About Steely Dan
Steely Dan’s trek goes ‘8 Miles to Pancake Day’
Looking back, it is difficult to believe that once Steely Dan was a studio-based band. After the “Everything Must Go” release in 2003, the band directed its focus to touring and live performances by 2006. They embarked on the Steelyard “Sugartooth” McDan and The Fab-Originees Tour, that featured Michael McDonald as a part of the encore.
Certified road warriors at that point, Steely Dan continued with The Heavy Rollers Tour in 2007. By the time it closed, the band has played in Australia, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North America. The tour was continually prolonged as promoters rushed to put more dates in response to ticket demand. In Japan the multiple-night stands marked the first visit of the band to the “The land of the Rising Sun.”
Four more years, four more tours marked 2008-2011. It started with the Think Fast Tour. Then came the Left Bank Holiday and Rent Part Tour, where the band alternated performances during larger events with several theater shows lasting for days. The following year, the members of Steely Dan band and Dukes of September Rhythm Revue came together on the road, and later in 2011 the Shuffle Diplomacy Tour continued to showcase the greatest hits and deep cuts alike.
The band celebrated the 40th anniversary of 1972’s “Can’t Buy a Thrill” in 2012, and opened 2013 by giving a masterclass to music students at Sunderland College.
A History of Steely Dan tickets
One of the most remarkable rock groups in history, Steely Dan will always be counted on to weave sophisticated jazz-based compositional techniques into the fabric of their songs and wry, clever humor into their lyrics. The band, which has always consisted of the base of Donald Fagan on keyboards and vocals, and Walter Becker on bass and vocals, has existed more as a studio group throughout its history than as a live performing act, except at select times. Fagan and Becker started Steely Dan in late 1960s while they were still students of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. They added Denny Dias and Jeff ‘Skunk Baxter (guitarists), Jim Hodder (drummer) and David Palmer (singer) and chose the name Steely Dan, based on a literary reference from the novel The Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. After a couple false starts with the band’s first singles releases, ‘Dallas’ and ‘Sail the Waterway,’ Steely Dan made an prompt impression with their first album “”Can’t Buy a Thrill””, in 1972, which featured the hit singles ‘Do It Again’ and ‘Reelin’ in the Years.’ Those tunes, plus ‘Dirty Work,’ which was sung by David Palmer, have endured as signature tunes for the band and continue to receive classic rock radio play. The next year, Steely Dan recorded Coundown to Ecstasy and again introduced the new hit singles ‘Show Biz Kids’ and ‘My Old School.’ In 1974, Pretzel Logic, with ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,’ and Katy Lied in 1975 saw the band becoming significantly more sophisticated in its songwriting. Meanwhile, rifts between Fagan-Becker and the remaining members of the band caused some turnover in personnel, when singer and pianist Michael McDonald joined and they began bringing in a succession of studio musicians for their albums, such as the critically acclaimed Aja , with several jazz musicians and Gaucho in 1978. By then, Steely Dan had ceased touring and only produced music in the studio. A number of hiatuses have followed through the years, but the new millennium has seen a resurgence of activity for Steely Dan, with the album Two Against Nature of 2000, which had won a Grammy Award, and 2003 Everything Must Go, as well as several concert tours.
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Later Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were in a middle of a tour with a prominent title called the “Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day.” Wanna know what it means? Read on.
It turns out that nostalgia for old TV shows served as the inspiration to the tour name. They’ve claimed in various interviews that “Mood Swings” was an easy part. The other half came from reminiscing about the show named “Route 66” and how each episode was named using really eccentric titles. Thus the subtitle for the duo’s current trek.
Live shows of Steely Dan’s have been compared to a journey back I time, featuring an 11-piece band (or some alteration of that number). Their two-hour set includes the jazz instrumental “Blueport,” not to mention the jazz/rock tune “Your Gold Teeth” from their “Countdown to Ecstasy” album. After the track to the album “Aja,” the list goes on, of course, and the guys are performing one of their classic albums before presenting the selected hits at every stop.
The set lists on the “Mood Swings” tour apparently come from survey questions that go out to the fans at every venue – the songs the people are clamoring for. And something else they’ve been asking about that may come to fruition is another album from the guys, though they are still mostly mum on the subject. (They’ve put out just two studio albums since the 1980’s project “Gaucho.”)
Steely Dan to tour with Elvis Costello
Another huge industry pairing is a go. In February Steely Dan announced in that the “Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour” will not only run in 2015, it has added several new summer dates that will include special guests Elvis Costello & the Imposters.
They had already announced an eight-date April run, which included several stops at the well-known Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. But now comes the news that there will be three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sharing the same bill. To say fans are excited is an understatement!
The summer 2015 tour dates with Elvis Costello will be launched in Denver in July and continue at 20 more cities before the last concert in August in Florida.
If you are willing to hear Steely Dan, make sure to hear them from the stage, as they breathe new life into old hits.