that the album nights forced him to play that he didn't originally play much on.

A year off for the Dukes and then 2011 hit and something happened.

And you're right about the rhythm. He's such a great player, and while he may not give himself the credit he deserves for his chord voicings, Walter definitely has that in him.

Go back and watch/listen to the 'Plush' DVD, he's playing fantastic rhythm -- and that was filmed after nearly four years of being off the road. I know they were working their asses off on Two Against Nature during the three and a half years between the shows, but he wasn't in fighting, touring trim in January of 2000 -- and he was still kicking ass rhythm-wise. Not in the same way he could be now, touring every summer, playing mostly the same songs.

Now, I know there's a difference between playing in a small performance studio with a small audience and what you have to play to get yourself heard in those audiophile-averse, echo-y sheds that they're touring through right now, but it is different.

He's way better than he was in 2011. He's playing great, comparably. I just wish the curve hadn't been tampered with.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 14:25:18 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Walter's playing definitely changed quite a bit. 2011 was maybe the most startling change.

He's playing better these days (from what I've heard) but it's still not the same. He gave a couple of his regular solo spots to JH and there's a lot less rhythm guitar happening. He seems to have a harder time locking in to the pocket and some of the stuff he plays, is, for lack of a better word, wack. Out of time blues licks with flubbed notes.

I don't mind so much, but there are times when he's noodling and/or soloing on top of Jon's stuff. I know it's his band, but damn, I am really not a fan of when that happens.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 14:25:18 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Walter's playing definitely changed quite a bit. 2011 was maybe the most startling change.

He's playing better these days (from what I've heard) but it's still not the same. He gave a couple of his regular solo spots to JH and there's a lot less rhythm guitar happening. He seems to have a harder time locking in to the pocket and some of the stuff he plays, is, for lack of a better word, wack. Out of time blues licks with flubbed notes.

I don't mind so much, but there are times when he's noodling and/or soloing on top of Jon's stuff. I know it's his band, but damn, I am really not a fan of when that happens.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 14:17:16 ET
Posted by: Spike, NJ

Recent quote from Donald Fagen: "I'm glad that we turned into a big-time touring band later in life. It's almost like we planned it out that way".

Doesn't sound to me like Steely Dan will be heading back to the recording studios anytime soon. Maybe never.

This comes from a new article entitled "Life On The Road Agrees with Steely Dan" at Too lazy to post the exact link but it should be easy to find.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 14:06:43 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The shit you can get away with -- and these are professional freelancers making money off of ad-supported websites -- is sickening. Speaking as someone who writes for a website.

They wouldn't say that about Aretha Franklin, who is much larger than she used to be. They don't say anything about someone like Nikki Sixx coloring their soul patch. They don't talk about Paul Simon -- who was short and bald when he started his solo career 47 years ago -- basically deciding that age 72 was the perfect age to grow narcissistic and undergo surgery that pulled his bottom lip up above his eyebrows.

But, ha ha, Walter Becker reportedly did the same blow that just about everyone else in the room was doing 40 years ago while staying up to help work on the greatest albums ever. Somehow allowed to stay in. If Irving Azoff is bored while swimming through his phone on the Azoff jet, I'd like to see him pounce on that Arkansas asshole.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 13:59:33 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Quick comments on the Walter dissing by the Ark-Times reporter.

I think Walter uses too many guitars, and too much equipment. I only say this because there are countless reports of him having issues with the tech during shows. I've seen it myself. Maybe a bit of consistency would help reduce the issues. I dunno.

But Walter's playing, the past 2-3 years has been terrific, IMO. There were a few years he didn't do much soloing, and was low in the mix. But based on my experiences recently, he has been on fire. I understand one questioning what he plays (as it is unusual), but really don't understand questioning how much he plays. After all, Jon is the "lead" guitarist of the group. Maybe he had an off-night in Arkansas.

With that said, I've always preferred Walter's bass playing.

Oh, and "70's coke bloat" is both stupid and a cheap-shot.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 12:44:19 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The author of the blog ... I mean, he's not wrong. It's startling to read, but he's not wrong.

Walter's been great on this tour, but only in relative terms. Only in comparison to the lethargic performances he's given live since 2008 or so. Possibly before that, if we can pull our Fandom-tinted glasses off for a sec. For all his gizmos and guitars and amps, they barely mixed him in during the 2003, 2006 and 2007 tours, and in the tours that followed we realized why.

He might be my favorite guitar player, ever, but I've also been giving him credit for sometimes approximating snippets of what he used to come through with consistently in the 1990s and early aughts.

(I never thought I'd be talking about a classic rock guy's 1990s playing in 2016 in the same terms that I'd refer to, say, Bluesbreakers-era Clapton and 1980s Eric Clapton.)

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 11:36:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Walter was smacked into a trance in the 70s...with the opposite body morphology effect as Coke bloating

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 11:06:43 ET
Posted by: B Doyle,

Even though this reporter is a douche, and unfairly/inaccurately referenced WB as "still coke-bloated from the '70s",
I knew someone would eventually comment negatively on Walter's "sleep-walk" playing and work ethic.

He rarely if ever plays guitar leads/duets on "Bodi", "Reelin'", etc.
and while Jon H. is soloing WB rarely comps. How often does he sing lead?
DF does waaaay more work than WB on stage.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 10:17:17 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

RIP Rob Wasserman, bassist extraordinaire.

I first came across RW's music when he was a member of the David Grisman Quartet/Quintet.

Rob excelled in most settings, but was particularly effective (IMO) when playing duets, as demonstrated in his work with Bob Weir.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 10:16:41 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Sorry to hear about Rob Wasserman. He played with many of my favorites. He was a part of Lou Reed's amazing band on his New York tour, which I was lucky enough to see. He's also on that record. I'm a huge fan of his Solo/Duets/Trios trilogy of albums, especially Duets.

Bernie Worrell and Dr. Ralph Stanley also passed in the last week. Damn, 2016 is being a real bitch to the world of music.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 09:39:57 ET
Posted by: Kyle, NY

Golden Corral makes Texas Roadhouse look like Mortons.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 08:44:47 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, buffeting Fargo style

For my next Dan concert, I'm thinking of Golden Corral as my pre concert meal. That redneck guy says "It's the best buffet in the USA!"

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 08:06:22 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, den

In addition to the 93/94 tours, I think Chain Lightning was played at all the Rock and Soul Revue shows in 92 also, and of course is on the live album. It is a perfect tune to extend/riff and jam on, and as noted, use to solo spotlight the rest of the band, which is why I'm surprised they don't roll that one out more often now.

Hey Apple, the day you start disabling my phone features is the day I find another phone to use. You may want to factor that in to your marketing plans.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 06:40:07 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Angry Bob, you can bet that this technology will eventually be used against every mobile phone.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 01:33:38 ET
Posted by: suedave, Seattle

Thanks Hep!

Good to read the last few weeks of Bluebook - particularly agree with the need to listen to high quality audio, chuckled at the senior citizen tunes, find it hard to believe that Chain Lightning was boring to audiences - the way the band used it to highlight band solos was awesome. I still want to hear it again that way.

All I get when I look at the ticketbastard settlement shows is "sold out". Lots of good all those vouchers do. Sheesh.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 01:20:42 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, den

I always knew Trump had a Dead Head.

Ann Coulter is one of the fugliest persons on the face of the earth.

Carry on.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 00:21:22 ET
Posted by: Rocky, San Diego

Yeah, Donald Trump is a Deadhead just like conservative pundit Ann Coulter.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 23:47:17 ET
Posted by: Stan,

Walter Becker produced Flying Cowboys.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 23:44:38 ET
Posted by: Stan,

Rob Wasserman played on the Wakter Becker produced Flying Cowboys.

Here's a link to a show with Rob and Bob Weir as Ratdog with Donald Trump introducing them.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 23:07:23 ET
Posted by: Stanley, headin' back home

I ate too much at the Texas Roadhouse. Not a bad place to eat. The Steely Dan show tonight was OK. Not the best I've seen. Best part was when they launched into Your Gold Teeth. More album tracks please.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 22:47:57 ET
Posted by: Heinz, Brooklyn

I just read on Rickie Lee Jones' Facebook page that bassist Rob Wasserman (who used to play with Rickie) has passed away. RIP

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 22:34:22 ET
Posted by: Gremlin, home

But they always play Reelin. It's a stable on the setlist.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 22:25:52 ET
Posted by: Mr. Fugazi, Service Elevator

Best show I've ever seen. My tenth. Didn't take down the full list but we got YGT and Rikki and REELIN

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 20:19:41 ET
Posted by: Angry Bob , CT

Boooooo! But remember, this is only for the iPhone.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 19:45:20 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Oh boy.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 19:40:43 ET
Posted by: More Fun, at the expense of the elderly

Two Against Lumbago

Reelin' in the Gout

My Old Colostomy Bag

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 18:57:39 ET

May I suggest a Tab for your beverage? Sorry Hoops, just joining the fun until the next show to talk about. ps: Is it crazy to think Walter and Donald would get a kick out of these old- age posts? They are truly funny and very creative. (IMHO)

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 18:47:07 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, den

I just saw a commercial where an older couple was hanging some drapes and listening to Reelin in the Years. They glanced at each other, and the narrator says "This just got interesting". They both wind up in seperate tubs out in the middle of a field while the sun sets, The Fez playing in the background.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 17:56:28 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Fred -

The 2 best diet drinks are
Diet Mountain Dew or Coke Zero....Delicious...

Best, Steve

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 17:43:43 ET
Posted by: Aging Blues, A nursing home near you

My contribution...

Did It Again (shat my pants)

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 17:15:26 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Sorry to have missed a chance a week or so ago to dive into the Springsteen debate, but did want to leave a few thoughts, especially for those unfamiliar with his work.

I lucked into Bruce early when he opened at MSG in 73 for the Chicago Transit Authority (who were then (briefly) an innovative jazz-rock band before selling out). From 1975-1978, Springsteen reached heights as a songwriter, recording artist and especially as a performing artist that neither he nor anyone else has since equaled IMHO.

The Wild, The Innocent & the E St. Shuffle (73) is Bruces finest; its second side is one of the best in rock history. (Much credit to David Sancious (who went solo soon thereafter) for his piano work and string arrangements on NYC Serenade, and Mike Appel, the manager Bruce fought to rid himself of in court for 3 years, whose guidance, deadlines, demands and expectations brought out far more of Bruces best than did successor Jon Landaus patience and indulgence.)

For those seeking a taste of the performances, Id recommend the 2/5/75 Main Point WMMR broadcast, the 8/15/75 Bottom Line WNEW broadcast, or any of the 5 regional radio simulcasts from the 1978 Darkness tour, which arent hard to find online. The 18-min. Kittys Back from the 75 Bottom Line show is the bands single finest performance of any song ever, and ought to please a lot of folks here in Dandom.

Under Landaus management Bruces indecision became far more pronounced and deleterious, and his albums more infrequent and less impressive. Coming off of Born to Run, he issued only 2 albums in the next 5 years (rejecting Appels advice to release the Bottom Line show and more frequent LPs). Much of his best writing and studio work over the next decade was left in the vaults (Roulette, Dont Look Back, Loose Ends, Frankie, The Promise, Murder Inc., The Way) or given to others (Because the Night, Hearts of Stone, Fire, Trapped Again), while he released more trite material on commercial hits like The River and Born in the USA, and these lesser songs also diminished the quality and drama of his live shows.

Bruce has had his moments in the 30 years since. He has written some exceptional songs (Living Proof, The Rising, Youre Missing, Tunnel of Love, Lucky Town, Real World, My City of Ruins, My Beautiful Reward, Wrecking Ball), though his work has grown far more predictable and less ambitious musically. He has turned in some great shows (check out his remarkable 5/3/88 Tunnel of Love show from Shoreline Amphitheatre, with both his parents in attendance and over an hour of increasingly chaotic encores). At times, I wish hed limit his political activism to promoting viewpoints rather than the campaigning politicians who purport to share them.

Above all, he remains rocks single greatest performer able to interact with huge crowds and create an amazing ambience at his shows, which still top the 3-hour mark even as he approaches his 67th birthday. And his responsiveness to his audience is remarkable, taking obscure requests at shows, and not worrying all that much when they are performed less than perfectly. (SDs shows, and Donalds comments about the more we ask for Dr. Wu, the less likely he is to play it, fall at the opposite end of the spectrum, alas.)

So put Bruce down if you like his career has its share of disappointments but youre cheating yourself if you dismiss him entirely.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 17:10:31 ET
Posted by: Fred, Here

And here's my entry into the senior SD titles.

Ensure Plus

( sorry-I can't stop laughing! it's such a good one.)

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 17:09:05 ET
Posted by: Fred, Here

I'm struggling over whether to get broiled or baked chicken for dinner. Also which do you think is better diet Pepsi or Diet Coke? Maybe I should go with Pepsi zero or Coke zero? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 16:38:10 ET
Posted by: Stanley, Boca Raton, FL

I'm gonna eat there anyway. I've never tried this restaurant before and the prices seem pretty low.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 15:34:47 ET
Posted by: Uh, Southwest USA

You lost me at Texas Roadhouse. Tried them twice. #wasnotimpressed

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 14:28:29 ET
Posted by: Stanley, Boca Raton, FL

I think I'll eat at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant before the Steely Dan show in West Palm Beach tonight. A big thick juicy steak with baked potato sounds good. I can't enjoy a concert on an empty stomach.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 10:03:33 ET
Posted by: Yung No Mo, ROFLACGU (ROFL & can't get up)

Aja's Just a Number
Bad Slippers
Jack of Sleep
Show Biz Seniors
Rikki Don't Lose the Keys
King of the Nursing Home

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 01:46:09 ET
Posted by: Draped in Velvet, zzz

Yesterday's Girls (all have Grey Kitties now)
No.Two is Not Natural Anymore (Cholostomy Blues)

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 00:55:55 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, nursing home

Oh forgot (old age);
Do Take Me When I'm in a Coma

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 00:37:27 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, Nursing home

My Old School is now a Museum
Single Edge Razor Man
Everything Must Go Except the Viagra
God is about to Whack Me

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 00:07:24 ET
Posted by: Pez, in bed

Glamour Infection

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 23:18:12 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

did something like this before but here is my attempt at humor:

Everyone's Gone To The Bingo
Ashes in the hole
The Last Call
Surf and Die
Lunch with Ophelia
Almost Home at Last
I got the Newspaper
Everyone you did
Countdown to Impotency
Here at the Northern World
Can't buy a Pill

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 22:18:16 ET

I cannot add anything to the AARP Tour, other than to say these
are FKING hilarious. # Bravo BlueBookers

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 21:32:19 ET
Posted by: Tripe Encore, n/a

A song about necrophilia. Janie Rot away.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 21:19:42 ET
Posted by: Double Encore, etc.

Unsalted Pretzel Logic.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 21:13:08 ET
Posted by: encore,

Katy Died

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 21:05:56 ET
Posted by: Kenny, US

Preparation H Gang.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 19:50:20 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

more encores

Retirement Home at Last
Change of the Catheter

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 19:40:58 ET
Posted by: encore, senior center

Your Gold Dentures
Long In The Gold Teeth II
Naptime Out Of Mind
Negative Grandma

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 19:38:08 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, playing bingo

Doc, you forgot the encore, Hey Ninety...

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 19:16:17 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Citizen Cane Tour

Babble On Seniors
Deacon Prunes
My Century's End
Brain Tap Shuffleboard
Little with Sugar or Salt
Medical Science
Ida Knee Replacement
Let George do It - I'm Exhausted
Midnite Snoozer
Only a Fool would Pay Retail
I Keep Forgettin' all Those Years
Yellow Pill
Things I Misplace the Most
Oh Wow, it's Who?
Kid Condominium

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 19:01:56 ET
Posted by: Gil, Evanston IL

That's why I admire artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Van Morrison. They shun their past hits and stay focused on the future. Something I wish Steely Dan would do.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 16:53:26 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, den

Who here ever claimed that setlist FM was 100% ironclad accurate? It's a reference source that is incomplete, especially the older you go back in time, as I pointed out in one of my posts. For the last 10 years or so, at least re SD from what I can tell, it's pretty accurate.

Also re Winwood, hard to play a lot of new material when you are only slotted for no more than an hour as the opening band. He's only playing 9 songs. You pretty much have to hit the career highlights, which is what the outdoor shed summer concert crowd wants to hear for the most part. Funny how all that works though. Dylan is constantly eviscerated for playing too many new and obscure tracks and not enough well worn chestnuts in concert.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 14:14:09 ET
Posted by: Tad, J

Forbes review of the Hollywood Bowl show

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 13:36:39 ET
Posted by: Hep, Cat

Sorry Mercy, Wasn't trying to be a punk, but the last time I posted a groovy link, Hoops yanked it so fast you couldn't say jumpin jack flash. Hint's got the right idea though.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 11:04:14 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

The local paper in my area does not print many concert reviews. The review written of the SD Arkansas show reminds me of why I do not miss them. While I was not there and cannot possibly comment on Winwood outshining the Dan, some of the comments I find inane. For example; "instead got the rather lame "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More,". Maybe I am alone, but I consider Daddy to be a great SD song, up there as one of my favorites....maybe not with Walter singing. Far from a lame song.

Some posts here recently have used Setlistfm as a reference source about shows and songs played. While I was perusing the concert dates, I noticed one omission and one what I believe to be error. The list does not include the 8-19-94 concert at the Thunderdome (as it was called then) in St. Petersburg, Florida. If memory serves me correctly, it was the first show on that particular leg of the tour. "Babylon Sisters" on the Alive In America CD was recorded during that show. Second, the 1996 Art Crimes Tour Tampa show was at the USF Sundome from what I recall, not Houlihan Stadium. All I am saying is that Setlistfm contains a massive amount of information about SD, but it is not 100 percent accurate.

The Hollywood Bowl video I viewed of Night By Night reminded me of how long it has been since I saw that one live. A great live song.

The Countdown to Tampa's Ecstasy is on with the show this Thursday! Looking forward to seeing them again, regardless of the setlist.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 10:06:46 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas

Everyone's Gone to the Doctor
Cataract Surgery Abbie
Cousin Dupree (He died 5 years ago)

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 09:33:19 ET
Posted by: BillfromPgh, pgh

CJB, yes, I remember Sopwith Camel from early 70s free-form radio, and I downloaded that album some time ago on iTunes. Heavy use of Rhodes piano and sax, oddball lyrics, a little SD influence.

I have heard the orchestral show and it's definitely worth hunting down. Very clever arrangements/intros, non-obtrusive when the band kicks in. Walter's guitar is quite loud in the mix and more crunchy than his usual sound, wonder if he's using more Gibson-style humbucker guitars than his usual single coil Strat-style axes these days.

Looking forward to their return to Pittsburgh next month.

Also, when it comes to repetitive, greatest hits setlists with minimal newer stuff, Steve Winwood's been doing that for a number of years, not that I mind too much. (I would if I saw him every year or so, but he doesn't come around here much). Always liked him a lot and I think he and SD are a good match as touring partners. He does one fairly obscure song but otherwise sticks to his Traffic/Blind Faith/Spencer Davis Band standards with one or two of his 80's hits (sans the dated synths). Killer band, too.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 09:25:09 ET
Posted by: Babylon Seniors, C

Hey 59.
Social Security Joan.
Any Major Medical will bill you.
Turn that Pacemaker Over again.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 08:50:43 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, relaxing at Camarillo

Doc Mu- Laughing out loud two mornings in a row!! Good stuff.

Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 07:59:56 ET
Posted by: hint,

Try googling with '24 bit.' the site in reverse: ned sredart

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 23:59:38 ET
Posted by: Please Have Mercy, WPB Fla

Hep -- man I am most definitely the opposite of a hepcat but desperately hoping you could drop a hint for us dorks. Just because I'm (we're) dolts doesn't mean I'm (we're) not serious devoted, desperate fans....

I get my shot at the Dan train in a few days at the Cruzan


Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 23:04:38 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


W&D should have sprung Your Missing Teeth I and II on the restless crowd.


Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 22:17:38 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, den

No reports/feedback on Atlanta show here either. Atlanta a very cosmopolitan diverse city full of northern transplants compared to most southern cities, you would think that would be a very receptive crowd as opposed to Little Rock Ark.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 22:09:32 ET
Posted by: Lash LaRue, NYC

Donald/Walter probably made a mistake by putting "Two Against Nature" on the setlist for the hit craving Arkansas crowd.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 20:12:25 ET
Posted by: Milt, C

The Arkansas story was re posted with the headline 'Soulful Winwood eclipses Steely Dan"

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 20:10:53 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

re: that last: the band is not verifiably wrong.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 18:29:38 ET
Posted by: Sinbad, happy hour

Jon Herington posted the negative Arkansas review on his Facebook page. Somebody named Teri Lewter said the band announced that it feels like they're playing for an assisted living community and is doing the audience a favor to perform.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 15:36:20 ET
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Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 15:28:26 ET
Posted by: Hep, On The Ground

All you hepcats, if you know where to look, that H'Wood show is floating around in full 24-bit resolution this morning. "Adrift on memory bliss" etc.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 14:45:36 ET
Posted by: Wink, Worcester MA

Steve Winwood has a tour blog for these shows at: Winwood has nothing to say about Donald or Walter.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 14:42:43 ET
Posted by: Urchin, with an appetite

This tour is shaping up to be fantastic, from most accounts! It's damn refreshing to see lots of folks here on the BB stop the bitching over the setlist, at least.

I so badly wish I could've made it to the Dallas gig (sorry, Bobbo, I hella missed out, I know). I'm getting jealous over here!!

I bet those Beacon nights in the fall are going to be beyond stellar.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 14:30:13 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas


I agree, Walter was on form in Dallas. I'm glad I went!

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 13:35:31 ET
Posted by: Douglas, working

That's why people should always bring earplugs when they go to a rock concert. The sound could always be too loud or distorted.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 11:45:16 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, den

Sounds like I made the right call on passing on the LR show. There were a few times at the KC show where I thought they were pushing the volume level too high. No need to do that. One of the key attributes of SD music is the clarity and precision of sound.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 10:13:14 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Apostrophe...I wasn't sure he said it so glad I got confirmation. Even my buddy who went with me to the show got up to make a restroom break. It was mostly women though. He tore up the solo on that one. It was a great show overall.

Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 02:20:56 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

It's freakin' Arkansas. SD had their chance to play Cousin Dupree and bring 'em back!

Should have played Austin instead!

Current events - reminder of an iconic Macca tune - The Pound is Sinking after Black Friday in Britain.

Any doubts about Macca's genius, I draw attention to




Date: Mon, June 27, 2016, 00:21:50 ET
Posted by: Ted, Detroit

Wow. People walking out at a Steely Dan show. Must of been a really bad night.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 23:55:59 ET
Posted by: FC, A

One of the comments from the review below.

Part of the issue was the Steely Dan set was so loud the lead vocals were distorted to an annoying level. Combined with a slow start on playing the hits, there were a lot of walk outs.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 22:37:43 ET
Posted by: Jimbo, New Jersey

The reviewer for Arkansas Online says that Steve Winwood stole the show from Steely Dan last night. He states that the crowd was more roused by Steve Winwood and Steely Dan was disappointing because they didn't play Deacon Blues, Do It Again or Rikki.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 22:02:22 ET
Posted by: -, -

They did Chain Lightning in 2006. It was the girls along with Michael Lenhart on trumpet, if I recall correctly. It was quite an interesting arrangement.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 21:39:20 ET
Posted by: Y,

There are a fair amount of youtube and boots from that era. Including chain lightning (audio boot, Houston 93).

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 18:00:09 ET
Posted by: Scoop, listening to SD bootlegs

Yes. Those were the days when Donald, Walter and the band really worked their asses off. Too bad YouTube wasn't around back then.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 17:23:56 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, Den

I loved Chain Lightning live in 93. It was long extended bluesy jam which allowed the band to stretch out and be loose. All of us were newbies again in 92/93 when many (most?) of us finally got to hear the songs we listened to thousands of times on radio, vinyl and cd dating back to the early 70s come alive finally after 2 decades. I treasure that feeling of bliss that came with hearing/seeing the band in person the very first time.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 17:13:00 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, Den

I guess the Bluebook doesn't have a lot of Arkansans popping in here--absolutely no report at all about last nights show. I know that area of northern Ark/southern Missouri is heavy Bible Belt country, so maybe not a lot of Holy Roller Dan fans.....

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 16:41:39 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas


He DID say that. He looked irritated. That was a mass exodus during
Daddy Don't Live in that NYC No More, wasn't it?

They were both having a good time though, but Walter was obviously in a pretty good mood/feeling good. Maybe the two days of rest helped.

The show exceeded my expectations.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 16:27:50 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Was at the Dallas show last Wed. Great venue and the sound was very good for both Winwood and SD. I can't say for sure that I heard this but there were several people up front leaving for the restroom/concession whatever and I could have sworn Walter nonchalantly after the El Dorado verse said "Sit Down" as he was backing away from the mic. I was laughing my ass off hoping that's exactly what he said.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 16:14:29 ET

Don, I got there the old fashioned way, as the Attorney for the
" business" I work for turned me onto them, one album at a time.
The only Dan I had in what I would like to think is a rather large
catalog was Decade, not Neil Young's. Then it was Katy (Lied) bar
the door. # late bloomer ps: After listening to ALL there music,
they jumped to the head of the class.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 15:39:06 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Hey Dylynfan, better late than never. Just curious though, what was the trigger in '08. Quite a few tours before that, did someone make a suggestion, or was it just curiosity?

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 14:56:41 ET

Guilty as charged, my first show was in 2008.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 13:34:09 ET
Posted by: Not a Newbie, Bluebookers

DYLYNFAN, Sucks being a newbie. I saw Chain Lighting countless times in the 90's. If it was a crowd - pleaser, they would have brought it back. It wasn't.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 13:07:19 ET
Posted by: Ernie, TX

I see that the bowling industry has gotten behind a "Bowl Saturday Night" ad campaign. I wonder if Miss Marlene was the influence. They had latched on to the lyric on social media back when album was released.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 10:34:40 ET
Posted by: search, k

Here's a Dallas newspaper story about the namesake Steely Dan single.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 10:19:20 ET

JBR, definitely played at the Nokia, I think both shows. At one time had the "souvenirs" to back me up. But that ship has sailed, lost amid a great deal of liquor and pills. FWIW: I would put
Chain Lightning firmly in the rarely played camp, regardless if it
was played every F'N show in: 93, 94, 96 and 2000. In the last 7 or 8 tours it is NOT played very often. Just my two cents.
# 2 weeks til Camden

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 00:30:03 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Mr. LePage,

re: The Bear, best surprise after "Second Arrangement" ever:

1. Seattle, opening nite, 2 July 2011, me in row 16, MIND BLOWN
2. Portland, 3 July 2011, me in row 9, MIND BLOWN
3. LA sometime later on -- I think!
4. Rarities Night -- me in row 12, MIND STILL BLOWN

Wish there was a YouTube still up. Amazing song!

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 00:15:49 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

Doctor Wu has been played 6 times live, and I was fortunate enough to be there the last 2 times they've played it I believe; 2011 at the Rarities show and 2009 at the Chicago Theater. At that Chicago show we also got Any Major Dude back to back with Wu, and I was also lucky enough to get Major Dude in Memphis that same year. Wu has always been one of my top five fav SD tunes, if not my fav, and one of the reasons I went to the Rarities show. Don't understand Fagen's unwillingness to play that tune--anyone know?

Re The Bear, what other shows was that played before Rarities night? I had thought that was the first time ever.

I am also surprised they don't sprinkle more solo tunes into the setlist since neither tour solo extensively, and it seemed logical to do that when they re-started touring in 1993. I would love to hear more Nightfly tunes.

Wonder if we will hear from anyone at the Little Rock show tnite.
I was tempted to pull the trigger and make the 5 hour drive down, as there were plenty of tix available on TicketBastard the last time I checked, but didn't.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 23:06:52 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

DF seemed a little resigned at Rarities Night, too -- I remember an eye-roll, or at least raised eyebrows above his shades -- but he gave good oomph to "Dr. Wu." That said, kind of anticlimactic hearing it live, maybe because of all the tempo changes, as opposed to, say, "The Bear," another comparative rarity that blew me away every time I heard it live (3 times!) because of how it rolls and rolls and rolls like a tidal wave.

Not to start another argument about the setlist, but I wish they played more of their solo stuff. Not because I hate the current setlist but because the Becker/Fagen songbook is so deep and so high quality all the way down. Lately I've been listening almost constantly to "Circus Money," an amazing album that I think stands with the very best SD records. I hope Walter knows what a good album it is and I would travel pretty much any distance to hear him play those weird and funny songs with their rubbery dub basslines and deceptively simple lyrics. I know, I know, doesn't pay the bills, Irving Azoff, boomers' attention spans, modern rock radio, blah-de-fuckin'-blah. But then I think of the Cure's current tour, with a setlist 35 years deep, including new songs not yet recorded and a huge chunk of B-sides, multiple encores, etc., and I wish that Becker and Fagen had the that kind of fanbase, eg., a crowd that would not immediately decamp at the first strains of "Two Against Nature."

I suspect I won't hear a chunk of solo stuff live in D. or W.'s lifetimes, but one can always dream. A couple years ago I went to a little town on Maui where Walter was identified as a townie, or at least as a once-upon-former townie, on the door of a local cafe that had live music in the evening. I went back to that cafe a couple times late hoping that one night the big intelligent man with the Unabomber beard and droll, dry sense of humor would be up on the tiny stage with a music stand and an acoustic guitar, singing "Hard Up Case" or "Book of Liars" to a half-full room of surfers, stoners, and sugarcane farmers. No dice. But again, one can dream...

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 21:10:29 ET
Posted by: Showboat, CA

I was lucky enough to hear "Doctor Wu" back in 2009 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Donald had a grim look on his face. I could tell he hated singing the song. They played "Major Dude" too.

Songs like Doctor Wu, Major Dude, Bad Sneakers and Chain Lightning always get played by these Steely Dan tribute bands and they get good reactions from the crowds. It's the only way to hear them performed live now.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 19:46:14 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, in the den

Re Chain Lightning in 2006, setlist FM has a lot of shows listed that year with no setlists, surprisingly enough. My guess is that it was played more than just a few times, but I don't know, wish SD's website kept a complete and accurate tour archive. I could have sworn we got it in StL, but I can't say for sure. It certainly qualifies as a rarity now, along with stuff like Any Major Dude, Boston Rag, Pearl of the Quarter, Bad Sneakers, Night by Night and of course Dr Wu.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 19:35:23 ET
Posted by: Johnny C., Ventura County CA

I still like Toto's version of Chain Lightning best on that Jeff Porcaro Tribute with Donald Fagen & Denny Dias. Rick Derringer also plays a killer version of Chain Lightning at his own shows. Rick Derringer's guitar solo is what made that song stand out.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 18:31:02 ET
Posted by: CJB, footnotes:, YVR

1. says just twice in 2006, and a few times in 2007, albeit on an overseas tour leg. Listening to the new-horns version now & Chris is right: tasty!

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 18:25:56 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR


Sorry, not "night by night" in '06. I caught four separate dates on that tour where it wasn't played.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 18:23:19 ET
Posted by: Roman, TX

I just saw the setlist for that 1995 Walter Becker solo show at Slim's in San Francisco. Looks like he didn't play any Steely Dan material. All Walter Becker songs. I bet the audience was dumbfounded.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 18:16:48 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe , Not Dallas

Walter has a copy of the show. I doubt we'll ever hear it. Along with his stereo mix of the original Second Arrangement.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 18:16:44 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Chain Lightning was also played on the '06 tour (maybe every night?) where it got a new arrangement - a killer horn section soli based on the original guitar solo.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 17:44:23 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Thanks for the clarification re: "Chain Lightning," everybody. I am a new-century convert to SD Live & evidently missed the setlist prominence in the 90s. Would still take it over "Reelin'" or "Hey 19" any day.

It would be sure be swell if that Walter live set dropped by one of the usual venues. Sounds like lots of us would be thrilled to hear it.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 16:55:10 ET
Posted by: man,

I wish I could hear a live recording of that Walter solo show...

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 16:45:50 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Walter has been on fire during this tour, holy lord.

Here's another one: Compare Boz Scaggs' 'Jojo' and Donald's 'Memorabilia," got to be one of those insidious things, right?

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 16:29:52 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

Pretty sure they played Chain Lightning on just about every show of the 93 tour, and maybe in 94 also. According to setlist FM looks like they've played it a few times in 2006 and 2007 also, but obviously it hasn't been frequently played for awhile.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 16:06:43 ET
Posted by: Not a Newbie, Bluebookers

CJB- They played Chain Lighting so many times in the 90's people were complaining about! A couple of verses and DF would get every player a 3 minute solo during it. That's 12-13 players!

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 15:46:20 ET
Posted by: drewslo, San Luis Obispo

As far as I know, Walter did one show in support of 11 Tracks Of Whack at Slim's in San Francisco.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 15:29:54 ET
Posted by: CJB, footnotes:, YVR

1. That McPartland show date in 2005 has a beautiful small-group *studio* take of "Chain Lightning" but as to live...

2. Can anyone tell me if (and if so, *when* WB has performed solo? Specifically, were there dates to support "Eleven Tracks," even if obscure, eg., some Paia coffeehouse?

Thanks for any & all light shed!

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 15:18:41 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Not a Newbie,

Plz to substantiate where & when "Chain Lightning" has been played "a ton" since 1993. I've seen the guys 22 times since 2000 & have never heard "Chain Lightning," but am still hopeful of hearing that beautiful sardonic blues before a/ I kick off, or, b/ the guys stop touring. ("Western World," too, but that's a totally different problem).

Everyone else,

Sopwith Camel ring a bell? One of my staff gave me a copy of their The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon (recorded '73, not released until much later) whose jazzy arrangements & weird fusion of jazz, psychedelia & funky basslines sure set my SD-meter tingling. Worth checking out.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 12:47:53 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Correct. The instrumental part (intro, stuff under the guitar solo) of YGTII was a staple of the 1974 tour

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 11:43:33 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas

They did play the instrumental/keyboard solo portion of YGT 2 in 74. At least they did in Memphis.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 11:25:17 ET
Posted by: Not a Newbie, Bluebookers

Mo- "Your Gold Teeth II" rarely gets played? They have NEVER played it live! SD has played Bad Sneakers and Chain Lighting a ton since they started touring again in 1993.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 01:07:49 ET
Posted by: NYB, Swag

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Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 20:18:20 ET
Posted by: Scott in KC, Kansas City

Mr. LaPage,

That's cool that you were able to help introduce some casual fans to the deeper side of SD. I've learned a lot from some of the posters on this message board and over the years I've tuned a few others on to SD.

But for every person I've talked to who is interested in and likes SD, I've had ten others who laugh and make fun of my interest in SD or just don't get it. IMHO, SD doesn't get the widespread respect they deserve considering the depth of their discography, innovation, influence and longevity.

Even my favorite radio station, XM/Sirius The Loft, almost never plays a SD song even though they play Dylan, The Band, Traffic and all the other influential artists from the 60s and 70s. I mean come about Dr. Wu or Pretzel Logic or Aja once in awhile.

Oh well, as Ricky Nelson said, "You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself."

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 19:06:23 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

Moe, I *know* I've heard them play "Bad Sneakers" and "Chain Lightning" live!

Inside MusiCast Radio is doing a Steely Dan Marathon on Sunday starting at 12:00 a.m. hosted by yours truly. Tune in if you have some space in your day. Streaming link is here:

In other (read: Monkey House) news, I got longtime Dan impresario Pete Fogel's endorsement via Twitter today... It takes a true pal to pick your album as Album of the Year when it's only June.

Anyone in Europe, Australia and other parts of the wider world who has been waiting for buying links to go live today was worldwide release day. Left is available pretty much planet-wide. Hurry, before your country pulls out of the European Union...

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 19:04:55 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, winding down

Wow Scott, second row center, sweet. I was just about dead center, 2nd row Plaza right behind the Box seats, until the end when we "upgraded". Great view and sound, the one downside of that section being that wide aisle which seperates the box seat area means a steady parade of people walking to the concession stands/bathroom.

I was talking with a couple gals in the parking lot before the show who parked near me who had never seen SD before although they were big fans. I told them some things about what to expect and things to watch for, like the playing of Carlock, the solo spotlighting and the precision they exhibit while playing some pretty complex tunes. After the show they made it a point to wait until I got back to my car to tell me how blown away they were about the band and that it exceeded their expectations.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 17:25:15 ET
Posted by: Moe, at the bank

I like "Your Gold Teeth II" better but it rarely gets played. They always ignore all the songs off Katy Lied with the exception of "Black Friday" and "Daddy". I think it's Gary Katz's favorite album.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 16:55:35 ET
Posted by: Scott in KC, Kansas City

I agree with most of LePage's observations. Winwood and his band were outstanding. They were obviously having a great time, smiling a lot and playing off each other. Their enthusiasm and great musicianship really got the crowd going. They got a few full-crowd standing ovations.

DF sounded great. His voice was as strong and clear as I can recall hearing it in recent years.

I agree that much of the crowd fazes out during deeper tracks like Razor Boy, but I've found that to be the case at most SD shows, regardless of the venue. Let's face it, except for most of the hard-core SD fans, most of the crowd is there to hear Peg, Josie, Old School and Reelin.

I sat second row center and there was sporadic dancing and video recording in front of the stage during most of the show. A couple older gals attired in what I can describe only as vintage early 70s hippy garb were getting their groove on right in front of JH and he smiled at them a few times.

The stage is very close to the audience at Starlight and the ushers didn't intervene unless it got out of hand like when a tall, large-statured guy stood at the stage rail 15' away from DF and jumped up and down, waving his arms and shouting at DF trying to get DF to acknowledge him...for several minutes. There are idiots everywhere.

CL broke in and sang the "Stepped up on the platform" verse from Pretzel Logic during the encore. Wow! That girl can sing.

DF acknowledged the crowd's enthusiasm a few times. It looked from our seats like a sellout and I don't think SD has always sold out when they visit KC.

Great show.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 15:19:39 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, reeding wood


"windwood guy" to woodwind guy
geez....Winwood, woodwind guy for Winwood....

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 14:56:49 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas

I felt kind of inspired after the show the other night, so I set up my DSLR and recorded myself playing some songs chronologically (including an averted attempt at Peg).

This is as lo-fi as it gets, folks.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 13:16:51 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, starlight afterglow

Sometimes you get lucky. A very fun and surprising night in KC. Weather was not brutal as it cooled down from this 2 week old scorcher trend, actually a nice breeze through this suburban theater. I've been to a few SD shows in KC, including one prior one at the Starlight. It's basically the prototypical Greatest Hits type crowd, guys wearing stylish golf shirts, housewives cackling about junior's grades, very nondiverse, upscale and not too adventurous. StL is a little more urban, a bit more diverse. Interesting contrasts.

This crowd last night was pretty active and into the show though, and more enthusiastic and rambunctious than past KC crowds.
Winwood sounded fantastic, his blue eyed soul voice just as strong as ever. He got a bit of a late start as he was sound checking still around 5:30 when I got there. A shame he only got about an hour to play, which meant a much truncated but still fantastic Low Spark--I think he cut out a verse too. Can't Find My Way Home was great too. Crisp nicely miked percussion, and his windwood guy was very good and versatile. Winwood got a nice enthusiastic response from audience. The sound was great.

SD played much louder, which sometimes distorted the mix a bit, but overall good sound in the center right behind the box seats.
Already told you about the setlist surprises which were an outstanding and long Your Gold Teeth, and the great and rarely heard by me FM.
Most of the crowd had blank looks around me for YGT. Oddly, they played Kid C right after that and it felt more subdued than it usually was, maybe because YGT was a "sit down" tune. But after that, crowd really got into it, even excusing Becker calling KC "Oklahoma City" during Hey 19 rap.
Walter looked to be in good spirits and played some tasteful solos, and I even thought his 19 rap was funnier than usual. I also really liked this delivery of the funky Daddy NYC, which again had some around me with puzzled looks, which made it all the more humorous. Fagen also seemed to be in a good mood and seemed to feed off the boisterous crowd, other than the tunes I mentioned, especially in the closing stretch. The girls did a great job on Razor Boy. I maintain that Bodh has been played at a too fast paced breakneck tempo since about 2014 tour--anyone else think so?
Only tune I think was traded out was Show Biz Kids--will be interesting to see if this starts a trend of more song swapping. I had hoped for a CTE tune to be added and I got it.
Pretzel Logic was fantastic, as bluesy as I've ever heard. By that time we had worked our way down to the very front section, ignoring the nebbish and frazzled older lady ushers, who spent the whole show trying to stop dancing and other spontaneous displays of enthusiasm.
So aside from spending most of the first part of the show sitting at an awkward angle because the very large lady next to me had her left arm in a cast and splint resting it half way into my seat, it was a great and fun show with some nice setlists surprises for a change. If they mix up tunes like in KC, might hit another show or 2.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 01:36:32 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, Joisey bound

Lots more tickets added by Ticketmaster/LiveNation for free voucher usage. I just picked up 2 freebies for the July 6th PNC Bank Show.
Zippo, nada, nil.....well, it'll still cost me to get there & back.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 22:45:22 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, Here

Incredible. Another tour premiere--FM. I'm liking this show.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 22:15:03 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, KC

Wow, tour premiere? of Your Gold Teeth, long and extended bliss.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 20:41:53 ET
Posted by: Hackensack, KANSAS CITY

At the Starlight Theater. Steve Winwood is bringing it. Cool outside with no reason (keep your fingers crossed) It's looking like a beautiful night with the boys.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 19:13:37 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas

I was about to mention Janie...then the houselights went down :(.

Have fun in KC! I've only been to that venue once, for Primus, it's a nice place.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 18:40:55 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, Everything up to date in KC

Partying in the parking lot pre show, since this outdoor theater has no bars or dining est. anywhere close. Thankfully not as hot as I thought it would be. Got here early to make sure we didn't miss a note of Winwood. Know we won't get it, but would love to hear Crossing the Line from Winwood's sublime Go album, and/or Why Can't We Live Together cover that Winwood included as a bonus cd on his last album, which just kicks ass. A lot of SD first timers around in the parking lot

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 18:26:56 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

" : Don't forget "Janie Runaway"

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 16:24:38 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not Dallas

I'm well aware Steve Winwood is no longer "little." :)

Some observations:

Donald and Walter were both in a really good mood and very energetic. In fact, I hadn't seen them as enthusiastic since 2009.

Walter... is still in the boot. It didn't dampen his spirits. He was great during the band introductions "Oh Cindy, don't steal my heart!" And was speaking in disbelief and amazement of the fact the he and Don have now known each other for 50 years. "50 years?! JESUS CHRIST!" His Hey 19 solo was pretty good. His solos on Josie and Daddy Don't Live in that NYC No More were really good.

Donald...He played a really cool prelude to Josie, lots of phaser. Vocally he sounded better than I had heard him since 2013. He was also pretty talkative.

The highlights for me were some great soloing on Time Out Of Mind, trumpet, in lieu of trombone, on Babylon Sisters and the mid-set bump that Kid C provided.

Someone behind me asked me "They're pedophiles right?! I mean, you've heard that Cousin Dupree song, right?!"

"No, they aren't pedophiles. But you should listen to Everyone's Gone to the Movies."

Here are some photos I took.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 16:08:53 ET
Posted by: Suprise, Barrett Jackson

What a surprise the same setlist

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 12:48:07 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Great show last night. Walter was in rare form. Same set list and great sound. Winwood was great too

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 11:58:31 ET
Posted by: Lionel, Bronx, NY

Apostrophe, Nit sure if anybody told you but, "Little" Stevie Winwood is 68 years old

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 01:20:37 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Dallas

I'll have an in-depth review tomorrow. The one oddity was Rikki....

Along with Walter thanking the audience before pretzel Logic.

"What a beautiful fuckin' sight you all are....From the bottom of my heart, thank you for coming out."

I hadn't heard him him do that since 2009.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 21:35:51 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe , Dallas

Little stevie Winwood just finished. He was great. There was a kick-ass low spark of high heeled boys jam.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 21:30:31 ET
Posted by: Abu, Hollywood Revisited

Video of Green Earrings at the Hollywood Bowl just posted on the Tube. Nice solos by Jim Beard on keys, Roger Rosenberg on Baritone sax. The outro has a nice interplay between Jon and Walter. The orchestra can actually be heard at times during the tune. A very nice intro by the H Bowl Orch. This was the opening tune at the show.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 19:48:26 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, KC here I come

Sela Ward is the go to actress when you need the attractive and understanding wife/mother and you need a lot of sad forlorn empathy shots but not too much dialogue. Or the wronged wife that is being cheated on by her evil husband on the Lifetime channel. Didn't know she went to Bama, unfortunately that moves her down a notch in my book.

Here's hoping the temp in KC tomorrow will at least stay under 100.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 19:23:06 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe , Dallas

Well, the doors were supposed to open at 515. Then 530,then 545. They finally opened at 6. We were all out in the heat. They were still soundchecking. They let us in at 6,but we couldn't come inside the arena until about 4 minutes ago.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 18:53:54 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Looks like a hot night in Big D tonight! To the DanFans going, have a great time!
And remember to hydrate, if you know what I mean.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 18:37:16 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe , Dallas

Here at the aac in Dallas. I'll be in section 110, row O seat 13 in a bright yellow shirt. If anyone is here, come say hi!

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 18:25:41 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Many thanks for the kind reception to my USANA/Utah show review last week.

On re-reading it, I recognize my major omission in not mentioning Freddie Washington's exceptional work on bass, especially in the unexpected 2VN performance.

And Steely Jan, you're absolutely right that the show was too light on Gaucho. (Were I going to the Beacon LP shows, I'd pick Gaucho night, as this would give me the chance to hear the largest number of deep tracks that they rarely play (and, of course, CtE night just to hear King of the World)).

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 16:06:38 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Working Instead of Enjoying Happy Hour.

No apologies necessary, IMO, Don. You are a contributing member of the community. What you create is Dangential, not to mention pretty goddamn good. And well worth promoting.

It's not as if you are just some spammer popping in to post some crap like "Phil Collins is going on tour! Very exciting"

Congrats on all the great press/reviews for Left.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 13:26:55 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

At the risk of pushing the self-promotion envelope, here's CBC Radio's Bob Mersereau reviewing the new Monkey House album, Left: "There's only one comparison really, and that's Steely Dan, and in particular, the Aja/Gaucho period. (Its not a guess; Don Breithaupt wrote the book on Aja for the beloved 33-1/3 series.) Breithaupt puts his own spin on things of course, leaning perhaps a little closer to the pop side. But you'll hear the same desire in the songs for glorious chords, expert playing, music as luxurious as a king-size mattress with a duck down duvet on a frosty night. The way I see it, I finally found somebody who thinks Steely Dan was/is the best band ever, is talented enough to go that route, and is not too chicken to try, damn the comparisons! Others obviously agree; helping out here as guest soloists are some Dan hands old and new. Elliot Randall, the original soloist on "Reelin' In The Years," takes a guitar lead on one cut, Drew Zingg features on another. Steely Dan musical director Michael Leonhart adds trumpet to a track (dude also played on "Uptown Funk," BTW), and let's not forget Jay Graydon, who did the famous solo on "Peg." That's the company that digs what Breithaupt is putting down. But of course, this is his gig, and he's arranged and co-produced a set that merits your full attention. Every song has its own strong story, from lead track "My Top Ten List" (single malt, double shot) to "What Exactly Is It That You Do All Day?" (if you're not missing me?). Cheeky Monkey."

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 10:59:25 ET
Posted by: Jon, @his yellow stripe

Mr. LaPage, all points well-taken. I, too, a child of the 70s, lament the passing of an era in which shopping for music was much more of a tactile undertaking, and sound quality was far better. Not only, that, there's the withering away of that great packaging that, in many ways, was a art form unto itself. Gone is the experience of at last, finding that new release, cracking it open with the slit of shrink-wrap against thumbnail, sliding the pristine vinyl out of it's inner sleeve, and devouring artwork, liner notes/lyrics, personnel, etc.

Yeah, yeah, I know all that stuff (and much more metadata) can be tagged onto a digital file, and having a lot of that info a click away is pretty cool, but something really special has been lost in the process. I relish the idea that I walk out of my house with 12,000 tunes in my pocket, but fret that much has been lost. The price that is paid for "progress".

