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Date: Fri, January 01, 2016, 09:07:27 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Happy New Year to hoops and the gang. Let's hope for a peaceful year full of blessing and good things.

Here's a library gem by Geoff Bastow (RIP) that will leave a smile on your face. I love that seamless melodic sound.

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 21:42:05 ET
Posted by: BenJammin, Indy

Happy Early New Year to all within the Dandom community! May Sweet '16 be filled with peace, love, and more good times with the best band in the land!

Cheers, and safely enjoy the Wing Dings tonight.

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 21:41:44 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to everyone here
on the Blue! Had a great '15, now looking forward
to 2016. Let's stay positive about the future, in all things,
not just tours n stuff. To those 'bookers who have met me,
Peace. To those who I haven't , Peace
To Hoops, thanks!

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 11:52:59 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

"Hey Pete", typical Anon post. Just a cheap shot, adding nothing to the conversation. Thanks for nothing.

The three Dan/Don albums included in the stupid Uncut list are:

#77 Countdown to Ecstasy

#123 Can't Buy a Thrill

#187 The Nightfly

As you of course know, the list exists only to create clicks/conversation and isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Let's not get too carried away discussing it. Because, well, then the terrorists win.

Happy New Year to all of you in Dan-land. Have a blast in 2016!

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 10:32:42 ET
Posted by: Hey Pete, US

Thanks for letting us know which ones were NOT included.

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 05:05:33 ET
Posted by: Pete Evans, Manchester UK

Not that lists are really of any importance, but three Dan/Fagen albums in Uncut magazine's top 200 of all time in the UK ( latest edition ). However, no Pretzel Logic or Aja !

Date: Wed, December 30, 2015, 17:02:18 ET
Posted by: Just Sayin',

Date: Wed, December 30, 2015, 12:26:33 ET
Posted by: hoops, on the quick

Thanks for the update, Andy.

And Michael, thank you for setting up the Christmas Tree.


Date: Tues, December 29, 2015, 19:25:43 ET
Posted by: Andy , Seattle WA

Nice photo of James Taylor with Keith Carlock on Keith's Facebook page. Watch the Kennedy Center Honors show on CBS at 9 PM EST tonight. Keith Carlock will be the drummer throughout the show. James Taylor and Aretha Franklin are among the performers. Carole King is one of the inductees.

Date: Tues, December 29, 2015, 19:04:06 ET
Posted by: hoops, away from computer, on smart phone

Both good points, Steve and Ken. On the one hand there's no announcement about any shows in the coming year, but like more than a couple of our fellow fans in this and other forums, I've already been talking and planning as if there will be one. Presumptuous? Yes. Likely? My presumption is yes. Ken your point is valid--no concrete info to base that they will tour.


I'm sorry I'm not able to remove the spam messages at the moment. I'm traveling and it's complicated for me to remove spam with a smart phone. If you could ignore it, that would be a help. Responding to the spambots' posts just complicates things-- so thank you for your help and support with that. I expect to make the removal in the morning.

I hope you all enjoy the last few days of the holidays.


Date: Tues, December 29, 2015, 16:03:56 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

They've been touring almost every Summer so I'm just hoping....I have no inside information.

Date: Tues, December 29, 2015, 15:43:36 ET
Posted by: ken, one more

Steve Gennarelli - SD is touring next Summer? Please tell us what you know that the rest of us don't.

Date: Mon, December 28, 2015, 12:14:17 ET
Posted by: Marty, PA

I never heard before that Fagen was a regular at Levon Helm's midnight rambles. Anybody ever go to one and see him?

Date: Sun, December 27, 2015, 16:48:13 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I was listening to an interview on "The Howard Stern Show"
with Billy Joel and Howard had asked him who among his keyboard peers inspired him. Billy spoke with such reverence of Steve Winwood and it reminded me of the brief run he had with SD on shows in Australia a few years back.
I was imagining him as a potential tour partner maybe this
coming Summer. "Toto" I would enjoy just for their hits. The harder rock Luthaker songs...I can't get into much. Maybe they could tour with Boz since they've already done the '06 tour with Michael McDonald. I get nothing out of the Organ trio groups so...
Only time will tell.

Date: Sat, December 26, 2015, 21:06:37 ET
Posted by: Lyle, C

I'm just pointing out that it's not new, as yesterday's poster said.

Date: Sat, December 26, 2015, 16:51:10 ET
Posted by: Fred,

Lyle, same thing posted yesterday.

Date: Sat, December 26, 2015, 14:07:24 ET
Posted by: Lyle, C

As the URL indicates that is from 2008 and is one of several EH pieces that had been previously published.

Date: Sat, December 26, 2015, 11:17:11 ET
Posted by: Michael,

The Illuminati sucks.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 18:33:07 ET
Posted by: felix Rombin , USA


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Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 06:02:13 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Hector, FWIW, I like some of Chicago's music from back in their heyday.

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Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 04:16:40 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all the Bluebookers
out there. Peace and Love from an old hippie!

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 02:38:55 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday season, everyone.

May us all be lucky enough to hear Donald and Walter trade fours on a Rhodes and Duo-Sonic in a small room before we shuffle off. What a fantastic duo that we've hitched our tails to.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 02:35:24 ET
Posted by: Chris , Nh

Re: "
Steely Dan is greater than the sum of Becker and Fagen"

Wholeheartedly agreed. frankly, it's all that needs to be said.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 02:10:23 ET
Posted by: h, 35 miles NW of Hammond

New writing from Donald. Slight variation on what he wrote an Eminent Hipsters.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 00:25:04 ET
Posted by: Drunk Santa, North Pole

Get out of here, Diane. You are in the wrong place.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 00:09:23 ET
Posted by: Diane, i2I4cUfJV

Thanks for pointing that out Councillor. (Spam continues)

Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 18:07:56 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

You go and tell, Anonymous Guy. Steely Dan would have totally happened all by itself had Donald Fagen and Walter Becker not met each other. Don coulda dun it all on his own!

Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 16:44:05 ET
Posted by: Lucky, Bard

KD- If you had a clue you would be dangerous.

Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 15:12:21 ET
Posted by: h,

thanks, denise.

Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 12:50:51 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Steely Dan is greater than the sum of Becker and Fagen.

Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 00:01:05 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Walter Becker's problem is not Donald Fagen. Donald Fagen is so, so incredibly lucky to have happened upon Walter Becker and his red Epiphone lo those many years ago.

As we all are.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 21:19:17 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Is SD under contract? Pretty sure they're done with WB Donald?

Frontiers Records would support them of the D.

Becker "got schlonged" by the lack of late support for Circus $.

It didn't help that Door Number Two was the first single...or was it Selfish Gene? (too clever for common folk)

Downtown Canon is the obvious single. Paging Audrey the follow-up.

Sunken Condos - they got it right
Not the Same Without You
Weather in My Head

Can't complain - best stuff since the Nightfly.

Morph the Cat (H Gang - something's missing)
Pagoda of Funn (edit)
Night Belongs to Mona

Everything Must Go - Last Mall and Blues Beach are wretched choices
Lunch with Gina or title track

TvN - Cousin Dupree bleh - one of the few SD songs I skip
West of Hollywood (Edit)
Janie Runaway (so much sax or not)
Almost Gothic or Negative Girl as a third single

Artists would really ask the fans before they or the label make career stalling choices.

Records and singles generally don't sell much anymore - they know the $$ is in touring.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 18:10:50 ET
Posted by: Gabe, NYC

Walter's problem is Donald Fagen. How can Walter make a name for himself and sell his solo albums to the public when his partner is a hitmaking genius?

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 18:05:20 ET

As for the "big announcement" does anybody really know what time it is? A very Merry X-Mas to all Bluebookers's from this Jew.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 17:32:04 ET
Posted by: Gabe, NYC

Peter Cetera has finally spoken! Peter has announced on his website that he will make an earthshaking announcement after the New Year on his participation in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that will SHOCK THE WORLD!! Go to

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 16:51:17 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Chris is spot on -- Becker worked his tail off just as much as Donald for that comeback spell. I still think that the mild reaction to Circus Money -- a perfect album as good as anything Donald and Walter have ever done -- just destroyed him.

And then the millionaire, at age 57 and nearing what we used to consider retirement age, just decided that was it. I'm disappointed that his guitar playing comparatively stunk on a few tours for a couple of summers there, that wasn't fair to the fans that paid a lot of money for those tickets, but I get it.

I'm sad that we may never see anything new from Walter Becker; from his writing online to any Steely Dan work to any new solo stuff. I understand and respect his choices and will just have to go into my retirement age spinning the same past work of his.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 15:53:54 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , ,

I didn't grow up in an era where Chicago or Steely Dan were prolific (I'm 33). Chicago's music doesn't move me in the slightest, Steely Dan does.

Chicago put me to sleep.

I don't think there is any comparison between the two, the snark isn't there, it isn't as finely crafted and it just doesn't have the impact that Don and Walt's music has.

I could also interchange this as being Frank Zappa vs. Chicago, but I don't want to break their fans hearts that badly.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 14:16:01 ET
Posted by: Today's, reading selection

1975 Village Voice,1719495&hl=en

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 12:41:12 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Becker worked about as much as Fagen from Kama - Circus Money. I definitely wouldn't call him lazy.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 12:37:25 ET
Posted by: Hector, WA

What are you complaining about? At least Chicago still has the creative spark to write and record a new album unlike Steely Dan.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 11:42:12 ET
Posted by: Michael,

What is with the incessant pimping of the new Chicago album? It's so dull.

I think Donald will produce something new but temper my enthusiasm until it's official. Until then...

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 11:34:10 ET
Posted by: Gnome, Texas

Yes. Walter is the lazy one.

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 08:35:29 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I don't think Fagen's stopped working in one way or another since some time before Kamakiriad.

Tours, live record, tour, steely dan record, tour, another steely dan record, tour, solo record, solo tour, then a steely dan or Dukes tour every summer from then on ...

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015, 07:53:04 ET
Posted by: Tom ,

When did this become the Chicago board? Enuff!

Date: Tues, December 22, 2015, 21:54:08 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , ,



From what I have gathered through interviews and from a conversation with one member of the touring band Donald is a pretty hard worker and has much more material than has ever been released.

Date: Tues, December 22, 2015, 21:05:40 ET
Posted by: Vernie, Atlantic

When VH-1 did their Chicago Behind The Music episode, Cetera refused to be interviewed and didn't allow any Chicago music to be used that required his permission.

Date: Tues, December 22, 2015, 19:15:01 ET
Posted by: Too Windy, lies, lies, lies

Cetera will NOT play. Seraphine has not commented yet.

Date: Tues, December 22, 2015, 16:17:56 ET
Posted by: Milt, NA

Rank the likelihood of the following.

A. Fagen breaks his pattern of releasing one solo album in each decade and puts something out before 2020.

B. His next solo album appears after 2019.

C. He never puts out another solo album.

In order of probability, I say A,C,B.

Date: Tues, December 22, 2015, 13:36:00 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Pogo: There's a warm feeling, particularly on the cusp of NOW. Chicago's best album since Kath died.

Lamm even threw in a couple of protest songs

We are naked
We are innocent
We are deadly
We are broken
We are ignorant
We are lost

We are children
We are discontent
We are fatal
We are broken
We are impotent
We are lost

This televised democracy
[We seek protection, we seek protection]
Such adolescent fantasy
[We seek refuge, we seek refuge]
Random access to content
I think we're naked in the Garden of Allah

We are artless
We are violent
We are poison
We are broken

Pie in the sky and gingerbread
[We seek protection, we seek protection]
We're never meant to get in bed
[We seek refuge, we seek refuge]
With wannabe intelligentsia
I think we're naked in the Garden of Allah

Just remember, I'll remember

So what are SD "protest songs?" Many are simply sarcastic commentary, with a twist: TWM, Don't Take Me Alive

Kings - who really is the bad guy?

Only a Fool Would Say That - dirty, smelly hippies

Were You Blind That Day?

King of the World - pre-emptive strike

With a Gun - white color crime goes red

My Old School - barred from Bard

Black Friday - Wall Street, I know your middle name

Monkey in Your Soul, TBTLO - I got one and you want four...biting the hand

Home at Last - LA siren call

Date: Tues, December 22, 2015, 00:54:41 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , ,

I'm still overjoyed that Don and Walt managed to bring up Jimmy Carl Black at their induction.

Date: Mon, December 21, 2015, 22:54:41 ET
Posted by: Pogo, Peoria, IL

Fantastic news for Chicago fans! Both Peter Cetera and original drummer Danny Seraphine have announced they will rejoin and play with Chicago at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony. It's a dream come true for longtime Chicago fans and this is something I MUST see. Keyboardist Robert Lamm says he already has the band's setlist mapped out for the show.

Date: Mon, December 21, 2015, 14:09:38 ET
Posted by: Rock Lobster, Private Idaho

Yeah! Get the The B-52's in there too!!

Date: Mon, December 21, 2015, 00:33:56 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

me: Yeah, I even thought Elliott. Hank is San Diego's best kept secret..or so he says. Not anymore.

Michael: Sure - If the Go Gos are in, shouldn't everybody? Why not Moby for introducing D&W, although he had no idea why.

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 10:36:35 ET
Posted by: Michael, @Doc Mu

"Bizzare that the Moody Blues, Yes, even Journey...and particularly The Cars are not inducted as yet."

There's no valid reason why they couldn't have inducted the entire laundry list of (predictable) inductees on the very first night. Instead, they make a pretense of inducting only a select few each year so as to drag on the formalities. Why would any self-respecting artist care about "recognition" from an autonomous group of suits for their work?

If there's one thing the entertainment industry aren't bashful about, it's patting themselves on the back. "Congratulations, we did a great job, didn't we?" They're legends in their own minds.

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 04:46:22 ET
Posted by: me, here


I think you mean Elliot Easton. I was confused for a second and was thinking "I never knew that SD cover guy was in the Cars."

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 01:16:05 ET
Posted by: Quisp, Baltimore MD

There's some news, photo and video of a band called Oh Whitney that Donald Fagen is producing. The website is at I don't know if Donald will commit himself to any future Dukes of September tours. He had pretty harsh words about the experience in his Eminent Hipsters book.

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 00:29:03 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , ,

I came across this interview with McDonald, he discusses the Dukes toward the end.

McDonald isn’t sure when or if the Dukes of September project with Boz Scaggs and Donald Fagen will resurface.

“I wish I knew,” he says. “I don’t want to say it won’t happen again but nothing is on the books.”

“It’s Donald’s thing — his franchise. He and his wife started it as (the New York) Rock and Soul Revue and it evolved into the Dukes of September. I would love to do it again sometime. In some ways it was a self-indulgent thing. I was doing songs with those guys I hadn’t done onstage since growing up in Ferguson. We did some old songs with a place in our hearts with a great band.”

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 00:23:38 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

RRHOF - the highlight was being trolled by Walter pre-induction.

Bizzare that the Moody Blues, Yes, even Journey...and particularly The Cars are not inducted as yet.

The Cars could and can (RIP Ben Orr) could play their freakin' instruments...although they went for the new wave minimalism.

Still Hank Easton is a gifted guitarist, and while they weren't exactly jazz aficionados and of SD ethos...but could muster cool minimalist, but layered and nuanced elegance:

The debut is the usual preferred album - always had a thing for Candy-O though.

Date: Sat, December 19, 2015, 16:08:46 ET
Posted by: Shinbone Alley, eating ice cream

Chicago frontman Robert Lamm says he wants the band to reunite with Peter Cetera at the Rock & Roll Hall of Shame (I mean Fame) induction ceremony.

Date: Fri, December 18, 2015, 13:13:38 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

Just returned from a trip to NYC. Caught Larry Carlton performing at the BB King Club in Times Square. He had Gene Coye, drums; Travis Carlton (his son), bass and Greg Karukas, keys. Great small setting and the show was excellent. He did an instrumental version of Josie. Introduced it by saying he hates playing the song and only plays it for his fans. He was kidding of course. Strong band and of course one of the best guitar players going.

Date: Fri, December 18, 2015, 10:54:28 ET
Posted by: Michael,

The R&R HoF, along with all the other awards ceremonies, is just a vapid excuse for the industry to congratulate itself. Big whoop. Anyone could do that.

Date: Thurs, December 17, 2015, 13:22:25 ET
Posted by: Larry, Laguna Beach

You would not enjoy going to a Pogues concert, Dean. I saw them some years ago and it was really rowdy and aggressive. There was a big mosh pit on the floor with people banging into each other. Had to find a spot up in the balcony so I could watch it.

Date: Thurs, December 17, 2015, 10:31:58 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Just to be clear here, I'm not a "Pogues hater". Truth is, I haven't heard enough of them to form a strong opinion, negative or positive. It's just they really were never in my radar. Fairytale of NY is a really beautiful song. Terrific melody and lyrics. I simply found the vocals to be substandard/annoying. I've heard a few cover versions over the past few days and I can say, IMO it's a strong modern Christmas song.

It isn't all that unusual for me to enjoy the songwriting while not really appreciating the performance of the songwriter/original artist. I'm guessing some feel that way about SD and Donald. Not me mind you, but I can see how that might be, for some.

Date: Thurs, December 17, 2015, 09:36:03 ET
Posted by: 2016, R &R HOF inductees

Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, NWA.

Pete Rose is still ineligible.

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 19:49:38 ET
Posted by: Pogues Hater, WI

Count me in as another person who dislikes The Pogues too. Very overrated band in my opinion. A friend dragged me to see them perform live many years ago. I wanted to walk out after 20 minutes.

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 18:55:46 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, U.K

Dean... that's very kind of you and means a lot, thanks!

I'm not a Pogues fan by any means but the original track has some charm and just about stands up to the heavy flogging it gets every year.

'For seven seconds it's like Christmas Day, then its dark again...'

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 18:44:40 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

No problem, KD.

Napoleon, that was VERY nice. Thanks for sharing. I was not familiar with that song before hearing your version. (Never been a Pogues fan, I guess.) But I enjoyed your recording so much, I went and found the original. I have to say, I like your version much better. Very haunting and without the annoying vocal treatment of the original.

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 15:39:17 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

John and The Dean, thanks for the heads-up on the Purdie shirts -- just ordered one.

Date: Tues, December 15, 2015, 15:22:35 ET
Posted by: Napoleon, U.K

Seasons greetings to everyone on the bluebook...

I made this last year and would like to share it with you. It's not Steely and if it's not to anyone's taste just move along.

Merry christmas

Date: Tues, December 15, 2015, 14:55:51 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

The Purdie tee shirts can be yours, too

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 21:57:57 ET
Posted by: John, Detroit

This is on twitter - tedeschi trucks band and he is wearing a Bernard pretty Purdue shirt

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 21:56:10 ET
Posted by: John, Detroit

Can't confirm, but likely that Derek is the first person to wear a Bernard "Pretty" Purdie tee shirt on @acltv.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 20:57:26 ET
Posted by: Abu, At Denny's

Nice vid taken of Denny Dias and his band at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC in August. I'm sure he was tuning up for the Beacon shows. Camera zooms in pretty close to show Denny's finger-work on the solo.


Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 19:15:17 ET
Posted by: Abu, Real people, not Anons

Hey "tommie" and "Not a Newbie", I also defend Steve G as well. Anons like you need to get a life.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 19:02:55 ET

I have to defend Steve, a very good contributor to this site. He
is a hardcore fan from this view. That's all.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 15:39:25 ET
Posted by: Miles, US

And i have a host of other issues, more on that later.
Life just sucks without a proper jewel case!

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 14:35:58 ET
Posted by: Miles, US

And that cheap cardboard sleeve they used for Sunken Condos really pisses me off. I've been accumulating SD CDs since the mid 80s, all in jewel cases except that one.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 14:31:17 ET
Posted by: Miles, US

I still have wrapped CD copies of both Morph and C$ because I pre-ordered through Amazon and they did not get delivered on the release date, so I ended up also buying them at the store.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 13:32:51 ET
Posted by: tommy,

steve, why would you not buy circus money 8 years ago? you decided to wait to hear new music from your heroes for almost a decade! You seem odd and creepy.

Date: Sun, December 13, 2015, 13:01:30 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Like any album from these guys, it's a real grower. I probably listened to it more than anything else from Don and Walt's (downtown) canon in 2015.

Date: Sun, December 13, 2015, 12:30:10 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, Fl

Back when every Mall had 2 or 3 record stores, I remember rushing out and getting a cassette of "11 Tracks of Whack" by Walter Becker.
I played it one time and to my ears, none of those tracks reminded me of anything related to "Steely Dan".
Through "Pandora" I've recently discovered the tracks from "Circus Money" and "Three Picture Deal" truly has a "SD" vibe to it. The other tracks are not bad, but that's the one that really resonated with me.

Date: Sun, December 13, 2015, 12:08:53 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

When I started posting at the Yellow in 1999 I had, maybe, four Steely Dan albums plus Nightfly. It's true that Don and Walt aren't recording together these days and that the new tunes aren't exactly spilling out night by night, but let's take it easy on those of whom who are still taking in and discovering their entire catalog, eh?

Date: Sun, December 13, 2015, 03:58:47 ET
Posted by: The kind, who had been

looking behind door number two all this time.

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 15:59:22 ET
Posted by: Not a Newbie, NJ

Steve Gennarelli, Circus Money came out in 2008. What kind of SD fan are you?

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 13:14:00 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Dennis Chambers is back in fine form and touring with Mike Stern this week.
So good to see him back behind the kit after that scare last year.

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 12:52:58 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I just discovered "Three Picture Deal" from Walter's
"Circus Money" CD.
Really enjoy that tune...I hope he could do that one or
his take on "Midnight Cruiser" the next time the boys tour.

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 07:00:41 ET
Posted by: The, Count

Jim - re count off. My band plays my tunes – we used to work with a high end jazz drummer who had all the precise tempos of every tune for every band he worked with on his iphone, and counted them in flawlessly. Recently our drummer is a little lower down the food chain and I find myself counting everything in. Maybe it’s a drummer quality issue !

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 02:25:24 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Joe Jackson's drummer has two snare drums, so clearly he's terrible at counting.

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 01:22:40 ET
Posted by: Royce, Denver CO

Wouldn't it be funny to see a musician onstage performing solo all by himself and he starts counting off?

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 23:01:48 ET
Posted by: JIm Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

I saw Joe Jackson and SD on the same weekend and I noticed that Joe counts off all of his songs, while Keith counts off all of SD's songs. Emphatically. I am in 3 bands and I count off my original songs and the drummer counts off the covers. I never thought about it before. Why? Is it a jazz thing, or what? Or just familiarity? Hilarity? Discuss...

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 19:31:41 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , Charlie Freak's Street

So there is a new edition of Sweet's book?

Does he seriously say that Don and Walt don't have anything to do with each other after the shows etc.?

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 18:05:25 ET
Posted by: Frost, Brooklyn

Maybe Brian Sweet intended it that way so he could sell more books.

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 17:12:52 ET
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Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 14:06:16 ET
Posted by: Marv, 117°56'15.79"W

I hate when Sweet is cited as a credible source on any Wikipedia related SD entry. For example, Don Henley and Glen Frey sang backing vocals on FM. No where else is it claimed that they sang on it, credited or uncredited.

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 11:46:47 ET
Posted by: Michael,

KD, I concur.

Doc Mu, that's a good idea, but Walter is the dark horse factor because, judging from discussions here and elsewhere, he doesn't seem too keen on recording. Whatever new material surfaces, it's very likely going to come from Donald.

Fine with me.

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 08:04:07 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Doc Mu - "Post-Apocalypso," that one made me laugh out loud. SD and DF have dealt with The Bomb many times. King of the World, New Frontier, Last Mall, Memorabilia, probably others.

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 23:42:13 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Hey KD, I agree, not sure if that other guy was ripping on him for that or not. If he was, that's a silly thing to quibble over as there are plenty of other things Mr. Sweet gets wrong.

Doc, do you have links to any of those vids handy? Love seeing behind the scenes stuff ....

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 22:35:20 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Chris: The drum trak(s) are live, just in parts. There were some videos out there of Michael Leonhart doing just that.

Sweet never interview D&W. He sampled articles, and used some of the Metal Leg stuff he wrote. Cobbled is the key word.

Michael: I've love to see Steely Dan just drop a track every 2-3 months. Just a few a year - initially as lossless singles...then have an Indy Co wrap them up as an album every 3-4 years. Not that painful.

The band already sounds great. I Idolize You (2009) remake with some new lyrics reflect the kind of sound and approach that could be. A sexy, bluesy, semi jazzy track every few most. Merge Door Number Two and Memorabilia...

I think Donald's writing is less restrained on Condos. Beyond death. Post-Apocalypso. Almost Nightly youthful.

Ben Folds leaked out songs in small batches over a decade ago.

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 18:47:45 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Oh, as a writer he's absolute shyte, but to rip a guy for quoting an actual on record quote seems a bit odd.

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 18:02:03 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Brian Sweet's original edition of Reelin' in the Years was a serviceable overview of their work through The Nightfly, but there's some odd projection-presented-as-fact throughout - not to mention it's just poorly written.

I checked out the updated version from August and it's full of typos, inaccuracies and unsubstantiated rumors. It's a shame that he's their only biographer to date.

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 16:19:37 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Curtis, so Brian Sweet and every other fictional author is only allowed to use quotes they recorded first-hand?

The Brian Sweet shaming on this board is insane. Donald and Walter were smartasses about him 15 years ago, so therefore he must be The Worst.

OK, boys.

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 11:47:31 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Sweet sourced the quote, naturally, but regardless where it comes from, Donald was explaining their motivations, which is relevant to the discussion.

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 08:59:04 ET
Posted by: Curtis, B

And of course Sweet is just doing a copy & paste of a 1975 Down Beat story called Steely Dan “Mixing the Modes for the Masses”;

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 06:56:00 ET
Posted by: Michael, here you go

"We're in it for ourselves anyway. To become excessively popular you have to cater to the whims of mas taste, which I don't feel we've done. Popularity is relevant to business but irrelevant to music, and we're only in business to the extent that we have to stay in business so we can afford to make music for fun. I'm pleasantly surprised at the level of acceptance we've attained." - Donald Fagen, excerpt from Reelin' In The Years, by Brian Sweet, p.110

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 04:25:08 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Donald Fagen on an acoustic piano and Jon Herington on a Gibson SG is like coming home with the cilantro and onion still on your fingers after you down a few tacos worth bowing over.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 17:44:22 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Were you around for 2000 to the months leading up to the album's spring 2003 release, Anon?

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 17:34:50 ET
Posted by: king of the world, the potato barn

KD-- I love the idea that you "love the idea that Don and Walt gave a middle finger to the world as it ate itself", despite not knowing what you mean. What DO you mean?

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 17:13:46 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

JoS -- not at all, we say the same thing on here all the time. I skipped tours in 2011 and this year (and Elvis Costello is in my top five, the locales were not in my best interest), and while those two missed nights would have been two of the greatest concerts I've ever seen, I'm not exactly kicking myself.

