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Date: Wed, July 01, 2015, 12:58:04 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, CANADA

Happy Canada Day Dandom !

Date: Tues, June 30, 2015, 22:08:13 ET
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Date: Mon, June 29, 2015, 14:19:03 ET
Posted by: Dancast, USA

Moray, thank you for the input. I'm going to come up with an into of some sort for the next cast (probably percussion related).

As for guests, I plan on reaching out to people after I have a bit more credibility.

Thank you for listening!

Date: Mon, June 29, 2015, 11:31:09 ET
Posted by: moray eel, .

Manu = many

Date: Mon, June 29, 2015, 11:28:40 ET
Posted by: moray eel , Here

Dancast: I like your podcast. You have a good voice.

3 things that I think make good podcasts even better:

1. Having a nice short intro to the show. That way it seems a little different than just some guy talking.

2. Having guests. Listening to one person gets stale after a few shows.

3. Having news. Google emails the latest news on Manu subjects and it is nice to have a podcast that can share the information with listeners.


Date: Mon, June 29, 2015, 03:10:14 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Some of the horn charts in Chicago's unexpectedly good and sometimes sophisticated XXXVI remind me of Don B's on Monkey House Headquarters, with many tips of the Fex to Fagen and SD. If you like headquarters, you might like this one.

I think it's their best since Chicago XI (27 years prior), the one with Take Me Back To Chicago. Was not a fan of the David Foster-produced stuff. The horns are sassy, with quite a few lrapid left turns and nice chord progressions. It's like the urban legend Stone of Sisyphus, except the songs aren't tuneless - I hear a lot of 70s influence from their debut (technically 1969) through Lee Loughnane's brilliant Call on Me to Hot Street's No Tell Lover, with a fab horn chart and Cetera's best performance.

There's a tough of Holdsworth guitar on Nice Girl. Naked in the Garden of Allah, More Will Be Revealed, Free At Last, Something's Coming, I Know, Watching All the colors are probably the best tracks. They're nearly all very good. America is a protest song that is being misconstrued like the Boss' Born in the USA. Some like Trippy Day are growers.

Love Lives On is probably the only meh track, but still better than most of the overwrought 80s ballads. Sounds like a track a winner of The Voice might record...except, the horns dial in halfway through and rescue it from banality.

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 16:30:32 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy

R.I.P. Chris Squire

I know there are some Yes fans in the Dandom, and those folks should add The Anderson Ponty Band to the radar.

DanFests: Are any taking shape, especially for the Cally and Texas run?

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 14:56:08 ET
Posted by: UH?,

"Lazlo, I mailed this setlist to Irving's office. I hope they'll play it"

Good luck with that..... SMFH

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 11:40:39 ET
Posted by: Dancast, Somewhere in the US

Hey Bluebook, I had a terrible or good ( depending on how you look at it) idea of starting a Steely Dan podcast. I put this up yesterday.

Come along, listen to me make a complete idiot out of myself!

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 09:41:42 ET
Posted by: Ken, Q

The "interview" was Walter explaining their preparation for album night concerts. He said they can't reproduce 8 tracks of Donald singing the chorus, but that they play it more or less how it was on the albums.

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 09:25:14 ET
Posted by: Ken, Q

Interview with Walter Becker this morning before 10am on 101.1 FM NY

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 08:18:05 ET
Posted by: NYB,

"Since I had my nervous system surgically removed after the second Steely Dan album, you can ask me anything."

- Jeff "Skunk" Baxter @ 6:22

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 00:27:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,


OK, I see the eclectic part - EC does have an interest in jazz, and I'm sure his choice of mate was not simply for Diana Kralls's looks (although I could understand that).. I hope that we will have a setlist that will overlap nicely...cross-pollenation would not be a bad idea. I like the idea of Pretzel Logic with Elvis doing MM's stop time (from live shows)

Date: Sun, June 28, 2015, 00:21:41 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Dean - no, you are clearly understood, and seem really defensive. Hope you've been well..

Your postulate is that EC is straight ahead rock and roll. However, the evidence says quite the opposite IMO

EC may not be to everyone taste, and that's certainly OK.

I do not expect EC to "blow away" Steely Dan in concert nor will the charts be as complex, but expect he and his band will more than hold their own.

Hey, they're horns!!

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 22:58:59 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

Wow. When I am at a show, I keep kicking myself that I am actually watching Steely Dan. Call me what you will, but I will always be amazed when I am in the room and Donald and Walter are playing with their band. It's just fucking amazing!

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 20:11:35 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Seems as though I'm being misinterpreted.

First, Godwhacker I CLEARLY stated "I'm pretty sure you are just kidding"---or did you miss that? But without any sign of a "wink" in your post it is hard to tell. That's an issue with text only forums. The funny part is you went on to defend your original post as if it wasn't sarcastic. Don and Walt play what Don and Walt want to play, for whatever reasons Don and Walt may have. No sarcasm present in that statement.

And Doc, I not sure what "Costello absolutely BLEW SQUEEZE OUT OF THE WATER" is supposed to prove as I have no particular respect for Squeeze. But I actually kind of like EC (not as much as I like Joe Jackson, and I consider them kind if the same guy--but not really) and understand he is eclectic. That wasn't my point. Sorry if i didn't make it clearly.

Obviously (at least to me) many EC fans are fans of him from the "new wave" days. Combine that with fans who are interested in personality/performer type acts. I don't necessarily mean that derogatorily, though it's never really been my thing. I've kind of always liked the musicians to concentrate more on the music (well, entirely on the music, actually) without the rock/pop artist affectations. EC certainly plays decent/good music and doesn't engage in over the top histrionics, but let's face it, it's clear in concert HE'S the man. He poses a bit, points, claps along with the fans---the type of stuff that most pop fans expect from musicians in concert. And while his music is more complex than many straight-ahead rock acts, compared to Steely Dan, it is fairly straight ahead rock.

EC, 2013. Enjoy:

My point was, that many EC fans might be predisposed to think EC blew SD off the stage because:

1. They are fans from the new age days and prefer that type of music.
2. His music is less complex, for the most part, than SD and is easier for non-fans to appreciate.
3. He is a personality/performer. Fortunately (at least to me) nobody in SD panders to the crowd in that way, in concert.

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 16:28:44 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

That should be ECLECTIC - that band was electric as well.

Damn autocorrect...

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 16:13:30 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,


I saw EC with Squeeze when they were at their peak: East Side Story Argy Bargy. Paul Carrack was on board doing vocals for Tempted and a few other numbers. Squeeze was tight and performed well.

Armed Forces, This Year's Model and Get Happy were Out. Trust was cooking. After Carrack's strong vocals I was prepared for a crusty punk and small letdown.

Think Again. Costello absolutely BLEW SQUEEZE OUT OF THE WATER. His vocals penetrative and evocative, the band and tunes electric. EC made crappy accosting come alive in 3D

He's no straightaway rocker...and that notion doesn't really have credibility after Imperial Bedroom album, songs from that period like Shipbuilding. Painted from Memory brought out the best in Bacharach and Costello.Toledo is the type of song Can't Write Home About You could have been. He made Macca relevant again - Veronica and My Brave Face are well fashioned pop. EC's duet mojo continued with Allen Touissant - A River Runs Through It, in part a tribute to Katrina victims. The title track is as poignant and powerful combining R&B, funk, blues, and soul - incredibly authentic. It literally sounds like the best Neville Brothers recording. The dude has GRAVITAS.

I expect a formidable and quality opening set from EC.

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 14:37:15 ET
Posted by: just one guy's take, not sure why anyone should care

I've attended every tour, 30 concerts in all (including the Morph tour) since 1996, but only 4 since 2011 and I'm almost certainly sitting this one out entirely because:

1. No interest in seeing EC.
2. I've already seen them at all the venues they are playing that are within my doable radius. (as many as 3 times apiece.)
3. There won't introduce anything into the mix to make it a significantly different experience than previous tours.

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 14:03:29 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


You're too serious and are poor at detecting sarcasm.




Also, as Donald has stated before they would like to play other things, it is just the audience doesn't get it.

That's why on opening night last year we had Bad Sneakers/Movies. And in the first week we had Things I Miss the Most (which bit the dust). Later Janie Runaway came back for a bit (as did Movies) but they soon went under.

Early on the 2013 tour we had Don't Take Me Alive and New Frontier and guess what? They went bye-bye.

Donald has also talked about how he wants Walter to play some of his own songs during the show. I think we can surmise why he doesn't, the audience are oblivious.

Anyway, I think that if we take a look at what they try during the first few shows of a tour and the comments Donald has made , we can clearly see that the are not necessarily playing what they want, but want the hoards want.


It sucks that I have to be "serious" on an internet message board.

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 10:55:11 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.


Costello has a pretty diverse fan base, but I'm sure many are very predisposed to his style of live concert (and music in general). Elvis is more of a personality/performer on stage, generally playing fairly straight-ahead rock. I'm sure that is very preferable to many of his fans who don't give a damn about any trumpet-playing band. For them, I have no doubt EC will likely "steal the show".

Date: Sat, June 27, 2015, 05:26:43 ET
Posted by: Ronny, Boulder, CO

Some Elvis Costello fanatics think Elvis will steal the show. Should be an interesting tour.

Date: Fri, June 26, 2015, 21:33:59 ET
Posted by: Bikemann17, colorado springs

My guess is Elvis doing P Logic at the end of the show. Same as Steve Winwood did.

Date: Fri, June 26, 2015, 16:44:25 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

If this gets too Yellow and is deleted, I understand.

I am, however, thinking of the despair and frustration I felt upon first listening to "Mary Shut the Garden Door" for the first time, what a gorgeous track that still detailed the fallout from how "they won."

On a day like today, I think I'm going to put it back on the CD player and run my own voice in the kitchen. Thanks, Donald.

Date: Fri, June 26, 2015, 02:42:14 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Weirdly, if they do duet, I think it'll be on something simple that Donald could turn into a sort of "Viva Rock and Roll"-setup.

I'm thinking "Mystery Dance," which was originally written for Dave Edmunds.

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 22:01:21 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.


You say "Who cares what people want?", even though you sent this setlist to Irving's office because it is what you want.

Do I have that straight?

I'm pretty sure you are just kidding, because only a fool would think Azoff has any input on the SD setlist, at this point in their career.

And, one more thing. I'm sure it is very important to Don and Walt to play "what people want". Well, two people in particular: Donald and Walter.

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 21:26:27 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Who cares what people want?

Go weird.

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 21:11:44 ET
Posted by: Sharky, SoCal

C'mon. Be realistic. They are sharing the stage with another major artist on this tour. A large portion of the audience will be Elvis Costello fans who may be seeing Steely Dan for the very first time. I'm pretty sure the setlists will be identical to the songs played on the short mini-tour back in April. Elvis might come onstage to sing with SD on one song, but I highly doubt it.

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 20:29:49 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Lazlo, I mailed this setlist to Irving's office. I hope they'll play it.

The Bear (Instrumental Overture)
Night By Night
Don't Take Me Alive
IGY alternating with Tomorrow's Girls
Hey 19
The Second Arrangement
Do it Again
Janie Runaway
Down In the Bottom alternating with Downtown Cannon
Parker's band (back-up vocals on lead)
Weather in my Head
My Old School
The Royal Scam
Kulee Baba (closing instrumental)

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 18:29:03 ET
Posted by: Kevin, Spokane WA

Yes, I would like to see Steely Dan do a cover of Elvis Costello's "Everyday I Write the Book". It's my favorite song from Elvis.

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 15:16:43 ET
Posted by: Lazlo, Colorado

Setlist guesses? I think it is that time again ...

Date: Thurs, June 25, 2015, 02:01:22 ET
Posted by: Eight is Enough fan, Hollywood

I guess my favorite Dick Van Patten film role would be the comical banker/sheriff he played in Westworld from 1973.

Date: Wed, June 24, 2015, 22:49:28 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

C'mon, everyone knows Conrad Bain was the poor man's Dick Van Patten.

Easy mistake to make.

So, is "8, Enough" a poor man's substitute for "Uh", "Impartial, appraisal", or any one of many fake usernames used to snipe here by people without the courage, or respect, to use an identifiable and consistent user name? Just curious.

Date: Wed, June 24, 2015, 22:19:59 ET
Posted by: 8, Enough

Unh, DVP was never on Diff'rent Strokes.

Date: Wed, June 24, 2015, 00:36:05 ET
Posted by: Jane Lightning, Boston

Glad you're back, Dean The Dean.

Anderson Cooper called the NY escaped prisoners "two against nature" tonight on CNN.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 20:47:51 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Len, it just sends a request to the person who runs the page to post the URL for their site.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 18:10:58 ET
Posted by: Len, C

DF's facebook page has an option on the left to "request Donald Fagen's website" Anyone know what that means?

RIP Dick Van Patten. Now Todd Bridges aka Willis is the only surviving member of the Drummond household.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 16:28:26 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Yes indeed, CF, an outdoor show in the August Florida weather can be a very uncomfortable experience. But I have experienced SD and The Dukes in very hot/humid weather, and the band kicked it both times. The crowd matched the band's energy level, too.

Tampa is a bit more convenient for me and I tend to like that area of Florida better to hang out. But, again, I have the Gulfstream option in West Palm (if I feel like driving another hour south) and I also think that last show (before the Beacon run in October) might be special. I also see there is a noise ordinance for the Tampa venue. That might be true in West Palm, too, but I haven't seen it stated anywhere for sure.

If I hadn't followed up a very nice, and expensive vacation, with a terrible month of billing, I'd jump on the last show at the Beacon. As it stands, I might just roll the dice, hold on, and when biz gets better, pay the premium and head to NYC. If this is the last go-round (at some point it will be), I'd hate to have never seen the boys in NYC.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 16:09:34 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

The Houston venue (Cynthia Woods Pavillion)is actually very comfortable. They have huge fans in the ceiling that keep the air moving if you are under the roof. Had a great time the last time they were there.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 15:16:44 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I can't wait for the Dallas show! July!

I've been to the venue a few times previously, once in August, it is seriously miserable (even under the cover).

I saw Roger Waters there in May of 2008 and the mosquitoes were floating around in clouds.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 12:59:30 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Dean, glad to weigh in. Only wish I had more helpful information.

I am also deciding on the same thing. West Palm or Tampa?

I was leaning WPB until the Beacon shows got added on because I thought it was end of tour and they might go all out, or I might at least be able to say I was there. But now its looking like just another bump in the road. And its a lot further there for me than is Tampa.

On the other hand, a concert in Tampa on a Tuesday night in August.... Has potential to be dismal.

Date: Tues, June 23, 2015, 08:50:36 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Welcome back Dean! As you can see, nothing's changed ...

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 23:44:50 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Casual Fan, thanks for the info. I was hoping you would chime in.

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 18:56:12 ET
Posted by: Abu, Sheridan Square

Just wondering if the Diamond Head single PTBYS was purchased by someone here on the Blue. Send e-mail regarding my post from about a week ago.


Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 13:59:29 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando


I have been to both Florida venues. It has been a long time since I went to the place in West Palm, however, and in fact so long I think my impressions of it are too outdated to be of much value in terms of comparison.

Having said that I do believe it is the case that the lawn tickets there are uncovered, so if it rains, I don't know what they do with you. August. Florida. My assumption is that even if it does not rain that day wherever you set up, you can count on it being a bit on the damp side. But I do believe the tix to that seating are more on the $40 region, so that's something to consider and may be worth the risk.

I did see SD (w/ MM, in fact) in 2006 at the Tampa Amphitheater. I give thumbs up for ease of access. Sound quality was not terrible. Not great, but okay. The seating is nice, pretty comfortable. If you are in the back rows of the first section, however, it kind of sucks because its pretty flat. Would be better off in first rows of back section, in my opinion.

Security was VERY present. No dancing of any kind, at any time. No pic or vids.

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 13:01:50 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Fair enough - much different context. Fagen uses it in transitions. It's easy to undervalue Hendrix as a composer.

Here's the breakdown of Peg where flatted 7th are substituted for some sweetness.

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 07:59:35 ET
Posted by: harmolodic, guatemala city, zona uno

Hey Doc, that's a great chord but it does exist outside of's an altered dominant chord, in this case a V7(#5 #9). Without the #5 it's also called the Hendrix chord, although Hendrix frequently used it as the tonic (while Fagen employs it here as the dominant V).

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 06:54:52 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Dean, welcome back. And also, bloody hell people -- I couldn't remember on the fly what the name of a stupid show from 2011 was called.

Do any of you have any clue as to why you're, as Steely Dan fans, are made fun of out there?

Taking issue because somebody got the name wrong of a classic rock concert from 2011, yeah, that's probably part of the issue, dudes. Questioning a set list right afterward might be part of it, too.

But, by all means, get back to your Rush discussion, "men."

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 03:10:00 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

0:36, 2:03

That's a chord only Donald does. It's sublime - could have come from 1971, 1980, 2000, or 2012.

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 00:36:17 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Actually, the only dickish part of the exchange was the referral to Rarities Night as "novelty night". And, of course, the "impartial" response from a poster who didn't bother to use a recognizable/consistent user name.

And thanks for the welcome back, friends.

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 00:29:05 ET
Posted by: KD, adsf

I wasn't at Rally night.

Date: Mon, June 22, 2015, 00:15:51 ET
Posted by: ANON , SD

That KD on Hoops may not no shit about basketball, but he knows his Steely Dan! He REALLY does!

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 21:00:56 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Not particularly dickish these days

Of course we all know that there isn't really ("really") any intelligent debate to be had around the playing of "American Lovers" at Rarities Night. If you assert that it wasn't played that wonderful evening, you simply weren't there. Or you were there, and you're just being a dick for the sole sake of being a dick.

Either way, it's a pretty stupid way of displaying one's dickishness. There are better ways, y'know...

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 19:02:19 ET
Posted by: Abu, In that room above the garage

Hey, The Dean, welcome back!

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 14:50:02 ET
Posted by: Impartial , appraisal

Looking at those last two posts, I think all free thinking Americans can spot the dickish one.

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 13:27:16 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

It's spelled "really," and they played it at the "Rarities" night at the Beacon, and thank you for keeping up with the anonymous, dickish, sad stereotype that most Steely Dan fans tend to run with.

Hope you feel better.

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 12:59:44 ET
Posted by: UH?, Rally?

KD- I was at that "novelty" night at the Beacon and don't recall them ever playing 'American Lovers'

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 11:54:16 ET
Posted by: pixeleen,

Good to hear from you again, Dean.
You were greatly missed here on The Blue.
Always enjoy reading your comments and insights.........

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 08:58:52 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Here's a gem from Morcaiden's Youtube channel (he's big on the SD, ya know).

Sergio Y Estibaliz - Quiero Más De Tí

Simply gorgeous songs from the Brazilian group 14 Bis, taken from their heyday.

14 Bis - O Vento, A Chuva, O Teu Olhar

14 Bis - Vale do Pavão (note: song begins at 32:45)


Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 01:25:37 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I mean, they played 'American Lovers' at that one show a few years back as a lark on the novelty night. A good song that I like, hippie-dippy though it may be. Brooklyn is way the heck better than that one.

Date: Sun, June 21, 2015, 00:49:33 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

Gaucho - title track, TOOM, TWM, Nightly title track, IGY, Goodbye Look are all tight on the vocals...but this song may be the best..although there's not much vocal time.

Steve Jordan is the king of ghost notes and fill here.

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 20:53:48 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Glad you're back The Dean. Always good to read your posts. This little club was incomplete for a while there.

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 20:31:03 ET
Posted by: Old Wu, .

Welcome back, Dean!

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 20:12:33 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Officially giving a damn

Good to hear from you, The Dean. Sorry I can't help with your venue enquiry, but I just wanted to say that as an occasional poster and regular reader here, I'm happy to see you back. Your always-enjoyable contributions were notably absent for too long. Yes, that's right - I just stated for the record that your posts were "always enjoyable".

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 15:48:46 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach.

Whatever happened to PJ Proby?

And what ever happened to The Dean?

For those of you who give a damn, sorry I have been away so long. It absolutely wasn't a reflection on how I feel about the forum, this community or Steely Dan. Been just a confluence of personal stuff (good and not so) that has kept me otherwise preoccupied.

And for those of you who would prefer I stay away, well, sorry. But take solace in the likelihood I won't be posting as often as before.

So, like most returning prodigal sons, I come begging favor. Which of the two Florida venues should I target for this year's concert. I am completely unfamiliar with either.

Unfortunately, unless my fortune changes over the next few months, I will be limited to one show.

Tampa: Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. 8/11

West Palm Beach: Cruzan Amphitheatre (apparently now called Coral Sky Amphitheater). 8/12

I suppose I could also include the show in Atlanta. Chastain Park Amphitheatre on 8/9.

Thing for me to consider, if there is no compelling reason to pick a venue based on acoustic or other show-related factors. The ponies are running at Gulfstream on 8/13, which might make the trip to West Palm a bit more fruitful. Of course, I could catch a Braves or Devil Ray game the day after the concert in Atlanta or Tampa.

So fellow Dannites, whaddaya think?

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 14:40:07 ET
Posted by: Ned, Los Angeles

Why would Don & Walt consider Brooklyn to be a bad song? They played it live in England back in 1974. I like that version best. It's played in a more faster tempo than the original. I always listen to it on YouTube. The song has a really catchy melodic hook. I'm surprised they didn't release it has a single.

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 13:04:37 ET
Posted by: king of the world, the earth's troposphere

Good post, Mr. and/or Ms. Speech, whoever you are! Can a cool sense of detachment suggest a clear, truthful vision without agendas? I wouldn't have thought so, but I'll be digesting that one. It's growing on me.

I do like that DF doesn't tug at your heartstrings by demanding or expecting you to be moved, therefore he does get you to feel. He trusts you to decide whether to be, without "coaching" us via emoting. ?

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 11:47:20 ET
Posted by: Kenny, U

I think Don & Walt would consider Brooklyn a pretty embarrassingly bad song for them to roll out. I'm not saying it is, but that they probably think so.

Date: Sat, June 20, 2015, 04:24:53 ET
Posted by: Speech, Therapist

The timbre of Donald's voice and his articulation/delivery were a massive factor in the original appeal of the band I think. But it appeals to a certain personality type and demographic - other people hate it and don't consider it a singing voice at all. But then that's how I feel about Dylan, it's all subjective. So now you have got me thinking about why it appeals to me personally. There are multiple layers of attitude contained within it, the most striking being a cool sense of detachment that suggests clear truthful vision without agendas and a massive sense of the absurd - always a healthy sign in a human. And there is the feeling that there is a vulnerable poet at the centre, but you have to kind of 'work' to catch glimpses of the warmer person through the cool gloss. That's the trick - that voice involves you, engages you, makes you think and work a bit, requiring full attention to get all the nuances. In fact it reminds me of the first time I saw 'Hill Street Blues' back in the day - you couldn't just be a passive viewer or you couldn't keep up !

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 22:58:22 ET
Posted by: Buford, In bed

I love Donald's nasal vocals. Nobody can duplicate him. I think Gaucho might be the best album that displays his vocal range.

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 20:45:14 ET
Posted by: king of the world, nowheresville

I always thought Donald's vocal stylings were a result of his being a sardonic smartass! I'll be very disappointed if that's not true. He seems to over-pronounce a bit for irony purposes... Sorry, I've forgotten who I'm replying to with that one. And I can hear Elvis C singing "Brooklyn", that definitely works.