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 09:55:47 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

I don't believe this review has been posted, down here in the main section:

And, yes, Sela Ward is terrific.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 08:45:32 ET
Posted by: DYLYNFAN, Harisburg, Pa

Horton, speaking of the lovely and talented Sela Ward, she is not only
a first rate actress (imho),but a former University of Alabama cheerleader (my Alma Mater). Now back to more Dan talk, sorry for the interruption.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 07:22:33 ET
Posted by: Michael,

KD, I purchase some things digitally. For instance, if there's just one song I want off an album, or if the physical is too expensive.

What record companies should do is give people both for the same cost, so that when they purchase an album, not only do they get to download it but also have the physical shipped as well. That way, album sales will see a noticeable surge. It wouldn't hurt to throw in an extra DVD or something with extra content.

Add me to the list of people who've never owned an iPod.

Apostrophe, that's what I do, rip the CD to my PC for backup and instant access. The only drawback to physicals is that they can get worn down over time with scratches and smudge marks. Hence instant access to my music library on my hard drive.

Mr LaPage, you could back up your library onto DVD-Rs as a precaution. That way, even if something were to happen to your hard drive, you would still have all your music.

Audio fidelity is important to me. I don't mind mp3 but it goes without saying that higher quality formats are preferable. After Doc Mu had mentioned Naked Eyes awhile back, I went hunting for their stuff and came across a nice Spandau Ballet/Naked Eyes CD from the early 90's. The price was just right and the sound quality was great. When I put the music in my DAW, I got an immediate reminder as to how much better they used to mix down CDs vs much of what's coming out today. They didn't brick wall any of it - the sonic clarity and dynamics shine through perfectly. Whenever they remaster something in this day and age, it's usually a warning that it's been compressed and the sound quality suffers as a result.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 00:26:19 ET
Posted by: Horton, San Bernadino CA

The Hollywood Bowl Season opener with Steely Dan was a huge success. It raised a record breaking $1.7 million for the Philharmonic's education & outreach programs.

Among the celebrities in attendance were actress Sela Ward & director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars/Star Trek). Sela Ward says she has an "obsession" with Steely Dan.

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016, 00:16:42 ET
Posted by: Abu, I Want My, I Want My D-V-D

Shark, Doc Mu, and others...Sure, the intro for Josie at the H-Bowl sounded great, but after that, I don't hear much orchestra. Mostly the Dan drowns them out. Same with some other ones, nice intro, but then not much. At times there were definitely some added horn action, but not a whole lot more. That is why a DVD, re-mixed, would very likely enhance the orchestra's contribution. I could see the string players moving their bows, but could mostly not hear them during the tunes. Hey, if Dukes of September could have a DVD, why not the H-Bowl show? I, for one, am REALLY SHOUTING about it. However, 20 or 30, or even 50 of us SHOUTING LOUDLY may not be quite enough.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 23:25:30 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, browsing used music shops

I'm definitely a physical product guy. I could never trust my entire music collection to a computer which could be wiped out in an instant, be infected with viruses etc. I need to know I have that physical cd/dvd in hand. There is something comforting about it I guess. I have a fair amount of vinyl including most of my record collection growing up in the 70s, and would probably would be more into vinyl presently if it wasn't so darn expensive to maintain a sound system that can maximize the sound of vinyl. I'll never drive a car without a CD player in it.
What's amazing to me is how the download/digital generation has been so willing to accept inferior sound for the sake of convenience to such an extent. The whole idea of buying/listening to an MP3 on a tiny little iPod or "earbuds" or via cellphone makes me throw up in the mouth a little. In the 70s/80s those of us who fancied ourselves as audiophiles spent countless hours and years building a quality stereo system with great speakers as the foundation of our system. Now it's all about miniaturization and convenience at the expense of audio quality, which is amazing to me. And while its nice to have the ability to download/view live concerts, there's nothing like watching a concert on bluray and in uncompressed PCM stereo on a high quality system with a good hidef widescreen monitor.
And while there are still some brick and mortars around, they are fast disappearing. Half the fun used to be the browsing and the hunt for that hard to find gem (see High Fidelity).

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 21:27:13 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Shame none of the Ticketmaster "voucher-approved" concerts are anywhere near me, for ANY artists. I have enough vouchers available that, were I retired, I'd take an extended road trip to all of the Steely Dan shows on the list, excepting Saratoga and Burgettstown which are sold out of the vouchers. Also worth noting: the Boz & McMike show in ATL is also sold out. Looks like Ticketmaster is going to make the list restrictive enough that I won't be able to come anywhere close to using all of my vouchers before they expire.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 21:03:28 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Torrance, CA

For what it's worth, here are some comments about the Hollywood Bowl show from the same reporter who interviewed Walter and Donald prior to the show.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 20:34:19 ET
Posted by: Sandler, at Nationwide Arena

I'm at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH for the big Sting/Peter Gabriel show. Keith Carlock even plugged this tour on twitter. Peter Gabriel still hasn't come onstage yet. I'll be back with a full review & setlist later on after the show. Rock on!

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 18:35:39 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Good arrangement by HBO on Josie. Pretty tight.

On the Sad Cafe live show - 24 min in, that is one tight rock band on Keepin' it From the Troops.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 18:21:26 ET
Posted by: SharkDeVille, still bowlin

Josie with the symphony is something to behold. definitely some big band arranging with the horns, and the strings on the intro are downright cinematic. gorgeous stuff:

bravo Don & Walt, Vince and the entire HBO.
and please, as SD's first hit single instructs, do it again.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 17:31:58 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Here

I buy the CD and then rip the files to a lossless format just so things are more easily accessible. I was born in 82 so I am used to physical media as well. I don't do downloads unless they are FLAC (ROIOs and official show downloads mainly).

Up until April I was driving a 12 year old vehicle with just a CD player. I now have one of those fancy USB ports so I can take a flash drive of music with me anywhere.

I like the fact that my Samsung will play FLAC files, I only really use the music aspect of it when I'm flying or at the gym though.

I still listen to the CDs themselves though. Love it.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 17:06:40 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

One other thing? 'Alive in America' and 'Kamakiriad' are two of the greatest summer CDs there are. Have fun with them over the coming months.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 17:05:20 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Michael: I still buy physical stuff too. That's nearly all I buy.

Outside of comedy albums (which I inevitably end up burning to disc to listen to on the road), I don't buy anything off of digital format. And I'm in my mid-30s, had Napster in college, living among friends that outside of hipster LP purposes never consider the idea of not listening to something on their phone.

I work for a giant website and have all the tech help in the world and yet I've never owned an iPod, never bought a music album via iTunes, don't really stream anything, all that. When I want to hear 'Morph,' it's on my LP. When I want to hear 'Circus Money,' it's on CD. My car, when I'm driving, doesn't have a telephone plugged into it.

Old habits die hard, and those old habits (especially when constructed by the guys in Steely Dan) sound better that way.

I'm the last of the dying breed, even by people decades older than me or by those that graduated high school around the same time I do. You and I are unique, in that realm. Maybe not on this message board, but overall.

And that's probably why the push for 'Steely Dan: Live at the Hollywood Bowl' isn't exactly deafening. Sadly.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 16:38:17 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Not quite a parallel for Monkey House, but there's some wizardry by keyboardist Vic Emerson from Manchester's Sad Cafe that hits the fusion spot. Great harmonies, too.

That's the late great Paul Young (Mike + Mechanics) on vocals (not the schmaltzy 80s synth pop guy), then whiz kid Ashley Mulford whiz kid on guitar. Every Day Hurts was a big hit in England - one of my least favorite Cafe songs though. Run Home Girl was an American AOR hit. No Place to Go and Take Me to the Future got some AOR play back in the day in the US. Facades and the eponymous album were produced by Eric Stewart (10cc), who also called Manchester home. Very eclectic mix across their discography -

The interwebz does have its moments - here's an entire concert:

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 15:35:34 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Wookin4werk, NJ

Listened to those Mark Masters Ensemble clips. Big Band Steely Dan covers are always welcome and interesting. On this batch, the 30 second previews only seem to hint at the songs being covered. Kudos for re-harmonizing. That said, the complex harmonies which already populate the originals are difficult to improve upon. Of all the covers I've heard, these seem to stray furthest from the originals. There is something cool about that.

My faves are the Woody Herman Chick Corea covers - for their bombast, dated-ness, awesome soloists and of course, unintended comedy.


Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 15:31:41 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

Scam/Sneakers/Aja Medley, 
Green Earrings, 
Hey Nineteen, 
Book of Liars, 
Chain Lightning, 
Green Flower Street, 
Home at Last, 
Black Friday, 
Tuzz's Shadow, 
Deacon Blues, 
Tomorrow's Girls, 
Babylon Sisters, 
Reeling in the Years, 
The Fall of '92, 
Third World Man, 
Countermoon, Teahouse on the Tracks, 
My Old School, 
FM (No Static at All)

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 15:20:42 ET
Posted by: Michael,

KD, "On top of all that, nobody buys DVDs (or much of anything physical) anymore."

I still do. Nothing is better than owning the physical item. There's still a market for physical purchases, it just needs to be cultivated the right way.

Alive In America had its moments, especially Peg. Even though I've heard it countless times (who hasn't?), it's just exceptionally well performed.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 15:17:24 ET
Posted by: Drum Fantasy Camp, says

Our favorite DFC moment: "Aja" featuring @petererskine and @KeithCarlock. Join us August 5-9 for the best time ever.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 14:46:53 ET
Posted by: BillfromPgh, Pgh

Went looking for that HR Big Band CD after hearing the excellent Negative Girl cover and came across another collection of big band covers. Anybody heard this yet?
(I also see it features the Edward Hopper cover artwork that also appears on Bruce Hornsby's Harbor Lights)

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 14:07:23 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

There's no way a Hollywood Bowl or even Beacon show gets released officially, and I don't blame The Two for it. Stinks for us, but I totally get it from their end.

Alive in America had to come out, had to, in order to satiate those desperate for anything with Steely Dan's name on it. It was also a different era, when classic rockers were still releasing live albums from just about every tour they did, much less their first tour in nearly two decades. Hell, when Rolling Stone reviewed it they paired it with a Bonnie Raitt live album that had just come out. I love Bonnie, but this was in 1994/95, not exactly her post-Grammy peak of attention.

Even with that brilliant band, they still felt the need to go back into the studio to alter parts. And even with that demand (and a Letterman appearance and big radio push upon the release date, including more live shows), the CD still didn't do much. Great CD, all told, but mostly overlooked even by the time TvN came out.

The best case scenario happened in 2000. Small stage, small venue, great sound, great production, clearly a kickass band and setlist. Nothing against the 1993, 1994 and 1996 tours, but the 2000 setup was a little more refined and funky in the typical Steely Dan setup. That, and Don and Walt got to indulge in their ha-ha moments with the in-between song bits. A classic DVD, 'Plush' certainly was.

That's A-OK to go out on, in my opinion. The Bowl and Beacon aren't exactly known for their top-notch sound, mainly the experience behind the setting. The Hollywood show looked like a night for the ages and a career highlight, but I can still see why The Two would pass. The same goes for the Beacon shows. Hell, I'm a Steely Dan freak that has every Terence Boylan LP just to have it, and I didn't even buy the Dukes of September DVD -- even though I love those guys and enjoyed both tours.

On top of all that, nobody buys DVDs (or much of anything physical) anymore. Comedy Central was able to write a $50 million check to Dave Chappelle a decade ago based on the ubiquity of his show's DVDs in every dorm room. In 2016, the similarly-viral Key & Peele just had every one of their beloved sketches go up on the channel's website for free.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 13:00:48 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, here

Regarding what Hoops said- the comment sections on news stories are one of the worst inventions ever.

Anyway, I'm excited for tomorrow night. Hopefully they'll throw in one of those songs they dug-out at the Hollywood Bowl. Maybe they'll want to stretch out after being limited on their selections in Lost Wages.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 12:59:48 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, here

Regarding what Hoops said- the comment sections on news stories are one of the worst inventions ever.

Anyway, I'm excited for tomorrow night. Hopefully they'll throw in one of those songs they dug-out at the Hollywood Bowl. Maybe they'll want to stretch out after being limited on their selections in Lost Wages.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 12:23:24 ET
Posted by: Pete Ross, Sacramento

Thanks for all the updates the past few days. Really worthwhile reading, overall.

Pete Ross

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 12:01:50 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I'm sure many of you have heard about the Ticketmaster settlement - if not, check your account, you probably have some free ticket vouchers for certain shows .. of which there are many for upcoming Steely Dan dates:

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 11:41:05 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, Here, not there. Yet.

"Aja" @ the H'bowl. "Steeled Dan & the L.A. Philharmonic". Whatever.

Video screen capture. Very nice.

Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 10:49:36 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Not A Douchebag, NJ

Thank you Hoops for your perseverance in hosting The Blue. You're a mensch.

I realized long ago that there is a pointlessness in responding to inflammatory and hateful comments from strangers on the internet - here on The Blue, Facebook or otherwise. Why bother ? Who has time ? What are we going to do ? Make them learn ??? And frankly I have found other satisfying activities on the internet which do not involve typing.

Now, having said that, I have found another clip from Saturday's show.. Deacon Blues with orchestra, poorly shot but will give you a good idea of how the song was enhanced by a symphony.

If anyone out there has full Hollywood Bowl 2016 versions of Aja, Caves, Third World Man, Green Earrings, Night By Night, Bodhisattva, Josie and Royal Scam, I want to hear and/or see them !!

Yes, the set was only 85 minutes long. And it is a valid complaint, only 13 songs, especially as their 90s sets were 22 songs, then 20, now about 18 on a regular, non-casino night. That said, it was still an amazing, enchanting and exciting night for anyone who attended. Having seen some of the most significant SD shows since their return to the stage in 1993, this one would have placed very high on my list of must-see shows. I'm sorry I wasn't there... Aja with an orchestra had moments of real magic for me - and that's just from watching audience clips.

Lastly, if you search YouTube for Steely Dan Hollywood Bowl 2016, a number of different streaming options come up for Saturday's show. Is there any validity to any of them ??

My $.02 for the day.


Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 10:12:31 ET
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Date: Tues, June 21, 2016, 09:55:59 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago


Some years back, I used to ask myself, "Why does the Blue (or even before that, the Digest) attract a minority population of assholes and other nut jobs who are often narcissists with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement?"

These days, such a culture is the norm in most internet forums. The NYTimes reader comments are an exception--but then when I even read Tribune Publishing--"tronc"-- reader comments areas most of the comments are by trolls and assholes. I used to wring my hands about "this place" but sadly it's the norm in our society. That's why we have a certain presidential candidate stinking up the joint.

At any rate, my favorite days and times on the Blue are when there's high quality discourse, courtesy and civility and no references to me or our social protocols.



Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 20:47:46 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Mr LaPage, I didn't notice my post was edited.

I enjoy your posts and respect your opinions. It would be extremely boring if we all had the same tastes.

I agree with Gino. It's a far better forum when people post with respect. But without the need to post using some consistent username, that isn't likely to happen. Some people just like to vandalize.

I understand this is not Hoop's job. In fact, it's probably quite a burden he endures for our enjoyment. So changing the board to get rid of the annon assholes, isn't likely to change. And that's fine--I'd rather have this forum than not have anything. I just feel bad for Hoops that he now has to read all the posts before they get to the Blue. That has to suck for him.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 20:22:31 ET
Posted by: Gino Feculanti, "SMH", as the kids say

Just wanted to note that I think the board works a lot better when everyone posts with respect, i.e. respect for each other, if not respect for other acts outside of the SD Bluebook mandate. A joke is a joke is a joke...until someone takes the opinions of others - however humorously/tongue in cheek-ly presented - and goes off on multiple profane, insult-filled defensive tirades that cause the forum to be put on "moderator mode" yet again. Nobody respects that, and I for one hope it doesn't happen again this week.

Thanks to everybody (especially Abu) for the Bowl reports.

Gino F.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 19:28:56 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, dusting off

Hey Dean, just wanted to quickly acknowledge I saw your compliment of me before the latest "dust up" got out of hand, before it got mysteriously and interestingly carefully edited out of your post. Appreciate it, even if we may have differing opinions. Would be a pretty boring world if we all had to agree on and like/dislike all the exact same music.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 18:35:42 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Thanks to all for their reports and reviews.

While I tend to agree an officially released recording of the Hollywood Bowl isn't something I'd bet on, I wouldn't rule it out, either.

Lee's report of calling the venue and asking if it was to be recorded was nice, and appreciated. Perhaps that person might have known if there was to be a live stream. But I don't really think the person answering the phones has any idea if the concert is being recorded.

As for Walt and Don approving a release if this hypothetical recording---I'm of two minds. Since they agreed to do the show (and seem to like and trust Mendoza), and since the result was pretty terrific (based on low quality streams)----maybe Hollywood Bowl releases it. Puts a little distance between it and an "official" SD release. (Obviously SD would have to agree, but I'm starting to think they might be amenable. I have no concrete reason to think that, though.)

Mostly what I want to know is: How was the experience for Don, Walt and the Band? I thought there might be some tweets, Facebook updates--hell, maybe even good old articles, from some of the band discussing the event. Or maybe from Mendoza or some orchestra members. I had a blast watching the streams (excluding the one where those clueless idiots talked throughout). I have to believe it was a rush for all involved. Then again, I was pretty stoned, and I don't get stoned all that often, these days.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 15:58:27 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

I wouldn't hold my breath on a band sanctioned live DVD. For whatever reasons, F&B don't seem very fond of officially released live documentation. It would be nice, but it's unlikely.
Thanks for the explanation on the opening part of the Hollywood show, the shorter set makes sense now. Hoping that as the summer goes on they start sprinkling in some more CTE tunes to get ready for the tour ending shows.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 14:58:19 ET
Posted by: Abu, same place

"If it is up to you" correction.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 14:54:42 ET
Posted by: Abu, Back home, two hrs SE of Hollywood

Finch, very likely there was some recording going on of the Hollywood Bowl show. Evidence: On Opening Night, as correctly indicated by Gus, there was a 40-minute intro where the orchestra played a couple of things, intermixed with the conductor introducing honorary chairpeople, etc. The very first item was the orchestra playing something for about 4 minutes, and they simultaneously showed many quick highlights on the video screens of the last sixteen years of opening night performances. So, quite likely video was being shot of SD, contrary to the answer Lee got when he called the Bowl. The question is, as The Dean pointed out, will Don and Walt approve of a DVD? Likely there are others involved in that kind of decision, certain highly-paid executive dudes that decide that kinda stuff. DF and WB, if you are reading this, PLEASE say yes if it up to you.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 13:40:21 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Las Vegas, NV

Mr. LaPage,

I don't have my Hollywood Bowl notes with me, but the SD portion of the show started right around 9:00 PM and ended at about 10:25 PM. I don't think that any of the orchestra intros exceeded two minutes, and most were probably considerably shorter.

As you were, I was expecting a longer SD show, possibly two sets. But I was ignorant of the "Opening Night" format. This was first and foremost a Bowl event with the pre-intermission portion celebrating the progress of music education, and showcasing some of the artists' work.

As for the show itself, I generally agree with Abu's fine report. I hope this performance will encourage Walter and Donald to try this in other cities. I understand that the band and orchestra performed a complete rehearsal on Friday and another on Saturday, a significant extra effort required to get everything sounding as good as it did.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 13:29:44 ET
Posted by: Vegasdan , Lost Wages

Getting to the venue last night was difficult because of the amount of people in town for Electric Daisy Carnival (145,000+) and the highway patrol closed I-15 next to Caesars Palace because of a jumper from the overpass at Flamingo!

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 11:13:47 ET
Posted by: Finch, Philly

Shameful isn't it? They film a lame-ass band like Journey with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra last year but not Steely Dan. Of course, I don't know who makes those kinds of decisions.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 08:47:27 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Those Hollywood Bowl clips are something else. Thanks for everyone who posted Periscope links. I happened to be online Saturday night and caught a bit live (from the dude who wouldn't shut up - by the way, my personal concert hell would be sitting next to a guy Periscoping and responding to user comments out loud). The from the orchestra were gorgeous and the additions to the songs were perfect. Super tasteful and in many cases emphasizing the orchestration already in the song (like the instrumental parts of Aja).

Incidentally, the fireworks reminded me of a seemingly random occurrence at a Boston Pavilion show at some point, would have been somewhere between 06 and 09 - some fireworks down the coast line going off during Babylon Sisters as Fagen sung "distant lights from across the bay." Did that happen or did I dream it?

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 08:28:05 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

Great song choices at Hollywood Bowl, but why just 13 tunes? Were the songs longer due to the orchestral arrangements? How long did the play? I figured with no Winwood opening that show would be a little longer.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 05:30:47 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Las Vegas, NV


Chris, If Denny Dias was present, he was not announced, and I didn't see him. As you probably suspect, the entry was likely a poor copy-and-paste job.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 05:09:57 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Las Vegas, NV

Steely Dan at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace
19 June 2016, setlist and brief report

INTRO: November Afternoon ~9:10 PM

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Babylon Sisters
Kid Charlemagne
Time Out Of Mind
Razor Boy (Ladies on vocals)
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More (WB vocals)
I Want To (Do Everything For You); Band Intros
My Old School

ENCORE: Reelin' In The Years

OUTRO: Untouchables Theme ~11:00 PM

My speculation is that the set could have been shortened by a casino-imposed curfew, combined with a slightly late start (~7:40 PM) of the Winwood set. Despite that, it was another very well executed show by all. I thought that Donald's vocals were at least as strong as at the Hollywood Bowl the previous night. He mentioned that Bodhisattva had been performed there, and that this version would be "Sans Fireworks".

The crowd seemed enthusiastic enough early on, but its energy did not build the way I expected, and did not really pick up again until the encore. The house rules didn't help matters, as stage-rushing was prohibited. One person in front of us tried it during MOS and was rebuffed. I was also on my feet clapping, but I don't think too many others joined in. Well at least no one told me to sit down.

That's all I have the energy for now; we had a much longer than normal drive up today due to an accident on I-15, and barely made it to the venue on time.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 02:44:26 ET
Posted by: Chris Cruise, Long Island

I just checked They played "Reelin" with Denny Dias in Vegas last night.

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 01:56:35 ET
Posted by: Chris Cruise, Long Island

Wonder what they played in Vegas last night? Could it be the return of the dreaded standard setlist?

Date: Mon, June 20, 2016, 00:23:23 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Without Walter there is no Steely Dan

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 21:30:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Setlist and reports sound great. I wish I had thought to school by and check out the periscope link. With the site on delay and edit, It slipped my mind.

Hopefully, some HQ youtube will be out soon. A great night for a soundboard or DVD recording...hint hint

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 21:14:47 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid, Cicero

Hopefully a hypothetical question. If WB can no longer tour would DF still go on and play? If so would he still use the name SD? Of would he just go solo and play Dan songs as he's done in the past ?

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 18:41:18 ET
Posted by: Hume, IL

Sorry, but I don't like Joe Jackson's stripped down version of Night by Night. I wish Joe would bring back his larger band with the horn section on tour again. I'm glad somebody posted it though. Now I have no reason to see his show.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 18:18:11 ET
Posted by: Hey, Who's going to be

Who's going to be the first one to tell out Free Bird Donald loves that.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 18:15:31 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, East of Hollywood

Meanwhile, last night in San Diego-

Joe Jackson played "Night By Night" too. A stripped down version compared to the other one played in Cali. at the H'Bowl.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 17:34:52 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Sunday Happy Hour!

Abu, thanks for reporting. I also thought they might do a big-band arrangement, or two. But that probably would have taken rehearsal time with the orchestra, as well as a lot more arrangement work.

It seems the boys trusted Mendoza to create orchestral flourishes--and a couple intros--and figured they could simply be laid-in over the current arrangements. They sounded to me (via streaming) like one very large, kick-ass, backup band.

Night By Night sounded fucking fantastic. As did, Aja and Bodi.

Now I REALLY hope someone made a high-quality recording for us.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 16:48:28 ET
Posted by: 13 songs , L A

13 songs that's

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 16:18:14 ET
Posted by: Abu, Not just west or east of Hollywood!

Here is my report on the show at the Hollywood Bowl. In a word.. great!!! Although my biggest disappointment was no big band arrangements, that basically paled into (mostly) insignificance as the performance pressed on. The boys were totally rockin' the place, and the orchestra accompaniment was an added bonus. For me, the SD band largely overshadowed the orchestra from my vantage point, soundwise, but I could definitely hear their contribution to the music at times. The Dean, I agree that a DVD would be soooo sweet, with the sound re-mixed where one could hear the orchestra better. The video at the show was actually well done, with the director of the cameras seemingly having a fine knowledge of SD's music to have good shots of the soloists, etc. The setlist was a very welcome surprise, with Caves of Altamira, Third World Man, and Home at Last added. The guys sounded great, with the always fantastic Jon Herington,and Walter performing quite well as well. Donald seemed more pumped at times, and all the boys (and girls too) appeared to have risen to the occasion of Opening Night at the Bowl. Keith Carlock was totally rocking all night. The highlight of the night was a 110 percent jamming performance of Bodhisattva, complete with a great fireworks display for the full duration of the tune, complete with perfectly timed launching for each of the final eight "Bodhisattva"'s, and then lookout!, the climax of the fireworks coincided very nicely with the outro and conclusion of this classic tune. Smoke was in the air, and the band was smokin' hot to match! Then, Kid Charlemagne, and suprisingly, no encore. Perhaps Walter said no more, as he was clearly not very mobile when exiting. We all hope he will be alright. So, I really enjoyed the show. I had not seen them for about six year, I believe. It was great to see them again. I hope they will do something like this again, although, to me it appears unlikely that DF and WB will expend the time and energy doing their own arrangements. They totally left it in the hands of Mr. Mendoza to come up with his own accompaniments, which, with the exception of two or three intros, were exactly that: accompaniments, but not arrangements. It was different for sure, but SD basically performed mostly their own usual stuff in their customary way, however excellently done as noted above. Overall, I give it an A- rating. This SD fan was satisfied!

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 15:29:19 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. On the Move

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 14:48:20 ET
Posted by: Doug, Monroe

Who'd have thought one of the best SD setlists ever would be 13 songs long with no encore and still include Hey 19, Josie and Kid C?


Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 06:59:59 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, NJ

Some clips are beginning to hit YouTube from last night.

Hey, how about a full clip of Aja... so beautifully done last night.

Setlist may no longer be stale. I have a renewed interest in Bodhisattva with that orchestra sound and fireworks.

Found this while looking around for Hollywood Bowl clips, a very nice big band arrangement of Negative Girl, of all things.

Enjoy fans..

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 06:34:18 ET
Posted by: Cory, R

Review of Red Rocks, worth checking out for the photos.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:49:07 ET
Posted by: Vegasdan, Lost Wages

Did someone tell those guys to shut the fuck up on periscope?

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:42:00 ET
Posted by: Bobbo, peering Westward...

Wow...that's looking just about like the 2003 setlist, minus 'Lunch with Gina,' no? Quite a bit of performance to catch, even via Periscope, or whatever--big big thanks to you fellas for posting that for us, I'm astonished and quite satisfied. What a night, eh?

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:35:33 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Popegreg, thank you.

Laughing in joy too much to post much now. And that's from watching the periscope video.

I have thoughts (OK we all know that's not really true), but I'll share them later.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:27:47 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, NJ

Already posted on

Nice to see some setlist variation...

Holy Jesus Christ... those fireworks during Bodisattva... WOW !


1. Green Earrings (with orchestra)

2. Aja ( with orchestra )

3. Caves of Altamira ( with orchestra)

4. Hey Nineteen

5. The Royal Scam (with orchestra)

6. Deacon Blues (with Orchestra)

7. Night by Night (with orchestra)

8. Time Out of Mind

9. Third World Man (with orchestra)

10. Home at Last (with orchestra)

11. Josie (with orchestra)

12. Bodhisattva (with orchestra)

13. Kid Charlemagne (with orchestra)

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:27:43 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, NJ

Already posted on

Nice to see some setlist variation...

Holy Jesus Christ... those fireworks during Bodisattva... WOW !


1. Green Earrings (with orchestra)

2. Aja ( with orchestra )

3. Caves of Altamira ( with orchestra)

4. Hey Nineteen

5. The Royal Scam (with orchestra)

6. Deacon Blues (with Orchestra)

7. Night by Night (with orchestra)

8. Time Out of Mind

9. Third World Man (with orchestra)

10. Home at Last (with orchestra)

11. Josie (with orchestra)

12. Bodhisattva (with orchestra)

13. Kid Charlemagne (with orchestra)

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:09:23 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, NJ

Nice, tasteful intro to Aja. Great accompaniment on Green Earrings and Aja. What a special night for those who are there. It would be a shame if this gig was not recorded for posterity and for us die-hards. Man I wish I was there....

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 01:06:56 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

This guy is talking but still streaming.

Third World Man!

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 00:48:39 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Night By Night?


Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 00:35:54 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Holy Fucking Shit!

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 00:29:13 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

popegreg, you da best!

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 00:29:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

popegreg, you da best!

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 00:09:18 ET
Posted by: , Heaven

Thanks!!! Aja w/orch sounds wonderful.

Date: Sun, June 19, 2016, 00:06:14 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Watching on Periscope right now, user Tom Hall.

They're doing Green Earrings!

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 22:27:23 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Should be a hot one tonight!

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 22:19:54 ET
Posted by: Peter, at the bowl

Yikes! These $30 tix really are nosebleed seats. Way, way up. Oh well, you get what you pay for. Guess I'll just have to watch the show from the big screens.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 21:38:41 ET
Posted by: Lorenzo,

Hey Asshole Hoopster!!!!!

If you drop dead tonight, guess what??????????

No one will give a flying fuck. You totally suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 20:20:08 ET
Posted by: Lee, Tampa

I called the venue and asked specifically if there was a live stream or is the show being recorded for later viewing, and unfortunately, the answer is no. Sorry to pass that on. I am very frustrated that I most likely will never get to hear the concert in high quality audio. It is such a unique concert and opportunity that I am kind of amazed that Donald and Walter would not want this recorded for future listening/viewing. It would sure be nice if a soundboard recording were leaked.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 19:45:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Sweaty, I too am hoping this how will be recorded. While I don't necessarily expect it, I am holding out hope. I have to believe Don and Walt know this could be something really special. Maybe they agreed to record it, with final say over whether it actually gets released. Seems crazy, to me, to not have the option. Then again, I don't have to fund the experiment.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 19:32:46 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Home now. Scam confirmed, Apologies all around.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 17:17:38 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Sweaty, I believe you are correct. My laptop is in the car (with no case) and there's a huge storm. But the info I'm seeing leads me to believe it is a scam. Sorry for hastily posting the link.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 17:01:13 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Torrance, CA @ 86 degrees F


Mrs. GW tells me we are in Terrace 2, row 1725, Seats 1,2, and 3. Perhaps we're the bunch of people you don't know. Stop by and say hello if you get a chance.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 16:48:37 ET
Posted by: Sweaty, in Los Angeles

Dean, I'd be very surprised if they streamed the show on YouTube. I've seen those "live streaming" ads all over YouTube. I think it's some kind of scam. Be careful.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 16:47:11 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

I have some concerns that stream may be some kind if scam. Looks like a tease to get you to sign in/join some downloading program. I will check it out, and report back, as soon as I get to a real computer.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 16:31:21 ET
Posted by: Sweaty, in Los Angeles

Just arrived in Los Angeles. It's melting HOT 90-degree weather here. Some of the local classic rock FM stations are mentioning the show and playing Steely Dan.
I know they filmed last year's Hollywood Bowl Season Opener show with Journey & the orchestra. I don't know if they plan on filming tonight's show. Donald might not like it.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 16:19:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Tonight's show fron the Hollywood Bowl, streaming LIVE:

This is a quick copy/paste job from my tablet (while sitting at a bar amonst some streaming drunks). If it doesn't work, just Google it.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 15:20:00 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I'm not familiar with Vince Mendoza but a musical acquaintance was raving about him on Facebook after he saw the LA Times article. A cursory Google search shows an impressive resume - multiple Grammy awards, lots of work with jazz heavyweights. Should be an impressive show.

Here's his bio:

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 13:00:47 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Wishing I were going TONIGHT

Hey folks going to the Bowl tonight... especially those with better seats... please post clips on YOUTUBE !!

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 12:53:06 ET
Posted by: Hank, Hollywood Bowl bound

Are any of the BlueBook regulars going to the Hollywood Bowl? I have a seat in the terrace box. I have to sit with a group of people I don't know. I hate the metal chairs at the Hollywood Bowl. They make my butt sore.

Donald & Walter are really hyping this show. It's gonna be really special.

Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 01:21:05 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Milwaukee Show Ticket Giveaway:

Multiple ways to enter. It's easy to cancel the E-members emails. Also, on my phone it gave me credit for downloading the app but I just closed out the app store screen.

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 23:36:37 ET
Posted by: Franz, Pump you up

Hear me now and believe me later...This Hollywood Bowl show will be the greatest concert Steely Dan has ever done.

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 14:50 ET
Posted by: Steely Jan, Salt Lake City

Mt Belzoni. Nice post about the SLC concert. Great performance by the band though the set list was a little light on Gaucho. The band was staying at the Hilton where the debate conference was held. Any sightings?

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 14:21 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Somewhere in the middle

I'll be trekking to Dallas to see the show next week. I promise to update you all with a review/setlist when I get back to the hotel. I would love to see Godwhacker/TvN...basically anything from the 21st century albums.

I've only seen the band twice (in 2014) and was lucky enough to get the first Gold Teeth opener and the tour premier of Deacon Blues.

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 12:48 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Beautiful show last night,

TOOM (Time Out of Mind) and Godwhacker made the setlist.

Carlock is getting a little scary and Rosenberg was just tearing things up, especially on Black Cow and Daddy.

Great crowd and turnout, unfortunately the screens were turned off - not sure why.

Perhaps to reward the folks shelling out the big bucks and to justify that? Since all of a sudden those $ 20 Groupon tickets are not that great a deal any more, Shoreline is too big a venue to not have large screens.

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 10:35 ET
Posted by: Herm, W

Did they rehearse the Hollywood Bowl show with the string section? Or did the orchestra just get a tape of one of their shows and figure out what they are going to play over it?

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 00:26 ET
Posted by: Abu, Not the Rose, but the Hollywood

Steve, you are correct about 'Buzz' and FM. The LA Times article to me is a little discouraging, in the sense that Don and Walt apparently do not have much input with the arrangements. It seems like we may not see any big-band-type arrangements. Or, perhaps we will, to a degree. Perhaps this Vince Mendoza is a great arranger. Anyone know anything about him? I will have to research it. At any rate, it should prove to be an interesting and different kind of show. Looking forward to it!

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 23:38 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Another quick-ish MH comment or two or three.

When Don throws in some sour with the sweet, major to minor and back, accidentals, dissonance it really works, like on Death By Improvement. Headquarters is so chock full o sweet hooks, but never saccharine a full listen could lead to tooth decay! but in a good Beatles/Stevie Wonder/Pretzel Logic Way. MH lyrics are consistently amusing and eclectic so never too cheesy.

There's more digging into the Chicago/Steely Dan/RLJ/Michael Franks kinda vein on Left, but the recording game is stepped up and the songs more nuanced...less 70s pop and TV theme song like (actually not a bad thing) Stellar performance. The open, almost live feel is well appreciated. I don't think I've heard drums mic'd so well since Al Green's heyday. The Kid Comes Home, Anyone, Art of Starting Over, It Works for Me, What Exactly is it That You Do.

The stand out tracks by far for me are Death By Improvement, It's Already Dark in New York, and Tango By Yourself (play an accordion DO Pass Go and Collect $200k). All the recording elements, songwriting, arrangements, performances, horns, production come together for some magic. DIP sounds kind of like a Fagen tune while avoiding any semblance of a tribute. All hear will love Michael Leonhard's solo on IADINY - the entire song recording is sublime.

The Dixieland at the end of Good to Live is a very nice touch. If there is any primacy-recency thing - My Top 10 List and Good to Know are well put together, but the kind of stuff I would place near the end of the album...not that order matters these days. I always play EMG in reverse order.

I don't know if there are really "singles" anymore, but my $0.02 are lead with the best stuff, trends be damned. Death By Improvement, then It's Already Dark in New York. and Tango By Yourself...

That reminds me of the puzzling choices of Black Friday for KL (Bad Sneakers, Chain Lightning are the obvious singles) Last Mall and Blues Beach for EMG, when Lunch with Gina and Pixeleen are begging to be singles for the masses.

Not all bands overcome PR mistakes in America. Crowded House and Neil Finn's American career (worldwide icons though) stalled when they released the near tuneless (and Neil Finn writes very few of these) and snarky American excess send up: Chocolate Cake. Fall at Your Feet is the obvious lead single and Weather With You (huge hit in England) the follow-up.


Last comment about the Boss and The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle.

4th of July, Asbury Park features the semi jazzy beatnik elements that later would make Pirates epic.

Bruce was always better electric.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 21:48 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, left of the Rio Grande

Post from yesterday lost in the there

But to briefly recap:

Monkey House - use of space and depth extraordinary. Death by Improvement is a bad @$$ fusion of hard bop, hot LA jazz and funk. Great solo where DB burrows between the notes Thelonius Monk still - like Fire in the Hole and I Got the News

The only album by the Boss with real SD interest IMO is the one with David Sancious: The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle. The album overall overlaps on the musical Venn diagram with RLJ's epic Pirates and a touch of Van Morrison.

Kitty's Back has a little of the Boston Rag/Gold Teeth I feel. One of the best things he ever recorded.

Kitty and Rosalita actually swing in spots.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 20:47 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Thanks Mt Belzoni for a great review.

...Now I'm really psyched for the concert here in

Tampa 2 weeks from tonight....

Warm regards, Steve

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 18:38:18 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, NJ

Here's an article from the LA Times regarding The Hollywood Bowl show in 2 days...

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 18:29:40 ET
Posted by: Trey, San Diego

I'll be at The Hollywood Bowl this weekend. This is the first Steely Dan show I've been to where the setlist doesn't matter. It feels very strange and thrilling.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 18:13:24 ET
Posted by: hoops, CA

Orson. Please email me ASAP at jjmckay at -- Thank you. If you don't I will moderate your posts.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 16:47:28 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Lutz: Thanks for the information. I will pass along.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 16:46:27 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

don't have a extra ticket but there are quite a few lawn tickets available on Craigs for $ 20 each.
The lawn section at Shoreline is quite decent with good sound and large screens.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 16:04:24 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago but appealing to someone in the Bay area

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to offer a Dan Fan Scholarship to tonight's Mountain View show to a fan in the Bay area. A Dan Fan scholarship is the equivalent of a "miracle" in the Dead Head Scene. If you are, please contact me privately at jjmckay AT Thank you

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 15:32:02 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

M/O/D/P: I thought you were great.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 15:27:43 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, By way of explanation

First off, an apology to anyone who might have been offended by my own tongue-in-cheek contribution to the recent Springsteen dustup. It was supposed to be over-the-top, certainly not to be taken at face value (although the story itself is true), and it was supposed to be in good fun. See...there's nothing quite so enticing as the opportunity to get under the skin of someone who reacts so vociferously to each and every comment as though every word written here was of deep, personal importance. I couldn't resist. I took the bait, and so did several others. I really doubt any of us actually meant any "harm".

The apology is sincere, even though I see that my faux-pain-filled contribution to the BS conversation is still up as of this writing. For what it's worth, I honestly can't imagine anyone reading what I posted and actually taking it seriously. Same goes for the majority of the other "anti-Boss" posts, some of which were pretty damn funny.

And I sure can't imagine what it would take for someone to go after Jim - here on The Blue, or, unbelievably, in his private life, over a subject so incredibly/inherently silly. No wonder so many of the people I met last Fall in NYC at the end of the Beacon run are reluctant to post here.

It's supposed to be fun. When readers start to get obsessive & scary, well, that's a whole different animal.


ps - Thanks to Mt. Belzoni for the great read. That post has everything a good Bluebook contribution should have, I think, including a brief (but notable) "Springsteen" reference.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 14:48:24 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

Nice review Mr Belzoni. I'm looking forward to the KC show in about a week. I love Winwood too. I know we aren't going to get a lot of deep cuts, but just a few songs off the beaten path would greatly satiate me, as well as a finely honed presentation as well of course.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 14:40:15 ET
Posted by: Burger Wrap,

It would be cool if this show also had a reunion of all the west coast session players from their 70s albums.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 14:03:33 ET
Posted by: Steve,

That L.A. Times story is great. Amazing that they are willing to cede control. Yet, what choice do they have if they are going to do it.

Obviously FM is an ideal candidate for strings. I can't imagine them doing Through With Buzz tho. Aren't those the only two Steely Dan studio tracks with strings?


Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 12:43 ET
Posted by: ,hoops

I like what Donald said, 1/2 cheekily, 1/2 seriously, about Civility.

We have had some major problems with civility that for the first time in a while are impacting my non-Steely Dan life. So I've had to put the BlueBook into moderate mode. Complicating things, an unrelated, technical changes have resulted in the disappearance of some posts, including even a couple of my own. If you have them, please email them to me at jjmckay -AT- (Mine are gone. I'll have to re-write.)

I'm only a casual admirer of Bruce Springsteen but I sure don't hate him. I personally welcome the insight and comparisons and contrasts about his work and SD as intelligently with civility and not rant after rant. I'm not singling out one person or another. However, when people carry their Springsteen discussion / rants to the point they figure out how to contact me and my assistants at work and harass me then things are out of hand.

I love Steely Dan...the BlueBook is a labor of love, it's not a job where I'm compensated. The time and expense for the Blue is out of my pocket. Many, many, many are mutually respectful and appreciative. You are wonderful people--I treasured meeting some of you like last October in NYC. But it's ridiculous for a minority of people to start calling my day-job assistant to get in touch with me to rant about Bruce Springsteen or to see posts where people complain as if this forum is the Dan Fan Forum equivalent of a monopolistic utility like cable TV or the electric company and I am required to deliver the service.

Now, since I put the bluebook back in moderate mode, there's been about dozen posts where most assume the most jackass misinformation and imaginations about me and how I have time for vendettas, etc. Civility, indeed.

That's all I have for now.


Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 11:08 ET
Posted by: Kenny, U

I think the setlist is just great.

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 11:02 ET
Posted by: L.A. Times,

Date: Thurs, June 16, 2016, 01:12 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland, OR (Utah at the moment)

Last night in Salt Lake City

Executive summary: I've seen nearly every SD tour since 1994, and I've never seen them give a better performance than last night's show at the USANA Amphitheatre. Both D & W shared their sense of wonder in gazing out at the open night sky and extended, gorgeous sunset over the audience from the stage, and I think this brought their performance to another level. I share others' disappointment in the absence of deep cuts and set list variety, but it is truly extraordinary to see anyone perform songs of this complexity with such amazing, rocking, swinging precision, energy and feeling. (Btw, the set list did include 2 Against Nature and Green Earrings.) And Steve Winwood is a great choice to open, and delivered his own amazing set.

Details: Purely by chance, we're with our daughter at the national HS debate tourney here in Salt Lake on the night of SD's show (lucky for us, as D & W are apparently again ignoring the Pacific NW entirely on this tour). Also found terrific seats (12th row) at the venue's web site only 2 weeks before the show (likely released by the band).

USANA is a bizarre looking place-- a large, industrial rectangular block of concrete the size of a 3-story building standing in the middle of a meadow, resembling some abandoned farm structure enclosing the least attractive stage I've ever seen, surrounded by about 7,000 seats and a lawn--no roof or walls like so many of the sheds and amphitheatres.

Walter noted at the start of his Hey 19 rap we came here tonight to tear the roof off of this place . . . only to find that there is no roof! As the evening went on, both D & W told the crowd to turn around for a minute to admire the amazing sunset behind us, probably a rare sight from any stage they usually play.

Acoustics and sight-lines were good, but USANA's hyper-aggressive security force prompted a melee in the midst of Green Earrings by throwing a rather harmless 50-ish guy out for repeatedly dancing by his seat. (This led someone else --maybe his son--to dump a beer on a security guy, which led to a scuffle and more ejections--all a ridiculous over-reaction by the facility.)

Steve Winwood opened with a marvelous set, leading a tight and interestingly-equipped 5-piece band (Steve on hammond organ, a guitarist, and 2.5 percussionists (the 3d one also playing some dandy sax, flute and keyboard and adding vocals)). I'd seen Winwood in his commercial heyday back in '86, he was far, far better tonight with the lean band. Their first 2-3 songs all cooked and flowed together without a hitch (I'm A Man amongst them --didn't recognize the other 2, but really liked them, and was happy to hear some deep cuts). Great set overall, longer than the typical opening act (maybe a full hour), worth every minute. Gave the evening more of a festival feel.

In retrospect, it's hard for me to think of many artists who would complement the Dan so effectively as opening act (maybe Laura Nyro with her '76 band, or Joni with her '79 band), or of many opening sets as strong as Winwood's (maybe Springsteen's '73 opener for the Chicago Transit Authority). I didn't mind a bit missing E Costello last year, but Winwood is a great choice.

Our guys sounded wonderful from the first notes. I was lucky to have a perfect view of Keith Carlock just over Donald's shoulder, and he was an incredible source of energy, rhythm and passion all night. Black Cow was flawless and smooth, and Carlock was utterly relentless on Aja's solos. Walter's improv rap during Hey 19 was much funnier than the last times I've seen it, but still maybe 3 min too long.

Black Friday (like Bodhitsatva later in the show) rocked harder than it swung (I prefer that the other way around), the girls' vocals were great. Showbiz Kids had a great groove (and I was proud to be wearing the oldest SD t-shirt (94 tour) I saw all night).

Kid Charlemagne sounds much fresher in the middle of the set list than it did all those years at the end-- amazing performance. Green Earrings was an unexpected surprise (marred by the security melee in our section). A moodier Dirty Work was a nice change of pace, the girls sang beautifully. Herrington's guitar work on Bodhitsatva was a thing of beauty.

Walter sang well on Daddy Don't Live (as much as I appreciate my fellow Stuyvesant HS alum, his guitarwork was only great in spots last night, and he seemed to need persistent tech support for his wiring on stage, but otherwise appeared in good health and spirits).

I'd heard but not seen Two Against Nature live, and it was one of the evening's high points-- amazing rhythm, great work from the horns, no sign of cobwebs anywhere, maybe me think fondly back to the great Talking Heads' Remain in Light performance pieces of the early 80s. Unfamiliar to many in the crowd, but no one left their seats, and by sheer force and momentum it pulled the crowd in as it went on (hey, that's what deep cuts are for).

Band intros were good, Josie and Peg as good as always, and My Old School well above the usual--great combustion of guitar and horns throughout. Reelin was a great close, and Carlock added a phenomenal extended solo at the end that made me think of what the kid was working toward at the end of Whiplash.

Pretzel Logic was a dandy encore, but no Winwood.

I've seen a lot of great and memorable Dan shows over the past 22 years, but can't remember a better performance. Just when I was ready to console myself for missing this tour with resentment of the static setlist and their disinclination to come to my neck of the woods more regularly, their performance brought me back to a state of major joy and admiration. Donald was in strong voice, the horns added inspired and skillful solos, Beard adding rhythm and great embellishment, Herrington a clinic as usual, and Carlock drumming with greater energy, precision and ferocity than I'd ever seen before. I don't get to nearly as many concerts these days, but I can't think of a better touring band working at a higher level.

I even bought an over-priced t-shirt ($40!) after the show, after hearing 2 different discussions about how bands like SD now have to tour to realize any money from their amazing songwriting and recordings-- perhaps inspired by an article last week about some classic bands overtouring to contend with financial straits.

Imagine having planned on royalties from your back catalog and publishing bringing you into retirement and old age with healthy, yearly six-figure sums - only to see it the bottom fall out, and the money you'd arguably earned magically re-appear in the pockets of the You Tubes and Googles that offer relentless, unstoppable free access to your entire catalog, the Verizons and other ISPs getting richer by giving folks the ability to get your music for free, and even the Spotifys and Pandoras offering pennies on the dollar, which is still better than nothing. Yes, $40 bucks a tee is a ripoff, but how much do I actually pay SD for enjoying their music all year? Hell, they won't even give me a decent chance to send some bucks their way (a live CD or DVD? paid downloads of selected shows? songbooks to Morph, Condos, C$ or 11 Tracks, or their unpublished demos/b-sides?) So yeah, I didn't feel bad sending them the extra Jackson.

Can't guarantee that the remaining shows on this tour will be anywhere near the level I saw last night, but if they are, you don't want to miss them. Sorry for the extended core dump - great evening overall.