Regarding the Carlock/Sunken Condos thing -- I thought I'd hate the programmed drums, and while there are some (OK, A LOT) of loops that annoy me on Sunken Condos, I kind of prefer it to Carlock's ubiquity on EMG. He's an amazing drummer, and I wouldn't ask Steely Dan to rotate in 3900 different drummers from 2001-02 for EMG as they did in the 1970s, but sometimes certain guys just aren't the best for certain parts, y'know?

I appreciate EMG and love the idea that Don and Walt gave a middle finger to the world as it ate itself, but all of the later releases from The Two get far more play from me.

To Donald's everlasting credit, he (mostly) set out to perfect what they tried before Gaucho. He got samples and loops to mostly sound natural, tight, but funky and live.

Also, to his credit, a guy with money to burn and a summer tour to prep for spent god knows how many hours working in what was essentially a rent-controlled studio apartment-turned-studio working up a new album.

Kind of a different approach to what, I'm guessing, Don Henley took that whatever the hell he last churned out.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 16:31:16 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , Tell Me

With all of this talk about EMG and touring vs. recording, I would like to ask this.

Is it terrible of me to want the band to stop touring in exchange for a couple of Fagen solo albums in the next few years?

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 16:10:58 ET
Posted by: king of the world, how's my little ooh la location

DocMu-- I just like to hear the old Letterman days, with or without Merrill Markoe, referred to.

Life is short. Let's create until the dirtnap. That is all. Ya can't take it with ya, ya know, and all that.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 11:54:20 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I'm so far out of the loop that I don't even know if 250,000 (which I agree is nothing to scoff at) is way off or not. Upward or downward.

I am in the loop in this regard. When EMG came out I was 22, and among my friends I was the curio, the guy that was into indie/alt/no wave/new wave/whatever but also obsessed over Steely Dan. Things have changed quite a bit since then, and this is before the Coachella dates. The iPod, even with that shitty sound (here comes the Steely Dan crank in me) has done a lot for people my age and especially younger when it comes to appreciating 'Peg.'

I still don't know how that would translate to album sales. At this point, a new album should (but maybe not would) be considered a comeback LP, so they would have that hook going for them, but "I love this guy/band" tweets and positive comments under a snarky Fagen interview don't necessarily count when it comes to purchasing the actual art.

On top of that, Fagen would have to once again present a batch of songs suitable for Becker to noodle over, and while there were plenty of those on Sunken Condos, the same can't be said for Morph (which I prefer). And we know Fagen isn't cynical/shitty enough to put out a 'Steely Dan in name only' album with limited participation from Becker, as many others of their generation have done.

Becker doesn't even write online anymore, either. As I've said on here a billion times, it's understandable if the relative failure of Circus Money (which I put above Sunken Condos and EMG, way above, the album is brilliant) was a punch to the gut, but it's an art crime to have the public's exposure to his creative bent be limited to his spiel during 'Hey 19.'

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 10:05:03 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Jules, that's a good attitude for an artist to have, barring Morrison's exorbitant ticket prices.

KD, you touch on a lot of good points. An album moving 250,000 units is nothing to scoff at, especially considering the times we're living in where practically everything is readily accessible. They've already achieved a high level of success and therefore don't have to worry about income. Nobody should use mainstream acceptance as a measuring stick for determining whether creative endeavors are worthwhile. If every artist worked that way, hardly anything would be produced beside mainstream junk (and that game is rigged anyhow).

Don Patrol, maybe I came off a little heavy-handed but felt it was necessary in this particular instance.

DocMu, something is better than nothing. The thing is, they can cut a track or two every so often and release them 'as is' and all is good. To cut a couple of tracks shouldn't be a massive, headache-inducing undertaking - and if it is, they need to seriously reevaluate the process from top to bottom.

At least that's how I see it.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 09:17:20 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

DocMu - A lot of those drums sound "live" to me ... I'm sure some parts are overdubbed but I got the sense they're more looped than painstakingly constructed from the ground up.

I think the drums sound great, but seeing Carlock play Weather In My Head on Letterman was a treat.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 03:50:07 ET
Posted by: Skidisk, Bay Area

I get it also, but it makes me sad. Saw them at Shoreline this year and they just play the same old songs. I love every single note of Everything Must Go and would love to hear any one of those songs, but they never play them. It's all very sad. They should do a tour where they say they will start with a hit, play one in the middle and finish with one, and do an encore hit -- and everything else will be all the songs they like the most or think are their best work or ones the can still play and sing (that list is getting shorter). Just one tour like that would be cool.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 02:46:54 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

I agree that Fagen probably has one more record in him, and that's a wrap.

Becker doesn't have the juice, the patience to deal with Donald's more prolonged recording, overdubbing, and editing.

The drums on Condos is Micheal Leonhart recorded an overdubbed upon itself for snare, high-hat, etc. It was originally to be a demo track, but he found the R&B pocket that was as good or better than Carlock on What I Do. Constrained but fits. It's the best conceived album since the Nightly IMO, and the songwriting has the feel of a Walter influence.

SD crowds have in general been immersed in their 70s retro pet rock, ganga filled nostalgia at concerts for 15 years. D&W have certain cuts their most comfortable with. They're staying in that pocket, but like Letterman after Merrill Markoe left the show.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 21:56:41 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

See what I mean?

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 21:53:07 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@ Michael , It was good,'til I got to the doped up part.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 21:53:06 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@ Michael , It was good,'til I got to the doped up part.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 21:33:30 ET
Posted by: Geddy, Eh?

Neil Peart has NOT retired.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 17:55:31 ET
Posted by: Pork Butt, CT

I agree. Sunken Condos badly needed Keith Carlock on drums instead of Donald's drum programming.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 15:21:47 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Sunken Condos could have become a Steely Dan album if Becker had wanted to do one. He did not.

Becker seems content to work a few months out of the year, which is his right. Fagen will keep working until he can't.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 15:06:53 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

To be fair, even playing them for the millionth time, it might be more fun for these two to play the R&B type hits like 'Hey 19' and such than what they called the "quirky, arch-pop ditties" that they wrote in the 1970s. Fagen probably wants nothing to do with aping the Dylan turn on 'Throw Back the Little Ones,' and what the hell is Walter Becker going to add guitar-wise to 'Dr. Wu?'

And not because of the crowd reaction, or because they saw people going to go get a beer during 'Your Gold Teeth' during the last couple of tours. Steely Dan's music, with the exception of parts of TvN, some of Morph, and some songs co-written with Larry Klein, has gotten a lot simpler since Nightfly came out.

Ellington was always writing in the back of his tour bus. It does very much suck to see Steely Dan become a very expensive (and very good) version of Herman's Hermits feat. Peter Noone, but this is just where we're at now.

To me, there are two ways to look at it. There is laziness and a lack of creative spark, or the idea that Fagen and Becker don't want to see something with the title 'Steely Dan' on it go over like a led balloon, as every other album of theirs has since 2003.

A five-star Mojo review and showing up at No. 24 or something on Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of the year list doesn't really make up for just 250,000 units sold, when it comes to shaping attitudes. Steely Dan could pretend to be anti-consumer, "we don't care about having a hit" in the 1970s, but they had the luxury of super-successful albums.

And when one -- Royal Scam -- wasn't as successful? They went out and hired the Eagles' manager, wrote 'Peg,' slicked it up, and went straight back up the charts.

'Everything Must Go' didn't even go gold, which is 500,000 copies. And that was back in an era where you were still handing the CD over to Rita the Cabbie for her to play.

Why risk putting yourself out there, when it's so easy to play blues licks over 'Hey 19' for lots of money? I hate it, but I get it.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 13:30:41 ET
Posted by: Jules, Los Angeles

Yes. That's why I really admire an artist like Van Morrison. Van doesn't give a shit about what the crowd wants to hear. He does a few hits like Gloria, Brown Eyed Girl or Moondance, but the rest of his setlist is comprised of songs that he wants to play. Van completely shuns the audience. My only gripe is that his tickets can be quite expensive.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 11:23:09 ET
Posted by: Michael, @Hoops

"An album that doesn't get discussed quite as much as others is Steely Dan's CD with Marian McPartland of their Piano Jazz appearance that aired in 2003. Some good stuff there. In some ways, it would be cool to have a Steely Dan Quintet Tour."

That's certainly true. I thought that it was an all-around good listen, informative and of course had nice performances, as expected. Don and Walt were in good form, very courteous, as was Marian (which was to be expected).

Nevertheless, that's that and this is this. It's a given that touring is more profitable than recording music, but Donald and Walter have more than enough money that they can afford to put their creative energies to good use. It's irrelevant whether their material does gold/platinum sales. Unfortunately, too many people - many artists included - have this notion drummed into their conscious that in order to succeed in music, one must be rake in massive profits and get mass exposure. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and countless others didn't predicate creative exertion strictly upon financial benefit, because that's not what art is about.

Let me switch gears a bit to address the root of the problem, those fair weather fans (not addressing you, Hoops, obviously), who demand to hear Peg and Rikki for the thousandth time. You're the biggest impediment to artistic development because you have closed minds and refuse to accept anything else beside the obligatory radio hits, pushing artists into your little self-centered corner. You're the ones who get up and head to the restroom or concession stand during so-called "deep cuts," i.e. the songs on the albums you cannot be bothered to listen to because they didn't break the Billboard charts. Doctor Wu, Throw Back The Little Ones, Your Gold Teeth I & II, Only A Fool Would Say That, etc. All great material. Now the artists are paranoid about playing such gems because they're worried that they might alienate a good portion of the crowd ...and they're right. Same story with Duke Ellington. After all the lights dimmed, he'd set aside time to compose new material in relative privacy, because the audience only wanted to hear the usual standards. So congratulations, this is your legacy. Nostalgia tours, a form of ritual therapy for a bunch of baby boomers desperate to relive their youth, often while getting inebriated and doped-up. Thanks for ruining everything.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 01:02:24 ET
Posted by: Abu, Too Dang Cheap

Thanks, Steve, for the info. I knew this already, however. Also it is on Spotify as well. I could listen to it anytime, I guess. Perhaps I'm just too cheap to own the CD. Good stuff, though. I agree with Hoops and the other poster.

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 00:46:11 ET
Posted by: king of the world, monkey woman city

I'm getting tired of hearing about how, of COURSE, there's no reason for Becker and Fagen to write and record as Steely Dan, because it's so much easier and safer and more lucrative just to keep touring and touring, period. No one needs to point out to me that everyone on this board wants new material. That's a given. I understand. What I'm sick of is the acceptance of creativity and a creative life being reduceable to dollar amounts. It's just SO "understandable" that they wouldn't bother writing, as long as playing the same songs over and over for decades is bringing in the cash.

One of the most valuable things I would think the money would buy for them would be, I would think, the freedom to create however they want. Of course they are with the solo albums, but infrequently. It's not them I'm taking issue with anyway, really it's the acceptance of the idea of not creating because $ is rolling in.

I'm not trying to get an argument going. I'm just throwing an opinion out there. It's out of my system now.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 22:55:23 ET
Posted by: Steve,

Abu: The full episode of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Steely Dan was officially released on CD by the Concord Jazz label about a decade ago.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 21:23:36 ET
Posted by: Abu, In Limbo Jazz

I remember recording that Piano Jazz show with Marian McPartland. It was back in 2003. Hard to believe it has been 12 years since then. I recorded it on audio cassette, and still have the tape. Now, I just need a new cassette player. Had a double one, but one side broke several years ago, and about a year ago the other side broke. Still have a bunch of tapes with some pretty good old stuff. Likely I will get one of those players and convert at least some of my old tapes to digital.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 19:48:06 ET
Posted by: Brent, back home

Drummer Neil Peart of Rush has retired. I'm gonna miss him. Makes me feel thankful that Donald & Walter are in good health and will keep the Steely Dan tours going.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 14:35:12 ET
Posted by: Cold, Fact

I don't blame any act for doing what is financially viable. An artist whose hay day was in the 1970s is now either in or quickly approaching his or her own 70s. They have a very limited time window before either they or their audience can't make it out for any more tours. Fleetwood Mac can make more money touring than putting out a new album? Can't fault them one bit for going that route.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 08:46:39 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, relaxing at Camarillo

Hoops- Good point about the Marian McPartland CD. I own a copy of that and all 3 Dan songs on there are excellent as well as Hesitation Blues. Josie is particularly superb and shows the wonderful possibilities even with just a quartet. I highly recommend it.
As far as new music, I think another DF solo album is much more likely than new SD. That ship has sailed in my opinion.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 00:42:32 ET
Posted by: Ritchie, Salem, MA

Unfortunately it's unlikely to happen. Donald & Walt haven't expressed any desire to write new material for Steely Dan. Look at Fleetwood Mac. When Christine McVie rejoined the band last year, I thought we would get a new album. Instead they continue to tour and play the hits for big money.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 00:23:54 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

An album that doesn't get discussed quite as much as others is Steely Dan's CD with Marian McPartland of their Piano Jazz appearance that aired in 2003. Some good stuff there. In some ways, it would be cool to have a Steely Dan Quintet Tour.

Have a great new week everyone and thanks for you patience with the spam. It's always busy for me at the end of the school term. Wasn't up to speed on Friday so just getting caught up now.

And before you know it, a few months will have gone by and it will be time to buy SD tickets for 2016.

Thanks again.


Date: Sun, December 06, 2015, 19:50:06 ET
Posted by: Michael, @Just sayin'

"Keep dreamin' about your fantasy set lists. They don't pay the bills."

Would much rather have new songs than yet another tour.

Date: Fri, December 04, 2015, 13:51:13 ET
Posted by: Just sayin', because

Google Street view(dated sept. 2015) shows major renovations taking place at someone's residence who benefits from the SD touring machine. Keep dreamin' about your fantasy set lists. They don't pay the bills.

Date: Thurs, December 03, 2015, 22:08:07 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Sorry for the spam. I'm not in a position to delete it right now. I hope to tomorrow. It's finals. I am grateful for your patience.


Date: Thurs, December 03, 2015, 20:26:07 ET
Posted by: Mr. Bill, in the kitchen

Jim could be attending other concerts and enjoying himself. Not much Steely Dan activity until they announce the next tour.

Date: Thurs, December 03, 2015, 17:30:11 ET
Posted by: Doc Kelly, Here at the Dude Ranch

ummmmm... I wonder where Jim is...

Date: Wed, December 02, 2015, 13:40:20 ET
Posted by: search, K

1981 NY Times story on plagiarism lawsuits in music, with discussion of the SD/Keith Jarrett suit which was pending at the time.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 23:54:12 ET
Posted by: Boxscore, somewhere


U2 did stadiums exclusively in 09-11 and sol dout the majority of the dates.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 11:14:10 ET
Posted by: Abu, Not Slyde Hyde

For all you Jim Pugh fans, here is a nice Joe Roccisano Orch tune featuring him from Joe's 1993 CD.


Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 09:52:29 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Also, when U2 sells out a huge venue, it's a basketball/hockey arena. The last tour included the old Forum (20k, if that), MSG (same), and the United Center (where I work out of, and the entire court would have been taken up by their setup). And those were the biggest capacity arenas, stateside. I know people that saw them on the Pop Mart tour in San Diego, playing to a half-full arena that wasn't even a major league arena, having to cover up the empty seats in the upper bowl.

The only bands that have really ever done awful NFL stadium shows are Bruce, the Stones, and maybe the Who on their last Kenney Jones tour. And all three go back to arenas now.

Save for the odd (and mostly awful!) Jimmy Buffett show at a baseball stadium or one of the endless Fare Thee Well Dead shows, you don't really get the Shea Stadium treatment much in both 1985 or 2015.

(Also, most NFL teams don't play in "arenas," they play in open air stadiums. Just a heads-up.)

Either way, Huey Lewis (a guy who I'm not the biggest fan of, though he did play great harmonica on a Dave Edmunds album once) appears to be a swell guy. That's the original point, and I hope the other OP wasn't taking a shot at either him or Elvis with the crack about him.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 09:44:41 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Where are these 65,000-seat arenas? Are we talking about soccer pitches? I'm not talking about Queen playing in South America.

These are arenas from 1985. Hockey/basketball arenas, many of which are 10-15,000 seaters. Kemper Arena, Cow Palace, Rosemont Horizon, Market Square Arena.

I don't really know anyone that plays 65,000-seaters, or where these "65,000-seaters" actually exist in reality. That's three times the capacity of Madison Square Garden.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 06:30:05 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Huey Lewis not only played before 70000 in the 80's but did it again in 2012! It was a short set though, actually not even a set.
Both times opening not for SD but for the 49ers.
He didn't exactly chase the Stones for attendance or revenue records but why bash the guy?

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 05:37:27 ET
Posted by: Actually, IIRC

Funny, I was actually trying to be quite nice and civil in my follow up, but M/O/D/P had to chime in with a broadside.

KD Posted
"It can't be easy to trade in massive stadium gigs in 1985...."

I'd just like to know which of these '85 gigs were 65,000 seat (massive) stadiums. While we understand Huey ain't the draw he used to be, this suggests that he was what U2 has been for the past 25 years in terms of selling out huge venues. Since 1985 was cited specifically as the year of these "massive" concerts, I don't think it's bickering to ask for clarification.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 01:59:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

KD: The funny thing is that Huey Lewis and the News were influenced in some way by Steely Dan. Their 1988 album Small World incorporates elements of SD, Chicago, Prince, and The Police...something their audience and critics weren't expecting and killed their bar band on vitamins career. I will say though - the album is actually not that bad! There's some about their earnestness and semi lunchpail approach that bizarrely fits into a mutant 80s big band production ethos.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 01:43:22 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, not your cherubim

Seraphine - autocorrect strikes again.

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 01:41:23 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Abu - very nice example with Aire - Kath's solo harkens back to countdown to Ecstasy. Seraphim is very much missed in the current version - beautiful live take. Parazaider's flute is outrageous.

Now for pragmatic reasons was not properly recorded in a studio - so some of the stuff is a bit tinny.

It's not Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is, but a follow-up to this last classic:

Trombone so rich in this number...

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 00:50:27 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Drop me a line!

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 20:53:06 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Aw, c'mon

The basic concept of KD's post - what the hey, I'll explain it clearly for those among us who may just be of limited reading & comprehension skills - is that an act that once used to play large(r) venues is now playing much smaller ones, and that that particular act now appears to have a genuine sense of humility (not always the case with semi-washed-up "rock stars", right?). Any argument about "arenas" vs. "stadiums" ("stadia") isn't germane to the story at all - it's just another tiresome bit of pointless & picayune internet bickering.

Like we need more of that here.

So even though many of us might not appreciate the music of Huey Lewis ("I know I don't"), surely anyone with a sense of humanity could acknowledge the decency of the guy after reading KD's post, and let it go at that.

What is it about the veil of anonymity that causes someone/anyone to pick at/crap on such a story? Your guess is as good as mine...

ps - "picayune"
pps - "the internet"
ppps - I wish someone would invent a foolproof Anonymous Dick filter. I'd be willing to volunteer the first $100 towards the R&D.

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 18:35:40 ET
Posted by: Actually, IIRC

Hi KD,

I don't recognized any of these gigs as being stadiums. This was the year of Springsteen selling out NFL stadiums, so that's what I have in mind. Not arenas. Which specific gigs are you referring to?

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 15:28:41 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

#Actually it took me about 30 seconds at to confirm that he did, but OK Anonymous Guy keep swingin'.

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 10:55:16 ET
Posted by: Actually, IIRC

Huey Lewis wasn't playing stadiums in 1985.

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 08:57:27 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Didn't even know that Chicago released a new album until Doc Mu pointed it out. I tried listening to some of it and just couldn't tolerate the production. Sure, the horn charts are handled well enough but can't obfuscate the sophomoric songwriting. A far cry from the days of 25 or 6 to 4, Saturday In The Park and Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is(?).

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 08:17:04 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I know someone was joking about Huey Lewis opening up for SD, I don't know if that was a shot at Elvis or whatever, but I have to bring this up.

Apparently, from town to town as they endlessly tour, HL and the N have a massive fan base among the developmentally challenged, and a goodly chunk of the fans sitting near the stage are youngsters along that line.

It can't be easy to trade in massive stadium gigs in 1985 for small sheds and state fairs in 2015, and seeing tons of kids in the front row can't be the ideal (to say nothing of the nasty jokes that would come with it, because of their challenges). Apparently Lewis and the rest of the group meet with the kids at each stop and show them the respect they're earned, which is freaking fantastic if you ask me.

Huey Lewis and the News were never the coolest band, and I can't say I'm a big fan (though I do respect the fact that every song on 'Sports' sounds like it should be a No. 1 hit), but I still think this is an incredibly cool move on their part.

Date: Fri, November 27, 2015, 00:57:15 ET
Posted by: Abu, Chicago VII & Black Friday

In honor of Black Friday, here is fingerstyle guitarist Cary Morin doing a bluesy rendition of that tune from Katy Lied:

The vintage 70s Chicago stretched things out on one side of their double album set called Chicago VII. Check out Terry Kath's very nice guitar work on this instrumental tune called "Aire", which also has Parazaider playing an interesting flute. More importantly (for me, anyway) is the catchy solid brass playing of the main theme by Loughnane and Pankow. Doc Mu, Jody, king of the world, and any others.. check it out, tell me what you think. Jody, what about "Now"?

Date: Thurs, November 26, 2015, 15:28:50 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Last month, my wife and I attended a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater where "Firefall" opened up for "The Little River Band" who played their "greatest hits" backed up by an orchestra.
Although I had enjoyed both groups back in the day, I enjoyed the 8 song set from "Firefall" more than "LRB" although they weren't bad either.
"Firefall" had some of their original band members but the guy on lead vocals was new, a 50 something singer from Nashville, but he sounded exactly like the lead singer on their biggest hits.
I would enjoy seeing "SD" have a tour where they split time with an act that would be more 70's than 80's. But my top choices would be "Toto", "Firefall" or even "America" or "Ambrosia" if they're still around.
Those organ groups that have opened up for "Steely" in the past are ok but they are just time fillers...people don't really look forward to hearing them. So far, Michael McDonald has been the most appropriate co-bill with "Steely" for obvious reasons, though fans did seem to enjoy Elvis Costello this year.

Date: Thurs, November 26, 2015, 11:15:38 ET
Posted by: BenJammin, Indy with turkey on my mind

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Part of my Attitude of Gratitude includes Steely Dan and all of the fun surrounding the music. Here's to letting the good times roll in 2016, and may we boogie together again soon!

Date: Thurs, November 26, 2015, 07:01:44 ET
Posted by: Jane Goodall, TV

I once tried to join the band, but Robert Lamm told me there ain't nothing in Chicago for a monkey woman to do.

Date: Thurs, November 26, 2015, 00:07:10 ET
Posted by: king of the world, luna's steel beach

I divide Chicago into the brilliant, jaw-dropping first two albums recorded before they made it, and everything else, which always sounds to me like fiddling around, filling space. It may be that my only Chicago material has to have been recorded in the 60s, before they made it. I think Chicago II was released right at the start of 1970...

Until hearing about this Nashville Sessions, the strabgest exampole I knew of recorded-to-show-I-can was Todd Rundgren's "Faithful". He had a moderate hit in 1976 with a "Good Vibrations" that sounded eerily close to the original in every respect. That was the point of the album. Well, he's a studio creature, it must have been an interesting experiment.

I was just thinking about the yellow book. So chaotic, so personal, anything could happen. I miss that.

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 20:38:38 ET
Posted by: Abu, there their

Sorry, my there should have been "their".

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 20:36:38 ET
Posted by: Abu, Far west of Nashville

Jody, I was also disappointed. The best part was hearing Robert Lamm singing. Why did they bother making an album where they tried very hard to sound almost exactly like the originals? Just to see if they could do it? They succeeded, if that was what they were shooting for. I agree that they could have altered the songs somewhat, without totally changing them. You know, like what SD does at a live show. Change the arrangement a little. Jody, give "Now" a try, there latest effort from 2014. You might be pleasantly surprised. It has the feel somewhat of their vintage 70s stuff, but still with a new sound. The horns are great. Lamm sings a few, and sounds very good. The original horn section is still intact.

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 18:52:22 ET
Posted by: Hadji, Phoenix, AZ

Black Friday is here. Some dumb-asses out here are already camping out at Best Buy stores.

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 18:28:34 ET
Posted by: Toejam, Memphis

I think Donald might want Amy Helm to open for Steely Dan next Summer. If not, Huey Lewis & the News would be a good opener.

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 13:30:49 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Because there is a reason other Steely Dan fans are heading elsewhere (and not Facebook).

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 12:48:29 ET
Posted by: Jody, Spokane WA

Abu....Did you like Chicago's The Nashville Sessions album? Some say it's the worst recording Chicago ever made. They re-recorded their old hits but didn't add anything new to them. I hate the way they shortened "Beginnings" to a mere 2:44 time length. I do like the raw stripped-down production of the album, but that's about it. For me, Chicago went downhill after the death of Terry Kath and the split from producer/manager James William Guercio.

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 11:49:10 ET
Posted by: Just, curious

@KD - Instead of once again adding to the mess with yet another post pointing out the obvious followed by yet another gratuitous sideswipe at the board and its readers, why not add something of possible interest to the rest of us ? Or, alternately, if you know you have nothing to add, why not keep the whiny downer stuff all to yourself? With the holiday season fast approaching, you really should be parsing the negativity out in small bits so you don't end up running short and spoiling your own "enjoyment".

Date: Wed, November 25, 2015, 09:03:04 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

It appears as if the usual 14-year old, anon-encouraging, style of posting is back to working its charms.

But at least we're getting all those insider scoops! Because band members and Libby and everyone else totally post here, guys!

Date: Tues, November 24, 2015, 19:32:08 ET
Posted by: Led Head Ted, lick your own

Really - right wing troll.

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 17:06:25 ET
Posted by: Ted, Wisconsin

Liberal Lenny: Looking up a nice Angela Davis poem and will email it to you, liberal troll.
Now go lick Pelosi's boots but don't wet yourself, poor little thing.
Greetings, Ted N.

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 12:42:39 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Last thing - Nice Girl actually resembles a Monkey House track, for those fans out there...

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 12:38:57 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,


Jay Graydon chats with Paul Rivera, Jr about his dad's amps, Peg solo, and the state of musicianship. There's a musician and producer's perspective here that's pure gold:

Abu - Had lost track as well, although the resurrected Sons of Sisyphus (released about 15 years after recorded wasn't bad - Mah Jong is funky)...thus was in a state of shock earlier this year to here Loughnane (trumpet), Paradaizer (trombone), Pankow (sax, clarinet, flute) and guest horns deliver the goods on Now...and melodies that were not so tuneless and teenerama oriented. With Seraphine gone and recording on the road - there's some Wendel-ian like drum tracks on a few of the numbers, others with live track drumming. The horns and band are back to sassy and full of vinegar.

Seriously, Chicago's best album since XI - Kath's last with Take Me Back to Chicago, Little One, and Policeman.