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 18:01:31 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Another quick comment on this set and then I'll leave it alone. They approached their own arrangements in a very Steely way. Even in the more straightforward covers, they manage to add a few subtle cord changes here and there.

Also, I may be crazy, but I think the drummer was checking out some live Steely Dan. Some of the song endings sound like they came from straight from Keith Carlock.

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 17:57:22 ET
Posted by: hoops, on the quick

Elvis Costello covering "Brooklyn" could be pretty good...

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 17:55:06 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

KC, I agree - Kid C is a standout for sure.

I'm also a huge fan of the intro they did on The Fez. Almost feel like Freddie should cop that line haha...

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 13:31:29 ET
Posted by: Ned, Los Angeles

If they do choose to do a song from way back, then I hope it's "Brooklyn" from the first album.

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 11:09:18 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Last night I saw Paul Weller do a two-hour show for 450 people, including four encores.

Partway through the show, Weller (who has had albums out since 1977, just five years after Don and Walt), said "now we're going to do one from way back," before playing a song from 1995. He wasn't making a crack, either. The oldest song in the set was from 1984, and the second-oldest was the 1995 track.

I wish Donald and Walter would attempt this, especially on what might be the last go-round.

(And before you joke about "that's why he's only playing in front of 450 people," go to YouTube and see Weller playing live against six-figures worth of people outdoors on his own headlining bill in England.)

Date: Fri, June 19, 2015, 03:17:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Yep. Conversely, Michael Omartian's production on Ride Like the Wind can kinda make Christopher Cross sound like Steely Dan...but not really. His songs are nursery rhyme simple and chord progressions are not as interesting or twisty. Michael McDonald lays down nice harmonies, but nothing like Peg or Bad Sneakers.

Lorraine Parade fro the Danny wilson debut has SD production values, but the chord progressions while sophisticated are pure Gary Clark.

Brilliant. But not the same. Here in 2 different contexts, the bones of Clark's compositions the same while production veers right the left far away from Steely Dan.

More parallel evolution on Prefab Sprout's

with highest production values Thomas Dolby can conjure, and Dan-like shuffle. Virtually as good, but uniquely Paddy McAloon.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 18:46:29 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says why with the unrequested blashing of Waco, and in behalf of the citizen persons at Waco, screw you and them horse you are riding in with.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 17:22:54 ET
Posted by: Barry, NJ

That's 'cause the weather is 100-degree super hot down in Waco, Texas.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 16:29:09 ET
Posted by: Q(uestion), Not TX

How come people from Waco, TX are such nut jobs?

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 15:13:08 ET
Posted by: Bullfrog, Waco TX

Sure hope Donald and Elvis do a duet on the tour this Summer.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 15:01:46 ET
Posted by: Bullfrog, Waco TX

Some people think Donald Fagen's vocal stylings are a big influence on Elvis Costello.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 11:11:32 ET
Posted by: Michael, @Doc Mu

I'd say that Donald's voicing primarily consists of taking the standard pop or blues structure, applying jazz harmonies over it (meticulously) and sometimes modifying it in his own tasteful manner. The distinctive quality of his rhythmic placement, use of syncopation and melodic construct all factor in as well. That's what makes his tunes stand out from others, even when other artists are performing his work.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 10:14:51 ET
Posted by: Aja1, Newton

Did anyone see the opening of Game 6 of the Finals on ABC? The opening musical montage was Kanye's song which heavily samples Kid Charlemagne. The montage culminated with the Finals logo on the screen and only Don's voice was audible singing "That you'd be a champion in their eyes."

I'm not a Kanye fan, nor have ever heard that entire song, but it was pretty cool to hear Don finish up the big opening.

Date: Thurs, June 18, 2015, 06:12:54 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, rapping with cane

Doc, you are right, imo. Only, The Stevie/ Aeretha gem w/ Rainey & Pretty is called "Until You Come Back To Me"!

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 23:03:45 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

Michael - the answer is in front you. Keep the voicings but take away ornamentation, placement and everything else, but those melodic and harmonic choices are absolutely've described performance and production as much as the composition. That wasn't my point.

Aretha is still Aretha, but she, Rainey, and Purdie ooze Stevie though their pores on Until it Comes back to you. Adorn how you will, the unmistaken framework is there.

I'd rather hear Fagen do Love Will Make it Right with the irony it needs, but there's no doubt those are his fingerprints all over Diana Ross's recording.

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 22:54:51 ET
Posted by: kc,

Cool horn chart on Nth's powers KC - many original licks there. first 2 tunes were alright but they're really grooving on that one and making it their own

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 21:25:57 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

The Nth Power did a night of Steely Dan tunes:

Some cool stuff here. They're obviously big fans, of course not everything was hit (the horns definitely struggle here and there; they were guests -- although i gotta give them props for copping some horn lines that have only ever been done live, and throwing some EWF shit in KC) but a lot of it is great and they change up some arrangements in an interesting way. Also, there are some absolutely inspired segues.

Nikkie Glaspe takes a killer solo in Aja and she gets my vote for SD's next drummer, God forbid.

If you all feel like listening, please keep in mind that these guys are a band that does original music and did a night of steely dan as a one-off, so they're not a tribute band ... enjoy it, warts and all!

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 17:52:54 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Split into the opposing factions of the Beckerites and Fagenistas??

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 13:41:37 ET
Posted by: hoops, on the uick


I'd go with "Danfans," "Dandom" and "Danizens," in that order.

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 10:14:50 ET
Posted by: Michael, @Doc Mu

Yes, I own the DVD of 'concepts for jazz piano' by Donald Fagen. Note that I wasn't diminishing the importance of harmonic selection, of course, but still, it remains one ingredient out of the whole. With regard to harmony, there's also rhythmic placement, voice leading, playing style, punctuation, ornamentation, and other potential factors to take into consideration. Put another way, writing a harmonic progression such as Dm7 - Gm7 - A/G - BbM7 is essentially meaningless without context and that's what is left out of these songwriting discussions.

Date: Wed, June 17, 2015, 00:11:08 ET
Posted by: skeptical,

Godwhacker - thank you!!!!
I never knew that existed. Where was it?
Anyway, it's great to hear more of the groove, really made my day. Gadd on this one? Sounds crispy enough.

Thanks again. Maybe the horn version will emerge one day.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 22:53:40 ET
Posted by: Quigley, At home

I think I'm more excited about seeing Elvis Costello than Steely Dan on this double-bill tour. Haven't seen Elvis in years and his setlists have always been unpredictable.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 22:41:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Michael - have you seen Fagen's piano instruction video? He begins each segment with a discussion of chord progressions and selections. Like no one else. Unexpected twists and shapes delight as he morphs a new altered blues structure into each composition..

Where the rubber hits the road IMO for Wonder, Bacharach, and Fagen are the harmonies. Choices that only a Billy Strayhorn and a few other 20th Century songwriters could master.

Sweetest Somebody I Know starts off as standard bossa nova structure then quickly slides into an altered blues structure, then killer ear candy descending and then ascending chords right into a sucrose-laden chorus with heavy whipped cream harmonies with a maraschino cherry of church...leaving the listener draped in a near diabetic state.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 17:53:42 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Doc Mu - I'm hoping EC includes some of Painted from Memory in his set. Something from The Juliet Letters is probably out of reach. And I'm still hoping that the SD horns chime in for Stalin Malone. Hell, some of them played with one of the organ groups a few years ago, so it's not out of the question.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 16:48:36 ET
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Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 16:11:53 ET
Posted by: Abu, Looking for them Condos

Doc Mu,

Bradley Smith's cover of DF's tune from SC is spot on, I think. This guy is obviously multi-talented, ala both Steve's (Winwood and Wonder), and others, as far as being able to play a bunch of different instruments. I like his gnarly voice, too. Title notwithstanding, this is "Good Stuff", indeed. Arguably one of the best covers of any solo or SD tune, IMHO.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 14:29:48 ET
Posted by: Bud, At

Thanks for the tip. Just

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 12:43:12 ET
Posted by: Hey 20.15, Cuyuhoga Falls

Lawn seats available at Blossom are only $20.15 through Sunday, 6/21.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 09:48:39 ET
Posted by: Michael, Doc Mu

It isn't simply their chord selection (i.e. the dots on the stave) that makes them sound different. It's also their timing, rhythm, placement, and melodic sensibilities which reenforce the distinction you hear between them and other artists. Songwriting requires so much more than knowing how to assemble chords in sequence. If someone were to put together a generic progression and gave it to someone like Donald Fagen to work on, he could still apply his signature sound to it. That's part of what makes great artists stand out from the norm.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 03:47:56 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

BS - they don't sound anything alike.

It strikes me listening to The Long Division from Painted from Memory...that there are certain types of jazz/pop chord progressions, that only Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, or Donald Fagen could possibly conjure.

This cover as been posted before, but I think it's pretty bad @$$ despite kinda gnarly vocals, particularly the guitar subbing for the horns and bass attitude.

Date: Tues, June 16, 2015, 00:27:58 ET
Posted by: Gavin, Colorado

What do you call a Steely Dan fan? Is "Danheads" the best name?

Date: Mon, June 15, 2015, 13:07:09 ET
Posted by: Ken, B


I played it a few times and decided that if it were an SD reference, they'd have cut to show a pretzel vendor. So, I say no.

Date: Mon, June 15, 2015, 12:44:16 ET
Posted by: Abu, EZ chair

Interesting.... someone apparently bought the Diamond Head single. Was it someone here on the BB?

Date: Mon, June 15, 2015, 11:03:16 ET

Strainer, the Grateful Dead heard in a head shop? Shirley you
jest. What's next, that there is gambling in Las Vegas?

Date: Mon, June 15, 2015, 00:17:44 ET
Posted by: Jerry, NA

I think this may be an SD reference by Al Michaels. What do you think?

Date: Sun, June 14, 2015, 23:29:48 ET
Posted by: Abu, same as below

Below is the E-Bay link to the Diamond Head single:

My real contact info is provided here as well.

Date: Sun, June 14, 2015, 23:05:58 ET
Posted by: Brain Strainer, Dorval

The most recent Strainer was:

"Tonite's Strainer deals with a tune from the Solo Fagen body of work and a tune from outside the realm of The Dan.

The Blue has its origins from a Grateful Dead site circa 1993 and the tune in question exhibits a sonic and somewhat thematic similarity with a tune from Solo Fagen. For those who might not be familiar with this fairly Deep Track from The Dead, the following URL is provided as an aid:

Difficulty level is prolly about a 8 or 9 out of 10 without the use of the aid which would qualify this question as a Brain Hemorrhager. With the aid, difficulty level reduces to about a 5.5 out of 10. Indicate whether or not the aid was utilized in your response."


Since we rarely go outside of the realm of The Dan for Strainers and Hemorrhagers, and it would be extremely difficult or perhaps impossible for a listener to know The Dead and The Dan catalogues so well as to be able to correlate tunes between the two, so an audio clue was given. I happened upon the correlation by chance having heard the Grateful Dead's 1987 LP "In the Dark" while in a Head Shop, which contains the track West LA Fadeaway, which was the audio clue.

Several responders went outside of the Solo Fagen studio records with such tunes as Century's End and Rhymes (which was briefly offered as a "bonus track" for early purchasers of Morph the Cat back in 2006. But the tune we were looking for was indeed Good Stuff, from Fagen's Sunken Condos studio LP. First with the correct response was Hutch of Richmond, who receives his 4th Strainer point. Hutch is creeping up on the all time points leader, the poster "My Guess", who did not quite guess correctly this time. Marge C. made the observation that both Good Stuff and West LA Fadeaway contain mob/gangster references, in addition to their striking sonic similarities.

Much has been said an written about the genius of Don Fagen, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. The vast majority of his published music is self-composed. Given a good listen to the two tunes in question, and though it cannot be determined for certain, it makes one wonder if Fagen's tune "Good Stuff", like Jesus C., is just another such entity that arose from The Dead......

Date: Sun, June 14, 2015, 22:23:19 ET
Posted by: Abu, Across the Pacific

Just in case anyone out there is interested, there is a 7-inch (vinyl 45 rpm record) of "Proud to be Your Slave", penned by WB and DF, as recorded by the virtually unknown band Diamond Head. A copy of this very rare record is available on E-Bay currently for 10 bucks, plus 10.40 if shipped to the U.S. The seller is in Australia. I am thinking of buying it myself, but then would like to convert it to MP3. If someone here on the Bluebook buys it, I would be interested in getting a copy of the flip side of this record, a yet-to-be-heard tune entitled "All for the Love of Music" (I already have a MP3 of 'Proud Slave'). This is not written by WB & DF, but it would be nice to hear it. The writers are Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. I believe this old band only released four songs, three of which can be heard on Youtube, but not the aforementioned "AFTLOM". Rare indeed!


Date: Sat, June 13, 2015, 21:10:04 ET
Posted by: Viper67, Southland

Just did it without the fez on. Felt so liberating.

Date: Sat, June 13, 2015, 03:47:17 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Hey Phil,

There isn't an instrumental backing track for KB in circulation. There IS one from the Gaucho sessions but I don't have it ( and I doubt anyone besides DF/WB and Elliott do).

Fun fact, there is a monitor mix of the FULL Second Arrangement that was erased, only WB and Elliott Scheiner have copies (complete with vocals, horns, etc).

Do you have the Gaucho outtakes? If not, I have included my e-mail.

Date: Sat, June 13, 2015, 02:49:42 ET
Posted by: Phil, Pau

Hi Godwhacker, thank you for the link, that rythm track is a gem and I'm karakoe-ing The 2nd arrangement in my car. Any chance you have Kulee Baba as well, I mean just the rythm track ?
Thanks a lot again anyway

Date: Fri, June 12, 2015, 19:16:31 ET
Posted by: Big Bubba, watching TV

Sounds yummy...I think I'll go make one now.

Date: Fri, June 12, 2015, 18:06:00 ET
Posted by: Bobbo, up on the hill...

Just ringin' in my own experience kids, in Texas, a Black Cow has always been made of "Dublin" (throwback) Dr.Pepper with chocolate ice cream. Dark and delicious...

Getting to be perfect weather for it too down here, I might add. Getcha one!


Date: Fri, June 12, 2015, 09:21:18 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I wouldn't call it a 'tribute' band per se, but I do have a band that occasionally gets together to play a night of Steely Dan music, usually a couple albums start to finish. I don't use the word "tribute" because we're a four piece and don't pretend to do the original tunes justice. Our name has nothing to do with Steely Dan, leading to mixed reactions from bar patrons when they realize that's all we're gonna do ...

We do it because it's fucking fun. The songs are challenging and fun to play. I don't know that I'd go out of my way to see another tribute band myself, but I'd certainly play with one!

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 21:17:25 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Most tribute bands are comprised of fans of a particular form of music I guess. I would think the intricacy of Steely Dan's music appeals to musicians. The band I see locally are all professional players who happen to be fans. This is not "bar" music and I doubt these are "bar" bands per se, at least the good ones! But that's just my opinion.

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 20:31:18 ET

RIP Ron Moody. Dangential ???? Seminal role- Fagin

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 15:52:00 ET
Posted by: Glen, New Jersey

Why can't Steely Dan evolve into a band like The Grateful Dead? Wouldn't you like to hear extended 30 minute "jam" versions of songs like Aja, Deacon Blues, Kid Charlemagne or Reelin'? This would give all the excellent musicians in the band to solo and stretch out. Donald & Walter need to place the emphasis on improvisation instead of confining song structures. That's why I love artists/bands like Frank Zappa, King Crimson, The Grateful Dead, Bela Fleck and The Allman Brothers.

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 15:36:49 ET
Posted by: Marge, C

Both Good Stuff and the Dead Song have mob references.

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 14:36:05 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

uh... I listened to the Dead song.

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 12:41:36 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Strainer - Good Stuff

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 12:37:00 ET
Posted by: Glen, New Jersey

Why are there so many Steely Dan "tribute" bands out there? Don't these musicians have the brains to write their own material? It's downright embarrassing and makes me laugh. No way would I see a Steely Dan tribute band when I can see the real thing this Summer.

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 10:05:36 ET
Posted by: T, G

RIP, Ornette Coleman.

Date: Thurs, June 11, 2015, 08:21:04 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

"I think Gaucho would have been a stronger album if it ended with the title track instead of Third World Man."

No Way. Time out of Mind and My Rival are great tracks that deserved to be included.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 18:22:46 ET
Posted by: Abe, CA

Strainer: Century's End

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 17:47:38 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

More of the 2nd...

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 17:44:46 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

More of the 2nd...

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 17:42:31 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


there is more out there beyond the 18 seconds

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 17:36:11 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


there is more out there beyond the 18 seconds

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 17:17:32 ET
Posted by: Royal Skunk, Burbank, CA

I think Gaucho would have been a stronger album if it ended with the title track instead of Third World Man.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 16:44:01 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Speaking of the order of songs, sort of, one of my favorite short trips through the catalogue is the Last Dan trip - the last song from every album of SD, DF, and WB. It's solid.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 16:26:39 ET
Posted by: Royal Skunk, Burbank, CA

Yes it is, Steve. John Lawler finds EMG more compelling when the tracks are played in reverse order. I listened to it like that and I heartily agree.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 15:59:10 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

EMG was 12 years ago?????

Holy crap that's frightening!

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 13:40:15 ET
Posted by: Royal Skunk, Burbank, CA

Read John Lawler's excellent analysis of Steely Dan's underrated EMG at

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 13:35:53 ET
Posted by: skeptical,

Re: 2nd Arr
Why is it always assumed that the 18 sec fragment is the erased version? Because it's short? The 18 sec version has no vocal and does not have a great feel. The full version sounds like a cassette copy probably given to the horn arranger and in my opinion is the real one. It's also the version they played live. Makes more sense they'd be devastated by a great feeling version complete with vocals that was erased. Also the full version sounds like Ed Greene on drums and definitely Hiram on guitar. No Wendell.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 12:31:59 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

That could be Will Lee on bass on the fragments.

If so Steve Jordan is an outside possibility on drums. Still sounds like Porcaro.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 12:13:02 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Happy 12th EMG!

2nd Arrangement

drums - nobody
bass - Walter
piano - Donald
Rhodes - probably Donald

Erased (fragments)

drums - Jeff Porcaro (shuffle similar to Miss Sun - Boz Scaggs)
bass - Chuck Rainey
piano - Rob Mounsey
Rhodes - Donald

Full and WENDELized 2nd attempt
drums - Gadd
bass - probably Walter
Rhodes - Donald
guitar - Steve Khan? Walter? Hiram Bullock

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 11:30:25 ET
Posted by: My Guess, USA


Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 11:17:37 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says for the twin sons of different brothers Everything Must Go is birth on 2003 and the Circus Money on 2008. Both each on 10 June.

Vlad outs!!!!

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 11:04:16 ET
Posted by: Brain Strainer,

Tonite's Strainer deals with a tune from the Solo Fagen body of work and a tune from outside the realm of The Dan.

The Blue has its origins from a Grateful Dead site circa 1993 and the tune in question exhibits a sonic and somewhat thematic similarity with a tune from Solo Fagen. For those who might not be familiar with this fairly Deep Track from The Dead, the following URL is provided as an aid:

Difficulty level is prolly about a 8 or 9 out of 10 without the use of the aid which would qualify this question as a Brain Hemorrhager. With the aid, difficulty level reduces to about a 5.5 out of 10. Indicate whether or not the aid was utilized in your response.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 10:44:56 ET
Posted by: Black Cow, Drinking a black cow

Thanks! Everybody should drink a black cow today.

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015, 06:21:28 ET
Posted by: BenJammin, Indy

Happy National Black Cow Day! Let the regional recipe debate continue...

Date: Tues, June 09, 2015, 19:10:52 ET
Posted by: EC, NY, Travel & entertainment plans dept.

I will be travelling by Greyhound from either Buffalo or Syracuse (depending on where I am working at the time) to NYC for just one show (the last one on Saturday the 17) this time. One show is all I can afford at $250/ticket! I'll be staying at a friend's place in Joisey after the concert (no $300+/night Manhattan bed for me) and heading back home Sunday afternoon.

Since I'm not going to Popular Demand night on Friday, I didn't get to vote for a request, but if I had been able to vote I'd be right there with Steve G. & MODP in clamoring for Here At The Western World, for the same reasons cited earlier. I'm hoping we get to hear something previously unheard live on Saturday, maybe another unreleased gem (Kulee Baba being my first choice) and I hope we get Mobile Home as a closer. Everything else will be gravy...

Sonny, TX - This post was dedicated to you, bro/dude! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I will enjoy the pilgrimage!

Date: Tues, June 09, 2015, 12:57:57 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I got a room at the Lucerne, the flight was free, I finally cashed in my points and had enough for round trip for NYC and still enough to pay for my flight to Hell Vegas for my hiking trip the next month, life is good!

Date: Tues, June 09, 2015, 12:18:12 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Thanks, Barney!

Date: Tues, June 09, 2015, 08:53:33 ET
Posted by: Sonny, TX

I'm glad this board provides an outlet for people to share their ticket purchasing experience.

Date: Mon, June 08, 2015, 23:58:19 ET
Posted by: Beacon Dan, NorCal

I'm doing the same except I'm just going to see the final Beacon show on October 17. Flying from San Francisco to NYC. I always stay at the Hotel Beacon next to the Theatre. Everything is pricey in NYC.

Date: Mon, June 08, 2015, 21:48:20 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Well guys, I just took the plunge and bought a roundtrip plane ticket from Oklahoma City to NYC so I can see the Gaucho and Royal Scam nights. Got my show tickets and already paid for the hotel.

Never been to NYC before, should be good!

Date: Mon, June 08, 2015, 21:35:21 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, NYC

Chris....I've sat in row X, center orchestra at the Beacon. Your seats are by the sound board so they have to put 'obstructed view' in case you see the sound mans shoulder every once in awhile. They're great seats!

Date: Mon, June 08, 2015, 19:11:20 ET
Posted by: Snowden, Brooklyn NY

On Steely Dan's Facebook page it mentions that their were a limited number of multi-show packages at The Beacon.

Date: Mon, June 08, 2015, 18:59:20 ET
Posted by: Snowden, Brooklyn NY

The multi-show packages at the Beacon must have sold out due to overwhelming demand.

Date: Mon, June 08, 2015, 13:17:43 ET
Posted by: The Wolf, Montreal

Question: I wanted to purchase the multi-show package #2 at the Beacon which has 4 tickets for $530. I've done this in the past and you end up sitting in the back of the floor level orchestra. The seats are good but not as good as being right up front. This time around I tried to purchase the package deal and ended up not being able to. The tickets never even went on sale. I ended up calling Ticketmaster and they told me that they do not have these packages in their database and low and behold I would have to contact Steely Dan to buy them. So I ended up buying separate tickets for each of the 4 shows at double the price. Has anyone else run into this frustration? To this day if you click on the Steely Dan site the links for these packages take you to a broken web page so clearly something got screwed up.

Date: Sun, June 07, 2015, 20:21:22 ET
Posted by: tommytomato, columbus

excited to attend 10/16 and 10/17....hope to meet a few of the folks

Date: Sun, June 07, 2015, 18:54:16 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Jim, you got that right!
But some nights are worth twice the price!

Date: Sun, June 07, 2015, 12:42:25 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Walter has certain pieces of his bass playing that give him away. I can more easily tell bass players apart than I can guitarists etc. Probably because of the fact that I drum, I think it is WB's rhythmic phrasing that gives it away.

