Sat Eye Candy: Steely Dan


This week Steely Dan announced their 2011 tour plans, beginning July 2nd in Seattle and ending with a two-night bang in Boston in late September (find full tour dates here). There was a LONG stretch where the idea of live Steely Dan seemed a fiction, a folk tale from the bombed out early 70s. However, since reforming in 1993 the Dan has been a regular staple on the amphitheatre, winery and theatre circuit. And stranger still, the infamously stage phobic studio rats seem to really dig playing live now. They’ve dubbed the 2011 jaunt as the Shuffle Diplomacy Tour, and will be playing the usual mix of album cuts and greatest hits, though complete albums and special setlists determined by fan voting in certain cities, as they did in 2009, will create some unique experiences. Once again, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will be joined by their faithful supporting musicians The Miles High Big Band (see lineup here), and this round something called The Embassy Brats. We thought it wise to warm up for the summer shows with some live moments from the past. (Dennis Cook)

This one gives ya a jolt right from the opening notes.

Here’s a standout from Steely Dan’s last studio album, 2003’s Everything Must Go.

In 1976, Steely Dan released one of the greatest theme albums rock has ever known. A twisty, inspired world of criminals, The Royal Scam remains a fascinating audio adventure for anyone willing to sign in. Here’s a trio of killers from the Scam.

After a 20 year absence from the studio, Steely Dan returned with 2000’s Two Against Nature. In fitting Dan fashion, the first single is a playful number about incest.

If there’s a better opening line than, “In the morning you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water,” well, we haven’t heard it.

It’s always interesting to see who digs Steely Dan, eh? Just one major dude tipping his hat to his compatriots. These boys do like biting the hand that feeds them…

No band was more synonymous with the rise of AOR-FM radio in the 1970s, so it was nice of them to write an swaying, late night ready anthem for the format.

While a touch less rock ‘n’ roll since their early days, today’s Steely Dan is, however, a really elegant, class act, as exemplified by this pair.

We conclude with one more bit of vintage Dan, and look forward to seeing you shuffling for diplomacy around this great land this summer.

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[Published on: 3/12/11]

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