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 09:53:14 ET
Posted by: Abu, Into Chicago

Doc Mu,

Thanks for the update on Chicago. I used to be a huge fan of theirs all through the 70s. Into the 80s, I still listened, but the "huge" was dropped from "fan", as David Foster & co. more and more removed the horns. I had always loved the horn charts back in much of their 70s tunes. By the late 80s, I basically stopped listening to them. On into the 90s, 00s, and even up to now I had really totally lost touch with them. Nice to know they are still making records, and what is more, the original horn section foursome is still intact. Thanks for turning me on to their latest from 2014. Nice to hear them horns again! Now, I have some catching up to do, as I have read of the personnel changes and other stuff since I lost track. I knew Cetera was gone, but now there are two or three new vocalists. Robert Lamm still sounds amazing. Champlin is even history. I guess I have always been partial to them trumpets, trombones, saxes and such, even the occasional flute. I have always also loved DF's horn arrangements, and others who have wrote his charts. Big band horns I have enjoyed as well, old and newer. It is no wonder why Joe Roccisano is near the top of my music chart.


Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 22:49:41 ET
Posted by: Liberal Lenny, watching Glengarry Glen Ross

Go back to the Ted Nugent forum, troll.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 20:18:25 ET
Posted by: Rawhide, Houston

Rawhide is a worthless piece of shit.
I also hate his politics. He is a hard core left-wing Socialist who campaigned for Obama in the last election.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 13:34:23 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, Lawl

Phil - it's unfortunate how David Foster rose in prominence as a producer while Jay Graydon and Li Puma faded.

Jay's After the Love is Gone was a great fit for EWF, co-written with Bill Champlin and Foster.

Jay guided Al Jarreau peak on Breakin' Away and Jarreau, co-writing with Tom Canning. Foster's another session guy with Porcaro, Gadd, Parks, Lukather, Findley, Hey, McCreary, Omartian, Laboriel, Feldman

One of my fav. Michael Franks albums is Blue Pacific, with 2/3 of the album produced by Walter and Tommy LiPuma. Walter really steps up Frank's game on Vincent's Ear beyond his usually cheesy, cutesy mode. LiPuma even out Steely Dan's Walter with Carlton serving up some of his best pop licks since Scam/Aja/TWM.

The 80s Chicago, where the horns were stuffed back in a closet is almost unlistenable. Besides the string of treacly Foster-produced hits, it derailed their musicianship.

It's worth listening to Chicago's new Album Now (XXXIV), as Lamm and the horns are turned loose again. Naked in the Garden of Allah, Something's Coming, I Know, and Free at Last are the first numbers to check out. Watching all the Colors, Nice Girl, Another Trippy Day are pretty strong as well. Good to here their old spirit back with a slightly modern twist. Very nice horn charts.

Nice Girl even has some Kath like guitar shredding. Parts of Free at Last reminds us why at one time Chicago could actually rock out.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 12:24:29 ET
Posted by: Denise, Hinktown

Abu, I agree completely. David Foster's influence on Andrea Bocelli ia another example. What a great voice, and now doing a lot of schmaltzy stuff. Last special I saw, he was singing that Sinatra song Saying Something Stupid with his wife. He could do so much more, what a shame.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 19:26:19 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

...and "Any Man Left", thanks to the link
to that wonderful concert site. That is really a massive
access to live shows. Great. Thank you !!! Steve

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 19:24:49 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

This last tour, in retrospect was pretty awesome.
I think "Rikki" should be done every show just like "Black Cow"
and "Kid C".
I expect "Deacon Blues" to return to the Set list next
While my dream set list would include rarities like
"The Second Arrangement", "Here at the Western World" and "Any Major Dude"...I'm pretty satisfied with the nice list of songs they did this year...
The shows are still awesome. Can't wait for 2016.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 19:05:22 ET
Posted by: Nooooo, !!!!!!!

Please no more lists. Nobody cares.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 17:09:43 ET
Posted by: dream, set

Cubano Chant
Black Cow
Your Gold Teeth
Hey 19
The Second Arrangement
Monkey in Your Soul
Home at Last
Dr Wu
Razor Boy
I Want to (Do Everything For You)
Black Friday
Babylon Sisters
The Caves of Altamira
Reelin' in the Years

Kid Charlemagne

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 14:41:34 ET
Posted by: Abu, Sell-Out

Like others, David Foster sold out. Definition: "a betrayal of one's principles for reasons of expedience." Some artists choose to go where the money path leads them, which is their choice. David Foster was noticed for his early work, and he became more in demand in the commercial world and so he eventually sold out to the schmaltzy milktoast glop, because that is what many people who don't really care about quality stuff want to hear. Countless Christmas albums are recorded by quite a number of artists because all these people buy this stuff this time of year. Sorry if I have offended any Kenny G fans out there.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 12:14:46 ET
Posted by: Rawhide, Dallas TX

David Foster is a worthless piece of shit. He wants music to sound slick and commercial for big profits. Look what he did to Chicago in the mid-80s. He made them remove the horns and put Peter Cetera up-front to sing sappy Michael Bolton type ballads. His latest album is called "We Love Disney". Fans of Phil Collins or Kenny G will probably like it. I also hate his politics. He is a conservative right-wing Republican who campaigned for Mitt Romney in the last election.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 09:42:01 ET
Posted by: Darren, London, England

Links 2 & 3

Didn't come up properly. I'll try again.

2. The Greatest Damn Steely Dan Band to Ever Come Down the Pipe

3. Steely Dan – The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever

Darren in London

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 09:38:23 ET
Posted by: Darren, London, England

I was in New York covering the Steely Dan concerts last month. Off the back of that little project, I've written 15,000 words (they give you a degree for less than that in some territories!). Some of that was for my employers but about half of it can be found floating around the 'net and on my blog. Here's the links:

1. The Steely Dan Show

2. The Greatest Damn Steely Dan band to ever come down the pipe…/the-greatest-damn-steely-dan-…/

3. Steely Dan - The Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever…/steely-dan-the-most-unforgett…/

If you're at all interested, take a few minutes to do some reading (well, it might take you a little longer than that. I hope you enjoy it.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 03:23:05 ET
Posted by: Phil, Pau

Hi Hoops, sorry for answering so late.
What David Foster does to Verve is terrible, I don't know about sales number but in terms of image he's ruining the label. Who needs another Rod Stewart Christmas album, and Barry Manilow ? Norman Granz must be returning in his grave as we say in France. When under Tommy LiPuma's guidance it was a rebirth for the label, David Foster is burrying it, what he did to Diana Krall is sad for example, transforming her into a Wallmart artist when Tommy slowly, lovingly took her to the top. It's a total ignorance of what Verve was supposed to be when Norman Granz created it and that tells a lot about the world in which we are living, we could debate on that for hours.
I was a big fan of Foster in the late 70's, early 80's, when he started his carreer as a studio musician and composer(I don't think he ever played for the Dan), when he was teaming up with Jay Graydon, playing on Jay's production, like Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer and that beautiful Dionne Warwick album that no one ever heard: Friends in love.
Anyway, there are label managers who still have a vision, I mean an artistic vision, like Manfred Eicher at ECM, and many others, let's forget about Verve, but it's a sad story.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 03:04:03 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

The intro to EMG is a tribute to Coltrane's Ascension...except they preview the bridge - pretty darn clever. Weiskopf does well, but it would be very interesting to have heard Potter.

I do have the same impression of the bop bass-drums on TIMTM

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 21:40:28 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Nicholas - you're right about Laura Nyro.
She seemed way ahead of her time in regards to songwriting.
I really like this cd from last year:

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 10:26:50 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Listening to Laura Nyro's "Save the Country." The piano has a vibe very much like DF's piano in some of the early demos on the various unauthorized compilations. I enjoy her original versions of her songs that mostly others made famous. Hers is a very interesting story with a sad end.

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 09:51:56 ET
Posted by: Anymanleft, RioGrande

I'm not sure if anyone else has ever posted about this amazing site that stores hundreds,(thousands?) of live concerts from all genres of music. I stumbled on it a few years ago and then it disappeared, but now it's back. And there's a few from SD shows. The one I just listened to is from a show in 1974 with the original line-up. It's actually recorded pretty well. Check it out:

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 09:23:37 ET
Posted by: Jules, sick in bed

I completely agree. I wish Gary Katz had produced EMG.

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 01:22:50 ET
Posted by: Giant, S

I actually thought EMG was the one album where the drum patterns stick out as not being appropriate for the songs in a few places. TIMTM and the sax intro of EMG come to mind. The drumming distracts me there.

Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 21:24:07 ET
Posted by: Henry, Miami Beach

The setlist down below really stinks. That's why whoever posted it didn't bother to leave his name.

Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 19:25:49 ET
Posted by: ., ,

Dizzy's Bidness
Reelin' in the Years
Babylon Sisters
Caves of Altamira
Hey 19
Kid Charlemagne
Razor Boy
Daddy Don't Live in NYC
Your Gold Teeth
I Want To (Do Everything For You)
Home at Last
Green Earrings
My Old School

Black Cow

Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 17:02:44 ET
Posted by: tommy,

I guess the new dylan bootleg series limited edition has like 20 takes of just one song. If i was a dylan freak instead of a dan freak that box set would be awesome.I would love 20 takes of donny singing.

Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 13:16:40 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed , Wherever

I picked up the remaster of Brubeck's Time Out last weekend.

(We've got to have some music after the nuclear war, right)?

Anyway, as a drummer, I found myself longing for return of the natural drum sound captured on these albums.

Personally, I think EMG has one of the best drum sounds/productions of the recent era.

Anyone else have a favorite from the SD catalog in reference to the drum production?

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 08:23 ET
Posted by: hoops , chicago


Great to hear from you! Sending good wishes of care to you and all in Paris! I love your city!!!

I do notice that I enjoy many, many recordings associated with Tommy LiPuma. I sense that he is also behind Diana Krall's rise to success, just among many.

I remember that Tommy LiPuma was heading impulse! under MCA/Universal and then I think he became head of Verve after the Universal/Polygram merger in the late 1990s. BUT THAT reminded me, that David Foster currently heads Verve. I hear those who think he's brilliant--but then I struggle with his rep thinking of his work with the 1980s era of Chicago. Surely he made hits for them...but...

I can't recall. Does David Foster appear on any SD or Fagen album? For that matter, aside from GGGR, does Tommy LiPuma appear on any SD or tangentially-SD album?

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 06:10 ET
Posted by: Philippe , warzone

Yes indeed GGS is a superb album and I also bought quite a few for my friends but to me, what makes it such a gem is that it has the magic words written on the back cover: "produced by Tommy LiPuma" .
When Tommy puts his hands on an album you can be sure that all the people involved will give their best, they all know they are here to create an intemporal piece of music. If the guy had a fan club I wish I could be the president. The man is a national treasure and he let his print on so many timeless records, it's incredible.

There is indeed a direct connexion between him and Donald, you can see them both on the same stage during a Nightmusic episode : , we already mentioned it on the Blue.
If you don't have it aleady you can try "Gate of dreams" by Claus Ogerman, Michael Ruff "Once in a lifetime", and so many more ...

Bonne journ?e ? tous


Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 23:04 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago, on the quick


I will disagree with one point: "Blue Skies" by Al Jarreau isn't so much uptempo as ironically frantic and anxious, sorta like Jack Lemmon at the end.

Best and many thanks,

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 15:17 ET
Posted by: Abu, Blue Skies & Lou, too

I agree, Hoops, that the soundtrack for Glengarry is an excellent jazz album. Blues Skies, sung by Al Jarreau is a great uptempo version. Then, Dr. John does a very nice slower version on the album as well. Joe Roccisano performs another tune called Tear Filled Skies that does not appear on any of his own albums. So good! The skies are raining blue with tears. James Newtown Howard's tunes, performed by Wayne Shorter, Michael Lang, and Jeff Porcaro plus others are sweet, too.

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 03:34 ET
Posted by: Sloane, nyc

Glengarry Glenn Ross is one of my favorite movies. Jack Lemmon should have won the Oscar for his performance of loser Shelly "The Machine" Levene.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 12:34 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago, on the quick


Sorry about that. Your posts from the other day about Joe Roccisano should now appear. I love Joe's stuff. "Leave Your Mind Bedhind" is awesome. Some long timers may remember that I ran a rescue mission buying up all CD copies of "Music from and Inspired by 'Glengary Glenn Ross'" (or something like that--sorry, it's a long title that I still struggle with remembering accurately). It's my favorite jazz album and I ended up buying dozens of copies and finding them homes after they started appearing budget bins at the likes of Walgreens and Big Lots for $2-$5 about 20 years ago. That's an album I would love to see and hear remastered and re-released.

Bob Sheppard plays on the album -- on the absolutely sublime "Blue Skies" by Al Jareau -- but somehow Bob never ended up with a copy. When I found that out, I delivered one to him within in 24 hours. Shep told me it was an amazing session because, most of all, he was awed that when he sat down to record, the seat was still felt warm from Wayne Shorter having sat there a few minutes before for one of his sessions. Isn't that something?!?!

I think "Blue Lou" is the best thing DF has ever written for someone else. I also have to remind myself that "The Finer Things" (from "King of Comedy") is credited as a David Sanborn performance, but because of the superb writing by Donald and that it's an instrumental, I mistakenly think of it as a Donald Fagen solo trach. If you consider how many session players have played on SD and DF tracks through the years, I think it's understandable and I deserve a pass for forgetting that it's not from a Donald Fagen single or EP.

Many thanks, Abu, for bringing up Joe whichg led to the topic of "Glengary."


Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 02:33 ET
Posted by: Another Scurvy, Brother

In the archives there are a few mentions of William Gibson borrowing various Steely Dan names for characters/places in his work. I was just reading "Mona Lisa Overdrive" and came across the Deacon Blues gang and a bar called the Gentleman Loser.

But here's a line that suggests the guys did some borrowing of their own: "Becker explored the planes of her face in a tortured, extended fugue." That was written ~15 years before Becker sang "I can tell by the planes on your face that you're from out of State" on "Slang Of Ages."

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 01:09 ET
Posted by: .., San Diego

Sure wish Donald would do a solo tour next year. His solo material really needs to be performed live.

Date: Mon, November 16, 2015, 22:13 ET
Posted by: Abu, Incoming Fax

Forgot to post the Joe Roc tune's link. Here it is:


Date: Mon, November 16, 2015, 22:04 ET
Posted by: Abu, Joe Roc - Just the Fax

It seems Hoops accidently deleted my post of a "new" Joe Roc tune that I posted, in between all the bad and silly posts. I will post again.

I am still surprised that absolutely no one has commented about Joe Roccisano. I posted a tribute to him on 11-09, citing his numerous connections to Steely Dan and the jazz and big band music. Instead, all we had the past week was what Hoops called out and deleted off the Blue. Now, perhaps someone who enjoys and appreciates DF's and WB's jazz interests and influence will finally stop sitting on their hands. Where are these people on the Blue? Let's talk about it. It is quite obvious that Donald and Walter certainly appreciated Joe's Roc's abilities and music. I know you are quite busy, Hoops. Perhaps at a later date you will comment about Joe, big band music, etc. Most of the regular posters here have gone silent of late. So there are no concerts for a while. God knows there seems to be nothing new as far as recordings by the Dynamic Duo. Come on, people. Tell us what you like about jazz. Something. Anything.

Date: Mon, November 16, 2015, 20:42:30 ET
Posted by: Jack of Speed, Gaucho

Hey Steve, I like that you included Caves in your list. Midnight Cruiser i nots that far out of bounds, considering they played it in 1996. I was surprised this summer when they played Gaucho on a sporadic basis.

I agree, let's have some fun, here goes.

1. The Second Arrangement (band only)
2. The Royal Scam
3. Josie
4. IGY
5. Hey 19
6. Lunch With Gina or EMG
7. Bodhisattva
8. Three Sisters Shaking (with Walter on Vocals)
9. Peg
10. Caves of Altamira
11. Rikki or Do it Again (just to keep people happy)
12. West of Hollywood or Janie Runaway
13. Don't Take Me Alive
14. The Boston Rag
15. My Old School
16. Kid C
17. Countermoon
18. Teahouse on the Tracks
19. Reelin'

Date: Mon, November 16, 2015, 11:10:20 ET
Posted by: hoops, working overtime with a lot on my plate

Thank you to Fionna, Denise, and so many others who have done so much to provide support as we mourn the loss of our Fezzie. Thank you.

Got a lot on my plate and, sorry, can't follow some of this stuff bjut some of it is really obnoxious, invasive against respectful privacy. And do we need to rehash 15 years ago, let alone inaccurately at that?

Also: Please stop speaking for me in terms of what and what isn't on this forum as well as my musical tastes, etc. On a quick scan, a few things are commented out immediately so as to stop some nastiness.

I agree 100% with the statement:
"The real reason that The Bluebook was started was that other forums were overrun with people talking (mostly) about themselves and other fans rather than the actual music."

Yes, this board's posts should be focused on Steely Dan and reasonably tangential topics. Do you think it should be on anything and that's your right? OK... Then my right is not to operate a forum like that. And there's one person who no right to post here. Period.

That said, the fact is that 99.9% of people here are very good and appreciative and I sure don't threaten that to them.

I will put this on an approval mode until things calm. Please be patient until your post appears. I'm sorry that this is an inconvenience for many of you and you don't deserve the trouble. But at least it's even more annoying for me in terms of work behind the scenes.

For the 99.9% of decent SD fans, please don't be deterred from posting. We look to them.

Thank you.


Date: Sun, November 15, 2015, 10:54:17 ET
Posted by: The Truth,

The real reason that The Bluebook was started was that other forums were overrun with people talking about themselves and other fans rather than the actual music.

Same thing seems to be happening here a lot the past few days.

Date: Sat, November 14, 2015, 13:17:59 ET
Posted by: Abu, Just the Fax

New song posted on YouTube performed by Joe Roc:

The Fax of Life

Date: Sat, November 14, 2015, 08:01:34 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Here's an original idea...I'm going to put together
what I think next year's "Steely Dan" setlist will look like,
assuming the boys go on tour...
This time I will go for more reality than my usual
"Second Arrangement" and "Here at the Western World" hoo-hah.
OK, here goes...

The Caves of Altamira
Night by Night
Black Cow
Time Out of Mind
Deacon Blues
Black Friday
Your Gold Teeth II
Midnight Cruiser (Sung by Walter) really going out on a limb
Hey Nineteen
Kid Charlemagne
The Fez (sung by the choir)
My Old School

After the sadness yesterday in France, we need to have some fun around here.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 21:39:03 ET
Posted by: Abu, Between a Roc & A Soft Place

Here is what I don't understand. This past week I have just seen mostly silly and mean posts. Last Monday, I paid tribute to Joe Roccisano, but there has been absolutely zero comments, thoughts, etc. about him and his music. Anyway, I just picked up Joe's first solo CD (his Orchestra): The Shape I'm In. I see that Blue Lou is on there, but it is about two minutes shorter than the Glengarry Glen Ross soundtrack version. I have not had time to hear the difference yet. I wonder if Lou Marini goes crazy on the shorter version as well.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 19:00:00 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

Dear Dandom:

Fionna has kindly agreed to coordinate sending flowers to Fezzie's family as well as a donation to the Wounded Warrior fund as requested in Fezzie's obit.

Please play Fionna ASAP so she can get this done with minimal hassle. I know she is glad to be of service to all of us-- in the name Fezzie, of course--but let's not drag it out for her. ASAP? OK?

Send PayPal funds to fifekazanow at yahoo dot com

Thanks again, Fionna.

We miss you, Fezzie!


Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 18:38:56 ET
Posted by: Yo, LWO

Little Wild One - You forgot Kinky (So-n- So). That guy was awesome!

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 11:18:09 ET
Posted by: Little Wild One, Been here, done that

Kalvin, that was a lovely tribute to Fezzie. He was a dear friend who could make you feel so welcome with just his smile. It seems we've lost our Boston Band of Brothers over the last few years and, while, it makes me sad, I feel so fortunate to have met them and shared some wonderful, memorable times!

Randy from NJ, some of us from the Classes of 2000/2003 are still around. Quite a few gathered in NYC a few weeks ago for the last Beacon show. I'll mention some names that you may recognize: YGK, Lady Bayside, SueDave, Ghia Girl, Chai Latte, South of Hollywood, Ed Beatty, Girl Margaret, Fife, Mister Sam, Security Joan, Doc B, Lurker Ray, ChrisNH, Hoops, Pete and Shari. Kalvin and Reidar, our friends from across the pond were there also, as well as some esteemed BlueBookers who have held down the fort here, such as Don Patrol, the Dean, M/O/D/P, Jim Taylor, Prez Logic, Gus Winterbottom. (Apologies to anyone I missed.) I heard that Oleander was there, but did not get to catch up with her.

Welcome back!

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 00:07:04 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

Snakehips used to pop into the chat room here in the Blue, but that was phased out around four years ago. Also I dont know if it was the the same Snakehips from the Yellow. If it is, she no longer attends SD concerts and withdrew from the online community for personal reasons.

Date: Tues, November 10, 2015, 18:53:29 ET

well said Kalvin. And Ric, I believe you must be referencing the
New Frontier video, as that makes nearly every list of the worst
music videos ever made. However I did not Google any of this and am
relying on my drug addled memory, so I could be wrong.

Date: Tues, November 10, 2015, 16:46:48 ET
Posted by: Kalvin, Portsmouth, UK

It was so so sad to hear the news that my someone I feel both honoured and privileged to call my friend, Paul Mahoney has passed away.

I was introduced to Fezzie by Mark Boston Rag Drinan at a Danfest before one of the Great Woods concerts in Mansfield MA what seems like now an absolute age ago! He happily posed for pictures in his full on white Fezman outfit and over the three or four subsequent Danfest's that I was able to attend, it became a bit of a thing that we'd always try to recreate that first shot together. Thankfully I still have all the shots which I shall now treasure more than ever.

I was told many moons ago, that it's not really about where you are, and all about who you're with, and over the years, people like Bill, Mark and Fezzie were indeed the proof of that particular pudding. With due respect to all the many other A lister's that I met through the Boston Danfests (you know who you are!) these three guys WERE the Danfest and all the good things it came to represent.

Fezzie, rest in peace my friend, the world is a poorer place without you, but I know at least two other like minded gentlemen who will be looking forward to meeting up for a beer again with you shortly.

Date: Tues, November 10, 2015, 16:30:47 ET
Posted by: Randy, NJ


"Hello one and all / was it you I used to know / can't you hear me call / on this old ham radio..."
-- Steely Dan, 'King of the World'

I'm not sure who's still around these 'Blue Book' pages these days that used to post here or on the 'Yellow Book' at Under The Banyan Trees twelve or fifteen years ago -- around the time of the release of 'Two Against Nature' (2000) or 'Everything Must Go' (2003) -- but it's Randy here, snark supreme from way back when, a.k.a. Nightfly82/Nightfly62... Haven't posted in this realm of the dumping ground that is known as cyberspace since somewhere 'round 2005 or '06... (With the internet now inundated with countless websites wherein any -- and every -- dolt with a computer is spouting off about music, film, transsexuals, celebrities, diet fads, abysmal television programming, or film celebrity diet fads for transsexuals on television, I'd just as soon not be involved.)

Just thought I'd pop in and see who's alive and still lurking these days... Hello to the humble host 'Hoops' - hope all is well in your part of the world...

Does anyone have contact info on 'Aja', 'Snakehips', or 'Oleander' from all those years ago?

This year is the first Steely Dan tour I've skipped, after only previously missing the tours in the '72-'74 period -- lack of new material you understand -- so I haven't seen anyone at any shows.

If anyone's around from all those years ago, surface now or forever be relegated to the ever-fading past-


"I'm deeply underwhelmed by most contemporary art, literature, music, films, TV, the heinous little phones, money talk, real estate talk... The Internet, which at first seemed so fascinating, appears to be evolving into something even worse than TV..." -- Donald Fagen

Date: Tues, November 10, 2015, 15:56:08 ET
Posted by: Ric, C

That "official" Slinky Thing video is worse than the one for Ruby Baby.

Date: Tues, November 10, 2015, 08:41:29 ET
Posted by: Sad, US

RIP Allen Toussaint

Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 23:43:13 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Toronto

Really sad to read of the passing of Paul Mahoney AKA The Fez. I never did get to meet Paul in person, but to paraphrase The Dean, often we feel that we get a good picture of someone based on their cumulative posts here...Paul was obviously one of the good guys.

I remember when I first put something up on The Blue, a long time ago, I received private thanks from Paul, words of encouragement from a "regular", words that made me feel welcome back then.

I'm raising a Cuervo Reserva de la Familia in Paul's honor right now.


Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 17:09:17 ET
Posted by: Abu, Birdland

Here is the link to Joe R's arrangement of Birdland, as performed by MT:

Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 16:57:48 ET
Posted by: Abu, Still Roc'-ing

I remember listening to Weather Report's Birdland back in 1977. Great song! Written by keyboardist Joe Zawinul, I always enjoyed that unique tune. Quite catchy! Then, I was listening to Mort Fega's jazz radio show, and he played Manhattan Transfer's take on it that came out in 1979. I couldn't believe it! I loved this version as well, as Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for this vocalese version on the album and Janis Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement. I loved the way she nailed every note of Zawinul's keyboard outro.

At some point, Joe Roccisano wrote charts for this song, and the Manhattan Transfer recorded this version in 2006. Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and others have recorded it in a big band version, but I am unsure whether they played Joe's arrangement. It seems the MT version with the orchestral arrangement might have have written specifically for them, although there is a nine-year time gap at least between Joe's passing and and when MT recorded it. Anyway, nice to hear Joe's charts.

Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 06:20:34 ET
Posted by: Abu, Tribute to Joe

Eighteen years ago today, on November 9, 1997, we lost quite a talented guy. He played alto sax, flute, and occasionally baritone sax. He wrote a good number of tunes, and others he arranged, particularly for jazz ensemble, and especially for big bands. His name: Joe Roccisano. He played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Don Ellis, Ray Charles, and Louie Bellson, among many others.

Fagen & Becker met Joe in the late 70’s, no doubt hearing already about his arranging ability. In a 2014 interview, Donald said “… I like big-band arrangers, like Gil Evans. There’s a band called the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra that I used to like for the arrangements.” In 1977 Joe was hired to write the charts for four tunes on their jazz album “Apogee” by the Pete Christlieb Warne Marsh Quintet. On the heels of that release, Mr. Roccisano wrote the grammy-nominated arrangement of Green Earrings on the Chick, Donald, Walter & Woodrow LP by Woody Herman’s big band, which was recorded in January 1978. Throughout the 80’s Joe stayed busy with the Louie Bellson Big Band, touring, recording, and arranging. Then, in 1988, he was the Producer for the Hoops McCann album, writing the arrangements for all but two of the eight Steely Dan cover songs, and conducting the band in the studio. Mort Fega, DF’s favorite jazz radio personality, stated in the album liner notes that “It’s easy to understand why Joe’s reputation has prospered so dramatically and why he is in such great demand.” He went on to record a couple of tunes for the 1992 movie soundtrack of Glengarry Glen Ross, even arranging for his own Joe Roccisano Orchestra a “big-band” number written by Donald himself, entitled Blue Lou.