Date: Sun, June 07, 2015, 11:38:39 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

Slim: As a noted fan and poster here once said to me, "We have an expensive hobby..."

Date: Sun, June 07, 2015, 10:16:40 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

A random YouTube trip after waking too early to feed my guest reminded me that Walter f'n Becker is a goddamn beast on guitar. And that the 'Aja' documentary is freaking hilarious.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 22:53:40 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason,

Godwhacker- Your ears are pretty good. Sweet's book says the original, partially erased, version featured Will Lee on bass, Ed Greene on drums. The second attempt featured a completely different band including Steve Gadd on drums but doesn't list the bass player.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 22:45:56 ET
Posted by: web, v

This is the American Airlines personal booth seating DF talked about in his tour diary.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 16:31:44 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

....and I would either pick "Here at the Western World" or "The Second Arrangement" as my go to for "Dedication Night". As much as hearing "...Western World" live would be like a "Bucket List" event for me, "The Second Arrangement" is still the "essential" rarity in my book.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 15:19:01 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I agree with the poster who said "Here at the Western World" would be a great choice for a rarities night. Other than the "uptempo" version of it done briefly on a tour a number of years ago, they've avoided that tune altogether.
Always wondered why "Any Major Dude.." was done on the '96 tour but was left on the back burner ever since. I've always considered that one of the Dan's best songs.
I also really appreciated Jon Herrington's comments regarding "Rikki..." and "Deacon Blues"...2 more of the best of the best.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 12:45:18 ET
Posted by: Answer, A

Walter Becker.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 12:41:49 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

From what I have heard of the original second arrangement (the part that survived) it does't sound like Walter to my ears. I could be wrong.

However, the attempt they made at re-recording it sounds more walter-ish to me.

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 12:14:25 ET
Posted by: Bill Hondle,

Does anyone know if WB played bass on "The Second Arrangement" demo/semi-erased version?

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 11:20:57 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

And I neglected to mention Shari, Pete and Nate. I made so many friends last year, I can't keep them all straight...

Date: Sat, June 06, 2015, 11:11:41 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

Got my ticket for TMUNOW on 10/17. Looking forward to seeing Hoops, Security Joan, She who shall not be named, Reidar, Little Wild One, Gus Winterbottom and new friends I'll make along the way. If I remember correctly, I was deep in conversation with Don Patrol at the last Port Chester show last year when the band hit the stage and we went scurrying to our seats. Hope to finish that conversation, if either one of us can remember what we were talking about... I fully intend to go to the BPD show the 16th. Maybe I can even talk my wife into attending...

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 22:45:05 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Loge Member in good standing again

I'm officially all paid up and in for another three Beacon shows - the final three of 2015, as it happens - with great seats for the Big Party on the 17th and (much) cheaper seats for "Greatest Hits" and "By Popular Demand" nights. I'd love to see Royal Scam and Gaucho as well, but an entire week in NYC this time around just isn't in the cards. For what it's worth, I voted ("again") for Here at the Western World in the TicketBastard poll (which they emphasized was "optional"), because (a) I think it's the kind of request that D&W might actually consider - if they actually consider these things - and (b) rarity aside, I love the song and would love to hear it performed live. The poll question was worded in a way that seemed to suggest that ticketholders didn't have to vote for a song that will in all likelihood be played anyways. I didn't transcribe the short text, and I'm going from (recent) memory, but the gist of it seemed to be that "Becker & Fagen" want to dig a little deeper for this show. That's how I interpreted it, anyways. I'm looking at things through a bottle of Los Abuelos Anejo right now, though, so my recollection of my earlier interpretation might be clouded by both hopefulness and Happy Juice.


ps - @Chris, nh - Huge Thanks for that TimeOut New York WB interview! I definitely somehow missed that one the first time around. I've already read it through twice - great stuff.

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 20:07:13 ET
Posted by: Answer, A

S to Y (in the center orchestra section only) are obstructed by the soundboard.


Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 18:43:49 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Anyone ever sit in row X, center orchestra at the Beacon? Just bought tix without realizing they were marked "obstructed view." Wondering if I should try for something else ...

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 18:26:48 ET
Posted by: Slim, Philly

That's a lot of money to blow on Steely Dan,
Reidar. I hope it's all worth it to you.

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 17:00:30 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Reidar, looking forward to seeing you at the Beacon, Danfest mandatory!

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 15:49:40 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

First of all: I'm really happy to read the posts about people getting tickets for the Beacon shows. I dunno--I just feel happy that we all got these shows to look forward to.

A number of the other posts from the past week? know...especially the comments about Walter: Just plain shitty. After reading posts by Jazzassassin, Joker James and a few others, I have to wonder if some of you even read what others like myself have posted just a few weeks ago on the same topic, in a much more productive conversation. Are we supposed to go into some sort of weird negative discussion, tearing down Donald and Walter according to our own list of imagined shortcomings, when we really don't know what's what behind the scenes?? These criticisms -- especially of Walter-- are as profound as comments from casual non-fans who call Steely Dan "the jaz-lite sex band."

Maybe I just feel disappointed that some of you who I thought understood Steely Dan don't really understand Steely Dan as much as I thought. For starters, it's kind of obvious

I'm not saying one has to like everything, but it's frustrating that people lack the social skills to frame their criticism with healthy humility, with an open-mindedness that's neither arrogant, nor groveling.

More to come...

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 13:45:25 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

too excited: I don't think they look at poll results to be honest. Expect to hear Dr. Wu, Do It Again, Rikki, etc

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 12:55:14 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, hiding from the madman

There's a special satisfaction
When a ticket purchase comes off so right
I might just break out the good stuff
If my wallet wasn't so damn light

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 11:45:27 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, Oslo

I have just finished ordering all eight shows for the Beacon run.
I was not afraid it wouldn’t be a Beacon run this year, I was told by Jon Pollack, the lightning director, in Port Chester last year that they would Beacon this year.
Have rented an apartment in NYC for 14 days, all I now has left is airline tickets.
I know I will be meeting up with lots of old friends and possibly some new ones this time around and I look forward to it very much.
Probably there will be a Dan Fest or two?
New York is in my blood and Steely Dan is my passion!!
That’s how it is, my friends.

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 11:35:07 ET
Posted by: too excited to think up smart handle, AA aa a a a

what have people been voting for the popular demand gig? I, probably uselessly, voted the second arrangement.... what would you choose?

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 10:43:13 ET
Posted by: Lurker Ray, Sobe - But NYC Bound!

What a day to be a Steely Dan fan!

Just got amazing seats for 4 shows in NYC and
did much better than getting the package.

Can't believe that after 2 pre sales
I still was able to get 2 row dead center
for "Whatever" Night.

See you all in NYC!

Happy Friday....

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 09:03:01 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, old folk's home

A clarification of the banning from TV: IIrc the video was aired once or twice prior to the planned release of the single, then quickly stopped by said lawyers. The single was withheld, and the following album had the new version without the HAL sample.

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 06:55:19 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, gata

kuleebaba, Gatas Parlament (Parliament of the Street) are funny guys.

Their founding members Aslak and Elling are brothers, and very left leaning political activists, and the lyrics to Nå Om Da'n is a combination of political agitation and of course namedropping their own band. One of them has actually been a minor political candidate for the Red Electoral Alliance, the other is working as a political journalist covering the inner life of our national congress. Their uncle used to be an internet, Linux and Wikipedia pioneer, author and one of Norway's most profiled communist politicians. Back in the days, he used to say that "Linux is applied communism".
Their sample of Home At Last was sanctioned by the SD lawyers and banned from Norwegian television. They later made another version using a different, non-SD sample.

As for the exact translation of the song's title, it means "nowadays", and the way of spelling "dagen" (the day) like it's spoken (Da'n) is of course a little wordplay on the origin of their sample.

GP also caused controversy in Norway with their video "Antiamerikansk Dans" (Anti-American Dance) together with the Swedish rap artist Promoe and their website ("Kill him Now"), which claimed to collect money for a bounty on the head of George W. Bush. The campaign caused the American embassy in Norway to react, and the website was subsequently shut down. However, the Norwegian police found that their campaign was satirical, and there was no basis for prosecution.

Date: Fri, June 05, 2015, 00:58:55 ET
Posted by: kuleebaba,

Jazzassin: nice! Subtle sample, and no idea what they're saying. I like it.

Going back to the (official) SD-related videos, don't forget New Frontier:

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 20:00:37 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Nowadays

And this:

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 19:25:16 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I think the last Beacon show will include their new interpretation of Black Cow.

Uptown Black Cow, Baby.

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 16:27:12 ET
Posted by: Mike F., NYC

Got it. Code is SONGS. Got a nice seat for Gaucho.

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 15:56:35 ET
Posted by: Benny, NY

I got good seats for the last Beacon show, Royal Scam and Gaucho shows this morning. The Presale went really well. All set to go!

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 15:16:34 ET
Posted by: Mike F., NYC

Is there a code for presale of the Beacon shows? I heard they were on sale to the public today but TM is still asking for a presale code. If anyone can shed some light it will be greatly appreciated!

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 10:01:59 ET
Posted by: Lurker Ray, SoBe - Endless Summer

Really looking forward to the Beacon Run
but it seems a bad call to only offer
multiple night packages if you are willing
to buy "pairs" of seats.

Years past you were always able to purchase
"single" seat multiple night packages.

I guess we will see how that works out for them
or if they amend the policy if seats are not selling.

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 09:33:06 ET
Posted by: Dylnfan, Harrisburg, Pa

Beast, I am going to go with "Moods For Moderns" an E.C. tune I was not
familiar with until reading about it on here a few weeks ago. To
whomever it was here that turned me on to that song, merci!!!

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 08:37:13 ET
Posted by: search, k

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 05:56:19 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, growing up some other time

Hey, nineteen guitars!

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 05:53:05 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, SBK

Great news, folks!

The special guest on "rare songs and special guests night" in October will be Amy Helm playing tambourine on the band's instrumental intro!

Rumor has it even Walter Becker will show up with a guitar or two!

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 00:43:08 ET
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Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 00:34:03 ET
Posted by: Ajax, Albany, NY

I thought Larry Carlton might be at the final Beacon show, but he has gigs in France during that month.

Date: Thurs, June 04, 2015, 00:18:59 ET
Posted by: Ajax, Albany, NY

Would love to see Van Morrison or Rickie Lee Jones perform with Steely Dan on the final Beacon show.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 23:23:16 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, AIA tidbits, NJ

Chris-nh, can one of you please share and Buddy - twintone,

Interesting AIA thread. I tend to favor the "other" live recordings out there, partly because there is a charm in hearing a mistake or 2.

When artists play in front of 10,000 people, there's a lot at stake. There are 20,000 eyes watching the stage. Musicians in the audience I feel are the ones who like to spot goofs here and there the most.

There is something about listening to live recordings that have not been doctored / sweetened by studio fairy-dust. There's a purity and honesty (warts and all) that brings a listener closer to the art. The urgency and immediacy of a truly live recording is more exciting. That said, there are some amazing live albums out there from tons of different artists, most of which are cleaned up in the studio.

Anyway, with regard to A I A, the version of Aja was taken from Irvine, Sept 17 1994. This happens to be a show I had the great fortune of attending. It is also a show that was fully recorded and has been widely circulated among fans. There are very distinct differences from this recording and the very much doctored version which was released on AIA. Vocals are different, guitar solos are different, sax solos different. Horn arrangements are different, too. The only thing that is noticeably the same is Dennis Chambers' drumming. If you listen to both versions of Aja back to back, you will notice. If you don't notice, then there's probably something wrong with you :-)

The reason why the 93 / 94 recordings you may have heard out there sound so similar to AIA has to do with a few things - how they were all recorded (equipment / source, etc) and the arrangements/charts used by the band. These charts have such structure in that the only room for improv happens only during solos, which do vary from night to night.

When Dire Straits released Alchemy (live 1983), the liner notes state that the recordings were released as is, unvarnished in the studio. When Peter Gabriel released Plays Live, recorded that same year, the liner notes state that the recordings were touched up in the studio, "technically cheating, to clean things up but preserve the integrity of the gig." Kudos for honesty, PG - one of the very best live performers ever. Peter Gabriel has since done a very cool thing for his fans. Like Pearl Jam and The Who, he has made many if not most of his more recent shows available to purchase. Multiple tours, multiple recordings made available. Now if only Steely Dan would do that....

I am going to try and make it to The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever in October. The last SD show I was was Rarities Night in 2011. Setlists during these past few tours have not compelled me to buy a ticket. But this show is the one to see this year. Rare songs and special guests. I would love to see Pat Metheny play FM. How about a Chris Potter appearance ? How about some unlikely covers ? Shakedown Street ? A Joni Mitchell song ? Who else might guest ? That all said, it would be fun to see Elvis Costello sit in and play a SD song, or vice versa ? Which EC song would best suit SD ?

My $.02

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 21:18:18 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, vj



Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:55:59 ET
Posted by: king of the world, Checking M Constant's mailbox... again nothing

A video for Tomorrow's Girls,Gw? I've never even seen a SD-related music video.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:50:26 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

And the video had Rick Moranis!

How do you go wrong with that combo?

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:47:54 ET
Posted by: king of the world, funklesstown

Thanks, Whacks God. I remember at some point years ago, a gold record started to mean a lot less. I mean, albums that clearly were not known to the general public were going gold.

Tomorrow's Girls did get airplay at the time.

Phil just converted me. I trust Phil.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:25:22 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Cisco vinyl grooves

I too will try not to advice them in every comment, I promise. As for not sounding obnoxious, that train went a long time ago for me I guess. But hey, we're all here because of genuine interest in and love for their music. No harm intended.

Oh, and Phil, USA: Please tell Professor Walkman to fix someone's dysfunctional guitar fingers asap. And cast a essayist spell on the owner, ok?

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:17:10 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

This is surprising!


Looks like perhaps the upcoming tour helped sales that year.

Interesting to note, they haven't gone back and had certifications done on the 70s albums since 93-96 (or so it appears on the RIAA website).

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:14:45 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

It went gold within 2 months.

Release Date Certification Date Label Type Award Description Format Category

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 20:03:26 ET
Posted by: king of the world, Relaxing at Malachi Constant's place on Titan

Great post on the muffled thud of unrewarded creativity, Jazzassin. I would think they'd get more attention for the solo stuff by engaging as much as possible with the fan base, rather than hoping for general public sales. New writing on the website, solo songs presented in concert between old killer SD tracks... not a lot but some. Strike a balance between mainstream nostalgia fans and real fans. Mention the albums as much as possible at gigs, short of being irritating. Be a current act, avoid being a typical nostalgia act, include some of that Grammy-winning album. It did sell, didn't it? Or did it? For all I know, it won a Grammy and then just laid there, as far as sales.

It's impossible to offer ideas on what one thinks DonWalt should do, without sounding a bit obnoxious, as I just did.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 19:59:47 ET
Posted by: Phil, USA

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Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 18:21:16 ET
Posted by: Joker James, at the bar

I think Walter is quite happy just lying in the sun in Hawaii while sipping margaritas. Walter may not have the skills, motivation and confidence to promote and perform his own solo material to the public.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 17:49:33 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Just a heads up that the first new China Crisis album in over 20 years 'Autumn in the Neighbourhood' has just been released and on first listen it's rather fine. Still has some distinct Steely influences although sadly WB is no longer involved in the production (his past involvement does however give this post official 'Dangential' status!)

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 17:16:51 ET
Posted by: Hanley, New Jersey

I still always wear my worn-out Circus Money T-Shirt whenever I attend Steely Dan gigs.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 15:02:08 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Donald's Rolling Stone tour diary has received abut 10 reads from me. It is exciting, engaging and best of all, it is something NEW.

I agree that Walter should start writing on the site again, he is too clever and intelligent to just let some Hey 19 rants be his platform of communication.

I was just listening to Medical Science and wishing he would put more music out.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 14:36:22 ET
Posted by: Dead in America,

So tour behind it, or at the very least, play a song off the album at the Dan show. I can't believe the reception was all that important to him, or he would have tried this stuff. Nothing can succeed if it isn't marketed properly.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 14:36:22 ET
Posted by: Dead in America,

So tour behind it, or at the very least, play a song off the album at the Dan show. I can't believe the reception was all that important to him, or he would have tried this stuff. Nothing can succeed if it isn't marketed properly.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 14:03:46 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

There's a lot of variety in personal preferences when it comes to the different musicians in the band. I really like Drew Zingg. However, I prefer the tone Jon Herington gets out of his guitar, and the style of phrasing he tends to use, etc. just a little more. It has nothing to do with who has more talent. It's just down to whose style I prefer.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 14:01:26 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Green Street loft of Eternity

"I just can't imagine what it would be like to put out something so sparkling and proper (as C$) and then have it all dissipate within months. Or weeks."

KD, it's absolutely brutal. Enough to make grown men weep. And just imagine how deep into your thing you are when you're in the middle of the making of a record with new original material ... regardless of the result, it's almost always an emotional backfire followed by emptiness when you're done with a creative project. But when the result is so damned good, you can always hope that your artistic baby will have some kind of life of of it's own, leaving you the option to go on to the next project with confidence. Not so much in this case, unfortunately. Tragic chapter. I really hope he has the ability to see through all of life's unfairness and be proud of the album after all.

As an apropos to involvement in creative processes, to the point of mild madness; noone put it better than Adrian Belew on King Crimson's "Indiscipline" from the "Discipline" album in '81:

I do remember one thing.
It took hours and hours but..
By the time I was done with it,
I was so involved, I didn't know what to think.

I carried it around with me for days and days..
Playing little games
Like not looking at it for a whole day
And then... looking at it.

To see if I still liked it.
I did.

I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat myself when under stress.

I repeat...
The more I look at it,
The more I like it.
I do think it's good.

The fact is..
No matter how closely I study it,
No matter how I take it apart,
No matter how I break it down,

It remains consistent.
I wish you were here to see it.

I like it.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 12:49:35 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says Mr. KD yes, we are all wanting the more of Walter Becker's writing words but Vlad thinks maybe that Mr. Walter is said it all with these one and has no more with saying.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 11:06:02 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

I have been to at least one show on all tours since 1993. It may just be a matter of personal preference, however I truly enjoy Jon Herington's guitar playing. More than other guitarists who played live with SD. He has a knack for incorporating the essence and key parts of the recorded solo while taking it to another place at the same time. Let's face it, Walter and Donald pick great musicians for their band. All the guitarists have been outstanding. But I personally prefer what Herington brings.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 10:52:39 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I didn't mean to imply that I'm guessing Walter thought Circus Money would either race up the charts or take hold in several writers' year-end top 50 lists. And again, this is all guesswork. I just can't imagine what it would be like to put out something so sparkling and proper and then have it all dissipate within months. Or weeks.

I never had to live through the relative departure through the 1980s, to have to hear from tiny blurbs that Walter was producing some random fringe New Romantic act or Rickie Lee Jones (and what a great goddamn album that was). I'll fully admit, that as someone who didn't become an SD obsessive until the year prior to TvN, that I am spoiled.

It's just so hard to read this interview:

... and listen to Circus Money or even the soundboards that we're talking about, and miss what I grew to fall in love with. As a writer, with him working from his hotel room on a 56.6k connection after a bit of weed I'm guessing, Walter Becker shaped what I do in innumerable ways. I'm not begging for him to get on Twitter (though how great would that be) or for a 'Walt's Weekly Roundup!' at the official site.

I'm just bummed that, lo these many years later, it's limited to the rap from 'Hey 19' for us. I wish he wrote more, I wish he played more, I wish he recorded more.

With that in place, if anyone is owed the ability to live a life away from this dumb internet day-to-day while playing the stray between-beat note on 'Josie' for a handsome paycheck, it's Walter Carl Becker. He doesn't owe us anything.

(Although I could use a break on the ticket prices, guys. Sportswriters drive Corollas.)

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 09:50:03 ET
Posted by: geo, NJ

How many people here have seen at least one show on every SD tour since 1993? I have and as much as I respect D& W opinion on who they pick to play with, I can't understand all the hoopla surrounding Jon Herington. Great player? Yes. Does Drew Zingg blow him away? 100% yes!

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 07:12:23 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, sore eyed

Not that most of the questions themselves were particulary original, but WB actually gives a lot more than just simple answers to the questions as such. Regarding his hopes & expectations for C$, it seems they were entirely about getting buzz and being heard by the genuinly interested. Not that the disappointment would be any lesser when the buzz never happened outside this board, so to speak, but he sounded quite reserved and realistic about it in advance.

I think a lot of his thoughts proves him as a wise old man who has come to terms with himself and knows who he is. Maybe even more so than DF.

I remember him saying decades ago (pre-Gaucho) that he wasn't a stranger to the thought of not actually playing at all on future SD albums, but rather exclusively write and arrange and let the master studio musicians do the physical labor. On Gaucho this became a reality on many songs, though for various reasons other than the artistic ones.

In the 2008 interview, he says:

"And also the band that we get to play with now is so great. I was asking [Steely Dan guitarist Jon] Herington the other day whether I should be proud or ashamed or a little bit of both that the band sounds so great when I lay out, and I didn’t really get an answer. But it’s just such a good band and magic stuff happens all the time, and there’s stuff that happens when you’re playing together where you get into a kind of group mind that’s very thrilling. I’m sure that other people experience the same kind of thing in all sorts of other realms, but for me, it happens when I’m playing with other people."

He has more self-irony than Jon knows how to reply to in a polite manner, it seems. Got to love that. But please get back in to the woodshed Walter, or get more arthritis prescriptions or whatever is needed to be able to play guitar.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 06:31:48 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, typing away

Ok, I'll try this one: The "f" key is located diagonally between the "v" and the "e" keys. That's probably how. Or I could be a victim of the so-called Spontaneous Schwartzenegger Syndrom. I haf come to pump. I'll be bach.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 05:54:19 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Beckering

Thanks, Chris

I may have read that WB interview back when C$ came out, but this was a welcome re-read. It gives very clear answeres to a lot of things I guess many of us haf wondered about. Maybe the deepest and most honest one I've read with WB.

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015, 00:56:35 ET
Posted by: Paco, SoCal

Interesting article on Jon Herington at published today. Herington says that "Deacon Blues" is his favorite SD track and is the zenith of all Fagen and Becker's compositions. Jon also mentions that "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" should be in every show.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 23:57:19 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

second wind live that is.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 23:38:17 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

The funny thing is Donald stopped being so fussy on Sunken Condos and live tracked the core band on Morph the Cat except some of the keys, vocals, and horns. For a DIY, SC has a live feel...and as a result is cooks and simmers.

Seriously, only Nightfly, Aja, and Katy Lied are better. SC is as good or better than the rest of the catalog.

Donald caught his second wind and is in cruise control. Walter not so much.

Larry Klein did a helluva a job producing Circus $, which features some of the best musicianship since Aja. Klein and/or Michael Leonhart would be the best choice to produce another (fantasy) Steely Dan album

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 22:24:48 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Thanks, Chris.

I have read that interview before but I forgot about the portion you quoted.

I suppose it would make more sense to me if they had never done TvN and EMG. Gaucho seemed like such a monumental ordeal (for WB in particular) that I am surprised they returned to the studio twice.

And I think it is obvious to most people that something is going on with Walter. It isn't any of our business unless he or Donald decides to tell us.