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 17:07 ET
Posted by: Newton, Fort Worth Texas

Not gonna happen on this tour, Vegasdan. That tour with Clapton was entirely different.

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 17:20:42 ET
Posted by: Vegasdan, Lost Wages

Last time I saw Steve Winwood was with Eric Clapton. Clapton left the stage, and Winwood played Low Spark on a Baby Grand by himself. That was special. I hope he does that again!

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 14:18:27 ET
Posted by: Doug, Monroe

I wonder what the lines on the setlist indicate? I mean, the one before the encore is obv, but the others? Odd ...

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 11:02:31 ET
Posted by: Maxwell, Laguna Beach, CA

Somebody just edited the setlist for last night's show in Utah at Things are getting a bit better. They played Green Earrings and Two Against Nature last night.

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 10:45:55 ET
Posted by: 6/14, Setlist

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 10:15:02 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

I do not understand why any band with a large catalog of material to draw from would play a relatively static set of songs. Night after night and tour after tour. Granted there are certain signature songs which are almost an obligation to play. I have been in local bands, but never a touring band. It would seem to me that if you could, you would want to change things up to keep boredom from setting in during a lengthy tour. All of that being said, I have tickets for one date on this tour because this is a great band, performing special material, even if I have seen the song(s) performed live before.

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 00:17:26 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Monkey House's 'Left' is really outstanding and comparisons with the originators in regards to writing, playing and producing come to mind.
Quite stunning and hard to stop listening to,
Compliments and thanks to Don Breithaupt for his vision and carrying the torch!

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 23:49:12 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, By Popular Demand/Request Night/It's All In Good Fun/No Need To Be "Offended"

Let's set the tone, shall we?

QUOTE: "This dustup over Springsteen has provided some of the most entertaining reading on the blue in months. Off topic, to be sure, but much more enjoyable than, say, actually listening to Springsteen."

Very well said, Nicholas Urfe. Sometimes, somebody just crystalizes the whole darn thing, with a few well-chosen words, like you just did. Sometimes I wish I could be that concise. Not tonight, wasn't meant to be...

EC/NY - I have in fact seen Bruce Springsteen Live & In Person - once and only once - and I have the deep psychological scars to prove it. Thanks for asking. They say you should never post anything really embarrassing about your past on the internet, but here goes anyways...

Once, long, long ago, I very reluctantly agreed to accompany a friend to a B.S. concert because he wouldn't stop assailing me with the, "You just HAVE to see him LIVE, THEN you'll get it!" routine. I finally just gave in. And so I found myself - against all odds, against all common sense, and certainly against all common decency - in the middle of a crowded football stadium filled to capacity with fervent, devoted, frothing-at-the-mouth Lunch-Bucket/Blue Collar Springsteen fans as they happily bellowed & barfed along to every predictable, sound-alike number. I kept asking my friend, "Why are they playing THIS one AGAIN?", and he kept insisting it was a different song. He wasn't fooling anyone but himself.

Anyways, by the time the band had played 'Born To Run In The USA' for the fifteenth fucking time in a row, I found myself desperately wishing for an escape route - any escape route. It was unbearable. "What if I pretend to be having a grand mal seizure? Will that get me out of here?", I wondered, as I looked around frantically for some ice-picks, so I could shove two into each ear and finally put an end to the pain. It was the mid 1980s, though, and there just weren't any ice-picks to be found at rock concert venues in those days. The "concert" - if you can call it that - went on longer than a Fidel Castro "prime period" speech, or so it seemed to me at the time.

In hindsight, it was probably only four hours, but it seemed more like four and a half.

I still sometimes awaken late at night, shivering - and not because the A/C's been turned up too high, either. The awful, awful memories of that fateful, disturbing evening haunt me to this very day.


ps - "Shivering"
pps- "Four hours, fer Chrissakes!"
ppps - 1984/CNE Stadium/I wuz there.
pppps- If only I could turn back the clock...

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 18:25:26 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

I'm just casual admirer of Springsteen, and sure don't want to put super rigid fences around music connections (real or superbly hypothesized) between another and the Duu of our Obsession. At the same time, I co-admin a Van Morrison site, for example. I don't like to bring him up here because I don't think what I have to say will be well received by Steely Dan crowd. I like us to stay focussed. Even Joe Jackson who I think truly loves Steely Dan as much we do doesn't seem to be all that welcome here so I pass unless such conversation is necessary. Sometimes it is.

====entirely different=====

I have to say I had an amazing time at the shows over the weekend. I'm all for critical discussion and thinking--it's my job. But as DF remarked about society in general applies here. The tonal civility here is counter productive to my enjoyment and appreciation of Steely Dan. I might as well bring along people who hate Steely Dan to shows. Civility in word and spirit.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 13:34:06 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

@Gino F. - Thanks for the heads-up regarding the shows in Rochester & Syracuse. I couldn't be happier about that development. I can get to Rochester on a Saturday night a lot easier than I can get to Albany/Saratoga on a Sunday night. I've never been inside the Auditorium or the Landmark, but I hear good things about both and the pics I looked at today are stunning to say the least. I'm still hoping to catch the Greyhound to NYC in October, but now I know for certain I'll be seeing SD again.

As far as Springsteen goes, the less said the better in my opinion. Reading about him isn't nearly as bad as having his recordings inflicted on my poor ears, and I completely agree (once again) with Gino F's "google translate" version of the whole "Boss" experience.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 13:26:54 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, 0

What is the average age here? 15 and hyper-negative with a side of adolescent rage manifesting in the form of attacks?

I thought this was a forum for people who like good music. Just because someone likes another band that doesn't fit into the pattern some others believe SD fills, doesn't make them bad.

This is just sad as hell.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 12:09:01 ET
Posted by: Lee in Tampa, In my posting name above....

I really wish I could go to the Hollywood Bowl show, which of course will be a unique opportunity to hear SD with an orchestra. I have been searching to no avail, so I hope someone else knows about what I hope will be a live online broadcast of the show, or at least an after the fact broadcast. Anybody know if this will happen?

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 11:21:21 ET
Posted by: skcor der, here ya go

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 11:01:48 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

I was looking at the TicketBastard site to check out ticket prices for some shows and I glanced at the Reviews that people have posted for the Cincy SD show. It's an interesting exercise/lesson(?) for all us diehard curmudgeonly 'serious' fans who do tend to get bitter and jaded re the song selection (yes, I'm including myself). The reviews are almost universally glowing and enthusiastic. They rave about how they loved it when SD played 'Asia' and 'Cuervo Gold' etc. I was struck by how many people claimed they were longtime or lifelong fans, even since the 70s, but were just now seeing SD live for the first time and were blown away by how good the band was.

Now, setting aside how you can call yourself a lifelong diehard fan and not have taken the opportunity to see a band you love even once in the last almost quarter century of touring, there is a certain innocence and freshness reading these reviews of the more 'hits-centric' neophytes. It's probably a good thing for all of us jaded experts to partake in once in awhile.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 08:16:10 ET
Posted by: Donald T., NYC

Funny how Fagen analyzes brains.
Question: What part of your brain gets so big you get to beat your wife, Donald?
After figuring that out, worry about Conservatives...

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 06:18:19 ET
Posted by: Sammy, US

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 05:16:05 ET
Posted by: king of the world, Earth's surface

I wish this weren't now the set lists board. I don't want to start a debate or argument. I hate arguing and am not up to it. So I'm just expressing the thought.

I know, I should just post myself with any content I feel isn't being talked about enough. Unfortunately, I've got certain difficulties with concentration and memory, and I usually need ideas from other people to get my brain in gear, on any particular subject. I'm basically blank until I get that outside stimulation.

It's a selfish wish, I guess, but I'd actually welcome it if SD stopped touring (especially if they recorded of course), so it wouldn't be all about comparing concerts.

Please don't argue with me about it. I'm not issuing a challenge, I'm just saying it, I don't expect agreement. If I could get to concerts, it might be different.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 03:31:07 ET
Posted by: Can't remember, trying to sleep

Razor Boy played at Red Rocks.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 00:20:23 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the den

Corr--forgot I did see a Winwood headlining show in 2012 also, again at a nice indoor theater, which also was a great show. Still, he should be playing much longer in these outdoor sheds.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 00:11:30 ET
Posted by: Mr LaPage, In the Den

Regarding Winwood's static setlists, there's not a whole lot you can do with a 45 min opening timeslot, which is ridiculous. You know there are 4-5 signature tunes everyone expects to hear, and some of those are long (ie Low Spark), so you are already at about 30 minutes right there at least. So basically he's got about 15 minutes to play with. I think it's ridiculous that a legend like Winwood doesn't get a 1.5 hour set along with a 2 hour SD set. The only reason that doesn't happen is due to the Nazi like curfew venue policies of these mindless outdoor sheds, where the local cops working security want to get the hell out by 11 pm whilst doing their best to stifle any kind of fun and frivolity.

I remember a few years back how odd it seemed to be watching Winwood opening for Petty. Only about a third of the venue was even filled as he played, and most people seemed oblivious and clueless. They forced him to start right at 7 pm, with the blistering Midwest sun shining directly on stage. The last time I saw Winwood as a headliner was at a great intimate small club about 12 years ago and it was a joy to hear a great full overview of his career with him and his band the sole act of the night.

I'm glad to have the chance to see Winwood again live, but it's a shame it's reduced down to this "throw me a bone" timeslot.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 23:42:50 ET
Posted by: Need, X

They're on

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 22:41:08 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, 1

Hmmm. Show is starting to look iffy.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 22:30:14 ET
Posted by: Jayhawk, bedroom

Sorry to hear about the bad weather at Red Rocks. Colorado can be rough. The high altitude always made my nose feel stuffy. Made me feel sick too. Didn't stay there too long on vacation.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 22:26:51 ET

Deja- vous all over again, if my memory serves me correctly and it often doesn't, they stopped mid song due to in-climate weather at
R.R. a few years ago. Hope it's not that bad tonight and am looking forward to the reviews and set=list. The Tour is off to a great start IMHO.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 22:19:24 ET
Posted by: Benson, Sparks NV

Yes, Steve Winwood never seems to change his setlist too. Also, he always seems to be the opening act now....Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Steely Dan. I remember there was a time when he was a major headliner at the outdoor sheds.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 22:18:57 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Hail

oh no.

Apparently it hailed badly, now, on the webcam the instruments have been removed from the stage.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 22:03:27 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, Not red rocks

Looks like the weather is kicking in pretty badly at Redrocks

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 21:38:41 ET
Posted by: Apostrophe, M

Red Rocks webcam. No audio. But interesting to see.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 21:20:56 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

but I have to say, Springsteen in does very little for me--on records or in concert.

Before he completely sold out, I managed to see him in concert (1976 or 77, I forget). It was a good show, not GREAT, as I had been told to expect. But fine. On the downside, Bruce never picked up a guitar the entire show--he had a lot of "energy", though. Clarence Clemons was a fraud as a saxophonist. Great tone, not much else. (I saw Clarence as a solo act years later---it was an embarrassment.) All in all, a ordinary concert---and this is when I liked Bruce's music.

More recently his incessant celebrity appearances at events like the Super Bowl Halftime (for example) were full of all the horrible cliches I despise from musicians. Kneeling at the front of the stage, high-fiving fans---and the worst of all, dragging some hottie on stage during his performance of the reprehensible Dancing in the Dark. I'd listen to Walter's "Cuervo Gold" speech 1,000 times and enjoy it more than Bruce's shtick any day. I have NO interest in a "show", just play the fucking music. But, hey, that's me. If he still made, and played stuff like the tunes from The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, I'd be more interested. But nothing I've heard from him since, has done much for me.

And, Johnny, you couldn't pay me to see U2 or the 2013 version of The Who. But knowing you find them interesting helps to put your posts in context.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 21:15:56 ET
Posted by: Mort E. Fied, Here


Stevie Winwood has been playing the same setlists for several years now too. A match made in heaven.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 21:09:32 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

What this fool believes;
A fool and his money are soon parted.And if this is sad, very sad,
I'll take it! I will see multiple back to backers, which I've done for many
years. Because I've seen the same set lists, and they were not the same
shows. Different leads by different players, different crowd, different venues.
So for me, the experience is always unique. Kudos for making the 'Bowl
Show! Believe me if I could I would!! And yes I am in for CTE.
Probably one of the "saddest" nights of the year for me!

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 20:45:56 ET
Posted by: Doug, San Francisco

Don, Are you actually wasting your money on this tour with Steve Winwood? That's sad. Very sad. If you were going to The Beacon Countdown show or the Hollywood Bowl show then I would understand.

I'm making the long 6-7 hour drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles for the Hollywood Bowl orchestra concert this weekend. SD have never played with an orchestra so I'm really looking forward to hearing the results. See? I'm still a big fan. I just want to hear something different other than the same setlist. I can't stand repetition.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 20:18:14 ET
Posted by: Doug, San Francisco

@ Don,
What a Fool Believes

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 19:52:29 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@ Doug,
Only A Fool Would Say That

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 19:25:26 ET
Posted by: Left-Wing Liberal, CA

Go, Donald, Go! Keep on these bashing these Right-Wing Republican scum! I'll be at the show this Thursday in Mountain View wearing my Bernie Sanders T-Shirt. Let's all pray Hillary picks Bernie for Vice President.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 18:55:44 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, UK

Wish I had more new things to discuss/share/receive about Steely Dan and being the other side of the pond is a drag. In the absence of a Don and Walt tour here in the UK, I went to see Ben Folds tonight at the Symphony Hall. Made me ponder the up and coming Steely Dan orchestra show I heard is being planned.

Tonight's show was fantastic and is proof that pop and classical arrangements can work!


Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 14:23:50 ET
Posted by: NJ, fan

For those who haven't had the pleasure of a Rutt's Hutt ripper.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 13:47:48 ET
Posted by: Rolling Stone , interview quote

Question: "Will you be playing classic albums straight through? If not, is that trend winding down in the concert world?"

Answer: "Search me. The main trends I've noticed are general downward trends in civility."

Has DF been reading The Blue recently? Highly unlikely, but the quote should ring a bell for some of the anonymous wet blanket types on here.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 13:04:15 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Dean, SDon,

Yep - Palmer actually delivers and his voice blends well with Donald's. W&D hated touring back in the day but the soundboard, instrument and vocal miss were set up well, and the band responded. A very nice rendition - I actually like it better without the meandering Doors-like plastic organ solo

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 12:48:44 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, UK

Link to a short interview with Donald Fagen in Rolling stone


Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 10:34:10 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Alo

"And when was the last time you saw a top tier act for $45.50?"

Roger Waters in 2007. U2 in 2011. Bruce Springsteen in 2012. The Who in 2013... it happens.

And let's be honest, on what planet is the 2016 touring version of Steely Dan a top tier act?

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 09:57:47 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Excited all over again

Here's something to get excited about - those two newly-announced October shows!

The weekend prior to the Beacon run now sees concerts in Rochester & Syracuse, both taking place in incredible historical near-century-old beautifully restored theaters. Do a google image search for The Auditorium and (especially) The Landmark and do a little drooling. You're sure as hell not looking at the three year old Canesten Center basketball arena or the sprawling 15,000 seat Charmless & Generic Amphitheatre (or the C&G-A, as it's known locally in Central City).

Even better, or at least as good, is the pricing:

Rochester (The Auditorium Theater) - seats from $69.50 - $125.00

Syracuse ((The Landmark Theater) - seats from $45.50(!) - $121.00

The people of Western NY and Southern Ontario suddenly have even more to look forward to. And when was the last time you saw a top tier act for $45.50? 1992?? It's an embarrassment of riches, I tell ya.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 08:35:15 ET
Posted by: Skunk Dan, Phoenix AZ

I heard Michael McDonald singing "Do It Again" with Steely Dan at the Cricket Pavilion in 2006. He really does do the best version of this song. His deep husky voice are tailor-made for it. That's probably another reason why Donald hates singing the song. He knows Michael can sing it better. Bring Michael back!

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 07:49:20 ET
Posted by: BCBill, the schedule

two new shows. Damn -- still the wrong end of the country

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 07:19:05 ET
Posted by: Steely Don, Ohio

I stand corrected. Yes, Doc Mu is right. The "original" Midnight Special performance is definitely live and not lip-synched. I went back to what I saw yesterday on You Tube and noticed it was a "production" using the video from the Midnight Special and overdubbing the audio of the studio version. Sorry, my bad!

Still, I can't imagine that DF couldn't sing it just as well and would love to have seen it live! Oh well :-)

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 05:38:04 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

The Chicago show was quite good despite the venue. Steve Winwood sounded great and he had a top notch, percussion-loaded band. Don's voice was a bit rough early but it sounded better once he was warmed up. Walt limped on stage which is always unfortunate but he did do some solos as Cicero noted. Here's hoping he's not in too much pain and gets better.

The crazy traffic getting there and leaving did not help my opinion of Northerly Island,. It's a stupid spot for a venue, period, much less an uncovered show, with some really stupid people working there. So I'll add it to my list of venues that I'm never returning to unless it's a something really special that I can't miss (like a Van Morrison show or a Led Zeppelin reunion). EFF Live Nation!!! They are a huge part of the problem with the music and concert industries.

That said, one thing that was nice was that the security staff was fairly decent. Folks up front started dancing in the aisles during Josie and they were not stopped. By the time Peg kicked in everyone started moving up front and filled the aisle and front of the stage with a rockin' dance party. I managed to get right up to the barricade in front of the stage and danced my butt off with a lot of other fans who were also revelling in the opportunity to move around super close to the stage, without the constants imposed by the curiously tiny, zip-tied together, folding chairs that served as the "seating" for the main floor.

I did go for a drink during Daddy and saw a lot of people streaming out and they were gong past the bathrooms, so they were definitely leaving! As the kids say, SMH. I never got that drink though. I had been told earlier that were serving until 10 only to discover that they were already shut down at 9:50. Another strike against the venue. Don't lie to your guests (and if you think of us as customers and not guests you definitely don't belong in that business).

I probably didn't need that $15 dollar beer though! I know they did definitely did not play Rikki. It's only been like 30 hours and I can't remember what was in its place? I'm pretty sure it was Babylon Sisters?

Sorry for the first world problem complaints, but when I'm paying a premium price I expect a premium experience. I'm not gonna complain about the setlist though because it is what it is. Glad I'm seeing the band 3 or 4 more times this year and I know I'm lucky to be able to do so.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 00:23:56 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Doc Mu is correct about the Midnight Special track. The surprising thing for me is, David Palmer actually sounds pretty decent singing lead on this song. It ain't Donald, but it also isn't the terrible shit most "rock band lead singers" dish out for this tune. Maybe he learned a bit about singing from Fagen.

Cicero, thanks for the clarification and additions.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 22:27:57 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Steely Don: That's not a lip sync, and it is David Palmer singing lead live. Not sure they lip synced much on Midnight Special, unlike soul train, solid Gold, much of the 60s pop (especially because the Wrecking Crew recorded much of it).

Skunk is lighting up the congas and Dias guitar isn't quite the same, which is still cool - I don't like note for note replication.

posted by a104chris

Yeah, that's the organic stuff. Yeah, Hodder's riding the crap out of the cymbal. Haha Dias gets some cool yay reverb going near the end. No fade out!! The band was tightso.

Same show as Reelin' I think. Also LIVE

There is some puzzler changeling poster who overlapped the MS video on top of the studio album of Do It Again on youtube...but it's not interesting.

I'll have extensive comments about Monkey House's Left later...but it is a spectacularly recorded effort. Professional, clean yet organic, with the instruments beautifully mic'd. Nice instrument separation like Larry Klein got on C$. When all the elements get together like on It's Already Dark in New York, Tango By Yourself, Death By Improvement the CD is classic stuff.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 21:50:54 ET
Posted by: Adam, Bleecker Street

I was hoping Rickie Lee Jones would join Steely Dan for some songs during The Beacon run, but now I don't think it may happen.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 21:15:32 ET
Posted by: Lyle, A

That was 5 years ago and it was a 12 day tour.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 20:49:32 ET
Posted by: Wimpy, SoCal

Then how come Steve Winwood hung around to sing "Road Runner" & "Pretzel Logic" with the band on the Shuffle Diplomacy tour in Australia several years ago?

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 20:39:47 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Cicero Kid, thanks for the report! Always great to hear people had
a good time at the show. Pumps me up for my shows!

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 20:12:24 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid, Cicero

Video was just a left over from my copy and paste .
SW did not sit in . They did the same outro the untouchables .
The t's shirts are very cool.
Songs that the masses liked
KC, OLD S and Reeling
Surprisingly they liked the Becker rap .
He actually played a few leads one on Jose and Peg.
KC was better than ever
Freddie W underrated steady Eddy on bass.
The horn section was good but you can never relace CB
The "girls" were great .

Conclusion, they didn't play a lot of the songs that I wanted to hear . That being said ,they sounded great and I had a great time and based on the crowd reaction they did too.
Don & Walt seemed to be having a great time too. They sure didn't mail in there performance.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 19:29:15 ET
Posted by: Lyle, A

I suppose rock veterans like Steve Winwood or Elvis Costello do not want to hang around to sit in on a song when they are on tour. There's got to be countless other ways they'd rather spend that time.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 17:56:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Cicero, thanks for the setlist. I'm surprised the concert reports have been so few, and far between, this tour.

A few quick questions:

What is "Play Video"?

Did Stevie sit in on Pretzel Logic (or any other tune)?

Was the outro dropped this show, or did you just not bother reporting it, as it is the same for each show?

Again, thanks for the contribution.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 17:43:14 ET
Posted by: Steely Don, Ohio

I'm still puzzled about "Do It Again". Everything I read says Donald Fagan was lead vocals on Do It Again. However, I found a You Tube video of the group doing the song in 1973 on The Midnight Special and David Palmer is singing lead. However, they're obviously lip-synching to the studio version. Just wondering if this (DP actually was lead not DF) is why SD does not perform Do It Again in concert?

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 16:02:27 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid, Cicero

Set list same as before
They sounded great . It was very hot and some folks were way over served . A lot of folks left the show early . Not sure it was the weather or they didn't like Dan .
The city was way to crowded . The had the blues fest going on too. A traffic no pun intended nightmare.

I did hear a few folks say that SD should have open for SW. I don't know about that . He put on a good show too.

November Afternoon
(Donald Byrd & Booker Little cover)
Black Cow
Play Video
Play Video
Hey Nineteen
Play Video
Black Friday
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Kid Charlemagn
Show Biz Kids
Dirty Work
Play Video
Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
I Want To (Do Everything for You)
(Joe Tex cover)
My Old School
Reelin' in the Years
Pretzel Logic

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 11:01:07 ET

Robbie, if knew, I surely would surely put an immediate end to my
ramblings and post it. Hopefully that declaration will lead to last nights
songs being up quickly. FWIW: Nothing on Set list FM yet. ps: highly doubt EGTTM was played, but as the late great Juquien Andujar famously said "you never know" please excuse my misspelling of his name. # done babbling (promise)

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 09:46:00 ET

Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last
# well played sir

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 21:13:50 ET
Posted by: Gino F., I know 'cause I just checked

Incredible as the deal seems, there are, as of this writing (just after 9:00pm EDT), still some of those $59.50 Upper Balcony tickets left for all of the Beacon shows remaining for sale at face value, on Ticketmaster, including Royal Scam night, Gaucho night, and Countdown night. If you're on the edge, trying to decide, you'd better step up to the plate now.

Soon, it will be too late/Bobbing for apples can wait/I know you're used to sixteen or more/Sorry we only have eight [that's the Ticketmaster limit, per buyer]. See what I just did there?

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 21:10:31 ET
Posted by: Righty, Sweden

Hey Lefty, Didja see this?

*** Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad were not only in the same place at the same time this weekend, but the four members of ABBA performed together for the first time in 30 years.***

Twenty seconds of heaven for those there.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 21:06:14 ET
Posted by: Moose, Coolsville

Jon Herington is awful at interviews concerning Steely Dan. His answers are vague and unclear. We don't learn anything new.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:57:05 ET
Posted by: I saw him, pgh

That Pirate fan is in the front row and wearing '09 Rent Party swag.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:56:35 ET
Posted by: Reed, Joliet, IL

So how is Steve Winwood as the opener? Boring? Thrilling?

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:41:59 ET
Posted by: Gilbert, San Diego CA

Well, sounds like Razor Boy was the only good thing about the show last night.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:36:36 ET
Posted by: Pimp Daddy, drunk

The question is moot.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:36:02 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

False alarm. Internet rumor spurred by some wiseass editing Wikipedia.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:26:40 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

The internet seems to think Walter contributed to track #5 of Radiohead's 2016 album, "A Moon Shaped Pool." But I don't recollect any discussion of it here.

Maybe we were all busy bitching about the setlist.

Anyone heard the track ("Ful Stop") in question? Thoughts?

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 20:26:15 ET
Posted by: Gumbo, on the town

Just out of curiosity, are those $60 balcony seats for the upper or lower balcony? Thanks!


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 19:37:42 ET

59.50 for balcony seats at The Beacon for those shows, has to be the biggest steal since the Yankees got Ruth from the Red Sox!!!
Having been there, thought not for The Dan, I find the "balcony at the Beacon"to be amazing seats. # steal of the century

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 19:28:27 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, 80th @B'way

Picked up $59.50 balcony seats earlier today for Scam, Aja & C2E nights.
See ya'll in 4 months.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 19:20:53 ET
Posted by: Lefty, listening to ABBA CDs

If Hoops was at the show last night, then why isn't he posting the setlist on his own board?

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 19:19:23 ET
Posted by: show biz, kid

Turn on the Fox MLB game between Pittsburgh and St. Louis. There's a fan in the first few rows, just to the 3rd base side of home plate with a black and red Steely Dan T shirt. He's visible from one of their camera angles showing right handed hitters.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 18:11:42 ET

M/O/D/P/ is it kosher to "rip on Rush" in The 415? I myself am
agnostic when it comes to there music. Now, if you tell me you
have similar feelings toward Joni Mitchell, that would be quite
disappointing, having a lot of respect for your musical acumen.
Looking forward to your review from Toga.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 17:41:45 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Posting again, even though I said I'd wait a month or so.

@Don Patrol - Aisle be there. No, really. I'm told I have an end-of-the-row seat in the elevated section. See ya there...

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 17:18:08 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 16:52:44 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Are "cargo pants" still "out"?

It's not that it's "hip" to "hate on" Rush. It's just that it's difficult to include the band in a musical conversation without snickering a bit. We know, we know - they try SO hard, and they obviously do enjoy playing "complex" rock music so very much. We know it isn't nice to (even gently) mock such earnest self-seriousness. But sometimes we just can't help ourselves.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 16:45:21 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Typo City

Correction- line three: "high quality FARE", not "high quality are". I can't blame autocorrect for the error, but in my defense both my right and left middle fingers are pretty tired & sore after all the comments I've posted here recently.

The next words I post here will be a review of the Saratoga, NY concert. I promise.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 16:43:35 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Aloha

Is it still hip to hate on Rush? I thought that went out with cargo pants.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 16:21:10 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, In an Argumentative Mood

QUOTE: "Both analogies are off. Steely Dan is high-end, but it is the same thing over and over. They're Ruth's Chris Steakhouse."

Never been to Ruth's Chris, but I get the comparison and it seems like a pretty fair one to me. It's a "classy restaurant" - like the un-named eatery I referenced earlier - that delivers very high quality fare, consistently, but it is (apparently) the same "high quality are" from visit to visit, every year. They've been in operation for many years - a rare thing in the food serving business - with no end in sight, or at least no end in sight due to a lack of popularity. Even with their "stale" menu...go figger. It's noteworthy that I don't hear any complaints from friends of mine who eat at Ruth's Chris regularly.

Probably because they're not looking for the Mango-Chipotle-Stonebaked-Wrap-with-Our-Signature-Artisanal-Kale-Qunioa-Thai-Fusion-blah-blah-fucking-blah when they do go there for a great meal two or four times every year.

So, in other words, my restaurant analogy wasn't "off" was "on". Many would say, "spot on". Not me, though. I'd settle for "on".

The number of Steely Dan shows I've seen in one calendar year would be four or maybe five at most (a local show or two, one within a few hours' drive, and a couple at The Beacon to cap things off). If Steely Dan has become the Ruth's Chris of 70s Dinosaur Band Touring, then so be it. Things could be infinitely worse, like the colossal embarrassment that English Art Rock act "Yes" has become - a replacement bass player (unthinkable), a vocalist sourced from a Yes cover band (no, really), a "classically trained" [sic] but sloppy/over-rated keyboard player who couldn't carry Wakeman's Moog, and a drummer who appears to be in the advanced stages of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Think about the current non-existence of, say, Rory Gallagher. Or, to riff off the poster who noted how awful he felt Dylan's recent sets are - or to restate in his own words...

QUOTE: "Even a diehard fan like myself thinks it's an awful setlist, but I respect the hell out of him for taking a chance and not catering to the Greatest-Hits fans."

Yeah...just what I want. An awful setlist, where the "artist" indulges himself at the excruciating expense of the paying customer. Where the self-described diehard fan - there we go again - hates what he's hearing but - get this - "respects the hell out of him" for performing that same "awful setlist". Perfect.

And I can't really offer a serious comment about "Rush" without snickering. So I won't.


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 16:08:21 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago, on the quick, getting ready for another fan meet up and show.

I am just passing through real quick and dictating to my smart phone and reading with my one good eye. Not sure who said what-- but the harshness of some of the reviews I've seen here are really disappointing. I think people need to say what shows they've been to this year before critiquing. I went to the show in southwestern Michigan last night. It was absolutely amazing! Yes, they played a lot of the similar titles that they have in the past. However, the band was just impeccable. Everybody was spot on all and sounded as fresh as the first time. Walter's Hey 19 bit was hilarious and great -- so were the band intros. Walter and Donald looked and sounded great! For me, the highlight was an arrangement of Razor Boy that I had not heard before. The track was about six minutes long. It started with a really great stripped down jazz intro led by Jim Beard and the song also seemed to be in a slightly different key. Just an amazing thing to hear. Not a moment was disappointing. Yes, I can be critical, but this was just sublime last night--not a moment was disappointing. Hey, for 20 years or so, we had seven albums. I played them to death, even buying multiple copies. Every time I listen, I discover something different. Last night's concert carried on in the same superlative vein.

Looking forward to this evening's show.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 14:32:50 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Aloha

"Don't like what the Classy Restaurant is serving these days? Itching for a change? Go eat at [insert your favorite bland cookie-cutter chain here], where the [musicianship] isn't of such bothersome high quality, but where the menu sports a huge variety of tasteless crap that promises to keep everyone content."

This is such a stupid, bullshit analogy it's ridiculous.

Current Steely Dan shows are EXACTLY a cookie-cutter show that makes every drunk idiot happy! Classy restaurants take changes. They don't feel the need to spoon feed their customers. Bob Dylan is currently doing a setlist that would send the casual fan running away screaming. Even a diehard fan like myself thinks it's an awful setlist, but I respect the hell out of him for taking a chance and not catering to the Greatest-Hits fans. It's high-quality stuff, but it's the same goddamn thing over and over. In this analogy, Steely Dan is like the best Applebees in the world. Amazing one or two times, but eventually you get tired of the same thing over and over again, even if it is quality.

Rush is just (if not more) as high-quality a band as Steely Dan, and they somehow find it possible to put on long shows with dramatically different setlists each tour. Probably half the set is unknown to a causal fan. They also don't feel the need to tour every year, and can sellout every arena in the country (and their prices are cheaper than the Dan).

To pretend Steely Dan is the only high-quality music out there is insane to the point of delusion. And to say if you don't like Steely Dan's live shows, you should instead go see some sellout band long past their prime that plays only greatest hits to drunk fans at county fairs and casinos... well... do you see the insane irony here?

This is exactly the kind of arrogant, defensive mindset that I do not understand about Steely Dan fans.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 14:22:07 ET
Posted by: Simon, NorCal

That 2006 Steelyard Sugartooth McDan tour with Michael McDonald was outstanding. They let Michael sit in with the band and they dug out a lot of rarely played album cuts from their catalog. They even invited Bonnie Raitt to come onstage to sing "Dirty Work" with them at The Shoreline show in Mountain View, CA.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 14:10:55 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid, Cicero

Regarding the set list my 2 cents

In the past Don & Walt would always throw us a bone or two with a few deep tracks .
Recently they have been paying the same cookie cutter setlist. Most bands that tour constantly change up their setlist which each tour . Unfortunately D&W have not. We know they can do it but they chose not to . That's my gripe. I bought my tickets expecting to see a different set list. I was wrong . I will go and still have a good time tonight but if they ever tour again , I will wait and see what they chose to play before buying my tickets.


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 13:54:30 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Pointing out the Point

QUOTE: "It's like criticism is just not allowed."

Of course criticism is allowed. Sometimes it's even aloud. There's lots of it here, by the way. You don't have to look very hard, or very far to find it.

It's the incessant public whining about the same subject, over & over again, every goddamned day, that gets so tiresome. As does responding to the witless clods who clog up the board with their personal beefs, for that matter.

Don't like what the Classy Restaurant is serving these days? Itching for a change? Go eat at [insert your favorite bland cookie-cutter chain here], where the [musicianship] isn't of such bothersome high quality, but where the menu sports a huge variety of tasteless crap that promises to keep everyone content.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 13:42:27 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Noooo Doc Mu, don't try to pull a fast one. You really meant to use het.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 12:54:45 ET
Posted by: ,


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 12:54:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Not that I'm a strict defender at all...but just going to het the irony hang there for a few sec.

*******High-quality musicianship? BIG FUCKIN' DEAL! That's all the band has to offer********

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 12:51:36 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Here is a concert highlight from 2006 with Michae Mcdonald...arguably their best year with the eclectic Fagen tour pimping Morph and the following SD leg.

Great soundboard and video quality:

lol @ Fagen who (on purpose?) never gets the year right re: release of an's a running joke

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 12:51:09 ET
Posted by: Steel, Corpus Christi, TX

Yeah. Some of these BlueBook regulars who keep defending the band and continue to kiss Donald & Walt's ass make me sick. High-quality musicianship? BIG FUCKIN' DEAL! That's all the band has to offer.

Boycotting and petitions to pressure the band to change the setlist aren't gonna work. Donald wouldn't even care about it. There has to be a significant drop in ticket sales to make Donald & Walt reassess what they are doing and maybe revamp the setlist. Even that might not even work. Donald & Walt are very stubborn.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 11:23:06 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Aloha

I've never seen a fanbase so defensive about the band they love. It's like criticism is just not allowed.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 10:40:01 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Carefully monitoring "the internet" for further important developments

QUOTE: "Some people on Steely Dan's facebook page are boycotting their concerts until they release new music or make changes to the setlist."

Finally, a Game Changing Development that will surely effect change vis-à-vis Steely Dan. This "facebook" uproar should really get the ball rolling.

All we need now is a poignant SD-related "tweet" on "twitter" from some Popular A-List Celebrity, say, Anal Clooney or perhaps some current Giant of Reality Television, to force Donald & Walter to give in to the demands of the roughly one hundred or so folks worldwide who are currently so very distraught about "new music" and/or "the set list".

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 10:20:40 ET
Posted by: Yes, Boycott


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 09:44:33 ET
Posted by: Shep, MA

Some people on Steely Dan's facebook page are boycotting their concerts until they release new music or make changes to the setlist.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 07:29:35 ET
Posted by: Michael,

A new SD album will probably come down to whether or not Walter is up to the task. If not, Donald will hopefully put out something. Either way it's pure speculation.

Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 05:09:56 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, Munich

Hello everybody. Has anyone heard this piano version of D'Angelo's Africa? Reminds me so much of the demos for Black Cow. Both great songs, worth a share.


Date: Sat, June 11, 2016, 00:40:38 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Aloha

I wouldn't worry too much about seeing Seattle's setlist. You can probably guess what they play.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 23:49:35 ET
Posted by: Sleepless, in Seattle

Somebody should be posting the setlist for tonight's show soon.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 22:57:14 ET
Posted by: #9, Detroit

R.I.P. Gordie Howe. After finally seeing the Dan a night before he said, "Now I can die in peace."

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 22:16:17 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Cicero, since I think this horse is dead enough, I'll make this my last post, to you, about this issue.

So, now you admit, this is ONLY about economics. Despite your defense you don't think what SD did in the 80's was about economics, you stand firm thinking this one decision is about economics, and ONLY about economics. You have yet to offer an explanation on why other established acts continue to release studio albums, despite the economic disadvantages. Nor have you offered any explanation on why Steely Dan doesn't do the obvious, if economics is the only driver, and license their music for commercial use.

Let's take this a bit further. Why do you suppose SD uses FOUR horn players, when they could easily get by with three? Why three backup singers, when two would do nicely, for most fans. Why have an additional keyboardist? Why hire expensive crack musicians when they could easily get by a with lesser known/quality side band? Clearly economics isn't the driver behind these decisions.

The truth is, neither you, nor I, know if SD will release another studio album. Certainly there are factors working against it (not all of them economic). Then again, artists (true artists) tend to be unpredictable. And Walt and Don have gone against what might be the most economically advantageous path several times in their career. Honestly, I'm not sure Don or Walt can tell you, for certain, if there will be another SD album.

I don't expect this to convince you your beliefs might be false. You use flawed logic (using only one, of many variables, to predict an event), and ignore historical context, to make your (inherently unknowable) bold/absolute declarations. It's like trying to have a reasonable discussion of spirituality with a religious zealot.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 20:55:26 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid , Cicero

Dean my point stands

SD will never release a new album .

It's all about economics

I rest my case

July 26, 2013
Posted by Eddie Category: TRUNK REPORT
Concerts out there are hurting. Sure no artist is ever going to tell you this, but it is the truth. I get the calls everyday from promoters and agents looking for help selling shows big, medium and small. It’s a real issue out there right now. You may even go to a show and think it’s full, but in reality it’s not. That’s called “papering the house”, meaning giving tickets away in mass amounts just to have people in the room to make it look good, sell a T shirt or a beer. Now many have said sales are rough because “rock is dead”. However I do not believe that to be the case. In my view two words sums up the live music industry right now; OVER SATURATION. Simply put, bands are over touring to make up for the fact that almost nobody is making money on album sales. Used to be you toured to sell the album, which is where the money was made. Now it’s reverse. The album is almost the giveaway to promote a tour. But WAY too many bands are out there WAY too long, some hitting major markets three times in a year. I get they need to make money and don’t fault them, but it makes it less special when you can see a favorite band twice a year VS once every two. People simply can’t afford to pay to see all these shows and see a band so many times. As a result everyone is being more selective, and you are seeing more and more bands downsize venues, but still staying on the road. I also think peoples attention is in way too many places to make all these shows a priority. You can see in a second set lists online, audio, video, the mystique is gone. Of course the mega bands will always do okay, but don’t be fooled, the business is not what you think it is or what they project even for them. The days of a 50 city non stop US tour are rare. Bands find special events or festivals or co-headline because they can’t draw enough as a headline in arenas on their own, and those that can are charging way too much. Not sure where the solution lies but it’s something I see and hear about often. I truly do not think rock is dead, but I do think the touring world and peoples attention are so overwhelmed right now with too many options its hard to know what’s going on? Hope it works itself out because the live stage is where this music is best served, but it is an issue I hear about all the time behind the scenes. Look forward to reading your thoughts.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 20:13:32 ET
Posted by: Urchin, with an appetite

Fat Ass- SAME! Walter shoulda handed over his avocado farm to us-- we could've tamed them goodies for him!

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 19:59:31 ET
Posted by: Fat Ass, eating

Walter Becker LOVES avocados and so do I. Walter was a avocado farmer but couldn't hack it.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 19:28:06 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. Another Shot!

Here's the direct link to Jon's setlist quote:

Not mudh to see here.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 19:21:52 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's happy hour!


My point stands. You have said Steely Dan WILL NOT release a new studio album, and the only reason you offer is an economic one. How am I supposed to assume there is more subtlety to your argument than that, when you offer none? And, given your exclusively economic bent, how do explain ANY established artist (especially from those who made it during the 70s & 80s) releasing new studio material?

As we've established Walt and Don aren't strictly driven by the economics, why are you so convinced there will never be another SD studio album?

And I keep forgetting to thank Fugazi for introducing me to Mountain Heart. I can't believe I have never heard them before. Very good covers. If I had to pick a nit (and it is a nit picky thing) I could do without the 40 second haunting (boring?) intro. But all thigs considered, a vert nice cover. I've listened to a couple more, including Whipping Post-also very interesting, and good. I have yet to hear them perform any original material. I assume they have some. Looking forward to scouting that out this weekend.

Have a weekend, y'all.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 19:09:35 ET
Posted by: King Wu, Woodstock

It's all up to Donald & Walter, Steve. They decide it on the day of the show. Read Jon Herington's explanation on the current setlist at Type in "Herington" in the search box.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 18:14:43 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Even though I've been a critic of the Set list in the past, I'm really excited to see this year's show.
...and despite what we've seen with the slow start to the tour this year, I think the band will experiment a little bit and add and delete some songs from the tour.
I hope "Rikki" reappears for the stop in Tampa as I've never
heard this live.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 18:13:45 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Kinda my point, unless you really like the Dukes drummer that I don't really want to call out by name.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 17:58:36 ET
Posted by: Viking, headin' home

What are you talking about? The Dukes ARE Steely Dan minus Keith Carlock. I like The Dukes way better than Steely Dan. We got a diversified setlist, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and no mindless rapping from Walter Becker. What more could you want?

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 17:10:25 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I will say this, for anyone complaining about ticket prices, watch that Skunk Baxter video from the NAMM show someone recently posted ...

... there are plenty of great, organic musicians out there that can rock out with a bit of soul and enough jazz chops, but while I'll bitch about The Two not writing new music (and the tired setlist) they do not cut corners when it comes to hired hands. Just take a listen to those Dukes concerts, with roles not filled by usual SD-types, for proof. The bandleaders and the band earn every penny, despite the repetition.

If they did cut corners it would likely be a synth-heavy, classic rock-styled mess. And that's not a shot at Skunk, who can still burn.

(I also write this knowing nothing about Facebook, while presuming that Skunk Baxter has a terrible Facebook that would probably put Donald Trump and your Aunt Kathy to shame. Ignorance is bliss, in this realm.)

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 16:58:04 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Why did Steely Dan break up in 1981?

1. Long legal battle the the Company Formerly Known as ABC-Dunhill

2. Recording Gaucho was arduous and sterile

3. Heroin

4. Girlfriend OD'd

5. Collision Vector with Taxi

6. Mental, Moral, Spiritual decline

7. Heroin

Walter left for Hawaii to dry out. Donald recorded The Nightfly...and went into writer's block when beginning to record the follow-up with Jeff Porcaro and usual suspects.

Walter began producing (China Crisis, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Franks, Christlieb, Sheppard, Jeff Beal, Lost Tribe, etc) and co-composing.

The first CDs dropped for the SD catalog in the mid 80s sounded like 2-D crap, as they generations away from the master disc.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 16:24:31 ET
Posted by: Matador, Branson, MO

Huh? Then how come Donald wrote those "Tour Diaries" for Rolling Stone in April last year?

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 16:15:57 ET
Posted by: Crooked Hilary, DC

Hey Mike ! It was me!

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 16:13:51 ET
Posted by: Wolf , Atlanta

Matador- Wake up dawg. Donald and Walter NEVER talk to the press unless they have to. It's been that way since the beginning.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 15:58:56 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

This day in history -

2003 - Everything Must Go

2008 - Circus Money

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 15:52:45 ET
Posted by: Banjo, Boston

There are some artists who don't tour at all and just release albums. Kate Bush comes to mind. Although Kate did a "one time only" tour in 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo in England for 22 nights. But Kate Bush is basically a recluse who just goes to the studio to record albums. Isn't that what Steely Dan used to do in the 70's?

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 14:43:00 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid, Cicero

Mr Dean , I never stated that SD are in it for the $$$ . I said in the current environment it is not economically viable to release new material not to mention the promo for it. D&W would have to go on some sort of promotion event TV, radio etc. per the record label. Can't see D&W doing this,

Second, I never stated that SD stopped touring in the 70s and 80s due to economics as you say that I did.

REAL history lesson bands used to tour to promote their Albums now it's the opposite band tour to 'survive" economically if you will. ALL bands.

Now moving on.

For about 15 years straight, most of us got excited for the next tour because D&W would throw us a few bones. Remember Boston Rag? Now they have chosen not to so it's somewhat disappointing. Would you agree that if D&W chose a couple deeper cuts instead of having the girls sing a song and playing I want to that nobody's heard of? Not asking for much just a couple of deep cuts.

and mr Dean I think you made need to take a few comprehension lesson

Cicero Kid

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 14:24:38 ET
Posted by: Chad, TX


They made a fortune off their back catalog in the 80s when the CD was introduced and became one of the most successful consumer electronics items of all time. That's why they could afford to surface only for a hot model who wanted to cut a record.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 14:20:10 ET
Posted by: Myra, C

If they insist on the Hey 19 rap and I got to choose my poison, I'd rather Fagen did it.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 14:19:40 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.


Your condescending little "history lesson" means very little. The changing economy doesn't guarantee Walt and Don won't make a record.

Let me give you a REAL history lesson.

Walt and Don stopped cranking out albums as Steely Dan in 1980. Why? The economics of the situation weren't what they are now. It was still quite profitable to make albums in the 80's---why stop, if $$$ is their ONLY concern (as you posit?).

You seem to think the main reason Steely Dan didn't tour, in the 70s, was due to economics. Really? What, based on the thousands of interviews Don and Walt have given (where they have discussed their issues with touring in the past) leads you to that simplistic conclusion?

I assume the economies of the music industry are fairly comparable for all artists (at least established, commercially popular, artists). Then why are other musicians releasing albums, if they all lose money (and that's all that matters)? Van Morrison (for example) releases an new album almost every other year, it seems.

And let's face it. If Steely Dan was concerned only with the $$$, they would have started licensing their music for commercial use, years ago.

Yes, the economics of the situation probably are a factor in why they don't release more studio albums. But to conclude, based on that alone, you KNOW they will not release another album, is embarrassingly simplistic---particularly when looking at some of the historical choices of Don and Walt.

Cicero needs a lesson in logic, before he starts with the rhetoric, methinks.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 14:15:20 ET
Posted by: Matador, Branson, MO

Jon Herington seems to have become the spokesperson for Steely Dan. He's giving interviews everywhere to the press while Don & Walt stay silent.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 12:11:47 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, ChiTown and New Buffalo-bound

We interrupt this setlist moaning for a quick pitch: Two excellent tickets are available for tonight's show in New Buffalo.

Section 102 Row H Seats 11 and 12 at face value: $250 each.

Act now by emailing and I'll include a couple hugs!

We now return to our regularly scheduled distractions.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 12:04:33 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Aloha

See, the thing is they used to have great setlists. From 2006 to 2011, they played songs like Don't Take Me Alive, Your Gold Teeth, Glamour Profession, Everything You Did, Two Against Nature, Bad Sneakers, FM, Parker's Band, Chain Lightning, The Royal Scam, Gaucho, Home at Last, I Got the News, Deacon Blues, New Frontier pretty regularly.

Now, unless they are doing an album night in NYC, you'll be lucky to see maybe two of these songs once on an entire tour. They just don't care anymore.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 11:46:45 ET
Posted by: Hey Mike, Evanston, Illinois

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 18:59:16 ET
Posted by: Mike, Paro

THE CICERO KID, CICERO- Your opinion means nothing here.

*** who posted this? Please contact me directly--thank you

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 11:34:20 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Things are rapidly falling into place

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 10:43:42 ET
Posted by: THe Cicero KId, Cicero

I think we got lucky on 2000 with Glamour, Night by Night, Royal Scam, DTMA,FM I would love to hear those songs again, that being said the setlist is what it is. "I still despise the hey 19 rap"
I'm going to see them tomorrow and still will enjoy a live show. I'm also excited to see SW.

Moving along, you will not get a new album from SD ever.
First history lesson.

Back in the 60s and 70s artist used to lose money going on tour. They made the majority of profits through album sales. Now the tide has turned. With YouTube and all the technology, bands who put out albums immediately have them go viral on the internet for free. The ONLY way bands are surviving and making a buck is touring and merchandise. That’s why ticket prices are inflated and now they even do meet and greet to make a quick buck. Times have changed and not for the good.