Joe was now well on his way as an established band leader, as he then recorded two of his own (Joe Roccisano Orchestra) albums in 1993 and 1995, the first The Shape I’m In, and the next Leave Your Mind Behind, the latter sporting two covers of Fagen and Steely Dan tunes, namely The Goodbye Look and Throw Back the Little Ones. Back in 2009, DF was asked if he had some favorite jazz covers of their own stuff. After saying that one of the first covers, Do It Again by Herbie Mann, was one of his faves, Donald then said “Also, Joe Roccisano did some nice charts where he just used the tune as a jump-off point. That’s the best way to go”. DF also wrote a few words on the liner notes of that CD, stating that “Joe obviously enjoyed playing with the material, taking the harmonic and melodic motifs and expanding them in unexpected directions. His charts tended to avoid the ‘here’s the jazz treatment syndrome’”.

But alas, Joe had heart trouble that had started to show up, according to a 2010 interview of Phil Woods, who was perhaps Joe Roccisano’s biggest influence. Phil said “Joe and I became the best of friends…(He) was very advanced in musical talent and skill and although he was a great alto player it was his arranging and composing skills that got my attention. All the cats who played Joe’s music were hooked! Joe always attracted superior musicians. The cats always know and that is the important thing! Quality! Joe was quality and love, a helluva package.” Phil Woods wrote these sincere words in the liner notes for Joe’s last album, recorded in October 1997. Joe now had a slightly smaller orchestra, a Nonet (nine players), and that last recording was made in New York. One month later, Joe Roccisano died of a heart attack. He was only 58. Everyone who knew and played with Joe were greatly saddened. Conrad Herwig, a trombone player who was in Joe’s last band, recorded a tribute to Joe the very next month, called Silent Tears, which is on Herwig’s Heart of Darkness CD. Bill Charlap also has a nice piano solo in this heartfelt elegy. Mike Holober also composed a tribute tune not much later entitled Roc and a Soft Place, which was recorded in two versions. Joe served as a mentor to Mike when he was starting his New York bandstand experience.

I have a thirty year old houseguest. I put on Joe’s Leave Your Mind Behind CD the other day. After listening to the entire thing, I asked my guest what he thought of the music. His response was almost like Joseph II saying to Mozart that there were “two many notes”. He said it was a little too much to take in. For all of you younger Steely Dan fans who are perhaps not familiar with jazz, and especially big-band jazz, Joe’s kind of music might present a challenge of sorts. But if one wants to truly understand a part of Walter Becker’s, and perhaps more so, Donald Fagen’s background, then you must check it out! Put on some Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, or even Sauter-Finegan big band music. Give Joe Roccisano’s music a good listen. See what Phil Woods, Mort Fega, and many others are saying.

In that 2010 interview, Phil Woods said of Joe, “I want to make sure people remember him.” Phil is no longer able to help folks remember, so this small tribute to Joe Roccisano is my way of helping to keep his memory alive. “Joe is still with us – just listen to him”, Phil says.

To see Joe Roccisano performing, check out this video of him playing alto sax with the Louie Bellson Big Band. Joe's solo playing starts at 04:50 of the vid:

Here is another link to a YouTube playlist containing many of the songs referred to above:


Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 03:52:40 ET
Posted by: Abu, So Sad

Denise, thanks for the picture. My condolences to The Fez's friends and family.

Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 02:42:14 ET
Posted by: SS, HK

Denise, thanks for posting that photo of The Fez. Always a sad day when a brother from this place dies.

Date: Sun, November 08, 2015, 23:33:15 ET
Posted by: Bill Watson, Austin City Limits

You know, it seems each and every one of the important pieces of information (!) that seems to justify a Brian Sweet "revision" could have come from the same one person. Hmm….guessing who, that's a tough one. But you've got to hand it to the man - what he got in maybe a 10 minute phone call with one person earns him a revised edition. Where is his publisher? Doesn't he have an editor? I mean…

My condolences to Paul's loved ones and friends. I never met the man but he seemed to be a POSITIVE presence in the Dan community for many years (needed ever so much over time!), and I'm sure he will be remembered fondly.

Date: Sun, November 08, 2015, 21:10:41 ET
Posted by: Barney Beacon, Hoboken, NJ

I didn't know that DF put out an official music video for "Slinky Thing"!

Date: Sun, November 08, 2015, 21:10:33 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Shit, Denise.

Here's to Fezzie. Piña coladas all around.


Date: Sun, November 08, 2015, 14:22:22 ET
Posted by: Denise, Hinktown

Our dear friend, Paul Mahoney (Fezman) is gone.

Date: Sun, November 08, 2015, 12:21:17 ET
Posted by: Name handle etc, On location

Looks like Brisn Sweet is now resorting to gossip to justify these revisions.

They cut out Roger Nichols from the EMG sessions. He found out from another source that they were recording without him.

Don & Walt did not attend services for Roger or send flowers.

Don & Walt each go straight back to their hotel room after concerts and do not socialize.

Don & Walt's respective SOs do not get along

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 22:28:22 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Feeling sad in St Augustine Beach

Holy shit, Joan. Sad news, indeed. I never had the pleasure of meeting Fezzie, but sometimes I feel like I know posters here, just based on their "body of work". If he indeed does pass soon (I sure hope he doesn't) I really hope he goes peacefully.

My brother let it be known he wanted all measures used to keep him alive (despite the recommendations of, well, basically everyone). It turned out to be a horrid situation for him, and everyone else involved.

I will make my last drink tonight (to be poured in a few minutes) to Fezzie. Hopefully, it will not be the last one drunk to his honor.

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 22:13:15 ET
Posted by: security joan, praying

Sad news to report, and request for prayers: Fezzie from Boston, who has been ill, took a bad turn today, and according to his girlfriend michele, has been taken off life support. It's the point where he needs a miracle. She's with him in hospital playing steely dan. Please send positive energy

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 21:50:31 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

When it comes to "the most influential drummer alive today",
Dennis Chambers and Vinnie Coliauta belong in that list as well.

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 18:44:19 ET
Posted by: Abu, Not Unknown

Doc Mu, did I say "unknown"? Please read my post again. Only a fool would say that, or perhaps a moron. Highly regarded, I don't think, means the same as unknown. Typical anonymous post by "Geo".

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 12:33:21 ET
Posted by: geo, Bronx, NY

Dr Mu......Only a moron would have thought that!

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 02:57:28 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

There was no danger of Steve Gadd being an unknown without Aja

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 21:38:40 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

the band KNOWER is tangential because Tim Lefebevre, who played with Fagen on Letterman's show for Weather in my Head, regularly plays with them. Lefebevre has played with Krantz and Carlock in their trio for nearly a decade.

I consider them Danential in addition to this because it's two people - Louis Cole, the drummer/keyboard player and Genevieve Atardi, the vocalist. And because there is a very clear Dan influence in much of their stuff.

What makes them unlike SD is that they are totally independent and their whole catalog is DIY. They take full advantage of the tech available to them and make phenomenal tunes by themselves.

I've been following these guys for years and I swear to Christ they are going to blow up soon. If they do, you heard it here first.

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 20:07:27 ET
Posted by: Brutus Charisma,

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 20:06:54 ET
Posted by: Brutus Charisma, df

If you think that Gadd's solo on Aja is solely responsible for putting him on the music "map", please watch this video of Steve performing around the same era.

Then ask yourself: who else at this time, was this creative, beside say, Tony Williams?

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 19:35:35 ET
Posted by: Abu, Still in Gaddtown

One has to wonder, if it was not for Aja, would Steve Gadd be "the most influential drummer alive today"? If he had not nailed the tune in a couple of takes, and DF and WB opted to use another drummer, what then? Maybe that other drummer would be the "most influential". My feeling is that he would still be highly regarded, but perhaps not quite so respected. Aja really put him on the map.

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 16:47:28 ET
Posted by: Ham, Reading, PA

Steve Gadd's biggest contribution to music will always be his drum solo on Aja. I was kind of hoping he might drop in as a special guest at Steely Dan's final Beacon show but that didn't happen.

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 14:35:49 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Steve Gadd plays beautiful like the elder statesman that he is and does what he wants.
If people feel he is wasting his talents they don't get it.
His own new jazz records are kind of subtle as well. Really cool stuff.
Live he still gets in on, great energy.
What is he supposed to do, pound the drums like it's the 70's all over again - high energy Jazz Rock?
There was a time for that, some of his fans are still stuck there perhaps.
There won't be another Aja, the original is good enough...

Date: Thurs, November 05, 2015, 13:17:17 ET
Posted by: Luke Skywalker, The Force

The best way to see Steve Gadd is to go see the Steve Gadd Band performing at small intimate venues.

Date: Thurs, November 05, 2015, 09:10:24 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

Keith Carlock played drums on one of James Taylor's tours a few years back. I saw the show and do not think his talents were wasted any more than when Gaad is the one behind the drum kit with JT.

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 19:18:10 ET
Posted by: Jordan, Albany NY

Steve Gadd belongs in Steely Dan. If Keith Carlock should ever leave, then Donald & Walt need to grab him.

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 18:43:39 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

I would assume Gadd can play with whoever he wants and that he enjoys the James Taylor gig.

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 17:54:57 ET
Posted by: Working Musician, NYC

Re: Gadd; a "shame" and "waste" would be for him to not be working for anyone! so many of us are finding less work. it's good to know someone of steve's immense talent is using his talent to maintain an income.

glass is half full, imo...

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 15:43:47 ET
Posted by: No More, No More

It's wrong to think that Phil Collins updates should be posted here.

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 14:38:15 ET
Posted by: Hoss, Texas

More good news for Phil Collins/Genesis fans: Phil has now stated that he would love to reunite Genesis and that he came out of retirement for love not money. Thanks, Phil. The world needs you back more than ever.

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 13:52:03 ET
Posted by: Noah, NYC

I definitely agree. Steve Gadd's talents are being wasted by performing with James Taylor. Why is he with James Taylor anyway? Is James offering him more money than other artists?

Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 13:35:55 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Gadd is an amazing drummer. It's a shame that he's been touring with James Taylor for most of the past 2 years, as JT really doesn't give Gadd any meaningful opportunity to cut loose and show his many talents. If you're going to tour with a great musician like Gadd in your band, why not let your audience share in his gifts?

I've surely seen other artists tour with Gadd and feature his work, and with Paul Simon's tours in the 80's it was impossible not to, as his drumming practically defined Simon hits like 50 Ways and Late in the Evening.

I don't think that Gadd ever played on any JT recordings during JT's heyday, perhaps that explains the difference - or perhaps merely that drum figures played a less prominent role in JT's music (though exceptions exist - eg Sun on the Moon). Oh well. Hopefully we'll have other channels to enjoy Gadd's ongoing work.

Date: Tues, November 03, 2015, 07:29:09 ET
Posted by: Abu, E-Gadds!

I found a video of the legendary Steve Gadd as I was surfing YouTube. I had watched the great Louie Bellson dualing with Steve in another video. Then, after a few more, I clicked on a vid that said it was made in 2015. 'Let's see what Steve Gadd is up to recently', I thought. The vid starts off with Ian Palmer, as he is the founder of "The World's Greatest Drummer Concert". Ian talks for a while while you watch him playing with the Big Band assembled for this annual event. Then, he introduces Steve Gadd, calling him "the most influential drummer alive today". After Steve gives his verbal intro, he sits down to play. What is the choice of tune? AJA!, big-band style. It sounds like they play the arrangement (by Alan Broadbent) that Woody Herman used on the Chick, Donald, Walter & Woodrow recording from the late 70s. Alas, Steve Gadd is chatting while he and the band play! At least, the talking stops just in time for Steve's great outro, revisited. I sure hope they come out with a CD of this recording, or a DVD that has the complete tune, without the talking. That would be great! For now, and possibly forever, we'll have to settle for this:


Date: Mon, November 02, 2015, 03:30:30 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The place where nowhere else would admit that even the Empire State Building's lighting rig can't keep up with what Walter Becker does on a Duo-Sonic with rusty strings.

Date: Mon, November 02, 2015, 03:11:54 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Super awesome go-to misogyny, boys! Good job coming up with another reason why none of us would ever want to actually meet up in person with people that anonymously hang around a Steely Dan message board.

Date: Mon, November 02, 2015, 00:27:14 ET
Posted by: hoops,

Babs is a regular cheeky blogger for one of the Chicago online newspapers, Chicago Now. Affiliated with the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Red Eye, it's kind like A.M. New York. At first I had her mixed up with a different Babs who does indeed post here and attend Danfests. On the bright side, at least she's saying in the press that she likes Donald. For years, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times Rock critics seem to just out right hate Donald and Steely Dan. So I'm glad somebody doesn't hate them.

All that said, I actually thought it was kind of funny because for years I've been hearing female Steely Dan fans say pretty much the exact same things as Babs writes about--yes, even some of the ladies at the Danfest in NYC. Through the years, I always take it to be good fun. Same with the column.

Date: Sun, November 01, 2015, 17:37:48 ET
Posted by: Travis, New Haven CT

Who is this Michelle Babicz anyway? Take a look at this really pathetic letter she wrote to Donald Fagen at www.chicago Sounds like a really desperate Donald Fagen/Steely Dan groupie to me. I'm surprised she's not a regular poster here on the BlueBook.

Date: Sun, November 01, 2015, 13:00:09 ET
Posted by: Ass Spanker, in town

Some shithead uploaded a Steely Dance FM video of the light show on YouTube.

Date: Sun, November 01, 2015, 09:02:11 ET
Posted by: Still Sparkin', Hong Kong

Morph the Cat tour keychain failure:

Sometime October 30/15

Lifespan - 9 years, 7 months

Date: Sat, October 31, 2015, 09:02:53 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, Here

Steely Dan still available on YouTube...
Paste the following text into YouTube "Search" box:

+"Steely Dan" +"Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group International"

Date: Sat, October 31, 2015, 02:38:24 ET
Posted by: Floyd, Torrance CA

Watch the NAB Labs version of the Steely Dan light show on YouTube. It's only a minute long, but has the DJ intro and the roar of the crowd watching down below. Just type in "NAB Labs Steely Dan" in the YouTube search box. I would like to see a fan shot video of the ESB Steely Dan light show with the view from the ground and the sounds of the crowd.

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 22:22:29 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

ESB, thanks for the link.

Did they use a drone to record that light show?

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 18:54:29 ET
Posted by: Can't wait to tell my loved once, about this opportunity

It looks like those lovable ESL fraudsters/spammers have now enlisted the compositional & editorial talents of at least one homegrown grade 9 dropout. Not just any dropout, mind you - one that has a case of impaired morality to go with the stupid. Way to go, guys.

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 14:56:30 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, here

@Anon... I think the term is "cheap bastard".

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 13:22:49 ET
Posted by: Merlin, Boston, MA

I just finished watching Steely Dan's FM light show on YouTube from last night. It's really nice. Watch it on a big screen if you can.

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 13:13:21 ET
Posted by: ESB, Video

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 10:37:21 ET
Posted by: Lester, D

Counterfeit tickets at the Beacon is nothing new.

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 10:03:21 ET
Posted by: Anon, TS

BadSneakers,- You see? Sometimes to pays to be a cheap dick!

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 09:08:32 ET
Posted by: Merlin, Boston, MA

Empire State Building never posted any videos on YouTube of the Steely Dan light show last night. It sucks.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 23:28:30 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Bad Sneakers, glad to hear you made the show! Sometimes, for
fans,Karma takes care of things. I'm sure the fellas who helped you
out, got some vibe from you. I know another fella who did a similar
act of kindness, and he felt really good helping a fellow Danfan.
Giving joy to another, usually results in joy for the giver!
Great tale!

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 22:44:48 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, Here

I saw Steely Dan perform Gaucho at the Beacon Theater a few weeks ago. And I only paid $25 to a scalper out front for a balcony seat! Heavy thunderstorm kept most people away and prices down that night.

I’ve seen SD several times recently. But they hadn’t played Gaucho (the song) and I really was hoping to hear that tune. And so that night, when they played the entire album, getting to be there... to hear and see that show was very special and very lucky. And only $25!

A few days later - Saturday - I had no intention of driving into the city to see them yet again. For one thing, a pair of tickets from a scalper for Steely Dan's final sold out "Whatever" Beacon show would cost hundreds of dollars that I can't afford. I just had plans to go out to dinner in the neighborhood with my wife on Saturday. And even when she told me that afternoon that she wasn't feeling well and didn’t want to go out to dinner that night... I still knew better than to try to go to this show. I’ve seen Steely Dan plenty of times anyway.

And when I found myself driving into the city a short while later anyway, I rationalized it... figuring it's okay because I probably wouldn't get in. I enforce strict limits in my head with the scalpers, and I'm prepared to walk away disappointed when necessary. I tell myself "Hey, you've seen these guys before!" or "Hey, jerk, you don't have any money!". I set my limit very low again: $20 which was fairly unrealistic.

Well anyway... I found a great parking space on West 75th Street near Broadway… I figured that would be my consolation. Haha.

I hung out in front of the theater, and I watched a half dozen or so scalpers. Only a few buyers. Fifteen minutes before showtime. Everyone they saw, they asked, "You selling tickets? Buying? How many you need? One-fifty. One hundred," I started to walk away, they followed me and asked "How much you lookin' to spend?" I replied "Fifteen," and they laughed and left me alone. When it was just after eight o'clock, I watched a couple buy a pair of tickets for $200… And just a few minutes later, the same couple came back to the street corner. Because they had been cheated: the tickets they bought had been counterfeit. That's when I realized that I was probably gonna be going home very disappointed very soon.

At around a quarter to nine, as I was about to leave, a scalper asked me once again how much I wanted to spend. With nerves of steel, I held up a twenty dollar bill. "$20 and not a dollar more" I said. I listened as he dropped his price dropped fast: $80… $50… $25. "Nope" I said. "Twenty." He handed me the ticket and snatched the twenty dollar bill from me. I spun around and ran towards the entrance and my heart was pounding and then the scanner beeped as an usher scanned my ticket and then he said "Counterfeit." And I wasn't even surprised. Just disappointed and pissed off. Well… that's that, I thought.

Before getting into the car and driving back to New Jersey, I needed to take a walk! Blow off steam. I was so angry! I walked around the block, Over to Columbus Avenue… up the block behind the theater… down quiet West 75th Street beside the closed stage door. I heard two guys walking, talking behind me... They were heading to the show. Was I just hearing things… I was still upset about buying the fake ticket. I turned around. "Did I really just hear you say you have an extra ticket?" I said to them. "A damn scalper just sold me a counterfeit ticket a few minutes ago… I'm so pissed off!" He answered "Well, just come on in with us." I figured he was joking. He said "How much do you want to see this show?" I answered "Desperately! I would love to see this show desperately!" And he said, "Then come on in with us!"

When we rounded the corner and walked under the marquee, he handed me a ticket and gestured for me to go in ahead of him as he said "After you." Once inside, I shook their hands and got asked them their names. I felt dizzy. I asked if I could buy them each a drink but Johnny and Richard said no thanks. Johnny said, "Your seat is next to ours. We'll see you inside!" Then he said "You're really going to enjoy this show." I was happy just to be in the building! I was going to see the concert after all! But I wasn't prepared for what happened next.

It was the intermission. I went downstairs to the men's room… Back upstairs and bought a $5 bottle of water. Now where is this seat? I wondered. I hadn't even read the ticket. I showed the ticket to the usher at the head of Aisle 3, the center right aisle. She pointed straight toward the stage and Donald's keyboards. "All the way down… First row aisle seat," she said. For real. Best fucking seat in the fucking house. So close! Ten feet away from Donald and the girls. OMG! Wonderful unforgettable experience. Great show. Some deep cuts! Surprise guest: Denny Dias!

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 22:14:03 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, Here

Rolling Stone on YouTube
Donald Fagen Performs "Paul's Pal" at the Apollo Theater

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 19:44:24 ET
Posted by: search, k

The DJ who introduced it on 101.1, Dan Taylor, actually has a history with the song. He's the one who spliced together "AM" in the 70s when he was working for an AM radio station. He's a long time SD fan.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 19:33:29 ET
Posted by: Morph, back home

You have to wait until it shows up on the Empire State Building's YouTube page. Should be soon.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 18:46:34 ET
Posted by: search, k

Sound, but apparently you need your own visual.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 18:32:43 ET
Posted by: gee,

the guy requested dr wu instead for christ's sake. cut him some slack. it was a funny article, even though I don't agree.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 16:23:53 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!


Video has been sent via We Transfer. You should get an email with a link. Email might look a bit spammy as I hit "Transfer" before I finished writing the note. Again, nice video (for my phone) thanks to M/O/D/P's skills. Audio quality sucks, though. Maybe you can do something with it.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 16:11:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

While I can certainly understand someone having heard FM too many times in their lives, I don't understand the complaint with it being used for this event. It is certainly appropriate. And let's face it, it's a damn sight better than most songs I've heard too many times in my life. Perhaps the author thinks they should play an obscure song nobody has heard (or heard enough to be tired of) and/or a song that has nothing to do with the event.

I hope to be home (or somewhere I can fire up my phone/tablet) to watch Joan's periscope stream. Now I just have to figure out how to get it. The links in her tweet take me to fairly static pages. Maybe that will change when the event happens. Anyone who can help this old clueless fart figure out how to view (without setting up an account) would be much appreciated.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 15:10:09 ET
Posted by: KK, R

Someone bitching about the song choice for the light show.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 12:23:49 ET
Posted by: Warren, B

When Google paid billions for Youtube I had a suspicion they were going to try to find a way to make money off it. Yes sir I did.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 11:17:20 ET
Posted by: Full Colons,

I doubt people were clamoring for Phil Collins to resume his career, though he's a bankable entity - all the risible Disney sap will put asses in seats. He could share a bill with the four-fifths of the Spice Girls also resuming their career.

In other news, YouTube is indeed removing content from their "classic" (free) site in lieu of officially-licensed versions of the same to be located behind the YouTube Red paywall. Single sources of licensed content make it easier to calculate minuscule royalty payments.

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 11:11:56 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Did not know about the surgeries, KD. That certainly explains why is isn't the featured drummer.


Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 10:49:08 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

It's probably because of the fact that after several debilitating surgeries and injuries to his hands and back he is physically incapable of playing the drums.

But yeah it's probably the rock star thing what a poseur

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 10:34:29 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Why does Phil Collins need a drummer? I thought he was supposed to be a great drummer. Does much of his material require two drummers, or is he too busy posing out front, like a Rock Star?

Date: Thurs, October 29, 2015, 07:25:36 ET
Posted by: Lenny, NY

Wonder if they'll do the FM version with the extended outro. That seems like it would go over well in a light show.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 22:58:02 ET
Posted by: Morph, eating ice cream

Hey, gang! Don't forget about the big Empire State Building light show with Steely Dan's FM song tomorrow night. Show starts at 7:00 pm sharp and will be posted on the Empire State Building's YouTube page immediately after so everybody can enjoy it.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 20:49:53 ET
Posted by: Skunk Breath, East Side Manhattan, NY

On second thought, having Jason Bonham play with Phil Collins is probably a good sign. Phil might ditch those schmaltzy ballads and play in a more heavy rock format.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 20:48:27 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I think Genesis with Phil Collins was very good and exciting in the early 80's.
By 1984, when they had gotten mainstream and were selling out stadiums...that's when, in my opinion, they had jumped the shark.
By the time Phil was making sappy love songs for Disney, no one cared about him anymore.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 20:29:04 ET
Posted by: Skunk Breath, East Side Manhattan, NY

Phil Collins' new touring band features Jason Bonham on drums. No Chester Thompson. Frankly, I probably wouldn't go see a Phil Collins solo tour. Who wants to hear Lion King Disney songs? But if he launched another Genesis reunion tour, then I definitely would go.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 20:23:57 ET
Posted by: Had my Phil, by the end of '81

Hoss, you may very well have filled your pants at the news, but not all of us are THAT happy at the thought of more Phil Collins. The guy had a decent run for a couple of years right after Peter Gabriel left Genesis, but that's about it. His saturation of the airwaves & MTV during the wretched decade that was the 1980s is not fondly remembered by everyone, and his untimely return is definitely not worth the ruination of a perfectly good set of Levis.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 17:16:28 ET
Posted by: Hoss, Texas

Huge news! I remember I saw some discussions about Phil Collins on this board. Well, guess what? Phil Collins has announced he is coming out of retirement and is ready to tour and make new music! I almost shit my pants when I heard the news! Visit for more details. Thank you, Phil! You just made my day!!

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 15:00:37 ET
Posted by: Answer, to the Lyric Question

Oh yeah.


Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 13:57:56 ET
Posted by: DeaconBlues16,

Normally don't partake in these quizzes, but I think the answer is Mary Shut the Garden Door.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 13:49:21 ET
Posted by: lyrics quiz, air

And it's more explicit than just poor reception. The exact opposite of no static.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 13:06:58 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Another bad answer to the quiz might be King of the World. While the ham radio is old, there is no mention of static.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 13:01:42 ET
Posted by: lyrics quiz, ;

Bad Sneakers refers to a transistor, but does not say that reception is poor. There's a much better answer.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 12:57:05 ET
Posted by: Answer, to the Lyric Question

Bad Sneakers.


Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 11:01:48 ET
Posted by: Michael,

Most of the content on YouTube has been available for years. My guess is they want to compete with stuff like Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, etc.

This sounds like a bait & switch: lure millions of people to upload content, then change TOS in order to monetize it. This opens up the possibility of bandwidth being intentionally throttled for non-subscribers. Inevitably, the pay-for-access sites will try to eliminate content elsewhere so that they alone can act as gatekeepers and regulators.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 10:00:21 ET
Posted by: lyrics quiz, here

FM is a song about radio with no static. There's another song with a lyric that describes just the opposite. Name it.

Date: Wed, October 28, 2015, 02:09:43 ET
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Date: Tues, October 27, 2015, 19:50:54 ET
Posted by: Abu, Not in the Red Zone

Chris, that makes perfect sense to me. All I know is, I am not going to pay for the Red YouTube. It will be ad-free, they say. Wow.

Date: Tues, October 27, 2015, 19:05:20 ET
Posted by: Thanks to PF,

There’s going to be a gigantic Steely Dan light show on the Empire State Building this Thursday 29 October.

Date: Tues, October 27, 2015, 11:04:24 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

"What I don't understand is this: One can find virtually every SD song still on YouTube. In fact, every pre-90's Dan tune has a video supplied, which interestingly, states in the description "Provided to YouTube by Universal Music International"."

Abu, that's because YouTube is preparing to launch a music streaming service. UMG is a partner. They are probably ramping up takedowns so that all of their copyrighted music can only be streamed from official sources.

Date: Tues, October 27, 2015, 05:48:28 ET
Posted by: Abu, The Red Zone

I have had four videos blocked in the last couple of weeks. Three were SD tunes from their albums, and one from a CD single that was officially released in 2000. Specifically, it was the Overture, which was a medley of Royal Scam, Bad Sneakers, and Aja, which had been recorded live at an unspecified date and location. I was not penalized on my YouTube account, however. I got an an e-mail from YouTube, which only named "Overture" as being blocked, but not the other two. Then, last week I had a cover song blocked. YouTube sent me an e-mail once again, which this time specifically said the reason it was blocked was because of the new YouTube Red, the new pay-per-month version they are launching. Again, no penalty on my YouTube account. The e-mail said that there would be no penalty.