However, I think it is pretty easy to draw a reasonable conclusion.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 21:01:54 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Becker basically said that Fagen's perfectionism was too much for him during press for Circus Money:

"And so over the course of the partnership, I think we’ve done all sorts of different things different ways, and probably that still is changing in a way, because if I can speculate on Donald’s behalf, I think there is a level of perfection, polish, sophistication, and abundance of detail and structural stuff that he wants to hear in his music that I sort of ran out of patience to do. My attention span is not that good anymore, and I sort of believe—and maybe the lyrics somewhere say this—that the perfect is the enemy of the good. And one of the real dangers of doing the kind of thing that we do, where people let you do whatever you want and you have money, is burnout. You go too far; there’s no one there to stop you; you keep going; you keep working on things." (a fantastic interview I happened upon the other day, he's at his most expressive and expansive here)

That's why there haven't been any more Steely Dan records since EMG.

As far as his playing, I think there's a physical issue there. While he might have gotten a little lazy in the late aughts in regards to rhythm parts -- who wouldn't, with Herrington doing such a wonderful job? -- , he was still a dynamic soloist. That changed drastically in 2011. Not to say he doesn't still have his moments, but, they're contrasted with moments like this:

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 18:11:49 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


I agree, and if an album happens I'm pretty sure it will be Donald pushing for it.

I have heard the statement about DF approaching WB about making a Dan album before but I can't ever find the article....

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 17:33:39 ET
Posted by: Dead in America,

> I think 'Circus Money' just got to Walter. It's a brilliant album and his playing on it is fantastic, and it just sunk without a trace and two months later he was back to playing 'Peg' for your drunk Aunt Linda. I can see why that would be his big "fuck it" moment.

Maybe. Before making Sunken Condos DF approached him about doing another Dan record and was rebuffed.

Times have changed. In this day and age, you could never put out 7 albums over the course of 10 years, without touring, and subsequently live like a king for the next 40 years off the resulting royalty checks. That would be enough to downright spoil the best of us.

But I wonder why he would ever suffer under the delusion that his album would have been received other than it did, when you have the likes of DF, Gilmour, McCartney, and Knopfler releasing solo albums that promptly fall down the memory hole and enter obscurity.

Circus Money was indeed fantastic, and if nothing else served to cement his legacy as a great songwriter, and I hope he's proud of it.

The fact of the matter is we have no idea why Walter is losing steam. Maybe it's something in his personal life that we will never be privy to.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 17:09:53 ET
Posted by: Dirk,

For a nice cover of "Do it again" by German guitar wunderkind Andreas Varaly check out

His first album on Verve records was executive produced by Quincy Jones.
In 2012 he played at the Montreux Jazz Festival.


Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 16:48:15 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Jazzassin, I love the Sadowsky with the P-90 on it, would kill to have that guitar. It was when he was using those thin single coil Strat-styled Sadowskys in the years prior to the P-90s release (it didn't come out until 2008) that I thought his sound was annoyingly thin.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 16:04:22 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0klah0ma

The gear thing is slightly odd to me. I always fall back to using Zappa as an example... He had tons of gear as well, weird stuff, normal stuff etc. But he never lost his focus the way WB has lately.

Let's get him some black sludge coffee before the shows. No cigarettes though.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 15:50:22 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, more light

GW, I mostly agree, and please bring on the Hawaii webcast, Walter.

But unfortunately WB seems to have other playing problems that doesn't stem from all those circumstances. I hate to point this out, but I notice numberless instances of downright clumsy and insecure playing, even bad notes, when I watch the clips from this year's gigs, and the messing around with too much gear doesn't help the least bit. I've no idea what's up, but wish him (and us) a fast recover from whatever this is.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 15:49:07 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

from an interview with Wadenius:

"Donald would ask me repeatedly not to play Larry Carlton's solo on 'Kid Charlemagne', but I defied him every night and got standing ovations from the audiences for it. I just couldn't imagine myself being in the audience and see some guy up there playing another solo on that song. I would have been disappointed. Later on he had me come in and play a new solo on it for the live record."

Overdubs are mentioned in the liner notes and there is something, somewhere where they mention they didn't want to call it a "live" album because a lot was touched up in the studio after the fact, but I don't know where. It's safe to say that vocals probably were, though.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 15:36:56 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I don't discount the Circus Money scenario. I will say that while their insular nature has helped further their myth and image, it has also given them a skewed view of what people like.

I'm sure they realize that not all of the people at shows want to hear Peg for the 1800th time. However, I think they underestimate the number of hardcore fans.

I also think the insularity has kept them from getting feedback from the segment of their fanbase which truly appreciates Circus Money, Sunken Condos, EMG etc.

Even in 2008 we were getting New Frontier, Everything You Did, EMg/TvN every night, and The Royal Scam opened the shows.

They're either scared of a backlash or just coasting now.

I'd rather see Walter put together a band and do a webcast show from Hawaii than another tour....

Besides, the hopes of a new album have all but died it seems.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 15:33:46 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, mojito time

KD, those Sadowskys look and sound fantastic. IIrc most of his models have custom wired Lollar P90-type single coil PUs, but at least one has a bucker as well, I think. The massive overkill in the backline and plunky guitars dept. would've been good fun as a one-time ironic comment on rock stardom, but as a permanent installment it clutters up more than it adds. The Circus Money story is of course very sad, but I doubt he would conciously use it as an excuse for anything. Can't blame him for being disappointed, though.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 14:59:56 ET
Posted by: Buddy, Twintone

"the stories behind AiA not being fully live? How'd you find out?"

Stories that Donald had a lot of the vocals redubbed and other parts to make it sound better in his mind. i find the soundboards better- warts and all.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 13:37:54 ET
Posted by: can one of you please share,

the stories behind AiA not being fully live? How'd you find out?

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 13:37:54 ET
Posted by: can one of you please share,

the stories behind AiA not being fully live? How'd you find out?

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 12:33:40 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The irony here being that Elton John's post-1990s output is far better than just about anything Joel put out following the 1970s. And I think I'm being charitable, Billy Fans.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 12:22:54 ET
Posted by: Bean, Arizona

Elton John asked Billy Joel "Why don't you make more albums?". Billy Joel's reply to Elton was "Why don't you make less?".

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 12:03:26 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I thought Walter was damn good in the 2003 and 2006 tours, too, though I didn't care for his choice of plunky guitars. It's one of those rare instances where I preferred those awful super-Strats with the Floyd Rose and humbucker, as he played in 2000.

I think 'Circus Money' just got to Walter. It's a brilliant album and his playing on it is fantastic, and it just sunk without a trace and two months later he was back to playing 'Peg' for your drunk Aunt Linda. I can see why that would be his big "fuck it" moment.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 11:52:18 ET
Posted by: Bean, Arizona

Billy Joel hasn't released a studio pop album since 1993. All he puts out now are live albums. He's released five live albums to date. He continues to draw massive sell-out crowds, so he must be doing something right.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 11:41:52 ET
Posted by: Bean, Arizona

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 10:24:59 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Let us not forget the great version of Everyone's Gone to the Movies from 96.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 09:14:54 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I don't doubt that a fair amount of AiA isn't live (I know, for instance, the Kid C solo was re-recorded). But for the life of me I can't figure out what else. I'm guessing a lot of Don's vocals?

Stereo soundboards from 93 and 94 sound remarkably like AiA, especially the strange timbre of the piano (Warren Bernhardt's playing is great, but the piano itself sounds very thin and slight). in fact, AiA has the kind of "dead" feeling that a lot of soundboards have ...

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 09:05:28 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

WB was a different player in 2000, and I miss that guy.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 08:57:40 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, bass trapped

In 2K Tom Barney even has a slick bass solo on Jack of Speed. Can't say I remember that Freddie has ever got one during all his years in the band, save maybe for some modestly louder and more insisting playing during the "school of funk" version of Show Biz Kids/ band intros from 2006.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 08:32:20 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, A-hem ..

Ok, make that virtuosic rather than virtuous, please. Jeez, jazz. :D

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 08:24:54 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, happysad

Another thing with the Manassas Y2K boot and other recordings from that era is ... I won't go into how things often sounds now, since I don't know the reason, but fact is when you listen to the 2K stuff you can always hear TWO really sharp and virtuous guitarists that are both totally killing it and playing on surplus energy with apparently one shared brain. And one of them is Walter.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 08:21:09 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Especially because a solid 33 1/3 percent of AiA isn't live in the slightest.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 07:50:39 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, the glorious past

In theory, a professionally produced live would sound better than a boot. But I'd still pick e.g. the 07.22.00 Manassas, VA boot over AiA on any given day. The dangerous thing about producing live stuff is you might kill the energy. No such tragedies here, just raw power and musicianship to make you dizzy.

Date: Tues, June 02, 2015, 00:51:30 ET
Posted by: Dead in America,

Oh, I know.

They could remix, adjust the eq, rejigger the sound curves -- I'm talking out of my ass, but I'm sure an official live album could sound better than a boot.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 22:23:00 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I can think of 10-11 pro-level audio boots and 3-4 video ones immediately :).

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 19:56:17 ET
Posted by: hope you know,

If you have a hankering for pro-quality live audio of the Dan from the last 2 decades, other than AiA, it's out there.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 19:42:04 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Operadar

Unfortunately, I have a feeling "album", period, is off their radar.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 18:57:09 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Steve G. - I agree, but if they're going to go for it then a DVD would be in order. That Dukes DVD from the Lincoln Center show was well done I thought. The camera work, editing and sound were all top notch.
Something like that.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 18:10:58 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I would also heartily welcome another Live Album, mainly
because the band hit a new high point in excellence in 2000 with their road band and the various incarnations ever since have been
releasing wonderful live versions of old favorites like "Your Gold Teeth" and from 2000 "The Boston Rag" to provide just 2 such examples.
I have a feeling though that another Live Album is off Don/Walt's radar.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 15:09:56 ET
Posted by: Alkali, NYC

And while they’re at it they oughta drop the default band, go back to the studio, spend some coin and hire a crowd of the junkest musicians out there to help tailor each tune, you remember that which set them apart?
You’re a studio group for christ sake; act like it, get off the road!

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 13:56:23 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

What incentive would they have to make another live album? As a fan, it's the last thing I'm clamoring for.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 06:57:46 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, no regime

... and/ or studio album, of course. Which is what I'd really prefer if I could and had to make a choice.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 05:18:40 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, new regime

Chad, I think it's mostly beause they're still(y) Dan. ;)

Today, the need for a contract with a major record label to be able to record and distribute music is less than ever. The only thing they're good for now is promo, and we all know how hard they've (not) worked to promote EMG, Morph, C$ and Condos. There's a bunch of effective, independent labels for contemporary jazz and related genres (think Snarky Puppy on Rope-A-Dope Records, etc.), who's staff and artists undoubtly see SD as old gods that they would more than welcome if they needed distribution.

It's only up to themselves to make a new live album.

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015, 02:34:08 ET
Posted by: Chad, Oakland CA

Is it because Steely Dan are no longer signed to a record label?

Date: Sun, May 31, 2015, 23:20:53 ET
Posted by: Dead in America,

All cynicism aside, I'm surprised a live album hasn't been pressed since AiA. It would be sweet.

Date: Sun, May 31, 2015, 21:49:57 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

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Date: Sun, May 31, 2015, 18:08:31 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Jake Reichbart with a swell chord melody arrangement of Gaucho.
He's covered a good number of Dan tunes. Talented player.

Date: Sun, May 31, 2015, 14:01:00 ET
Posted by: king of the world, barsoom

Since it was pointed out unusual the instrumentation was on Lunch With Gina, I've had it fairly relentlessly going through my head... the synth solo in particular.

Date: Sun, May 31, 2015, 12:27:43 ET
Posted by: Every Year same , HBO, Howard Stern Blah Blah Blah

Steve Gennarelli, You obviously don't know D & W that well

Date: Sat, May 30, 2015, 20:06:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Would certainly love to here the Tower Theater version.

You know it's a great song when it sounds this good on 8 bit

Date: Sat, May 30, 2015, 18:37:53 ET

Doc Mu, L.W.G. killed at The Tower Theater 2011 show, that along
with an amazing Your Gold Teeth to open the show. Play them both
more, next question.

Date: Sat, May 30, 2015, 12:04:36 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Lunch with Gina would be a far better live regular than Godwhacker - the best part of the studio version of GW are the rhythm guitars, the bridge, and blues synth harp like melodica thingy solo. Hard to replicate that awesomeness. The best thing about the live version is CarLOCK's in the pocket groovemanship and the added horns.

LWG just cooks harder - better melody. Awesome harmonies.: Live versions rare. Maybe high is Donald's register. Nasty horn chart.

Pixeleen, too. Live.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 20:58:43 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa

I'd be interested to hear if HBO or another major service provider would be filming any of the Beacon Shows. This is a historic opportunity that would be worth recording.
Maybe the Dan themselves will let a documentarian cover the shows and release a DVD/Bluray that is part concert and part history of SD.
I know Howard Stern's channel on Sirius has provided a few artists a place to do live shows. Maybe Baba Boey & Jon Hein's obsession with SD will allow something like that to happen.
PS..if anyone in Tampa has good tickets that they would be interested in getting rid of for the local show here, I'd be interested to hear about it..but I'm broke so ..please be kind.
Looking for 2 tix.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 20:26:26 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Currently listening to Larry Carlton at Royal Scam Night in Chicago 09 to prep for whatever special guests may show up on Oct 17th.

I'm keeping my expectations measured but the fact is I have always been satisfied when they advertised something new/special. Audience request night brought Dr. Wu in 09 and rarities night in 2011 was legendary IMO. I expect Oct 17th to be worth the trip.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 19:28:54 ET
Posted by: Bob Amos, Jersey

Jed, I agree with you 100%- its like I think at the Royal Scam show at the tower they did a large portion of Aja anyway. The last night no ones knows what they will do so it is worth it for the surprise element

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 17:56:57 ET
Posted by: I heard the news, my place The Remo NY


Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 17:55:27 ET
Posted by: I heard the news, my place The Remo NY


Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 17:49:42 ET
Posted by: I heard the news, my place The Remo NY


Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 15:04:58 ET
Posted by: Al Corrado,


He does have quite the gig. I mean really, he plays no guitar leads, and rarely sings.

He solos on all the stuff he knows like the back of his hand.

Maybe he's in worse physical shape than we know.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 15:02:38 ET
Posted by: David Stern, up the glacier

KD- Godwhacker doesn't work live? Dude, stick to covering basketball.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 14:34:14 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

My dream setlist for this summer.

Haitian Divorce
Everything You Did
Janie Runaway
The Royal Scam
Second Arrangement
Downtown Cannon
Down in the Bottom
Lunch With Gina
Tomorrow's Girls
Teahouse on the Tracks
Reelin' in the Godwhacker

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 13:11:43 ET
Posted by: Oats, Ohio

Godwhacker should have been played at Coachella.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 12:51:56 ET
Posted by: Oats, Ohio

I agree. Nothing beats hearing Godwhacker performed live. It's got a heavy infectious groove that makes you want to get up and dance.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 11:06:37 ET
Posted by: ,

What are you smoking? Godwhacker is better live. Those horns!

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 10:35:16 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I think EMG is the greatest thing ever and wish they played more off of it, but 'Godwhacker' is my least-favorite live song they've tossed up since the reunion. It just doesn't work live, despite all the talent involved, and despite how fantastic a song it is.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 10:33:56 ET
Posted by: Mandy, F

That's why Weird Al won't release a parody without first getting permission. He wants to get his songwriting credit and royalties.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 09:32:35 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

GW, that's correct - they sampled Show Biz Kids. Fagen and Becker typically demand 100% of the publishing and songwriting from people who sample their music. they're some of the most aggressive in the business.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 03:53:55 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


I think this a song by the group Super Furry Animals which samples a DF/WB composition.

Date: Fri, May 29, 2015, 02:40:22 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

With apologies for the language its title contains, does anyone know anything about this song? Hal Leonard (big music publishing company) includes it amongst Becker & Fagen titles available for purchase (instead of more eagerly awaited things like the music to Morph, Condos, Whack and Circus Money)

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 21:36:08 ET
Posted by: Jed, NYC

Gaucho, Scam and the final Beacon show are the only ones that matter. They've played the Aja album enough times. The hardcore fans want to hear the first four albums, TvN and EMG, but SD always avoid them.

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 19:26:38 ET
Posted by: Bob Amos, New Jersey

What nights are everyone going do? Doing 10/17 as I will be sailing out of NYC the next day as well as 10/10 for the scam. Scam show at the Tower in '09 was fantastic.

I wonder if they will have an opening act for these? A few times they had a nice organ trio, as I play the B3 in a local blues band

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 18:30:46 ET
Posted by: "Chicago," "On location," "Ooo-La-La!", "How's my little girl?", etc.,

If you think a few guitars is excessive, you should watch this:

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 14:45:27 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I also messed around with Movies, Sneakers and Green Earrings.

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 13:46:43 ET
Posted by: Sammy, C

GW, Let me handle the reel tapes for you :)

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 13:23:26 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I have a terribly cheesy plan. I have the Gaucho outtakes, one of which is a drum-less version of The Second Arrangement. I'm going to try and sync up and record a drum track of my own to go with it.

We'll see how horribly this comes out.

I'll post it later.

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 13:21:59 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Walter does "noodle" quite a bit. However, he also anchors things as well. The Coachella recording has him higher in the mix than usual and you can hear some really good rhythm work on Kid C and Reelin'.

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 09:32:09 ET
Posted by: ., .

Q. Back in the day, your rep was that you didn’t like to play live, partially because it sounded terrible. You’ve done quite a bit of touring in the last 10 years, so does that mean things have improved to meet your standards?

Becker: We didn’t like to play live for $3,500 a night, but we love to play live for $400,000 a night, and I don’t care who knows it.

Fagen: We didn’t like to play live for $3,500 a night and stay in hotels that were more like toilets and also with half the band being drunk.

Becker: It turns out that it’s actually fun to play music under the right circumstances. Who would’ve guessed? (Laughs)

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 07:30:43 ET
Posted by: Right, Here

"The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever" - Yeah, right. I'm sure they'll still play Reelin' ,Hey 19 and Peg. We all know the songs we'd pick and would really like to hear, but will they actually play any of them? How about Change of the Guard or Kings? Kulee Baba? Heartbeat? I'd even love to hear some never-before-played solo stuff. Miss Marlene or Memorabilia? Paging Audrey?

Date: Thurs, May 28, 2015, 06:52:13 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

All they really had to do was pick a different album than aja/gaucho/scam to do live. Nope. And they are going Aja twice.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 19:02:37 ET
Posted by: ,

How much do you guys reckon Don and Walt each pull in from these summer tours? I don't think they're really enjoying themselves anymore.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 17:43:53 ET
Posted by: Ben , Indy, but thinking about Beacon Dues

It's a great day for SD in NYC news! Herrington mentioned in an article on his site that last year's lengthy tour was challenging, so maybe '15's pace will be a formula for the long future. But more importantly, which show will Matt Damon attend?!

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 15:10:32 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, I asked for a lift, they said "perhaps the Beacon in the Fall"

Shouldn't the night listed as "By Popular Demand" also be listed as " A Royal Scam"? :)
Chris- Agreed, there goes the entertainment budget for the rest of the year. I'll do everything possible to make it to the finale. My enthusiasm is officially revitalized.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 14:22:34 ET
Posted by: Umm, ?

The newsletter suggests that EC is only for the July-Aug dates. The website could be clearer.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 14:06:51 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Umm, you're right, but I assume no.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 13:38:16 ET
Posted by: Umm, ?

They don't say if these Beacon dates are with or without Costello.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 12:12:15 ET
Posted by: Marty, N

I hope Geddy Lee is a guest. Otherwise this discussion is unwarranted.

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 11:26:52 ET
Posted by: Gordon, NY

I'll probably only attend "The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever" show. I wonder who those "spectacular musical guests" might be?

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 11:25:30 ET
Posted by: quick, now

New Dates on

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 11:00:49 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, NYC

Way to sidetrack this forum back to the Steely Dan discussion boys!

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015, 10:24:10 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Beacon Run announced ... special setlist shows (the standard bunch) and something called "The Most Unforgettable Night Of Whatever."

RIP savings account.

Date: Tues, May 26, 2015, 13:34:00 ET
Posted by: Phil, Pau

Hey guys, you want to have a little talk with Gary Katz ?
Well, it's too late:
Some people were there:

Date: Tues, May 26, 2015, 10:22:28 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Steely Dan has played in San Diego. That's just about the only way that last post could in any way be Dan related.

Date: Mon, May 25, 2015, 17:48:25 ET
Posted by: Pug Wilson, San Diego

The Rolling Stones put on a good show last night at the Petco Park stadium in San Diego. Jagger shows no signs of slowing down. Actor Matt Damon was in the audience.

Date: Sat, May 23, 2015, 23:53:41 ET
Posted by: Snake Mary, UK

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Date: Fri, May 22, 2015, 22:40:44 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Listening to Lucky Radio right now.

Uptown Baby...Oh, the memories. If only I'd had the prescience back in '98 to think of spewing a load of gutter-level profane gibberish over top of a clean digital copy of one of those Old White Guys' many fine recordings. If only. I coulda been a one hit wonder back then. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. But the thought never did occur to me at the time - or since, for that matter - and so "Uptown Baby" is (sadly) just another multi-million-selling blob of feculence from that glorious era of outright musical theft. An era which continues on unabated in an industry which still financially rewards musical piracy, despite all the silly lawsuits from those bitter, elderly, creative folks like Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Or even Tom Petty...

ps- Still very much Musically Adrift.
pps - And happy that way.

Date: Fri, May 22, 2015, 18:06:22 ET
Posted by: Snake Mary, UK

Did Fagen really write this lyric ! If he did, I admire him more than ever man ! (2.40)

Date: Fri, May 22, 2015, 16:06:00 ET
Posted by: Mackey, P

So are they going to use rehearsals to come up with something different? Or did they tip their hand with the spring run (of the mill)?

Date: Fri, May 22, 2015, 04:05:11 ET
Posted by: king of the world, ringworld

Oops. I've always thought it was "dago freaks", too... Maybe I shouldn't admit these things...

Date: Thurs, May 21, 2015, 21:22:05 ET
Posted by: Seeker, Atlanta

I like Pete Townshend's new song "Guantanamo". You can hear it on YouTube.

Date: Thurs, May 21, 2015, 18:11:39 ET
Posted by: Jon, Close

Positive vibes for Yes' bassist, Chris Squire as he is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. Yes will still tour w/Toto this summer; Billy Sherwood will handle the bass playing duties.

Date: Thurs, May 21, 2015, 15:38:50 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Haiti ...err no sorry, still Scotland

She hired a bicycle from the Port-au-Prince collective bike hire scheme to take her to the good hotel

....hey! in the environmentally prioritized future, rhyming or scanning is less important than saving the planet!

Date: Thurs, May 21, 2015, 14:15:21 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

My dad was absolutely convinced that Fagen was singing "all those dago freaks" in KC, and that he changed it to "day-glow" for the remaster to be more politically correct. I finally found an original LP of Royal Scam with the lyrics to convince him it had been day-glow since day one.

Date: Thurs, May 21, 2015, 14:09:39 ET
Posted by: KC, 3

Those test tubes and the scale
Just dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.

Date: Thurs, May 21, 2015, 06:56:20 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Room 101

Anonymous inside sources says future editions of Scam will have parts of KC lyrics replaced in accordance with environmental and climate control politics, cf. the Sinking Condo Prevention Project.

