Steely Dan Performs Without Walter Becker At Classic West In Los Angeles
The inaugural installment of The Classic West was held over the weekend at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles featuring sets from Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Journey, The Doobie Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire. Steely Dan took the stage without co-founder Walter Becker, who was sidelined with an undisclosed illness.
Donald Fagen addressed Becker’s absence immediately after Steely Dan’s opening number, “Bodhisattva.” Fagen told the crowd, “You may have noticed that my longtime partner Walter Becker is not on stage. He took ill shortly before he was to come to California. We wish him a speedy recovery” as per the L.A. Times. Longtime guitarist and musical director Jon Herrington also didn’t perform with Steely Dan. The band’s lineup at Classic West featured guitarist Larry Carlton, who has sat-in with Steely Dan a handful of times in recent years and famously contributed to the studio version of “Kid Charlemagne.”
The unique lineup of Steely Dan played a total of 12 songs in Los Angeles on Saturday. Fagen & Co. focused on beloved hits such as the aforementioned “Bodhisattva” as well as “Hey Nineteen,” “Green Earrings,” “Josie,” “My Old School” and “Reelin’ In The Years.” Carlton had a chance to perform the solo he made famous as Steely Dan closed out the set with “Kid Charlemagne.”
We’ll see if Becker (and Herington) recovers in time for Steely Dan’s set at The Classic East on Saturday, July 29 in New York City.
Watch fan-shot video from Steely Dan’s set:
Steely Dan at Dodger Stadium
- Black Cow
- Hey Nineteen
- Time Out of Mind
- Green Earrings
- Dirty Work
- Babylon Sisters
- My Old School
- Reelin' in the Years
- Kid Charlemagne