Based on this , SD will continue to tour and not come out with a new album at best DF may put out a solo album for fun.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 10:17:33 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I agree with Gino. I am happy to hear them perform anything in their catalog. The disappointment stems from the fact that the songs and the order in which they are performed have stayed almost exactly the same since 2013.

Wouldn't it be cool if the opener, encore, and everything between Hey 19 and Josie changed every night? I can't figure out if that's more or less likely than a revamped setlist for every tour ...

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 07:05:05 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Things are certainly heating up around here. While I understand why people are complaining about the sameness of the setlists, there's a very easy solution: don't go to their concerts. There, problem solved. No use ranting about it as it changes nothing.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 02:44:16 ET
Posted by: King Wu, Woodstock

Wow! All this hoopla over the setlist is causing a lot of disruption. I suppose it's justified. I read an interview earlier where Jon Herington was questioned about the recent setlist, but now I can't find the link. Perhaps I'll post it after I get some sleep or maybe someone else will. G'nite.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 02:08:59 ET
Posted by: Henry, Lansing MI

I have to agree. Your viewpoint and attitude is misguided, Gino.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 01:49:40 ET
Posted by: Redwing, typing

Gino is wrong and he knows it. Grow up, clown.

Date: Fri, June 10, 2016, 01:28:34 ET
Posted by: Johnny, Aloha

Gino. Good point. I'd hope that's not the case, but yeah decent point.

And I certainly don't consider myself a "hater" (you kids and your hip lingo).

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 23:46:32 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Clip impressions on Left:

It's Already Dark In New York

Tango by Yourself

If Works for Me

Death by Improvement

catch my ear first...I suspect there's a lot of musicianship to be revealed when the disc arrives on Saturday.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 23:35:33 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Whip it Good:

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 23:23:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Mr. Fugazi, Late to Later

Best SD cover ever? I'm in awe! Had never heard this band before.

Truly fantastic. I had the notion Reelin' would work as an eclectic jig.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 23:22:42 ET
Posted by: Scanlon, Colorado Springs

I know. I was at the Red Rocks show in Morrison, CO way back in 2006 with Michael McDonald. It was a really, really good show. So why can't Michael do another tour with Steely Dan? He joined them at NOLA for Pretzel Logic in April.

How many artists have had the privilege of joining Steely Dan onstage since 1993? I can only think of these: Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, Larry Carlton and Denny Dias. For some reason, they aren't using Winwood on this tour like in Australia.

Michael seems to fit in naturally with Steely Dan. I have a burning desire to hear "Do It Again" since they haven't been playing it. They let Michael handle the lead vocal in 2006. He sings it best. There's some footage of it on YouTube.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 23:03:29 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

M/O/D/P (as always) and Gino F knock it out of the park. Haters gonna hate.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 23:03:02 ET
Posted by: The Cicero Kid, Cicero

A ? For hater Mike

Can you tell me how did the philosopher Plato extrapolate the tripartite theory to create his ideal state?

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 22:37:47 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, It's Already Dark In Toronto As Well

As far as the new Monkey House release "Left" goes, I'd have to agree with Chris. Initial standouts for me are "My Top 10 List" and (especially) "It's Already Dark In New York". Check it out. I'm doing just that right now...

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 22:05:52 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Digging the new Monkey House quite a bit. I can't think of another artist that is so successful at taking the Steely Dan sound and making it their own. (I know there's more than just a Steely Dan influence there, but it wears that on its sleeve in the best possible way, and fuck it - it's a Steely Dan fan site!)

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 22:00:45 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Already logged in to TicketBastard, waiting & ready

"It would be one thing if they were constantly playing Don't Take Me Alive, Glamour, Home at Last..."

Then we'd be inundated with repetitive posts from the chronically disgruntled who would loudly & vociferously complain, "Why don't they swap out Don't Take Me Alive & Glamour Profession, which are getting pretty boring by now, with something like Showbiz Kids or a newer track like Godwhacker??"

You know it's true.

Some people are never happy unless they're unhappy. Many of the recent contributions to this board are proof of that.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 21:05:42 ET
Posted by: SD , Cop

Scanlon- Michael McDonald already opened for SD and sat in with the band the whole second set in 2006. It's not happening again. Please research this stuff before you just shoot from the hip.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 20:54:11 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Points deducted from the Daily Tribune concert review for "John Herrington" (sic) and "trumpeter Walt Weiskopf" (sic).

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 20:16:54 ET

Perhaps I should have proofread my comments as opposed to reviewing them after the fact. Wow was that redundant.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 20:16:02 ET
Posted by: Radar, playing my bass guitar

I never listen to the songs on Steely Dan's current setlist when I'm at home. They've been overplayed to death and I'm sick of it.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 20:13:27 ET

Point well taken Johnny, I guess it's simply a case of never tiring of hearing of these songs, irregardless of what they are. That probably means I am not the best person to be commenting
on this. English translation: I would be happy with whatever they play.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 19:59:31 ET
Posted by: Scanlon, Colorado Springs

I'm pretty sure Michael McDonald will open for SD next year. Then Michael will sit in with the band to sing Do It Again.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 19:37:49 ET
Posted by: Johnny , Aloha

DylanFan, not trying to be argumentative but what do you love about this setlist? It would be one thing if they were constantly playing Don't Take Me Alive, Glamour, Home at Last... But it's just hits with Showbiz Kids and Godwhacker every goddamn time.

So what is it that you love about the set?

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 19:23:57 ET

maybe I am an outlier here, but I think the set-list are terrific.
Camden NJ will be my 8th show since 2008. I do agree with those tiring of the Hey 19 rap, and while I would prefer the ladies not get a song of there own, I fully understand why they do. I think they add immensely as back-up to the band and would be be missed greatly if they were not there at all. # that's a rap

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 18:59:16 ET
Posted by: Mike, Paro

THE CICERO KID, CICERO- Your opinion means nothing here.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 18:10:53 ET
Posted by: Anonymous Poster, ?

Of course it's for the money. The audience is supporting Donald & Walter's pension fund.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 16:37:28 ET
Posted by: Johnny , Aloha

I think the legacy talk is interesting. It's obvious they don't care about how they are viewed in the end.

But why all the endless tours? They don't even seem to have fun on stage. Don talked about hating the audience so much he wants to burn them alive!

Is it just for the money? It's gotta be. And that's what is sad about all of this, IMO.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 16:28:05 ET
Posted by: Anonymous Poster, ?

There's only 2 shows that matter on this tour: The Hollywood Bowl orchestra gig + "Countdown" night at The Beacon.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 16:27:15 ET
Posted by: Detroit, Review

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 14:15:43 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

Steelydoc - thanks for posting the presale code. It actually worked, and if I'd found it a bit earlier, I might have been successful in getting one of those lower priced tickets for either of the 2 nights I'm able to go schedule wise. All that's left at this point are the $155-$300 seats - way out of my budget right now. I will try again Friday morning.

Disgusting - thanks for that funny "legacy" post. It made me smile, because I figured a clarifying response was coming. It came alright, and the short wait was well worth my annual Bluebook membership dues.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 13:55:00 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

To be fair, Cicero, Donald Fagen is 68 years old and he's charged with hitting notes he sung during the Ford Administration nearly nightly, so a little in-game rest is needed.

I know he takes voice lessons now and that SD used to play massive sets 20 years ago, but I'm sure he's been advised to schedule a break here and there by people that know what they're talking about.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 13:44:49 ET

I hope you don't mind me piling on...

First of all I'm so sick and tired of WB "ad lib" om hey 19. It goes on for 4 plus minutes!! Way to insult our intelliegence.

I didn't pay hard earned cash to hear the back up singers "sing" a song!

I want to. WTF is this? 11 minute boring song.

Total up the miniutes. 30 minutes of wasted time that could have been used to play some dare i say deeper cuts?

Last but not least these "old men" need a shot of adrenaline.
Get Jeff "skunk " baxter on this tour. We need some fresh blood and he's a very motavating musician.

I must repost Jeff's Old School Jam.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 13:42:23 ET
Posted by: KD, adsf

Chris, I don't want to speak for an anon poster like "Disgusting," and I'm not going to give him/her (but, let's be honest, probably a "him") too much credit, but the "legacy" talk is an interesting one.

The band's legacy didn't have to be just its 1970s records, plus Nightfly. It could have been something different. The "legacy," for instance, was quite different in March of 2001, following the TvN victory tour -- this was the band that took 20 years between albums, but picked up right where it left off. Go read reviews from the time or even listen to its HoF induction video. It was a hack-y premise, but that's how they were viewed and that's not entirely an unsavory image to have.

That viewing could have sustained, and they appeared to try as much with EMG. I understand that that things in the record industry are a whole hell of a lot different in 2016 than they were in March 2001 -- Napster was shut down that same spring but that didn't seem to put the finger in the dike -- but now TvN (a triumph of an album) will be looked upon as the weird click at the end of the Wikipedia page (like when, out of curiosity, you start looking at what CDs Eddie Money and Bob Seger put out at the height of Nirvana's reign).

It didn't have to be that way, had they kept it going.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 13:39:05 ET
Posted by: Silas, Washington

The type of fan Steely Dan is catering to nowadays is the rowdy, yelling, beer-drinking joker who goes to see Journey, Lynynrd Skynyrd and Styx every Summer.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 12:33:40 ET
Posted by: Zap!, again

M/O/D/P: well said.

they are very much are catering to a general type of fan, or even a newcomer to The Dan with this sisyphean setlist. well-liked things pay the bills (for the most part in all walks of life) and so it goes.

and by the way, they can't rely on the fans with beaucoup bucks to pay their bills-- you're a minority as far as their fanbase is concerned. this isn't an era where what the highest patron wants, goes, anyway.
just chill and enjoy that they still play at all.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 12:08:20 ET
Posted by: Tex, off to work

Sure, the setlist might be good for newcomers, but what about us long-time followers who've seen every tour since 1993? We get left out in the cold.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 11:54:21 ET
Posted by: Marty, TX

In fairness to the setlist, my first SD purchase was the original greatest hits double LP. My 2nd was Gold. If I stopped there in terms of further exploring SDs music (as I'm sure many of the people taking in these concerts did), this set is almost exactly what I'd want to hear live.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 11:25:32 ET
Posted by: Austin Tucker, Bethesda MD

Just bought a ticket for the Sting/Peter Gabriel tour happening later this month. Thanks very much, Don & Walt. I see no reason to see the same show again. Now I have more money to spend on other concerts this Summer.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 11:23:04 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Red in the face, again

QUOTE: "It's embarrassing being a diehard fan of this band".

No, no, no...that's not how it works! That's not how ANY of this works! See, by definition, the whole "diehard" thing means something else entirely. A "diehard fan" loves the music, the band, band members past & present, the peripheral stuff, the whole damn ball o' wax as it unfolds. Every live concert, all the great people, the sheer fun of it all. And so on. A true "diehard" even enjoys hearing those Wormy Radio Hits, live/on the car radio/in the tool corral at Home Depot, and - whether or not they'll admit this publicly - a "diehard" even has a special place in his/her heart for "Through with Buzz". Are you starting to get the picture?

If you truly do find Steely Dan circa 2016 "embarrassing", you're definitely not a "diehard fan". Call it a case of unfortunate self-misdiagnosis.

It's quite possible, though, that you might just be a chronic complainer, an easily-disappointed "fairweather fan" - a totally different animal. Because it really IS all about you, isn't it? You and your noisy, angry personal demands and that tired internet-tantrum-throwing routine.

It's OK - don't thank me. Bringing newfound clarity to complex, confusing situations like this one is all part of my job here.


ps - Holding your breath won't do you any good. It just makes your face go all red, and you know darn well you'll have to breathe again sometime.
pps- "This hurts me more than it hurts you."
ppps - "Don't make me take off my belt!"

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 11:22:05 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Mr. Fugazi, that was a very pleasing cover, thanks for sharing. Always better when its simpler, and of course great vocals don't hurt at all.

Wonder if D & W or their cohorts see these bands doing their stuff. Hope they saw this one.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 09:56:56 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

"Disgusting," you're being overly dramatic. Their legacy is going to be their 70s records. Same as it is now.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 09:51:34 ET
Posted by: steelydoc, near the tower




Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 09:38:36 ET
Posted by: Mr. Fugazi, Late to Later

Best SD cover ever? I'm in awe! Had never heard this band before.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 09:03:57 ET
Posted by: The, Answer

Yes. Donald Fagen does.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 08:24:25 ET
Posted by: Steely Don, Ohio

Just curious. Does anyone know why they rarely ever perform "Do It Again" in concert?

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 02:24:08 ET
Posted by: Disgusting, Sell-out city

It's embarrassing being a diehard fan of this band. They have sold out in a way that is unbelievably sad.

2 albums in over 35 years. Yet every year they go out and play the same 16 fucking songs for 3000 drunk baby-boomers in some shit casino or state fair who will all leave angry because they didn't play Do It Again.

"But they play so well!" Yeah, like robots. Zero change from year to year. Zero passion from our two main dudes. Going through the motions.

They have destroyed their reputation. Steely Dan is now a cash grab for Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. They have no love for their fans, instead they cowtow to the greatest-hits audience. And even the NYC shows are boring, just a bigger helping of boring.

What an awful legacy they will have.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 02:09:59 ET
Posted by: Silverstar, Vegas

Some of these Steely Dan tribute bands are worth checking out. They always play album cuts. The crowd goes wild when they hear "Doctor Wu" or "King of The World". Everybody knows Donald hates playing "Wu". It's a lot cheaper and most of them play for free.

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 00:58:45 ET
Posted by: William B., CA

I've had enough. Setlist is even worse than last night. I'm gonna try and sell my ticket for the show at Shoreline. I mainly bought it so I could see Winwood and Steely Dan performing together. I was also hoping they would play some rare album tracks. Obviously that's not going to happen.

Howard Beale (Peter Finch) from the classic film Network: "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Date: Thurs, June 09, 2016, 00:05:52 ET
Posted by: Tim, Detroit

Only changes were Time Out Of Mind in place of Rikki and Babylon Sisters in place of Godwhacker.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 23:27:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

I would not expect significant changes in the setlist until Beacon.

Walter doesn't want to take part in 300,000 edits per song, especially with Roger Nichols gone. More Dan albums are unlikely.

Donald may have another album in him, probably recorded like SC...which is probably the liveliest and most interesting album since the Nightly. Sure, it could have used a live band I would like to see Klein produce if there is a Next One.

C$ benefits from production and some semi-live tracking with the band. Downtown Canon, Paging Audrey, Selfish Gene and 3-4 other songs sparkle, but the dub gets old and Walter writes the best first verses, but often writes himself in a corner or runs out of substantive things to say by verse 3.

I've made a 21st Century list before but to hit the high points

Almost Gothic
West of Hollywood
Lunch with Gina
Night Belongs to Mona
Great Pagoda of Funn
Downtown Canon
Paging Audrey
Selfish Gene - killer bridge
I'm Not the Same Without You
Good Stuff
Weather in My Head as a blues kinda number - well received on Letterman.

are among the best in the catalog and translate well to live play

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 23:08:10 ET
Posted by: Green Jeans, on the hill

I wish Bernie Sanders would now turn his attention towards Steely Dan. He could lead a revolution to get Donald & Walter to change the setlist.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 21:36:28 ET
Posted by: Tim, Detroit

Time Out Of Mind
Dirty Work

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 21:18:41 ET
Posted by: Tim, Detroit

Black Friday
Show Biz Kids
Kid C

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 20:56:48 ET
Posted by: Tim, Detroit

Hey Nineteen

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 20:46:25 ET
Posted by: Tim, Detroit

Out the gate with Black Cow in Detroit.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 20:32:15 ET
Posted by: Barry, Austin TX

Sunken Condos is real lightweight. I mainly listen to it while I'm driving.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 20:11:28 ET
Posted by: Boogie Woogie Man, Atlanta

Lots of videos on YouTube from last night's show. I'm so sick of these same songs that I have no desire to even watch them.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 15:41:16 ET
Posted by: KD, adf

Sunken Condos is not my favorite thing, I'd easily rank it last among any Dan or solo LP that the two have put out. It's certainly not bad, and it's spent as much time in my car as any other CD since 2012, but ... yeah.

And, I guess, technically Walter needed Larry Klein's help on the absolute gem that is Circus Money. EMG wasn't really completely fleshed out, and as I talked about on here a few weeks ago Morph the Cat (while brilliant) is still pushed toward its eventual end length by a lot of filler -- repeating choruses, the reprise, etc.

Still, I just can't believe there's *nothing* left in there. That just seems like a massive stretch. I get not wanting to put out an album that's only going to sell 200,000 copies, but to assume they're bereft seems like a bit much.

Then again, they haven't even really put anything up of interest on the website since 2001, when for a half-decade before that Walter Becker was penning some of the more hilarious things I've ever read on that place repeatedly.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 14:26:13 ET
Posted by: Zap!, Zing!

it all boils down to human nature. you want these two together but feeling fresh? gotta separate 'em a bit, rev up that excitement, tension, etc.
but here they have been run into the ground. they're stuck together for the tours, not given a choice of breathing room, they're getting old... where there was once an abundance of ideas and shared imagination, some time ago it breathed it's last breath and hasn't come back. they're just used to each other so much that they don't want to take any more chances. resignation.

this shit happens all the time. it was fun while it lasted. and did it last a long time or what?

the whole scenario is pretty simple stuff. they're people like me and you. they get tired of dealing with the same shit. but hey, if it pays well...!

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 13:39:43 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I just don't get why the two don't want to dive into their hotel pools, Herman Blume-style, after every show. Like, I love playing little endless blues and R&B vamps on my guitar, so I get why Donald and Walter find interesting things in the same repetitious simplicity ... to a point.

These are the guys that will junk weeks' worth of work on a track in an instant, but they're cool with 'Josie' for the trillionth time?

Like Dan (who did) and those that didn't go to last night's show, I'm sure I'd have the time of my life at it, it's a fantastic band playing some of the greatest songs ever written.

The issue here is that there aren't any obvious additions. EMG stiffed, relatively speaking, as did Morph and especially Circus Money (sadly). Sunken Condos did a little better, but it's also a little lightweight and would send fans to the bathroom. The remaining album tracks will do the same, and that's just including the ones Fagen and Becker don't actually hate at this point in their lives.

(I just don't get why they don't hate 'Josie,' because of its ubiquity, in the same way they hate 'Through With Buzz.' Not that I'm dying to hear the latter, but still ...)

That's the issue when you put out just two albums together in 36 years, and refuse to play solo stuff. But they can't get together to make an album -- they swear, we're still cool with each other! -- because they have dates to do. And the snake eats its own tail, and gets paid handsomely to do it in some random shed in the midwest.

Just get it together by the time all the Silver Lake hipsters show up at the Bowl later this month, guys. That's where the iTunes money comes in.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 12:41:32 ET
Posted by: MixItUp, everywhere

I'm sure it was a fun show. I'm sure SD rocked it. I'm sure most left very happy, but that aside. I've seen every tour since '93 so I know the deal with repetitive setlists, but seriously this setlist is so boring and uninspired. Absolutely no difference from last year's tour. Sad to watch Fagen and Becker mail it in more and more every year. I hope people didn't get suckered into buying tickets for that "popular demand" show at the Beacon again. Last years show was more of a greatest hits setlist than anything people would have ever requested. Their act is so stale. One of my favorite bands, but you couldn't pay me to see them during their summer tours. That said, I have tickets for the Royal Scam and Countdown nights at the beacon. At least I know I will see a varied setlist with some rarely played rockers. I'd rename this tour: Get a new setlist summer tour 2016.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 12:26:46 ET
Posted by: vic, k

"We enjoyed our time with Don and Walter "backstage."

You want to buy some waterfront property in Phoenix?

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 09:44:54 ET
Posted by: Jennifer and Bailey, WKRP

We enjoyed our time with Don and Walter "backstage."

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 07:04:24 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

The usual stale setlist comments aside, I really enjoyed last night's show a ton. My wife isn't particularly a fan of Steely Dan (though she does enjoy it when I'm listening to it), but even she said she had a great time and really enjoyed last night's concert more than the other two times I've dragged her to see them with me the last few years. And hearing Rikki was an unexpected treat. First time I've gotten to hear that one live I believe.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 07:04:18 ET
Posted by: cincy, review

No mention here of Winwood sitting in on Pretzel Logic

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 02:08:28 ET
Posted by: Caffeine, up late

Thanks for uploading Rikki on YouTube from the show last night.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 01:20:53 ET
Posted by: Sid, Salt Lake

I like Skunk's version of My Old School better than SD. It rocks harder. I love Skunk's "speedy fingers" guitar technique.

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 00:59:15 ET
Posted by: Cicero kid, Cicero

Jeff Skunk Baxter shows you how my old school should be played
Makes JH &WB sound like amateurs

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016, 00:35:17 ET
Posted by: Eugene, Tampa FL

Videos from last night's show in Cincinnati are already on YouTube. Right now I'm watching them play Peg. Getting boring. Think I'll just go to bed.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:52:41 ET
Posted by: Heywood, Detriot MI

Are you telling me Steve Winwood didn't even sit in with the band for Pretzel Logic?

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:44:20 ET
Posted by: SoulMonkey, The Ville

Great show tonight in Cincy. Hanging with El Supremo and his wife for however innumerable shows never gets old. Love those guys. Pretzel was a treat although Walter sounded like a wet hound dog wailing during Daddy. 17,000 plus. Good times!

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:44:11 ET
Posted by: SoulMonkey, The Ville

Great show tonight in Cincy. Hanging with El Supremo and his wife for however innumerable shows never gets old. Love those guys. Pretzel was a treat although Walter sounded like a wet hound dog wailing during Daddy. 17,000 plus. Good times!

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:37:29 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Disillusionment, NJ

Setlist.FM confirmed. Just saw a post on Facebook - a photo of the actual setlist, which reads:

1. November Afternoon
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey 19
5. Black Friday
6. Rikki
7. Kid Charlemagne
8. Show Biz Kids
9. Dirty Work
10. Bodhisattva
11. Daddy Don't Live In That NYC No More
12. Godwhacker
13. Joe Tex (band intros)
14. Josie
15. Peg
16. My Old School
17. Reelin' In The Years
18. Pretzel Logic
19. Untouchables

Setlist did not confirm whether Steve Winwood sat in with the band, though it would seem likely.

Steve Winwood's setlist:

1. I'm A Man
2. Roll With It
3. Them Changes
4. Pearly Queen
5. Can't Find My Way Home
6. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
7. Higher Love
8. Dear Mr. Fantasy
9. Gimme Some Lovin'

Seems like a standard Winwood setlist. If I were him, I would replace Pearly Queen with Empty Pages or Freedom Rider.
I have seen SW a bunch of times... first time 1986 Garden State Arts Center. Twice with Traffic 1994. Twice in 2003. His show at The Beacon was awesome..he played a deep Traffic cut..Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring. Last time I saw him was with Clapton at the now inactive Meadowlands Arena... I'm looking forward to seeing him again on this tour..

For Steely Dan's setlist, I would happily trade Godwhacker, Black Friday and Show Biz Kids for other tunes.. God forbid even a cover, like Shakedown Street...New Frontier.. or anything to shake it up... nice to see Rikki on the list, though...

Crossing fingers for some setlist tinkering over the next month...

Come on guys... enough with the auto-pilot.


Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:21:27 ET
Posted by: Upset SD fan, Denver

I think that is the real setlist with Pretzel Logic added as the encore. No deep album cuts for hardcore fans. Very disappointing. I hate it.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:11:41 ET
Posted by: Andy Travis, WKRP

We should be getting a report/setlist on the show tonight shortly.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 23:01:48 ET
Posted by: Venus Flytrap, WKRP

Get back to work, Fever.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 22:52:08 ET
Posted by: Dr Johnny Fever, WKRP

They played what I wanted them to play.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 22:41:13 ET
Posted by: Ironpants, drinking

Yeah, I saw the setlist too. I think it's bogus. It BETTER be bogus. I'm not going to hear the same shit again.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 22:31:40 ET
Posted by: Tim, Detroit

Just checked Setlist.FM and same old, lame, vanilla Setlist in Cincy tonight. Not to excited for Detroit tomorrow. Getting tired of the same old Setlist.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 22:24:52 ET
Posted by: Ironpants, drinking ice tea

Be patient, Bob. The band is still onstage playing.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 22:17:00 ET
Posted by: Bob, Texas

Does anybody have tonight's set list? Please post and also post videos. I can't afford going, so I live the experience through U Tube.


Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 20:02:54 ET
Posted by: DeaconBlues16,

Sorry if this has already been posted, but if anyone's interested, here's two videos from different vantage points/with differing quality of the same version of "The Weight" performed by Amy Helm and co. "Co" includes Donald Fagen (as well as Catherine Russell), and he sings the "Crazy Chester" verse. This was from 05/27/2016 from a concert in honor of the late Levon Helm's birthday.

Figured it's good eve-of-tour material...

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 18:50:20 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Here's what I want for this years tour:
Good weather
Good people
Good parties
Have a Danfest with others, or even on your own!
Starting tonight.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 18:47:58 ET
Posted by: Buford, UT

I love Tom Scott's sax solo on Carole King/David Palmer's smash hit "Jazzman".

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 18:40:46 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

KD and Bobbo,

I did not predict a new studio SD album. I didn't suggest there WILL be one. I simply noted that, contrary to a previous post, Jon Herington did NOT state "there will never be another steely dan studio album ever". Jon did say there he didn't expect one "in the near future". As I have some idea of how long it has taken to release a SD/solo album from soup to nuts, these days, two-three years, or more, would be expected (from when the project was given the go-ahead). NOT the near future (depending on your definition of "near future", of course).

Like you, Bobbo, I really hope Walt and Don can get together one (or more) time to treat us to a few new compositions. If not, I'm very satisfied with what they've given us, so far. But I'll suggest there isn't anyone, outside of Don and Walt, who know if there will be another SD studio album---and even they can't be sure. Do you think either of them knew, in 1991, there would be three more?

I abhor know-it-all hyperbole. But I have to believe Don and Walt have enough money to retire for good. So who knows what might trigger a decision to retire from the road for good? To call it totally quits? Or maybe, just maybe, to record another studio masterpiece? I tell you who doesn't know---me, or YOU!

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 15:09:48 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Tom Scott wrote a lot of horn charts. Maybe something got lost in the translation.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 14:50:49 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Bobbo - I'll be at the AAC, too, and I've thought about your setlist question regarding the big venue. My guess is that bigger venue = more seats filled by casual fans = less reason to get exotic with the setlist. A lot of people will be there to hear Steve Winwood and Steely Dan play songs that the crowd will know, and few things are worse than a smattering of applause in an arena. I am, however, hoping that the Danettes get a lot of close-up time on the screens.

Whatever they play, it's always a good summer when you get to hear SD live.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 14:13:32 ET
Posted by: Les, C

Tom Scott was always listed in the musician credits. Most likely Apple just wants to make the songs come in a search on Tom Scott.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 13:38:33 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)

In Apple Music, Aja (the song), Peg, Home At Last and I Got The News have "Steely Dan & Tom Scott" as the artist. Songwriters are still Becker and Fagen (no Scott).

Were these songs always credited this way?

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 11:11:13 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Bobbo, they're back at a Boston-area shed (Great Woods) that they haven't played since '06. Lots of other big venues on this tour too. My guess is they assume Steve Winwood will help draw a crowd.

In recent years they switched over to smaller theaters, often doing multi-night stands and packing in a lot of dates. I think they want shorter tours now, hence the current formula of a mini spring tour, 8 week summer tour with another big name and 2 weeks at the Beacon.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 11:08:24 ET
Posted by: Bobbo, and while I'm at it:

I'm with you Dean, I really DO expect another turn in the studio before Don & Walt call it a career in the can--and I wouldn't be surprised to see another live DVD from this tour. Thoughts?


Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 11:04:45 ET
Posted by: Bobbo, here at the dude ranch...

Hi Danners,

Been a while, eh? Nice to see you all bubbling under (and over, in some exceptional cases of unfaded hipster sparkle-ness), here on the Blue.

Setlist angst notwithstanding, I've been irked a couple years in a row, since beginning the annual habit of bringing the kids to the shows, all of them struggling in their respective seventeen-to-twenty-one yearmarks to discern what dear old Dad expects them to experience in the presence of The Two...and knowing full well that if they'd just give us a memory of "Babylon Sisters" to take home with us, something essential would click for them (and myself, I admit) and our memories of a house full of Dan would come full circle. No great shakes really, we do a fine rendition of that one all by ourselves, though we can't really afford a fine horn section or little girlie background singers...

What I'm really curious about, in my own corner of the world, is the choice to play the American Airlines Center this time around, in Big D. Never in my lifetime have I seen the Dan in anything bigger than an Indian casino or the Fair Park amphitheater (and a couple of turns at the Nokia in Grand Prairie), and I wonder if booking a certifiably "big" venue like that might bear on the setlist, considering that we've got Lightnin' Stevie opening up.

Only fifteen days to go until we get a definitive answer for that burning question, here on the Edge of the Desert, oh my brothers (and slinky sisters)! Alas, we've lost Snake Traci, but we'll bring a sample of her genes along, and I'll be danged if I don't expect a wild time--get there if you can, we'll keep an eye out for ya. Selah.

Yer Pal,

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 10:46:13 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The Dean: "Two or three years. maybe more."

Dude. Come on. It's over. These guys are playing Iron Man's birthday party, and not wasting valuable State Fair season sitting in a studio, having to actually talk to each other.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 09:41:00 ET
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Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 06:35:11 ET
Posted by: NYB,

This may be of some help to you.

Date: Tues, June 07, 2016, 06:33:28 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MK

Well, I was not planning on going to any of the Beacon shows this year, but when I pulled front row center for the 231XTC show I figured there's worse things I could be doing in late October than going to NYC again. I'm going to catch the last 4 shows of the run and probably spend the rest of my time trying to win the Hamilton lottery for shows that don't conflict with SD.

My summer concert-going season started off on Friday night with a bang. I was front row center for a fantastic TQOS show at the Riverside Theater here in Milwaukee. TQOS? That's Aretha Franklin! She was fighting a cold and did have to cough off-microphone a bunch of times, but she still delivered. I finally got to hear her do "Bridge Over Troubled Water" live! Her voice is in better shape than it has been in years, though she does not have the range she once did, she knows exactly what to do with what she's got. One very weird thing though - She had an 8 piece band PLUS a 10 piece brass section and 4 backup dancers. She usually has 3 or 4 backup singers but there were NO backing vocalists on the stage! The backing vocals were all taped!!! It didn't detract that much once I figured that out, but I really wonder what the reasoning for that was. I can't imagine an SD show with pre-recorded Danettes!?

Next up for me is the Northerly Island show on Saturday night! Not that any weather forecast is really worth a damn this far out, but it looks like the rain originally predicted for Saturday will come through earlier on Friday and maybe extend to Saturday morning. the high temp, however, is being forecast as 90+. I'll take that over rain. My Phish loving friends warned me about that place after the disastrous Phish shows there in 2014. It's right on the lake with pretty much no cover, so any lightning means the show is over with nowhere to shelter anywhere nearby.

I'm with Beast's thinking that we are all due to hear Deacon Blues and FM, unlike last year. I did 6 shows and no DB. I only got those few bars of FM before DF's keyboard died (right after the Razor Boy "boring" asshat) at the Beacon Greatest Hits show.

I hope everyone seeing the first shows of Leg II this week has a fun time and that everyone gets to hear exactly the songs they want to hear!

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 21:43:30 ET
Posted by: Moonpie, Chi-Town

Sorry, Beast. You aren't going to hear any of those CTE songs you mentioned when the tour starts tomorrow. Steve Winwood will be with the band. They are going to play Pretzel Logic and an old R&B cover. Just speculating, of course.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 20:41:47 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Wookin4werk, NJ

It's fun to speculate on the eve of yet another tour whether any setlist variation might take place. The shows this spring suggest no imminent surprises. But I'm guessing that this upcoming shed tour would probably include some intermittent playing of King of the World, Boston Rag, Pearl of the Quarter to familiarize themselves onstage with these tunes as a lead-up to Oct 28 CTE. Out of all the shows, that would be the one I'd like to see most. However, there is a nearly 3 month gap between the summer shows and the Beacon residency.

I'm thinking that Deacon Blues and FM have not been part of the regular setlist for a long time, many tours, right ? Maybe it is their time again... Don't Take Me Alive, same..

Going to Bethel Woods on July 9.. first show since rarities back in 2011. I feel as though I haven't missed much in the past 5 years in terms of setlist surprises. If I hear just one song I've never seen live, it would be worth it.. King of the World would be a great one. So would My Rival. I will not hold my breath.

I missed the 2008 Think Fast tour, which I believe may have been the last time they really jumbled up their book of songs... It's still on YouTube and the setlist jumps compared to the stagnancy of all recent justifiable complaints, IMHO.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 20:10:12 ET
Posted by: Damien, MI

Whew! Thanks, Dean. I guess we can still hope for another album from Steely Dan.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 18:18:23 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

News Flash:

Jon Herington does NOT say there won't be another Dan studio album. He comes nowhere near saying that. Obviously some people simply can't read all that well.

The very idea he said it, to promote his own albums, is absurd---because HE DIDN'T BLOODY SAY IT!

Freaking morons...

He does say. "[He] doesn’t expect a new Steely Dan studio album in the near future." Well, duh. There have been no reports of any studio action. So, at best, it would be two-three years down the road---maybe more.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 18:04:42 ET
Posted by: Vin Scully, .

Jon Herington just wants publicity so he can sell more copies of his new CD.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 17:45:52 ET
Posted by: Long, at my PC

Do you believe Jon Herington? I'd rather hear it straight from the horse's mouth.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 17:36:59 ET
Posted by: The, Source

He says he doesn't expect a new album any time soon. No surprise there.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 17:35:04 ET
Posted by: Long, at my PC

The article appeared in JUst type in "Steely Dan" in their search box. Herington says there is better money in touring.

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 17:05:08 ET
Posted by: Malcom, m

Source on the Herrington quote?

Date: Mon, June 06, 2016, 17:01:11 ET
Posted by: tommy,

according to jon herington there will never be another steely dan studio album ever.
we can choke on that while listening to bodisattva for the 1000 time

Date: Sun, June 05, 2016, 23:36:22 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, Albany, New York

Joe Jackson does the best cover versions of Steely Dan songs. Joe's interpretations of Reelin, King of The World and Major Dude are all standouts.

Sorry, but I don't like Rickie Lee's version of Show Biz Kids. It doesn't work. Most of Rickie Lee's recent music has a dead slow-pace to them. I love all of Rickie's early work like Pirates, the first album, The Magazine, Girl at Her Volcano, Flying Cowboys, etc.

Rickie Lee Jones needs a good spank in the ass and Donald & Walt are just the right guys to do it. When I come to see Rickie with Steely Dan at The Beacon in October I'm hoping to hear her do smokin' duets with Donald on Pretzel Logic, The Royal Scam or Don't Take Me Alive. No slow sluggish tunes like Third World Man.

Date: Sun, June 05, 2016, 20:27:14 ET

Gracias Don, I will me ordering "It's Like This" via Amazon first thing tomorrow morning. # Let The Countdown To Ecstasy Begin

Date: Sun, June 05, 2016, 20:17:01 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

...and, on that same great RLJ covers album (It's Like This, 2000), kickass versions of Marvin's "Trouble Man" and Traffic's "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys"!

Date: Sun, June 05, 2016, 15:38:54 ET

Let me join the chorus of praise for R.L.J. cover of Show Biz Kids. And if I may add, she does a killer version of For No One(Beatles) as well, (IMHO). Here's hoping she gets to play a set by herself and then of course join The Dan for a tune or two.

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Date: Sat, June 04, 2016, 06:55:24 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Doc Mu, Youtube is among the best ways for artists to increase their exposure, but record labels, PROs and the various shell companies claim copyright ownership in order to shut down videos they don't want uploaded... Well, let's say tomorrow they were to shut down all of their own music. That would mean no more views for their artists, leaving just independent artists to shine in the spotlight.

The reason they target live recordings is probably because they don't get any profit for them, unlike sales for physicals and digital downloads. How short-sighted is that? You'd think, it's not hurting the artists financially as they already made their profit at the venue. The more exposure, the better, right? However, copyright owners don't see the forest for the trees - all that matters to them is how they can monetize something for their own gain.

There's not a whole lot left for them to monetize at this point. They've milked their back catalog for all its worth, hardly anyone still listens to radio, more people are pulling the cord on cable TV, etc. The music industry is in dire need of renovation, if not innovation.

For the record, I purchase all commercially available music I like through the proper channels. Will check out the new Monkey House at some point.

Date: Sat, June 04, 2016, 02:24:40 ET
Posted by: BCBill,

Did anybody notice the hints at more shows coming? On the web page it says
"Schedule subject to change. Psssst: Do. Check. Back!" with something similar in the Newsletter. That's pretty clear to me. Maybe they're going to plug the hole they left in the Pac NW this year! Anyone know anything about these shows?

Date: Sat, June 04, 2016, 00:09:31 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Don B, thanks for the heads up, can't wait!
Pre-ordered a hard copy on Amazon but will not be delivered until the 9th in California.
Samples sounds great already, can't imagine life without 'Headquarters'
- a staple in our rotation.
It sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 23:50:28 ET
Posted by: Abu, Still on the Left

For those who don't know what I was talking about below, it is the new album released today by Monkey House, the group lead by Don Breithaupt. This is a follow up of their excellent 2012 album "Headquarters". The new album is entitled "Left". If you like the Dan, there is a lot to like about Monkey House. Don B admits to being influenced by Steely Dan, and one can hear it in different ways in some of the Monkey House music.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 23:34:22 ET
Posted by: Abu, On the Left

Hey, Don B: The new album "Left" sounds quite good, I must say. After one listen, the last two tunes "Death by Improvement" and "The Art of Starting Over" are tops. An excellent five-piece horn section that play on many tracks gives it some SD-type sound. All the songs are good, and there are others besides the last two that will likely also be among my faves. The long-awaited release was worth the wait! Check it out!

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 18:33:31 ET
Posted by: BCBill, again

all the more reason to leave them alone, right? Agreed that fortunes are not on the line. It must be part of the power of the package deal: "I'm going to pull ALL my artists…".

But it just makes no sense no matter who you're talking about

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 18:27:30 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I'm on the fringe of the "expect everything for free"-generation. Napster hit when I was just starting my second year of college, my first few months with YouTube in 2006 were spent with recording software "stealing" all the videos and clips I liked onto my hard drive, expecting that they'd soon go away for good, happy to have that Rory Gallagher live performance both online but also tucked away safely on my laptop in case anything happened.

It's an odd situation, and while some of the sadder defenders on here might not like hearing it, it's not like we're talking about some massive classic rock band here. Steely Dan are a trillion times better than the acts I'm going to list in a second, but it isn't as if this is YouTube scrubbing away terrible-yet-popular (many baby boomers are daft) Steve Miller, Fleetwood Mac or Eagles songs off of their site.

They were and are third-tier classic rock types in terms of sales and exposure, especially when you include what now gets played on classic rock stations that wasn't getting "classic rock" spins around the time of the first reformation in the early 1990s -- AC/DC, U2, Ozzy, GnR, etc.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 17:59:12 ET
Posted by: BCBill, where else? BC

The Internet is a mysterious place -- routing and nodes and what-all else sometimes means everybody is looking at a different version of "the" internet. In any case I'm in Canada and I just saw (and grabbed/downloaded) a live 2nd arrangement at!/watch?v=AZfi_ErgACc

your mileage may vary.

and boy does it suck <unacceptably profane and disgusting word deleted> what they're doing to youtube. I can't imagine it is connected to the band as in Don and walt (although Azoff, who knows). I think it's part of some strong-arm struggle over, what else, money. Let's hope it's like when a local station is fighting with the cable company over a new contract and they pull the show completely until they get their way and the show gets "turned back on". . What frightens me though is that it may not be like flipping on a switch to get any of this restored. If it's a code block, it could just be removed and access is again open But ,youtube may have physically deleted clips from their hosting server. In that case we will never see them again unless somebody REuploads it. What are the chances of that? That wonderful library may be lost forever.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 17:56:51 ET
Posted by: Urchin, with an appetite

BB'ers-- i was hoping i could ask a favor! i'm sorely lacking in the friends department where Steely Dan fans are concerned. being a 24y.o. woman who is a tremendous fan of those fine fellows we call The Dan leaves me little room for satisfying interactions with my peers, to be honest (I have one irl friend into them, and they hardly say anything. bummer). I'm writing this post to ask for some internet buds to shoot the shit with via e-mail; i posted mine, please hit me up. basically, if we can chat often about Steely Dan AND our lives via e-mail, i would be SO happy. P.S.-- if your name is Walter Becker and you are reading this, you are especially welcome to e-mail me and shoot the shit-- i actually have a few photos for you regarding my perky.... (ahem) life... y'know, morale booster and all that. ♥ take it easy, and hope to hear from some of you, friends.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 15:36:03 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Worse, and I don't know which clips have been taken off (I'm too scared/pissed off to look), I'm assuming whomever ordered the purge is targeting the wrong people.

If they want to take off some from-the-CD clip of a hit Steely Dan song, or full album, fine! That's copy-written material, and a really crappy-sounding version at that!

I've no issue with someone ordering a scrape of all of Pretzel Logic off of YouTube. You can go buy the late-90s remastered version of it, with all the new liner notes and re-introduced flapamba parts, for five bucks at a Barnes and Noble right now. Speaking from recent experience (never hurts to have yet another safety copy).

But if they're knocking off, say, VH1 Storyteller clips or that one (so-so, but still ...) live version of Second Arrangement with Carolyn saying "noooo!" at the end, then eff that noise. Anyone who relies on YouTube to provide the soundtrack for their day is a moron -- again, the sound stinks -- but for the rare clips? The only people clicking on those are the people that frequent sites like these. The people that are on their fourth Pretzel Logic safety copy.

I realize that yet another missive about how The Record Companies Don't Get It, Maaaaan isn't going to make a dent, but this is bollocks.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 14:16:05 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Michael: I agree that the internet, including youtube, can be used as the best advertisement.

How else is SD going to get their music out there? Radio? A few classic rock stations that will play only Reelin, Again, and Rikki and of course elevators?

How else would anyone know that Kimbra is 1000X more talented than fellow Kiwi Lorde?

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 10:55:17 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

Ahem… Good morning, Bluebookers™, it’s plug time. My new Monkey House album, LEFT, came out today. It features Dan alums Elliott Randall, Jay Graydon, Drew Zingg and Michael Leonhart, plus Marc Jordan, Donny McCaslin, Lucy Woodward, David Blamires and more. Jay co-wrote one of the songs with me. Elliott’s comment: “Total dynamite! Akin to the finest of Steely Dan: great music, lyrics, playing.” Please buy today if you're so inclined — ultra-important for us to have a big first week on iTunes. This is the U.S. link: This is the Canadian link: iTunes pre-orders are available at the various European iTunes stores as well. Amazon has it pretty much worldwide now, CDs and downloads.The quickest route to a hard copy may be through the ALMA Records online store: They ship to anywhere in the world. Barnes & Noble has it too — all the usual suspects. No doubt in my mind this is our best album. Don't forget to post reviews at Amazon, iTunes, etc. once you've had a chance to listen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving a damn! —DB

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 10:11:29 ET
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Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 10:07:25 ET
Posted by: UT, a

It would be misleading if RLJ only sat in and didn't open.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 09:01:05 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

I am considering attending one or two of the Beacon shows. Question for those on the Blue. How do you think the RLJ special guest shows will go? RLJ as an opening act and possibly sitting in with SD on a few numbers? Or just sitting in with SD and not an opening act.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 08:57:01 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I'm pretty thrilled to go to a show where I know for certain I will hear Boston Rag, Pearl, and KOTW. Especially KOTW.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 08:15:29 ET
Posted by: Kenny, Los Angeles

I heard "King of The World" at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles some years back. The horn arrangement was fantastic. Much better than the original. They should have kept it in the setlist.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 07:57:07 ET
Posted by: Loren, reading

YouTube removed a lot of good Steely Dan footage. It sucks now.

Date: Fri, June 03, 2016, 04:15:07 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)


You wrote "I've been hoping for King of the World since '93."

The tune was played on a recent tour, with a slightly updated arrangement. There used to be YouTube footage but for some reason I can't find it.

Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 21:02:52 ET
Posted by: Macca, Where's the action?

Lock up your Women and hide your Booze, the Australian invasion will be in town for the Beacon Run. 10 shows of pure bliss!

Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 17:50:29 ET
Posted by: Starchie, NY

Maybe Don & Walt don't like getting sand in their shoes.

Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 15:12:59 ET
Posted by: Kenny, "Chicago," "On location," "Ooo-La-La!", "How's my little girl?", etc.

Any idea why SD has passed on Jones Beach the past couple years while hitting the New Jersey sheds in Camden and Holmdel?

Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 15:09:52 ET
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Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 14:24:43 ET
Posted by: Ignoramus, The Bronx, New York

Got tix for Royal Scam Night, which promises the most varied setlist. We always go for the cheap seats at the Beacon and the PortChester Capitol, which are comparative bargains. Would love to sit up close, but would rather see more shows at these venues where all the seats are at least pretty good.

FYI, music plagiarism is based on the copyright for the printed sheet music. So if enough notes in even part of the song are too close to the copyrighted part of another, you lose. The arrangement doesn't matter.

Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 11:54:18 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Dean: I see where you are coming from. At the same time, thrilled someone like DZ even remembered to remind people of Denny. I can't put my finger on it, but the best way I can explain is that there's an element to Denny's playing that's like the most delightfully subtle tonal qualities of a sitar.

Date: Thurs, June 02, 2016, 11:27:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Someone should tell Dweezil, Denny Dias is still playing music. Although, unless you are really on the lookout for him, I can see how it would be easy to think he's out of the business.

Can't wait for Countdown at the Beacon, in October!

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 21:15:13 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

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- NEW! Beacon Run features 321XTC, Rickie Lee Jones
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Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 19:20:30 ET
Posted by: SteelyWonder, "Chicago," "On location," "Ooo-La-La!", "How's my little girl?", etc.

Any chance the Beacon show will sell out? I really want to go to the Countdown but may not know for a while whether I can go. Should I be able to snag a couple of tix whenever at a reasonable price, even if it’s a secondary market?

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 18:36:47 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, NYCNY

Beacon tix are $59.50 - $299 (before fees)

Thinking a 3rd mortgage on the house is in order.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 17:20:20 ET
Posted by: SteelyHead, The Beacon

I got to meet Jon Harington last night at a small club near the Beacon. I exchanged pleasantries with a handshake before he played, but I wanted to say hey can you get Fagen to play Can't Buy a Thrill or Countdown. And not even 12 hrs later, Countdown it is! I've been hoping for King of the World since '93. Dreams can come true!

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 16:54:56 ET
Posted by: jazz lover, ?

You might be joking about the Richard Gere thing, but in case you werent, I know right away it was a nod to an old jazz favorite. They even link to "Lady Day" doing the song inside the letter

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 16:52:44 ET
Posted by: Ned, Harrisburg PA

They should bring back "rarities night" on these Beacon runs. Also, Katy Lied is long overdue to get the "album night" treatment. I'm going to try to make the CTE show and maybe one of the shows with Rickie Lee Jones.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 16:32:09 ET
Posted by: are you, for real



Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 15:43:20 ET
Posted by: Gil, TX

They lost me when they used the title of a cheesy Richard Gere movie as the email subject.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 11:22:32 ET
Posted by: Herm, na

Last year, the last Beacon show was a Royal Scam.

This year, it's the first.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 11:17:47 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Gaucho copped the vamp - not only the few notes, but the sound (Rhodes/sax). The song itself though is completely original, including the instrumental break.

If you've listen to some Jarrett, one could argue that he's (accidentally) played every theme written in Western music during those runs...without cohesion.

Anyway's he's never come up with anything as cool as the Gaucho outtro.

4:50-5:30 is about as good as it gets, particularly starting at 5:13. Rich.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 11:13:34 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Countdown Night!!!

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 11:12:52 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

KD, whose taking sides? Certainly not me. Buttsteak noted the So It Goes/Reelin' ripoff. Plus he said he didn't like Nick Lowe. So? How is that rooting for them like a sports team. (For what it's worth Rockpile was one of the worst live shows I've ever seen.)

Sometimes you make good logical points, and other times it seems you go off the rails. Your response to Buttsteak is exactly like what I see in sports forums.