In the last verse, lines four and five shall be replaced with the following:

Is the battery charged
Yes the battery's charged

Date: Wed, May 20, 2015, 16:51:13 ET
Posted by: Mimi Rose,

I would love to hear Elvis Costello and Steely Dan do a joint version of "Moods for Moderns." That song is crazy fun, I think Donald would do a great job with that.

Date: Wed, May 20, 2015, 11:48:38 ET
Posted by: hoops, ch

Dangentially, all the talk of David Letterman retiring brings me to 1992-1993. When I hear recollections of Letterman's move from NBC to CBS, I can't also help but be reminded about all the then new buzz for the 1992 Eastern US NY Rock and Soul Revue tour; Kamakiriad (released 22 years ago this upcoming week); the modern Steely Dan 1993 tour kick off; and more. Despite the degree or two of separation, I'm finding all Dave retrospectives also leaving me retrospective of The Dan.

Where do we go from here?

Date: Wed, May 20, 2015, 11:21:15 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando


Nice fine, thanks for sharing.

Date: Tues, May 19, 2015, 17:20:28 ET
Posted by: 88 Fingers Louie, Bedrock

Don't see that this was posted before. Sorry if I missed it. Heard this on XM radio's JamOn station recently. They play the band Kung Fu a lot. Looked up the video and found the link below to Kung Fu playing with some extra members including Jon H. and Bernard P. From December 2014, they cover the Fez and Green Earrings.

Date: Tues, May 19, 2015, 08:44:29 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says not for to get the Gaucho tattoo or Mr. Keith Jarrett he sues you for to have his name tattooed also too.

Date: Tues, May 19, 2015, 06:28:37 ET
Posted by: Dallegro, LA

The Royal Scam artwork would be cool. Or even the Gaucho artwork, would be a little more classy haha

Date: Tues, May 19, 2015, 01:45:41 ET
Posted by: Tat 3, hof land

I remembered this from

Date: Tues, May 19, 2015, 01:16:54 ET
Posted by: Ta, 2

Aja ink-

Date: Tues, May 19, 2015, 00:01:54 ET
Posted by: ,

No tattoo ideas better than that one come to mind immediately, but please do post a pic once you get it done. Not sure I've ever seen an SD tat before.

Date: Mon, May 18, 2015, 20:26:05 ET
Posted by: Dallegro, LA

Anyone have any good ideas for a Steely Dan tattoo? I like the typical yellow blue logo but trying to get creative

Date: Mon, May 18, 2015, 15:52:24 ET
Posted by: pimglswhtv, IOIjiVCCQBiGn

A4DS97 <a href="">nbiqmzqoawgi</a>, [url=]dstnkrcckddw[/url], [link=]brpivyltatjn[/link],

Date: Sun, May 17, 2015, 14:44:53 ET
Posted by: moray eel, m

Before the race I was Counting Down to Ecstasy, but now I Can't Buy A Thrill.


Date: Sun, May 17, 2015, 13:26:29 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

We now got a name when they lose.

His mother was not a mudder.

Date: Sat, May 16, 2015, 18:50:57 ET
Posted by: A horse in town, A

Hope nobody sold their house in town to bet on Bodhisattva.

Date: Sat, May 16, 2015, 13:59:58 ET
Posted by: MP, FNM

FNM concert from last week-
Good stuff!

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015, 23:05:49 ET
Posted by: ,

Anyone else going to see Faith No More this summer? The new album rocks.

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015, 18:43:23 ET
Posted by: James, Btown

Thanks for that, SpongeBob.
As musicians, we just can't help ourselves.
Confused and naive - you bet!
As long as it doesn't hurt the music, I hope people can forgive us for being gullible lefties - it reminds us of our college days when we had no money.

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015, 16:44:29 ET
Posted by: Anymanleft, Rio Grande

Thanks to Jon Herrington for stopping through this part of land (Reading,Pa) couple weeks back and blowing the roof off the joint. He's amazing every time I see him, with or without SD. And on a sadder note, we lost a true legend today with the passing of BB King. RIP. You will be missed

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015, 12:05:25 ET
Posted by: SpongeBob, NYC

Kudos for James Taylor. Just read that James thinks President Obama is the greatest President of all-time. James is currently backing Hilary Clinton for President. Go, James, go!

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015, 03:29:49 ET
Posted by: Phil, Pau

R.I.P BB.King

Date: Thurs, May 14, 2015, 14:48:24 ET


Lost all my money on the Kentucky Derby. ps: My sleeper pick for
Saturday: Hung-Over Like A Horse, he is running in one of the earlier
races. Also consider the source: I lose nearly every bet I make.
Sorry Hoops, done babbling. (GD Ritalin)

Date: Thurs, May 14, 2015, 13:46:10 ET
Posted by: pixeleen,

Any money on "Bodhisattva" running in the Preakness this weekend??

Date: Thurs, May 14, 2015, 13:30:08 ET

FWIW, I am all in with KD on this one. That enough acronyms for

Date: Thurs, May 14, 2015, 11:27:45 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Quote from 'KD' on a Steely Dan message board: "I bet it won't be because Toto blows."

Date: Thurs, May 14, 2015, 03:23:25 ET
Posted by: Rudd, Venice Beach

Quote from Steve Lukather on Toto's Facebook page: "This is gonna be a kick ass set list and tour".

Date: Thurs, May 14, 2015, 00:43:58 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Every A-frame had your number on the wall

Straight to IHOP where it's well-known
The world's junkest pancakes are

From ironic to iconic:

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015, 22:49:28 ET
Posted by: Lyrics Quiz, US

There's a lyric about a certain building type.

There's a lyric about a restaurant.

Older locations of this restaurant were typically of said building type,

Name them.

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015, 20:11:22 ET
Posted by: The Grammy's, LOL

Wait, that a Grammy reference? Too funny...someone gives relevance to the Grammy's. Now THAT'S a LOSER!!

Oh, and Rush changed their set again last night.

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015, 19:54:23 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Here's a much better Once Upon a Time in the West:

One of the last things Mark recorded before TOOM...some of the same kind of licks.

*$%*** Communique has some great ***** on it.

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015, 16:01:29 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

This is dumb, guys.

This is like comparing a perfectly seared scallop to a new Lambo.

We all have our tastes. They may not be comparable in spite of electric guitars being involved.

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015, 15:34:48 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

I like a lot of Rush's music, for many it's hard to listen to Geddy Lee sing for an extended period of time though.
David Palmer might have been a good fit.
Concerts are exclusive sausage fests - the only female energy there comes from the other side of concession stands.
That's no criteria, I know, but it's nice to hear and see Cindy Mizelle and the other ladies up on stage.

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015, 11:58:46 ET
Posted by: SD, RULES!

Rush is good at one thing.....LOSING!

1981 nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"YYZ" — lost to The Police's "Behind My Camel"

1992 nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"Where's My Thing?" — lost to Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover"

1995 nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"Leave That Thing Alone" — lost to Pink Floyd's "Marooned"

2004 nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"O Baterista" from Rush In Rio — lost to Brian Wilson's "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow"

2008 nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"Malignant Narcissism" from Snakes & Arrows — lost to Bruce Springsteen's "Once Upon a Time in the West"

2009 nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)" from Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace — lost to Zappa Plays Zappa's "Peaches en Regalia" (featuring Steve Vai and Napoleon Murphy Brock)

2011 nomination for Best Music Video Long Form
"Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" — lost to The Doors "When You're Strange" documentary

Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 20:31:47 ET
Posted by: WhackedBy11Trax, ThatNYC

With all due respect to the fine contributions of those Rush aficionados and the band itself, I'm posting a note of disbelief that Messrs. Don and Walt have not considered a date (or five) at the Lowes Kings, (now that I am aware of this re-opening; hat tip to Flatbush Chuck.

What an incredible renovation of a classic theater! I remember seeing Sound of Music there when I was a child and the place was massive and incredibly beautiful. From the looks of the website, it still is. I am thoroughly looking forward to visiting this revamped Brooklyn icon on my next trip to Flatbush, which might be a heck of a lot sooner if I can get to see the Dan over there. Just the thought of possibly hearing Brooklyn IN Brooklyn....well, this is the stuff dreams are made of, and at my age there won't be that many more like this coming to life, so I hope the guys consider it.

I'd also hate to be forced to personally premiere this splendid environs with Jethro Tull or Ringo, not that there's anything wrong with them....hmmmm.... maybe Rush will do a date the Lowes???

Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 17:23:13 ET
Posted by: Bookkeepers Son-in-law, Fine

I like how RUSH changes their setlist every tour.
I like how Walter changes his monologue during Hey 19 every night.


Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 12:51:21 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

It is perfectly reasonable to expect postings on a particular artist/group's fan/forum site mentioning other artists when it is a relevant comment about the fan site artist. Plenty of comparisons have been made on the Blue referring to other artists, as I am sure happens on most artist fan forums. But the Rush postings seem to be only about Rush. Do you see the difference? I do. If I want to read about Rush, I have no problem going to their fan site. When I come here, it is to read and talk about Steely Dan. Just Sayin'.

Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 11:32:31 ET
Posted by: Actually, Just Sayin',, That's exactly what it means

The idea of the BlueBook is to have a Steely Dan Fan discussion board that stays more focused on Steely Dan and doesn't stray as far away from Steely Dan as perhaps some other forums do. By staying more focussed, the hope is to foster more engaging and worthwhile discussion that doesn't waste readers' time. In short, maximize signal and minimize noise with a goal of no static at all.

Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 11:29:27 ET
Posted by: Just sayin', Everywhere

Most if not all fan websites regardless of the "star" attraction there has forums/posts regarding other bands/artists. Why should this be any different? Sorry to disappoint you, but there are other bands/artists in the world besides Steely Dan. Just because this is a Dan forum, does not mean it should only pertain to all things Donald & Walter. If you don't like an artist/band mentioned, then don't post/bash about them. Maybe bring some insight to a band/artist you do like and wish to discuss.

Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 09:09:09 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son , Florida


So, because people post items with Steely Dan references in them on the Rush site (regardless of the context), it is a must do to reciprocate here? Just sayin'.

Date: Tues, May 12, 2015, 06:10:11 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, balcony

Popcorn, anyone?

Date: Mon, May 11, 2015, 18:49:47 ET
Posted by: GeddyAlexNeil, Up North, eh?

**Posted by: Reidar from Norway, Oslo
Excuse me for asking: Why are there so many posts about Rush set lists?
I see that others have asked more or less the same question without getting a proper answer.
Haven’t Rush their own fan site where they can rant on about Rush stuff??**

Please find the link above to be from a Rush fan site. 18 pages of Steely Dan discussion over the past 3 months. More than here I believe.

Just sayin'

Date: Mon, May 11, 2015, 13:54:06 ET
Posted by: Superconductor, Detriot, MI

I love it. People are posting on the various Rush message forums that there could be six different rotating setlists for this tour. Lots of deep cuts, rarities and classics for us die-hard Rush fans. Definitely not "casual fan friendly" as one fan put it.

Date: Mon, May 11, 2015, 12:16:29 ET
Posted by: Neil Geddy Alex, R40

Rush played 4 different tunes last night than they did the first night. Just sayin'.

Date: Mon, May 11, 2015, 00:46:39 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

Uh oh...

Date: Sun, May 10, 2015, 16:55:10 ET
Posted by: Buddy, MN

Take it easy, BB Police. It's Rush's last major tour due to Neil Peart's chronic tendonitis. Show some respect for Rush.

Date: Sun, May 10, 2015, 13:46:45 ET
Posted by: BB Police, Go here:

Attn: Rush Fans: I don't give a flying f*ck if SD plays 'Peg' 10 times a freaking night! This is a SD forum! That means get the f*ck outta here! Don't let the door hit you on the ass!

Date: Sun, May 10, 2015, 13:01:46 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, Oslo

Excuse me for asking: Why are there so many posts about Rush set lists?
I see that others have asked more or less the same question without getting a proper answer.
Haven’t Rush their own fan site where they can rant on about Rush stuff??

And to all those complaining about SD’s set lists being the same year in year out,
I think we all have to accept this and rather enjoy that they still Tour.
But it would be nice if they do a “Rarities Night” again like one of the show at Beacon in 2011, that was an amazing night.
I have now travelled from Norway to USA 23 times to more or less hear SD play the same tunes and loved it each time,
and I will hopefully continue doing that as long as they Tour.

Date: Sat, May 09, 2015, 22:50:14 ET
Posted by: Flatbush Chuck, That NYC

Awright, one more pitch-- just one more-- in case Uncles Wally and/or Don or anybody who hath sway with them happens upon this:

Thinking about adding a NYC date anytime soon (and why the hell not?)?

Beautiful ca-1929 classic 3300-seat outer-borough movie palace in the heart of (good heavens!) Flatbush, brilliantly restored and newly reopened for live acts. (Check out the photos & virtual tour.)

Already-booked acts include Jethro Tull, Ringo Starr, the O'Jays, CS&N, Jackson Browne, Gladys Knight...Garrison Keillor...An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson...

Guys, this is the 21st century's Apollo.

You COULD, of course, thank me by doing the long-awaited Back of the Catalog Night there. But if it must be the Same Old, the crowd will nonetheless make you feel right at home in Brooklyn (as once you were, long about 45 years ago).

Huh? What say?

All bystanders to this quixotic blip on the page are thanked for their indulgence. We were talking about Rush, I believe.... ;)

Date: Sat, May 09, 2015, 13:20:57 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

When a band's setlist hasn't changed in nine years, you're going to get some non-Dangential stuff. It happens. I saw hipster millennials on my Twitter feed last night that were excited about the Rush setlist, and I'm not even a Rush fan (don't dislike them, just ambivalent).

So it goes, even in a touring year. Write a new album, together. Play 'More to Come' live.

Date: Sat, May 09, 2015, 11:34:12 ET

Marci, that is what I was thinking as well, but yours truly
has been guilty of posting off topic. So I will leave it to
others and Hoops to be the arbiter on this and other issues.

Date: Sat, May 09, 2015, 11:22:18 ET
Posted by: Marcy, D

Is there something Dangential about the Rush setlist that warrants posting about it here?

Date: Sat, May 09, 2015, 01:24:00 ET
Posted by: Rush Fanatic, Texas

Just saw the setlist for the opening night of the Rush R40 Live tour. It's good. Damn good. So glad I bought a ticket for the show in Dallas.

Date: Fri, May 08, 2015, 12:48:45 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says that he does not knows if the Tim Tebow is for playing with the Eagles or not, but to be on the stage with Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey would be a leap far for a persons with not even one album. Vlad thinks there is a pulling legs on the Blue.

Vlad outs!!!

Date: Fri, May 08, 2015, 11:02:20 ET

By "interesting", I am going to assume that is euphemistic for awful.
Two words on T.T.: kant play. Now back to our regularly scheduled

Date: Fri, May 08, 2015, 00:20:18 ET
Posted by: ,

The Eagles will be interesting if Tebow gets any playing time.

Date: Thurs, May 07, 2015, 19:41:35 ET
Posted by: Ultron, Metaltown

Of course. Walter & Donald love the blues. That's why they play "Black Friday" on every tour.

"Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible" - Euell Gibbons.

Date: Thurs, May 07, 2015, 11:56:48 ET
Posted by: wondering , if

walter or donald ever listened to muddy waters?

he's got a song called- She's nineteen years old. lyrics are great!

Date: Thurs, May 07, 2015, 11:04:37 ET
Posted by: Kenny, R

Both bands were extremely prolific in generating their respective Old Testaments.

I think there's a 90's era picture of Henley and Fagen sitting together at a table.

Date: Thurs, May 07, 2015, 00:45:21 ET
Posted by: Lucky, Chicago

The Eagles and Steely Dan have some things in common. Each band released their debut albums in 1972. Also, both bands aren't very prolific: 7 studio albums for The Eagles and 9 studio albums for Steely Dan.

Date: Wed, May 06, 2015, 19:48:42 ET
Posted by: JP, FM sans Eagles

Sorry for the re-post, the last one had a broken youtube link.

Here's video of the only "FM" performed on the spring leg, shot from the front row of the balcony at the Pearl Concert Theatre, a fantastic venue by the way. No Eagles on this version...just the lovely harmonies of the Danettes. Enjoy!

Date: Wed, May 06, 2015, 16:24:36 ET
Posted by: Denise, Boston

More center section tickets released for Bos show Fri July 31

Date: Wed, May 06, 2015, 07:00:58 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, MPEG-2 Audio Layer II

Frankly, I can't imagine Le Duo Dynamique give a shit, but it marks the end of a technological era.

Date: Tues, May 05, 2015, 07:03:02 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf


Darling, you sound like an Eagles fan.

Date: Tues, May 05, 2015, 04:34:28 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I watched that documentary, Frey and Henley are complete narcissists who overrate their contributions to the music world.

I expected to see them joke around at some point (like Don and Walt during Black Cow on the Classic Albums episode). Nope. Just lots of smarmy back-patting.

Just saw The Who Saturday night, Daltrey and Townshend put more energy into two hours than the Eagles do over an entire tour.

I think Tom Waits summed up the Eagles in the best way possible. They covered one of his songs...

In an interview on WAMU Radio in Washington DC (1975):

“I frankly was not that particularly crazy about their rendition of it. The song is about 5 years old, it’s one of the first songs I wrote so I felt like it was kind of flattering that somebody wanted to do your song but at the same time I thought their version was a little antiseptic.”

To the NME, as quoted in an article called ‘Tom Waits: Would You Say This Man Was Attempting To Convey An Impression Of Sordid Bohemianism’ (1976):

“Naw – I don’t like the Eagles. They’re about as exciting as watching paint dry. Their albums are good for keeping the dust off your turntable and that’s about all.”

Date: Tues, May 05, 2015, 01:24:59 ET
Posted by: Nate, Fresno, CA

One more thing, The Eagles still play TWO sets of music with no opening act. The setlist for this tour is extremely good with songs never played live before and rarely heard tracks.

Date: Tues, May 05, 2015, 00:05:18 ET
Posted by: Nate, Fresno, CA

I like The Eagles' "No Standing Up" rule at their concerts. Everyone must remain seated during the show. I'm fairly short, so I always hate it when some big giant stands up in front of me and blocks my view of the stage. Don Henley says "We feel everybody who bought a ticket has a right to enjoy the show undisturbed with a view that is unobstructed". Thanks, Don! I have a ticket to the show in Bakersfield on May 26 and I'm really looking forward to it! By the way, I encourage everybody to watch "The History of The Eagles" documentary. It's currently playing on Netflix and it's one of the best rock documentaries I've ever seen.

Date: Mon, May 04, 2015, 19:06:26 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

It really is a beautiful piece of music.

Date: Mon, May 04, 2015, 18:28:06 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

Orion: What's embarrassing is that you don't understand that professional musicians make a living by playing music. If you sit around and turn your nose up at a gig just because it's not your cup of tea, you starve. The more you play, the more you play.

Date: Mon, May 04, 2015, 14:55:06 ET
Posted by: The Colonel, E

I think you're reading that wrong. He won't be at either Highland Pk show. The notation is confusing.

Date: Mon, May 04, 2015, 13:44:26 ET
Posted by: elvis, left the building

official site says elvis will be in chicago ravinia for first night only

Date: Mon, May 04, 2015, 02:12:07 ET
Posted by: JP, FM sans Eagles

Here's video of the only "FM" on the spring leg, shot from the front row of the balcony at the Pearl Concert Theatre, a fantastic venue by the way. No Eagles on this version...just the lovely harmonies of the Danettes. Enjoy!

Date: Sun, May 03, 2015, 20:04:30 ET
Posted by: ,

Check out this SD goldmine:

Date: Sun, May 03, 2015, 19:36:53 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The Mop Song was on the SD website around the time of The New One, before The New One became TvN.

Along the same, wonderfully absurd, lines, here's a sportswriter guy who I'm quite fond of and perhaps the best use of a Donald song I've ever witnessed:

Full context:

Date: Sun, May 03, 2015, 17:31:55 ET
Posted by: Sunday, Bible Study

Going back to the first lines of the Old Testament, I wonder if "water" was originally "daughter" but was changed to make it more palpable for radio.

Date: Sat, May 02, 2015, 17:39:48 ET
Posted by: kuleebaba, "The Mop Song" ?

Stumbled across this on Dangerous Minds (if you aren't already reading it, it's a fun blog).

Almost sounds like an April Fools joke. But what do I know?

Date: Sat, May 02, 2015, 17:26:23 ET
Posted by: Orion, New York

It's embarrassing to see a great player like Denny Dias joining an oldies act like Spanky & Our Gang. I see clips of it on YouTube. I might check out his gig at The Iridium in August.

Date: Sat, May 02, 2015, 15:05:57 ET
Posted by: Ringmaster Dan,

Oh yes, Twitter feeds will be part of it too.

Date: Sat, May 02, 2015, 14:46:23 ET
Posted by: Ringmaster Dan,

Hey Danizens:

As mentioned a few days ago, this web ring thing is increasing becoming more difficult to update. The few remaining web ring providers insert their own minefield of ads and all. Hosting one's own web ring creates all sorts of unproductive security issues that require constant attention.

With that in mind, how about keeping it simple? Let me know if you think The Steely Dan Community White Pages are a worthy substitute until the next rad concept comes along.

Check out version 0.99 here at We'll make it 1.0 tomorrow if things seem simpatico.

And oh yes! Have a Steely Dan-inspired internet resource which you think should be included? Please email me -- ringmstrdan at

In the coming weeks of May, special sections will be added for "Current Steely Dan Band Members," "Steely Dan Band Alumni," and "Steely Dan Cover and Tribute Bands."

Be good!

Ringmaster Dan

Date: Sat, May 02, 2015, 13:46:14 ET
Posted by: DD, Soon

August 6th-
Denny Dias: Original Founding Member of Steely Dan Celebrates the Music of Steely Dan w/ Special Guests Yaron Gershovsky & Lisa Jason

Denny Dias (born December 1946 in Philadelphia) is an American guitarist, most known for being a founding member of Steely Dan.**

Don't expect any special guests as the boys will be in Raleigh, NC on that night.

Date: Sat, May 02, 2015, 08:10:22 ET
Posted by: Audiophile,

Audiophile question here - and I think this has been raised in the past, but can't remember the feedback. Which is better:

Gauch DVD-A, or the DTS 5.1 mix? I have the 5.1 and it's good, but lacking a little something for me - can barely hear the background vocals on some of the songs.

Also, for the AJA SACD - is it really worth it? Can you really discern a sound quality difference versus the remastered CD?

Thanks for any feedback!

Date: Thurs, April 30, 2015, 20:39:17 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

The Eagles, to me, have always seemed to be the true existence of the stereotype which lots of folks try to pin on Steely Dan. However, I know of lots of people my age an younger (I'm 32) who love the Eagles because they remember their parents doing blow, getting drunk and partying to them during their formative years.

The stiff, uptight, "EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PERFECT!" attitude is pretty nauseating.

Date: Thurs, April 30, 2015, 16:04:10 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Condolences to The Dean, and apologies. No disrespect intended.

Date: Thurs, April 30, 2015, 10:26:16 ET
Posted by: Myron, C

Funny thing about the Eagles is the only song I like was the last song on their last album (ignoring anything they've done since the mid 90s reunion.) The Sad Cafe.