What I don't understand is this: One can find virtually every SD song still on YouTube. In fact, every pre-90's Dan tune has a video supplied, which interestingly, states in the description "Provided to YouTube by Universal Music International". For some reason, Kid Charlemagne is curiously not available.

For you cover fans, David Gwynne has posted a nicely done new piano and acoustic bass cover of The Goodbye Look. The link is below:


Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 23:45:20 ET
Posted by: Chet, B

The youtube crackdown seems to coincide with the Beacon run. What % of the tickets went unsold I wonder? I did not attend, but the the availability of youtube clips didn't affect my decision.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 17:19:34 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Speed, no, it isn't just affecting SD videos. They've been issuing takedown notices for years. What I was confused about is that the majority of SD videos weren't affected until recently.

My thinking now is it has something to do with YouTube's new partner program, YouTube Red. They are going to be rolling out a subscription service that includes music. That hasn't launched yet but the new terms to be a YouTube "Partner" (ie monetize your videos) went into effect last week.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 14:53:59 ET
Posted by: Darren, London, England

My first time posting here. Hi to everyone. Managed to get all of the video of the 17th gig from youtube except "Black Cow" which seems to be blocked. Anyone know where I can find it?



Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 14:11:01 ET
Posted by: Speed, orange county, ca

Is it only affecting Steely Dan videos? I see other bands affiliated with UMG like The Who, Queen and U2, but live concert videos from them continue to play on YouTube. Maybe Donald & Walt have something to do with the video blocks/removals.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 13:19:20 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

anyone have insight as to why SD videos are being cracked down on now, after years of being left alone?

UMG has been issuing take down notices for infringing YouTube videos since at least 2011. A quick google search didn't turn up anything about UMG ramping up efforts.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 12:47:01 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Toronto

A pro-shot video of DF's appearance at The Apollo the other night, along with some video interviews:

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 12:43:43 ET
Posted by: The Count, sesame street

The place which Fagen referred to as a "toilet" in Eminent Hipsters is getting a $20M expansion.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 12:31:45 ET
Posted by: Jeff Spicoli, Ridgemont High

We need to move on to more serious matters affecting our country. For one, has Luke Skywalker become the evil villain in the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie? Everybody seems to be debating this issue.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 12:20:18 ET
Posted by: kzkzkz, NYCNY

All my videos, mostly from the Beacon the past 5 tours, have been pulled by UMG including 3 Dr. Wu's, Walter's "Gaucho", 5 or 6 Aja's etc. I can only hope an "official" dvd will be released so the rest of the world can see/hear what I/we have been privileged to. FWIW, my channel is not monetized.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 11:54:20 ET
Posted by: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Quote from Pink Floyd's Roger Waters on Hilary Clinton: "She might be the first woman president to drop a fucking nuclear bomb on somebody". Waters says he would vote for Bernie Sanders if he was a U.S. citizen. Read the full article on www.rolling

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 11:12:25 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

Sorry to go all guitar geek on here but, I thought a follow-up was in order. Thanks to those who assisted.

Finally found the skinny on the new guitar Jon Herington played at the Beacon with SD. It is manufactured by Eastman (T184MX Thinline). Similar size to a Gibson 336.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 18:02:08 ET
Posted by: Evergreen, Portland

Here are Jon Herington's five favorite albums: 1. The Beatles- Sgt. Pepper, 2. Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced, 3. Cream- Disraeli Gears, 4. John Coltrance- Crescent, 5. Ray Charles & Betty Carter- same. Get more info on Jon's Facebook page. Interesting picks.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 17:24:10 ET
Posted by: Farm Boy, Ranch

Hey, Nashville cats! Keith Carlock will be playing November 12th at a small joint in Nashville, TN called the Douglas Corner Cafe. Cover is only 8 bucks. Keith & the band will be playing jazz funk covers & originals.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 12:14:23 ET
Posted by: Hank, drinking coffee

Blame it on Universal Music Group. They will now block anything on YouTube that they feel violates a copyright infringement.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 04:30:31 ET
Posted by: Greg, Dunedin, NZ

Can't believe 'they' pulled my video off youtube of SD and Steve Winwood at Auckland, November 2011. It was up for several years and even featured on the Steely Dan home page for a year or two. I took that to mean is was all OK.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 02:26:26 ET
Posted by: Shack, MI

I wish Rudimental made a music video of "Common Emotion" with Donald appearing at the end. The song is really quite good with a catchy hook and souful dance groove.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 01:16:44 ET
Posted by: JIm Taylor, Hello, Baton Rouge

LOL, somehow my entire post, my post about my summer adventures, 2 hours of typing, disappeared. The power flickered and it was gone. Remnants of Patricia, or something. I was telling how I got married and went to Houston with My Bride for her first SD show, and how I took my son to the Nashville show and how we went to Joe Jackson in New Orleans and flew out the next morning to NYC and checked in to the Hotel Beacon and ate several times a day at fab places and saw 2 shows and went to Russ and Daughters because we saw a movie last summer which made us hungry for smoked and pickled fish and then we met all of these friends like Jim and Pete and Shari and Joan and Reider and Don and the Mrs and M/O/D/P and Doc and Gus Winterbottom and the Mrs and she who shall not be named and I believe at one point that Lurker Ray came up and introduced himself and I was amazed that I met all these people and yes to say yes...

Date: Sat, October 24, 2015, 23:21:55 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Don, will do, in the next day or two. My email address is in the same place as yours.

Date: Sat, October 24, 2015, 22:52:19 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Dean, drop me a line on email.

Date: Sat, October 24, 2015, 22:36:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Bad Sneakers, thanks for that video. As you said, somewhat shaky video, but audio was fine. A real treat.

YGK, I do have a video on my phone, which I will email to you. Beware, I have a very old phone and the audio is totally fucked. But M/O/D/P did a fine job with the video. You guys were fantastic. I told several NYC friends to check you out live sometime.

Apparently somehow got mixed up with on the Interwebs. I'm almost embarrassed to admit I am currently driving an inherited Malibu (newer, Z vin) and it's basically a hunk of junk. But, free car, low mileage. So there you have it.

Thanks for the tip on the new Breithaupt/Monkey House release. I'm looking forward to it. Another fine Canadian. Which allows me to tell yet another---Why do Canadians rarely engage in group sex? Too many thank you notes. (rimshot)

EC, sounds like we owe the same Bluebook poster thanks for getting us into the show. These Canadians are OK, eh.

Rudimental is NOT hip-hop/rap. Not particularly my cup-o-tea, but not hip-hop. 'Nuff said.

SueDave, sorry for the slight. I know we talked about you (behind your back--all good). But I believe I may have met you during the rapid-fire intros at the Sugar Bar. I probably forgot a few others. Many thanks for helping to put together that fantastic pre-show bash.

Saw the fabulous Marcia Ball last night. The opener didn't show, so Marcia (and her great band) came on early and played two sets. She even joked during the first set, "We're just the opener now. When we come back as the headliner, my makeup with be perfect, the lights will be shinier and the band will change outfits---with each other." Or something to that effect. The place was at least 50% empty--- a real shame. Still they played their asses off and stuck around to chew the fat with whoever (whomever?) wanted to hang around. Much respect.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, my Steely friends.

Date: Sat, October 24, 2015, 19:10:34 ET
Posted by: BadSneakers, Here

I'm a long time Steely Dan fan. This is my first post...

Besides seeing SD numerous times, as recently as last Saturday's final show at the Beacon "whatever"...

Here's a shaky video from DF's appearance at the Apollo concert honoring Sonny Rollins:

Date: Sat, October 24, 2015, 17:09:03 ET
Posted by: YGK, Brooklyn

Just want to reverberate how great it was to meet so many bluebookers on 10/17.
Loved the show which was over the top excellent!

And thanx to all the die hards who stuck it out to check out our set, going on at 2:30am. Thanks for the support!

Also thanx to Pete & Shari for your generous hosting...
The Dean - I heard you had video of the show at Bitter End...can you please get in touch? Would live to see...



Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 14:22:46 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Jeez, I swear that post from Don Breithaupt wasn't there when I posted below........

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 14:20:16 ET
Posted by: Steve M, Scotland

Doc Mu

Thanks for sharing that Breithaupt Bros tune, nice!

Looking forward to the new Monkey House set in Jan hopefully?

Don, are you out there? Any updates?

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 13:55:20 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

That's awesome, Don. Can't wait for your new album!

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 13:49:08 ET
Posted by: DonBreithaupt, Los Angeles

Currently (like, literally right now) doing guitar overdubs on a track for the next Monkey House album: none other than maestro Elliott Randall! Pinch me...

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 13:30:27 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

Thanks to all for the great reports, makes me feel like I was there. Wait...I WAS there! Saturday nite's show wasn't what I'd expected, but it WAS a great show. Saturday night in NYC at The Beacon, seeing my all time favorite band. It hardly gets better than that.

Huge thanks to the Blue poster from Canada (who will remain nameless) for scoring me an upper balcony seat for Friday nite by scaring the cr*p out of the scalper I was arguing with around the corner from The Beacon. I didn't hear what you told the guy, but it took about 10 seconds and I had a seat at cost ($60). You know who you are!

I got my first live look at Jimmy Cobb. I hope he keeps playing - just amazing, never mind the age factor. I couldn't see from my vantage point in the nosebleeds, but someone told me that most (all?) of the SD band watched the Peter Bernstein set from the wings. Good stuff and a show of genuine respect from fellow musicians.

I had to google "Bob Guccione Caligula" to get the picture. Now I wish I hadn't passed on The Bitter End. I will definitely try to be at any future after show parties. I need more debauchery in my life!

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 08:28:05 ET
Posted by: search, k

Is that Fagen behind the horn section?

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 23:37:21 ET
Posted by: ET, Hollywood

Actor/Ladies Man Sean Penn has been spotted in the audience at several of Madonna's concerts lately. But Sean is not there for Madonna's music. He's after Madonna's love. Now singer Jewel has been revealing secrets about her romance with Sean Penn. New rumours have now been floating around that Sean Penn is actually using Madonna to make ex-girlfriend Charlize Theron jealous and win back her love.

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 23:30:55 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

SS - no, that would be youtube and using my ears.

Yeah, that would be Autocorrect at work. Thanks for playing.

So go Bugger Off! Let's see how that filters.

This could become a wasteland fast without a tour.

Here's something dangential (battling AC again) to listen to:

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 22:06:40 ET
Posted by: Slim Shady, SF

Rudimental's best song is Rumour Mill. Went to see Madonna a few days ago and was totally blown away. Her setlist is comprised mainly of her new "Rebel Heart" album. Madonna hates doing her hit songs so every tour is fresh and exciting. Steely Dan has evolved into a band like Chicago which tours every year and plays nothing but the same old hit songs. Hey, Mu! The name of the band is Rudimental not Rudimentary. Sounds like you misspelled the name after you looked them up on Wikipedia. LOL!!

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 20:59:20 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Rudimentary is a drum & bass band, electronica with R&B/soul chords (think late 90s channeling 70s). Is that Fagen gabbing about walking? It's not hip hop/rap which are synonymous and more than Monkey House. We the Generation has chord progressions on the Monkey House slinky side (Revolver, You on the Brain), which ironically features scatting closer to rap.

Not bad.


Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 20:10:54 ET
Posted by: Another Scurvy, Brother

Artists like Ratt is a good example of why I don't like rock. Artists like Kenny G is a good example of why I don't like jazz.

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 18:22:27 ET
Posted by: Buttsteak, Denver

Hip hop is a part of the rap music genre. Artists like Eminem is a good example of why I don't like rap.

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 18:03:21 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

What exactly do you think hip hop is?

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 17:35:48 ET
Posted by: Buttsteak, Denver

Sorry, but I don't like it. I just can't get into any type of hip hop type music. I find it very embarrassing and beneath Donald's talents. Shame on you, Donald.

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 16:22:34 ET
Posted by: tommy,

Hey guys, Donald fagen's latest recorded music comes via the new album from Rudimental.

donny does a cool scat talk thing on the track common emotion,

He must have listend to his scat talk thing at the end of I can't function, because they sound similar. very funny

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 10:41:33 ET
Posted by: Michael,

UMG blocking videos - Just one more reason why the major labels are slagging. In what way does showing a video taken from a concert undermine the artist? SD already made their money performing the concert, after all. The major labels act like control freaks.

Donald's solo albums - All of them have great tracks, but IGY is still numero uno. I hope Donald continues to create new music. Whether he's in the mood to do a new album or not is unknown, but still, there's nothing stopping him from recording one or two new tracks and releasing them as is should he feel up to it. Same goes for Walter. New music is always welcome.

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 09:50:38 ET
Posted by: deadly spree, hophouse

With the Beacon run everyone forgot to acknowledge the 3rd anniversary of Sunken Condos. While I never fell completely in love with it, I've continued to give it plays. By comparison, I shelved Morph The Cat within months of its release and it's my least favorite album in the whole SD/DF/WB discography.

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 01:48:53 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Random thoughts on Tour 2015;
Caught 5 shows this year, 2 in July outdoors (Det&Clev) in the heat,
with E Costello as the opener.and the last 3 Beacon shows. Having
Costello as the lead in, changed the vibe at the show. Much more upbeat
and energetic than others we've been at. The Beacon shows more what
we're(my wife & I) used to. All shows I found Walter to be in fine form! And
I believe the segmented tour helped take some of the vocal strain off Donald
whose voice held up reasonably well. As far as setlists go, I got pretty well what
I expected, and suffered no disappointments.
Beacon Run;
While I personally enjoy outdoor shows, I must admit that the Beacon is a pretty
darn nice indoor venue. Been 5 times over the years and am awed every time!
The Danfest on Sat. was awesome. Approx 60 members of Dandom there, so pretty
well impossible to meet all, and to those I missed, I hope we get another chance.
Great to meet so many "posters" for the first time, LRay,Chrisnh,MODP,and of course
the Dean(my fellow raffle winner)! Also good to meet up with LWO,Marc,and my favorite Norwegian, Reidar. Third time was a charm my man!!! A shout out to Suedave
for taking care of me in the subway! It was super hanging with you, and great to talk to Dave again. The After show was a total blast, with more Bluebook scmoozing and I thank Pete Fogel for that. So all in all 2015 was okay by me.
Final Impression;
Cynics may scroll past now
This thing of ours, and yes I said ours, is a beautiful thing. It has enhanced my enjoyment of Steely Dan and SD Shows. It has enabled me to interact and further,
meet some very cool folks. And though I may not agree with every opion and maybe
even find some offensive, this is still one of the neat things in my life. So to Hoops,
the Dandom in general, Bluebookers more specifically, I say thank you very much!!!!
Don Patrol
PS I have never, and will never post this much again!

Date: Thurs, October 22, 2015, 01:11:01 ET
Posted by: Ajack, IL

Cory Wells of Three Dog Night has passed away. This makes me very sad. How can Three Dog Night continue with only one lead singer (Danny Hutton) out in front? The other lead singer Chuck Negron performs by himself after Cory and Danny kicked him out of the band. For people who don't know, Cory Wells was the lead singer of "Mama Told Me Not to Come". RIP Cory Wells.

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 19:40:19 ET
Posted by: Stardust, at the bar

Donald, please!! Please do a solo tour next Summer. Please!

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 15:38:53 ET
Posted by: Little Wild One, PSA

Thank you for all the fine reports of the week/end just passed. One correction: the planning group for the Sugar Bar Danfest was Malcolm Hunter, SueDave and yours truly. They deserve as much, if not more, credit than I do, since I was skeptical that we could pull this shit off. Send them some love, y'all!

And nothing that we do as a group can ever be done without acknowledging the efforts of our founding fathers. In Pete and Hoops We Trust!

I am happy to have caught up with some old friends and made some new ones and, while some would say we got nuthin' new, is there another band that can put out that sound night by night, year after year? Half the fun is hanging with the tribe. Just my two piasters.

If that is drinking the Kool-Aid, I believe I'll have another cup. Cheers 'til next time!

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 12:33:32 ET
Posted by: Elgin, Boston

Dangential Show Alert~!

Catherine Russell, Carolyn Leonhart, LaTanya Hall at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC & Now On Sale
April 15 & 16, 2016

Join vocalist extraordinaire Catherine Russell for an historic walk on the “Sunny Side of the Street” in her long-awaited return to The Appel Room. For the occasion, Russell partners with vocalists Carolyn Leonhart (who has worked with groups as diverse as Steely Dan and Wax Poetic) and La Tanya Hall (associated with Bobby McFerrin, Michael Feinstein, and more). This talented trio will perform Sy Oliver’s own re-arrangements of his most famous tunes, originally written for male vocal trios. These arrangements were lovingly reworked by Oliver himself for a female vocal trio of Catherine Russell, her late mother, Carline Ray, and Oliver’s late wife, Lillian Clark. The updated music, including songs like “Ain’t She Sweet,” “You’re Cheating on Me,” and “Opus One,” was performed only once by the original trio. Tonight, you will experience this rare personal treasure of re-crafted classics, continuing a musical legacy intimately connected to both the arranger and Russell’s own personal heritage.
Vocal Trio + 7 piece band re-imagining Jimmie Lunceford & Tommy Dorsey hits arranged by the great trumpeter, arranger, and songwriter Sy Oliver.

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 10:40:33 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

Dean, M/O/D/P:

Great tales from gotham city. The band was practicing for an Aja Tour in 1977...maybe they heard a rehearsal before the band discovered they weren't being paid the same lost wages, and the thing fell apart.

Bitter End sounds like it met my expectations. Hope there's a video or 2 of Oz and Malc.

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 08:43:06 ET
Posted by: Bren, London UK

Hutch...many thanks for posting Beacon show...waiting in the UK for any whisper of a chance that they will come over the pond...its been a while...

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 01:58:21 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Great meeting you. Drop me a line sometime.
@the Dean
Thanks for helping me keep mine twisted!
I'll add my impressions in a later post

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 00:16:54 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, Toronto

@The Dean - Please do NOT apologize for those Wonderous Stories or for the manner in which they were told. Or for singing a shockingly accurate "Roundabout/Topographic Oceans" during that 5:00am cab ride. That would only serve to dissipate my own personal Subway & Taxicab Confessions episode. Sadly, no video or audio exists...

As for the Canadian jokes - I heard a few during my time in NYC, but the best was yours: "How do you get 100 Canadians out of a swimming pool?" ANSWER - "Just say, 'please get out of the pool' ".

It's funny 'cause it's true...

ps- Madeleine Peyroux was indeed amazing. More intimate and more interesting than I might have imagined. It was also great to see Wilbur James Cobb with Peter Bernstein on Friday night. 86 years old and still performing at an incredibly high level. The only player left from the Kind of Blue should have been there...

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 00:10:12 ET
Posted by: Lake Nostalgia, route 5

I would guess that couple's concert really was in 1977, but it wasn't Steely Dan. It's an easy name for a casual concert goer to confuse with something else after so many years. Or even a name that isn't similar at all.

I've gone back watched parts of some 1970s era baseball all star games on youtube, because there were certain things from the games I remembered. And boy, did I not remember them as they really happened.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 23:27:12 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

M/O/D/P, I was writing my long, dull, incoherent, post when you posted. I forgot about your "friends" who met during the 1977 SD tour, classic!

I should apologize for telling those distasteful speech impediment stories to you and your wife. But at least I didn't get into my stuttering jokes---or did I?

I know I had the poor taste to tell you a Canadian joke or two. I will email you with one or two more.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 23:17:30 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach. On the verge of a post NYC crash

I have finally returned to my hovel in St Augustine Beach. Totally exhausted, but otherwise mostly unscathed. Though I may never get this smile off my face. I probably should wait until I can write coherently before posting my thoughts, but I didn't want to delay too long before thanking everyone who make Saturday night (and early Sunday morning) so wonderful.

Little Wild One put together a wonderful pre-show event. I admit, I was a bit unsure if I was going to go. I aborted the only other Danfest I tried to attend a few years ago, as nobody was sure what the hell was going on---and I really wasn't in the mood to flounder around and socialize. I'm very glad I made it to this one. It was great to meet so many of the Bluebook's finest posters.

I know better than to try name everyone I met, but that doesn't mean I won't try. And please, if I met you and can't recall it at the moment, it is only an indictment of myself. I could mention I was drinking bourbon all day and night, Saturday, but "never blame the booze" is sort of a personal motto of mine.

First and foremost I need to thank M/O/D/P and his fabulous wife. She was a real trooper, and hung in for the duration. (For the record, I waked through the door of the apt where I was staying at 4:45 am.) I trust Mod-P reciprocates the courtesy when his wife drags him to some function with her friends. They are first-rate people. Intelligent, generous and polite, with a great sense of humor.

It was an honor and a pleasure to meet Fearless Leader, Mr. Jim (Hoops) McKay. We've communicated for years, but I never had the opportunity to meet him in person. He looked like he might have been having more fun than I, if that was possible.

It was indeed a pleasure to meet more of the Bluebook's finest: Gus Winterbottom. Chris from NH, Reidar, YGK (more on him, later), Don Patrol (thanks for keeping my head straight), Oleander, Jim Taylor, KD (I think)---and there were a few more. A couple guys told me they rarely post, and I stupidly forgot their handles. Great guys, though. M/O/D/P insists I met Lurker Ray, moments after I was certain I was talking to Hoops. Oh and the lovely and talented Security Joan, who was kind enough to tolerate me long enough to get a picture of us together.

For those I can't recall in my current state, please remind me. And please post links to any pre-post show pictures, if you can.

During the show I was in total bliss. I did no note taking, whatsoever, so there is no in-detail review from me this time. But it's hard to believe anyone who went to the show came away disappointed. This was easily one of the top SD shows I have seen. And having Madeleine Peyroux as the opener only increased my enjoyment. I had only heard a bit of her before that night, and always enjoyed it. But live? Wow. Having Jim Beard, Jon H and Leonhart sit in with her didn't hurt. She has a mesmerizing voice and style.

That the band was fantastic is par for the course. But this night was special, IMO. Their performance was close to perfect. The girls were phenomenal. I've run out of superlatives for this band. It's hard to believe this night was even better than the last time I saw them. Getting Pearl of the Quarter was a great treat, as I didn't expect it at all. Like Chuck I was thinking they might slide in Gold Teeth 2, but alas, no go. But that hardly detracts from the great show.

The show at the Bitter End really surprised me. Not that I didn't expect it to be good---but that good? First a shout out to Pete Fogel, who belongs in the Steely Dan Hall of Fame, IMO. He was welcoming and kind. A great host for the evening. Arrived while Mr Blue Sky was playing. Now, I confess, ELO isn't among my favorite bands (but I certainly don't dislike them). But the band was excellent and I even found myself singing along. Oz Noy was terrific and, even without Keith, the band was great. Funkier than I remembered, and I'll never complain about that. Finally Malcolm Hunter really was a treat. What a fun band! My NYC friends probably are sick of me telling them they HAVE to go check him out some night. YGK, thanks again for the great music.

And I also should thank NYC. She was very kind to The Dean this weekend. The weather was ideal for walking all over town, and a welcome break from Florida. I like it a bit brisk, especially at night after drinking. Plus, I experienced several random acts of kindness from the kind denizens of the Apple big. I can't wait this long between visits any more.

OK, well a quick skim of this post reveals it is getting less and less readable. So I should wrap it up. Again, to everyone I met on Saturday, and to all the great musicians who entertained, thanks for a fantastic night.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 23:17:08 ET
Posted by: M/O/D/P, "It's late at night and I've definitely had too much warm milk"

The following Steely Dan 2015 Beacon Theatre Run Memorial Post is dedicated to all the really fun people I was lucky enough to meet before and after last Saturday night's concert:

Jim Taylor
Ghia Girl (!)
Gus W.
Reidar (albeit very briefly)
Don Patrol - "pearls AND a quarter!"
Chris, nh
Pete Fogel
Lurker Ray
The Dean

Attended the final Friday and Saturday night Beacon shows and thoroughly enjoyed both, despite arriving in NYC very early Friday morning on three hours sleep, and getting even less shut-eye than that on both Friday & Saturday nights. The set lists have already been reported & discussed, so there's not much I can add on that front. I will note that even on what some (including yours truly) thought (dared to hope) might possibly turn out to be another Rarities Night, a random sampling indicated that many in attendance were actually seeing only their first or second SD show. The people around us at both shows were wildly enthusiastic and many seemed genuinely excited/pleasantly surprised upon hearing the opening notes of songs like Hey Nineteen, Black Friday (which inexplicably caused mass spasms of joy all around us), Peg, and My Old School. I didn't see a disappointed face either night.

A couple seated behind us on Friday told a nice, heartwarming story to those around them no fewer than three times before the show. It was all about how they had first met at a Steely Dan concert when they were seventeen. And what a sweet story it was. Somebody asked what year it had been, and the response was pure gold. "We were both born in 1960, so it was 1977" they indicated, not once, not twice, but three times. Fittingly, this was to be the first time they would be seeing Steely Dan together since that wonderful night in the warm, dreamy, breezy summer of '77. And I'm pretty sure they are still madly in love with each other, because they're still talking to each other after all these years. I know this because they talked to each other at high volume non-stop throughout the entire "By Popular Demand" show. I sure hope they didn't do that at that glorious SD '77 concert...

Can someone please cue "Summer Breeze"??

Anyways, I suspect that pretty much everyone in attendance had a great time as well, possibly/hopefully because most wisely chose to immerse themselves in what was actually happening and enjoying that - whatever "that" was - as opposed to sticking to the philosophy of demanding that everything going on conforms to some personal preconceived structure, and then when it doesn't, complaining endlessly like some entitled, petulant Trust Fund Kid...imagine the guy who, after a torrid evening with Brigitte Bardot circa 1966, complains bitterly & incessantly that her toenail polish was just the wrong damn color...

To give all of us a little context for the whole SD Beacon Run - something that meant a whole helluva lot to most of us here - the October 2015 issue of New York City Monthly, a glossy freebie mag distributed all over NYC and widely available at all three airports, devotes many pages to the NYC October live concert scene. Reading through it, I learned that superstar [sic] "Zedd" would be playing MSG, and that Duran Duran and "Adam Lambert" would be playing there as well. Even better, The Country Music Hall of Fame has/had a benefit concert ($10,000.00 <choke> for a table of ten) with proceeds going to - wait for it - "The Taylor Swift Education Center". I swear on a worn-out Columbia House vinyl copy of Katy Lied that I'm not making any of this shit up, nor am I making up, "Celebrating 20 years of Garbage (the band, apparently) at the Kings Theatre October 24". The magazine also devotes a fair bit of space to superstar [sic] Ricky Martin, again at Madison Square Gardens, who is described within as, "a world class entertainer, singer, dancer, and songwriter, with character too boot". Oh, and it mentions an appearance by Ann Wilson (either the blonde or the brunette from the band Heart) at the City Winery. No mention of our guys. No mention of The Beacon. Not a word. Although someone called Grace Potter is prominently displayed and noted for having "the pop appeal of Cheryl Crow". Like I said..."context".