I agree with your latest posts. Of course Don and Walt are influenced by others. Aren't most all musicians and artists? Since Walt and Don listen mostly to jazz, they are more likely to use musical ideas "in the ether", as it were. It's fine, and fun, to hear (and point out) similarities between/among tunes. But when people start suing and making plagiarism accusations, the fun stops. I ask myself, did that artist likely purposefully steal the work of another? Is the appropriated material simply a quote, or is it more serious than that? Are the pieces so similar they can be confused for one another? Etc.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 11:07:29 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

Per SD Newsletter, Gaucho, Aja, Scam, and Countdown will be the feature albums for the Fall NYC Beacon shows. That's one way to mix things up. CTE is on Oct 28. RLJ for 4 of the 10 dates. By Popular Demand - yeah, right. The CTE Show would be a good one.

Beacon Theatre, New York City

Oct 12……The Royal Scam - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 14……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 15……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 18……Aja - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 19……By Popular Demand

Oct 22……Gaucho - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 25……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 26……Special Guest - Rickie Lee Jones

Oct 28…… Countdown to Ecstasy - Plus Selected Hits

Oct 29…… Greatest Hits

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 10:48:52 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Nobody ever claimed "plagiarism," let's not go over the top. Although, if I'm honest, there is a big difference between "some of our influences have us coming out soundin' awfully alike, fellas!" and the Jarrett and Silver cops. Yes, the I/V Silver riff is pretty simple, but so are some Chuck Berry riffs -- we're still allowed to send a "I see what you did there"-look toward the Beach Boys.

I'm just pointing out that it's all fluid and silly and that there's no reason for Buttsteak to get butthurt.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 10:43:29 ET
Posted by: SharkDeVille, up on the hill

Dr. Buzzard's Chercez La Femme bears some similarity to Glamour Profession:

as for Rikki and Gaucho, a simple I/V bassline (Rikki) and I/IV piano figure with sax (Gaucho) on the intro of a song does not a pair of plagiarists make.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 10:33:18 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Dean, Buttsteak, et al

I'm a fan of all of them, and I don't treat musicians and bands like some dumb sports team, where you have to take sides in something as silly as this.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 10:16:12 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Chris, sampling, borrowing/influencing and quoting are entirely different things.

Quoting, and influencing are time-honored traditions in jazz, and even classical music. And in truth, in rock as well. Now that I think of it, it is also a common practice in writing, inventing, etc. Most new things are influenced by others, and often use some small exact thing, from a previous creation. Obviously we are talking about degrees, here. IMO, the pieces used by SD were within reason. But they were both used in the beginning of the songs, so they stand out a bit more. Silver's ditty is repeated throughout and draws attention to itself, but nothing else about the songs are over the line. With Gaucho, the songs are completely different, except for a small portion. That one I never bought---but obviously the lawyers worked it out.

Sampling is outright theft (if used without permission). You aren't just stealing the idea or even just the song. It is taking someone else's actual performance and "repurposing it" as your own.

As for the "admission", you know not to take what Don and Walt say in an interview as gospel. Sounds like they were having some fun, while admitting they did, indeed, hear the influence.

And, who the fuck is Buzzard?

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 10:03:02 ET
Posted by: steelydoc, near the tower

hot off the presses!

Steely Dan will once again offer its devoted New York fanbase an opportunity to attend a series of special shows when Walter Becker and Donald Fagen take to The Beacon Theatre stage for a 10-night residency starting October 12. Included among the highpoints of these extraordinary concerts are: four nights with special guest Rickie Lee Jones, the first time that Steely Dan will perform 1973’s Countdown to Ecstasy in its entirety, and much more.
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Oct-14-Fri With Special Guest Rickie Lee Jones
Oct-15-Sat With Special Guest Rickie Lee Jones
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Oct-22-Sat Gaucho & Hits
Oct-25-Tue With Special Guest Rickie Lee Jones
Oct-26-Wed With Special Guest Rickie Lee Jones
Oct-28-Fri Countdown to Ecstasy & Hits
Oct-29-Sat Greatest Hits

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 08:59:04 ET
Posted by: Chris , nh's also worthwhile to remember that they admitted to "borrowing" the groove in print :

MUSICIAN: Are you familiar with a Keith Jarrett record Belonging, particularly a tune called “Long as you know you’re living yours”?


MUSICIAN: Have you ever listened to that up against “Gaucho”?


MUSICIAN: I’m not casting any aspersions now, but in terms of the tempo and the bass line and the saxophone melody it’s pretty interesting.

BECKER: Parenthetically it is, yeah [uneasy laughter]

MUSICIAN: At this point the reporter traditionally asks the cornered politican or athlete to “go off the record.”

FAGEN: Off the record, we were heavily influenced by that particular piece of music.

BECKER: I love it.

[Becker and Fagen later approved their “off the record” responses for publication.]

MUSICIAN: We were talking about borrowing…

FAGEN: Hell, we steal. We’re the robber barons of rock ‘n’ roll.

I still don't think it was plagiarism, just as Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" wasn't plagiarism (although the lawsuit couldn't have happened to a nicer guy) but courts have a hard time understanding what plagiarism in music actually is.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 08:51:12 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Jarret's tune and Gaucho, particularly the intro, are strikingly similar. The latter was absolutely based on the former. Maybe it wasn't conscious, but the piano figure and the sax part are very much alike.

I don't know whether I'd call it plagiarism. It was clearly a jumping off point and once the melody kicks in it's a different song. But I don't blame Jarrett for going after them. He may be a prick, but he was looking out for number one, same as D & W do when hip hop artists want sample licenses.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 06:25:18 ET
Posted by: Michael,

The Dean, from my understanding, Keith Jarrett took legal action against D&W after he caught wind of Gaucho. The resemblance was pretty obvious. They settled out of court to the tune of a million(?) and gave Jarrett songwriting credit.

"Confronted with the overwhelming musical similarities between their song and a half-decade old tune called 'Long As You Know You're Living Yours' by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, the ironic songwriters quipped, dismissively: 'We're the robber-barons of rock and roll.'"

Jazz was/is a highly derivative style, heavily borrowing ideas from other musicians, not dissimilar to how classical artists would, and is usually done as a means of paying homage. Modern copyright laws, combined with the competitive atmosphere of the industry, have changed the ball game, so to speak.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 01:27:05 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Check the "Reelin" on the 2009 Umbria Jazz Festival for a different take. I wonder if North American audiences would be as accepting of it? May be the reason they tried it in Europe?

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 01:23:53 ET
Posted by: not Ben Proofreading, Indy

That of course should read DanFest.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 01:21:02 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy: Ready for this Summer Leg

Thanks, SoulMonkey, for the mention of a great launch site for the party that Riverbend will become! Is this the start to some DanDest discussion? Several fine peeps met at Lebo's (Down at the Lebo...) prior to the last R.bend/PNC Pavilion SD visit. Earthbound/Jedi and I are gonna plot a Dandom mixer for the Indy show, and we'll share the deets here.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 00:42:29 ET
Posted by: Duke, resting in Seattle

I never listen to the original version of "Reelin". I only listen to the updated jazzy version on the Alive in America album.

Date: Wed, June 01, 2016, 00:40:31 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

KD, aren't you a fan of the band you just trashed? Or are you just here because you are bored?

But with respect to Silver (who never complained to my knowledge), they only used his a few notes are used. Nothing else about Riki resembles Song for My Father, other than that. Quoting another artist is pretty common, and accepted, in jazz. Don says he just thought it was a Latin jazz thing, but realized it was from Silver and gave him credit. Silver was fine with that. (At least that is my recollection.)

Jarrett was (and is) a giant dick, and there is little to Gaucho I find directly taken from his his tune---but I do hear some influence. A real/traditional jazz musician wouldn't think twice about it.

Didn't Paul Griffin get a credit from the get-go? Was there some legal wrangling? Don only had great praise for Griffin. Why do you think they, only reluctantly, gave him credit?

And I have to confess, I have no clue who, or what song, Buzzard refers to. Dr. Buzzard?

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 21:29:42 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

... says the guy who is a fan of the band that had to be shamed into admitting copping from Silver, Jarrett (prior to legal action), Buzzard, letting Griffin have a songwriting credit in order to save their asses legally, and on ...

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 19:44:15 ET
Posted by: Chubby, OH

Yes, I completely forgot about "Through with Buzz". Walter Becker doesn't like that song and stated "The less said about that one, the better, I think".

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 19:12:05 ET
Posted by: Abu, Strings attached

Through with Buzz had strings, which is the only actual SD tune with them. No doubt FM had strings due to it being from a movie soundtrack, and likely DF and WB did not have much say in the matter. But at least they were done tastefully, IMHO.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 18:19:50 ET
Posted by: Buttsteak, home at last

Donald & Walter should have sued Nick Lowe for plagiarism. "So It Goes" is a direct rip-off of "Reelin". Nick Lowe stinks.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 18:01:52 ET
Posted by: Jake, Dayton Ohio

Thanks. I hear the food is good down there at Lebo's. I always eat a heavy meal before a concert.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 17:50:34 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

"So It Goes" by Nick Lowe is also pretty much Reelin'.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 16:50:04 ET
Posted by: SoulMonkey, The Ville

If anyone is interested, several of us will be hanging at Lebo's Bar on Kellogg Ave in Cincy on 6/7 well before the show. About a 5 minute drive from the venue. Probably around 4:30. Stop by and say hello.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 13:56:06 ET
Posted by: Chubby, at Java Cafe, OH

Isn't "FM" the only Steely Dan song that used strings? I'm pretty sure they will play that one at the Hollywood Bowl gig.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 13:04:00 ET
Posted by: tommy,

just heard two tickets to paradise by Mr. Money.

the guitars and drums sound 90% like reelin in the years. check it out

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 11:06:30 ET
Posted by: Sake, Jacksonville, FL

Add Night by Night to that list too.

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 01:10:05 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

More from the 21st Century to Orchestra

Paging Audrey

Jack of Speed

Almost Gothic

Night Belongs to Mona

Great Pagoda of Funn

Everything Must Go

More solo Dan:


On the Dunes

Florida Room

I'm Not the Same Without You

Selfish Gene

Date: Tues, May 31, 2016, 01:01:00 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

orchestral Dan:

Caves of Altamira is halfway there.


Home at Last

Kid Charlemagne

Turn that Heartbeat Over Again

Monkey in Your Soul

Here at the Western World

Date: Mon, May 30, 2016, 23:43:37 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

I agree with your big band selections, Abu. There are quite a few SD tunes I'd like to see get that treatment. One in particular is Lunch With Gina.

Date: Mon, May 30, 2016, 13:36:47 ET
Posted by: Abu, In the string section

Yes, the Dean, although it is hard for me to figure out which tunes would be better suited for the string players. The description on SoundCloud says "The opulence of the original delivers more than enough material for orchestration: The rich chord-progressions, the slight big band-touch, the melodic fills". I don't know enough about music, that is structurally, to know which songs might be orchestrated in certain way or not. However, who better to know that but Donald or Walter? Together, I really think that they will come up with some really good arrangements. I know that Parker's Band, for one, is screaming for some big band sound! Walk Between the Raindrops would be very cool, too.

Date: Mon, May 30, 2016, 11:17:06 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.Remember to Remember

Abu,, we've had this discussion before---and I agree with you on this. Some big band arrangements as well as some for the full orchestral, would really make the best use of this opportunity, IMO. I know I'd want to hear the strings, on a few of their pieces.

Of the Dirk/Rivas covers, I like Throw Back... the best. It really works instrumentally, and Rivas singing isn't a distraction. (I've stated in the past how hard it is for me appreciate with the vocals in most Dan covers.) While I can appreciate the effort on Deacon Blues (and in some parts it is beautiful), for me it seems a bit forced. Still it makes clear the potential this song has for an orchestral arrangement.

Through with Buzz (obviously), Charley Freak, Any World That I'm Welcome to, maybe Your Gold Teeth II come to mind, as tunes that might lend themselves nicely to orchestral arrangement. I'm sure there are many more.

Date: Sun, May 29, 2016, 21:52:08 ET
Posted by: Abu, Hollywood-Bowl-Bound

Thank you "Crowd Pleaser Man" from UK for your link to Throw Back the Little Ones, arranged for string quartet (posted on May 25). Reminds me of the Beatles Yesterday, or Eleanor Rigby, both of which used a string quartet. Of course, Eleanor Rigby was a double quartet, or octet. The vocals are by Jimmy Rivas, who has also done four other Dan covers, all on SoundCloud. Perhaps this cover of Deacon Blues (see link below) will be heard at the Hollywood Bowl. Actually, not. However, this will give you an idea of what this type of arrangement might sound like. It is arranged for a full Beethoven-sized orchestra, but recorded here for Midi orchestra. I have stated before in this forum that many of us are hoping for some big-band-type arrangements at the Hollywood Bowl show in about three weeks. However, all the string players will have to play on some of the Dan tunes, one would think. We shall see.

Date: Sun, May 29, 2016, 08:56:56 ET

Appreciate it West Coast Derek, give my regards to The Dominoes.
Bet you never hear that. Wow, FKING Scranton gets both those gems?
# in the strangest of places..............

Date: Sun, May 29, 2016, 07:27:31 ET
Posted by: Michael,

It's no secret that big corporations are notorious for removing YouTube videos. Makes no sense to me. When I find songs I like, I purchase them if they're available. Where it concerns concerts and such, again, just what harm is being done here? I could never figure out the mentality behind trying to prevent people from hearing your work. "Oh no, people are watching a concert we performed... and they're enjoying it. *gasp* We must put a stop to this!" Correct me if I'm mistaken but isn't the main objective for an artist to be heard by as many people as possible, thereby increasing their potential revenue stream? If this is about money, they already got their cut from the venue, so anything after the fact is just icing on the cake.

Date: Sun, May 29, 2016, 03:49:15 ET
Posted by: Derek, West Coast

Home at Last was already played at the show in Wallingford, CT on April 27. I'd love to hear Lunch with Gina too but it never seems to become part of the regular setlist rotation. Chain Lightning used to be played quite a bit in the early '90s. I don't think Throw Back the Little Ones has been performed live. I could be wrong. According to, Pixeleen was played once on August 20, 2006 in Scranton, PA. Chain Lightning was on that setlist too.

Date: Sun, May 29, 2016, 00:58:10 ET
Posted by: Moonrider, IL

Part 2 is definitely missing. Somebody in the YouTube Comments section inquired about it and the person who uploaded it said "Ask the record company. They blocked it".

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 21:02:39 ET
Posted by: Gino F., ...and just to clarify

Personally, I never did see "part 2" of the RLJ VH1 stuff. Greg from Dunedin, NZ, posted the link for part 1, complete with the WB bits, and I went on to watch part 3 later. As hard as I looked, part 2 wasn't available - anywhere. Parts 1 & 3 work together as well as any other promotional "special", I think, i.e. they work without a "part 2"...if in fact there is a part 2.

So - is "part 2" missing, or is the whole "special" really captured in part 1 and part 2, as posted on the Yoo-Toob? I don't know the answer.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 20:21:42 ET

Three songs that I don't believe are in there regular touring
rotation I would like to see this tour: Chain Lightning, Lunch
With Gina and Home At Last # YA-NEVER-KNOW PS: can anyone tell me if they have played Throw Back The Little Ones or Pixeleen in
Steely Dan 2.0 (1993- )

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 19:43:15 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

RLJ's publisher would have a claim on any video that features her music.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 15:27:06 ET
Posted by: Ajax, Texas

Prince was notorious for removing videos from YouTube. The Purple One was a real obsessive control freak.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 14:45:23 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

That's super weird. The only people that would have a claim on a video like that would be Viacom, not Steely Dan or RLJ's camp. Come on.

Take off your tin hats, guys. See how they roll.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 13:16:13 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Just want to point out the RLJ video posted here, is STILL on youtube. There is speculation about another part, NOT posted here, missing from youtube. Capiche? Anon idiot strikes again.

Great to see the Feat clips, and some love for Representing the Mambo, which didn't get the greatest of reviews. I always like it, though. And not to turn this into a Little Feat board, but I'm so sick of this presidential race, I find myself listening to Apolitical Blues quite often.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 12:22:41 ET
Posted by: RLJ guy, nah uh

sorry -- that's just insane.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 11:55:40 ET
Posted by: Attn:, Bluebookers

The Steely Dan police watch all of the SD fan forums for reasons just like this. I'm not joking.

Do you people think that it was a coincidence that RLJ/WB video was taken down one day after it posted here? It wasn't!

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 01:18:55 ET
Posted by: RLJ lover, youtube alley

Wowie. Thanks Ralph. Do you think it disappeared in the last day? Looks like somebody saw it yesterday - or maybe not. It's damn frustrating. You're right, things are just disappearing all the time now. Sucks.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 01:14:00 ET
Posted by: Ralph, In bed with my iPad

Nope. Blame it on YouTube. Part 2 was there but YouTube removed it due to some copyright issues. This happens all the time now. One day it's there and the next day it's gone. Maybe Rickie Lee told them to take Part 2 down.

Date: Sat, May 28, 2016, 00:06:32 ET
Posted by: rickie fan, youtube alley

Hey can anyone give me the link to Part 2 of The RLJ Special? I've found 1 and 3…but can't for the life of me fins #2. A direct link would be appreciated -

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 19:57:35 ET
Posted by: µ ,


Damn autocorrect.

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 19:56:23 ET
Posted by: Mu, w/e


Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 19:49:32 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,


Yes, Representing the Mambo is even better than Let it Roll and criminally overlooked.

While the group didn't reach the Lowell George heights, I actually through the 1990 version was tighter. There are a couple of clunkers, but the title track, Ingenue, Silver Screen, Rad Gumbo, Texas Twister are absolute gems. Whimsical and lyrics. Empty cotillion of kisses. The taxidermist's daughter.

Honestly, TT kicks the 'nads out of every hair metal and grunge band of the age.

Payne and Barrere rarely get the credit they deserve...and they do dig jazz as well as blues, raunch, and swamp music. Payne sat in with the Doobies and played on their albums, particularly prior to Michael McDonald.

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 16:41:30 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Picking Up Again

QUOTE: "I'm only here because my kid left her cell phone charger and we need to pick it up".

I'm pretty sure that's why most of us are here. I can't tell you how many times my kid has left her cell phone charger here on The Bluebook, and I hafta come here to retrieve it. Must be some kind of kid thing...

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 14:56:44 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxws

@The Dean - Representing the Mambo and The Ingenue are two nice post-Lowell numbers by Little Feat. They have the SD characteristic of being character sketches of flawed individuals, though not nearly as flawed as D&W usually like them.

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 12:04:30 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I'm only here because my kid left her cell phone charger and we need to pick it up:

Rickie Lee Jones is a giant. God bless Rickie Lee Jones, and I hope she has fun on these dates.

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 09:12:58 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Crazy Print Shirt/No Track Pants

Greg, thanks for that link. I'd never seen the VH1 Flying Cowboys Special before, so that was a real treat. A great way to start a Friday morning for me - I even bookmarked part 3 for later. Good stuff.

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 02:55:48 ET
Posted by: NYB, E = SD 2

I think 'Like a Rolling Stone" was more about the fake plastic art scene and the people who inhabited it than it was about Edie Sedgwick.

We know for certain "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat" was about her...

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 01:25:39 ET
Posted by: Greg, Dunedin, NZ

Speaking of Rickie Lee Jones and WB, I found this clip that came out around the time of Flying Cowboys. Features a younger Walter B starting around 5:00. No doubt has probably been posted here before, but nostalgic nonetheless.

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 00:22:46 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Little Feat is definately one of my top "rock/pop" groups of all time. And, perhaps the criminally underrated/under-discussed rock band. The only thing that has diminished their legacy, in my mind, is some of their post-Lowell George stuff. The first couple/few albums were actually fine. I dug Let it Roll and Representing the Mambo. But some of their more recent stuff hasn't been as strong--though I can't say I have heard all of their "newer" stuff. Still, a good group to see in a small venue, I imagine.

And Pascal you are right. Day at the Dog races is fantastic. I know it wasn't Lowell's cup or tea. But I'm surprised he was so upset about some of their music going in that directions. It isn't as if it was derivative, or as if it were being done strictly for commercial reasons. And the eclectic mix of material, and song writing, made it as enjoyable as all the great Feat albums, IMO.

Date: Thurs, May 26, 2016, 12:59:31 ET
Posted by: Pascal, Indianapolis

My favorite Little Feat track is "Day at the Dog Races" from the Time Loves a Hero album. It's a really hot jazz-rock instrumental that cooks. Lowell George hated this cut and told producer Ted Templeman: "What is this, fucking Weather Report?"

Date: Thurs, May 26, 2016, 07:42:22 ET
Posted by: Michael, composed in about 40 minutes


Date: Thurs, May 26, 2016, 02:07:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

I had forgotten RLJ wrote Lowell George's Easy Money:

That's quite a compliment, because the Feat - they were the greatest:

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 21:54:31 ET

M/O/P/D delivers the goods again! Hilarious, thanks for sharing.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 21:14:01 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Not going anywhere near downtown tonight, even with a cannon [sic]

DYLYNFAN - As we speak, the fair city of Toronto is hosting two separate major musical events, on the same evening, at the same time. Silly little Serena Lopez [sic] - she of the noteworthy autotune dependency and the amusing craniofacial deformity - is playing to a capacity crowd in our cookie-cutter hockey/basketball arena, while the even more awful (if that's actually even possible) Beyonce brings its hideous, unstoppable dancing/gyrating/lip-synching roadshow to our baseball stadium (the one where the Blue Jays play...the one that used to be called "SkyDome" before a local cable TV magnate bought it from the public for pennies on the dollar).

Lil' Ms. Bieber and her poorly-rendered tattoo collection opening for SD in Toronto? Don't laugh - things could be worse, musically speaking. Like tonight promises to be.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 16:39:55 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Thinking of Winwood, RLJ's cover of Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is nice.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 12:46:57 ET
Posted by: DYLYNFAN, Harrisburg, Pa

Sorry Ron, just announced The Biebs will be opening for The Dan in
Toronto. # U R SOL

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 09:27:18 ET
Posted by: Ron, A

Here's hoping nobody finds a Justin Bieber post about an upcoming date with SD.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 07:45:23 ET
Posted by: Crowd Pleaser Man, UK

Lovely string-quartet cover of Throw Back The Little Ones.

RLJ was really great at the start of her career.


Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 07:38:30 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Pascal, agreed about the meet & greet/photo op being ridiculous. I've seen other artists do the same for even more money. It's completely selfish, because an artist would never stoop that low unless they really thought of themselves as being on a pedestal above others. However, I disagree about the nasty attitude bit. Hurling insults at people isn't non-conformist, it's degrading and pathetic.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 01:35:13 ET
Posted by: Pascal, Indianapolis

One last thing...Rickie Lee Jones latest album "The Other Side of Desire" is the worst album in her career. Is this the same artist that created "Pirates"? All the songs are forgettable and sound pretty juvenile. It's truly awful. Rickie Lee is capable of doing better.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 01:22:12 ET
Posted by: Mel, Q


I wouldn't have noticed Walter at all. But during the interview when she was talking about Steely Dan and said that Walter was backstage, I figured he was one of the players, I went back and looked carefully.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 00:48:01 ET
Posted by: Pascal, Indianapolis

Wow! Rickie Lee Jones sure has changed. Now she's selling Meet & Greet/Photo ops for her shows priced at around $125 or more. No thanks, Rickie. She's also espousing some self-righteous Christian views on her Facebook page. This is due to her quasi-Christian album called The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard released in 2007. The album is quite good because of it's hard rock sound. I guess I just miss the nasty, drunk and disorderly Rickie Lee that I saw at her earlier shows. She was always hurling insults at her band and constantly using the F-word at the audience. I liked her non-conforming persona when I grew up listening to & watching her in the late 70's.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 22:42:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Mel: Good catch. I didn't see Walter at first way back there, although the baseline is classic Walter. That's Pete Erskine on the drums as well.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 20:54:12 ET
Posted by: Meadows, Richmond CA

All this talk about Rickie Lee Jones makes me wish Rickie was the opener instead of Steve Winwood for the Summer tour. I replayed my Pirates CD earlier today and it still packs a wallop. It's a huge emotional masterpiece. Absolutely brilliant.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 18:20:54 ET
Posted by: Mel, Q

Walter performing with RLJ on Aresnio Hall.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 17:00:51 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

RLJ is a major, major artist, & I will be shelling out for flight & tix if & when that show takes place. Anonymous Troll below bitching abt. R's "Show Biz Kids" cover basically reveals hisself as knowing <0% about music; that cover, like the one of Gaye's "Trouble Man" that follows it (which Fagen's Dukes of September cover owes lots to, too, btw)is sublime, one of the very few SD covers that stands comparison with the original. It's on her "It's Like This."

Her "Third World Man" cover's pretty great, too, but the vocals are recorded poorly on that YouTube version. Lots of better versions available in the usual places.

& as almost everyone else has correctly pointed out, "Pirates" is just about a perfect record.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 15:38:28 ET
Posted by: Pablo, on lunch break

Some people think Rikki Don't Lose that Number was about Rickie Lee Jones.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 14:27:15 ET
Posted by: Ignoramus, The Bronx, New York

Edie Sedgwick got mentioned. She was the real life inspiration for Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. Bobbie had an unrequited crush on Edie, who was the It Girl of her day.

Rickie Lee Jones' Pirates is one of my perfect albums. Influenced by ex-BF Tom Waits, D&W and her then BF, but in the end it's all Rickie.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 14:15:24 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

No newb: lol Steely Dan hasn't had a hit single since 1981 in TOOM. Most humans on Earth today weren't even born yet.

Pirates peaked at #5 on the album chart.

Satellites was a hit in 1989 - Alternative chart.

Pop Pop was RLJ's last hit album.

From a hit perspective she's had fewer than Steve Winwood or Michael McDonald (the McDoobie youtube hits > Steely Dan), but she's no chopped liver nor one hit wonder.

W&D have respect and affection for RLJ. Anyway, it's a good pairing.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 12:15:29 ET
Posted by: Dad, Houston

Do you like Rickie Lee Jones' rendition of "Third World Man"?

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 10:09:37 ET
Posted by: Not a Newbie, From Hipness

Doc Mu - Spin it anyway you want. RLJ will be an opening act for SD. Nothing more. Maybe she can join in and preform her horrible rendition of Show Biz Kids.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 09:58:20 ET
Posted by: Kreg, L

Sadly, many know Rickie Lee Jones as a one hit wonder or confuse her with the cantankerous A list actor with a similar name.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 00:42:17 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

RLJ was/is an artist who let her music articulate her vision.

Now she's a royal priestess. An incredibly perceptive right brain view of everything:

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 00:04:11 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Rickie Lee's not just an opening act. She's an artist. Walter of course produced Flying Cowboys and co-wrote the classic tune The Horses. Satellites is outstanding.

Although the debut is a very good, Grammy winning effort, it's the Sophomore disc, Pirates that is Epic. So much depth, soul, nuance. Part Aja, part Joni Mitchell, part Springsteen.

If some of the sounds are familiar on Pirates...

Steve Gadd
Chuck Rainey
Victor Feldman
Rob Mounsey
Tom Scott
Randy Brecker
Donald Fagen - synth on title track

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 00:03:37 ET
Posted by: NYB, Janie Runaway

"Now you're the wonderwaif of Gramercy Park"

"Who gets to spend her birthday in Spring?"

When this song first came out I thought it was loosely based on the life of Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol's "Superstars" back in the mid-1960's. Edie Sedgwick was beautiful, suffered with parents who held her to impossible standards due to their "American Nobility" background, and basically ran away to NYC in the early 60's to become a model only to become addicted to drugs and die at the age of 28.

Later on the Tampa connection had me thinking something else, but it would really have been nice if the song was about Edie because she was fabulously beautiful and suffered and end that was all too common in that era.

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 16:00:36 ET
Posted by: donald, NYC

Tonight when i taste the dragon!

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 15:14:03 ET
Posted by: Chuck E., In Love

Rickie Lee Jones tweeted she made pancakes yesterday.

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 14:02:58 ET
Posted by: Ramsey, Poughkeepsie NY

Me too. Looking forward to hear the entire Aja album played again and again.

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 11:30:53 ET
Posted by: geo, Hoboken, NJ

Saul- Thanks. Can't wait to hear the same set list 8 nights in a row again! I'm there!

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 09:15:52 ET
Posted by: Saul, on location


The news isn't so much about RLJ as that there will be a Beacon run.

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 08:43:28 ET
Posted by: ken, one more

Stop- The Jones post was removed because the SD police told her to take it down. They get all upset when they're not the ones breaking the news.

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 08:22:41 ET
Posted by: geo, Hoboken, NJ

Not sure what the big deal is with Steely Dan and Rickie Lee Jones? She's just the opening act. What? She'll come out and sing back up on a tune? I don't get all the excitement. She's just the opening act people.

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 22:19:50 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Spent yesterday hanging with pal,and fellow 'Booker, Marc. Had a great time
watching shows from '93 to present. How often can you talk SD for hours, reminisce
about shows, people we've met at shows, and not have the other person say"Enough
with the Steely Dan!" Great way to warm up for the summer!

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 19:48:52 ET
Posted by: stop, presses

Obviously (or I think it should be obvious), I was referring to the facebook post to which Steely Doc referred. I didn't feel the need to give more information than he did, but wanted to point out that it quoted a date of "Friday, Oct 18" and that Oct 18 falls on a Tuesday. The post has since been removed.

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 19:38:13 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

I hate to be a jerk (well, only a little bit), but how hard is it to include a link/url in a post? Some anon says 'it indicates "Friday, Oct 18." ' What indicates this? Is it really that difficult to share where you found it?

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 18:28:47 ET
Posted by: Duncan, Bridgeport CT

I'd love to see Donald and Rickie Lee Jones sing Pretzel Logic and other songs together. It's a good match. Rickie Lee tends to be very unpredictable at her shows. Always rotating her setlists.

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 12:04:32 ET
Posted by: Cool Beanz, NY

Somebody's lying again. Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 11:13:29 ET
Posted by: stop, presses

I would take that with a grain of salt as it indicates "Friday, Oct 18."

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 10:10:39 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Thanks for the news, Doc. Rickie Lee, huh?

And I agree, with the exception of a couple epic stinkers, the Nice Guys soundtrack is pretty good. The stinkers? Bee Gees, Kiss and Rupert Holmes tunes. But wouldn't it have been a more interesting soundtrack if it had a smattering of "deep cuts"?

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 09:05:38 ET

Steely Doc breaking news yet again! See ya at Camden( 7-3), I got the first round of drinks.

Date: Sun, May 22, 2016, 08:42:23 ET
Posted by: steelydoc, near the Tower

Rickie Lee Jones has posted on one of her Facebook pages that she will be with SD at the Beacon on October 18...not her page with the blue check mark, but her personal page I guess...

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016, 22:00:33 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

I liked it, but agree with a review I read that said it could have benefitted from better editing. I was smitten with the young Aussie actress who played the daughter. Her American accent was spot on.

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016, 19:20:31 ET

Thx Chet, what a great Fking soundtrack, but you neglected to say weather you liked it (the movie) or not? # Siskel & Ebert

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016, 18:33:19 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

Saw The Nice Guys today, set in the late 70s. No Steely Dan on the soundtrack. The plot centers around a porn star (coincidentally played by an actress named Margaret), so Peg would have been appropriate.


1. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone - The Temptations
2. Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang
3. Boogie Oogie Oogie- A Taste of Honey
4. September - Earth, Wind & Fire
5. Couldn’t Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
6. Love and Happiness - Al Green
7. Dazz - Brick
8. Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire
9. Jive Talkin’ - Bee Gees
10. Rock and Roll All Nite - Kiss
11. Ain’t Got No Home- The Band
12. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
13. Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold
14. A Horse With No Name - America
15. Green Peppers - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016, 11:18:55 ET

Right on Joe and does it anonymously to boot. smh

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016, 08:24:49 ET
Posted by: Joe, Kizanya

Neither does someone who reads and comments on them at 3am.


Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 23:04:10 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

I think the biggest issue with Don hosting a Daryl type show is: who would his guests be? Don has little-to-no interest in most new music. While he could host a GREAT music show, I think the relatively obscure musicians he would schedule wouldn't do much for ratings or sponsorships. I can't imagine him scheduling the list of "pop stars" Daryl books. I can think of, perhaps, a handful of R&B and jazz musicians that might work. But you aren't getting CeeLo Green and those of his ilk. Daryl does a good job with some of these crappy acts, but I can't see Donald suffering this marginal fools.

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 20:29:28 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I'm watching "Daryl's House" now and he's in his Upstate NY wooded cabin.
I can imagine Mr. Fagen in a metallic basement with a dripping pipe, but then surrounded by Submarine looking grates and detailing...kind of like the corridor of the movie version of the Starship Enterprise....Don is into sci-fi, you know.
What musician worth their salt hasn't been somewhat influenced by Steely Dan or the solo work of Mr. Donald Fagen.

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 12:35:12 ET
Posted by: Vince, Ann Arbor MI

Just watch "Steely Dan Confessions" the bonus DVD from Everything Must Go. Donald & Walt cruise Las Vegas in a taxicab picking up girls. Walter is always being the ladies man.

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 10:17:53 ET
Posted by: Vince, Ann Arbor

I agree with chet. Donald is too moody and introverted to be hosting shows. Walter would be the better choice since he's the extroverted and talkative one.

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 08:07:46 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)

Terrific idea from redditor /u/kingthong:

Make May 19 Steely Dan Day!

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 07:16:01 ET
Posted by: chet, PA

I don't think Don would be too comfortable in front of the camera. I remember when Daryl Hall's mug was on MTV constantly while Fagen had a single video in their rotation in which he didn't appear. But it would be fun to see what kind of food he would prepare.

Date: Thurs, May 19, 2016, 20:32:59 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I was watching some new episodes of "Live From Daryl's House" on MTV Live, formerly the Palladia Channel. I really enjoy that program and Daryl seems to have a fun time no matter who his guest is.
I can just imagine Donald Fagen hosting a Manhattan version of this show with a very eclectic group of new and old musicians. Like Daryl's show, they could have artists work on covers of the hosts great work and Don could also play some of their tunes.
Fellow Bluebookers...Do you imagine this could happen some
day that Don & Walt come off the road for good, or will that day ever come ???

Date: Thurs, May 19, 2016, 19:01:21 ET
Posted by: Purvis McUrist, too far gone

I've taken to singing 'gaslighting JEFFREY' instead of Abbie-- a la Jeff "Skunk" Baxter-- for amusement and the imagery of Don + Walt torturing that poor ol' sod... But it does beg the question: out of our two heroes, who exactly is putting on that 'black mini'? :)

Date: Wed, May 18, 2016, 23:12:48 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Doc Mu, thanks so much.

Date: Wed, May 18, 2016, 23:11:21 ET
Posted by: Updraught, Philly Area

Hey,for all those interested in some new music, take a look at SD guitarist-supreme Jon Herington Band's latest CD release "Adult Entertainment".

Ordered from his website, I received my copy last night. Great tunes, super production, featuring SD's Jim Beard & Michael Leonhart, among some other great musicians. The CD was even autographed by Jon!

Date: Wed, May 18, 2016, 22:54:00 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

New, but automatic. 'Cause the setlist is static. ;)

Date: Wed, May 18, 2016, 22:05:52 ET
Posted by: DanFan4Life, Ca

Dear Donald & Walter,

Can you please play "The Bear" again when the tour resumes in June for us loyal followers?

Thanks a lot,
A dedicated fan

Date: Wed, May 18, 2016, 16:19:48 ET
Posted by: Big Trev, Barcelona

Not sure if this has been posted before. Fascinating if rather fleeting video footage of 1974. It was new to me anyway.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 21:11:24 ET
Posted by: BillfromPgh, pgh

Down in the Bottom also references the proverbial bear.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 17:20:11 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

in the circle of life:

CS Lewis criticizes those who espouse anti-natural (law) values. Ergo Two Against Nature.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 17:18:23 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

"That you keep posting a dissenting "viewpoint" and thereby filling your pants right up to the beltline is just plain embarrassing."

Unexpected hilarity is the best kind.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 17:14:56 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Green Book is the best Dan track since possibly Aja.

I'm wondering if Green Book as a virtual reality internet type site where a mind's fantasies are played out is not also a reference to the CS Lewis' treatise against perspectivism, The Abolition of Man. In Lewis' essay he slams The Control of Language: A Critical Approach to Reading and Writing, published in 1939 by Alex King and Martin Ketley, an English text for upper level students

as the "Green Book" where value is found in the protagonists feelings and emotions about an object, rather than the object itself.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 16:33:47 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Doc Mu, Pagoda, Mary and Joan are my favorites from MTC. I rather enjoy Brite Nightgown, even though it was rather long. I think that if Jack Of Speed had one less chorus that it would've made a far better single than Cousin Dupree, but Almost Gothic is far and away the best track on the album. Lunch With Gina and Green Book are my favorites from EMG. We can only wonder what a new SD album would sound like.

KD, point taken. It makes sense that some of those tracks were probably written during EMG.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 13:30:00 ET
Posted by: DYLYNFAN, Harrisburg, Pa

Salt Lake Jane, I think Utah and all I can come up with is The Mormon
Tabernacle Choir, Danny Ainge, Donny Osmond, Mitt Romney and Rick Majerus. Special
shout-outs to Stockton and Malone as well. Six short Weeks to Camden.
# Kant Wait

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 13:03:39 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

...and it won a Grammy. Probably a good call to include it, right?

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 12:54:00 ET
Posted by: Carlton, P

"I have no idea why Cousin Dupree is even on the album, much less the lead single."

It's on the album because it was the lead single. No saxophone and fit in with the Jerry Springer culture of its time.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 12:34:54 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Michael: You are spot on about The Night Belongs to of DF's strongest compositions this side of Dr. Wu and Pixeleen.

The Night Belongs to Mona and Great Pagoda of Funn are IMO the best stuff on Morph and my choice for the lead singles


Pixeleen and Lunch with Gina are the Obvious singles. Last Mall and Blues Beach - bleack! Ack!


West of Hollywood (edited), Jack of Speed, Almost Gothic are my singles

I subscribe to the following order of songs per their initial thoughts:

Two Against Nature
Janie Runaway
Almost Gothic
West of Hollywood
What a Shame About Me
Jack of Speed
Gaslighting Abbie
Negative Girl
Wet Side Story (sorry Cousin)

I have no idea why Cousin Dupree is even on the album, much less the lead single.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 12:29:11 ET
Posted by: Steely Jan, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mt. Belzoni, Goods seats still available for June 14th in Utah. 7,000 seats and all are good. Lawn seating also. Seats available only at or at box office the day of the event. Very strong Steely Dan following in Utah. They played here in 2013 and everything about the concert was fantastic. Normal people here, despite what you hear.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 11:56:23 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Michael, go back and re-read please. I love Morph, I place it second among Don's solo works behind 'Kamakiriad.' I can just recognize why there might not be a lot of recorded out-takes, and songs that actually made it all the way through rehearsal and recording.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 11:23:03 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Barney Beacon, you're fulla baloney.

"The Bear" was played on 2 July 2011, in Seattle WA. I was there; I heard it. Many of us watched the shaky YouTube video that someone in the front row captured.

"The Bear" was also played on 3 July 2011, in Portland OR. I was there; I heard it.

"The Bear" was also, as you note, played at the Beacon on Rarities Night. Again, I was there; I heard it. That performance was maybe a little less good than the Seattle & Portland renditions, & totally overshadowed by American Lovers, 2nd Arrangement, & etc. but still pretty terrific.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 07:49:46 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Kenny, thanks for finding that little slice of internet history.

Sharon, Someone and Tigers are the mystery holdouts. Also, during the pre-TAN period, they were performing Cash Only Island and Wet Side Story live. So that's five tracks never committed to album, considering Doc Mu is incorrect about Tigers being Godwhacker, which it may well be. Then again, D&W could write as many songs as they want and we'd have no way of knowing unless they showed us the goods.

KD, while Morph isn't for everybody, I really enjoy it. How can you go wrong with The Night Belongs To Mona?

Here's a little something I put together last night. It's maybe a little strange.

Closed Entry

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 03:01:38 ET
Posted by: Paul,

Mt Belzoni. Glad you got to hear the bear and all, but for crying out loud, you're comparing your live experience with a bad audience recording of the one played at the Beacon? Come on...

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 01:07:46 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Delighted to note that I was in attendance at the Schnitzer Auditorium in Portland when the Dan played The Bear on the 2d night of the tour. I understand they'd played it in Seattle the night before as well. I thought the live version was great, and better than the recordings I've heard of the later Beacon rendition, and about even with the studio version I've heard.

Btw, I may be in Utah (of all places) the same day as the show on June 14 - anyone know of any good seats available?

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 23:46:43 ET
Posted by: lyrics quiz, US

There's another lyrical reference to getting the bear/the bear getting you.

Difficulty: 2

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 22:29:10 ET
Posted by: Jimmy J., Syracuse New York

Hoops was right on the money when he predicted years ago that Steely Dan would be moving more and more towards a hits-oriented setlist with the album tracks taking a back seat.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 20:43:29 ET
Posted by: Louis, West Coast

I think I liked the studio version of "The Bear" better than the live performance I heard at the show.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 18:40:35 ET
Posted by: Lutz, Wenzel

The Bear was played at the first few shows on the West coast that year.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 17:58:57 ET
Posted by: Elgin, Boston

For anyone who missed this last month, Catherine Russell: Sunny Side of The Street featuring Catherine, Carolyn Leonhart, & La Tanya Hall harmonizing on classic Swing Era arrangements, the concert, along with the back story and interview with Cat is now archived on NPR Jazz Night In America:


Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 17:30:07 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Floyd asked, What does "You Got the Bear" mean?

Well, it could be providing closure to this (from the lyrics of The Bear) "...only time will tell if you got the bear or the bear got you."

I'm assuming you are familiar with the expression: Sometimes you get the bear, Sometimes the bear gets you (which the Big Lebowski turned into "eat the bear", but whatever).

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 17:11:25 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Final Corrections, again

"Barney", Steely Dan played The Bear live in 2011, on multiple occasions, well before Rarities Night in the fall. It's not a matter for intelligent or even rational discussion. It happened.

Setlists were posted here - Seattle, Portland, etc. - and discussed at length. ( if you really need to check)

The fact that you can't remember recent band history is bad enough. That you keep posting a dissenting "viewpoint" and thereby filling your pants right up to the beltline is just plain embarrassing.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 16:59:07 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Quadra - even autocorrect has no idea.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 16:57:30 ET
Posted by: Floyd , Ventura CA

Heard The Bear at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles some years back. Donald introduced it as "You Got the Bear". Good song, but silly name. What does "You Got the Bear" mean?

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 16:56:34 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

There's a Someone, Sharon, Tigers on a quasar in some junkyard somewhere. The order of songs makes a LOT more sense than the final release. The title tracks for TvN and EMG are such OBVIOUS 1st tracks.

Not sure why Cousin Dupree survived and Wet Side Story did not...not to mention the mysterious three.

I wonder if Tiger became Godwhacker?

"Big Tiger In the forest of the night 'Cause there's no escape. From the Rajahs of Erase You better run run run GodWhacker's on the case."

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 16:08:03 ET
Posted by: Silurian, 0

I have the boots from two other shows, Barney. If you'd like to hear, I can share them.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 15:45:01 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, NJ

It was played only one time at the Beacon. That set list site is wrong

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 15:17:33 ET
Posted by: Evergreen, SoCal

Don't forget. Barbra Streisand was the very first artist to record a song by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker: "I Mean to Shine" from 1971's Barbra Joan Streisand album.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 15:09:01 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Correcting the corrector

The Bear was played live in 2011 a handful of times, right at the beginning of the tour before it was dropped until Rarities Night.

I didn't have to look this up - so I don't have show dates & particulars handy - I simply remembered the facts correctly.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 15:04:12 ET
Posted by: Silurian, Somewhere

We're both kind of right.

It was played 4 times.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 15:00:53 ET
Posted by: Kenny, out there

The only clue I've picked up as to any possible tVn outtakes.

I imagine "Things" is "Things I Miss the Most"

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 14:55:01 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, NJ

Silurian- You remembered incorrectly. They only played those Gaucho outtakes once. That would be on rarity night at the Beacon.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 14:41:08 ET
Posted by: Evergreen, SoCal

Get out your wallets! Barbara Streisand has announced a short tour this Summer. Ticket prices range from $99-$510 or more to see Babs. Every ticket purchased online includes a copy of Babs newest CD.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 14:12:02 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Around the time they were finishing up TvN, Andy Metzger's site had come around, Napster was cranking in every dorm by the release date, people were starting to burn CDs, and reputable chain record stores were still littered with the early demos compilations. You'd go into a store in 1998/99 and (due to the fact that the band only had seven albums to start with plus the live one) the stock was half-full of Android Warehouse-type discs.

That had to be on their mind when they were wrapping up a new album that wasn't going to be stored on a tape in a warehouse, but digitally recorded.

By the time EMG hit, let's be honest, things were getting a little thin. DF said that any song that didn't interest Walter was suggested that it might be best as a solo song -- even though Fagen hadn't come out with a solo CD in over a decade by then.

Then Morph came out, and while I love it, it's a 53-minute album featuring an instrumental reprise and six of the other eight tracks go on extra long (not that I'm complaining) with the band trading choruses over and over before the fade out. Take those away, and you have a Meet the Beatles-length CD.

There's not a stinker in the bunch between the three albums (though I'm not 'Brite Nitegown's biggest fan), but you might just come to the conclusion that there just aren't a whole hell of a lot of recorded snippets that are actual songs.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 14:00:38 ET
Posted by: Jugboat, out of the shower

I haven't seen any demos/outtakes from Everything Must Go or Two Against Nature. Fagen & Becker must be keeping a tight lid on them or I might have to look harder.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 12:35:46 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

"Was it"

Katz - that sounds right.

The Bear is fantastic

2nd Arrangment
The Bear
Kulee Baba
Can't Write Home About You

are as good as anything they've released officially

Kind Spirit - not bad either

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 12:31:50 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

2nd A really sounds like it belongs on The Nightfly or on a post-80s Fagen album. Got that reggae hybrid shuffle al la IGY. Highly sophisticated chord progress similar to the title track of TN. 5:16-5:20 is my favorite part.

Vocals are just a little flat, but WHAT A NIGHT back in 2011...

What it Rogers Nichols who was quoted as this was the best finished track on Gaucho?

Here's the longest fragment from the original recording - no vocals or horns, but the core track. Very nice.

Porcaro on drums (check out Boz Scaggs' Miss Sun for similar shuffle)

Bass - Anthony Jackson (Glamour Profession like pseudo disco lick or two)

Rhodes - Fagen? Don Grolnick?

Piano - Rob Mounsey

Rhythm Guitar: Hugh McCracken?

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 12:27:59 ET
Posted by: Dan Historian, o o o

Gary Katz told Rolling Stone at the time that they recorded 12 songs for Gaucho. 2nd Arrangement was his favorite.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 12:04:13 ET
Posted by: Silurian, somewhere

They played the Bear quite a few times in 2011 if I remember correctly.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 11:26:33 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Jimmie, depends on whether D&W are up to it. All we can do is wait and see.

Had Gaucho ended up with Second Arrangement, Kulee Baba, The Bear, Kind Spirit, I Can't Write Home About You, and a few more songs like those, the end result would've been a much different album, more uptempo and hard-hitting. Most listeners really dig those tracks. When you consider the amount of stuff left on the cutting room floor, D&W probably had enough material to cut another album.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 10:55:36 ET
Posted by: Mustard Gas, Princeton

Jon Herington just released his new CD called Adult Entertainment. You can hear one of the tracks on Jon's Facebook page. The song "Mind Over Matter" kind of sounds like Tom Petty.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 09:34:17 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Hoboken, NJ

Gordy: If those Gaucho outtakes didn't meet Donald or Walt's standards of perfection they wouldn't have preformed them at the Beacon a few years ago.

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 09:31:40 ET
Posted by: Lucky, mooke

Jimmie- Nobody really gives a flying f*ck what you want

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 07:45:30 ET
Posted by: Jimmie, N

Someone tell Don & Walt that I'll happily pay full CD price for seven songs and 38 minutes of new music.

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 23:36:15 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

If Gaucho had been released in the CD era, Kulee Baba and possibly 2nd Arrangement would be included.

KB is already >> My Rival, TooM

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 19:59:41 ET
Posted by: Gordy, NYC

All of those Gaucho outtakes are extremely good but they don't meet Donald or Walt's standards of perfection so they remain unreleased.