Date: Thurs, April 30, 2015, 02:06:32 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

I go with the dude and what he said about the Eagles in the Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges said Frey gave him shit later on, when he met him at a party about that line. No humor at all, get over yourself.
That and quite a few douche amateur street musicians with fake curly hair I've witnessed in Western Europe frequently play Hotel California to get to the old ladies' spare coins.

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015, 13:31:36 ET
Posted by: Sad, .

Hopefully not disrespecting anyone's privacy, but Dean had a loss in his family earlier this year.

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015, 12:57:06 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

M/O/D/P - Finally an internet spellcaster who gets it. How do I send payment for #s 2, 3, & 6? Western Union money transfer as usual? Thanks in advance for taking care of these important SD concerns.

Also wondering why we haven't heard from my personal favorite contributor here, The Dean. Nothing from him for around 6 moths or so. Hope all is OK & he's just taking a break.

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015, 08:43:32 ET
Posted by: Ned, R

I didn't see in Henley's rider about the eye contact. Only that he wanted control over who was allowed backstage.

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015, 02:08:29 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Thanks Norm,

I've never gotten the Henley/Frey self-righteousness thing. if you want a good read, check out Don Henley's concert rider on

Venue staff are instructed to not make eye contact. It is so odd.

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015, 01:22:54 ET
Posted by: Norm, San Francisco

I completely agree with Godwhacker's comments about The Eagles. Their ticket prices have always been extremely high and now they ban anyone using cell phones at their concerts.

Date: Tues, April 28, 2015, 14:18:32 ET
Posted by: Gene, Omaha

Maybe The Dean is depressed about Steely Dan's current setlist.

Date: Tues, April 28, 2015, 13:19:26 ET

Mr. Divac, I think we can safely assume that The Dean is chillin at
the Manatee Bar.

Date: Tues, April 28, 2015, 11:53:32 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says where is Mr. The Dean from the Blues? Is he going now with the different handles on the Blues or just gone? Or, and Vlad is gulping here, was The Mr. Dean blocked from the posting for having not nice, Vlad says no that can't be.

Date: Tues, April 28, 2015, 09:18:36 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

er, 9. 9 was where I lost it.

8 was basically just like, "yeah"

Date: Tues, April 28, 2015, 09:17:51 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

M/O/D/P, I lost it at #8

Date: Mon, April 27, 2015, 21:01:24 ET
Posted by: Jim Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge


Date: Mon, April 27, 2015, 20:47:11 ET
Posted by: Ringmaster Dan, On the Web, Silly!

The Steely Dan webring of SD Fan sites is being reorg'ed into the Steely Dan Fan White Pages. Progress is a bit slower since Webrings are sort of a thing of the past. Hence the White Page. HOWEVER, progress is being made. Shooting for an end-of-this-week debut.

If you would like your Steely Site listed, please email me at ringmstrdan at FLATHAT dot NET.

Thank you.

Ringmaster Dan

Date: Mon, April 27, 2015, 20:08:52 ET

I would, but my wallet is Running On Empty.

Date: Mon, April 27, 2015, 11:25:00 ET
Posted by: IKEA Family, Äntligen Hemma

Anybody gonna see Jackson Browne in June?

Date: Mon, April 27, 2015, 10:48:46 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Greedy Spellcaster

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(1) If you want the new Steely Dan CD "Rockabye Gollie Angel" to be released this June. July at the very latest.
(2) You want Walter to sing at least two songs from Circus Money at all future Dan shows.
(3) You want Don & Walt to complete and release every single one of those great "lost" tracks.
(4) If you want this summer's set lists to contain more songs called "Kulee Baba".
(5) If you want Roseland rebuilt - exactly as it was - and reopened just in time for a run of SD shows in September.
(6) If you want Elvis Costello to have an unfortunate accident anytime on July 7th.
(7) You want a bunch of Toronto and NYC dates in September or October added to the 2015 tour.
(8) If you need financial assistance to see all these damn Steely Dan concerts.
(9) Herbal care.

contact (dr.emmodeepeeatspellcaster

Date: Mon, April 27, 2015, 10:22:02 ET
Posted by: michael, usa

I suck.

Date: Sun, April 26, 2015, 00:17:56 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I love the FM Yacht Rock.

Mainly because I find the Eagles to be boring and lacking any kind of groove.

Their live performances just make my skin crawl...yeah, you can stand perfectly still and play everything note-perfect, what is the big deal?

Where is the feeling?

Date: Sun, April 26, 2015, 00:13:32 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0.

The funny thing is, I've voted on the Rush Petition every tour and guess what, they have done at least 2 of the top ten songs every tour.

Date: Sat, April 25, 2015, 22:45:05 ET
Posted by: WAT,

Quite the opposite. The Wu. The elusive Second Arrangement

After everyone continued to bitch after the rarities shows four years, ago, who could blame them if they disregarded a poll????

Date: Sat, April 25, 2015, 14:43:59 ET
Posted by: Steve,

Damon: After everyone continued to bitch after the rarities shows four years, ago, who could blame them if they disregarded a poll????

Face it. all but 10 people at any SD concert just want to hear the hits and the Aja album played as close as possible to the original studio recordings. Otherwise, it's potty time, and not the kind where you kick off your high heeled sneakers.

Date: Sat, April 25, 2015, 14:01:40 ET
Posted by: Damon, New York

Take a peak at People select five Rush "rarities" songs they want to hear on the setlist and the results are sent to Rush. This is something the hardcore Steely Dan fanbase should do. But Donald & Walter might disregard the results of the poll.

Date: Sat, April 25, 2015, 08:36:08 ET
Posted by: Pogo, New Haven CT

I wish Joe Walsh sung the backup vocals on FM instead of Schmit. His voice is unmistakable and he's the funniest member of The Eagles.

Date: Sat, April 25, 2015, 05:02:01 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, slow lane

@detective on the case

Just a clarification regarding Frey's credits on FM soundtrack: He is NOT credited as (co)composer on the title track either, only on Bad Man and Life In The Fast Lane. I assume this is what you meant.

Mu, my thoughts exactly, as posted a few comments ago; one uncredited female backup singer and no Eagles except Schmit. You could be right about Floyd/ Sanders, I've no idea. I know they've been on a gazillion records.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 20:54:00 ET
Posted by: detective, on the case

The FM soundtrack is listed as he does have composer credits. But no mention of backing vocals on the title track. If he did sing on it, it's hard to imagine he would have left it out as this list seems pretty exhaustive.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 19:32:58 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Backup vocals and "No static at all" at the end of the chorus:

Tim Schmidt, Donald, maybe Frank Floyd or Zack Sanders. Possibly a female singer - sure sounds like it. Maybe Leslie Miller.

No Iggles as a group.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 09:04:34 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

assassin, you are most welcome.

I am struggling to remember if I saw that tour, and if I did, whether they played that. I would have caught them in Tampa area, so who knows. Can't say I recall really seeing them step too far out of the routine stuff down here over the years.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 08:55:56 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, make a guess

Manny, that absolutely makes sense. Comparing with e.g. Fire Lake, I still don't hear Frey or Henley's distinct voices on FM, though, or the harmonic signature that usually emerges from them singing with Schmit. I'd think if they were standing around a mic together, they'd almost automatically go into Eagle Mode. On Fire Lake it's all there. But of course it's possible that neither D&W nor The Eagles guys wanted it to sound too Eaglish and made sure it didn't. If so; excellent camouflage!

Thanks, casual fan!

2003 was indeed a good year for nice setlists with many new testament songs. EMG was played several times. And at the Universal Amphitheater they had Dean Parks on MOS and FM!

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 08:35:56 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

EMG live.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 08:19:06 ET
Posted by: Michael, @harmolodic

I play it every once in awhile. It's in Bb Major, although the middle section deviates for a time. Musicians can appreciate the way Donald navigates around the tonal spectrum, often moving in ways you wouldn't expect.

That's something which I think is sorely lacking in modern music: the element of surprise.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 08:14:20 ET
Posted by: Manny, R

D & W had just signed up with Irving Azoff and FM was his movie. That would have more to do with the Eagles being on the record than anything. And coming off of Hotel California, I could imagine Henley and Frey thinking they were too cool to be billed.

I listen to the outro of the Bob Seger hit Fire Lake with Schmidt, Henley and Frey and I think it's plausible that it's the same three on FM, but I'd want a better source than Sweet or Wikipedia citing Sweet. The Yacht Rock video doesn't count either.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 05:39:44 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, frequency modulated

RE: FM/ The Eagles

First; Wikipedia is not always a trustworthy source, and neither is Brian Sweet's book.

Second, when Schmit, Frey and Henley sing harmonies, it's normally not possible not to recognize them immediately. Their joined vocal forces is one of the strongest signatures in pop history, and they always sound like themselves. Henley's voice is always very recognizable in all contexts and should be almost impossible to hide in the mix, and Schmidt + Frey are so tight and intertwined, that when they just hum any melody together a capella they sound like 99% of The Eagles even without Henley. One of numberless examples of this sound found outside their own catalog is the break in Randy Newman's "Short People". Even a dinner table can hear it's them (+ J.D. Souther).

When Don & Walt hire particular people to do particular parts, they usually pick them because they have a signature that D&W think will fit the part and hopefully add to it. Sometimes, as we all know, they try a few guys and takes before they're satisfied. And they might use this contribution in a different way than the musician would've thought. But they don't murder it or hide/ obfuscate it to a degree where the signature is no longer noticable. Think Knopfler on Time Out Of Mind. If it wasn't supposed to sound like Knopfler, they wouldn't have used Knopfler.
If you hire Schmit, Frey and Henley to do backup vocals, you know exactly what you get, and if you don't want that (turn up The Eagles, the neighbors are listening), you hire someone else.
I admit that if any band in the world could have these three in the studio to do backup vocals, and end up with something that left just the smallest doubt about whether it was actually them after all, it would of course have had to be the Dan. But I just don't think it's possible. Using the Eagles and then trying to conceal it would be a meaningless detour.

What I often think I hear on FM, is some uncredited female backup vocals along with Don and Tim Schmit. Any thoughts?

Also, in connection with FM, I remember that Mr. Cosmo Creek, pedal steel, honored our forum a few years ago with his great personal story about how he was flown in to do the FM steel intro.

Last but not least, count me in on the bandwagon. Walter! I've no idea how many hours I've spent listening to FM with guitar in lap.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 02:00:16 ET
Posted by: search, k

Here's R.D on Letterman

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 01:22:27 ET
Posted by: lol,

@ the Sweet Bio

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 00:52:26 ET
Posted by: Manny, R

My copy of SD decade from the mid 80s only lists Tim Schmidt as singing on FM. Not Henley nor Frey. I've also never heard either of them acknowledge that they sang on it. It wasn't until the Sweet bio that I heard this claim, and I've seen looking for verification since. The Wikipedia page uses Sweet as a reference for that credit.

Date: Fri, April 24, 2015, 00:22:09 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Robert Downey Jr. on Late Show with David Letterman a few minutes ago. He just talked about his 50th birthday party with Duran Duran opening for Steely Dan. The crowd and Letterman went nuts when he mentioned Steely Dan. RDJ talked about how he was invited up onstage to sing "Reelin" in the Years." He was so excited to be on stage with Steely Dan that he forgot the words.

At the end RDJ segment, they cut to a commercial break with Paul S. and the band playing "Reelin' in the Years." They played it the whole break all the way through until they came back for the next guest.

Sharing the things we know and love with those of our kind,


Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 22:46:04 ET
Posted by: Urban Cowboy, Austin, TX

Just lookup the song "FM" on wikipedia. You'll see the backing vocals were done by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Tim Schmit. Three members of The Eagles.

Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 20:45:37 ET
Posted by: Lionel, denver

Urban Cowboy - What do you mean "The Eagles sang the backup vocals on FM". That's news to me. Actually, that's just not true.

Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 13:46:39 ET
Posted by: harmolodic, Guatemala City

I'm hearing those first three chords as a II-V-I, before the surprise half-step up to the next II-V. It's an amazing turnaround.

Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 11:26:03 ET
Posted by: Michael,

The Eb(b5) is a 7 chord, so it should be written something like Eb7-5.

Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 11:24:48 ET
Posted by: Michael,

I Can't Write Home About You is superbly written with excellent lyrics and an irresistible melody that just won't quit. Of special note is the turnaround sequence leading back to the verse, which if I'm not mistaken goes C#m7 - Dsus9/E - A/B - Bb/C - Eb(b5)

Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 10:09:20 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, U.K

I hear you Doc Mu. Janie Runaway somehow manages to sound so sparse but so full at the same time. I actually think the engineering of that whole album lends its self to their songwriting. I rank 2vN as their best album - offering sophisticated funk, jazz and pop songs that actually contain the feels (almost gothic)... but you know all this already. I must admit, I dont connect at all to SD lyrics with the exception of Deacon Blues!

Date: Thurs, April 23, 2015, 01:32:36 ET
Posted by: Urban Cowboy, Austin, TX

The Eagles sang the backup vocals on FM. Never cared much for the movie.

Date: Wed, April 22, 2015, 20:08:01 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

KD: If I had to choose the quintessential Steely Dan for effect, attitude, songwriting, and delivery it would be FM (Walter's guitar outtro version).

It is just bad@$$ with the funk (but not disco) R&B bass, iconic chords pounded by Donald., Jeff Porcaro holding down the backbeat, and Pete Christlieb on sax. Yes, Yacht Rock that's dark sarcasm. It just doesn't get any better than that.

Walter's bass on Janie Runaway had some of the same driving attitude as well.

Date: Wed, April 22, 2015, 19:23:54 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, elsewhere

Doc Mu, thanks for posting that Elvis Costello clip from SNL!! I remember that distinctly: I was already a fan of his music, and that performance -- the scowling, angry young nerd -- sealed the deal. I've been a fan ever since. The funny thing is that at the time I assumed the whole stop/song switch thing was part of the act!!

Date: Wed, April 22, 2015, 16:18:27 ET
Posted by: Bob,

Been interesting having the mini tour this April. Like a taste of summer early. Thank you, Dynamic Duo!

Date: Wed, April 22, 2015, 02:48:59 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

I Can't Write Home About You could have been this good:

Date: Tues, April 21, 2015, 22:13:39 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

EC banned for one of the greatest moments in SNL history, behind More Cowbell

with Bacharach - better than either's best?

Date: Tues, April 21, 2015, 20:52:08 ET
Posted by: KD,asdf

After it's all over, "FM" might be my favorite Steely Dan song because of one Walter Carl Becker. What a goddamned giant. What a maven of the rhythm, what a tolerater of the touch. What a player.

Date: Tues, April 21, 2015, 07:17:50 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Clubland

From Don's Rolling Stone tour diary p. VI:

"Like the previous Friday, most of the music I heard was in the c. 1965 Dylanesque mode, minus genius or anything like that. I've been hearing this stuff for more than a half-century and it's getting pretty dreary. Jeez, that's how I started out, more or less. I'm sure some of these guys don't even know they're doing early Bob. At least hip-hop, which is tough for me to listen to, has got a few genuine eccentrics with street energy and something to say. But wouldn't it be great to hear something as lively as, like, George Clinton, or Ian Dury and the Blockheads' There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards?"

Ian Dury? I can understand that Don would like the festival to be a different one, with different artists and different audiences, but even Azoff's plus Coachella's contacts and money alltogether couldn't buy the old cockney back on stage, since he's actually been dead since 2000. Clinton however, is probably still very much "lively", being only 74.

I saw EC warm up for SD in Molde, Norway in 2007. No sitting in either way. I like EC a lot, though a bit uneven, but can't see him onstage with SD. I know they had Winwood in Australia a few years ago, but he's a bit more like themselves; disciplined, smooth and predictable. I doubt Don in particular would let EC anywhere near his own set. EC's unpolished and direct style, his default punk attitude and spontaneity probably makes him a potential loose cannon in Don's mind.

One out of several Costello favorites of mine would be "Shot With His Own Gun" from Trust, 1981.

Date: Tues, April 21, 2015, 01:17:05 ET
Posted by: L.C., W

Nothing EC did ever clicked for me. Not really a Joe Jackson fan either, but he's at least come up with a small handful of songs I latched onto.

Date: Tues, April 21, 2015, 00:09:21 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Donald Fagen and Steely Dan: Trolling American Society Since 1972

Date: Tues, April 21, 2015, 00:04:57 ET
Posted by: old guy,

I was joking. That's what Fagen was saying about the Coachella acts.

I like "Veronica" quite a bit, but I haven't really gotten into EC beyond that. Maybe I'll fire him up on Spotify this week.

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 23:36:07 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Dylan is overrated.

Zappa is the real genius.

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 15:22:34 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Any chance the SD horns might play EC's Stalin Malone? I'm for it.

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 14:52:02 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


He sure did.

In other news, Steely Dan will be releasing a new album next month, playing two set shows this Fall and releasing all of their shows in soundboard quality downloads since hell has frozen over.

Walter will be singing Girlfriend as his solo spot on the upcoming tour as well.

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 14:39:53 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Did Fagen just begrudgingly acknowledge that hip hop has artistic value?!?!

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 14:19:39 ET
Posted by: Bruce, Napa CA

Last time I saw Elvis Costello was when he opened for The Police reunion tour back in 2008 at The Concord Pavillon in Concord CA. Elvis played for about 45 minutes. Sting came onstage toward the end to sing with Elvis. Elvis never joined The Police during their set.

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 13:58:53 ET
Posted by: Part, VI

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 13:56:41 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Gus, thanks for the updates.

I think if they had come out with that set night #1 people wouldn't have been as disappointed.

Pretzel Logic was only played twice last year, Do it Again 3 or 4 times, plus 2vN? Good set!

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 13:23:27 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

This is where at least three "two degrees of separations" add up to a whole point for post-worthiness:

Joe Jackson and Patti Austin to peform at SF Jazz event honoring Joni Mitchell:

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 10:45:16 ET
Posted by: geo, Bronx, NY

I don't like Elvis Costello, never have. Having him come out to play on Show Biz kids really wouldn't do much for me personally.

With Elvis opening, does that mean that SD set goes from 90 minutes to 60 minutes?

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015, 03:42:00 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, San Diego, CA

Steely Dan Humphrey's
San Diego, CA 19 April 2015

Setlist and brief report:

INTRO: Cubano Chant ~8:20 PM

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Two Against Nature
Show Biz Kids
Do It Again
Pretzel Logic (Carolyn on "Stop Time" vocals)
Dirty Work (Ladies rotating vocals)
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More (WB vocals)
Babylon Sisters
I Want To (Do Everything For You); Band Intros
My Old School
Reelin' In The Years

ENCORE: Kid Charlemagne
OUTRO: Untouchables Theme (~10:20 PM)

Some welcome changes in the setlist tonight, for me at least. Also a more energetic crowd than last night's, as far as I could tell from the front of the house. The band had some extra energy, probably because it was the last show for a while. IMHO Donald's vocals were strong tonight, especially considering that this was his third consecutive night performing. I did catch a couple of minor vocal flubs during Two Against Nature, but that was it.

Mr. Becker was also in fine form tonight, performing his usual lead contributions to Aja, Black Friday, and Show Biz Kids, and most of the lead guitar work on Pretzel Logic, with Jon performing the solo just before the stop time.

Another highlight tonight was Aja, with both Weiskopf and Carlock at their very best.

When the band came back for the encore, Walter presented bouquets to the ladies, and called out the crew to take a bow.

Date: Sun, April 19, 2015, 21:32:17 ET
Posted by: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Florida

Elvis Costello will be on the David Letterman Show this Thursday 4/23/2015.

Date: Sun, April 19, 2015, 14:11:48 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

They're going to do 'Show Biz Kids' together. Lock that in.

Date: Sun, April 19, 2015, 11:21:21 ET
Posted by: geo, Bronx, NY

I don't think they're going to do anything with Elvis Costello. He's going to open up and that's about it. He may sit in and sing back up vocals on MY Old School. Big deal

Date: Sun, April 19, 2015, 06:25:06 ET
Posted by: Just an opinion, on the current "tour"

I think we may have been incorrect in labelling these few dates around Coachella as a tour -- especially as it's Don and Walt who have done so. Judging from the setlists, there is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't call this "Jamalot Ever After 2015" or, more to the point, a little warm-up, taking in two Coachella dates -- wherein they would surely just have wanted to play hits and songs they were very comfortable playing. I'd see the setlists around Coachella as being Coachella warm-ups -- especially considering how nervous they seemed at those gigs. Walter's rap and Don's spiel about "Uncle Wally and Uncle Don" certainly confirm that in my opinion.

I'd say, let's see what happens this summer. Especially considering they've got "Special Guests" -- it's hard to be certain as to how they will be integrated to the show. Okay, Mike McDonald in 2006 was an opener and then returned for a sort of "reunion" section, but they were old band mates. Elvis Costello is not, so it'll be interesting to see what they do with him.

Let's see.

Date: Sun, April 19, 2015, 02:20:17 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, San Diego, CA

Steely Dan, Humphrey's
San Diego, CA 18 April 2015

INTRO: Cubano Chant ~8:20 PM

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Babylon Sisters
Show Biz Kids
Time Out Of Mind
Dirty Work (ladies rotating on vocals)
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More
I Want To (Do Everything For You); Band Intros
My Old School
Reelin' In The Years

ENCORE: Kid Charlemagne
OUTRO: Untouchables Theme ~10:10 PM

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 19:32:11 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

New pro shot video of Steely Dan performing Reelin' last night (4/17/2015) weekend 2 at Coachella on YouTube.

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 16:45:59 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

Another new Steely Dan video on YouTube: Hey Nineteen at Coachella 4/10/2015. Listen to Walter's rap!

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 15:51:39 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

That 'Show Biz Kids' video just reminds me why I love Steely Dan....groovetastic!

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 11:44:48 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

Two new videos from last week's Steely Dan performance at Coachella (4/10/2015): Black Friday & Bodhisattva (partial). Bodhisattva sounds highly energized with the crowd really groovin' to it.

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 10:35:09 ET
Posted by: Lake, Milwaukee

Why would they play the exact same setlist as weekend 1 at Coachella? Too lazy?

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 07:57:02 ET
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Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 07:06:46 ET
Posted by: seafoam mean, Bo-bay, CA

Coachella week 2

Black Friday
Hey Nineteen
Showbiz Kids
Reelin' in The years
Kid Charlemagne

I'm guessing Daddy Don't Live and Aja were in their respective spots.

" Allison Collins, 17, of Oklahoma City, said it was her first time seeing the group but she enjoyed it.

“I loved the drums,” she said of the group’s drummer Keith Carlock after their hour set. “And the guitars were really nice.” "

that's actually how the article ends

Date: Sat, April 18, 2015, 00:27:01 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, @Uncle Don's

Show Biz Kids from Coachella has that jazzy funked up jump tune feel. Tasty

Potter would eat this version alive.

Coachella realy dropped the ball not carrying this live

Date: Fri, April 17, 2015, 11:56:00 ET
Posted by: search, k

Here's the goofy horn duel of 2006.

Date: Fri, April 17, 2015, 10:52:02 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

another thought: This is what I figured as well. I think the song works better without the "hey 19" before every chorus, anyway

also, pretty sure becker has 10k in his wallet and 20mil in gear

Date: Fri, April 17, 2015, 09:02:23 ET
Posted by: Another thought,

I always figured they preferred the song without the 'Hey Nineteen' these days, just as an artistic decision. If it were the case that it was too difficult to sing, the backup singers could handle it. Just IMO.