In the end, it was surely a Weekend to Remember, but, after everything else fades, and when I'm old(er) and gray(er), and when I can no longer remember where my goddamned left elbow is, I will still have a vivid & fond memory of heading back to the Excelsior Hotel at 5:00am Sunday morning (first via the subway, then in a cab after the train we were enjoying finally went out of service), as The Dean regaled my wife and me with more great stories & random bits - the best of which was told with a delightfully authentic hare lip accent. There are some things a person just doesn't forget.


ps - For those wanting a lurid recounting of the debauched goings-on at the post-show Bitter End party, it sure as hell won't be coming from me. If you weren't there, maybe you should have been. Or maybe you shouldn't have, I dunno. If you must, just envision the Bob Guccione production of Caligula, but with far more depravity. I've said enough...

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 22:19:58 ET
Posted by: WHoever, WHatever

quick vid of Oz Noy from the afterparty, if anyone is interested:

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 21:16:05 ET
Posted by: Cola, .

Fuck u, UMG!!

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 20:21:49 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Back Home Again in Indiana

The videos within this article at are now blocked.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 16:41:34 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

Good eye, Bookkeeper's Son. It's not the 336 I'm used to seeing him play (you can see a picture here: I can't pinpoint what it actually is though...

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 16:02:09 ET
Posted by: Mason, CT

Donald Fagen will be performing at the 14th Annual "Great Night in Harlem" this Thursday October 22 at The Apollo Theater. Keith Richards will be there and jazz legend Sonny Rollins will receive a lifetime achievement prize. I saw the article at

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 15:00:21 ET
Posted by: Handicam Dave, New York

I posted on FB on Saturday before heading to the Beacon that the 'Most Unforgettable' show was either going to approach legendary status, similar to the Rarities show in 2011, or else was a big joke being foisted upon us by Walt and Don. Unfortunately it was the latter. The good news was that the band was super-tight as usual (this was my tenth show since Jones Beach '93) and Denny Dias was a cool treat. Gaucho and Pearl were expertly done, even if I'd heard them a few times before. It's just that (as others have also noted) the setlist has gotten so staid. I don't need to hear King of the World or Rose Darling at every show, but it's time to retire 'Godwhacker' and 'Time out of Mind'. And 'Showbiz Kids' has also been run into the ground by this time. Or else play some of these tunes once in awhile, while also working in 'West of Hollywood', 'YGTII', or 'Throw Back the Little Ones'. Heck, I'd much prefer hearing DF solo songs like 'What I Do', 'Florida Room' or 'The Nightfly' over 'Godwhacker' and 'TooM'. I was at the Rarities show in 2011 and I'll always be a huge fan, and admittedly I can't help but be happy that the band has been so active for the last eight years, but it's time to take a break from live shows if nothing new is brought to the table. Walt and Don have freewill to play whatever they want, and the demand for tickets is still extremely high in New York, which is great for the band. I'm just surprised that Walt and Don aren't tired of playing the standard setlists and don't want to mix it up a bit more...

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 12:51:22 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida

In looking at the video from 10-17-15 at the Beacon, is Jon Herington playing a new guitar on Bodi and Green Earrings? I thought it might be his Gibson 336 but the headstock does not look like a Gibson. Can anyone who was there help? Thanks.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 12:48:57 ET
Posted by: Yawn, $220?

So, did anybody actually get their parking validated? That would've been the best thing about Saturday night's "Unforgettable" show.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 11:03:20 ET
Posted by: Mason, CT

Better watch it quick before UMG comes along and blocks it.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 10:15:27 ET
Posted by: What!?, No!

Hutch! The guy that filmed this left out Jerome Antons taped introduction! That was the best part of the show!!

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 09:15:37 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Here's the whole show...

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 00:31:26 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu, start of the end of history

The setlists for Popular Demand and Whatever nights look fine - moderation in all things including moderation.

No Wu or True Companion or Fagen solo or the now iconic Downtown Canon, but a fitting end before animal time.

I want REPORTS, videos, pics of the Bitter End Show!

Brinkley front and center of the 35 sweet levels of genius in the Thomas Newman theme and montage for The Newsroom - year 1.

No escape from the Rajahs of Erase

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 18:09:41 ET

Steely, I would normally second your comments, however since
the great David Brinkley is the one breaking this news, I will give it a pass. Anxiously awaiting The Dean's Beacon review. He
should be writing for Rolling Stone. IMHO

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 17:52:03 ET
Posted by: Steely, Dan Group

Brinkley Jr., .Why the f*ck cares?

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 16:39:23 ET
Posted by: Brinkley Jr., .

The news is reporting that Joe Biden will announce his candidacy for President within the next 48 hours.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 16:39:09 ET
Posted by: Mick Seven,

great comments from Chris in NH- captures the spirit of the Beacon Run.
Hope to meet everyone next year- schedule was tighter this year than I anticipated.

Maybe Rikki next year for me, and Time Out Of Mind- a song i wasn't familiar with until I heard it earlier in the decade

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 14:22:45 ET
Posted by: Poor/Broke, gutter

Beat w/The No Name- Keep trying to convince yourself that you weren't disappointed that you missed the shows. I saw three (including the last one) and loved every second of it. Now, got get another job so you can afford a ticket to the next tour!

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 10:25:22 ET
Posted by: Toni,

A video of the royal scam night can still be found on good old vimeo.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 09:37:08 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Back at work after a great weekend in NYC.

First of all, it was great to meet everyone - Hoops, Mr. and Mrs. MODP, The Dean, YGK, Nate, Pete, and others. I didn't get a chance to thank LWO for setting up the pre-party in person. Thank you!

The show itself was a blast. The intro from the '74 live Bodhisattva went seamlessly into the tune (with Keith letting the clicks in the original recording set the tempo).

Denny sounded great. Plenty of stage time, not a ton of solo time. He took his usual solo on Bodhi, played his Green Earrings solo beautifully and got a few bars in towards the end of Reelin.

Becker was in fine form on guitar and Fagen in good voice, though showing a bit of strain after a long Beacon run.

I've run out of superlatives to describe just how wonderful the touring band is. We all know by now, I'd hope.

Madeline Peyroux was a fantastic opener. Hearing Jon (and special guests Jim Beard and Michael Leonhart) in that environment was a treat.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 09:24:12 ET
Posted by: search, k

A commentary on technology with heavy reference to IGY.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 09:08:19 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Where are the tales of debauchery and splendor from the after show at the Bitter End? And please do not change the names to protect the guilty!

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 09:00:06 ET
Posted by: Vincent, Leicestershire

At least you get regular shows; they haven't played Europe since 2009.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 01:05:29 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Thanks GW and Mrs. Thanks for the pix, and be sure we'll
see you next time!

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 00:10:45 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Packed for Tomorrow's Flight

For the last few years I have been following the business-related website run by Barry Ritholtz,; for those of you who are thinking, "How is this Dangential?", see the attached link.


Glad you and Fran made it home safely; sorry we missed you after leaving the Sugar Bar yesterday.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 23:46:15 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Home at last

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 23:20:37 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Regret, See I Told You So, NJ

Well, I have to say I'm a little relieved.

It seems that I haven't missed much since Rarities Night 2011, the last time I saw SD. Between 1993 and 2011, I attended 16 shows, many of which were historic for any die-hard fan like me.

I actually got to see Denny Dias with SD during their encore at The Greek Theater in LA at my first show in Sept 1993.

It was at a time when just seeing them at all was a true "pinch me" experience. I saw nearly every tour thereafter. Seeing True Companion seamlessly transition to Aja was a magical moment at Irvine 1994 (before we were all spoiling setlists for ourselves on these here internets), Roseland 95/2003, Hollywood Bowl 96, multiple Jones Beach shows. Sugartooth with Mike McDonald, Royal Scam with Larry Carlton - all of which were great. The smile I wore on Rarities Night was almost as significant as those first 3 shows I saw between 93-95.

The only songs I haven't seen live that I know they've done since 1993 are Gaucho, My Rival, Razor Boy, King Of The World, Any World, New Frontier, Trans Island Skyway.

Do I feel I've missed out ? Not at all. And if I'd gone to any of the Beacon Shows I'm sure I would have had a blast. Alas, these days, money is a severely non-expendable thing, as is time.

Perhaps one day, I would be motivated to see SD again, but I am one of those curmudgeonly setlist snobs who needs to know that any large coin I might drop will ensure a show which would swap out Hey 19, Peg, My Old School, Reelin' and Christ, maybe even Josie for other, lesser-played catalog choices, or even cover tunes like Shakedown Street. Still pissed at myself for missing that 2010 Dukes Tour.

For all of those fans who travelled far to see the group, I hope you return all the way home fulfilled.

I live only an hour or so from NYC and I would have felt let down. Sorry to pee in anyone's Cheerios :-(

Pete Fogel, I hope you went to the game instead...

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 19:52:10 ET
Posted by: Nitty Gritty, damn good thing

Someone claiming to be Jerome's daughter commented on this video.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 19:43:50 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

Back in 1993 when these reunion tours started for SD, us fans were happy to have them back together and we were happy for anything they played.
Now in 2015, after the tours have gone from an every other year thing to an every year thing, its surprising (to me at least) how stagnant the set list has been. I mean there are songs they always do like "Peg", "Hey Nineteen" and "Kid C." There are some songs that appear every other year like "Babylon Sisters" or "Deacon Blues"...There are some songs that have been done more sporadically like "King of the World" or "Dr Wu"...There are songs like "Midnight Cruiser" and "Any Major Dude.." that have been performed but appear to be dropped all together and won't be performed again for whatever reason.
My personal opinion is this ...any fan who has wanted to see "Steely Dan" has most likely had a chance to see them live by this point in time. Being that they play most of their more well known hits and not many "deep cuts"..its not like they have to rely on the same songs every time, given that they have a rich catalog of 70's tunes, Gaucho era tunes, single cuts and SD 2000 to present day tunes.
I disagree that they couldn't make money with a "deep cut" tour. I've seen other artists from the 70's and 80's who have done more "specialty" tours. Why someone would think "Steely Dan" doing rare cuts or even covers or anything besides just "Aja" and "Peg" for the gazillionth time would fail....I just don't know. I believe in this band and think they could pull off anything they set their mind to.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 19:26:55 ET
Posted by: And Whatever, Up On the Hill

I was able to happily confirm that Jerome, is indeed, still living. I did a little research last year.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 19:12:14 ET
Posted by: right on, magnificent

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 18:51:18 ET
Posted by: Flatbush Chuck, That NYC

I too attended Whatever last night. My girlfriend (who's seen SD umpteen times with me since '93) was under the weather, so my sister (who'd only seen them once before, ca. '95) subbed. It did me good to hear it all freshly through her ears-- the musicianship, the song structures. The set list...I know, man, you'd think if they were EVER gonna do YGTII they'd do it with Denny up there. But listening to her respond to the performance, I realized that even if I'd heard this show before note for note and nuance for nuance (and of course, it's never like that) it would probably have been worth the price to relive.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 17:48:58 ET
Posted by: Whatever , Wherever

Denny was apparently a very last minute addition. His solos were few but wonderful.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 17:47:00 ET
Posted by: mbm,

well a while back someone sent a letter to D&W's reps inquiring about a fan-funded deep cuts show. guess nothing came of that.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 17:39:52 ET
Posted by: Jimmie, Greater metro

Ah, ye possessors of magic wands who know exactly what setlist is needed to make everyone happy. It cracks me up.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 17:29:29 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Agreed that a "deep tracks" tour would have a more limited audience. So why not go with approach that so many other "deep catalog" artists use? Play your hits and crowd favorites. And then mix in 2-4 deep tracks to keep your deep fans happy.

Can't D&W have a group of 5-7 deep tracks rehearsed and throw 2-4 of them into each show? And if you bill a particular show as somehow beyond the usual, then deliver something beyond the familiar set pieces.

I'm delighted that SD is still not merely a touring group but an incredible collection of musicians. I'm delighted that I get to see them every year or so (if they come anywhere near my city). But it wouldn't be hard for them to make us die-hards even happier. Just doesn't seem to be on their priority list; sorta like when Donald said the more we called for Dr. Wu, the less likely he was ever to perform it. An odd performer-fan dynamic at work here.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 17:24:52 ET
Posted by: BK, NYC

Denny solo from last night ->

Pearl ->

Thx to sgibson818

(until they get pulled)

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 17:21:13 ET
Posted by: Mick Seven, NYC

Enjoyed reading all the negative comments about last nights 2 hour 10 minute show with a band that is very tight. Almost missed the show due to being on a yacht all afternoon eating expensive $7.99 a jar caviar.

The point is, I would have loved to hear Any World That I'm Welcome to as that is my favorite song, but I listened to it on the train.When you spend all afternoon sitting on an expensive fancy yacht like I did- you miss reality which is a show at the Beacon.

When the Mick Seven blues band tours, we draw up 50% of our setlist from fan requests-

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 16:50:58 ET
Posted by: Herbert, Tacoma WA

I was looking at Steely Dan's website and noticed they titled the Beacon shows as "Leg III Fall 2015". The earlier shows are "Leg I Spring" and "Leg II Summer". Could the boys be planning a "Leg IV Winter" tour? Keith Carlock still doesn't have any upcoming gigs listed on his own website.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 16:42:54 ET
Posted by: tommy,

Steve, for that to happen. the boys would have to play 500 capacity shows and charge 300 to 400 a ticket.

if they play 12 major cities they could get 500 people to go to those shows, if they truly play rare tunes?

I would be one of the 500 and pay 400 bucks for the show, as would many on the blue.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 16:07:56 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

For 2016, the boys should skip the silly themes like "Mood Swings" or "Jamalot" or some other flavor of the day and just go with,
"Steely Dan - Deep Tracks" and just give the diehard fans the types of tunes so many of us have been waiting for.
"The Second Arrangement", "Pearl of the Quarter", "Here at the Western World", "Any Major Dude..." there are so many tunes to choose from.
Here's my 2016 Set List prediction since I don't think they'll
go with the "Deep Tracks" concept.
1. Black Cow
2. Night by Night
3. IGY
4. King of the World
5. Deacon Blues
6. Rikki
7. Your Gold Teeth II
8. Midnight Cruiser - sung by Walter
9. Kid Charlemagne
10. Josie
11. Do it again
12. Don't Take me Alive
13. My Old School
14. FM
Actually I think this set list gives enough variety that it would seem like a new show. I do think the Danettes could put a nice spin on "Rose Darling"...Time will tell...

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 15:31:59 ET
Posted by: Pig Roids, New York, NY

Denny kept his spotlight time to a minimum and waited for a nod from Jon H to take solos. Understandable given the two other guitars in the mix covering rhythm and lead parts. No Denny solo spot in Aja indeed, but a treat to hear him take a lead on Green Earrings... a taste of "what might be been".

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 12:47:37 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

It is disappointing, and one wonders why Denny wasn't able to play on 'Aja' (even though Jon is brilliant on that every time out), but I guess the only hope from it not acting as a blowout night of sorts with all manner of special guests and "just for us" deep cuts is that the band won't stop touring after this.

Which was my fear when they first described the Beacon setup. I thought it might be their Last Waltz, but them going through the typical setlist lends toward the possibility that they'll do it again (that they'll reel in the years!) next summer.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 11:38:35 ET
Posted by: Post-Script, PS 189

Wow -- sounds to me like the "Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever" was forgettable. Too bad D&W don't know how to take it to the next level with a set list.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 10:10:26 ET
Posted by: Bambino, at the airport

Denny Dias was almost unnoticable. He kept looking at his sheet music the whole time he played.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 10:09:06 ET
Posted by: Hmmm..., North of South

I think that those who were expecting "Rarities Night Part 2" were a little disappointed.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 09:13:54 ET
Posted by: short,

So they advertise special guests plural and bring out one?

At least you got Pearl and Gaucho.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 05:15:59 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Walter's back.

Walter's back.

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 02:29:09 ET
Posted by: Mick Seven, NYC

Hello, I thought the show was fantastic- I think (will check Excelsheet) it was my 12th time seeing them since 1996. To my surprise, I thought it exceeded the Royal Scam show. The horns had more featured solos. I think Jim Beard is excellent as well, but liked John Beasley . I enjoy hearing the mix of Rhodes and B3/Acoustic Piano.

I would have liked to hear Time Out of Mind or perhaps Rikki.
They came on a little later and played 9:06 to around 11:17.

Skipped the Papaya Grand Hot Dogs and went to McD's instead before hand. The dogs didn't look great tonight. Did anyone have any?

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 01:16:58 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

The Most Unforgettable Night Of Whatever:
The Freaky Intro from the Boxset.
Special Guest: Denny Dias
Black Cow
Black Friday
Pearl of the quarter
Show Biz Kids
Babylon Sisters
Green Earrings
JT (Intros)
My old School
Kid C

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 00:58:59 ET
Posted by: BK, NYC

Walter explained the title of the show tonight referencing Jerome Aniton's rambling opening to their live recording of Bodhisattva...or whatever...

Date: Sun, October 18, 2015, 00:10:16 ET
Posted by: Butterbean, .

Denny Dias rules!!!

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 22:55:06 ET
Posted by: Mouth, Venice Beach, CA

Sounds like it was a hot show. Too bad we can't view it on YouTube. UMG will probably remove it.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 22:48:07 ET
Posted by: Slim Shady, NV

It's too early for reports. Steely Dan is probably still performing.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 22:47:34 ET
Posted by: s, s

Bodhisattva (with Denny Dias)
Black Cow
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday (with Denny Dias)
Pearl of the Quarter
Show Biz Kids
Babylon Sisters
Green Earrings (with Denny Dias)
Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
Walter's Band Introductions
Josie (with Denny Dias )

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 22:27:50 ET
Posted by: Beacon, Here

Reports?? Hellooooo.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 21:22:21 ET
Posted by: Mouth, Venice Beach, CA

Are you serious? Sure wish I was there.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 21:14:29 ET
Posted by: H, T

Denny Dias guest tonight

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 21:12:00 ET
Posted by: Mouth, Venice Beach, CA

I couldn't make out there to the East Coast for the Beacon shows. What's going on down there at the show? Anything special?

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 20:04:09 ET
Posted by: hoops, NYC

Donald & Walter have a high bar to match after tonight's Danfest! Thanks to all 60+ of you --but most of all Little Wild One who made it possible.


Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 17:33:50 ET
Posted by: Homer, Beacon bound

The joke's on us, guys. The words used to hype tonight's show is just the kind of thing Frank Zappa would have done. Donald once said that "Zappa was the only model for the comedy of Steely Dan".

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 15:32:02 ET
Posted by: MsSuzycue, Johnson

I spoke to Jon on Thursday- he said that he will be playing with Madeleine and Jim Beard and Michael L will join for a few tunes, I don't think she will be joining Steely Dan for anything. On the Steely Dan web site it say "special guest Madeleine Peyroux opens"

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 14:55:12 ET
Posted by: oleander, Gowanus submarine

Favorite line from last night, during the Hey 19 palaver, re the first sip of that superannuated rotgut:

"The inevitable rush of pleasure and disgust"

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 14:01:56 ET
Posted by: oscar peterson, on the dunes

bet on it
Miss peyroux will join the band and do things like dirty work ala some previous surprise guest vocalists from the past

no wainwrights lets hope?


Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 13:56:04 ET
Posted by: oscarrpeterson, on the dunes

Seinfeld is a big steely dan fan,,, see his show Comedians in cars getting coffee on Crackle
the Portland show he discusses Steely dan as affecting him and he go's to shows at the beacon when they are there

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 13:39:08 ET
Posted by: Walker, Hotel Beacon

Why? Is Jerry Seinfeld a Steely Dan fan? I completely agree with hoops regarding tonight's show. People are expecting a big star-studded gala and I don't think it's going to happen.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 11:39:47 ET
Posted by: who, stomping at the savoy

has jerry seinfeld been sighted at any Beacon shows?

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 11:27:45 ET
Posted by: Hanson, NYC

2 tickets to tonight's show available.175 apiece. I can't go tonight and don't want them to go to waste. Email me:

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 10:51:01 ET
Posted by: hoops, NYC

My take: A special night of whatever with Steely Dan is every show, because just like every night there's fine Columbian and Cuervo Gold, it's a wonderful thing.

For starters, what will be special tonight is that it's the last night of the tour. Last year's final show, we had a very special night, although the set list wasn't anything special on paper, but it was an amazing show and an amazing night of the fans spontaneously getting together.

That said, I think the special thing about tonight is that all the fans have come together from around the world to see each other, sharing the things we know and love with those of our kind.

Special guests? The fans from Norway, England, Houston, California, Philadelphia, and, maybe I can include myself, the fans from Chicago, among many others who are attending, letting no inconvenience of travel and finance get in the way. Those are the special guests. It will be a great night of whatever!

And, it's 20 years since that amazing, fabulous weekend where we all met at Roseland ballroom for Steely Dan. And don't forget the Friday night appearance on Letterman that year too.

See you soon,


Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 10:46:18 ET
Posted by: Alzado, C

Between sugar tooth, nysr, and dukes Mike M would be pretty unimaginative.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 10:18:15 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

Speculating on who the special guests might be tonight. While it would be ultra cool to have someone like Chuck Rainey or Bernard Purdie sit in, I just don't see Keith or Freddie walking off stage to facilitate that. I thought about Boz but he's performing in Texas tonight. Larry Carlton is in France. Amy Helm has a gig tonight.
But Mike McDonald is between gigs tonight. His next show is in Connecticut on the 20th.
Mike and Denny may be the best bet.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 02:23:23 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Thank you for posting tonight's set list. I'm still waiting for the set list that makes me kick myself for not being there, and even on the penultimate night of the tour I see very few songs that haven't been played quite a bit in recent years. Yes, I'm sure the performance level is remarkable, and I'm missing that for sure. But how can a band this talented, adventuresome and intrigued by off-the-beaten path musical ideas be content to stick with such a confined group of songs night after night?

Hoping that tomorrow night unearths some true and rare gems.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 00:21:17 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Belatedly Proofreading

Sorry for the mixup; I juxtaposed "Dirty Work" and "Home At Last"; Reidar's list is correct.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 00:16:32 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan

Steely Dan, Beacon
Popular Demand Night, 10/16/15

INTRO: Teenie's Blues ~8:53 PM

Black Cow
Hey 19
Black Friday
Don't Take Me Alive
Show Biz Kids
Home At Last
Dirty Work (Ladies rotating on vocals)
Everything Must Go
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More (WB on vocals)
I Want To (Do Everything For You); band intros
My Old School
Reelin' In The Years

ENCORE: Kid Charlemagne
OUTRO: Untouchables Theme ~11:05 PM

Speaking for myself alone, I was very happy with tonight's setlist. More later...

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 00:12:24 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

For those not on FB:

Ok, By Popular Demand??? I don't think so, but here is the list:
Black Cow
Black Friday
Don't take me alive
Show Biz Kids
Dirty Work
Home at Last
Everything must go
JT (Intros)
My old school
Kid C
The show was very good, good crowd.
Met up with a lot of people at AAH, you all know who you are and it's a pleasure for me to meet with all of you.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 00:06:39 ET
Posted by: Meadows, Princeton, New Jersey

Will somebody please post the setlist? I want to know what they played. Universal Music Group has been pulling almost all of the live Steely Dan vids off of YouTube. This is terrible.

Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 00:00:47 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Maintain' and still nibblin' on this Big Apple

Great set tonight if votes counted or not! Bodhi kick started it off, and they also dished out Don't Take Me Alive, Gaucho, and EMG was represented with the title track and Godwacker. The crowd was pumped, and I didn't hear any goofy shout outs, nor requests for Freebird/Whipping Post. One more to go tomorrow night!

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 23:08:38 ET
Posted by: Mick Seven, NYC

great show last Saturday- going again tomorrow- any idea who special guests are? wont be larry c as he is overseas. going to catch him at B&B kings though. seeing the tower records documentary as well- its all about you know the culture.

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 22:14:05 ET
Posted by: Scam, here, there . . . everywhere!

There is no voting. D&W play what they want (usually the same old . . .) but that is cool since it sounds great. I vote that Walter change guitars every two seconds.

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 20:29:09 ET
Posted by: Meadows, Princeton, New Jersey

Those polls are bogus. Donald & Walt choose the songs they want to play. They haven't played anything from TvN or EMG. They might play something from those albums tonight. I'll be at the Beacon tomorrow night.

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 19:03:19 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Forgot about this -- was there ever a poll for the 'By Popular Demand' night like there was last time? Was there even one last time? Was it just for ticket holders?

So this is the night they do 'The Bear,' 'Second Arrangement,' 'Wu' etc?

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 16:36:53 ET
Posted by: popegreg, St Marks Pl

Istill have an extra single ticket for tonight's "By Popular Demand" show. It's Section Loge 2, Row A (front row of Loge), and it's the seat on the aisle on the right side of the section. I'm now adking the bargain price of $125. Email me at my handle AT gmail DOT com. I'll be in East Village until around 5:30 pm, or I can meet you around 7 near the Beacon.

PS. Wednesday night show - Boring guy? Fucking unbelievable! Never in 30+ years of concert gong have i seem anyone shout out something that stupid. i hope those around him said something to the asshole!!! And I really wanted to hear FM, fingers crossed for tonight!

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 13:24:32 ET
Posted by: Chris, Nyc bound

I think they'll deliver what they promised (special guests) in their own way.

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 12:17:05 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, NYC

Who cares?

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 10:26:59 ET
Posted by: Walker, at the Hotel Beacon

I'm getting bad vibes about tommorow night's last Beacon show. Suppose it doesn't live up to the big hype? There might be a backlash among the

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 10:18:47 ET
Posted by: oleander, Beacon bound

Y'all, be seeing you tonight, TONIGHT! Requested 2nd Arrangement for me, Dr. Wu for the Permasqueeze; would love to hear Surf &/or Die; will be happy with whatever spools out. And be seeing you manana at the Dankest DanFest, Whatever, and the Bitter End.

Thanks to all for Beacon accounts to date, LWO for arranging the Sugar Bar and, as ever, Pete for being there and doing everything you do.

And as for you, Hoops!, MWAH!!

I am pleased to announce that I am now officially a Steely Gran. The grandbaby has already had some Steely crooning that will I hope have subliminal effects.

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 01:41:30 ET
Posted by: Rasputin, San Diego

I like Will Ferrell's rendition of Freebird that aired on Conan O'Brien's final NBC episode back in 2010. It's a YouTube favorite.

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015, 00:41:51 ET
Posted by: Whipping Post, Zappaland

Whipping Post was also yelled out for (requested) by an audience member at the Helsinki concert documented on Frank Zappa's You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol.2.

Almost a decade later, he began playing it for real.

The incident is here

Real Whipping post years later

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 23:33:54 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

KD, I assume you know that, on Live at the Fillmore, one of the Allman Bros' greatest albums, a fan is heard yelling "Whipping Post!" just before the band breaks into the song. And ever since, it's become something people yell at concerts. Which leads me to this little tidbit...

My buddy (doctor, guitarist and nearly as long a SD fan as I) took his very young daughter to an America concert, many years ago. Now you have to understand this girl had been listening to a lot of Raffi, and those of his ilk---and also to a lot of the music her father would play. And in a beautiful confluence of influence screamed, between America songs, "Old McDonald!" So, it's possible she's the one yelling Freebird at a SD concert.