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 18:47:49 ET
Posted by: Michael,

I Can't Write Home About You is such a great song. I can't believe it never got farther than the rough demo.

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 16:30:06 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Some eclectic stuff like REM and Prefab Sprout might survive:

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 15:55:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Costello + SD together for the Bacharach/Costello #s would have worked. DF is a big Bacharach fan...and if fits the direction Df was heading (Cole Porter - like Big Noise New York, Can't Write Home About You) before writer's block hit just after The Nightfly.

200-300 years from now, which artists/composers will still be played from the rock era??

Stevie Wonder
Queen - limited to a few songs (Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, Somebody to Love)
Elton John

Sinatra, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and a whole lotta jazz survives. Kenny Garrett's

I would not be surprised if Fagen's solo work is of more interest than Steely Dan centuries from now.

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 13:33:17 ET
Posted by: Mick, CA

From what I can recall, they eliminated "Reelin'" from the setlist on the 2006 tour with Michael McDonald. Many fans were angry. But they invited Bonnie Raitt to sing "Dirty Work" which brought the house down. This was at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Even back then, the setlist wasn't as rigid as it is today.

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 11:15:51 ET
Posted by: Roger, La Jolly, CA

It's a useless point to make because the shows are the same with or without an opener these days (years, decades). But an opening act eliminates any chance of an esoteric setlist. Even back in '06, Fagen said that they had to keep Mike M's audience in mind with the songs they chose.

Date: Sun, May 15, 2016, 00:56:44 ET
Posted by: Wasabi Dan, Springfield IL

I think the Steely Dan/Steve Winwood shows will draw a good crowd this Summer. Last year's pairing with Elvis Costello was too awkward for a lot of people.

Date: Sat, May 14, 2016, 18:02:43 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

After all my bitching and kvetching, my wife
surprised me today and announced (a couple of weeks prior
to my Birthday) that she got me tickets to the Tampa
concert with Steely Dan & Steve Winwood.
I can die happy now. I will see Steely Dan
again and nothing else really matters. I am a Superfan !

Date: Sat, May 14, 2016, 06:03:40 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Grant Green Jr., Bernard Purdie & Wil Blades live May 27th/28th
Boom Boom Room, San Francsico
Wow! Did not expect to ever see Bernard Purdie Live.
Walter is a fan of Grant Green, his Jr. son (now 60) sounds funky too.
Wil Blades a groovy B3 player.
Home at Last and Babylon Sisters will hopefully find their way into the set list.

Date: Sat, May 14, 2016, 05:01:46 ET
Posted by: Seafoam Mean, Bodega Bay, CA

Steely Dan on Jeff "Skunk" Baxter

Donald Fagen:

I really felt for the guy, you know. It's like he had this preconceived idea that we were gonna be some rock and roll band that stuck it out to the end…even when things got real heavy, you know? ABC records put the band together. We were like, a pickup band just to get these songs out so people would…anyway, that's not what you asked. Skunk was a really good guy. He was super eager to have a blast. During the 1974 tour, he felt the band wasn't spending enough time together or something, so he arranged these…Monopoly nights? Parchisi nights? I sorta steered clear and let him do his thing.

Walter Becker:

Skunk had these game nights, man. He really rallied for em' but nobody was really into it. Jeff Porcaro, one of the drummers at the time, he would always show. I'm not sure if he felt bad or him or what. Jeff was a really sweet guy.

Jeff Porcaro:

That guy was hilarious. He'd tell these super cheesy jokes, man…and I'd dig because I thought he was being…ironic? I don't know…like I thought he knew the jokes were cheesy and he was making fun of them….but then he started conjuring up these "inside" jokes with me on stage. He'd sorta look back at me and laugh… and then he'd walk back around the drum riser and sorta pop his head up at me and make some comment like "I was jus thinking, maybe If Don didn't make me play so many solos, I'd have time to survey some uh the happening chicks…" so I'd laugh, you know? Then he'd go back to his spot, wait a sec, then turn around with this knowing smile and I'd kinda force a grin… which wasn't too hard, he was way goofy…and those game nights man…

Jim Hodder:

Yeah he and Jeff got along alright. He really kinda got on my nerves. Before Royce joined, it was Jeff who'd play congas at our shows. He took it very seriously. He'd always walk back around my drum riser between songs and ask stuff like "Am I throwing your thing off? Just tell me if this is workin' or not" and I never knew what he was playing, I couldn't hear him. Sometimes he'd tune the congas to my kit. He'd moan about being a drummer on the he'd say "Man, it's a drag having to break these drums down every night, you know?" He actually didn't have to take his congas down. I didn't break my drums down…the drum tech did. He just really wanted to connect with the drummer on some level…I think he found that in Jeff. They used to go get hamburgers and stuff like that... outside the band…they had these board game nights too...

Donald Fagen:

He really was pretty hurt when we split the touring band up. Denny, Walter and I had a sorta phone tree, so that one of us would be calling him every night. Denny was good at it…he'd actually talk badly about Walt and I so that Jeffrey wouldn't wise up to the scheme…

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 13:26:16 ET
Posted by: Cheapo, USA

Live Nation is offering $20- tickets (lawns/pavs) to many shows this summer including our own beloved.

Sale is on for one week only. Get 'em while u can.

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 13:25:25 ET
Posted by: Midnight Cruiser, San Francisco

Better hurry. Many venues have already sold out of those $20 Steely Dan Lawn tix.

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 12:32:11 ET
Posted by: Hal, Albany NY

Interesting article, Mt. Belzoni. Problem with Donald & Walt is they don't feel a need to revisit their album tracks like Billy Joel does.

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 12:16:42 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

reminder: many $20 SD lawn tickets available throughout the US. Just picked up a few for Mansfield.

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 10:40:06 ET
Posted by: Grandpa Jones, Hee Haw

Billy Joel improvises his setlist at his shows. Completely different approach than Steely Dan.

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 03:15:16 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

From an interview in the San Diego Union-Tribune this week with Billy Joel:

Q: How do you strike a balance at a stadium gig between playing your hits and deep album cuts?

A: We do album tracks and I prefer playing them to the big hits. You have to do a certain amount of big hits, because the audience wants to hear what they know. But if you play too many album tracks, it’s like playing your whole new album, and people go: “Uh-oh.” There are a lot of songs people don’t know I’ve written, which are the album tracks, and I find it interesting to revisit them. Sometimes, you get what we call a “fielder’s choice.” I tell the audience: “I can’t do everything, so I’ll give you your choice of two songs.” And, depending on their response, that’s what we do.

Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 23:11:10 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Dear friends: sorry about the spam. I will see that it's dealt with the soon as possible tomorrow. I'm away from a regular computer right now so it's a little hard for me to manage. So please just ignore it and thank you for your patience.

Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 17:47:02 ET
Posted by: McDuck, Columbus, OH

Steely Dan songs that Donald hates to sing at concerts:

1. Doctor Wu
2. Ricki
3. Bad Sneakers
4. Do it Again

Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 10:49:40 ET
Posted by: geo, NJ

Anthony- If Jeff Porcaro was still in Toto I might agree with you. Ain't happening.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 15:37:59 ET
Posted by: wormy, elsewhere

traveled across town and caught the New Orleans show
bright beautiful weekend unlike the second week of jazzfest

the usual abbreviated fest show
other than Mike McDonald0 sitting in on Pretzel Logic

The songs were incredibly strong
Donald's voice was in great form and he only did the wiry vocals on Black Friday

Walt continues to digress into cheap blues licks
he can't even play his own solos anymore

well received

going to Pine Knob in June
thankfully catch a fabulous Steve Winwood doing Traffic songs in high flight to wet the palette

hopefully the Dan will play a full set

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 14:33:11 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

A number of the posts have been great, even if I don't agree with them. But others have this attitude that needs to be adjusted. Just for starters, being hypercritical, using "fuck" in your posts, and insulting other posters is much closer to Donald Trump and very far away from SD.

Fly low and be cool.



Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 14:30:27 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest went out in the past few minutes and covers April 23-May10, 2016. The previous edition covered April 14-22, 2016.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

- Tues, 5/10: Mr. & Mrs. Leonhart and Co. perform in NYC
- Anyone know about this SD concert dvd?
- SD Manager Irving Azoff's Open Letter to Google/YouTube
- Cindy's Pro-Son
- RIP: Gato Barbieri
- REDUX: SPOILER: 4/18, Port Chester, NY - Set List
- SPOILER: 4/22-New Orleans: JazzFest
- SPOILER: 5/22-New Orleans: Jazzfest Review
- SPOILER: 5/22-New Orleans: Jazzfest Photos
- SPOILER: Media Coverage of SD at NOLA Jazz Fest
- SPOILER: 5/24-Birmingham, AL
- SPOILER: 4/27-Wallingford, CT: Set List
- SPOILER: 4/29-Niagra Falls: Setlist
- SPOILER: 4/29-Niagra Falls: "Tasty"
- SPOILER: SD reels in the years at Seneca Niagara - Gusto
- SPOILER: 4/29-Niagra Falls: "drop-dead killer good show"
- SPOILER: 4/30-Borgata Setlist
- SPOILER: 4/30-Borgata Setlist

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Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 14:20:47 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Thanks for the heads up Richard. I found it odd that the lawn was already sold out at Great Woods when I checked a few weeks ago; now I know why.

Tough to pass up a Dan show for $20, even on the now-tiny Great Woods lawn.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 12:54:02 ET
Posted by: Richard Compton, NH

Live Nation is offering Lawn tickets for $20 between May 13-May 20. Steely Dan is on the list. Go to for more info.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 12:31:22 ET
Posted by: Lava, Blues Beach

Don't forget. May 19 is Official Steely Dan Day.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 20:17:46 ET
Posted by: Dusty, Passaic, New Jersey

There's a show with Toto & Boz Scaggs at The Foxwoods Casino on August 25 in Mashantucket, CT. Tickets are only $55/$30. Boz Scaggs likes to call himself the "father" of Toto.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 20:01:07 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Clete, please, let's break out the violins. Irving calls the DMCA "outdated," yet fails to mention how the labels, performance rights organizations and the film industry are responsible for prolonging copyright length so that they can maintain their monopolies. They like to present themselves as being all about protecting artists' rights and revenue stream, yet nothing could be further from the truth. On the subject of transparency (ha!), the labels are renowned for their shady tactics, using every means possible to pinch every last penny and deprive artists of their own art. How generous that after no less than 35 years - which, incidentally, is 10 more than copyrights were originally supposed to last - artists have a limited window to regain ownership of their own work. Irving then asks if YouTube would like to be a "good partner" like terrestrial radio is. Now that is funny. Payola, anyone? *snap* Or how about the Fair Play Fair Pay Act (labels) vs the Local Radio Freedom Act (broadcasters)? Ironic behavior for such good partners.

Further reading to keep you all warm and cozy.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 17:42:52 ET
Posted by: Bob,

I wouln't mind seeing / hearing Toto once, but Georgey, you make it sounds like a meal deal when Steely Dan gives better value for the money. Sorry--your post leaves me less inclined to see Toto. Insulting.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 15:31:50 ET
Posted by: Georgy Porgy, California

When the Steely Dan tour finishes in July, may I suggest attending "An Evening with Toto" Summer tour which begins in August? Tickets for Toto are much cheaper and you'll get more music with no opening act. From what I hear it will be one long night of hits and deep album tracks. Fans of Steely Dan will probably enjoy it. I'm hoping Keith Carlock rejoins Toto, but it doesn't look like it.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 13:30:23 ET
Posted by: Longshoreman, Buffalo NY

Paul Simon never says much anyway. He's a real laid-back low-key kind of guy. Just watch his deadpan performance of his "You Can Call Me Al" video with Chevy Chase. He's exactly like that. Everytime I see Paul he always changes the setlist. Paul doesn't like to fill up his setlist with the same old hits. Fagen & Becker should do the same.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 13:16:44 ET
Posted by: Clete, N

Open letter from Irving Azoff to youtube.

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 12:52:19 ET
Posted by: yeah, right

Paul Simon can barely speak......but he can tour and sing 20 songs a night?! Who cares about his plastic face.

I know a woman who had excellent cosmetic surgery. It wasn't her face though :)

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 11:20:25 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Simon didn't say much because his plastic surgery rendered him almost unable to speak.

Why do people who never had to rely on their looks for their fame do stuff like that to their face? If you're Lorne Michaels, sitting across from him at the table, do you just avert your glare the entire time?

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 10:37:29 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Saw Paul Simon at Winstar Casino on Saturday night. It was similar to a Steely Dan concert in a few ways. The nine-piece band (2 horn players, 2 drummers/percussionists, 2 guitarists, 1 bassist, 1 piano/organ/keyboard player, 1 accordion/utility player) opened with a non-Simon song before Paul Simon came out. There was a mix of songs such that a casual fan would recognize many, but by no means all, of the songs - it wasn't an all-hit concert. Simon didn't say much, just got on with the next song. The crowd went crazy on the hits, but seemed to get into the new and obscure and cover songs, too.

I always find it emotional when I see an artist for the first time and hear songs that were part of my youth and early adulthood. It was no different here. Hearing The Boxer was reverential.

I wish that I could see SD for the first time live again. I never tire of going to SD concerts, but the first one is magical.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 22:54:29 ET
Posted by: Kam Fong, TX

I wonder where Denny Dias is? His last known appearance was at the final Beacon show with Steely Dan in October last year. He has no website or Facebook page. I always liked the videos of Denny Dias & Friends I see on YouTube.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 19:44:31 ET
Posted by: Winston, Pittsburgh

I rank Nightfly as my third favorite of Donald's solo albums:

1. Morph The Cat
2. Kamakiriad
3. The Nightfly
4. Sunken Condos

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 18:13:12 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Doc Mu is correct. No matter how many times politicians trot out the democracy canard, we're a constitutional republic. We're not supposed to have stuff like SuperPACs/lobbyists buying influence.

Many audiophiles consider The Nightfly one of the best recordings of all time. Given modern capabilities in high-fidelity recording and technical proficiency, it's amazing that it hasn't been surpassed by a preponderance of other top-tier productions. There's something to be said about the astute attention to detail on the part of both Nichols and Fagen. Studio mastery is an art form all its own.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 14:17:10 ET
Posted by: Ice Train, reading Eminent Hipsters again

I think Donald's attitude is something like "Why should we rehearse different songs and change the setlist when these douchebags keep coming to our shows no matter what we play?"

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 14:00:27 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

2 to the 20th

Thx autocorrect

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 13:59:28 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean: The irony of Bop Til You drop is that it might have been a fabulous record in rich analog, particularly because it was recorded Live. Digital audio is first and foremost a noise reduction system, and therefore unless there's enough information, meaning that if CDs were really the mythical 20 bit (2 to the both power) and 192 kHz sampling rates instead of the crap 16/44.2 kHz they might capture some of the richness of the instruments.

What gives the 3-D sound of a tenor sax or high hat or Gibson guitar is not just what appears to be signal, but the noise. Fear of tape hiss destroyed Katy Lied, and led to the 2-D tinny digital aural world we live in today.

Also ironic that W&D would throw in the group recording towel by recording a after dropping a way undervalued EMG because of the "singles" promotion and primacy of order of the Last Mall and Blues Beach. Tracks that should be at the end of the album...again, play EMG in reverse order of tracks for a more satisfying experience, kids!

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 13:42:50 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Reggae Sunday

Doc Mu: "a Ry Cooder album that no one remembers..."

I believe you are referring to Bop til You Drop. This wasn't reviewed all that favorably, but it's always been one of my favorite Cooder albums. "The Very Thing That Makes You Rich" is a fucking masterpiece.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 12:10:33 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

This would make the SD catalog the first digitally remastered series, just before the DDD release of Nightly, which I believe is the 2nd all digital recording...after a Ry Cooder album that no one remembers...

Hey Bill - find the word "Democracy" in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. I'll wait.

We're not one. Heck, the Constitution had to be amended to allow popular vote for Senators!

The GOP and Dem Party are "clubs" and not bound to the Constitution or Greek Democracy or w/e at all...which is why voters should vote for neither whenever possible.

Soooooooooo...SD is a "club" and therefore can play the same setlist every year...and become the same pre-fab suburban plastic monstrosities they rebelled against so many years ago.

...or they could be cool and play Kulee Baba.

...or take real time request nights like Ben Folds...

Oh, you forgot that Mr. Q's personal writings from the great philosophers of the Western World, dead or not! ;)

Re: the Masters are sometimes not so masterful.

Tape Research: Andrew Watson
Product manager: Toshio Asami

"DSD flat transferred from US original analog master tapes"

Edited in DSD by Manabu Matsumura

OK, same problem as Countdown To Ecstasy. It's been stated many times that the original master tapes are in terrible condition and that's why they've never been used for any release in the last 30 years except once in 1992 when because of a blunder by the record company they were used for the 1992 CD reissue. The blunder was quickly picked up and was seen as such a disaster that the record company went to the expense of immediately reissuing all the CDs, this time correctly sourced from the digital masters that Roger Nichols had cut from the original master tapes in 1981, before the rot set in.

Then as we know W&D& Nichols remastered the digital remasters and released the definitive 1998-1999 series. Eliot Scheiner repackaged the DVD-A stereo and 5.1 recordings of TvN, Gaucho, Nightfly, Kamakiriad. I don't think D&W authorized a DVD-A of Aja. The original master for I Got the News has been MIA for many years.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 11:52:24 ET
Posted by: Lionel, Atlanta

Good call! Peter Q = NY Bill. It's the same kind of creep.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 08:47:22 ET
Posted by: NYB, A rose by any other name

No I'm afraid I'm not "Peter Q". Have I attempted to sell you fraudulent mortgage-backed securities? Have I built up an entire resume' of false information referenced to books I never wrote and interviews I never gave to CNN? Have I transferred my undying support of George W. Bush to the Trump campaign? Do I have an unhealthy fixation with Foghat?

These are the burning questions that one must ask before assuming God can be anything other than God.


Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 02:04:22 ET
Posted by: jive miguel, nyc

tonight when i taste the dragon!

Date: Fri, May 06, 2016, 18:41:21 ET
Posted by: WB Rant, 4/27/16

Oh yeah!

Hello, people of Connecticut. What a beautiful, beautiful evening it is to be here in this wonderful auditorium, enjoying the presence of the finest Steely Dan fans known to man, right here, right now.

Lucky thing too, because we’ve got the best Steely Dan band as far as I know that we’ve ever had here!

And not only that, but we’re gonna play all your favorite songs cause we got over all that other bullshit and now we just play the songs that people wanna hear. How do you like that? Yeah! And we play ‘em hard, we slam ‘em, folks. The grooves keep on coming, no pussyfooting around and it’s ba-bam-boom-ba-boom-boom-boom-boom-bow all night long, all night long, until you can’t take one more hit. One more hit, you can’t take it.

And then we wander on home in the twilight, thinking “oh man, that’s what it used to be like! We’d go out at night on a beautiful evening and hear music and have a great fucking time! That’s what life was like! We did it every weekend, at least once. And the music was good and we were good and everything was everything,” I do believe.

That’s right, and you could –

[Someone in the crowd yells something]

- Yes, exactly and you tell the mayor, I ain’t drunk and I ain’t high and I ain’t crazy and I’m waiting here on the phone for him when he gets ready to pick up cause I got a few things that I wanted to mention to him.

I don’t know where that came from, but uh, anyway:

You head on back. You head on back to your palace, because every man’s home is his castle, right? And every man’s little itty bitty pretty one is a queen, you know? And the king and the queen sit down on the couch there and they decide they’re gonna have a little taste tonight …. [insert standard lead up to “The Cuervo Gold” here]

Date: Fri, May 06, 2016, 17:00:35 ET
Posted by: Paul and Mary, here

NYBill, you sound an awful lot like Peter Q.

Date: Fri, May 06, 2016, 10:35:56 ET
Posted by: Michael,

There's no way to create hi-res audio without access to the original masters. More than likely the remasters were produced in the States in order to be sold in Japan. They also get bonus tracks for Japanese issues of domestic albums. A lot of reissues of albums long out of print here, such as Dreamwalkin' by Eric Tagg or Dinner With Raoul by Bliss Band, carry steep price tags.

Date: Fri, May 06, 2016, 10:05:05 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

Thanks for the link, Still Sparkin. I'll take a look, at that price I'm inclined to try it. I still don't understand how these import guys can create a high res version when D&W can't. Or maybe they can as it turns out and decided not to. Thanks again!

Date: Fri, May 06, 2016, 00:33:05 ET
Posted by: Kurt, Cambridge MA

I want to thank Donald & Walt for playing the same setlist year after year. I've saved a lot of money by not buying a ticket to your shows. I've been using the money to attend concerts by other artists with better setlists like Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, etc. Thanks again, Don & Walt and keep on playin' the same setlist!

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 23:30:25 ET
Posted by: Still Sparkin', HK


The Pretzel Logic disc I have is an SHM-SACD from CD Japan. They also did a Countdown to Ecstasy in the same format.

I think you're mostly asking about what tapes they were using.

That discussion, with all of its questions, suggestions, hints, analysis, outrage, arguments, charts and measurements, etc. etc. can be found on the pages dedicated to this release in Steve Hoffman Forums.

For my money, the disc does not sound amazing. I will return to it for several more listens. I also have the Pretzel Logic SHM CD and will bring in some neutral ears to see how much and in which ways they sound different.

I have as well the Aja SHM SACD....and the Aja SHM. The SHM CD is cheaper and I think it sounds better, but I have friends who disagree after hearing both on my setup.

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 19:28:57 ET
Posted by: Michael, (☉_☉)

They won't play this either.

Take Five (Brubeck)
Your Gold Teeth II
Kulee Baba
Green Earrings
Don't Let Me In
Any Major Dude Will Tell You
*New Song*
Nikki (Bacharach)
The Second Arrangement
Glamour Profession
Almost Gothic
*New Song*

Theme from Death Wish 3 (Moran/Page)

I Can't Write Home About You
My Old School

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 17:40:35 ET
Posted by: Soup, at KFC

Good setlist but they ain't gonna play it.

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 16:01:44 ET
Posted by: a, b

Deacon Blues/Babylon Sisters (Instrumental Overture)
Green Book
Black Friday
You Got the Bear
Night by Night
Kid Charlemagne
Dr Wu
Negative Girl (Danettes)
Slang of Ages (WB)
Hey 19 (Band Intros)
My Old School
Reelin' in the Years

Pretzel Logic

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 10:47:28 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

Still Sparkin', where did you get an SACD version of Pretzel Logic? As far as I have seen and read, SD only has the original analog masters of Gaucho and Aja which they used to create the DVD-A and SACD versions (2VN, EMG and DF's first three solo works have all been re-issued on high res formats too). If they don't have the originals, then no one would be able to create high-res formats. So, I'm curious about this Pretzel Logic SACD you have. Can you share some details?


Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 09:54:43 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Channel 7 Eyewitness News

Chris - WB did in fact once again refer to "my darling, Roger Rosenberg" during the band introductions at the Niagara Falls NY show last Friday. Also during the intros, after Michael Leonhart played a short, odd-sounding burst of notes, Walter said, "It's OK, Michael - we'll get you a new horn". When Walt Weiskopf followed immediately with an equally odd bit, Walter added with a laugh, "We'll get you a new one too, Walt!".

Mr. Becker sure appeared to be having fun that night. Hopefully all this joviality bodes well for the future of Steely Dan as a live act...and maybe as a live act with one more great studio set in them. WB can smell it - "It's in the air" - can you?

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 09:19:39 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Hey M/O/D/P, thanks for the review.

One question though, and this goes for anyone else that caught a show this leg - does Walter still introduce Mr. Rosenberg as "My darling Rodger Rosenberg"?

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 06:40:45 ET
Posted by: Still Sparkin', Hong Kong

Mr Mt Belzoni,

You are talking about a Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab disc that is an SACD, correct ?

If it is a dual layer disc, you can play it on a regular CD player, meaning that it has an SACD layer and a CD layer. Of course to get the SACD effect, you need an SACD player of some sort. Those are not expensive anymore, and often SACD comes bundled into Blu Ray or DVD players.

If it is only an SACD, then it will not play back on a CD player. I have a copy of Pretzel Logic that is only SACD.

So, you need to check to see if the SACD is dual or single layer.

I absolutely recommend that you order from Japan CD a copy of the Nightfly SACD. It plays back at least three different ways: multichannel 5.1 surround sound, SACD, and CD. I happen to have a pretty good CD player, and the CD playback of that disc is far and away the best I have heard that album in stereo. In general, any of the SACDs that were made as dual layer discs have very impressive CD layers. AT first, I found it surprising that a high resolution format like SACD didn't end up sounding as good as the CD layer of the same disc. That could be the difference though between the DAC (Digital Analogue Converter) in my CD player and the DAC in my Oppo Blue Ray player, which has the capacity to play SACD, DVD-A, and multi channel discs. What that really means is my CD player cost more. Regardless, I expect on any CD player the Nightfly SACD that I got from Japan CD, and that I think is still for sale on that website, gives you a great CD version.

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 04:41:32 ET
Posted by: Steve , Here

Speaking of teases, at the end if many shows during the 1996, 2000, and 2006 tours, Donald would sign off with "see you next year." Of course we didn't--but so what???

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 03:21:43 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Quick question for some of the audiophiles around here: does one need specialized equipment to appreciate an SACD recording like those from Mobile Fidelity? Can one discern an appreciable audio difference on a routine CD player? Thanks in advance for any input.

[Still waiting for D&W to add NW dates to the end of the tour . . . ]

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 01:23:11 ET
Posted by: Clemenza, in the bedroom

Jim Pugh will be doing a workshop at the University of Illinois from June 26-July 2 according to his website. Jim might be limiting his appearances with Steely Dan this Summer.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 16:28:15 ET
Posted by: Hot Pants, Cincinnati

Back in 2013 Walter Becker told Billboard that he can "smell" a new Steely Dan album coming. Then Walter went on to say "It's in the air, it really is. It's just a smell now. The next thing is then you taste it, then you start to feel it. You know how this goes". I wonder what happened to that "smell"? Maybe it was just a fart. Now Walter is at it again. Making vague statements about new Steely Dan songs. I think Walter is just ribbing us.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 14:26:03 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Finger snapping cool by the great Dexter Gordon. Very reminiscent of the classic Kenny Dorham/Joe Henderson stuff as well...this kind of stuff is woven into Fagen and Becker fabric.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 11:29:51 ET
Posted by: Michael,

If they write new songs, we'll know.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 09:05:16 ET
Posted by: Greek Stud, enjoying a latte

I don't know. Walter might be teasing us. I need to hear the same from Donald's mouth.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 07:44:35 ET
Posted by: Michael,

M/O/D/P, although his wording was vague, the fact that Walter mentioned the possibility of writing new material suggests that it's under consideration. Hey, that's cool with me.

Now here's a great song for you to check out.

Alan Hawkshaw - Man Of Means

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 06:31:42 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I was only complaining a couple of months back about $360 for 2 seats in what would be about 25 or so rows back from the stage.
That seemed a little unreasonable to me.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 02:23:38 ET
Posted by: poverty , sux

Tru dat M/O/D/P is on fire lately with his posting. As far as being in the Top 5,all time,as Dylnfan intimated, how he measures up against some of the many Bluebook greats (some now deceased) is a debate that might rage on for some time.

Here is an excerpt from M/O/D/P, not a douchebag as someone suggested, but a well-attired Canuck, apparently with some serious jack. Even if he is truly an indigent poser, as a Canadian, he will be entitled to a much better financial safety net in his old age than the US Social Security awaiting (maybe)these financially-challenged US-based Danfans:

"I really can't imagine - try as I might - the financial and logistical hardships apparently faced by yourself and (possibly) others, to the point where even thinking about dedicating a couple hundred dollars out of the yearly budget to seeing one's favorite band could make for such a fretful experience. I do remember having to make difficult concert choices once, but that was a long time ago indeed. I mean, jeez, I was a wide-eyed little whelp with a thankless after-school job back then - just a dumb kid. An employed adult professional in 2016 with things that bad? It must be awful. And shame on Don & Walt for further exacerbating these dire circumstances! And the Corolla, fer chrissakes - that only serves to further compound the bleakness and poignancy of your sorrowful tale."

Over time, and via observation, a real head-scratcher for me has been the huge sums of cash forked up (perhaps tens of thousands $US)for loss of work, travel, hotels, tix and merch by a fair number of Steely Fans to attend shows by people of relatively modest means. All this for generally the same shows, venues and setlists with maybe a tune or two variation for each performance.

On the flip side, M/O/D/P's post struck a chord with me in that there are a considerable number of people, past and present on this board that admit to having trouble coming up with a paltry $100 in their "yearly" budgets, seemingly have to sacrifice groceries, utilities or rent, to attend a Steely Dan Show. This is especially troubling that the major demographic group on the board is caucasian, above average intelligence, probably in the 50 to 65 year-old range,and historically up until now apparently, the richest demographic.

For those who fit that profile, and $100 puts you in a financial pinch, you are in a deep shit, have been in deep shit, and will be in deeper shit when you can no longer work, if you even work. Like the Grasshopper in Aesop's Fables, you have fiddled your life away. The only remedy at this stage are not Steely Dan tickets, rather Lottery Tickets.

And, if $100 is that critical to a goodly percentage of 55 year-old white dudes, the US itself is in far worse shape than could have been imagined.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 01:40:04 ET
Posted by: OMG, Indio

The Rolling Stones : Bob Dylan
Paul McCartney : Neil Young
Roger Waters : The Who

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 00:35:05 ET
Posted by: Joe, NYC

Whog ives a fuk?

Theyre gonna play the hits anyway.

fuck you, Steely Dan, you haven't done a good tour since The Wall.

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016, 00:24:00 ET
Posted by: Shut Up, And Play The Hits

Well a lot of you have obviously seen lots more Steely Dan shows than me. I just saw them once, in '89 or something (That's what my wife says. The show was either so bad or so good that I don't remember a THING!) So excuse me if I'm pretty excited to see Steely and Skunk wailing on DO ME AGAIN!

And now I did some digging and found out that Two Versus Nature isn't even their newest record. Did you know there was another new one called EVERYTHING MUST GO? Woopf, if they play that one when I see them it's goibng to be EVERYONE MUST GO (to the bathroom). You know what I mean!

Anyway I do like some of the deep cuts like JOSIE and SHOW BIZ KIDS. But you know they just don't give a F*** about any of the fans!

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 23:20:51 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

EC, take my word for it, you really want to meet Don Patrol in person. GREAT guy.

M/O/D/P if you go to the Falls for any other reason, drop me a line. A good friend of mine owns a very good Italian Restaurant (Fortuna's) and I know a couple other hidden gems--still open as far as I know. I'll find out in July.

Also a buddy of mine owns a motel, newly, totally, remodeled, should you need to crash.

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 21:46:58 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

EC, if it turns out you're going to 'Toga, we'll be tailgating in a big red station wagon.
Keep an eye out, and maybe we can have a mini Danfest. Always good to meet other Bluebookers face to face.

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 21:46:18 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, And another thing...

A few random, leftover Niagara Falls NY bits that I forgot to add to my previous review, but which if added then would have made it even more bloated & sprawling...

No Jim Pugh again, and no explanation of his absence. I didn't catch the new guy's name, but he was very good. Here's hoping all is OK with Jim.

Michael - That comment from Walter about "new songs" made me think of your posts here, as he was speaking. There was no particular reaction from the crowd, either way, as there often is when WB says something that actually connects with the audience en masse. I cheered loudly, but no-one else around us did, as far as I could tell. I would feel more hopeful if he'd phrased it, "UNTIL we release our new songs", but he didn't. I'm with you, though. Anything, full album or just a single, would be welcomed with open arms.

The Dean - Thanks for the food tips. I have duly noted both eateries as study sites for my next cross-border research project. That'll probably be next year, when it's time for SD to play that gawdawful casino again, but who knows?

Another indication of who is attending these shows - there was a long-haired, well-dressed guy, maybe in his late thirties/early forties, standing near us and playing lots of air guitar while singing along (not loudly enough to be distracting or annoying - he was clearly just having a great time). I guess he noticed that I was scrawling some quick notes on a scrap of paper - the setlist - so he kept asking me, "What was that song?" after anything he didn't recognize. He did this for Time out of Mind, Godwhacker, Two Against Nature, Walter's great rendition of Daddy, and again during the intro to Show Biz Kids, which admittedly now sounds nothing like the recorded version on Countdown. After the show, he told me that he is a "big Steely Dan fan", and he is probably more of a typical fan than most of us here reading The Bluebook. I'll bet if he'd gotten more than five unrecognizable tunes that night he would have left a lot less happy. Not a shot - just an observation.

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 14:12:18 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

@Don Patrol - I still plan to be at Saratoga on the 10th, although I don't have a ticket yet. Looks like there are still lots left through the venue (so far), from $160 to cheap seats way out on the lawn for $60. I'll probably just get there a few hours before showtime and see what I can come up with. That's worked pretty good for me in the past, there and elsewhere.

@The Dean, I'm with you on this one. Duff's has ALWAYS been better than Honey's. More consistent, better service, and they even have a "house" draft beer now (very good too). And no wait staff standing around smoking or talking or playing on the phone while customers wait half an hour for their order to be taken. You hear that, Honey's owners? Bad service = unhappy customers = out of business.

Looking forward to the next review, hopefully of the June 07 show, and definitely excited about the Hollywood Bowl.

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 12:13:35 ET
Posted by: Sax, Laguna Beach, CA

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Two Against Nature will be played with the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl gig which should be VERY interesting. It's a shame that not everybody will be able to travel to Los Angeles to see this show.

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 07:58:46 ET
Posted by: Michael,

tact, "I thought the crowd was not very enthusiastic for much of the show. Some of the deadbeats near me didn't even applaud after songs."

People are fixated on their phones more than anything else, it seems. They pay more attention to social media than what's right in front of them.

M/O/D/P, "Wait a minute. What was that? 'Unless we write some new ones' ?? A possible indication of something, or maybe of nothing at all? Who knows. WB said it - I didn't. Stay tuned."


Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 23:06:24 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

M/O/D/P, Duffs is now in Niagara Falls? Now those are real wings. Honey's was always a trap for the Canadians! Although, I admit, drunk, at 3AM, the pizza and wings weren't too bad--if you ate them there. Next time go to La Hacienda on Pine Avenue for pizza, if you get there an hour before a show. That will rock your world. Or try a Viola's sub--double steak and cheese. Trust me.

Thanks for the great review.

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 21:50:00 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, Aunt Faye's couch

Dean-I've got to disagree about Two Against Nature live. The recorded version is obviously excellent, but duplicating the killer percussion at the beginning, which sets the tempo and the groove, is too difficult live IMO. This was the first time I've heard it live, though.

Dave(from acquisitions)- I thought the crowd was not very enthusiastic for much of the show. Some of the deadbeats near me didn't even applaud after songs. I almost went across the aisle to check one guy for a pulse. I can see why DF wrote some of those things in his book. Geriatric fucks. :-)

Other random thoughts from the Borgata show:
I thought the new intro was fantastic. Very up-tempo, high energy and lots of horns throughout. Really good. DF and the chicks entered from stage right. Wally kind of limped in from the left. Despite the fact that we sometimes complain about the set-list, when they play Black Cow and then Aja, life doesn't get much better than that.

When they played Kid C early in the show, I thought for sure Pretzel Logic would make an appearance later. Much to my dismay it did not. Don't really understand why they concluded the show the way they did. It's not like there was a curfew or anything. They easily had time for another song. Kinda strange, kinda disappointing.

Dirty Work was outstanding. Love that song when the girls sing it. DF got a mostly standing ovation during introductions. Well deserved. Overall, everyone sounded good. No Jim Pugh, however. Hope everything is OK with him. Full house as far as I could tell, around 3000. Great show. I definitely plan on attending my local show in Virginia in July.

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 21:03:49 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, My Niagara Falls NY Seneca Casino show review - better late than never? You be the judge!

So, what do ya wanna hear about first? The drop-dead killer good show, or the silly peripheral stuff?

OK, the show.

It was really good. No...really, really fucking good. To hell with the goddamned set-list whiners who defy all logic and steadfastly sit protesting at home - whatever "home" has become for you sorry fucks - a filth-strewn rental apartment ready to be hastily vacated on a moment's notice, a cardboard box under the freeway, a shitty broken-down goddamned Corolla for fuck's sakes, it's all "home", right? - this was a damned good live performance and a real crowd-pleaser to be sure. Take my word for it. Or take Mrs. M/O/D/P's word for it - she figgers it's one of her favorite SD shows to date, and I've dragged her to a lot of these things...

We arrived a handful of seconds into November Rain, after a really crappy/extra-long/border-BS drive from the barren wilds of Canada. Rather than barge our way past the seated folks who had actually - considerately - arrived early, we figured we'd wait to sit down after the opener concluded. In the end, though, we never did take our seats. There were lots of people dancing on the sidelines, and it ended up being better hanging out on the sidelines, up against the wall, than actually using those level-seating-folding-chairs we'd paid for. Every show is different, and sometimes it just happens that way.

Walter's Hey 19 rap was funny, as it almost always is, and as he ad-libbed and meandered, he announced that tonight the band would be playing, "all the hits, all your favorites, all the best stuff...unless we write some new ones, which is uncertain...".

Wait a minute. What was that? "Unless we write some new ones" ?? A possible indication of something, or maybe of nothing at all? Who knows. WB said it - I didn't. Stay tuned.

Black Friday in particular was killer good. Jon just ripped on his SG. I wish I could play like that, but I can't. But he can. And he surely did.

Two Against Nature. Still one of my personal live favourites - it worked, it cooked, sure, of course, and gauging from the vantage point I had it was easily - easily - the least well-received tune of the evening, overall. So much for The Grammys. So much for the purists. Anyways, the tour subsidizers got their mandatory beer/pee break right around the middle of the proceedings, just where they tend to like it, I'm told.

Bodhisattva got a major standing O. Clearly the people who were actually there - in the room - were having a damned good time - and they were seemingly oblivious to the protestations of a small handful of pukey, vociferous internet critics. As they should have been.

After the jam-packed-two-hour concert, I met a guy in the lobby bar who liked the show OK, but who complained to me that "they didn't play enough hits!". What? Not "enough" hits?? Confused, I prodded this guy for some more in-fah-may-shun. "No 'Do it Again', no 'FM' (his personal fave SD tune, he said), no 'Rikki' ", he complained - suddenly even a clod like me could see his point! This band simply plays too many "deep cuts" and unfamiliar songs! This Steely Dan dude, he's still touring, making a fortune, but he's being a dick - he doesn't even play all of his HITS!! He missed this casual fan's top three faves. What kind of a band does THAT?? Some of us know the answer.

In the end, what we got was a way-better-than-average Casino Show. On a sad note, our usual Niagara Falls NY chicken wing joint - Honey's - is now gone, done, finished, closed forever. Ya hear that, The Dean? Being owned by your former high school gym teacher's family no longer guarantees success for a restaurant in Western New York! We ended up at a place called Duff's, not too far from the old Honey's location. The wings were superb - crispy, hot, amazingly good, and even though the meal we ordered was perhaps a bit repetitive - I mean, we've had Buffalo wings many times before - it was undeniably delicious and deeply satisfying. And we didn't leave disgusted or disappointed 'cause the wings didn't come with some rare, obscure sauce, and we weren't bummed out because they tasted a lot like all the other great chicken wing dinners we've enjoyed over the years.

Some things are just so good they deserve to be repeated, at least once or twice a year, until your time is up. Seeing Steely Dan live is one of those things for me. I love this band, and you should too.


ps - EC, NY - thanks for the Connie Franklin video. I referenced her earlier, but I haven't seen that bit in a long time. Andrea Martin is one very funny lady.
pps - KD, sorry that ya didn't like my Olive Branch post from Friday afternoon. I wrote it just for you, bro/dude. I can't say it was a labor of love, but I can say that I did try to make you smile the way your "Go fuck yourself M/O/D/P" post made me laff. Hey - I tried.

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 14:24:15 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

KD, I have to disagree. SD-related sarcasm, especially when it's as well written as M/O/D/P's, adds more to this board than 90% of the posts on this forum. And I'm sorry to say, that includes yours, since you've gone into your grumpy old man routine. You haven't posted a new thought in quite some time, from what I can tell. Same old grumbling.

2vN is a GREAT song live, IMO. They really get to show their stuff, especially Carlock. Of course, it isn't something many fans have heard before, therefore they don't want to hear it in concert. While I'm on record as someone who would love to hear some different stuff live, if they played the setlists some ask for, most of the crowd would be on a constant bathroom break.

Did Sampson really post "I'm glad they nixed Pretzel Logic"? Are you kidding me?

Shut Up And Play The Hits---funny stuff.

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 13:50:24 ET
Posted by: T/I/X/Z, US

* They did play two against nature but other than that the set list was pretty boring as everyone has said.

* That song in particular was seen as a bathroom break for much of the crowd

That explains why you can't please everyone.

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 12:11:19 ET
Posted by: Dave (from acquisitions), Philadelphia

I was at the borgata show. Band sounded great. Donald's voice was in top form it's really amazing how great his voice sounds these past few years. They did play two against nature but other than that the set list was pretty boring as everyone has said. That song in particular was seen as a bathroom break for much of the crowd. With no opener the entire show was about an hour 45. It's simply amazing how many people were walking around. I sound like an old grumpy super fan but how can you not stay seated for 2 hours without going to the bathroom or getting a beer or whatever! They also started promptly at 8:07 and about a good 10% of the crowd hadn't arrived yet so the first few songs were nothing but constant jostling around while people found their seats in the dark. The intimacy of the room accentuated this of course. I had never seen a show at borgata but other than that everything was great. The sound was perfect from where I was sitting. Hopefully a better setlist when I see them in Camden in a few months but I won't hold my breath.

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 11:15:57 ET
Posted by: DylnFan, Harriburg, PA

I guess what a douchebag M/O/D/P/ is, the only problem is, he's one of the top five posters of all-time, some might even say he is the g.o.a.t.!

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 01:29:18 ET
Posted by: Sly McFly, hangin' out

That's it, folks! No more Steely Dan shows until June 7 with Steve Winwood. What are we supposed to talk about now?

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 01:05:08 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Eric, MDOP, darlings, sarcasm is a crutch for those who have nothing to add.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 23:45:19 ET
Posted by: Joe, NYC

I could come up with a better set with one arm tied behind my back while being pushed down a slide

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 22:14:17 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, no longer in New Jersey, thankfully

Ben Jammin- That setlist is complete horsebleep. The order may not be 100%, but these are the songs they played:
Black Friday
Kid C
Two Against Nature
Green Earrings
Dirty Work
Intros-Joe Tex

Encore- School

DF said" This next song is from the Royal Scam album" and they played Green Earrings.
More tomorrow hopefully.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 21:45:24 ET
Posted by: Ben Forgettin', Indy

Update to the set list: Babylon Sisters followed Aja

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 21:41:48 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy: Tornado Sirens Sounding

According to, the Spring Leg of the tour ended with this set list:

Black Cow
Dirty Work
Black Friday
Kid C.
Hey 19
Encore: My Old Skool

Before the Summer Leg hops in Cinci, I've got to plug the Indy 500. If you've never attended, this is the year to consider it. It's the 100th running, and yes, there's gas in all 33 cars.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 17:06:36 ET
Posted by: Mumbles, White Plains, New York

You guys must be fools. It's clearly stated on AXS TV's website that Steely Dan is not on the broadcast schedule. You should know by now that Donald and Walter would never allow one of their concerts to be filmed and recorded for telecast.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 14:17:47 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. Reggae Sunday

Doc Mu, got a link/URL for those AXS rebroadcasts? I'm posting this from a tablet, but a quick search of the ASX site revealed little. Maybe when I get to the computer, I'll be able to find it. But any extra help is appreciated.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 13:56:47 ET
Posted by: Mike's Wool Hat, MonkeeLand

Hey, boys! The Monkees first new single in 30 years has been released. It's called "She Makes Me Laugh". Go listen to it on YouTube. You'll love it!

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 13:41:12 ET
Posted by: Bam Bam, MI

Still waiting for setlist from last night's show.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 13:21:14 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

For those recapturing or taking in NOLA Jazzfest from afar AXS TV has been rebroadcasting strings of acts...presumably Steely Dan is buried in there. The soundboard record sounds great and camerawork is HD and straightforward.

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 23:38:40 ET
Posted by: Bam Bam, MI

I wonder what the setlist will be for tonight's show?

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 20:01:45 ET
Posted by: Dirty Work, Silco Hill

I really enjoyed "Two against Nature". If all you want is hits then go see a Dan cover band. It is the deep tracks that gives live music its magic. If you don't think it's cool that these guys are still writing music then I don't understand why you even come to this list. I look forward to new music. You never know when that "Opus" is going to pop up. You know it is nice to see the set list vary some. I also understand that you can only really get tight on so many tunes. If you got a sloppy tune then people would bitch about that. This band is really tight. The girls were spot on, the drums were awesome, everyone was playing their ass off. I can't wait until my next show.

thanks- Jerry

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 19:05:18 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol , Mtl

@EC, do I remember seeing you post that you were thinking of going
to Saratoga?

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 17:40:10 ET
Posted by: Mannix, Jersey

Maybe they played Two Against Nature last night because Donald & Walt were reading the comments on the BlueBook and noticed the complaints about their setlist being too heavy on the hits.

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 16:50:46 ET
Posted by: Shut Up, And Play The Hits

Two Against NATURE are you kidding me? i told you these greedmongers are just trying to shill their new record. They dont care about REAL FANS. Like what happened to Ricky Dont Lose That Number? Ever heard of it? or No Static At All or Do Me Again or even Stuck In The Middle With You! I would put my ticket on StubHub if I really hated someone to make them see the show. Not!

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 16:34:37 ET
Posted by: Danfan, Toronto

Well said E.C. from NY.
Seeing this band LIVE is one of life's reel pleasure's no matter what they play !!!

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 16:25:00 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Doc Mu, even one new song would be a treat. But still, not getting my hopes up unless there's an official announcement.

Rather than add to the negative vibe around here, I've been keeping myself busy working on new songs. Far more productive use of time.

In the interim, here's stuff to check out.

Steve Gray - Wonder Groove

Midas Touch - Path Of Love

He-Man and The Masters of The Universe (Shuki Levy) - Magic Planet

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 15:07:32 ET
Posted by: Dirty Work, Silco Hill

Hi All,
I was at the Seneca Casino show last night. I was a bit apprehensive after reading all the bitching here on this list. Well there is no need to post the set list here. It has already been posted and as you can see, it is a very tasty, jazzy list. The band was smoking. I was there in my tie dyed VanHusen on. The audience was responsive. They tried to be polite but the whole joint was dancing by the time we got to "My Old School" and stayed upright until the untouchables theme was done! Two against nature was wonderful. Donald was sweat filled and the best surprise of all.....Walter was on fucking fire!!!! So to all you bitches out there , fuck off and go away. To the Dan faithful, buy your tickets and see what happens. I used to see the Dead and maybe have 200 shows in. They were always good for a string of clunkers. It was the time when the music gods allowed Jupiter to align with Mars that the band banged out a show that kept blowing you away for a good long while. That is live music really. That was the Dan's performance last night. I will try to make a half dozen shows this tour. I just have a feeling about Red Rocks and it isn't just the legal hash. Go see all the shows you can and I hope I get to bump into some of you. Heck I even got my Dirty Work!

peace out!

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 12:50:50 ET
Posted by: Sampson, Boston

The Seneca setlist is the best one so far on this tour. Two Against Nature is the standout track. Kid Charlemagne is back where it belongs as the encore. Glad they nixed Pretzel Logic.

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 12:30:02 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

Dedicated to all the "glass half empty" types in here who get so damned depressed over the SD setlist:

Now THAT'S depressing. And funny as hell. Thanks for the tip, MODP!

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 12:18:37 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

@KD - Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your post about how terrible it is to be a Steely Dan fan these days. Not because I agree with what you said (I don't), and not that I have any sympathy for you (I'm financially in a pretty similar place right now, minus the kids & the shitty car). The thanks are because your post just led to one of the funniest responses that Mr. M/O/D/P has ever put up here. You should feel honored to be on the receiving end of that kind of gold. I hope you laughed as much as the rest of us did.