Date: Fri, April 17, 2015, 07:48:11 ET
Posted by: My Guess, USA

I always assumed there was something difficult about singing it, half way in between singing and speaking, so he skips it.

Date: Fri, April 17, 2015, 03:21:20 ET
Posted by: Good King John,

Does anyone know why Donald doesn't actually sing the words 'hey nineteen' in performances?

Date: Fri, April 17, 2015, 02:45:56 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

I prefer Hey 19 as it was played back in 1993 when these tours were just beginning. No clowning around. Just Donald making some short offbeat remarks.

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 22:15:52 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

NVM Chris, I'm a complete moron and I mis-read your original post.

Those duels were great. Wish they would bring them back.

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 21:48:10 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Hey Chris, I've only heard the Pugh/Leonhart duels from Hey 19 in 2006. What does Walter go off on?

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 21:03:14 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Been listening to old boots this evening.

Anyone remember what was in place of Becker's Hey 19 rap in '06?

Hint: it's the goofiest fuckin' thing Steely Dan has ever done on stage.

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 20:55:50 ET
Posted by: Ringmaster Dan, The Steely Wheel Gets The Oil

An update on the SD Fan Webring.

It's been down and it's become challenging to find a stable and contemporary (as opposed to archaic) web ring host or script.

As such, I'm in the process of assembling a contemporary "Steely Dan White Pages" WordPress SQL database to replace the SD Webring. I hope to have it running tomorrow or over the weekend.

If you would like to be part of this unofficial SD Community links page or to offer input, please email ringmstrdan @

Thank you.

VIva Steely Dan!

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 19:19:05 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, Quizzy Jones

I would guess she's in Detroit
With lots of money in the bank
Although I could be wrong

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 19:09:17 ET
Posted by: Quiz, L

Quote a lyric where D & W speculated about someone's bank account.

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 17:57:03 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I know for a fact Walt has $8,903,287.44 in his savings, $21,834 in checking, 800k in real estate and $300k in CDs.

Donald has $11,487,110.21 in cash in a vault under his house, $380k in weed and 4mil stashed in a Fender Rhodes.

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 10:48:43 ET
Posted by: Sigh, .....

Ken - I'd say it was good old common sense that McCartney could piss away $1000 a minute on a whim, while D+W would certainly think twice. You got any common sense ? If not then shut the f*ck up.

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 10:01:04 ET
Posted by: ken,

Chet- Do you have access to D or W bank account? If not, please shut the f*ck up!

Date: Thurs, April 16, 2015, 00:13:11 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

Sir Paul can afford to drop 50K on something like that a lot more easily than SD. 50 grand was Don & Walt's bonus for winning the album of the year Grammy.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 22:10:58 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, erehwon

SO happy to see that Green Earrings is appearing as a staple on this year's set lists. Yes, we all have our fantasy set lists, but l'm just happy to see them put a lesser-played gem into the regular rotation.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 20:12:27 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

New Steely Dan video up on YouTube. It's Aja from the show in Paso Robles, CA last night.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 18:09:53 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

Some artists ignore Coachella's curfew rules and play beyond the curfew time. The charge is $1,000 per minute. Paul McCartney, The Cure and Prince did this. McCartney played 50-plus minutes past curfew time.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 16:22:13 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

They might have if they were given more time to play. Remember, they only had one hour to perform because of a curfew. I think Walter made a comment about this. Perhaps they'll play some recent material this Friday at Coachella.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 15:48:08 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Reading Donald's observations by the pool, pretty funny.
I am a little surprised that - if they are out to win over America's youth at Coachella, why there is nothing more recent in the set list.
"Kids" might compute something like Pixeleen, Gina, Tomorrow's girls, Bob's uncle, a little different than Boddhisatva, My old school or Show Biz Kids.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 15:37:52 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

Steely Dan performing Josie at Coachella is now up on YouTube.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 15:21:09 ET
Posted by: Hank, Phoenix, AZ

Songs that need to return to the setlist: Bad Sneakers, The Royal Scam, Don't Take Me Alive, Glamour Profession, Third World Man, Gaucho, Night by Night, New Frontier and anything from 2vN.

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015, 13:34:42 ET
Posted by: drewslo, San Luis Obispo

Paso Robles setlist:

1. Intro: Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover)
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Nineteen
5. Black Friday
6. Babylon Sisters
7. Show Biz Kids
8. Time Out of Mind
9. Godwhacker
10. Razor Boy
11. Bodhisattva
12. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
13. Green Earrings
14. Band intros: I Want To (Do Everything for You)(Joe Tex cover)
15. Peg
16. My Old School
17. Reelin' in the Years
18. Kid Charlemagne
19. Outro: The Untouchables (Nelson Riddle cover)

Looks like Josie is being given a rest. Excellent show.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 22:00:24 ET
Posted by: Ringmaster Dan,

The SD Fan Webring is down, but it will be back up tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, 2014.

If you would like to be part of this unofficial SD Community links page, please email ringmstrdan @

Thank you.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 21:54:05 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

More Steely Dan videos up on YouTube. This time from the Vegas show on April 11 performing Peg, FM and Kid Charlemagne.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 21:50:47 ET
Posted by: hoops, Bronzeville

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest went out yesterday and covers April 1-14, 2015, no foolin'. [The previous edition covered all of March 2015.]

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

- Re: Catch SD at Coachella Streaming Live on YouTube
- Preview This Year's SD Merch
- SPOILER: RS: Five Installments of DF's Tour Diary
- SPOILER: 4/7-Santa Rosa Setlist
- 4/7: Phasing Last Night's Experience in Santa Rosa
- SPOILER: Santa Rosa-4/7: : Rockabye Gollie Angel Opens
- SPOILER: Random stuff, on the internet
- SPOILER: Spin on SD
- Glide on Ten Rarities We Hope To Hear
- SPOILER: Billboard: SD Stands Tall at Coachella
- SPOILER: Fender Review of SD at Coachella
- transcript: wb, coachella monologue
- SPOILER: RS on SD: "Best Banter at Coachella
- SPOILER: YouTube: Show Biz Kids & Reelin' at Coachella
- SPOILER: SD Show Report, Vegas 11 April 2015
- DF's Top Secret Tape
- Cat Russell Performs the US National Anthem
- Cat Russell on SNL

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As I regularly remind subscribers, some people have problems with delivery of the Dandom Digest, usually because of their spam filters, firewalls, etc. That's why this sort of notice is posted here--so you are aware that you should have received the latest edition. Heck, if you want, email me privately that you DID get it. We had some issues last summer with it being delivered. If you are not currently a subscriber but would like to receive the free Dandom Digest email newsletter, please email me at hoops AT dandom DOT com or see

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Fly about as low, be so cool,


Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 18:42:03 ET
Posted by: wb, coachella monologue

You know what I'm talking about. You're young, but your minds are strong. I feel that. And we uh, came down here tonight to uh .... well, there were some financial considerations, I'm not gonna deny that. But we wanted to say, just in case anybody's listening: we're still here. We still got it. If you want it - come and get it. And that's right, and at the end -- at the end of this evening, you're gonna know, whether you liked it, you didn't like it, you loved it, you hated it, you liked it, then you loved it, then you hated it, whatever -- you're gonna know that your little tree has been shook and your little world has been rocked, and I'm gonna know that too myself. And that's the way it's gonna be, cause that's what we came here for. That's what we brought these guys here for. Uh-huh.

And then you head on home, and maybe - I don't know, everybody's got their own thing, you know? Some guys out there are sucking on pacifiers, there's guys out there that are seeing all kinds of colors, there's people that just plain-good-old-fashioned-had-a-couple-of-beers, and everything in between and when you head on home, you can twist it up, you can chop it up, you can roll it out, roll it out, roll it in; I don't care, whatever you wanna do. But I do suggest, I do suggest that, before you head into the magic chamber of love with your beloved, whomsoever she may be - or he may be - I would suggest you have yourself a little nightcap just to make it alright. I would suggest that you investigate the wisdom if the, uh, the people across the - what they now call - the border, you know? The original people of south California. Because they had a few things going, you know? They had a lot of things going as a matter of fact. And one of the things they had was some kind of, I don't know, moon pumpkin or something that they made this drink out of. It's a good drink and I haven't had it in a while, and I can't remember what it's called, but I know that somebody knows here. You pour it out, you chop up the lemon and it's a good-good-good-good-good-good-good and in case you're wondering, we brought some girls here and they're gonna tell you what that drink is. I know you don't like to ask for advice or help, but I'm asking right now: what's the name of that drink, girls?

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 18:04:35 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Love any rec where I can hear all the dope shit Freddie plays.

He and Carlock are so locked in after all these years that they have a psychic connection on top of being incredibly talented and tasteful musicians ...

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 17:11:34 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

@KD, Kid Charlemagne is COVERED in that nasty fuzz!

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 16:15:32 ET
Posted by: Good King John, No political significance

What are the odds of a 'pro shot' version of the Coachella set finding its way out there ala Bonn 2007 (currently on YouTube) or the 2006/2008 shows also out there? The reviews I've read all seem positive. Hopefully the second set this week is streamed.

Is it also reasonable to expect another European tour, ever? Surely there must be enough demand after 6 years (since 2009) for at least a London date... I guess it also depends what Carlock et all have booked after the summer.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 16:02:34 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Walter sounds like he added a pretty nasty fuzzbox to his arsenal, don't know if I've heard that before. Sounds good.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 14:46:01 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Reelin's up from Coachella (Donald sounding good, Walter still looks like he's struggling a bit health-wise)......

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 14:43:18 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

Two videos of Steely Dan at Coachella are up on YouTube: Show Biz Kids and Reelin'. Great powerhouse drum solo by Keith Carlock at the end of Reelin'.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 13:10:05 ET
Posted by: steelydoc, near the Tower was updated yesterday with the April 2015 Merch!

The merch will be updated again for the Summer leg of the tour...

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 11:32:23 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

AXS TV will be airing the second weekend of Coachella beginning April 17. No mention yet if they will be broadcasting Steely Dan's set.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 08:02:25 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, jazzassinATgmailDOTcom

Goody goody, Vito! Feel away! Feel free to feel very strong, actually! We're ready!

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 04:33:02 ET
Posted by: Vito, MA

I feel they are going to go overseas and do a European tour in the Fall.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 01:46:32 ET
Posted by: Wes, N

Any chance they will announce more dates without Elvis Costello? Herington's website is showing Sep 19 as his first personal gig after the SD tour. Carlock and Walt W have nothing listed after the last SD show on Aug 12.

Date: Tues, April 14, 2015, 00:19:37 ET
Posted by: Will, Pass

It's a shame, but this will be the first tour I miss since they (re)started back in '93. I've seen them all, but since the set list is once again basically the same as the past few tours, I just can't justify going anymore. I almost didn't go last year, but broke down and went, but gotta admit, I was terribly bored with hearing the same stuff for the umpteenth time.

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 21:34:09 ET
Posted by: Flint, Sarasota FL

Strange. I haven't seen any videos up on YouTube since this tour began. Is security banning people from trying to record the concert on their cell phones?

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 18:18:02 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Sounds good Chris.

I'd like to hear it, i've included my email with my handle, drop me a line.

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 18:06:42 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I've heard a recording of Coachella. Basically sounds like last year. Band is great, Fagen in very good voice. Becker sounds like he has the past few tours.

It's too bad it wasn't webcast because it's a very solid performance and a nice, tight set. I like Bodhisattva as an opener quite a bit.

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 15:16:08 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I wish they'd start writing together as well, but we also have had five albums between The Two/The Dan over the last 15 years, so we're lucky in that regard.

I don't really think the trifle of Donald spending 30 minutes on what essentially is an email (a hilarious, brilliant, refreshing RS's site in order to see the newest one, email) is all that big a hindrance.

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 14:32:30 ET
Posted by: Vito, Eating at Taco Bell

I like Donald's tour diaries, but I'd rather see him writing new songs.

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 11:12:31 ET
Posted by: search, k

This reviewer appears to be showing off his knowledge of the original studio musicians.

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 10:56:47 ET
Posted by: Mr. Belzoni, Funway West

I agree, same old stuff, I am at the point of why even bother to go every year to see the same songs you've heard every other time despite their changed arrangements. What a shame because their "back catalog" is extra good too! It pains me to say it but my wife and I will save our $200-300 piasters and enjoy it elsewhere.
Regretfully Mr. B

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 10:29:04 ET
Posted by: VegasDan, Lost Wages

Walter was wearing a boot on his right foot in Las Vegas. Did he break something?

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 10:28:57 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Was checking youtube for any SD videos from Coachella (surprisingly, there are none, at least that I can find), and came across this, which I thought was quite humorous.

Give it at least 15 seconds. You'll see (hear).

Date: Mon, April 13, 2015, 09:34:14 ET
Posted by: Coachella, Setlist

01 Bodhisattva
02 Black Friday
03 Hey Nineteen
04 Show Biz Kids
05 Aja
06 Daddy Don’t Live in New York City No More
07 Josie
08 My Old School
09 Reelin’ in the Years
10 Kid Charlemagne

Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 23:34:31 ET
Posted by: Blake, San Diego

Check out Roger Glenn's Facebook page. He'll be the opening act on this short California tour in April. Nice photo of Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, La Tanya Hall and Donald Fagen frowning as usual.

Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 17:26:59 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Thanks for the tour updates, Gus, Joan, Scurvy, Moe, & Mu and everyone else!


Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 17:12:50 ET
Posted by: hoops, ravenswood mariano's, the best grocery store in the world, where they have a jazz combo, currently playing hotel california

Thanks to Security Joan and anyone else who alerted me to the spam issue. I'm switching computers and have allergy-sinus season to contend with, so the extra effort is appreciated.

I think I was able to retrieve every one of the genuine posts. Please email me privately if your item since April 8th is missing. The spam is all automated.

I'm always excited to see Our Guys out there playing again. I'm sure setlists read like some ledger and tell far from the whole story. Would have loved to have been there to hear Walter give his bit about "we got it" and Donald introduce themselves as "Uncle Walter and Uncle Donald."

The "Rolling Stone" diary from DF comes off a lot better to me than the second part of "Eminent Hipsters." I have an idea of why that's my preference.

Fly low and be cool.


Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 12:38:20 ET
Posted by: Moe Greene, Vegas Baby!

1. Intro: Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover)
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Nineteen
5. Black Friday
6. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
7. Show Biz Kids
8. Time Out of Mind
9. Godwhacker
10. Dirty Work
11. Bodhisattva
12. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
13. FM (No Static at All)
14. Band intros: I Want To (Do Everything for You)(Joe Tex cover)
15. Peg
16. My Old School
17. Reelin' in the Years
18. Kid Charlemagne
19. Outro: The Untouchables (Nelson Riddle cover)

Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 11:45:34 ET
Posted by: TOOM, Here, there . . . everywhere!

Same old set list. C'mon man!!

Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 04:22:58 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Las Vegas, NV

Steely Dan, Pearl at the Palms
Las Vegas, NV 11 April 2015

Setlist and brief report

INTRO: Cubano Chant (~9:03 PM)

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Show Biz Kids
Time Out Of Mind
Dirty Work (Ladies rotating on vocals)
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More
I Wanna Do (Everything For You); Band Intros
My Old School
Reelin' In The Years

ENCORE: Kid Charlemagne

OUTRO: Untouchables Theme (~10:53 PM)

As this is written I have not checked the Bluebook reports since this mini-tour started, so please excuse any observations which repeat what the rest of you have already been discussing.

No surprise additions to the setlist tonight; I think we got something closer to a standard show than to a "Casino Show". Based on some on-stage exchanges during the band intros, I would guess that Josie was dropped from the setlist to get the crowd out the door before 11:00 PM. There was an opening act, which I think was the Roger Glenn Trio. They started at 8:00 and performed a 35 minute set.

IMHO Donald's voice was just OK through the first few numbers, and got noticeably stronger starting on Black Friday and continuing through the end of the set.

Highlights for me tonight were Show Biz Kids and Bodhisattva; the former got some local appreciation, of course. But the crowd overall was not too energetic, until MOS.

Date: Sun, April 12, 2015, 02:37:25 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Mizar Bar

8:43 p.m. Donald Fagen is ripping a melodica solo in the middle of “Aja” and I’m dead. Man, fuck riblets. Steely Dan is the truth. The maestro’s got a 13-piece band up there—14 if you include the sign-language interpreter, and you should because she’s killing it—and their soft yet angular dad-jazz feels exactly as ostentatious and effortless as it should. Is someone smoking hash? Yes, someone is definitely smoking hash, and I’m standing in front of Mac DeMarco while Walter Becker scat-talks to us about sipping on Cuervo Gold. I regret missing the ASL worker translate, “I was the dandy of Gamma Chi,” but when a stranger hands me a cup of actual tequila my concern disappears. Hey Nineteen, it turns out we can dance together—when “Reelin’ in the Years” hits, the place goes up like DJ Snake just dropped “Turn Down for What.”

Oh, and ALL HAIL Coachella Hostess KIMBRA

After about 15 sec of'll feel the warp jazz drive.

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 22:44:51 ET
Posted by: Scurvy Brother, The Wire

FWIW, Here's an approximate setlist based on the articles:

Hey 19
Black Friday
Daddy Don't Live
Show Biz Kids
My Old School
Kid Charlemagne

Notable confirmed cuts: Peg, Rikki

Any others?

Was there an intro/outro? Band intros?

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 14:24:19 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, Far from Coachella

OK, I've done my full social media/online scan, and have yet to find a single negative peep about Steely Dan at Coachella -- by all accounts, they blew everyone away. All the naysayers and haters have magically disappeared. So if anyone has a) full text of WB's "Hey Nineteen" rant, which sounds like it was one for the ages, and/or b) video, please share!!!! I loved this quote: "We're here, we still got it, and if you want it come and get it… You're gonna know that your little tree has been shook, and that your world has been rocked." Hell, yeah.

Looking forward to Donald's next "Donny's Southwestern Adventure" installment in Rolling Stone -- BTW, I'm convinced they are doing this series in penance for the hatchet job they did of his interview in '13 (they make a point of saying that it is "unedited"). Go, Donald.

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 10:06:44 ET
Posted by: Again, coachella

Same setlist again.

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 08:51:26 ET
Posted by: Casual fan, Orlando

Reading some of the reviews this morning it seems that the band was well received by most attendees, even those in their 20s. Good music is ageless, especially when actually played, and not tracked or lip synched. Not that their egos need the boost, but I imagine their is a well earned sense of satisfaction for the band today.

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 07:38:29 ET
Posted by: Ned, US

Did DF collect his royalties on this?

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 05:58:49 ET
Posted by: Phil, Pau

Hey Deacon blues, being on the schedule for screaming doesn't necesarilly mean a band is on the schedule for streaming. I don't know if the joke was intended but it made me laugh, thank you for that !

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 04:38:33 ET
Posted by: Random stuff, on the internet

"If anyone was catching Steely Dan at Coachella Friday night, with the intention of spending a nostalgic evening listening to some light classic rock, guitarist Walter Becker put that notion to rest almost immediately.

That's not what this was.

"We're still here. We've still got it. And if you want it. You'll have to come and get it," said Becker after joking that there were some monetary considerations that brought them here as well. So he challenged the mixed crowd of young and old fans to prepare to be entertained. And they were.

And Becker's proclamation rang true. Frontman Donald Fagen and Becker, surrounded by a talented mix of horns, guitars, backup singers and drummer, rocked and rocked hard for their allotted hour.

And I'm not talking about, "Hey, this isn't bad for some old-timers." This was, "Man, these guys are wailing right now."

The 67-year-old Fagen still has the same distinctive voice that is somehow raspy and smooth at the same time. He was in his element, certainly, but there were moments when he looked out at the sea of people and just said "Wow."

The band delighted fans with their classics "Hey Nineteen" (which people near me called the Cuervo Gold song) and "Reelin' in the Years" late. One hit left on the cutting-room floor was "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" but the crowd was satisfied nonetheless.

When it was over, Becker reiterated twice that the curfew was what was stopping them, just to make sure the crowd didn't think they only had an hour's worth of magic in them.

"Curfew. Cur-phooey," he lamented with his closing words."

Date: Sat, April 11, 2015, 00:57:01 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Anyone got the Periscope app for iPhone?

Several folks in the crowd were running Periscope channels, aka "personal real-time streaming videos."

But, you need the app to connect to, and view, someone's channel.

Might be something to investigate before next weekend.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 23:45:57 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 00

lotsa photos and updates here

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 23:43:57 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Fittingly, Interpol is playing Everything is Wrong.

They are some kind of weird hybrid of REM, the Cure, and U2...not necessarily in a great way.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 22:54:04 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

The Outdoor Stage is up on Coachella Youtube Channel #1 right now. T- 15 minutes & closing.

Tasty Alabama Shakes set right now. Worth tuning in.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 19:22:01 ET
Posted by: Blake, San Diego

Yes. From what I've read at, not every set at Coachella will be streamed. Steely Dan isn't on the webcast schedule. Nor is AC/DC. Booo!

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 19:02:08 ET
Posted by: Todd, N CA

If you click on 'Tame Impala', you get their streaming video performance time/channel. This morning SD had a time/channel but it's no longer there. And there seem to be some acts that will be streamed but this page doesn't say so. Perhaps it's just that the whole thing is seriously fucked up and disorganized. Or it could be a copyright thing as it doesn't appear AC/DC will be streamed either and they seem to remain wildly popular.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 19:01:20 ET
Posted by: Lee, Tampa

On the following page it shows them playing tonight from 8:15-9:15:

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 18:41:48 ET
Posted by: DeaconBlues16,

I see Steely Dan under artists. But I don't see them on the schedule for screaming... not sure how set in stone these things are or if they are waiting to announce it or something like that.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 17:14:14 ET
Posted by: Todd, N CA

It was there earlier, bands listed Friday now stops at first letter P...maybe it will come back??

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 17:01:01 ET
Posted by: TheFez, Boston

Me either???

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 16:49:20 ET
Posted by: ?, ?

Sorry - I don't see Steely Dan listed for that date and time under 'artists.' I don't see them anywhere.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 14:35:44 ET
Posted by: Todd, Dan @ Coachella

This page indicates the Dan show will be broadcast Saturday at 6:30 Pacific on Coachella Channel 1:

Click 'Artists' and you'll see.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 14:00:10 ET
Posted by: mr parker, socal

No Coachella couch tour for Dan

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 13:42:53 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Sounds as if Donald may have a cold for Coachella 1.

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 10:16:08 ET
Posted by: chris, nh

just a note - Steely Dan isn't currently on any lists of webcasts that I can find. Apparently they tend to add the bigger names later in the day, so hopefully that's the case for them.

I'm assuming everything will be up on in the next few hours?

Date: Fri, April 10, 2015, 06:20:07 ET
Posted by: Rip, Off

Hey, it's the lame tour mach V!

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 22:28:40 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

I read the DF tour notes, and I'll take any insight that I can get. When it comes to insight, though, it's hard to top this:

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 21:09:17 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says when are the sets list that for the Blue is famous?

Also, Vlad says for one request if someone tells the band. Please for the Don't Takes Me Alive. They are playing it many years ago, with fantastic.

Vlad outs!!!!!