Joan, loving "Ornithology" as a possible shout out for someone who, you know, shouts out. I'm guessing this band could play a very passable version. I'm not sure the band could fake Freebird. :#)

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 20:23:00 ET
Posted by: Tugboat, Long Island

Can we all start chanting "WHOOMP! THERE IT IS!" when Donald & Walter start to walk onstage at the big grand finale show this Saturday night at the Beacon?

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 20:03:49 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, ...freebird? Freebird??

I wonder what his reaction would be if the drunk shouted "Ornithology" instead? ;)

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 18:42:53 ET
Posted by: Freebird, San Jose CA

I always hear somebody yell out Freebird at the beginning when I go to a SD concert. Sometimes I hear somebody shout out Stairway To Heaven as well.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 16:48:01 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

I'm guessing that Freebird! has been yelled out at more than one SD concert. It's hardly worse than the couple who sat in front of me in Dallas this year who screamed "Deacon Blues!" on three different occasions between songs, and looked at each other in disappointment each time it wasn't produced. If Deacon Blues had issued forth, I'm pretty sure they would have had sex on the spot.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 16:32:29 ET
Posted by: search, k

Freebird was in Westbury, NY.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 15:33:40 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

The 'Freebird' thing wasn't at the Chicago show in 2006, it was earlier in the tour out East because I recall having "unofficial" documents of that show in hand prior to the Chicago show which I was at.

When I was a kid, before Beavis and Butthead got the whole 'Freebird' thing going back again, the go-to joke was that Allman Bros. fans were so dedicated that they would shout out "Whipping Post" at other band's concert. I'm sure that's what Donald was referring to.

I think Jackson Browne made that joke, but that could be apocryphal.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 12:24:04 ET
Posted by: Matt, Chattanooga, TN

Re: Donald stopping because something was wrong with his Rhodes.

One time in the middle of a show, my Rhodes just stopped putting out noise. 10 minutes and plugging directly out from the harp gave me some sound for the rest of the show, but eventually I found out that one of the two tiny light bulbs that make the vibrato effect work had blown. Because it wasn't sending sound, I assumed it was part of the suitcase amp, but the vibrato circuit is on the pre-amp behind the nameplate.

That's the problem with the vintage equipment, it has vintage problems. Now I keep a few spare bulbs in my gig bag.

I'm jealous of all of you that get to be there for the special night of whatever. If I hadn't been out of work for the last 7 months (don't worry, started a new job at the start of October) I would be there with you. Regardless, I'll be there in spirit. Have fun!


Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 11:40:32 ET
Posted by: Dan Belcher, Louisville, KY

I remember someone shouting "FREEBIRD!" during one of Donald's solo shows (I believe the one at the Chicago Theater) in '06. Donald lightly chuckled and said "Freebird... That's amusing... Tell you what. We'll play Freebird if you play Whipping Post." He waited a beat for the audience to finish laughing and went straight into the next song.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 10:42:16 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan


This may happen a lot more often than I hear about it, but I think that the "Freebird" incident you are recalling occurred in San Francisco at Royal Scam night, 10/24/2009 if memory serves. The "Asshole" who shouted it during Beard's "Josie" opening solo was about 6 rows behind us. Prior to that, there were a number of lesser assholes who were shouting requests, I believe. Donald had all of the lights killed, and then he proceeded to chew out the asshole behind us.

Don, looking forward to a reunion later this week.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 09:12:21 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Jeez, I know piano intros aren't everyone's cup of tea, but they're the highlight for me...

and even if you're not digging it, how broken a human do you have to be to yell something insulting and fuck up the experience for both the band and the audience?

even the "freebird" morons think they're being funny. (they're not, though, and that joke has trickled down to the shit holes I play.)

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 08:37:32 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

All of this special guest speculation makes the mind reel at what might be. If this turns out to be a night of outrageous rarities and a generous sampling of former band members and players, it is a crime that there's no live feed, no XM radio broadcast, something, anything, for those of use out here in the hinterlands. I envy those who will attend.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 05:13:44 ET
Posted by: Steve,

Pathetically, audience members shout out, "Freebird" at about half the rock concerts I attend.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 02:44:55 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

Larry's back in a new guise!

RS complete show (re)posted over at ginormous cash-cow ad-heavy video-sharing site.

Video is the best I have seen of this tour so far & is well worth checking out, esp. smoking Don't Take Me Alive & seldom-played Pretzel Logic encore.

Pretty, pretty, prettttty good.

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 02:17:32 ET
Posted by: Charles, US

Also, anyone looking for something to do in NY while they are in for the show, there's a documentary about Tower Records opening. 100% fresh on rottentomatoes so far. Directed by Colin Hanks, son of Tom. Opens Friday at City Cinemas Village East. 181 Second Avenue.

Trailer at

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 01:59:49 ET
Posted by: Charles, US

Fagen doesn't tolerate the band being disrespected. Good for him. He got pissed when someone yelled out Freebird while Jim Beard was playing an intro a few years back. Was that also at the Beacon?

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 01:47:35 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Sippin' post-show at The Stagecoach Tavern

Smooth Aja and funky Greatest Hitz Shows so far. Winding around the north side of the Beacon building tonight, I caught Walter hobbling out of his car service and into the backstage door. He mentioned having serious foot pain during his Hey 19 speech, but he toughed it out. The DF keyboard issues were tricky, and I wish FM would have had a 2nd take, but it didn't.

Post show I swung around the same artist/Beacon employee access door, and chatted with Jim Pugh, thanked Paulette, saluted the Leonhart Kidz (Mike was on a foot scooter and how Caroline's not a super model is beyond me!), waved at Jon, and saw WB waggle back into his black SUV.

As for special guest predictions for Saturday night: My cabbie from LaGuardia had just driven Mike Stern, so I thought that may be a sign, and Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz may come out for Black Cow!

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 01:35:35 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Lincoln Harbor

Had a great time with Reidar and Marc at the show tonight!
Great to see old Danpals. Looking forward to meeting many more,
Fri and Sat nights. Including GW and Mrs. There's fun on the way!

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015, 00:58:15 ET
Posted by: Gus Winterbottom, Manhattan


Thanks for posting the setlist. Sorry we haven't seen you yet; I am sure that we will by Saturday.

"Boring" was confirmed both by Mrs. GW, who was seated in front of me, and by another fan after the show. I did not hear it myself, nor was I able to make out Donald's response.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 23:57:22 ET
Posted by: Pike, Lowell MA

My guess is that Costello probably wanted to use his own arrangement of "Show Biz Kids" and Donald & Walt didn't like it. Elvis and Donald really aren't compatible with one another. By the way, I would like to add Esperanza Spalding to the list of guests for the last Beacon show. Some say her rendition of Wayne Shorter's "Endangered Species" is the best Steely Dan song that Steely Dan never made.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 23:44:39 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

For those of you not on FB.

Well the, some odd things happened at the show tonight.
First: During Jim B's wondeful intro to Razor Boy, someone in the crowd shouted out, I think he shouted BOORING!! Donald grabbed the mike and shouted back: F**k you man, respect this band!!
Then Donald went off just as they started playing FM, the band stopped, looked at each other, Donald came back on lighting his cigarett, saying somthing about his piano was F**ked up and they went on to the intros, skipping FM alltogether.
The setlist:
Teenie Blues
Black Cow
Black Friday
Show Biz Kids
Time out of mine
Razor Boy
Babylon Sisters
My old school
Kid C

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 23:30:22 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, Lost Wages

KD: Absolutely!!! I was really hoping he'd join them onstage for at least one song... In fact "Show Biz Kids" would've been perfect... and any number of other tunes would have been perfect for him to be a guest performer. Oh well...

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 23:09:28 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Maybe it's just because I'm a huge Costello fan, but did anyone else think it weird that SD and Costello played a whole tour together and they couldn't find ONE night to share the stage?

Especially with Elvis having covered 'Show Biz Kids' in the past, and likely adept at doing something with the new (live) version.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 22:26:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Nice list of possible guest stars. Probably pipe dreams for most of these (Joshua Redman would be great). But how about Bill Charlap? That would be great, too.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 20:28:19 ET
Posted by: Brian Johns, Manchester NH

My prediction for the musical guests appearing onstage with Steely Dan on October 17 are: Oz Noy, Madeleine Peyroux and Bonnie Raitt.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 19:44:18 ET
Posted by: Danny, Schenectady, NY

Thanks! Just bought my ticket for the Post Beacon Party. Total cost with the discount and service fee came to only $6.17. Should be a fun all-nighter!

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 19:13:49 ET
Posted by: Steve,

Sounds like a great time. Hope to make it!

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 17:44:37 ET
Posted by: hoops, yes, i'll be there...bodhis...

Just reminder of the fine pre- and post-show events for this Saturday's Steely Dan event at NYC's Beacon Theatre.

Little Wild One has a special pre-show gathering planned for those of our kind.

Pete Fogel has some amazing music with Oz Noy, Mr. Blue Sky, and YGK planned for after the show.

A short-cut link to the events can be found at


Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 15:20:33 ET
Posted by: Juice, NYC

I'd love to see Michael McDonald at the final Beacon show. Michael has been performing with his old pals The Doobie Brothers at some gigs lately. Somebody mentioned David Crosby was in the audience last night. Maybe he might join SD onstage too.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 14:51:44 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I seem to recall the Blue thanking its lucky stars that certain songs were played, even by those of us that (since 2006) have been moaning and whining about setlists for ages.

A certain rhythm guitarist wasn't at his peak form during that show, but the 'Second Arrangement' version is still a YouTube go-to. That guitarist mentioned the idea (now fact) that there was "a chance, however slight" that Steely Dan could revisit it live during a TvN chat back in early 2000 after I asked.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 13:02:23 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

How wonderful would it be if they encored with This All Too Mobile Home with Denny Dias?

Michael McDonald has a break in his schedule this week. I wonder if he'll show up. Wouldn't be a huge surprise but he'd certainly be a crowd pleaser for the just-going-to-a-Steely-Dan-show-on-a-Saturday-night crowd.

Other somewhat plausible people I'd love to see: Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 12:53:12 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Chris Potter is overseas unfortunately. Denny Dias seems like a distinct possibility given the Iridium shows where he basically spent an hour playing his Steely Dan solos.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 12:50:21 ET
Posted by: Bookkeeper's Son, Florida - No where near the Beacon

Reidar from Norway;

All eight shows, fantastic. I want to be you (at least for those eight nights).

Thanks for the reports as well.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 12:36:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

I Double Dare the SD PTB to set up a live stream of the Saturday Show...

...and transfer the virtual ritual to the Bitter End afterwards and dance in the foam. Satellite Relay - Hello Broadway.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 12:27:00 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu,

I seem to recall tears of joy, hysteria, chest beating, and maybe some self-flagellation...after many years of pleading and praying these apparitions might appear.

Agreed that anything close this time would be a wonder.

"...Dr. Wu, The Bear, Pearl of the Quarter, 2nd Arrangement and Mobile Home all in one show. Some folks here on The Blue actually complained about the setlist afterwards..."

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 11:49:44 ET
Posted by: Michael, @CJB

"BOO: Universal Music Group, on a rampage, responsible for pulling down this and many other classics. My 2 cents: fans would buy more music if there was in fact more music to buy, instead of endlessly repackaged Greatest Hits, Gold Hits, Massive 70s Hits, & etc."

Agreed. The major labels are only interested in pushing their legacy acts and the flavor of the month, i.e. whoever they decide to push. It's not like it was decades ago when the listeners were in a position to determine who sinks and swims. They even have the audacity to inflate their YouTube video counters in order to give the illusion of massive popularity and interest when it's plain as day that sales do not reflect this.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 11:40:39 ET
Posted by: Beast w/o A Name, New Jersey

Judging by the setlists so far, I have doubts about any rarities that might pop up on Saturday. I have a feeling that Jerome Aniton's famous-among-fans intro my somehow be used, as it is loosely referenced in the show's title.

I was very fortunate to have been at the rarities show 4 years ago. I don't believe a setlist like that one will be repeated. Dr. Wu, The Bear, Pearl of the Quarter, 2nd Arrangement and Mobile Home all in one show. Some folks here on The Blue actually complained about the setlist afterwards. These same people are probably difficult to be with at fine restaurants, or any restaurants. Or anywhere, for that matter...

I think Saturday's show will probably feature little to no deviation from the setlists we have seen since 2013. Pure speculation. I have no insider info whatsoever, but do believe guest musicians may include Chris Potter, Pat Metheny ( wouldn't that be awesome ? ), Denny Dias ( Iridium gigs hinted at this, no? ), Larry Carlton (been there, done that, but hey Why TF not ? ) Unfortunately, Mark Knopfler is playing Philadelphia Saturday night. He won't be there :-( Deep, deep longshot: Skunk.

Other big fans care to speculate ? I wish I could go. No $$ :-(

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 11:27:00 ET
Posted by: Random, Shit

Read a story that when CSN&Y went into the studio to record their 1988 album American Dream, they were supplied a dozen donuts and Crosby took a bite out of each one.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 11:10:23 ET
Posted by: Dave (from acquisitions), Philadelphia

Any ideas what the night of the 17th will bring? Saw them in philly (Camden). Really great show of course. Would love to head up to NYC for the most unforgettable night.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 10:29:48 ET
Posted by: Big Bubba, Boston

He probably has a good seat within the first ten rows. From what I've read online, David Crosby is not a real approachable fella. Whenever somebody asks him for an autograph, he always staunchly refuses.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 10:26:17 ET
Posted by: Dave (from acquisitions), Philadelphia

Any ideas what the night of the 17th will bring? Saw them in philly (Camden). Really great show of course. Would love to head up to NYC for the most unforgettable night.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 09:38:53 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Where does somebody like David Crosby sit? Do the hoi polloi leave him alone?

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 06:22:35 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

David Crosby was at Tuesday's concert.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 00:22:53 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl for now

Once again the Norwegian Reports!
See you tomorrow night Reidar!

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 00:19:21 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

For those of you not on FB:

Aja Night Vol.2
Aja Complete.
Black Friday
Time out of mine
Show Biz Kids
Dirty Work
Babylon Sisters
JT (Intros)
My old School
Kid C

As you all see it's the same list as last Tuesday. It's always a pleasure to hear this band so I don't mind.
Had a beer and a drink with Marc Wulfraat who came in from Montreal today.
A rumour overheard in the Beacon Bar: Do you know there is a guy who's coming from Norway to watch all eight shows?? Wonder who that is.
I will not be surprised if Greatest Hits Night Vol.2 will be the same as last week.

Date: Tues, October 13, 2015, 22:13:51 ET
Posted by: popegreg, MKE

Looks like things have sort of calmed down here, been lurking :)

Hopefully this in within the rules, now that the show is within 72 hours - I have an extra single ticket for the Friday night "By Popular Demand" show. It's Section Loge 2, Row A (front row of Loge), and it's the seat on the aisle on the right side of the section. I'm asking what I paid for it minus the extra $30 in fees. So $220. I can meet up before or after the Wednesday night show, or before the Friday show. Email me at my handle AT gmail DOT com.

P.S. Extra Boos for UMG!!! They must have gone on a youtube rampage. My video of "My Old School" at Red Rocks got pulled today. :( I can see how they could object to uploading the studio version but I fail to see how they have any ownership of a live performance. I don't *think* they own the publishing rights to the song???

Date: Tues, October 13, 2015, 22:01:03 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, tapped out until 10/17...

BTW, a tip to anyone who wants to go to any of the upcoming Beacon shows, but are in despair that there are no tickets available: Show up at the box office when they open on the day of the show -- I got a primo seat for Royal Scam at last minute, literally on the evening of the show, 3rd row Donald side.

Looking forward to 10/17 show and all the festivities before/after!!

Date: Tues, October 13, 2015, 11:45:52 ET
Posted by: CJB, YVR

BRAVO: Larry Rulz, for that 8-part Royal Scam posting, amazing footage and sound, really made those of us back home feel like we were up on stage.

BOO: Universal Music Group, on a rampage, responsible for pulling down this and many other classics. My 2 cents: fans would buy more music if there was in fact more music to buy, instead of endlessly repackaged Greatest Hits, Gold Hits, Massive 70s Hits, & etc.

Date: Tues, October 13, 2015, 08:52:59 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Hey Don, of course its all subjective, opinions are like assholes, etc - just found it interesting that you single that performance out. the "raw" sound you mention sounds like the band and walter in two different places throughout the song. To each his own though!

I mean, I liked the fact that they took a big risk. There was something very endearing about seeing them fail so spectacularly (and have Don joke about it immediately after).

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 23:19:16 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

As stated-not every one felt that way.
Just sayin'

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 22:23:51 ET
Posted by: Beacon Weekend, Home at last, unfortunately

Some belated thoughts on an amazing weekend in NYC. Finally, after years of thinking about it, took the plunge and flew from the Midwest to NYC for my Beacon Theatre initiation. It didn't disappoint. I had initially just planned on Gaucho only, but when the Beacon released good tix late in the game, I knew I could not pass up the opportunity for both shows. Wise choice. With son in tow, we set about to see what makes Dan at the Beacon so special.


After digesting the splendor of the venue itself, it was time to focus on the show. We had Loge seats which were excellent. Right away I was impressed with the sound and intimacy. Highlights:

Babylon - one of my favorites of all time. Odd to hear as a show opener, but also nicely draws you into Gaucho's vibe, much like Kid C does as a Scam show opener the next night

Glamour Profession - had only seen this once in concert before, always one of my faves. This is a song that is obviously wonderful on the album, but even better live. Donald really belted the vocals out here.

Gaucho - what a treat. Just an amazing song. You can tell this one is difficult for Donald to sing in concert, but he really pulled out all the stops...simply amazing

My Rival - Great fun to hear this in concert, a true rare gem and underrated song in the catalog

Third World Man - probably the highlight of the entire concert. Just amazing execution of this song in every way. Haunting. Trance-like.

On to the "random shit" - per Donald. Highlights were a smokin' Bodhi, Aja, Peg, and Reelin'. I personally would have preferred alternatives to Show Biz and Black Friday, but they seem to like playing those songs, and who am I to argue. Kid C to close...and then to open


Kid C just sets a fiery tone for a more energetic evening. Crowd was more energetic right away. Love this as an opener, after hearing it exclusively as an encore or set closer frequently over the years.

Caves - terrific horn work, Donald vox, Walter

Don't Take Me Alive - this should be a permanent setlist staple again, it just completely rocks. Again, amazing studio song that translates even better on stage.

Sign in Stranger - lovely, Walter played great on this one, very active

Green Earrings - one of the best jams of the night, everyone on fire completely

Haitain - huge treat. Another hard one for Donald to sing, but he handled it incredibly well.

Everything you did - another underrated song, nice guitar work and vocals

Royal Scam - Another one of my live show faves over the years. They have picked up the pace on this one more recently. I liked the Y2k version of this the best, with it's slow, more studio-version like pacing.

"random shit" from night 2 = "random shit" from night 1, with the exception of the Pretzel Logic encore, which of course was amazing!

Overall thoughts - band was just incredibly top notch, all of them. Every musician shined individually at one point or another. Donald's voice sounded great, and Walter was in good form, especially for Scam night. They are all "locked in" - and I think they do feed off the home crowd.

All in all, it was everything I could hope and then some. For those going this weekend, can't wait to hear your reports.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 21:33:40 ET
Posted by: Grateful reader, wishing I could be in NYC right now

Thanks to everyone who's taken the time
to contribute to the SD conversation which
has been really good & positive this past week!

Everyone's bubbling with excitement
(even the fans who can't make it to NYC),
with lots of cool posts to read.

And then suddenly here comes "Houdanfan"
out of nowhere with an angry negative screed
directed at pretty much everybody.

Way to dampen the buzz, bitter guy!

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 21:08:00 ET
Posted by: Gilbert, Troy NY

Lighten up, HouDanFan. You sound very bitter. Maybe you couldn't make it to the Beacon shows?

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 20:40:13 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, cruising speed

Chris, I agree with you on the Rarity Night's "Jack of Speed" .. it was a low point of an otherwise sublime show. And I actually heard that exact term, "train wreck," by a few people right after the show...

Oh, and Marty? Still dying to know how/why you know with whom I hang out, and why any of them would be a 'd-bag'!!!??

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 20:34:49 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

What was that...I'm not looking for a fight...go back and read the posts pal....or maybe you are looking for a fight

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 20:27:48 ET
Posted by: What was that, all about?

@Houdanfan - After back-reading a whole load of posts it still isn't clear what the hell you're talking about. Aside from an anonymous poster who gave a negative opinion about Connick Jr. & Krall, it's been all positive stuff with set lists and everybody gushing about SD and the palpable excitement of this Beacon run.

YOU actually appear to be the only floater in the pool at the moment. If you're looking for a fight, you're in the wrong place this week.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 19:53:05 ET
Posted by: HouDanFan, Houston

Amazing how some of you know it alls on here start knocking other artists just because you don't like their music or you judge them for being a sellout or whatever it is. Bottom line is they've accomplished so much more than any of you wannabe's in here. Some of you really show your lack of intelligence or envy because none of you ever "made it". Get a life.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 18:45:16 ET
Posted by: Chris, flying low

Walter still sounds great in what I've heard of the Oct run.

He seemed to lose his grasp of rhythm at times the past few years. Not so anymore. Back to being solid as a rock.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 18:08:19 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Don Patrol - really? that was a total train wreck.

Walter's chart was missing four bars or something, so for a good 3/4 of the tune he and the band would be in different sections. every so often it would line up before falling apart again ...

I don't fault the band for mistakes, and hey, they called it rarities night -- a total trainwreck is the rarest steely dan experience of all.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 16:15:59 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Jack of Speed (shuffle version) was one of my favorites on
Rarities night. But I got the impression that not everyone felt that way.
The rawness and jagged feel of that performance is something I liked and
hope to hear this year.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 14:23:06 ET
Posted by: Ben Jammin, Indy but Beacon bound tomorrow

Happy Columbus Day, especially to teachers and bankers with the day off! Big Ups to all of the SD-NYC postings. Has anyone noticed any pro cameras or heard mention of the band filming this run? As hopeful as we are for a new album, why not release a live cd and dvd? The Anderson Ponty Band just did this with "Better Late Than Never" and it's great. I'm sure our guys have a few more tricks up those sleeves, and another box set is sure to come...

I have one ticket (great floor seats) posted via the Ticketbastard resale page for tomorrow, Wednesday, and Friday shows. I don't want to eat them, so check them out, or email me at: benphillips08@yahoo.

Safe travels all around, and here's to an awesome Final Four!
p.s. I'm curious how the "vote tally's" going for Popular Demand Night. I think I voted for Jack of Speed.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 02:14:38 ET
Posted by: DocMu,

Wow - 20 years. To be fair the Yellow drifted from its Sign in...Stranger concert contact roots to an in depth and eclectic semi-literary discussion of (a) Steely Dan music and lyrics in a razored and detailed manner, and (b) the World at large with as much vigor and even greater obsession...

Since the 2 thread ideas were never separated until many years later, scrolling was murky for the pirate radar fan scoping for quick dan when the ANON explosion hit and the dark side of the internet gripped the site, the Blue became a haven for those more interested in concert info and lighter dangential, censored banter. Both sites served their unique purpose. After the 21st Century Dan albums were released and the excitement burble toned down the Yellow faded away.

Eclectic reverbs of the yellow in the Eurozone could be found on Mizar5/6 for awhile.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 23:01:06 ET
Posted by: Abu, same

Sorry, Hoops. That is why I said send an e-mail.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 22:25:57 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Pete, thanks for the info. I'm still excited to see Oz Noy, but hope Keith stops by to sit in for a song or two. Completely understand if he doesn't make it.

Abu, when Hoops says "fly low" I believe what you are asking for is quite the opposite. IMO of course.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 21:05:06 ET
Posted by: Abu, same as a few mins ago

In reference to my post from a few minutes ago (20:29)...

Alternatively, if someone can recommend a good site from which one can download the '92 aforementioned concert, it would be appreciated. (e-mail address in previous post)


Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 20:34:34 ET
Posted by: Pete Fogel, NYC

I spoke with Keith a few weeks ago. His whole family is coming in for the Oct 17 show. That makes it's highly unlikely that he'll play the whole gig with OZ. He may stop by and sit in. Nothing guaranteed.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 20:29:57 ET
Posted by: Abu, online

What can anyone tell me about the "Toto & Friends" Tribute Concert recorded in 1992? Specifically, I see that Denny Dias & Donald played Chain Lightning and Josie during that show. I believe that this show was never officially released. Anyone hear these two songs from that concert? Better yet, if someone has these and would like to share them, then please send me an e-mail.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 19:53:35 ET
Posted by: Gene, Jersey City

Oz Noy's Facebook page has Keith Carlock performing with him tomorrow night at The Bitter End. No mention of the show on the 17th though.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 19:41:12 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach


Ha! Not sarcastic. Just having a bit of fun. And honestly I feel I know you a little better than anyone in the band, so meeting you would probably be more enjoyable than a obligatory "nice to meet you" blow-off from a stranger who sees me as just some fan. But I am a fan of yours, too (well in a way) as I think you are a terrific writer, whose work I enjoy.

Anyway, I know I plan to be at the Bitter End where I hope to meet many here. Not sure if I can make Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar before the show. But you never know. By the time I hit the Bitter End I'm bound to a disheveled mess and just a pleasure to meet.

J Freid, thanks for the great link to the Lennon/McCartney interview. Don't think that has anything to do with Don and Walt's interviews, but interesting nonetheless.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 18:29:33 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, hinterlands

BTW, Dean, har har!! Sarcastic or not, I look forward to having a drink with you next Saturday!

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 16:59:26 ET
Posted by: J. Freid,

B&F took their cue for being wiseasses during interviews from L&M.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 16:24:18 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's a Reggae Sunday Happy Hour!

BTW, do we know KC will be with Oz Noy at the Beacon? That would be great. Either way, I'm excited to see them for the first time--as well as Malcom Hunter's band and Mr. Blue Sky if I make it there during their set.

This coming Saturday will be a test to see if this old man still has a full night, and a late night, of music and partying left in him. I'm betting I do.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 16:18:24 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's a Reggae Sunday Happy Hour!

Pete, looking forward to the Bitter End and possibly meeting you. Ticket purchased. Thanks so much.

Marty, really? What makes you think this person is a douchebag? Do you know him/her? Bad form, man.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 16:14:23 ET
Posted by: Security Joan, post-beacon

Marty, now you have *me* confused. To whom do you think he's alluding?

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 15:44:46 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

@Pete, I can only agree that the Blue is alive and well.
My thanks to Hoops for keeping things going,and as always
will thank him personally when we meet. I also am looking
forward to putting faces to names who are posters here, who
I haven't met yet!

PS@ Marty ??????

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 12:32:03 ET
Posted by: Marty, Jfk

Don't worry Reidar. When you put Joan and an "unmentionable" in the same sentence we know the d-bag to whom you allude.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 12:01:15 ET
Posted by: Pete Fogel, NYC

HI guys.....WOW! It's great to see the Bluebook thriving after all of these years! I remember pleading with Hoops to start this group after the Yellow Book had turned into a political forum. That must have been almost 20 years ago! We got to see so many posters come and go over the years. Keep the candle burning!