So I broke down and went to last night's show in The Falls. I was wavering up till the last day (money concerns, it's a crappy venue), but I managed to luck out and score a ticket (a "comp" for a mere $40 courtesy of a fellow fan at the bar - thanks James from Buffalo!). The list of songs below doesn't do the show justice - you had to be there. As usual with a live performance, no? Walter was on fire, lots of really good soloing, and the crowd was surprisingly energetic right from the start through to the end. The 2 hours went by in a flash. Here's hoping for another Beacon run later this summer. I will do what I have to to get there if it happens, and I won't dissect the set list before or after. I'll just enjoy the music like I always do. Seeing this band live is one of life's real pleasures for me.

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 11:34:30 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

last tid bit:

µ = "mee" in modern Greek, but they're broke...

When in doubt go Aristotle and Socrates!

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 11:29:14 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Michael: I think Donald has another album left in him. Not sure about Walter or together. It's not their style, but releasing individual songs or singles might be cool.

The Seneca set list is OK. A mix of songs played since 2003. I'd like to see more Katy Lied tunes. 2 21st Century Dan ditties thrown in isn't bad. I was thinking about how well Downtown Canon or Great Pagoda of Funn would fit, but that's just fantasy...

Nice shout out to Howard Wright on this excellent breakdown of Deacon Blues:

One correction - "mu" in Classical/Mythical Greek is pronounced "myoo," not "moo" like a cow.

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 10:53:13 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Awaiting M/O/D/P's review of last night's show in Niagara Falls.

The report from a musician buddy of mine, is that is was a GREAT show. Whole band on fire and having a good time. Like most of us, he'd love to hear some different tunes being played. But unlike some here, he's intelligent enough not to judge a show by setlists, and appreciates hearing a great band play fantastic music.

BTW, here's the review from the Buffalo News:

Oh, and while he doesn't like the venue, my friend said the sound was great from his (high end) seats.

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 02:14:17 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Back in T/O - more to come later, maybe...

Tonight's setlist:

1. November Afternoon
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Nineteen
5. Black Friday
6. Time out of Mind
7. Godwhacker
8. Show Biz Kids
9. Dirty Work
10. *Two Against Nature*
11. Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More
12. Bodhisattva
13. I Want To (Do Everything For You)
14. Josie
15. Peg
16. My Old School
17. Reelin' in the Years


18. Kid Charlemagne
19. Untouchables Theme

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 23:51:18 ET
Posted by: Tito, ready for bed

So where's the setlist for tonight's show?

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 21:47:18 ET
Posted by: Joe, NYC


if you and i keep posting here, we both need to evaluate our lives.


Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 21:45:04 ET
Posted by: Lutz, Sf

if you spend your time lecturing a guy that plans his summer around a band that never changes the setlist at the expense of other portions of your life you need to reevaluate your priorities.
So do I - commenting on your post I guess...

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 19:32:58 ET

M/O/D/P just posted the funniest line in the HISTORY of this great site (IMHO)"No need to respond with even more insults, I already know what I am
and I am no happier about it then anyone else" So good.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 18:00:53 ET
Posted by: Joe, NYC

if you plan your entire summer around a band that never changes the setlist and at the expense of other portions of your life you need to reevaluate your priorities.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 15:03:46 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Shedding a sympathetic tear while listening to "Sorry, So Sorry" by Connie Franklin [sic] right now.

KD - The dreary picture you paint sure is a heart-rending one. Looks like I should have been more sensitive to the feelings & situations of others less fortunate than myself when I thoughtlessly wrote my hopeful, semi-positive post last night. Words really can hurt - I guess I realize that now. I know, I know - "too little, too late", right? A course in Sensitivity Training might set things right for me, though. I'll look into it.

I really can't imagine - try as I might - the financial and logistical hardships apparently faced by yourself and (possibly) others, to the point where even thinking about dedicating a couple hundred dollars out of the yearly budget to seeing one's favorite band could make for such a fretful experience. I do remember having to make difficult concert choices once, but that was a long time ago indeed. I mean, jeez, I was a wide-eyed little whelp with a thankless after-school job back then - just a dumb kid. An employed adult professional in 2016 with things that bad? It must be awful. And shame on Don & Walt for further exacerbating these dire circumstances! And the Corolla, fer chrissakes - that only serves to further compound the bleakness and poignancy of your sorrowful tale.

And as far as your request that I "go fuck myself" and your assertion that I am a "twat", I don't believe my post from last night warranted such vitriol. Hopefully I've been able to justify those recent words of yours with this new post, though.

All my love,

ps - No need to respond with even more insults or to tell me what exactly you think of me now. I already know what I am, and I'm no happier about it than anyone else is.

pps - Niagara Falls NY Seneca Casino - the first notes of tonight's performance are a mere handful of hours away. As much as I'd like to play on the internet some more, I have to get ready for the near-three hour (!) drive to the show. See that? I'll put up with almost anything to see my all-time favorite band, "Steely Dan"!

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 14:18:47 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

New Snarky Puppy album, Culcha Vulcha, is out today. It's their first studio album in 8 years (releases in the past 8 years have all been "live in-studio") and their first pure band album in 2. Really excellent stuff. Some of the changes on a track called Gemini sound Dan-esque to me.

Seeing them in Boston for the second time Wednesday. Can't wait.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 11:27:46 ET
Posted by: Michael,

If D&W are truly finished writing new songs then that's that. Life goes on.

At this point bickering over set-lists has become routine monotony, like arguing over whether it would be better to order Chinese takeout or pizza. How many more times must we go down this road?

Thanks for all the great music. (^_^)

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 10:58:18 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

MODP -- Apologies, you were referring to others as "schlubs." I'm merely a "malcontent." In my haste, I misread.

The extended middle finger, to that statement, still stands.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 10:56:46 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

M/O/D/P -- you're usually one of the best posters on here, but respectfully you can go fuck yourself on this one.

Some of us have to plan entire summer budgets around Steely Dan shows. Some of us have to, with two kids waiting with grandma back at home, drive back from Steely Dan shows in a Corolla with over 110,000 miles on it, knowing that we've just emptied out our bank account on the tickets/drive/possibly hotel/a couple of 10 buck vodka/lemonades, waiting for the next check to hit on Monday.

We're not "schlubs," you twat. We're disappointed, and we don't have a lot of money to throw around (after throwing it around 25 times, possibly more, between 2000 and 2013) to hear the same setlist again.

Not when we can "stay at home" and put on 'Kamakiriad' at night during the summer, once the sun says "goodnight," in an attempt to help us forget that we're going to have to find a way to pay for the kids' college tuition in a few years.

Don't dismiss the literal investment people have to make in this band in order to see them live, and how it becomes less appealing as they take to becoming an oldies touring group.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 08:03:25 ET
Posted by: Fred, Bedrock

"Billy hasn't recorded a studio pop album since 1993, but he continues to draw big crowds at his shows. Why? Because he constantly shuffles up his setlist and refuses to let his concerts become a nostalgia all greatest hits package."

It's actually just the opposite. Billy can mix it up because he draws big crowds.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 05:12:59 ET
Posted by: Dirty Work, Silco Hill

Hi All,
Have not posted here in a while. Had a baby at 51 because the doctor was wrong, the chemo didn't leave me sterile. I spent most of my life managing some very famous acts. I was pretty much in the middle of the entertainment world. I love Steely Dan. It is a couple of dudes that really made a mark on the music world. You folks need to remember Walt is 66 and Don is 68. I am 53 and I don't move like I used to. Touring kicks the shit out of you. I am going to the show in Niagara Falls tonight. I will be happy if I can catch a nice Deacon Blues. It seems that much of the music I loved I will never hear live again. As sure as the sun comes up tomorrow this band will be done too. (I hope that day is a ways off') So I will catch 4 or 5 dates and hope they are in tune and hope Don works up a sweat on a tune or three. I am excited to see them in Red Rocks. For the first time in my life I will visit a dispensary and purchase legally for the first time in my life , music enhancement. I will listen to one of my favorite band in my favorite place with a slight buzz on and be glad to be alive. I will enjoy putting up the set list tomorrow and telling you all how it was. I look forward to it. I get to do it so infrequently. Yeah it ain't what it used to be but then neither am I.

Peace out-Jerry

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 00:40:00 ET
Posted by: Joe, NYC

They played The Royal Scam, new Frontier,Gaucho, Godwhacker, TvN, Glamour Profession and Everything You did at most 2008 shows and they went down great.

Fuck you, Steely Dan, you haven't had a good setlist since the 2008 election season.

Date: Fri, April 29, 2016, 00:21:25 ET
Posted by: The casual fans, Enemy number one

"In fact, maybe the casual fans that some here tend to dismiss or disparage should instead be thanked for showing up. They're the ones - not the handful of bitter, stay-at-home malcontents with their repetitive setlist beefs regarding the repetitive setlist - who are subsidizing these yearly tours. Without these lovable - and not so lovable - shlubs, there ain't gonna be no 2016 tour. Period."

Why should we be thankful for this tour of bullshit by-the-numbers greatest hits? Fuck the casual fan. Sit through Glamour Profession and like it.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 22:41:22 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

I am always suspicious of people that call themselves 'cultured'
Their moms might have instilled that in them so they have something to show for expensive piano lessons that were forced/wasted on the untalented little bastards earlier in life.
That stinky, running cheese that looks like an STD is supposed to be cultured as well.
Having said that I would love some deep cuts myself, in all my uncultured glory...

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 20:47:17 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Getting ready to get readly

Ernie - How does enjoying popular material performed by a stellar live band like Steely Dan automatically make anyone "stupid and uncultured"?? Last year I went to see Chicago for the first time, and, having no idea what the band was doing these days, I was happy to hear a decent number of songs I could actually recognize - along with a number of songs that were unknown to me. I enjoyed the show, even though I wouldn't consider myself a "Chicago Fan" (I have very little of the band's music in my collection). Does that make me "stupid and uncultured"? I sure hope not, but I suppose it's a possibility...

When I look around me, the stupid and uncultured that I referred to - the stupid and uncultured that I borrowed and quoted from NYB's post - tends to be a general, pervasive societal problem that is exemplified by things like an entertainment scene dominated by "reality TV" and movies filled with nothing but CGI effects. Or a music scene dominated by pre-fab autotune acts with shallow, empty messages and manufactured images. Or "Facebook". I certainly don't believe the unflattering assessment automatically applies to all the casual fans of any given performer/band. That's just silly talk.

In fact, maybe the casual fans that some here tend to dismiss or disparage should instead be thanked for showing up. They're the ones - not the handful of bitter, stay-at-home malcontents with their repetitive setlist beefs regarding the repetitive setlist - who are subsidizing these yearly tours. Without these lovable - and not so lovable - shlubs, there ain't gonna be no 2016 tour. Period.

ps - Thanks for the encouragement, Don Patrol. I've seen a total of two shows at the Niagara Falls, NY casino - both Steely Dan - since 2007, so I know what I've gotten myself into. Despite the truly awful room, and despite the very real potential for sloppy, drunken jackass sightings, I plan to enjoy myself at all costs. It's Steely Dan, after all.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 20:45:22 ET
Posted by: Ned, Q

I always thought Trans Island Skyway was a nod to Prince. Prince was everywhere in those 11 years between Fagen's first two solo albums.

Do it Again is sampled in the Art of Noise cover of Kiss.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 20:19:44 ET
Posted by: Joe, nyc

Ranger Rick, you aren't even a ranger.

You're a game warden at best.

Throw out your gold teeth and see how they roll down the river you're guarding in your jeep.

Oh wait.

Manny the Camper wants to buy some white.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 20:17:16 ET
Posted by: Ranger Rick, nyc

Fuck you, joe. Stop telling lies, you troll.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 20:08:23 ET
Posted by: joe, nyc

Breaking news-Roger Waters of Pink Floyd arrested for bank robbery!

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 19:53:01 ET
Posted by: Ed Halliver,

Speaking of Prince...

Is anyone for sure that Brite Nitegown" was def influenced by Prince?

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 18:28:56 ET
Posted by: Dennis Pitt, MI

All these setlist whiners just want Steely Dan to become more like Billy Joel. Billy hasn't recorded a studio pop album since 1993, but he continues to draw big crowds at his shows. Why? Because he constantly shuffles up his setlist and refuses to let his concerts become a nostalgia all greatest hits package. Billy infuses his setlist with deep album tracks, covers and his hits.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 17:16:44 ET
Posted by: Harvey, Kentucky

It's been quite some time since they played something from Donald's solo albums. When are they going to bring back "New Frontier"?

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 16:44:19 ET
Posted by: Shinbone Alley, at Starbucks

They should play "FM" at the Hollywood Bowl show with the orchestra. Part of the appeal of that song was the strings in the background.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 16:38:22 ET
Posted by: Shut Up And Play , The Hits

Sorry for the typo in my last post I was so excited. And Im one of the "Uncultured" people as you so put it. Anyway I obviously meant WHO ATE THE GUACO y MI-GAS.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 16:19:03 ET
Posted by: Shut Up And Play, The Hits

I can't believe Steely Dan Isn't Playing THE HITS. Why would I spend my hard-earned $$$ on a seat when he doesn't even play RICKI or DO ME AGAIN or even NO STATIC ATALL. ?

Also I hate when bands play their new stupid single instead of some HITS. Janie RunaWhatever? Like we care about some new album Right.

To make it worst, Walter Berkshire won't evenget off his dang stool for long enough to sing something that isn't a DEEP CUT. Daddy Don't Care ABout New York City NOMO! Play WHO ATE THE GUACO y MIGOS like you USED TO!

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 15:37:37 ET
Posted by: Serge, Long Beach CA

Actually I prefer to see Steely Dan at the casinos instead of the big outdoor sheds. I usually arrive early and stuff myself at the all-you-can-eat buffets. Then I play the slots until the doors open. Parking seems to be much easier too.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 15:24:33 ET
Posted by: search, US

I was going to comment that Carolyn Leonhart predates the 2000 tour, but they charge for that privilege.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 11:40:58 ET
Posted by: Ernie, Santa Barbara, Calif.

But it's the stupid uncultured people that Steely Dan are now pandering to because they fill up the empty seats. These people just want to hear the familiar hits and Steely Dan are giving it to them. The cultured people want to hear more complex songs like Two Against Nature, West of Hollywood, Gaucho, Everything Must Go, etc.

Good luck with that casino show. The stench of cigarette smoke and noisy loud slot machines can be very distracting.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 11:28:58 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@M/O/D/P, hope things aren't as daunting as you predict crowd wise,
but am certain you will enjoy the show none the less! Looking forward
to your always insightful take on the night. Have a blast!

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 11:25:56 ET
Posted by: Maybe, it was has subbed for Jim Pugh in past tours.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 11:17:27 ET
Posted by: JoeM, CT

Great show last night at The Oakdale.

Jim Pugh out - excellent substitute bone player - unfortunately didn't catch (remember) the name - although Walter did intro him.

Band sounded great - always do at this particular music hall - real nice acoustics and sight lines throughout.

Was very happy with the "Home At Last" and "Pretzel Logic" insertions - along with an amazing "Black Cow", "Aja", "Reelin", etc.

What a band!

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 10:18:35 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Definitely within 72 hours of a particular show

QUOTE: "The fact is these are very stupid times we're living in, filled with very stupid uncultured people with no soul and no style".

I believe there is more than enough evidence all around us to support this statement. A quick look at today's media, "professional" or "social", should suffice. Hey, maybe even a glance at some of the posts right below this one...

Tomorrow night I'll be seeing a live band that has a lot of soul and a lot of style. Here's hoping that there won't be too many stupid, uncultured people in the seats near mine, but it is a casino show, so the odds are probably against me. Concentrating on the stage instead of on the easily-distracted compulsive gamblers & mobile-device-obsessed clods in attendance should help. I'll try my best.

And hearing both Deacon Blues and Pretzel Logic - two great songs that have been under-played on recent tours - would go along way to counteracting the draining effects of those stupid uncultured people. Either way, I'll enjoy the show regardless of the setlist. Strangely enough, I never tire of the music of Steely Dan, and I don't hate those familiar radio hits either.

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 10:04:07 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

Thanks for posting the setlist, I too like the trombone as part of the horns.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 23:12:11 ET
Posted by: Updraught, Philly Area

Great Set List! I would be very pleased with this same group of songs Saturday night. These shows are sold out for a reason.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 22:19:29 ET
Posted by: Steelyfez, CT

My setlist I just posted is accurate. The first one I forgot Kid.
Band sounded great. Walter looks like something is wrong with his leg? The added trombone to the horn section is great. Home At Last sounded fantastic. Good night all.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 22:13:59 ET
Posted by: Steelyfez, CT

Black cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Time out of mind
Show biz kids
Dirty work
Home at last
Daddy don't. ..,,
Joe Tex
My Old School
Encore: Pretzel Logic

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 22:12:13 ET
Posted by: Steelyfez, CT

Black cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Time out of mind
Show biz kids
Dirty work
Home at last
Daddy don't. ..,,
Joe Tex
My Old School
Encore: Pretzel Logic

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 19:35:40 ET
Posted by: Dino, At the bar

What do you mean you haven't seen a merch picture yet? Just go to

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 16:09:27 ET
Posted by: Big Fan, Retired

They played the Oakdale in 2008 and 2014. Just getting ready to leave for tonight's show. This will be my 52 SD show since 1993. Haven't seen a merch picture yet.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 15:33:09 ET
Posted by: Bill , C

And just to show how much setlist changes are appreciated, the highlight of that '07 show was when they broke out Chain Lightning unexpectedly. Only time I've heard it in multiple dozen SD concerts I've attended. You can guess why I've sat out this year and last.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 15:13:17 ET
Posted by: Bill, C

Pretty sure they've played Wallingford again since '07. I was at that show.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 14:28:26 ET
Posted by: steelyfez, NYC-CT

AJA1 I will do my best to post a setlist at some point. Should be a great midweek diversion tonight.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 14:14:40 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

Well, even though we know what the set list will be, post it anyway! I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll see them in Boston this year. Not sure I'm ready to deal with the hassle of seeing a show at Greatwoods, I prefer them in theaters these days. I'll live vicariously through you and probably some old high school friends who are seeing them tonight.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 13:43:28 ET

Yes Aja1 Wallingford is around 20 miles from my home. They played there last
in 07 and I really liked the sound in there. I have seen perhaps 3-4 shows there
from various artists. I remember going there during my college years to see
Earth Wind and Fire, back then it was an outdoor venue. Even though the setlist is
standard now I still enjoy the sheer talent of the band.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 11:38:38 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

SteelyFez, while I can't make it to the show tonight, I did grow up in Wallingford (where the Oakdale is) and saw such hits as Pusss in Boots at that theater as a kid. So when, in high school, I started discovering music, and SD specifically my mind was blown when they played their first show there back in '06 (I think?). To have a group that I loved, but wasn't performing when I started listening, essentially come back from the dead and start playing live and making new albums again was just incredible for me. Then to have them play in my little town was a worlds colliding kind of moment.

Anyway, enjoy the show!


Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 10:29:15 ET
Posted by: steelyfez, NYC-CT

Anyone else going tonight. Sound is pretty solid at Oakdale. In addition to that
its not too far from my home. Looking forward to some great music from our band.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 10:03:06 ET
Posted by: Michael,

You see, Chris' post is both realistic and optimistic. There is an abundance of talent out there, it's just underutilized. The old industry standard of having crack session musicians on hand to help develop great songs into great performances has been supplanted by studio wizardry and computer-generated beats, that's all. But people still have a craving for good music. Some things will never change.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 09:46:19 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Who's today's Purdie? Chris "Daddy" Dave comes pretty close. Deep pockets and chops for days. Does a ton of sessions and tours with heavy hitters. Has some unique feels that other drummers have been trying to cop over the last decade.

Chris Dave aside, you can't really compare the session guys SD worked with in the 70s to people around today, because there is a hell of a lot less work for session musicians now. The money is being made out on the road. But there is still a lot of talent. And the younger generation of jazz musicians, especially, are mindbogglingly great, because they grew up with instant access to EVERYTHING. Snarky Puppy's bandleader is just north of 30 and he's written, arranged and recorded 10+ records in as many years for the gigantic ensemble.

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 08:28:39 ET
Posted by: JoeM, CT

Looking forward to hearing some top flight music from some incredible musicians at The Oakdale Theater in CT tonight!

When all is said and done - having followed this extraordinary ensemble/musical concept since 1972 - it strikes me that it's now 2016 and I still get to experience live some of the sounds and rhythms that have had a profound affect on my musical life and well being for all these years. Let the refined harmonies and melodies flow and let the good time roll people!

Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 07:29:10 ET
Posted by: Michael,

I respectfully disagree with NYB.

There's great talent out there, you just have to find it.

Maybe if the major labels spent half as much time and energy trying to cultivate emerging talent as it does incessantly hawking legacy acts from a half-century ago and promoting worthless garbage (no need to list names), the situation would reverse itself.

"The influences necessary to grow them just aren't there..."

On the contrary, the same music that influenced people like Don & Walt didn't vanish into thin air.

"...and the palate of the public is too washed out and debased to accept it even if you could find a time machine."

Maybe to a certain extent this is true, but who's fault is that? Who are the ones responsible for promoting said debauchery and running our culture into the ground? If sales are any indication, it would appear the majority of people reject the current system. Hence, while the major labels artificially increase their YouTube hits through black-hatting techniques, actual sales are in a slump.

"The fact is these are very stupid times we're living in, filled with very stupid uncultured people with no soul and no style. So why give them anything good? Why go out of your way for try and bring sophistication to ghouls? And this is why you don't get anything good, you don't get any good music, you don't get any good leaders, because there's no call for it, there's no reward for it, and there's no system by which to create it anymore."

There are over 300 million people in this country alone. I think it's safe to assume that there are individuals out there with the talent, the soul and the style. Or do you seriously mean to imply that only Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is capable of playing a modified shuffle on the drums?

Date: Tues, April 26, 2016, 15:34:05 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@pixeleen, I'm not sure"hardcore deep cuts type crowd",
needs to be told anything about this tour. Just sayin'

Date: Tues, April 26, 2016, 09:27:48 ET
Posted by: Greg M, ny

No opening act in Port Chester.

Date: Mon, April 25, 2016, 23:09:08 ET
Posted by: Response,

Tact Poise and Reason: No opening act.

Date: Mon, April 25, 2016, 21:36:22 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, kickin that gong around

Was there an opening act in Port Chester and Birmingham? I can't recall any comments on this.

Date: Mon, April 25, 2016, 15:58:16 ET
Posted by: Pixeleen Dupree, Los Angeles, CA

Read one reviewer described the show at NOLA as an "unabashed greatest hits parade" and that's exactly what the audience is going get this Summer. The hardcore deep album cuts type crowd need to stay away from this tour.

Date: Mon, April 25, 2016, 13:15:51 ET
Posted by: Jimmie, Southwest.

They put Kid C in the 7 slot!? Man, Birmingham really lucked out with them mixing it up like that.

Shake Shack offers a Purple Cow. Like a Black Cow, but with grape soda instead of root beer. I thought they might change the lyrics as a tribute to Prince.

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 23:44:32 ET
Posted by: DeaconBlues16,


Birmingham, AL 04/24/2016

1. November Afternoon

2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Nineteen
5. Black Friday
6. Deacon Blues
7. Kid Charlemagne (This is NOT a typo; this is when they played it)
8. Show Biz Kids
9. Dirty Work
10. Time Out of Mind
11. Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More
12. Bodhisattva
13. I Want To (Do Everything For You)
14. Josie
15. Peg
16. My Old School
17. Reelin' in the Years


18. Pretzel Logic
19. Untouchables Theme

I didn't do as great a job keeping up with the set as I normally do, so if anyone else was there and I made a mistake, please correct me if I'm wrong.

More tomorrow, hopefully.

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 22:15:53 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, N'awlins

A few nice photos from the other night.

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 20:29:14 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Not TX

Steve Gennarelli thinks that SD will change up the set during the second leg of the tour. Steve Gennarelli obviously hasn't been following this band for the past 23

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 20:10:15 ET
Posted by: Lutz, Sf

While hardcore fans may not get excited to see similar set lists every year, most do appreciate the fact they are still at it.
Was 96 more exciting, perhaps.
But they never sounder better than the last few years.

The shows are always a great expcerience, I never see any negativity at the there, the disgruntled are mostly here.
What is the point, like you're going to bully them to play what you want?
There are many markets left in this country where people would be thrilled to see what we take for granted.
Also I wonder how many of the complainers turn it up a notch themselves when they are eligible for Social security...

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 19:38:08 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I think SD will change up the setlist during
the 2nd leg of the tour...I expect to see "Your Gold Teeth",
"Rikki" and "Deacon Blues" all added back into the mix.
Their catalog of songs is too deep to keep it so stagnant.

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 18:33:14 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Now see, if they performed a couple of brand new tunes every night, the negative air surrounding this tour would be quelled.

Date: Sun, April 24, 2016, 09:59:32 ET
Posted by: Elmer, just woke up

I've lost interest in the tour. With the exception of the Hollywood Bowl show, everybody knows we are going to get the same setlist with no surprises and a duet with Steve Winwood singing Pretzel Logic and maybe one other song. Like Walter said at NOLA: "We're gonna play all of the hits that you wanna hear".

Date: Sat, April 23, 2016, 12:49:35 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Date: Sat, April 23, 2016, 10:58:07 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Glad this one spelled Fagen correctly.

Date: Sat, April 23, 2016, 02:51:18 ET
Posted by: Parker, Fallin' asleep

Some guy named bob poopdick uploaded a video on YouTube of Steely Dan & Mike McDonald performing Pretzel Logic last night. The stage is too far away so it's mainly for audio listening. Hopefully better videos will pop up later.

Date: Sat, April 23, 2016, 01:01:42 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Thanks for the NOLA reports, all.

And I appreciated all the Capitol Theater reports as well, the positive and the negative. I especially liked the detail about Keith playing 16th notes on the hihat. Seriously. That's the kind of shit I zero in on when they're playing the same setlist, myself.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 22:56:18 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Oh, and just one more thing...

Checking out the article, it's a shame that they and so many others keep referring to Donald FAGAN (sic).

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 22:52:51 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Well, you can't say that Mike "White Lightnin'" McDonald is afraid of shuffling up HIS playlist. The very first thing out of his mouth after he took the stage was "Here's a new(!) song for you". And he followed THAT with a deep Doobies cut. Quite different from the Steely Dan set that followed. As Walter promised during his "Hey 19" rap, "We're gonna play all of the hits that you wanna hear", and as you can see from the set list I posted earlier, that's exactly what they deep-ish cuts here except for Pretzel Logic with Mike.
However, I don't feel cheated at all, because the band put on a GREAT performance, better than the last several times I've seen them. They were definitely in fine fettle tonight, which is appropriate given that we were at a horse racing track. Maybe it was the festival atmosphere versus that of an auditorium, but the musicians were on FIRE...highly exciting and energetic performances from everyone including Donald, who was continuously bobbing his head and singing (off-mic) even during instrumental sections of songs. Walter did seem to do a lot of noodling at times, but when he had solos he nailed them, especially immediately preceding his "Hey 19" rap. And Jon was on another level entirely...all of his solos were killer...really seemed to put his all into them, especially "Reelin'", which felt like an extended version (and may have been) considering the amount of time he was shredding. Funny part at the end after "My Old School", when Donald said something to the effect of: "This is when we'd normally walk off the stage and you'd call for an encore and we'd walk back on, but that's BS, and we're just gonna F-in stay right here and keep on playing." So glad they brought Mike out for the "Pretzel Logic" enormously satisfying conclusion which made tonight a wonderful thing. And regarding an impromptu Dukes of September reunion: that wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility tonight, considering that Boz Scaggs IS playing Jazz Fest tomorrow night...

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 21:26:09 ET
Posted by: Frank B., NYC

Review of McMike's performance with pictures of Steely Dan:

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 21:05:00 ET
Posted by: Frank B., NYC

Dukes of September reunion tonight minus one member(Boz Scaggs).

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 20:56:26 ET
Posted by: Frank B., NYC

I guess Walter chose not to sing tonight. McMike saves the day!

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 20:50:10 ET
Posted by: Frank B., NYC

I had a hunch they would do Pretzel Logic with Michael McDonald. That's good. Now they will play it with Steve Winwood when the Summer tour begins. Sure hope someone uploads a clip of Michael with Steely Dan on YouTube.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 20:25:37 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Babylon Sisters
Joe Tex
My Old School
Kid C
Pretzel Logic with McMike
(More details later)

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 20:18:50 ET
Posted by: Seagrams mean, Bodega bay

NO jazz fest:

Taking it to the streets
Aja (...)

Second half:

(Unknown Instrumental band intros)
Reeling in the years
Kid Charlemain

Sorry I didn't have more from the first half

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 20:12:28 ET
Posted by: JC,

Definitely miss Dickey Betts. But Derek Trucks is incredible too. Most of the songs I mentioned are Betts songs. I saw a buch of shows with Dickey Betts. They were awesome too.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 19:34:14 ET
Posted by: Taco, Midwest

RIP Bluesman Lonnie Mack.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 18:30:07 ET
Posted by: Randall, MS

Hey, JC. Didn't you miss Dickey Betts without The Allman Brothers? Dickey wrote their biggest hit "Ramblin' Man" and other great songs. But they fired Dickey for missing shows and getting drunk onstage.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 17:28:10 ET
Posted by: JC,

Let's not get into semantics. The point was that I found it humorous to get into such detail.

I hear all of you complaining about hearing the same set. I saw the Dead (with Jerry) 50 times and I guess I would be upset if they played the same set every time. At the same time, I have seen the Allman Brothers a bunch as well and still love hearing "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" "Hot 'Lanta" "Whipping Post" "Southbound" and "Mountain Jam."

It is jazz (or that is what it is inspired by). How many times did the classic jazz guys like Coltrane and Miles Davis play the same tunes? I bet a bunch.

Didn't SD just play a bunch at the Beacon where they played complete albums? I guess that is what you want. It will happen again.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 16:54:34 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland


re: I find it funny to see such technical complaints such as 8th notes vs. 16th notes.

I didn't read that as a complaint, more an observation?

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 15:38:47 ET
Posted by: JC,

I was at the second Capitol Theater show. I saw the show the previous year as well at the Capitol Theater.

I have to say that I enjoyed the show. While the setlist was the same as the previous year, I still find it nice to hear these great musicians once a year. It is a real treat.

I find it funny to see such technical complaints such as 8th notes vs. 16th notes. (I play piano, trumpet and guitar and so have a background in music theory.) I think complaints regarding the sound and whether you can hear all the instruments is more relevant. There were definitely some issues with hearing all of Keith's drums at times. However, when he got it going, he really got it going (to the point that I was shaking my head in amazement).

As far as Walter, it was his night. He was going off. I don't know about the dissonance that was described. I heard a lot of studio quality solos that could have been put on a recording. Any dissonance was likely him showing his abilities to go in and out of the scales at will. (Jon had some great solos too.)

One thing I do want to clarify was the Westchester comment by Donald Fagen. The crowd was loud and drunkenly obnoxious at points, for example, yelling "Donald Fagen" like a jeering of an opposing basketball team. He was taken aback and asked Walter what that was all about as Walter is a native. Not cool. Donald was trying to have a good time and converse with the crowd and got drunken banter back. Stupid.

As far as Jazz Fest, I am jealous. What a great time. I have done it twice. Can't do it so much with little kids. (I get out for a show now and then.) Great food, drink and music.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 14:59:43 ET
Posted by: Noleander, Groovin' high

Checking in from the NOLA Mothership.

Am gratified by the waves of good feeling and anticipation I hear directed Danward. Also by the mango freeze.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 13:52:35 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Also, in my opinion, Walter Becker is playing his ass off.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 12:38:55 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Greg M's fantastic post included something we should all, at the very least, warm ourselves with:

Any potential new Dan fan is going to come out of these shows with their ears pinned back, and that's a good thing.

I'm not paying money to see the guys anymore because, like Greg M, I've seen it nearly 20-something times now, and it's a lot of money. The last two times I've gone to a Steely Dan show, though, it was via a younger friend (I'm 35) who bought me a ticket knowing that I was The Dan Guy, and they wanted in. And both times they walked out of the place giddy at how got-damn great that band was, and how amazing those songs were.

That doesn't take away from my disappointment in how things have turned out, but it does help.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 12:24:19 ET
Posted by: Mitch, Dallas

Steely Dan takes the stage from 5:30-7:00 tonight at NOLA. Former Steely Dan member Michael McDonald plays right before them from 3:35-4:50.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 10:05:06 ET
Posted by: Henderson, Norwood, OH

I love Greg M's review. It's a very insightful review from a dedicated fan who's telling the truth. We need more reviews like that. It's why the BlueBook exists.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 09:59:54 ET
Posted by: Hmmm, yep

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 09:58:40 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, A bit sad as well

Nicholas Urfe - My thoughts exactly.

The usual (and often anonymous) posters who seem to come here only to void their bowels on the proceedings are far more predictable & repetitive than the setlists they complain about or the arbitrary fights they pick with strangers on the internet. The carefully and respectfully presented thoughts of a contributor like Greg M are not so easily dismissed, though, and so I too hope that Port Chester #2 was merely an off night.

I'll be in the audience a week from today. It's a casino show, in a lousy venue, second-last show before the band takes a five week break. I'm expecting a typical "casino show", and if that's what we get I'm guessing nobody will leave disappointed. And we'll see what that five week layoff might lead to when the summer tour actually gets underway on June 07.

Date: Fri, April 22, 2016, 08:58:19 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Greg M's post saddened me a little because he's not some fly-by-night, jump-on-the-setlist-bandwagon kvetch. He's a long-time, informed, thoughtful fan and poster here. The idea the D & W and the band are feeling weary from the get-go of the tour is a bummer. I hope that it was just an off night.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 22:36:23 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,


Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 22:02:06 ET
Posted by: Bride N. Groom, NYC

The band played a private show on Saturday night...a wedding! Did about 12 songs, including Caves of Altamira Congrats to the happy couple!

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 21:34:27 ET
Posted by: Tony, Chicago


I confess, I didn't read the board but I did google Tubman beforehand and saw nothing in the first few results.

I was just trying to bring some levity to a board that I haven't looked at in years. Your post reminded me of onw reason for this. Please be sure to reprimand all other self-serving redundancy on the board since a cursory review shows that there is much. And not necessarily positive, happy stuff, to saybthe least...

On a positive note, I should have known that people of SD fan caliber would certainly have already posted about Tubman despite google not readily showing it. By the way, my intelligence has, in fact, been certified to be well above idiot-level, notwithstanding my spending time to acknowledge YOU, u. However, I must admit that intelligence testing doesn't factor in one's internet forum-savvy which, is of critical import, of course.

Seriously, though, I truly don't believe that ANY actual Dan fans are idiots; miserable, grumpy, disconnected, small-feeling, non-social, maybe even anti-social might describe some/many. I won't name any names, though. Hopefully those sorts of people reading this might pause, look in the mirror, and realize that life is pretty good away from the computer...
Warmest regards,
P.S. See you in 5-10 years. Maybe.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 20:23:15 ET
Posted by: Grammar, Police

Broached, not breached.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 19:44:30 ET
Posted by: u,

Tony in Chicago you are an idiot. That one was used yesterday. Why don't you read the board before posting? Oh, I get it. You just want to express yourself. To hell with reading what anyone else writes.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 18:45:22 ET
Posted by: Tony, Chicago

Lay down your Tubman and you will see....? Of all the bills to change they picked this one?

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 17:42:17 ET
Posted by: Brad ,

Walter did have that terrible accident with his leg after being hit by a taxi during the making of Gaucho. I had a broken leg. Those things never stop hurting entirely. Maybe that's it.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 17:18:24 ET
Posted by: Marc, Montreal


I attended the Monday night show at Port Chester. It was my 18th. I fly in for these so this has been an expensive hobby since 2000. I know others who have spent much more than me.

I think your assessment is spot on though I do not want to deflate the many people who are excited to see them this summer. I picked up on most of the things you described in your post as well. On Monday night the Hey 19 rap paid homage to the hard working people of Port Chester and I think the message was more out of respect than anything else so I'm surprised about what you say and I wonder if this is his way of demoting himself compared to the hard working people of Westchester?

In any case, Walter is clearly not able to walk very well and he was noodling over the vocals on a few songs for sure which took me aback since it has not happened in the past. Something is off for sure. I think the band must be getting bored by now since the arrangements are basically the same since 2008.

On a positive note, first timers will enjoy the show and the hard core fans will as well. Just don't expect too much change from previous years. This is still a great band and hopefully some of this feedback makes its way back to band in a constructive way though I expect otherwise.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 17:08:49 ET
Posted by: Bob,

Greg M says Walter is "the root cause of our woes" ?? Since you breached the topic, please explain. What "woes" ?

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 16:39:51 ET
Posted by: Greg M, Port Chester

A few points about show #2 at the Capitol Theater.

I certainly was disappointed greatly that I was able call out (in my head) the songs before they were actually played. So writing this I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder. This is a mostly negative review from a very hardcore fan. But at least it's honest. So bail now if you want.

I’ve seen them probably 20 times. I have 50-100 live recordings. So I know what this band sounds like, or perhaps “should” sound like. And while my opinion is still meaningless, here are a few things I noticed:

When Walter walked out, it took him a long time to get from stage right to his guitar. He walks very slowly. And it wasn’t some funny shtick or bit. He really moves slow. (I really think he is the root cause of our woes but I won’t get into that.)

And his playing was just odd. He played some really strange repeating riff over some vocals – I think it was TOOM or Godwacker, and it was like (almost) pure dissonance. Like he himself was purposely annoyed at something…

Keith Carlock’s solo on Aja was not nearly as creative as it has been. They really need to make his bass drum a little louder in the mix. And I moved all around the room to see if it was just where I was standing. It was just quiet. Therefore the groove didn’t sit where it should – at least on an audible level. Again, IMO.

And I can never really hear Freddie Washington. I “sense” his bass, but it’s just mud. I miss Tom Barney on many levels. Seriously. But that’s just me. Moving on:

Carlock tried his best I think to spice up some songs to make them more interesting for HIM. On a certain song (Show Biz?) he played one-handed 16th notes on the hi hat, where normally he would previously play 8th notes. I think he was just toying with it. What can POSSIBLY make the song better or different this go-around? -- as it arguably peaked years ago.

The horns played a new pattern on Peg under the choruses. With some long tones going over the barline. Never heard that before but it wasn’t terrible just something new. It wouldn’t be noticeable to the audience. But I was surprised at something “different.” Someone took pen to paper on the horn charts and did something creative…wow.

In general, I got the feel that the band was going through the motions. And that’s a vibe I get rarely with the glorious backup band (who are grossly under utilized)

The vocals on Bodhisattva were strangely ahead of the beat. I couldn’t tell if it was purposeful, but the vocals were really trying to rush the band. Maybe there’s a clip on youtube. It was unfathomable to me that this could happen “by accident” with this band. But it did.

When some crowd member yelled out a song, Donald said “I thought this was Westchester?” As in – their expectation at the Capitol is for a sophisticated, tame crowd. Well yes, but there are buffoons everywhere.

They were tame alright: The crowd was not as lively “dancing” during the last few songs as it tends to be. Even at this venue. So I think while it’s the same setlist there was a certain “x-factor” missing at this show to grab the crowd. Song choices alone won’t do it.

Finally, and perhaps most egregiously, was Walter’s Hey 19 rant. Now, I’m not one of those who hates it. I actually find it funny and look forward to what observations or quips he might ramble on about on a given night. But this one was strange and stupid. ---- He talked about how he never had to work his whole life and never had a job. And that this is all he does. It wasn’t funny, it was actually kinda like a “fuck you” to the working-class crowd in a way. Hard to explain, but I cringed when he said those things.

I don’t know anymore.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 13:40:46 ET
Posted by: Abu, Not far from the Bowl in Hollywood

Let's hope that they will do at least a couple big-band arrangements with the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. Perhaps they are so busy in between these concerts going on now, busy practicing and preparing the jazzy arrangements on some of their stuff, that they don't have the time to practice and rehearse any deep cuts. One can at least hope and wish this is true, seeing that I will be at the Bowl.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 13:25:09 ET
Posted by: Gino F., More bad news...

Associated Press is reporting that Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park home earlier this morning, and the story has been confirmed by the star's publicist.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 13:23:04 ET
Posted by: RIP, Prince


Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 10:18:49 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Ok video but the title is misleading. It doesn't explain how Steely Dan composed their music.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 10:18:16 ET
Posted by: going up, going down

They didn't discuss SD's negotiations with to have the song meet their requirements.

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 08:52:29 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Here's your new favorite YouTube video:

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 04:44:52 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)

©Doc Mu

It doesn't matter what they say
They're giving the game away

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 00:27:51 ET
Posted by: DJ, San Bernadino

Ticket prices range from $25.00-$190.00. Good luck!

Date: Thurs, April 21, 2016, 00:23:50 ET
Posted by: Oops, West of

Fan Presale starts 4/23
10AM PST - Password:HB2016

What was so hard about posting this?

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 23:50:42 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Thank you for the heads up on the Hollywood bowl pre-sale. Very much appreciated by many, I'm sure.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 22:09:56 ET
Posted by: SD Website,

Just announced:
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Presale begins April 23, 10AM PST.
Password for this presale is on

Please pass the word on to other SD boards!

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 21:41:31 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA


I too, am 99.99999% certain that we'll get a stock setlist, based on what we've seen in the past. However, I remember being VERY surprised when SD ripped into "Two Against Nature" the last time they appeared at Jazz Fest. If you're going to play a deep cut Jazz Fest is the place to do it, simply because the standing-room only crowd is packed in like sardines, and its very difficult for a mass exodus to the bathrooms or concession stands. Its also one of the earlier tour dates, so that ups the odds an infinitesimal amount. Plus SD is the closer, so the crowd may be a bit tipsy at that point and likely to applaud anything once they detect the song has ended.

Maybe the best we can hope for is Mike McD sitting in, since he is the act immediately prior to SD on the same stage...

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 21:38:29 ET
Posted by: Bert, Toledo Ohio

Have you read the sappy review of the Port Chester show at Makes me sick. Surprised to hear that Donald encouraged the crowd to dance. Whenever I attended a Steely Dan show, Donald always told the audience to "sit back and relax".

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 20:59:01 ET
Posted by: Bert, Toledo Ohio

I think the setlist at NOLA will reflect the songs played at the Port Chester shows. The crowds at NOLA want to party and hear the hits. They couldn't care less about hearing Pearl of the Quarter or Two Against Nature. After looking at the setlists for Port Chester, I think it's pretty clear that Don & Walt have no intention of playing "deep album tracks".

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 20:22:30 ET
Posted by: steely director, NOLA

Welp, I see Steve beat me to it with the updated HATWW lyrics, re: "Lay down your Tubman". Looks like Don & Walt really lucked out with the matching rhyme and meter.

Anyhoo, setlist report to follow from the Jazz & Heritage Fest, although some young whippersnapper will probably beat me to it since I'm not on the Twitter.

D&W busted out "Pearl of the Quarter" and "Two Against Nature" on two of their previous visits, which are NOLA-tangential. The only other one that comes to mind is Donald's solo effort "Weather In My Head", e.g.: "Here comes my own Katrina" etc. Doubt any non-Steely material will raise its head, but I'll keep hope alive...

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 20:04:34 ET
Posted by: Gino Feculanti, Explantinory Mode

QUOTE = "Gino- The glory days were 1993-2003 (Bluebook started in '96). Sorry you missed it."

Nope. Didn't miss it at all. I wuz there. Not "posting", mind you, just "attending & enjoying". But, to be clear, never whining - same as today!

If we had the use of italics here, Barney B., you might have picked up on the deliberately incorrect use of the term "glory days". Or not. But we don't, and for the duller, less perceptive types here that's probably just as well. Some things just lose their steam when ya hafta explain them...

@Doc Mu - I LOVE it. You just warmed my concrete-caked heart and emptied the casinos & summer sheds at the same time! Good work!

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 18:26:47 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu , left of the Rio Grande

Wet Side Story sounded pretty damn good in 1996 as well.

21st Century Dan Setlist LIVE

Two Against Nature - the album should have begun with the title track as well
Lunch with Gina - Ghost Rideress
Downtown Canon - So it Shall be Written
Brite Nightgown - A Shadow Crossed the Grey Gotham Sky (Krantz guest star)
Almost Gothic - Underground Radio-active
Good Stuff - Funk the Mob!
Selfish Gene - SWAG ON!!!
Night Belongs to Mona - Feelin' Pretty


Slinky Thing - Go back so far, I'm in front of me
Jack of Speed - Walter sings verse and chorus; Donald takes the bridge
Paging Audrey - Sentimental Walter
Pixeleen - Slurped from a mop down in Hollywood
I'm Not the Same Without You - Post-apocalypso
Greenbook - Sign in Stranger
Negative Girl - Neuromancer Dancer
West of Hollywood - Burnout Roundabout


Great Pagoda of Funn - Drones take out Al Jazeera
Everything Must Go - Miss Fugazy Blinded Me with Science

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 18:08:19 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

The best Jack of Speed I've heard,oct '11, 90% of people who heard it,
hated it. Didn't diminish my enjoyment of it!

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 17:36:21 ET
Posted by: Jim,

Jack of Speed in 96 (with Walter on lead vox and different lyrics) was much faster and had a lot of more, well, speed.

The song was not yet released and was totally new. The crowd went nuts. The 2vN version is more sedate so maybe that would be less engaging to those there for the 70s hits. At the last 2000 show in Düsseldorf, they also played it at the faster tempo but with DF on vox.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 16:36:35 ET
Posted by: Jubal, working

Tommy, if the boys played Jack of Speed then a portion of the audience would get up and say "what the fuck is this shit? I never heard it before". Then they would leave to get a beer or use the bathroom. Sad but true.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 16:36:35 ET
Posted by: Jubal, working

Tommy, if the boys played Jack of Speed then a portion of the audience would get up and say "what the fuck is this shit? I never heard it before". Then they would leave to get a beer or use the bathroom. Sad but true.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 16:12:07 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Walter sounds pretty fucking good.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 15:00:31 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Not TX

KD - Godwhacker boring live? No.....probably some of the best jamming of any SD song in concert.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 14:52:23 ET
Posted by: Jus Sayun,

Metal Leg Brian Sweet 1987
Metal Leg Pete Fogel & Bill Pascador 1990
Steely Fan List & Digest later called Dandom Digest started Spring 1993
Steely Fan Website later Summer 1993
Danfests at Steely Fan List/Dandom Digest 1994
Banyan Trees & Yellow 1994
BlueBook June 2001

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 14:41:26 ET
Posted by: tommy,

If the boys would just play jack of speed, it would energize the crowd.

as well as the horn section. I also relish how animated larry carlton was in 2009, he smoked on my old school. John herington hardly moves,but he is great

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 14:29:04 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Not TX

Gino- The glory days were 1993-2003 (Bluebook started in '96). Sorry you missed it.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 14:09:32 ET
Posted by: Steve,

New lyrics announced today for Here at the Western World. Takes effect in 2020.

Ruthie will give you the silver key
To open the red door
Lay down your Tubman and you will see
The sweetness you've been cryin' for

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 12:15:06 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Asking, "Could 'Setlist Complaining' be a Sort of Mantra for Some?"

QUOTE = "Steely Dan in 07-09 were prime examples of artists actually putting thought and effort into their live shows".

Nice thought, though it makes me wonder why then was there was so much complaining about "the setlist" right here on The Bluebook back in those Glory Days? As I recall, especially during '08 and '09, many here were quite vocal about their disappointment in the material played, and at the time those setlists were compared rather negatively to that of the early pre-Two Against Nature shows. You could look it up...

Maybe some people are just never happy with what's actually going on, but rather prefer to dwell incessantly on what isn't going on.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 11:43:42 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Gino, it's not too much to ask that they change up the setlist for each tour. This band knows around 70 songs and plays, what, 30 of them in a given tour? they don't even need to shell out for a copyist, just swap out Show Biz Kids for KOTW.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 11:33:01 ET
Posted by: Time machine , back 10 years

Gino, maybe you don't remember (or it doesn't fit into your defense of their shit, stale set), but just a few short years ago they used to play (on a regular/semi-regular basis), such varied songs like:

Gaucho, Glamour Profession, Third World Man, I Got the News, Deacon Blues, The Royal Scam, Everything You Did, Don't Take Me Alive, Haitian Divorce, Bad Sneakers, Chain Lightning, Parker's Band, Pretzel Logic, and Do It Again.

Now we'll get lucky if we see them play maybe two of these songs once or twice this tour.

They used to craft their sets with care. A few hits, a few well known non-hits, a couple deep cuts, an out-of-nowhere pick here and there... Steely Dan in 07-09 were prime examples of artists actually putting thought and effort into their live shows.