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 15:08:59 ET
Posted by: Abu, Searching for a Diamond

Proud to be Your Slave is now on Youtube, as discussed previously, performed by Diamond Head. Of course, it was penned by WB & DF. The flip side of that 45 rpm record from 1975 is entitled "All For the Love of Music". If anyone has this rare record, please send me an e-mail. So far, I have found out that Diamond Head's lead singer and bass player was Ray Hosino, who apparently died back in the 70's in a car accident. Another band member was Bob (or Bobby) Cabral, who played trumpet, trombone, and sax. Ray Hosino can be heard on another tune from 1973 called "If That's the Way That You Want It" by the same group. Link below:

Another song is "What Do I Do on Sunday Morning". Does this sound like the same lead vocalist as PTBYS? Decent voice, IMHO.

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 14:19:11 ET
Posted by: godwhacker, 0

I'm loving this talk about Walter.

Maybe he's inspired again and from some photos I've seen he has lost some weight/looks more focused.

Go Walter!

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 13:29:53 ET
Posted by: TO Danfan, cool diary

Thanks for posting the link to the diary. Enjoying it a lot so far.

I'm hoping it inspires Don to continue writing for the rest of the tour. Then use it as the second half of a new book. Ideally the first half would be juicy stories from Steely Dan's long musical journey.

Looking forward to the feed Friday night. Thanks for that link too.


Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 13:27:20 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

As I was trying to type on my phone last night, fantastic show.
Opening act was a jazz band, I missed it.
SD played over 2 hours.Sound was great.
Deacon Blues, 2VN, Home at last all on the set list.
Deacon Blues was played in a slightly different tempo it seemed, really chill. Walt Weisskopf on not 1 but 2 solos!
Keith really cut loose on Aja, a little more even than on opening night.
But Walter was incredible - have not seen him play with this much gusto in a while. Sounded sharp, took a lot of solos and leads and was just great throughout, focused, energized.
They are truly peaking right now, it's almost scary.

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 12:27:22 ET
Posted by: Part, II

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 11:13:02 ET
Posted by: Bobby, Boulder CO

Was Walter really the opening act at the show in Santa Rosa last night? I saw the setlist at and it looks better with Deacon Blues, Two Against Nature and Razor Boy.

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 02:24:39 ET
Posted by: LLutz, santarosa

Walter ownedshgow. Two against nature Deacon blues. Home a at last

Date: Thurs, April 09, 2015, 00:58:04 ET
Posted by: Bobby, Boulder CO

Thanks for the info. Really looking forward to watching the live stream of Steely Dan at Coachella. For some reason, I'm interested in what Walter will say during his Hey 19 rap.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 23:28:36 ET
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Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 23:18:33 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, East Of Hollywood

Coachella schedule shows Sir Walter & The Donald + Co. @ 8:15-9:15pm.
That's 11:15 ET. I doubt they start before 11:45 though.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 22:15:51 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


KD - same as it ever was

I think Donald has one more album in him.

Looking forward to the new MH offering.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 21:13:24 ET
Posted by: Ports, Mpls


Thanks, great album 70 Strong has a nice vibe.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 19:44:40 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

While I'm hoping to see Don/Walt & Co. dust off "Here at The Western World", "Any Major Dude.." and maybe even "The Second Arrangement", I don't blame them for having a "safe" setlist for the first night of their new tour.
The boys are just getting their feet wet..why be dangerous on Night #1 of the tour ?

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 17:16:00 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The stasis is hardly unexpected, which is just as much of a shame as the actual setlist. We knew it was going to be like this.

It's OK to enjoy this great band, and even spend quite a bit of money to see this great band, while acknowledging the fact that they are a nostalgia act at this point.

And for a lot of us (though not enough of us, apparently) that nostalgia can't even be linked to the giddiness of listening to TvN for the first time before you were even legally allowed to buy beer.

Put it this way: It's been nearly 24 hours since the show and I haven't even bothered to go to YouTube to see if someone took any video of Tuesday's show. I have read Donald's two tour diaries over and over again today, because they're NEW.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 16:59:31 ET
Posted by: Buzzy, CA

What a shame. No songs from 2vN or EMG.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 16:05:22 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

You're right, Scurvy I was just going to post that as well.
Went though the set list in a hurry and slight daze this morning...

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 15:19:49 ET
Posted by: Scurvy Bro, Asleep?

Things I Miss The Most was not played last night.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 15:03:59 ET
Posted by: casual fan, orlando

Does anyone know any of the details regarding the live stream from Coachella on SiriusXM? I tried to find information online about the schedule, and found some materials just generally saying some of the acts will be streamed on Alt-Radio channel, and some on a secondary channel. But so far unable to find anything saying for sure which acts will be streamed, and on which channel.

Also, given the fact that the average age of the audience members is going to be cut by more than in half for these shows relative to the usual audience, I'm wondering if they might not change the set list up, maybe substitute more uptempo material in certain spots.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 14:57:35 ET

Fwiw: I fking love the Cubana Chant, really gets the show off to a roaring start. I see nothing wrong with that set list. Just for the
record: someone not posting the Into or band intros on FM Set list is not uncommon. *double negative anyone)

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 14:39:45 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Separated at birth...

..."stern critic of the contemporary scene" DF & novelist Larry Kramer?

Uncanny resemblance in this NYT photo, even down to the half-sneer & hornrims.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 12:55:05 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Lutz, glad to hear that about their attitude and energy. Also glad to hear Walter looks better than he has for a while (he gave me a scare last year when I saw him fall and have to catch himself going up the stairs to the stage).

I just wish they would change the damn setlist.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 11:42:56 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, snare skin jacket

Thanks, seafoam mean & Lutz! TIMTM? That counts as half a bone at least, I think. How was the sound?

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 10:31:16 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Great show last night,
posted set list is correct.
One could tell they were happy to perform,
Donald and Walt both energetic and appreciative of the audience.
Seems like Walt trimmed down a little which is great news for the future.
Weisskopf and Rosenberg really stepped up,
so good to see Keith on the drums again - at this point it's hard to imagine anyone else there.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 08:27:39 ET
Posted by: Jazzassin, fat lady, singing

Just a quick recommendation

New album: Steve Gadd Band / 70 Strong.

Bass: Jimmy Johnson (J. Taylor, A. Holdsworth)
Keys/ Organ/ Accordion: Larry Goldings (W. Becker/ Circus Money)
Trumpet/ Flugelhorn: Walt Fowler (F. Zappa, J. Taylor, J. Guitar Watson)
Guitars: Michael Landau (Where to begin? M. Jackson, J. Mitchell, M. Davis, Boz Scaggs, Glen Frey, Pink Floyd ...)

Funky stuff. Five seconds into the first track I started to laugh out loud, once again realizing 95% of recorded drums in history sound like something else. This is the shit, drumsoundwise.

Overall impressingly good songs, infectious high spirit and playful attitude from all involved. Excellent, exemplary dry sounding production.

Review from SoundStage:

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 08:11:28 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

Santa Rosa. Whine country indeed.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 07:29:47 ET
Posted by: Fed Up, anytown

You gotta be kidding me! Seriously?! The same ol' crap again! How many times are they gonna rehash this relatively same set list?! This is ridiculous!!

Even in tours past, they used to come up with a different intro and outro piece of music. No wonder we can't get a new album from them...they've got nothing new in those wee-small heads of theirs.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 05:53:06 ET
Posted by: Lazlo,

Seriously, what's the point? I give up. Why did they even stop last year? They might as well have just carried on playing through the winter. Talk about the Never Ending Tour...

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 05:29:33 ET
Posted by: seafoam mean, Bo-Bay, CA

Santa Rosa 1st night!

Cubana Chant
Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Showbiz Kids
Time Out Of Mind
Green Earrings
Dirty Work
Things I Miss The Most
Daddy Don't Live in NYC no more.
Babylon Sisters
Band something or other.
My Old School
Reelin in the years

Kid Charlemange

Untouchables Theme

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 04:57:14 ET
Posted by: Lazlo,

So, someone post a real one! Come on! We have DF and WB's reputation to consider here!

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 04:19:22 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I erased that most likely erroneous setlist. After seeing that the person who posted it had no prior posts, I took it down and left a comment explaining.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 04:10:42 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

also, someone posted photos of the first song on instagram etc. it looked like aja led things off

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 04:09:27 ET
Posted by: Lazlo,

For the record, this is the guy who posted:

No concert attendances.

Let's see...

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 04:07:11 ET
Posted by: Lazlo,

I think that must be a fake. No way they'd play a show like that after last year. Also, no band intros number, no outro tune. I think this is some disgruntled "fan" making a point -- which worked, because we all went, "Yup, I'm not going this year. Fuck them." Let's wait and see...

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 03:55:31 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

i hope that is a fake set....

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 02:39:17 ET
Posted by: Big Jake, NY

Somebody posted the setlist for last night's Santa Rosa show at It sucks. Same old tired songs like last year. Sorry, but I'm skipping this tour.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 02:00:07 ET
Posted by: Norman, Los Angeles

First show in Santa Rosa must be over by now. I can't sleep. I just gotta know what they played. Sure hope somebody posts the setlist.

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015, 01:45:51 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, Waiting for July...

Lutz, hoping you will not be too tired to post a set list !!

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 19:05:53 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Will try to do so, GW.
2 hour drive home and work at 6 am.
Anything dramatic will get posted before that time.

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 15:55:48 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy

Cheers to the start of the tour tonight! I appreciate reading the reviews from the cool kids, so have a blast and savor the vibes! I'll be joining the party starting in Mountain View. Safe travels, too; Uber and the like and Joe the Cabbie are worth every penny!

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 14:42:51 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

You're welcome, guys.

Lutz, make sure and report back!

I don't know how far you have to travel etc. but if posting it after the show is too much of a hassle I'll post it if you e-mail it to me.

I've included it in my handle.

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 14:02:16 ET
Posted by: bull, crap

Donald fricken knows who ac/dc is,he knows he has heard their music.
Donald, your too cool for pop radio routine is getting old!

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 13:53:23 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Thanks Godwhacker for that,
they played at Iron Man's 50?
That would have been a cool ticket.
Going tonight to Santa Rosa.
Tickets were relatively cheap compared to Silicon Valley
the last few years, 100 - 140 in a 1800 seat venue.
I thought they cut a deal and used the venue for rehearsals prior,
but they already played the gig in LA so who knows.

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 11:38:29 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Godwhacker - Great find. Can't wait to see what he has to say about all the Native American headdresses at Coachella ...

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 11:19:32 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 01:25:42 ET
Posted by: Viking, Boston

Yeah. Who's going to the first show in Santa Rosa? The California West Coast people get lucky this year. I'm hoping they pull out "Here at the Western World".

Date: Tues, April 07, 2015, 00:34:07 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

Do we have a reporter going to tomorrow night's show?

If they open with Cousin Dupree and close with Kulee Baba we need to know with expediency.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 21:37:21 ET
Posted by: Sledge, Texas

Do you think Keith Carlock will perform with Toto when/if Steely Dan's tour ends on August 12?

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 20:40:23 ET
Posted by: Dorothy, Kansas

8/7 Mashantucket CT Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/8 Newark NJ New Jersey PAC
8/9 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Hotel Casino
8/11 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center
8/12 Baltimore MD Pier Six Pavilion
8/14 Huber Heights OH Music Center at The Heights
8/15 Sterling Heights MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/16 Chicago IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly
8/18 Des Moines IA Iowa State Fair - Grandstand
8/19 Saint Charles MO Family Arena
8/21 Biloxi MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Beau Rivage Theater
8/22 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/23 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/25 Houston TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion
8/26 San Antonio TX Majestic Theatre
8/27 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
8/30 Littleton CO Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield
8/31 Salt Lake City UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
9/2 Tucson, AZ AVA Amphitheater
9/4 Scottsdale AZ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9/5 Pala CA Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
9/6 Los Angeles CA The Greek Theatre
9/8 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery
9/10 Shelton WA Little Creek Casino Resort - Event Center
9/11 Airway Heights WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
9/12 Coquitlam BC Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 16:18:30 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


it is amazing what changing the first song and about 5 others can do, isn't it?

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 15:27:11 ET
Posted by: Abu, On the Monkey bars

Your welcome, Don Breithaupt.. thanks for the preview and update. You guys are getting better all the time. Looking forward to the new one, for sure.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 15:01:30 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

Don, nice to have some more info on the new Monkey House album! It's hard to wait considering Headquarters is such a masterpiece, but then again so is a ton of your older Monkey House material (cheesy drum machines and all). Plus at least we got the Breithaupt Brothers Songbook album recently for something a little different, but still fantastic.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 13:39:53 ET
Posted by: stuman, Chicago

to UK fan seeking Ravinia tickets. I hope that you can get PAVILLION tickets. The LAWN AT RAVINIA SUCKS. You cannot see the band and the sound is horrible. Plus, the mosquitoes will eat you alive.
Hopefully there are pavilion tickets available. The Ravinia donors who spend $350 to DONATE to Ravinia get first crack a month or two before general public. Last time Santana came they gobbled up all the pavilion seats before general public. I will try and get pavilion also but WILL NOT go if only lawn seats are available.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 11:23:11 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Monkey House - Headqurters.....nice album...I very much recommend

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 09:37:22 ET
Posted by: Vincent, UK

Circumstances have worked such that I may be able to make one of the the Ravina shows in late July. I've seen them a fair few times now (every UK tour since 1996, coupla times in the US). Like many posters here, us TRUE FANS seek deep cuts and grimace when some 'bro punches the air to "Reeling in the years". I currently refrain from buying tickets because; a) they don't go on sale until 28th April; and b), is if going to be the same-old same-old? Steely Dan are in the Stevie Wonder position of having so many choice songs that leaving one out will upset someone. But they don't have to play "I just called to say "'I love you'", or the same arrangements... do they? It's their gig, and there are only so many songs they CAN play given their views on the back catalogue. So when it comes down to it, are we tuckered out by hearing what is a finite songbook, and it's our problem? Whatever, PM me if you are going to the Ravina shows (and is it a good venue?), as there may be a limey looking for people to behave badly with.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 09:23:18 ET
Posted by: HiFi, Square


I'm used to 16 or more.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 09:07:29 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Godwhacker, the 08 Cincinnati show is one of my favorites. 08 had fantastic setlists.

One thing I love about that particular recording is Freddie Washington is a little higher in the mix than I'm used to hearing. He has some very tasteful fills and is incredibly locked in with Carlock. The Royal Scam title track almost becomes a bass showcase.

Date: Mon, April 06, 2015, 06:36:19 ET
Posted by: fagenism, She go (I cry)

Another 8-bit rendition from MrHopeTelevision, this time of Sign In Stranger. The attention to detail here - particularly in the instrumental parts - is fairly impressive.

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 22:22:10 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

Abu, Doc Mu — You have no idea how gratifying it is to check in on the BlueBook and find raves about Monkey House / Headquarters. Thank you thank you thank you. Preproduction for the next album is almost done… At least 11 songs, probably more; several big guests + co-writers, some Dan-related, very hush-hush for now! The plan is to track + mix this fall in Toronto + L.A., and release in early '16. Everything got pushed back when we got a Japanese release on Headquarters (imminent). The new album's working title is Left. It'll be out on Alma/Universal in North America, and I'll be co-producing with Peter Cardinali.

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 19:02:51 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

That Bonn show is great. There is one from Cincinatti in 2008 that has Everything You Did, Royal Scam, The Fez, Glamour Profession, New Frontier etc.

I included my email in this reply, I can point you in the right direction if you want it.

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 18:29:26 ET
Posted by: thefez, Boston

Well, I suppose if he did not like it they would not be doing RS album nights. Would not mind at all the same treatment for Katy Lied or Countdown to Ecstasy.

BTW - This link popped up on my FB feed yesterday.

It's a 2007 Heavy Rollers show from Bonn, Germany but it was just posted in the last few weeks. It does not suck.

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 18:20:33 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I agree about Green Earrings, I went through my most played tracks in Clementine (music player I use with Linux) two days ago. I have played the live Green Earrings (mostly soundboard boots) versions some 82 times in a month!

When I ran into Donald in Tulsa two years ago I jokingly asked him if they'd play all of the Royal Scam that night.

His response?

"That'd be fun."

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 18:10:27 ET
Posted by: TheFez, Boston

Regarding Royal Scam I concur, although I do have a soft spot for Green Earrings as it was the first SD song I ever heard live (Rock & Soul Review). I would love to hear them play 'Haitian Divorce' faithfully to the album (no Walter singing), Caves and the title track.

It's also unfortunate they are not fond of CBAT. Other than 'Do It Again' (great rendition last tour), Reeling and girls doing Dirty Work I don't recall hearing anything else from their debut album. I think it would be great to hear 'Midnight Cruiser', 'Kings' or 'Only a Fool...' live.

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 14:17:33 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Agree with Godwhacker, though am a little more at ease that song lists probable won't change that much and happy with the fact that we get to see them again so soon.
My first show was in '96 and we had no idea how lucky we were, seeing all the deep cuts live.
That doesn't change my fantasy of seeing Snowbound replace Dirty Work and Circus Money (not even my absolute favorite on CM) replace Daddy NYC - imagine the dynamic that would add to the shows.
Maybe something hip off EMG or SC will be pulled off for the Coachella Kids?

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 10:16:56 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0


I really wish they would remember that The Royal Scam has more than two songs!

Also, I know they say they don't want to lose the audience, which I understand, but half of the people at the shows the last two years didn't even know Show Biz Kids!

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 09:48:03 ET
Posted by: thefez, Boston

I stand corrected. It was the 2013 Mood Swings tour we caught at the Beacon. Time flies! Last year for the Jamelot tour we saw them at the Providence Performing Art Center. First time we had been there, nice venue.

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 09:25:14 ET
Posted by: T.C., CT

There was a Beacon show last year?

Date: Sun, April 05, 2015, 09:06:52 ET
Posted by: TheFez, Boston

I agree completely with your thoughts on the upcoming SD tour, Godwhacker. We made the trip last year to see them at the Beacon and although it was a very good show, it seemed a bit stiff and like they were somewhat going through the motions (at the Beacon no less). Really hoping they mix it up this time around.

I too will be seeing RUSH in Boston in June. As it is being toted as likely being their last 'big' tour (and Geddy and Alex seem to be confirming this), I'm hoping they too reach back and play some deep cuts. Alex has alluded to it and knows that's what the hard core fans want. I first saw them in '79 at the Music Hall (Wang Center now) and they always put on a solid show.

Date: Sat, April 04, 2015, 23:17:12 ET
Posted by: Godwhacker, 0

I agree with the lack of chatter. I have my ticket for the Dallas show and I'm looking forward to it. I hate to admit it though, I'm not as excited as I was in past years (my first tour was EMG was I was 21). 2008 was very exciting because of the shaken up setlists. 2009 and 2011 had some rarer things being played. 2013 was good, 2014 seemed to be just....more of the same.

I am holding out hope that they pull a 2008 and shake things up. Not that it matters but I would like to see this happen....

Drop the following: Replace With:
Black Friday Night By Night
Show Biz Kids Janie Runaway
Aja Countermoon/Teahouse
Time Out of Mind Godwhacker (all shows)
Kid Charlemagne The Royal Scam
Dirty Work The Fez
Daddy Don't Haitian Divorce
I want to Do Everything.. Parker's Band

/fantasy over.

I've got tickets to see one of the other bands mentioned (Rush) twice.
They're big fans of static setlists. Their last tour had rotating songs from night to night, though.

One thing is guaranteed with going to see them though, every tour you can count on them resurrecting 5-6 songs which haven't been played in 10-25 years (or never).

I wish Don and Walt would do the same.

Date: Sat, April 04, 2015, 19:46:55 ET
Posted by: Mac, Reno, NV

Here's three reasons why there's not much chatter about Steely Dan's upcoming tour: 1. Elvis Costello. Some fans don't care about Costello's music or think they will be getting a truncated setlist. 2. No new product from Steely Dan. 3. Heavy competition from other big name stadium rock acts are on tour this year: The Rolling Stones, The Who, Rush, Van Halen, Aerosmith and The Eagles.

Date: Sat, April 04, 2015, 17:42:04 ET
Posted by: Abu, At the Headquarters

Doc Mu, I'm with you on the Monkey House Headquarters album. Fantastic! Been an avid listener to it for a couple of years now. Greatly anticipating their new album. Seems that it will not be out until late this year or early next year, according to their FB page. I wonder if they will cover a SD tune on it? That would be great! Any Dan fans who don't know about Monkey House, definitely check out their Headquarters release, which came out in 2012.

Date: Sat, April 04, 2015, 13:55:58 ET
Posted by: Hmm, NA

Not much chatter considering the tour is about to start. Are we resigned to it being on autopilot?

Date: Fri, April 03, 2015, 23:45:47 ET
Posted by: here's why, F

Dennis Miller won't allow it.

Date: Fri, April 03, 2015, 22:37:57 ET
Posted by: Mac, Reno NV

I wonder why Steely Dan don't make any TV appearances on the talk show circuit. Watching Van Halen on Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres makes me wanna puke.

Date: Fri, April 03, 2015, 15:28:39 ET
Posted by: Ports, MPLS

Heading out tonight to catch the Wayne Krantz Trio. Was hoping to see him with Carlock, but it must be too near the Steely Dan tour start up. I'm sure it will be great.

Date: Fri, April 03, 2015, 15:19:52 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

yeah...21st Century Blues and Chinatown actually remind me of some of the songs (Where's Mantis Evar?, Right About Now, The Man You Love to Hate) on the fabulous Monkey House opus Headquarters. That eclectic Dan-like vibe.

I consider Headquarters and Sunken Condos my favorite Dan-type albums since The Nightfly,

There's more open space (less brickwalled), so Danfans could check them out without puking.

Date: Fri, April 03, 2015, 15:13:17 ET
Posted by: Jim, Chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest went out yesterday and covers the full month of March. [The previous edition covered February 17-28, 2015.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

- Catch SD at Coachella Streaming Live on YouTube
- DF Covers 4 Tracks with Amy Helm
- Roseland Sunken Into Condos
- New Jon Herington "Chord Melody" Book
- Jon Herington Spring Dates
- Steely Dan Fan Joe Jackson on Eminent Hipsters

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As I regularly remind subscribers, some people have problems with delivery of the Dandom Digest, usually because of their spam filters, firewalls, etc. That's why this sort of notice is posted here--so you are aware that you should have received the latest edition. Heck, if you want, email me privately that you DID get it. We had some issues last summer with it being delivered. If you are not currently a subscriber but would like to receive the free Dandom Digest email newsletter, please email me at hoops AT dandom DOT com or see

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One thing I wish to point out: the Dandom Digest reaches something like he Dandom Digest where it is received by about 2,200 fans, of which it seems 1700-1800 actually read it. At least, this is as best as can be determine through a response survey from not too long ago.


As always, thank you for your support and writings through the years, especially Pete and Shari, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Winterbottom, and especially thinking of Mark and Bill, and purposely not to mention a couple of people who request anonymity.

Fly about as low, be so cool,


Date: Thurs, April 02, 2015, 23:21:57 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

It's better on headphones and the American CD.

21st Century Blues, Great Expectations, All the Tears, and Chinatown are probably the tracks worth downloading or popping for the CD.

Running Out of Time *might* be great, but who can tell?

Date: Thurs, April 02, 2015, 19:50:01 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

DocMu, you're not kidding about the compression. Jesus. It's unlistenable.

Date: Thurs, April 02, 2015, 11:16:25 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Date: Tues, March 31, 2015, 02:59:26 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

They suffer the least compression as well. Running out of Time is without legs it's so compressed. I'm shocked Toto let that be done to the master.

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