Immediately following the Saturday 10/17 Steely Dan show at the Beacon, let the music and party continue with those of your kind at the legendary Bitter End.


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Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 10:38:04 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Football Sunday in St Augustine Beach

Once again, thanks for the setlist, Reidar.

While I'm a little jealous you went backstage to meet the band, I'm more jealous you got to have drinks with Joan. :#)

Pretzel Logic encore. Things are looking up for next Saturday.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 10:04:26 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Reidar, do they find out that there's a guy from Norway in for the entire run and announce at the end of the show, "Reidar backstage, please," are you a VIP, did you pay off security, or did you forge a press pass? Very nice.

Date: Sun, October 11, 2015, 04:39:20 ET
Posted by: Reidar, NYC

A bit late, but here are the set list for Royal Scam:

Teeneie Blues
Royal Scam Complete.
And after this fiasco as Donald said, here is the Random Shit:
Black Friday
Show Biz Kids
Razor Boy
Joe Tex (Intros)
My Old School
Pretzel Logic

Good show, went backstage after and said hello to Jon H, Reddy Freddi, Cindy M, Jim B, Carolyn L, Roger R and Keith C.

Had a nice drink after that with Joan and the unmention one!!

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 14:37:55 ET
Posted by: if, only

walter becker please work up somebody's saturday night for next week!

i heard keith carlock wants to play that one live, He told me that in my dreams.

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 14:36:57 ET
Posted by: Lutz, SF

Peter Bernstein as opener on 2 days should be a real treat.
He is a member of the great organ trios of our time w/ Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart, although they won't be playing with him at the Beacon. They currently have a 4 day run here in SF.

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 14:09:56 ET
Posted by: hoops, chicago

The latest edition of the Dandom Digest went out in the past few minutes and covers October 1-10, 2015. The previous edition covered September 16-30, 2015.

The following are the subjects/headlines of the items in the latest newsletter:

- 10/17: Post-Beacon Show Party
- 10/17: Pre- Beacon Show Danfest Details


- Through 10/16: Pre-Show Danfan Meetup Idea

- Steely Openers
- Special Beacon Edition Shirt
- Rumors of More SD Shows?
- Elvis Costello Looks Back
- SPOILER: Beacon Stand, Night #1 - Aja
- SPOILER: Beacon Stand, Night #2 - Greatest Hits
- SPOILER: Beacon Stand, Night #3 - Gaucho

If you are a subscriber, you should see the latest edition in your email box within the next hour. If you don't see it, check your spam filters first; then, if it's not there, please email me.

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. WIth email filters and spam what they are today, there can be some issues beyond our control. For example, many work-place email servers reject email that it scans as having a naughty word.

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One thing I wish to point out: the Dandom Digest is received by about 2,200 fans, of which it seems 1,700-1,800 actually read it. At least, this is as best as can be determine through a response survey from not too long ago. Perhaps accessing a certain audience of Danfans of this size will expose your ideas, performances, great music, etc. to the wider audience that you seek. Or maybe not.


Thanks to all who contributed to the latest edition of the Dandom Digest, be it through the emailing digest AT dandom DOT com or through posting to our BlueBook guestbook or Facebook page; or tweeting @dandomdotcom.

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. Finally, a special shout out to Fezzie!

Fly about as low, be so cool,


Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 13:4326 ET
Posted by: Jim McKay, Chicago

Looking forward to next weekend. While the Danfests and its associated pages have been largely supplanted by Facebook discussion under Steely Dan's events section, I have updated the old Danfests page to reflect info about pre- and post-show Danfan activities on next Saturday, October 17th.

For easy reference, it's
Again, can't wait. Best wishes to all, whether you can attend in person or in spirit.

aka hoops!

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 12:07:52 ET
Posted by: Lurker Ray, SoBe Endless Summer

Thank you to all for the Beacon Reports
& Info Updates! Sounds like a lot of
pre show fun coming up and great opening

Denise you rock! Thanks for posting the
WSJ Deacon Blueprint. Sublime.

I fly in on Tuesday and can't wait. So very
envious of all you Gauchos & Scammers out there!
I will have to settle for John Cleese & Eric Idle
at The Jackie Gleason Theater tonight.

Safe travels all.

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 10:19:30 ET
Posted by: Make that, "near"

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 10:16:50 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

The Dean - it's like Red said new the end of Shawshank Redemption:

I find I am so excited I can barely
sit still or hold a thought in my
head. I think it is the excitement
only a free man can feel, a free
man at the start of a long journey
whose conclusion is uncertain...

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 09:06:22 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Thanks for the report, Reidar.

I week from today...can barely contain my excitement.

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 00:25:18 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

As I said, the Norwegian Reports

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 00:16:06 ET
Posted by: hoops, Chicago

Thanks, Reidar!!

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 00:10:19 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

Gaucho Night:


Gaucho Complete

And to fill it up with Random Shit!! Quote Donald F.

Black Friday
Show Biz Kids
Daddy don't live.....
Razor Boy
Joe Tex (Intros)
My old School
Kid C

You don't hear Glamour P, My Rival, Third World Man and Gaucho often unless you go to these nights.
It was a good show and also nice to hear girls singing Razor Boy.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 21:24:41 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

That's why album shows are key shows.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 21:15:08 ET
Posted by: Fletch, CA

Sure hope somebody uploads a video on YouTube of Glamour Profession from tonight's show. They don't perform that song a lot anymore unless it's Gaucho album night.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 20:31:59 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

It's Gaucho Night Baby!! Can't help but be envious. One of my favorite
shows. But my time comes in a week. For now, I'll wait for the Norwegian

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 18:14:57 ET
Posted by: Vladimir , Minsk

Vlad says for whoever is making the Walter Becker channel on the Pandora is THE FREAKING GENUIS. Is go from the Walter Becker to the Donald Fagen to the FREAKING Steely Dan. Many to thank you. Now Vlad says for the Dean Martin channel and you knows which that is heading.

Vlad outs!!!

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 18:08:17 ET
Posted by: Vladimir , Minsk

Vlad says for whoever is making the Walter Becker channel on the Pandora is THE FREAKING GENUIS. Is go from the Walter Becker to the Donald Fagen to the FREAKING

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 16:06:22 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Oops - make that DJ, not KD.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 15:57:03 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

KD - when it comes to Diana Krall, the girl in the other room disagrees with you.

Full disclosure: I harbor an irrational hope the she will dump Declan MacManus and run away with me. Okay, well, either her or Chris Evert.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 13:45:41 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

SD goes on stage around 21.00.
Opening acts goes on round 20.00 an plays for 25-30 minutes, plays four or five tunes.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 13:06:52 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Still a bit of a bummer that, for as ahead of its time the SD website was (they were making fun of Web TV all the back in 1996) that we still can't order merch online. You'd have to think that there's got to be some third-party source that would take 20 minutes to set up that they could use.

Hell, I know stand-up comics that are bouncing from friend's couch to friend's couch that have their merch, tickets and CDs easily available online through their site.

Then again, here I am -- bitching about stupid stuff when this could be the last week of Steely Dan's touring career. Keep it crackin' at the Beacon, lads.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 12:02:17 ET
Posted by: steelydoc, near the tower has a special Beacon edition shirt on the merch page

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 10:05:06 ET
Posted by: The Dean, St Augustine Beach

Well, DJ, I understand someone being less than thrilled with the career paths of Krall and Connick. Their turns toward commercialism have been disconcerting, at times, to the purist in me. I've seen Krall in person a few times. For the most part, she was sensational. Only one time did the commercialism get in the way a truly satisfying show. (Oddly that was when she was under the tutelage of Ray Brown, her bassist for the show.) Still, her talent was undeniable even in that show.

The one time I saw Connick live (at least the one time I remember) was soon after his 1st album, in 1987. A pretty great, mostly instrumental, show. As I noted earlier, some of the things he's done since then don't thrill me so much. It's hard to discredit his talent, though. He is a fine musician.

Over the years sentiment similar to yours has been opined about Nat King Cole, Chet Baker, George Benson, etc. And I assure you, Mr DJ, Chet Baker gives jazz a VERY good name. Even the vocals. No, especially the vocals.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 10:02:46 ET
Posted by: John, Philly

hello, what time has SD been taking the stage at the Beacon shows?

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 20:06:22 ET
Posted by: DJ, Los Angeles

Connick stinks, just like Diana Krall. These so-called crooners give jazz a bad name.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 20:01:03 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's Happy Hour!

Connick was actually quite good during his early phase, when he mostly just played piano. Then there was a period of time he thought he was Frank Sinatra, which I thought was more than a bit over-the-top. I sure got sick of that quickly. And anyone involved with American Idol has to be looked on with suspicion/disfavor, IMO.

But he has good NOLO bonafides, that's for sure. So I try to cut him some slack and give him the benefit of the doubt.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 18:29:12 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I'm super-busy otherwise I'd get into it, maybe in the winter -- a lot of verse stuff, both then and now. Just the John Lennon-styled doubling.

And that's not a put down! And it's also not a constant, either, some songs even within a verse he'd add a second on certain lines (not to bump things up, just because it sounded great, because Donald sounds great) and then go into solo in other lines.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 17:25:50 ET
Posted by: rwr,

Harry Connick's album 'She,' which that article is about, is actually pretty good and not what you'd expect from his typical reputation. It ain't SD, though.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 17:25:06 ET
Posted by: John Oates, Daryl's Place

Or maybe he's me, Phazon, out of phase, at least my temporary name for the day.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 16:34:27 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

KD - interesting, and I'm not doubting you. Are you talking about choruses where there might be other voices chiming in, too, or are there melody lines where it's happening? My amateur ears haven't picked up on it before, and I'd like to. Thanks.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 16:18:01 ET
Posted by: Bully, .

I can't stand Harry Connick. Don't ever mention him again.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 14:10:32 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Donald double-tracked himself all the time. Not exactly Queen or Roy Thomas Baker-level stuff, but he's always liked doubling up either matching himself, or slightly out of phase.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 13:44:49 ET
Posted by: Askin, Q

What would be an example of an SD song with the vocals double tracked, as Harry Connick states here?

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 02:01:32 ET
Posted by: Kolob, NYC

RIP Gail Zappa

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 01:23:24 ET
Posted by: Kolob, NYC

I was quite pleased on hearing Madeleine Peyroux will be the opening act on October 17th. Great jazz-blues singer. I'm sure Jon Herington must have had some input on having her on the bill. I hope she comes out and sings "Dirty Work" with SD.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 00:56:51 ET
Posted by: suedave, can't type

DanFest of course

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 00:55:40 ET
Posted by: suedave, Here in the western world

Someone asked about where to go for the NYC Danfests --> there are no fixed rules, but if you want to meet up with some of the characters here from the Bluebook that you've known for years (whether you've met in person yet or not), then by all means, we encourage you to go to the Sugarbar Dankest at 5:00 on October 17th to celebrate the pre-show wingding for the Most Unforgettable Night of Whatever!!! And don't forget the after-show party at the Bitter End, also on the 17th.

And for all other nights, the suggestion is to meet up at the Amsterdam Ale house.

October 17th - it's a real occasion. But that doesn't mean you can't make the other days SD plays at the Beacon a real occasion too! Have fun and keep reporting.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 22:52:17 ET
Posted by: Dan, Bway@75

Night 2

Black Cow
Black Friday
Show Biz
Time Out Of Mind
Dirty Work
Deacon Blues
Monkey In Your Soul (Greatest Hit?)
My Old School
Kid C

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 21:26:22 ET
Posted by: Kolob, NYC

Sounds like Madeleine Peyroux will be one of the guests Donald & Walt invite onstage for the final Beacon show. It also means Jon Herington may have to perform twice that night (with Madeleine as the opener & with SD).

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 17:49:58 ET
Posted by: BC Bill, UBC says
Madeleine Peyroux opens oct 17!

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 15:08:58 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

still better than most of their tour logos.

Jamalot Ever After was hilariously bad.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 14:54:36 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

I didn't even know there really was one until today, but I'm not on Facebook.

But, yes, Bless Da Blue.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 14:00:06 ET
Posted by: Warlock, Upper Manhattan

I hate Steely Dan's Facebook page. It's really shitty. We should all be thankful for this BlueBook forum.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 13:29:39 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

Who in the hell designed this awful Beacon poster?

(sorry for the long cut and paste)

"We've got room for 12 Steely Dan albums, so let's fill three of the spaces with cheapo greatest hits albums that were released in the 2000s, a weirdo greatest hits from the early 80s that barely included any of their greatest hits, and a boxed set that nobody has wanted to buy for 20 years."

"I'm on it."

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 12:10:03 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Thanks for the setlist report!

Over on the Facebook page, someone mentioned they rehearsed Green Book, EMG and Night By Night in advance of these gigs ... 70 songs in all.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 11:29:49 ET
Posted by: EC, NY

In a mere 10 days I will get to see SD and Mr. Jimmy Cobb on the same bill. At The Beacon Theatre. I'm pumped for this one.

It would also be cool to put faces to some names here, so hopefully everyone agrees on whether it's the Amsterdam as usual or the new place mentioned by LWO earlier.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 11:22:17 ET
Posted by: Nicholas Urfe, Phraxos

Seeing a post from Reidar from Norway (and thanks for the setlist, RFN) put me in a Scandinavian state of mind and made me wonder, where is the beloved PGE? Sure, we could use "more cowbell," but not as much as we could use more PGE.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 02:46:25 ET
Posted by: Gumbo, trying to sleep

The Village Voice calls Steely Dan "classic-dad rockers". Dad rockers have no desire to listen to recent music and are stuck in the past. Insulting but accurate.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 00:01:47 ET
Posted by: Zac, UpperWestSide

Some guy on stage introducing the opener said his name was Lewis

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 23:48:09 ET
Posted by: Reidar from Norway, NYC

Aja Show:

Aja Complete
Black Friday
Time out of mine
Show Biz Kids
Dirty Work
Babylon Sisters
Daddy don't live in that NYC no more
Joe Tex (Intros)
My old School
Encore: Kid C

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 23:00:29 ET
Posted by: Are you, kidding me??

As far as the final 2 shows go...a chance to see Jimmy Cobb - THE Jimmy Cobb - AND the current touring version of Steely Dan on the same NYC??

They can play the Manhattan phone directory set to music for all I care. It WILL be something to behold, despite those irritating setlist whiners and their boring mantra.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 22:33:53 ET
Posted by: Squirt, NJ

Fuck the "hits". We want the deep cuts!

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 21:59:51 ET
Posted by: Steelydoc, Home

@BeaconTheater is tweeting some pics and updates of the show tonight...they finished the Aja LP and are onto "hits!"

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 19:41:59 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

if JungleMusic is still posting these days and plans on going to the show on 10/17, please hit me up - I owe you a beer for something you've likely forgotten about.

Anyone else going, it would be cool to put faces to names - Dean, MODP, KD, Michael if he's still around. There's a handful of folks I'm Facebook friends with, would love to add a few more and try to just say yo before the biggest event since Rarities Night.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 18:38:03 ET
Posted by: Berle, Texaco Star Theatre

Dang, Milton. I'm pretty sure everybody is thinking it, so I'll say it. You're an ass.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 18:01:15 ET
Posted by: Neil, NYC

Just got Beacon Theatre alert that they're releasing more tickets for the 8 night run. Happy hunting

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 16:17:25 ET
Posted by: tact, poise and reason, finishing up my day gig

LWO- Thanks for coming out of the woodwork. I'll be there on the 17th. Can't wait.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 15:25:16 ET
Posted by: steelyfez, CT/NY

Anyone going to Gaucho on Friday Night?

I'm looking forward to it!

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 14:58:01 ET
Posted by: Jazzbo, Syracuse NY

Don't miss the Peter Bernstein trio. Peter's website lists jazz legend Jimmy Cobb will be the drummer for his Beacon dates. Jimmy is the only surviving member from the Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" recording.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 14:04:37 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Interestingly, while Ticketmaster lists Peter Bernstein as the 10/17 opener, the official website has the opener as TBA. I'm sure it'll be an organ trio of some kind but it'd be cool if it were someone Dangential.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 14:01:42 ET
Posted by: Chris, nh

Pretty excited for 10/17! The after-party at The Bitter End looks great as well, been meaning to catch Oz Noy for a few years now.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 13:38:32 ET
Posted by: LWO, Two a days

Trust me, Milton, I thought long and hard about posting anything here, but several of us have been working to find a larger place to host the group on 10/17 and I know several Blue Bookers who don't do much social media. Just trying to be inclusive.

Special thanks to Malcolm Hunter (YGK) for the legwork and SueDave for badgering the event coordinator at SugarBar.

Apologies to anyone who is offended. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 13:01:01 ET
Posted by: Milton, CT

I thought Danfests weren't supposed to be set up fait accompli

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 12:11:25 ET
Posted by: LWO, coming out of the woodwork

If you are planning to attend any of the Beacon Shows, a group of Danfans usually meets pre-show at the Amsterdam Ale House, 340 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10024.

Because we are anticipating a larger group for the 10/17 show, we are meeting at a place which we hope will be a little more conducive to group conversation. Here are the details for the 10/17 meet-up:

Join us for the most unforgettable night of WHATEVER!

Who: You & those of your kind

What: Danfest

Where: SugarBar 254 W. 72 Street; ½ Block West of Broadway

When: Saturday, 10/17 – 5 pm; Kitchen opens @ 5:30 pm – order early!

Why: Because we L-U-V you!

Cost: Mention Danfest for No Cover;
Guests are responsible for their own food & drink

Music: All Dan, all the time…or at least until 7:30 pm

The Main Event: Beacon Theater is 2 blocks north on Broadway
Depart by 7:45 pm to make The Most Unforgettable Night of WHATEVER!

See you there!

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 09:58:23 ET
Posted by: Haha, NY

Doc Boguski likes this.

Date: Tues, October 06, 2015, 04:53:30 ET
Posted by: ygk, nyc

Keith Fuckin' Carlock shirts finally arrived today...
I'll bring an extra and try to give it away...


Date: Mon, October 05, 2015, 22:39:28 ET
Posted by: rkg, New York

Does anyone know if there is an opener on Saturday 10/10? None is listed on Beacon site. Does that mean SD go on at 8??

Date: Mon, October 05, 2015, 21:26:35 ET
Posted by: west of , hollywood

ok...who is going to the last show on the Beacon run speak up- speak up


Date: Mon, October 05, 2015, 19:13:29 ET
Posted by: Hutch,

YGK - All the best Malcolm! Wish I could be there.

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 19:27:24 ET
Posted by: Doc Mu ,

YGK: What a night!

Good luck, and hope danfans post some youtube videos of the SDS and Bitter End epic gigs.

If you guys haven't picked up some of Malcolm's opii, you should!

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 17:04:57 ET
Posted by: Vladimir, Minsk

Vlad says his day is make with good news of The Dean is making it in NYC for the Beacon. Not as good as if Vlad is going, but closer.

Und YGK the Soundcloud linked is a much pleasures. Thank you.

Vlad outs!!!!

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 16:47:47 ET
Posted by: The Dean, Manatee Bar. It's a Reggae Sunday Happy Hour!

Viking, just the fact that Van Halen and Bon Jovi (really?) are even in consideration for "Best American Rock Band" tells you all you need to know about this poll. I can't even believe you are paying any attention to it.

And of course, YourGoldKeith. I'm not sure how anyone called ""Like a Steely Dan Movie" a "cover". Clearly it is not. I will be in NYC for the SD show and will do my best to hit the Bitter End. Thanks for the heads-up.

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 13:21:33 ET
Posted by: David Stern, Hoboken, NJ

YourGoldKeith! Sharing the bill with Oz Noy after the final SD show at the Beacon? I'm there!!

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 12:38:56 ET
Posted by: YourGoldKeith, Brooklyn

Greetings Fellow Space Travelers...
Just saw something from September on the Bluebook that I need to correct:

"Like a Steely Dan Movie" is NOT a Dan Cover, rather an original. The 9 minute epic tells the story of a 'deal gone wrong', and uses numerous Steely Dan Song titles to do so...

ALSO, the First Ever Live Performance of "Like a Steely Dan Movie" will be Saturday night, October 17th at 2AM during our set at the Bitter End.

Thanx to Razor Boy Music, Malcolm Hunter & the Makeshift Dream will perform after Oz Noy and will feature tunes from "WUNDerground Radio", "Tryin' To Sort It All Out" and "Nostalgia in My Square Head".

If you're in town October 17th, I hope you can see the Steely Dan Show - the last night of their 2 week residency at the Beacon Theatre - and then come by after down to the Bitter End to hear a great line up of music.

I've posted a link path to the SoundCloud below for your aural pleasure.

Peace, love, cheers and to great music!


Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 12:01:10 ET
Posted by: Viking, Downtown

Bon Jovi is ahead of Van Halen in today's Guitar World Poll for best rock band. The Grateful Dead lost to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers yesterday. These voters must have shit for brains.

Date: Sat, October 03, 2015, 20:37:08 ET
Posted by: Carl, Lowell MA

The Doctor Wu sax solo is also way too short. I wish they let Phil wail for several minutes longer.

Date: Sat, October 03, 2015, 15:35:55 ET
Posted by: Brutus Charisma,

P. Woods' solo on "Dr. Wu" is just a wee sample of his amazing talent.

Here is Dr. Woods at his most brilliant.

Date: Sat, October 03, 2015, 01:58:56 ET
Posted by: Mt. Belzoni, Portland OR

Ok, if there are active Joe Jackson fans here, I'll mention that we took in his Portland show on Thurs. night. First time I've seen him live since perhaps '86 at Berkley's Greek Theatre. Fine show, mostly focused on his pre-'87 material and including some of his best. Started solo on piano for the first 5-6 songs. His band was good, but pretty standard instrumentation (seems like he's used more unusual combinations on some of his recent live CDs, and it's hard to do "You Can't get What You Want" absent any horns), and not at the level of SD's touring band, any of which I'd love to hear solo whenever possible. A few interesting new songs from his CD out today (Dan fans might like If It Wasn't for you and Keep on Dreaming). Also covers of Televisions "See No Evil" and The Beatles "Girl." Overall very enjoyable show, very small venue (maybe 800 folks), good to see him perform again.

Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 21:34:28 ET
Posted by: Steve Gennarelli, Tampa, FL

I've been listening to a ton of great 70's music on Pandora tonight which made me think of Phil Woods and his contribution to "Steely Dan".
His solo on "Doctor Wu" ranks right up there for me as one
of my favorite moments from any of their songs and I am a Superfan.
I remember on the 2009 tour...I think that was the year...that Don and Walt dusted off "Doctor Wu" and brought it on tour. The one show at the Beacon where Don was sick, Walt W. did the solo and put his spin on the Phil Woods solo and it brought a tear to my eye.
I saw this on YouTube..there's a couple of different versions of it...but I think the one that was better quality was taken off for some reason.
But that version that Walt W. did on that night Donald was ill, that was the best version I've heard since Phil Woods original.

Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 20:39:20 ET
Posted by: Don Patrol, Mtl

Looks like we got heavy rollers.

Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 14:06:38 ET
Posted by: anymanleft, Rio Grande

I know it was already mentioned but I wanted to chime in on the passing of Phil Woods, a true music giant who crossed over the jazz/rock/popular music genres and paved the way for many others to follow, including SD. I was fortunate enough to see him play live in the past year and even as frail and dependent upon his oxygen tank that he was, he still delivered great music. Between the passing of Mr. Woods and Yogi Berra in the past week, we've lost 2 of the most important people from the entertainment industry of the last 100 years. May they both RIP

Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 11:29:38 ET
Posted by: Crowd pleaser man, beneath my laptop

There's a lot of love for Joe Jackson on here. (including my own). Listen to this - "from the deep dark 70s......."


Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 10:45:08 ET
Posted by: Doc Kelly, Here at the Dude Ranch

I had the pleasure of seeing Larry Carlton last night in KCMO... he played a Crusaders song to honor his former playmates!

Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 01:38:58 ET
Posted by: Insomnia, relief

Locate the SD album

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 23:02:55 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

That run of albums in the 70s will always be my go-to driving music. More than Steely Dan, more than anyone.

One of my favorite things to do when they send me out to LA, on a day off, is take my crappy rental car and just drive up and down the PCH listening to Crusaders CDs.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 22:20:04 ET
Posted by: Reuben Kincaid, NY

I didn't even know Wilton Felder had passed away until I read it on the BlueBook. Really sad. His death was probably overshadowed by Phil Woods. My favorite Crusaders album is still Free As The Wind. It's a jazz-funk masterpiece.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 21:59:03 ET
Posted by: Reuben Kincaid, NY

Stix Hooper is the last remaining Jazz Crusader left. Larry Carlton and Robert "Pops" Popwell joined The Crusaders in the mid-70's.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 20:55:03 ET
Posted by: KD, asdf

RIP Wilton Felder.

It appears that The Crusaders were pretty simpatico until the end, sadly.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 20:00:14 ET
Posted by: Wagonmaster, Orange County, CA

Amy Grant is a really swell down-to-earth person to meet. She doesn't charge her fans for her soundchecks/meet & greets. I'd like to see her cover some Steely Dan material someday.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 18:57:05 ET
Posted by: Henry, Lansing MI

I don't know why artists always pick Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" to play. It's always sounded like a juvenile kid's song to me. Amy Grant covered it and plays it everytime she tours.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 13:37:23 ET
Posted by: Some Dude,

Saw this in the Dandom Digest. Check NYTimes link.

Subject: Avatar Studios on Life Support?

Parts of the "Morph the Cat" and "Circus Money" albums were recorded at Avatar Studios (formerly Power Station).

"The Music May Stop at a Storied Manhattan Studio"
NY Times

"Like a Virgin." "Born in the U.S.A." "Tattoo You." Clapton's "Unplugged."

Some of the most popular albums of the 1970s, '80s and '90s were produced at a recording studio built inside an old Consolidated Edison power plant on West 53rd Street in Manhattan, just off 10th Avenue.

Yet it was the name of the studio - the Power Station - that attracted Chieko Imamura, because her great-grandfather had owned...continues at

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 00:48:39 ET
Posted by: Bogus Lewis, eating

Joe Jackson played at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle last night. I was looking at the setlist and noticed he is playing a cover version of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi". No Steely Dan covers are on the setlist. He is also playing a cover version of David Bowie's "Scary Monsters".

Date: Wed, September 30, 2015, 23:52:17 ET
Posted by: Bogus Lewis, cooking

Maybe Donald or Walt will be the opener and play their own solo material. Just kidding. I think they are still searching for an organ trio to open for that night.

Date: Wed, September 30, 2015, 23:08:58 ET
Posted by: Beaconfused, jonesen for NYC

In looking at the Beacon run, for some reason there is no opening act listed on 10-10, Royal Scam night. All other nights have an opener. Anyone think there will be no opener and a longer show that night? Or will it just start later? Any thoughts/intel would be appreciated. Can't wait for my first ever Beacon visit!!

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