Now there's none of that. Zero. The passion for their sets have all but disappeared. They don't give a fucking shit anymore.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 11:28:15 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Geez I've got to go back to the store and get more cheese. The whining is worse than I could ever imagine. Better get a few more bottles vino too, the cry-babies are out in full force.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 11:20:11 ET
Posted by: Gino F., Is There Humor in Repetition?

Sure, based on the band's history and reputation I would have expected by now that they would have become a loose, unpredictable live outfit with setlists differing tremendously from night to night. Kinda like a 2016 version of The Dead circa '72. Maybe it's just me.

And certainly recent comparisons to McCartney are fair and reasonable, since the SD back catalog is about the same size as the combined Beatles/Wings/Paul solo body of work, and both acts have roughly the same number of great songs that also work well live.

As far as "having 'Josie' down at this point", I believe this thought was floated by either Keltner or Rainey or both, between takes 225 and 226 - about the halfway point in the song's original recording process - back in '77.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 10:43:44 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Also, what's saddest is that among all the brilliant songs on TvN and EMG, they pick the worst two to play.

Janie Runaway is a fantastic tune, but in a live setting in a massive place, it's all snare and bass drum -- and not in a good way. I understand the instinct to want to play party music, but it just doesn't work.

And Godwhacker, another awesome song on record, is boring as hell live.

They basically only chose those two because they're the only ones Walter can play over.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 10:38:55 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Appreciate your dry sarcasm, Gino, but those who were waiting around for 'Aja' and 'Gaucho' in the late 70s would be expected to spend nine bucks on an LP every two years. Or, for my generation, $12-$17 on a CD in the post-TvN years.

They're now expecting us, if we take our better half, to pay hundreds of dollars (seats, parking, a vodka/lemonade "special" for $11.50) for a night out with the same setlist that we've seen since 2006.

Pretty sure they've got 'Josie' down at this point, guy.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 10:13:30 ET
Posted by: Gino Feculanti, Contradiction & Conundrum Land

I for one find it highly unusual that a band known historically for playing songs over and over and over again in the studio in an effort to achieve some near-unachievable level of perfection is now presently known for doing the exact same thing with their songs in a live setting.

Highly unusual.

There's no way that Steely Dan fans could have predicted what's happening currently as a possible outcome or evolution/incarnation of the band, especially given its Studio Perfection Through Endless Repetition image.

No way.

It sure is a puzzler...

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 08:08:01 ET
Posted by: Michael,

walte, "one thing will never get old. my hey 19 rants."


fagenism, much as I hope that is the case, I've learned to temper my enthusiasm. Remember how years ago they mentioned throwing around ideas for a potential new SD album? Nothing came of it. It wasn't until much later that Donald put together SC. As of right now I'd be content with a new single.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 04:49:47 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)


Speaking of new music: let's not forget that Don mentioned working on a follow-up to Sunken Condos in Mojo Magazine, way back in 2014. Should be ready for release any day now! :)

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 02:18:14 ET
Posted by: Leb ker, whatever

Or Parker's Band. Or how about a different song to intro the band with? They used to change it up frequently.

Drop Show Biz Kids for Night by Night, Black Friday for The Royal Scam, Joe Tex for something NEW, DW/Razor Boy for Parker's Band, and Black Cow for Your Gold Teeth. It isn't that hard.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 02:10:40 ET
Posted by: Cracker, San Diego CA

Then why do they keep putting Razor Boy back in the setlist when it always receives a lukewarm response from the audience? Because it gives Donald a chance to rest his voice and lets the backup singers showcase their vocals. Why don't they play "The Fez" for a change?

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 02:04:47 ET
Posted by: Lazlo, Denver

I guess the Billy Joel comparisons are more accurate than I first thought ... he tends to have the same setlist for his sporadic shows once a month, SD seem to be following this model: We're out and we're playing our set. I guess too that this means no more albums, if you think about it.

But it's a pretty decent set. Some deep cuts, nice flow, and the Josie, Peg, School, Reelin' outro works well.

Maybe they'll mix it up for New Orleans Jazz Fest. They won't. But you never know.


Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 00:53:17 ET
Posted by: beaubo, Cleveland

Burned some airline miles and flew in from Cleveland to see this at the intimate an dripping with history venue the Capitol Theatre.

Yes, the set list has ground to a halt as far as its evolution....and there wasn't any 'booing' from the peanut gallery that attended the show.

RazorBoy was a deep cut that got a shallow response. And of course, WB must have some blackmail pictures of DF or the band management to still be allowed to sing lead vocals.

So, if you are a purist, consider yourself warned. If you SAVOR the walk down Nostalgia Lane, and I confess I do then the show was more than satisfying.

Date: Wed, April 20, 2016, 00:48:05 ET
Posted by: BS, 0

Plus, they have sycophants running around on Facebook who talk about their every move on stage as if it is some earth-shattering statement.

"Oh! Donald wore a nice jacket!" "He played Godwhacker with his back straight."

Give us a break and admit that they have just become an overpriced jukebox.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 23:43:50 ET
Posted by: Disgusting, nowhere land

Don and Walt have become so soulless. They don't care about their legacy anymore.... they're just touring machines. Don can rant all he wants about how much he hates his audience, but he caters specifically to them. Why shouldn't they expect only the hits if that's all they've been playing for the last 5 years? I've lost so much respect for them lately.

2 albums in 35 years. Nine tours since the last album. And the last 5 setlists have been almost identical. 100 bucks for 16 songs. What an awful way for this brilliant band to go out. Casinos and shit venues in the middle of nowhere.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 23:35:43 ET
Posted by: Greg M, The show

Just for completion: the rest of the night went as expected.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 23:18:42 ET
Posted by: moray eel, Hey

Have they ever played Hey 19 live before? Seems completely out of the blue.


Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:58:03 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Don Patrol: no covered seats at Northerly Island. Great venue and I'm very excited about it. The city makes for an awesome backdrop. While it's not as close to downtown like the Chicago Theater, it still is pretty darn close. Walking distance from the subways and Ls.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:42:14 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Does anyone know anything about Northerly Island?
No covered seats?

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:39:02 ET
Posted by: bullshit, setlist

I'm sorry. This is legitimately bullshit. Anyone who claims otherwise needs a brain scan.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:20:47 ET
Posted by: walte, port chester

hey, what can i say?

people keep shelling out the bucks to see this shit so we keep doing it.

one thing will never get old.

my hey 19 rants.


Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:14:47 ET
Posted by: Setlist Basher, at home

I guess they took out Janie Runaway. Razor Boy is back. Looks like Steve Winwood will be this tour's saving grace.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:11:24 ET
Posted by: Greg M, Show

Peg has a slightly new horn arrangement. Wow something new!!!!

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:07:49 ET
Posted by: Greg M, The show

My god I know.... Ugh this is killing me. Nonetheless:

Joe Tex

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 22:02:11 ET
Posted by: HOLY, 5H1T!!

OMG! Tell me it's not true! They're playing...[GASP!]...the same set list as last year...and the year before...and the year before that...and...the year before that!!

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 21:44:34 ET
Posted by: Greg M, Show


Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 21:32:30 ET
Posted by: Greg M, At the show

Show biz kids
Razor boy..

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 21:28:44 ET

here's the rest of tonight's setlist:

8) Show Biz Kids
9) Dirty Work
10) Bodhisvatta
11) Daddy Don't Live...(Walter vocals)
12) Time Out of Mind
13) Joe Tex tibe- girls sing - band intros
14) Josie
15) Peg
16) My Old School
17) Reeling in the Years
18) Kid Charlamagne
19) Outro- Theme from Godfather

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 21:22:12 ET
Posted by: drewslo, San Luis Obispo

I would love to hear Winwood sing Night By Night. Wasn't that influenced by Rock & Roll Stew?

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 21:17:22 ET
Posted by: Greg M, The show

So far

Jazz opener
Black cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Babylon sisters
God whacker....

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 21:07:27 ET
Posted by: Handle, Other

Looks like another snooze-fest tour...

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 20:46:08 ET
Posted by: Luther, Savannah GA

I don't think Walter wants to go into the recording studio anymore. But Donald might have more creative juice to record another solo album. Still, you never know what might happen. The three remaining Monkees have a brand new album set for release next month. Nobody expected that.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 20:14:15 ET
Posted by: Marc, Back in Montreal


I stand corrected. You are exactly right. The closer was The Untouchables as it was last year.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 20:11:33 ET
Posted by: Michael,

No surprise about the setlist. Disappointment is expected among posters expecting something a little different. I'm not going to pick bones about it.

After all, my main sticking point is new music, or the lack thereof. New experiences always make things more interesting. (^_~)

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 19:26:17 ET
Posted by: Earl, happy hour

Yes, the opener was November Afternoon. But according to the review on Jambase, the closer was The Untouchables theme.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 18:37:00 ET
Posted by: George Dewitt, TV

After comparing last night's opener on youtube to November Rain, I'll concur that's the song.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 18:30:03 ET
Posted by: Kasey, K

You can't call it a hits show when they didn't have a ton of hits and still manage to leave out their two highest charting singles.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 17:40:11 ET
Posted by: Mole, Brooklyn NY

Yeah, I see those third row center seats at The Capitol Theatre for $225 each too. I can't pull the trigger and buy 'em. I just don't feel like hearing the same songs again.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 17:21:07 ET
Posted by: Logan, WI

Right now I'm watching all of the videos on YouTube from last night's show. Godwhacker is superbly played. Donald is lookin' good. Sharply-dressed. I like the way he performs the song right in the middle of the stage with his melodica in hand. Looks like Walter is wearing the same clothes as last year.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 17:19:54 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, NYCity

That setlist (again) will keep me away from the show tonight even though there are 3rd row, center orchestra seats available from the box office now. Wasn't sure I'd have the night off, which I do, but, nope, not again. As much as I've always felt that "Aja" alone was worth the price of admission...nope, not again.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 16:52:38 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago


I don't think I've ever heard them do the theme from the Godfather as a closing. New? They have frequently played Gato Barbieri's theme from "Last Tango in Paris," which like "The Godfather" came out around 1973 and starred Marlon Brando.

I did try SoundHound on the YouTube clip of the opening. It could not figure out what it was; however, says it was the them from "The Untouchables which they commonly have closed shows with in past years. Of course, can be wrong. lists the opener as "November Afternoon" (Donald Byrd & Booker Little cover).


Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 16:52:10 ET
Posted by: 50%, 0

They're giving 50%. Walter is giving about 5%.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 16:35:13 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago


I hear ya--but I think 95% of those attending SD want to hear Aja + Decade + Gold. They don't want to hear deep cuts. I love the deep cuts, but you know, with the likes of Steve Winwood, Mike McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Chicago (70s only, please), and on and on...I too only want to hear greatest hits.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 16:16:39 ET
Posted by: Mikey, A

Perhaps there's still a spike in CD sales/downloads when they tour, and they've determined which songs are best suited to let them milk that ever fading revenue stream.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 15:33:52 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

The whiners are out strong....let's get the cheese set-ups ready.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 15:33:14 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Agreed that McCartney and other artists do take care to fashion a more diverse set list to please both casual and die-hard fans, especially as the internet has brought artists and their audiences together more directly in so many ways. My relationship with Paul wasn't really harmed when he played "Temporary Secretary" on Friday night instead of, say, Penny Lane, I Will or Get Back, and D&W could surely include more deep/solo cuts into their repertoire.

That said, much as I cherish D&W's work, the distance they maintain from their fans and fan community seems like a throwback to the pre-internet, pre-video age, when we saw/heard little of our favorite artists apart from their album covers and annual LPs. Some artists behaved as though it was enough of a treat merely to spend 2 hours in a theater getting to watch them perform (and, at the time, it was). Artists who sought actively to connect with their audiences during shows like Springsteen and Harry Chapin (I'm sure there were others too) made such an impact as live performers because they were the exception.

But, alas, D&W seem to maintain distance from Dandom as a point of pride. I can't help recalling Donald's comment from years back that the more we asked for Dr. Wu, the less likely they were to perform it. (This isn't out of keeping with sentiments Donald expressed in his Eminent Hipsters book.)

Heck, not every gifted composer/musician is a gregarious entertainer, nor do they need to be. Some create to express themselves or achieve wealth and fame, others do so to entertain/stimulate/inspire others.

I'll take D&W as they are without too much complaint. But they could stand to pay a bit more attention to their most loyal fans' input without truly compromising their independence or their self-image.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 15:08:22 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Disillusionment, NJ

What ? Donald won't sing Shanghai Noodle Factory or Empty Pages and Steve Winwood won't sing Brooklyn ? What Traffic / Spencer Davis Group or Blind Faith songs would best suit Donald ? And which Steely Dan songs would best suit Steve Winwood ? Other than the ones they've already played together ..... ?

Hmm... Empty Pages, (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired, Rainmaker, Many a Mile To Freedom... man, there are so many great Traffic songs. What about In The Presence Of The Lord.. THAT would cook.

You know something ? I always thought that Kings (from Can't Buy A Thrill) owed something to Traffic. Musically, it would not have been at all out of place on Low Spark..

I saw Traffic twice in 1994. It was great, such a difference from when I had seen Steve Winwood on his first US solo tour in 1986, which had a setlist populated mostly by his 1980s stuff. Arc of A Diver was cool, but then after... well...

Which Steely Dan songs would you want Steve Winwood to do ? Aja would be mind-blowing.. but I mostly imagine material from the first 2 albums.. Do it Again, Dirty Work..

Got tix to see the Bethel Woods show. This will be the first ever concert for my son, who's 11, which is exactly how old I was when I saw mine.

Gotta love that symmetry.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 14:57:59 ET
Posted by: Sherman, on lunch break

Keith Carlock just tweeted an enthusiastic message about tonight's show. On the other hand, Jon Herington seems more interested in promoting his tour with Madeleine Peyroux on his Facebook page. Jon has a big gig with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Madeleine on July 21. It's called " An Evening in Paris".

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 13:41:04 ET
Posted by: Sam Joyles, Kansas City

At least they have Steve Winwood with them this Summer. SD & Winwood will probably play Pretzel Logic and Road Runner together like on the Australian tour several years back.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 12:46:30 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I wonder if they'll add some new stuff when the main leg of the tour starts. Usually they'll try a few new or different things before settling back into the routine.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 12:28:27 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, Disillusionment, NJ

Come On, D+W, there cannot be THAT many fans let alone casual admirers out there who have never seen you play at this point. You used to be the J.D. Salinger of rock. But now that you have toured nearly every year for the past 10 years, isn't it time to mix up the setlist. JEEZ ! Put Deacon Blues back in. FM. Don't Take Me Alive. And remove some others that have stagnated.. Throw in a cover tune like Shakedown Street. If we as fans are to keep on coming back, at least mix up the setlist order. SOMETHING. Aren't you bored ?

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 11:57:08 ET
Posted by: Chester, Stamford CT

Paul McCartney works very hard developing and rehearsing a diversified setlist for his shows. Wish I could say the same for Donald & Walter.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 11:12:36 ET
Posted by: Bailey Quarters, WKRP

I predict Janie Runaway will be swapped for another song at tonight's show.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 10:59:44 ET
Posted by: Bailey Quarters, WKRP

More videos have popped up on YouTube from last night's show. I don't see Walter, Jon Herington and the horn section because of the camera angle.

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 09:20:47 ET
Posted by: Bailey Quarters, WKRP

Here's a short video clip of the opening instrumental from last night's show in Port Chester:

Date: Tues, April 19, 2016, 00:41:18 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Thanks for the update Marc!

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:54:22 ET
Posted by: Meadows, Mass.

Another routine setlist. Can we coax Joe Jackson to play some Steely Dan cuts on his upcoming Summer tour?

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:48:53 ET
Posted by: Marc, En route to Grand Central


The Outro is the same one they played last year so I believe the answer to your question is yes.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:33:18 ET
Posted by: Chris, Nh

Whoops, to clarify: the time I was referring to w/r/t posting a set list was probably 2009 or so. I was not present tonight and copied and pasted someone else's report from Facebook. I only wish I had been present tonight, even if it was the same old wormy hits.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:21:37 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Thanks Chris & Marc. Coukd you confirm that it was the Godfather theme by Nino Rota for the instrumental outro?



Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:20:23 ET
Posted by: Clyde, H

Thanks Marc.

And tomorrow night they will swap something out for Green Earrings or Home at Last.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:11:57 ET
Posted by: trump, nyc

this setlist is fucking bullshit.

fuck you , steely dan, you haven't had a good setlist since 2009.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:07:55 ET
Posted by: Marc, Port Chester

April 18 setlist:
1) intro ( sorry I don't know it)
2) Black Cow
3) Aja
4) Hey 19
5) Black Friday
6) Janie Runaway
7) Godwacker
8) Show Biz Kids
9) Dirty Work
10) Bodhisvatta
11) Daddy Don't Live...(Walter vocals)
12) Time Out of Mind
13) Joe Tex tibe- girls sing - band intros
14) Josie
15) Peg
16) My Old School
17) Reeling in the Years
18) Kid Charlamagne
19) Outro- Theme from Godfather

So no surprises folks. Same Setlist as last year. They sounded great of course. I would have liked to see something new. The only departure was Janie. Same old same old.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:04:39 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

and speak of the devil - here's a post from the Dandom Facebook group, via M**** (name withheld until such time as he or she feels like posting here):

"1) intro - sorry don't know it
2) Black Cow
3) Aja
4) Hey 19
5) Black Friday
6) Janie Runaway
7) Godwacker
8) Show Biz Kids
9) Dirty Work
11) Daddy Don't Live (Walter vocals)
12)Time Out of Mind
13) Band intros with girls singing Joe Tex song
15) Peg
16) My Old School
17) Reeling in the Years
18) Kid Charlamegne
19) Outro - Theme from Godfather

Happy audience. Good show. Band played well enough. No real deviation from last year in terms of Setlist, Format, etc. Latonya Hall was exciting and added a lot of stage presence. All else was pretty much the same from recent previous tours. Sorry kids but no real surprises on this night. For many the Setlist is a non issue but for me it is. I hate to complain but this Setlist is identical to the ones from previous tours. Time to reinvent a few things and add some excitement."

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 23:01:30 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Gino -

Ignoring the comment immediately below me --

I agree with you overall. However, there are instances where one can post a setlist, live, while a) enjoying the show and b) not disturbing folks around them. I've done so myself. I was in the last row of the balcony. Friends, who begrudgingly agreed to the situation, were on my left. My hand shielded those to my right. I enjoyed both the show itself and sharing it with Dandom- in fact, it was an added thrill for me to give back to the community, and although it sounds funny to type that out, it's the truth. So I post my request in hopes that others are thinking the same thing I was.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 21:42:04 ET
Posted by: piss, k

who gives a fukj?

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 20:58:16 ET
Posted by: Gino F., correction

That would be, "tomorrow morning OR afternoon".

Apologies for the sloppiness.

But not for the cell-phone hate.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 20:54:06 ET
Posted by: Gino Feculanti, not Port Chester, sadly

Of course I'm super curious to see what gets played tonight, but not to the point where I'd ever ask anyone (or everyone) to constantly obsess over their "mobile devices" throughout the performance.

A complete set list plus a review after the fact would definitely be appreciated by all, I suspect. But, really, there's no need for anyone (or everyone) to constantly disrupt the live event for those immediately around them in order to feed the everythingallthetimenow enjoyment of those internetty folks (like myself) who aren't even there. In the seats. Trying to listen & watch without a bunch of unnecessary & obnoxious distraction(s).

Just a thought.

A polite thought.

One that takes common courtesy & manners into account.

Like we all always used to do in public situations.

Like live concerts.

Midnight tonight would be just fine, and so would tomorrow morning of afternoon.

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 20:27:09 ET
Posted by: Ed, Boulder, CO

Yes. I recall they dug out "King Of The World" on the 2013 Mood Swings tour, but by the time the tour reached Colorado it was wiped off the setlist. They always seem to remove the good "deep album cuts".

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 19:44:19 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Not to get anyone's hopes up too high, but in past tours the Dan has trotted out some real surprises on the first night or two, only to drop them from the set thereafter. I still remember how Seattle and Portland got The Bear when that tour opened (which didn't re-emerge until a Beacon rarities night later in the tour), and a subsequent tour included the Boston Rag. Here's hoping . . .

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 19:29:32 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Any of the lucky folks attending Port Chester tonight feel like live tweeting?

According to the venue, the show starts in less than 30 minutes ...

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 13:38:33 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, dropping the 7-10

What Don Patrol said! I'm going to clear my schedule for tomorrow so I can devote the entire day to set-list discussion. :-)

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 12:17:48 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Let the festivities begin! Hoping to hear great things about the early
leg of the tour, and wishing those who are attending, a great time!
Can't wait for my shows!!

Date: Mon, April 18, 2016, 12:04:57 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

I had a schedule conflict but was able to watch close to an hour of the 9:30 pm performance on my smart phone. It was gorgeous. Totally butterscotch. I froze a few frames on my smart phone and will post two or three to the Twitter box (under fair use). Hard for me to post them in the main body of the BlueBook.


I would suspect that some audience members saw Donald Fagen and asked for his autograph.

When I've seen Catherine perform in the Chicago area clubs, it seems to me most of the audience is there to see Catherine in her own right rather than being there as Steely Dan fans. Tangentially, I've given six or seven Catherine CDs as gifts. They love her music on its own, regardless of SD.

Here's hoping they are able to do a few more shows in NYC and other places--which of course I'd love Chicago to be one of those.


Date: Sun, April 17, 2016, 23:12:17 ET
Posted by: Homer, Detroit MI

People must have recognized Donald. Did the audience start bugging Donald for autographs?

Date: Sun, April 17, 2016, 22:09:49 ET
Posted by: Elgin, Boston

NIght Two of Catherine Russell: Sunny Side of The Street at Jazz at Lincoln Center NYC.
Catherine, Carolyn, and La Tanya hit it out of the park again. Donald Fagen and Michael Leonhart came to the 9:30 show and hung out with the gals after show. Donald was complimentary all around and mentioned that he was going for a Four Freshman king of thing on his "Maxine" vocal arrangement. A true music historian and inspiration.

All in all two great nights, which turned into an unplanned lift off for the upcoming Steely Dan tour.

Any reports from the webcast or others who attended?


Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 22:07:38 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Don Patrol, the Beacon glass was the ticket. Settled in nicely watching--though I don't believe it is a live stream, rather the same show I posted earlier. Still very sweet.

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 21:54:47 ET
Posted by: Try, This (@dandomdotcom)
4/16/16, 9:55 PM
Watch Catherine Russell: Sunny Side of the Street on @Livestream:

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 21:03:25 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Dean, switch to the old fashioned glass!

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 20:39:55 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

For those interested in a quick fix, while the 7PM show seems to have ended, it is still up here:

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 20:35:56 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Well, maybe if you hit the right arrow a couple times, at 9:30, something might be there. It appears as if there will be a livecast---but I can't be sure. Sorry for the confusion. Maybe I just need to drink a bit more in order to understand the website.

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 20:28:37 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Oops. Sorry. It says Event Ended. It was last night at 11:30PM. Doesn't look like tonight is being webcast. I'm still searching and will report back if I find anything useful.

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 20:26:55 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Thanks for the heads up on the Catherine Russell show webcast. From what I can see, the webcast is at 11:30PM tonight. Does anyone see anything earlier? Thanks

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 16:14:57 ET
Posted by: hoops, Sadly in Chicago and not in NYC


>>>THANK YOU!<<< And of course thanks Catherine, Carolyjn, and La Tanya, as always.


Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 15:03:00 ET
Posted by: Hot Dog, Los Angeles

Thanks for the review. I didn't know these shows are being webcast. I have to watch it tonight.

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 14:24:01 ET
Posted by: Elgin, Boston

Opening night of Catherine Russell: Sunny Side of The Street w/ Carolyn Leonhart, La Tanya Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, NYC.
The show was truly mind blowing. The vocal blend was pure ear candy and the harmony singing was enhanced by the personality and sense of fun, grease, and sex with which these gals imbued swing era classics associated with the great Sy Oliver. They also performed a stunning arrangement of Donald Fagen's "Maxine" from his first solo album The Nightfly, and Catherine mentions both Sy Oliver and Donald love to arrange vocal harmonies.

Great to see Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg, Jon Herrington, Joan K. Smith, Jim Taylor.

Two more shows tonight. If you can't attend in person, they are webcast "live" at 7pm & 9:30pm EDT here:
Hoops, thanks for everything~!

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 11:34:44 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Really enjoyed McCartney's show here in PDX last night. Not quite as good as his '05, '09 or '13 shows, but the man is 73, and (unlike D&W) is the focal center of a nearly 3-hour show.

Very much like his big Safeco Field 2013 show, very well executed and including some great deep cuts (hear that D&W?), great lighting and visual effects, and a reminder of the remarkable role this guy has played in the 50 years of the rock era, and his amazing gift for melody. And a crowd that varied from folks with walkers to tons of parents with grade school kids in tow, who can all tell people in decades to come that they saw a Beatle give a great show.

Only complaint: he didn't introduce his excellent bandmates by name, which seems tacky. Overall, well worth experiencing. (And if Paul can play Portland and Seattle once again, so should the Dan - we're not even on their latest tour agenda.)

Date: Sat, April 16, 2016, 08:02:50 ET
Posted by: Nick, n/a

Video of the Peg cover on Kimmel

Date: Fri, April 15, 2016, 19:51:34 ET
Posted by: BDPMRSTWRWNY, $220?

"Imagine all the people..."

Date: Fri, April 15, 2016, 17:08:42 ET
Posted by: Pants, down

There's a big story circulating in the news about how the Coachella Festival promoters are trying to organize a huge 3-day mega-rock festival on Oct. 7-9 featuring The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Neil Young. The promoters say they are doing this because of the enthusiastic response they received when they booked Steely Dan, AC/DC, McCartney, etc.

By the way, the Paul McCartney tour is selling like hotcakes. This morning tickets went on sale for his show at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO and tickets were all gone within an hour.

Date: Fri, April 15, 2016, 15:24:17 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Looking forward to reports about Catherine, et al's show tonight and tomorrow night. I hope someone here is attending. Wish I could.


Date: Fri, April 15, 2016, 15:23:36 ET
Posted by: Sammy, at work

When's the last time Steve Miller got media coverage in the news? What Steve is saying about the HOF is probably true, but I think his real motive is get more publicity so he can boost his sagging ticket sales. Many other artists have blasted the Rock HOF too.

Date: Fri, April 15, 2016, 12:57:30 ET
Posted by: random, US

Cheap Trick & Steve Miller bashing the HOF after their inductions.

Date: Fri, April 15, 2016, 10:30:25 ET
Posted by: Gallagher, NY

Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. reminds me of Keith Carlock. Both drummers have played with Sting and are the same age. Both of them utilize the big powerhouse kick-ass eardrum blowout drum technique.

Date: Thurs, April 14, 2016, 16:04:06 ET
Posted by: Chris T, NJ

Last year McCartney played a private gig in Philadelphia. A friend was invited and he managed to sneak up to the front of the stage. Paul said "you're probably wondering why we have so many guitars up here. It's because we can." He held his guitar in front of my friend, prodding him to take it. Then pulled it away.

Date: Thurs, April 14, 2016, 15:05:05 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Oh, you know Macca has a tube running down those pants. This is rock and roll, Maxwell. Get with it.

Date: Thurs, April 14, 2016, 13:31:58 ET
Posted by: Maxwell, San Francisco

I think it took a long time for Paul McCartney to finally play "A Hard Days Night" because John Lennon sang the lead vocal. I don't think I ever heard McCartney sing "I Am The Walrus" or "Come Together" at his shows.

Date: Thurs, April 14, 2016, 12:50:49 ET
Posted by: Maxwell, San Francisco

What amazes me about Paul McCartney is that he always performs for 3 hours straight with no intermission. Most performers need a break so they can use the toilet. Paul loves to juggle his setlist each night and play rarely performed songs like "A Hard Days Night" from last night's show. I hope Steely Dan does the same next Monday in New York when the tour starts.

Date: Thurs, April 14, 2016, 11:07:44 ET
Posted by: Sir, Yes Sir

Yesterday (ahem) Paul McCartney played "A Hard Days Night" live for the first time since 1965.

Just sayin'.

Date: Thurs, April 14, 2016, 02:30:42 ET
Posted by: Fee, W

Didn't vibe personally or musically?

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 23:46:41 ET
Posted by: ken, Hoboken, NJ

Markus- Keith was let go by Sting. They didn't vibe. No more Sting gigs for KC

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 21:47:50 ET
Posted by: Dewey, Orlando FL

The "Skunkman" Jeff Baxter is supposed to be releasing his new solo album soon with vocals by Michael McDonald.

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 21:16:47 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest went out in the past few minutes and covers March 1-April 13, 2016. The previous edition covered February 11-29, 2016.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

- UPDATE: 2016 Tour --Indy, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh Added
- 4/15 & 16: Russell, Leonhart & Hall--The Sunny Side of the Street
- Tickets: 9/22 - Jon Herington Band at Daryl's House
- Jon Herington's Arrangements for Guitar
- NEW CD: Walt Weiskopf: The Way You Say It
- Carlock: Great Drumming in Any Language
- Roger Rosenberg on new Chris Rogers

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Fly about as low, be so cool,


Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 20:18:59 ET
Posted by: Greg, Palmer

The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert

with performances by Keith Emerson Band, Eddie Jobson (U.K./Roxy Music), Brian Auger (Oblivion Express), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr's All-Star Band), CJ Vanston (Spinal Tap), Philippe Saisse (Al Dimeola), Steve Porcaro (Toto), Ed Roth (Annie Lennox), Jonathan Sindelman (Alan White Band), Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Bros.), Steve Lukather (Toto), Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar), Troy Luccketta (Tesla), Joe Travers (Zappa's Universe), Travis Davis (Keith Emerson Band, CTA), Mike Wallace (Boy's Club), Marc Bonilla (Toy Matinee, Keith Emerson Band), Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck/Frank Zappa).

**************** Nice to see "Skunk" on that impressive list.

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 18:48:30 ET
Posted by: Bogus Weems , Dallas

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has cancelled his concert in North Carolina just like Bossman Bruce Springsteen.

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 11:42:28 ET
Posted by: Markus, Springfield, IL

Back in January some people thought Keith Carlock was going to jump ship and join the big Sting/Peter Gabriel Summer tour when Keith tweeted a message promoting the tour.

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 10:47:09 ET
Posted by: Elgin, Boston

Dangential New York City area show alert: coming to Jazz at Lincoln Center April 15-16
Catherine Russell, Carolyn Leonhart, La Tanya Hall (aka Bi Polar Brats from Mood Swings 2013 Tour) with 7 piece band performing a Tribute to legendary swing era arranger, trumpet player, vocalist, composer, Sy Oliver.

WBGO interview with Cat, Carolyn, La Tanya (Steely Dan history) streaming here:

New Yorker Pick:
April 15 2016 – April 16 2016

Versatile to the core, this jazz-and-blues vocalist collaborated with David Bowie just before his retirement from the stage, in 2004. Here she looks back further, honoring the swing-era arranger Sy Oliver. Joined by La Tanya Hall and Carolyn Leonhart, Russell will take on Oliver’s vocal charts, originally devised for male trios and later rearranged for a female cohort. The instrumental support team includes the guitarist Matt Munisteri and the trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso.

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Date: Wed, April 13, 2016, 08:40:08 ET
Posted by: Michael, Re NC

Where was this faux-outrage back in the day? Yeah, because I'm sure that people really sat around pondering to themselves, "Gee, when are they gonna let transgenders use whatever public bathrooms they want?"

As for Springsteen, good I say. Who can tolerate three hours of every song sounding exactly the same?

All that talk about Keith Carlock was just that, talk. Did he actually state that he was sick of playing the same material with Steely Dan? I've never read a single quote to verify that.

Just comes to show that in the absence of news people will invent controversy where none exists.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 22:27:07 ET
Posted by: Yankee Bob, Midtown Manhattan

Maybe Keith Carlock was feeling frustrated with Steely Dan because of their reluctance to record new material. From what I've read, Keith was quite happy with the one album he recorded with Toto even though he is now no longer involved with the band.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 20:26:37 ET
Posted by: Chris, NH

Whatever happened with Carlock and Toto (I have my own theories), I'm glad Carlock chose Steely Dan and not Steely Dan Lite.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 18:07:38 ET
Posted by: Stone, L.A.

Last night White Denim performed "Peg" on Jimmy Kimmel Live (viewable on YouTube). It's just a note-for-note remake with a short Peter Frampton style guitar solo at the end.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 17:29:25 ET
Posted by: Craig, P

Today's SD cartoon.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 16:50:22 ET
Posted by: IV, X

That whole "Carlock is now a member of Toto and after one last SD tour he's joining us full time" thing faded pretty fast.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 16:13:42 ET
Posted by: Arnold the Pig, Green Acres

Yesterday Keith Carlock tweeted "more dates added, and more soon!"

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 11:11:06 ET
Posted by: µ ,


Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 11:10:32 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

North Carolina - don't they still use outhouses anyway? ;)

There's a nice theater on the University of Texas campus. C'mob down to the left of the Rio Grande again, D&W

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 08:39:15 ET
Posted by: Dave (from acquisitions), Philadelphia

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet but I was searching YouTube in one of those endless mindless circles and happened upon this. I immediately remembered the name of the song from Brian Sweets book but until this had never heard any rendering of it at all. This is a don/Walt production no? Maybe Kenny Vance still has some gems in the vault?

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 05:36:10 ET
Posted by: Steamboat Willie, listening to China Crisis (Walter Becker)

Check out the new 2016 Tour Merchandise at The Tote Bag is probably the only item I'd buy.

I don't want to hear anymore talk about North Carolina. This is not a political forum.

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 01:59:10 ET
Posted by: Eugene, Vegas

Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen has cancelled his shows in NC which is causing a big uproar. Don't cross The Boss!

Date: Tues, April 12, 2016, 01:26:41 ET
Posted by: James, Margaritaville

***Jimmy Buffett went on to say that he "believes most of his fans feel the same way he does about the law, and out of loyalty to them, he intends to honor his commitment to play the two gigs -- on April 21 in Raleigh and April 23 in Charlotte.

"I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law," he said. "I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year."

As for whether he'll play more concerts in North Carolina in the future, Buffett said it would "definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest [Gump] said, 'Stupid is as stupid does.'"***

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 22:08:24 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I posted that last message in a moment of weakness/anger. This is not the place for political discussion. Apologies to Hoops and everyone else.

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 21:27:37 ET

All good points Mt. Belzoni, I should not have commented without knowing
enough about the issue. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 20:55:08 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Should the Dan, Bruce or any other artist punish their NC fans because they disagree with the NC legislature?

Might it not be more effective to use the opportunity to advocate their views to an adoring audience at a show than to cancel the show?

And amongst all of the world's injustices, dangers, conflicts and crises, might there not be a few that are actually more important than which NC public toilets transgender folks can use?

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 20:32:40 ET

Chris, I try to stay as far away as possible from politics on this sight, having said that, I also wouldn't mind them canceling the show. Though I don't fault them for not doing it either.

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 20:03:45 ET
Posted by: Chris, Nh

I know it ain't their style. But I wish they'd cancel their NC show.

Reschedule it for something just over the boarder, honor all tickets, etc...

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 18:29:28 ET
Posted by: Kent Seaworth, just getting off work

Hey, gang! Go to Jon Herington's Facebook page. There's a link with a brand new interview Jon did for Jazz Guitar Life. Jon explains what it's like being on the road with Steely Dan. By the way, Jon Herington has tour dates on July 29-31 in Washington & Oregon with Madeleine Peyroux.

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 17:23:46 ET
Posted by: Silverbird, North Bay CA

I'm certain that Steely Dan will keep adding dates beyond July. People who live in the Pacific Northwest are in for a huge treat. Remember Nu Shooz from Portland, Oregon and their gigantic hit "I Can't Wait" in 1986? I just heard today that they will be releasing a new album called Bagtown on May 21. Reports from the news media say it sounds like Mid-70's Philly Soul and Steely Dan.

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 17:09:14 ET
Posted by: Steve,

New Pittsburgh date for July 17th.

Date: Mon, April 11, 2016, 15:22:03 ET
Posted by: Steve,

I am also wondering if they will add more shows in the USA after Indy and Milwaukee. 2006 and 2007 or 2008) were Milwaukee shows tacked onto the beginning and end of the schedule. In the latter, they went onto Europe.

Date: Sun, April 10, 2016, 05:36:08 ET
Posted by: MIke A, Seattle

Added a few more shows? Great, there is still a chance for a swing though August in the Northwest. Best time to be here...

Mike A

Date: Sat, April 9, 2016, 02:27 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni , Portland OR

Hey D&W - Delighted to see that you're adding shows on to the end of the tour! Remember that the tour currently omits the entire Pacific NW (Seattle, Vancouver, Portland) - home to a lot of Dan fans.

Date: Fri, April 8, 2016, 20:20 ET
Posted by: DYLYNFAN , Indy

Too funny Chet, I was thinking something along those lines, perhaps it's a Harrisburg thing. What a great fucking show that was!

Date: Fri, April 8, 2016, 00:01 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin , Indy

I didn't believe my ears this week when I first heard a radio spot announcing Indy's addition as a tour stop! Tix go on sale at 10 this morning for the Dan's return to the venue cool kids will always know and love as Deer Creek Music Center. It's officially named Klipsch, and it's actually located in Noblesville, but all that matters is that our guys and dolls haven't swung this shed since September of '93, so this is gonna be a party. Jedi Keith and I are bouncing Dan Fest options around, and we'll spread the word when we have it.

Date: Thurs, April 7, 2016, 20:49 ET
Posted by: Chet, HARRISBURG PA B

What was Don thinking with the Doublemint wrapper green T shirt that year?

Date: Thurs, April 7, 2016, 18:45 ET
Posted by: DYLYNFAN ,

Doc Mu, thank you and merci beaucoup, that is epic, you just hit a tape measure shot home run.

Date: Thurs, April 7, 2016, 12:12 ET
Posted by: Will, Greenwich NY

Steve Winwood's 1980s solo albums never did impress me. It struck me as very slick commercial pop music. I like the early raw blues/Jazz of Winwood's work with Traffic, Blind Faith and the Spencer Davis Group.

Wouldn't you rather hear SD & Winwood perform The Royal Scam instead of Preztel Logic? They should also play one of Winwood's songs like Gimme Some Lovin'.

Date: Thurs, April 7, 2016, 12:12 ET
Posted by: Chris, NH

Love that show. '08 was the best of the 1 set era so far, IMO. New tunes added, new arrangements, segues, and the return of the instrumental overture. I mean, this setlist is damn near perfect:

Everyone's Gone to the Movies/The Fez>
The Royal Scam>
I Got the News>
Show Biz Kids
Everything You Did
Two Against Nature
Hey Nineteen
Babylon Sisters
New Frontier
Glamour Profession
Parker's Band
Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart
FM (No Static at All)
Kid Charlemagne

Date: Thurs, April 7, 2016, 12:12 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

Fantastic live show from the Think Fast tour. Nice setlist and Hi Q audio

Date: Wed, April 6, 2016, 12:12 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Maybe Steely Dan and Steve Winwood could jam on a medley including Jack of Speed and Hold On, considering the two songs sound exactly alike.

Just kidding. Pretzel Logic if you're lucky.

Date: Wed, April 6, 2016, 00:03 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

@Casual Fan - I agree that The Steely Dan Show is a nice little ditty. I like it. The opener is usually something a little longer that showcases the band before D+W and the girls come out, and I don't think it fits that bill. It included more singing by the band members than anything I can remember, that's for sure. Since the two set days seem to be gone, I'm afraid we'll just have to remember fondly The Steely Dan Show. But who knows.

Date: Tues, April 05, 2016, 23:45:34 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Despite Facebook, I've pondered the idea of trying one day a month as being designated as "anything goes" day for posts. Regrettably, the person purposely posting spam demonstrates that won't work. Instead, the BlueBook will be on moderation because of someone purposely posting spam. Please allow up to two hours for a post to appear, longer overnight Eastern/NYC time. Thank you for your patience.



Date: Tues, April 05, 2016, 22:27:58 ET
Posted by: Casual Fan, Orlando

Barnie, ok, hope they make it an opener this tour. You didn't address the substance of my observation that it's a good song for that purpose. Regardless of its placement before.

Date: Tues, April 05, 2016, 20:33:37 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Babe Blue Ox: Shame on Donald and Walter for not making an album? Don't know why you have to use a secret name to post that. Shame on you--what do you know about their personal circumstances?

Date: Tues, April 05, 2016, 13:21:57 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Dangential Onion:

Date: Tues, April 05, 2016, 12:33:46 ET
Posted by: Babe the Blue Ox, MN

The Rolling Stones are supposed to release a new album this year. Ron Wood says they recorded new songs that have a strong blues streak. This is something SD should be doing. Shame on you, Donald Jay Fagen & Walter Becker.

Date: Mon, April 04, 2016, 21:54:13 ET
Posted by: Owen , Berkeley, CA

Those were the good old days. I remember them well. Don & Walt really gave the audience a lot back then. Deep album tracks/rarities for the hardcore fans and the hits for the casual crowd. Everybody went home happy.

Date: Mon, April 04, 2016, 20:32:11 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Not TX

Casual fan- Great handle for you. "The Steely Dan Show" was played before the start of the second set when they played two sets. Never to open the show. Stay casual!

Date: Mon, April 04, 2016, 15:04:44 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Thanks for your patience with the spam today, not to mention some of the way off topic stuff of late. Both should be remedied for now...but you never know... Sometimes something decent gets deleted by accident so just email me privately if you think that is the case. Thanks again.


Date: Mon, April 04, 2016, 13:21:49 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Am I the only one who wouldn't mind hearing "The Steely Dan Show" again as the opener? I realize its nothing special, musically, but personally when I saw that when they opened with it some years back (2003) I thought it was pleasant for new folks and just really kept the anticipation level up for us seasoned veterans.

The song is just kind of fun.

link if you missed it:

Date: Mon, April 04, 2016, 13:19:29 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Wooohoo!! A Milwaukee show!!!

So I guess I'm seeing the Dan at least twice this year.

Funny how the BMO Harris Pavilion is a third the capacity of Northerly Island, and the most expensive seats at the BMO are half the price. MKE wins again!

Date: Mon, April 04, 2016, 00:55:32 ET
Posted by: Justin B., Utah

As per request-

Act I
Intro (Video Interlude)
1. Mark My Words
2. Where Are Ü Now (Jack Ü cover)
3. I'll Show You
4. Get Used to It

Act II
Girls (video interlude)
5. The Feeling
6. Love Yourself (Acustic Version)
7. One Less Lonely Girl (Acustic Version)
8. Home to Mama (Acustic Version)

9. Boyfriend
10. Been You
11. Company
12. No Sense
13. Hold Tight
14. No Pressure

Act IV
15. As Long As You Love Me
16. Children
17. Life Is Worth Living

Act V
18. What Do You Mean?
19. Baby
20. Purpose

21. Sorry

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 22:09:35 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Not picking a new "warm up" song is a bad omen in terms of setlist variation ... I hope they can at least change that up this year.

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 20:10:04 ET
Posted by: Thaw, lower50

Frost, you better pop in a cd then!

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 19:29:35 ET
Posted by: Frost, Upper Manhattan

I don't wanna hear DTMA again. I would rather hear something from Donald's solo albums like H Gang, Morph The Cat, I'm Not the Same Without You or Tomorrow's Girls. Ditto for Walter Becker.

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 15:52:52 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, U.K

White Denim cover Peg!


Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 15:04:33 ET

Funny you should mention DTMA Nicholas, as that would be my second choice.
I sure as Hell wouldn't complain if they played some more from Pretzel Logic

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 13:23:15 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

If they bring back a tune they've played before, I hope that it's Don't Take Me Alive. And as good as Cubano Chant is, a three song SD medley by the band before D&W walk on is hard to beat. It seems like I read somewhere, probably here on the blue, that Jon Herington said that the band knew the entire catalog, just in case. (That last sentence may be totally bogus, but it's what I remember.)

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 10:23:28 ET

Relax everyone, two more weeks until the Tour starts and all will be well, not just here, but everywhere. I am guilty of going off-topic as anyone, so no stone throwing here. Wondering what gem will be added to the shows this year. # Hoping for C.O.A. (Hint: It's on Royal Scam) ps: I am well aware they have played it before.

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 07:09:53 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Geez, what happened to this place?

Date: Sun, April 03, 2016, 00:10:20 ET
Posted by: Gino Feculanti, Aww, CRAP

Guns 'n' Fucking Roses? Really?

As if that obnoxious corporate garbage wasn't obnoxious enough when it was shiny-noo and obnoxious. Did I mention that it was (is) obnoxious? And garbage? I think I did. Any further questions about how I feel about "Guns & Roses", please re-read the previous two sentences.

Doesn't belong here, any more than those disgusting "Journey w/orchestra" updates from a while back or other similar recent musical pornography linked here.

I get that we occasionally ("often") talk about stuff that's at best vaguely SD related, but some of the stuff offered up recently has been nothing short of putrid.

What next, a discussion of Lil' Ms. Beeber's latest tattoo, or Rihahnna`s latest "song"? Has it come to this?

ps - "Fer fuck's sakes!"

Date: Sat, April 02, 2016, 12:58:00 ET
Posted by: Bill Hindle,

Is this a pic of WB's dad? I'm thinking it might be. He was very close to his dad before his untimely death.

Date: Sat, April 02, 2016, 07:29:54 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Greg M, mm-hmm, just as Donald predicted.

Too bad I don't believe anything coming from the space agencies. It's all make believe. :(

Date: Sat, April 02, 2016, 00:04:54 ET
Posted by: Oz, Jersey City

I hope we get some surprises on this upcoming Steely Dan tour which starts in about two weeks. They could dig out some obscure album tracks or cover a David Bowie song.

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 21:34:52 ET
Posted by: sadako, tokyo japan

hello, I come from Japan and love Steely Dan. I an reading your posts but do not understand.Maybe my english is too bad. Do you like Steely Dan or maybe no I think.

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 21:34:32 ET
Posted by: Abu, Only An April Fool Would Do That

Steely Mole, I like it! Can't wait to hear it. Bonus tune, available only in select U.S. cities:

"(Slight) Change Of the Setlist". Not a fave of many.

Greg, the sands are swirlin' when them gals take off from KELT-4Ab and Sheilus.

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 20:09:40 ET
Posted by: Greg M, White Plains, NY

triple sun??? ;)

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 08:36:47 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Doc, that's a lot of stuff to digest.

I don't want to go off on a tangent about what's wrong with the music industry, but all of the attempts to manufacture a star won't cut it for me. They incessantly try to groom singers and entertainers rather than songwriters and performers, with the expectation that they'll use their ready-made entourage of songwriters and producers to fashion an overnight sensation for a quick buck. It just doesn't work that way. They're attempting to dictate to the public what to like, rather than vice versa.

Anyway, here's my new song titled Video.

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 05:18:15 ET
Posted by: Vincent, Uk

US dates not selling well? Maybe touring annually to the same market doesn't help. A European tour would make sense, as you've not been this way since 2009. The risks of jihadis are rather less than you might think.

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 02:22:18 ET
Posted by: Steely Mole, NYC

Steely Dan are proud to announce the release of their new studio album "Rockin', Jammin' Rollin, Groovin'."

"It took quite a bit of work, but I was finally able to cajole Walter into joining me in the studio over the past few Winters. We went back to some material from the mid-80s we worked on and wrote a few new things as well."

Walter Becker was unavailable for comment as his vocabulary has been reduced to variations on the phrases "What's the name of that drink?!" "More dessert" and "The originator!"

The album was recorded in both Hawaii and New York City from January of 2013 to December of 2015.


1. Pot Vibe (Lead Vocals by Walter Becker)
2. Bitchin' 'Bout My Bus
3. The Third Arrangement (featuring Denny Dias)
4. Three Sisters Shaking
5. Cash Only Island
6. Plooked. (Collaboration with Dweezil Zappa and Mike Keneally)
7. Uncle Walt's Rant (Lead Vocals by Walter Becker)
8. Constantly Shitposting
9. Reelin' in the Beers
10. Prisoner #283974 (Donald's Lament)

Date: Thurs, March 31, 2016, 23:06:04 ET
Posted by: Jann weiner, NYC

Fuck you Steely dan.

You haven't made a good album since Absolutely Free.

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