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Steely Dan's trek goes '8 Miles to Pancake Day' (Updated 9/13/13)
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker aren't just in the midst of a tour. They're in a midst of a tour with an eyebrow-raising 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 the easy part. The other half came from reminiscing about the show "Route 66" and how each episode was named using very eccentric titles. Thus the subtitle for the duo's current trek.
Steely Dan's live shows 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. There's also the title track to the album "Aja," followed by a solo from trombonist Jim Pugh on "Hey, Nineteen." The list goes on, of course, and the guys are performing one of their classic albums in its entirely before performing "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.")
If you want to hear Steely Dan, it sounds like it's going to have to be on stage, as they breathe new life into old hits. But most die hards wouldn't have it any other way.
Steely Dan still 'Heavy Rollers' in the industry (Updated January 23, 2013)
Looking back, it's hard to believe that Steely Dan was once a studio-based band. Following the release of "Everything Must Go" 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.com Tour, which featured Michael McDonald as part of the encore.
Certified road warriors at that point, Steely Dan rolled on with The Heavy Rollers Tour in 2007. By the time it closed, the band had played in Australia, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North America. The tour continually expanded as promoters rushed to add more dates in response to ticket demand. The multiple-night stands in Japan marked their first visit to 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, in which the band alternated performances at larger venues with multi-night theater shows. The following year, the touring supergroup Dukes of September Rhythm Revue and members of Steely Dan's live band came together on the road, and in 2011 the Shuffle Diplomacy Tour continued to showcase 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. And though the band currently has no tour dates scheduled, it's only a matter of time until they're back on the road and rocking again.
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One of the most respected rock groups in history, Steely Dan can 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 while they were students, at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in the late 1960s. They added guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff 'Skunk Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer and chose the name Steely Dan, based on a literary reference from the William S. Burroughs novel The Naked Lunch. After a couple false starts with the band's first singles releases, 'Dallas' and 'Sail the Waterway,' Steely Dan made an immediate 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,' sung by David Palmer, have endured as signature tunes for the band and continue to receive classic rock radio play. The following year, Steely Dan released Coundown to Ecstasy and again struck well with the 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 2000 album Two Against Nature , which won a Grammy Award, and Everything Must Go in 2003, as well as several concert tours. **Steely Dan tickets_ are a chance to see one of rock's most respected musical groups.
Steely Dan Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|The Very Best of Steely Dan||2009|
|The Very Best of Steely Dan||2008|
|20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Steely Dan||2007|
|The Definitive Collection||2006|
|Everything Must Go||2003|
|The Steely Dan Collection||2000|
|Two Against Nature||2000|
|Two Against Nature||2000|
|Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story||2000|
|The Root of Steely Dan||1997|
|Alive in America||1995|
|Remastered: The Best of Steely Dan, Then and Now||1993|
|Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980||1993|
|The Very Best of Steely Dan||1987|
|A Decade of Steely Dan||1985|
|The Best of Steely Dan||1985|
|The Royal Scam||1976|
|Countdown to Ecstasy||1973|
|Can't Buy a Thrill||1972|
Top 10 Steely Dan Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Do It Again||54,249||23,005|
|2||Reelin' In The Years||41,223||18,384|
|4||Rikki Don't Lose That Number||28,563||13,809|
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Steely Dan To Launch 'Jamalot Ever After' Tour
Attention, Steely Dan fans—the legendary rock act announced via their website that they will be setting out on the road this summer for the “Jamalot Ever After” tour. A full list of dates and venues has yet to be revealed, but there are three on the docket so far: A July 13 show at Humphrey’s…Read more
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date city state venue 11/21/2014 Cronulla Nsw Brass Monkey 09/21/2014 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 09/20/2014 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 09/19/2014 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 09/17/2014 Baltimore MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion 09/16/2014 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 09/14/2014 Huntington NY The Paramount 09/13/2014 Huntington NY The Paramount 09/12/2014 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 09/10/2014 Morristown NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center 09/09/2014 Morristown NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center 09/07/2014 Providence RI Providence Performing Arts Center 09/06/2014 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 09/04/2014 Red Bank NJ Count Basie Theatre 09/03/2014 Red Bank NJ Count Basie Theatre 08/31/2014 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 08/30/2014 Gilford NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook 08/29/2014 Bangor ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 08/27/2014 Montreal QC Theatre Ste-Catherine 08/26/2014 Ottawa ON National Arts Centre 08/24/2014 Toronto ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 08/23/2014 Toronto ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 08/22/2014 Windsor ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor 08/20/2014 Interlochen MI Kresge Auditorium 08/19/2014 Appleton WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 08/17/2014 Hammond IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino 08/16/2014 Madison WI Overture Center 08/15/2014 Springfield IL Illinois State Fairgrounds 08/13/2014 Columbus OH Palace Theatre Columbus 08/12/2014 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre 08/11/2014 Pittsburgh PA Benedum Center 08/09/2014 Erie PA Presque Isle State Park 08/08/2014 Niagara Falls NY Seneca Events Center 08/06/2014 Bethlehem PA Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza 08/04/2014 Greensboro NC War Memorial Auditorium 08/02/2014 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 08/01/2014 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 07/31/2014 Asheville NC Biltmore House 07/29/2014 Columbia SC Township Auditorium 07/27/2014 Birmingham AL BJCC Concert Hall 07/26/2014 New Orleans LA UNO Lakefront Arena 07/24/2014 Fayetteville AR Arkansas Music Pavilion 07/23/2014 Tulsa OK Brady Theater 07/21/2014 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 07/19/2014 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 07/18/2014 Thackerville OK WinStar World Casino 07/16/2014 Albuquerque NM Route 66 Casino 07/15/2014 Phoenix AZ Comerica Theatre 07/13/2014 San Diego CA Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 07/12/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 07/10/2014 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 07/09/2014 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery 07/08/2014 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery 07/06/2014 Redmond WA Marymoor Park 07/05/2014 Redmond WA Marymoor Park 07/03/2014 Bend OR Les Schwab Amphitheater 07/02/2014 Portland OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Steely Dan Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/08/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 10/07/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 10/05/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 10/04/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 10/03/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 10/01/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/30/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/30/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/28/2013 Mashantucket CT The Mgm Grand At Foxwoods 09/27/2013 Bethlehem PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center 09/25/2013 Boston MA Wang Theatre 09/24/2013 Boston MA Wang Theatre 09/21/2013 Philadelphia PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts 09/20/2013 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 09/18/2013 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater 09/17/2013 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre 09/15/2013 North Charleston SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center 09/14/2013 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall 09/12/2013 Boca Raton FL Count de Hoernle Amphitheatre 09/11/2013 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live 09/08/2013 Saint Augustine FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre 09/07/2013 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 09/07/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 09/06/2013 Memphis TN Mud Island Amphitheatre 09/04/2013 Tulsa OK Brady Theater 09/03/2013 Kansas City MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 08/31/2013 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 08/30/2013 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 08/28/2013 Austin TX Bass Concert Hall 08/25/2013 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 08/24/2013 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 08/23/2013 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 08/21/2013 San Diego CA Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 08/20/2013 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 08/18/2013 Reno NV Reno Events Center 08/17/2013 San Francisco CA America's Cup Pavilion 08/15/2013 Redmond WA Marymoor Park 08/13/2013 Troutdale OR McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor 08/11/2013 Boise ID Idaho Botanical Garden 08/10/2013 Salt Lake City UT Red Butte Garden 08/08/2013 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/06/2013 Omaha NE Orpheum Theatre Omaha 08/05/2013 St. Louis MO Peabody Opera House 08/03/2013 Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre 08/02/2013 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 08/01/2013 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 07/30/2013 Fort Wayne IN Embassy Theatre 07/28/2013 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 07/27/2013 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 07/26/2013 Louisville KY Louisville Palace 07/24/2013 Kettering OH Fraze Pavilion 07/23/2013 Cleveland OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 07/21/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/20/2013 Canandaigua NY Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center 07/19/2013 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 02/22/2013 Oxford Oxf O2 Academy Oxford
Steely Dan Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/14/2011 Valley Center CA Harrahs Rincon Open Sky Theatre 10/13/2011 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 10/01/2011 Boston MA Wang Theatre 09/30/2011 Boston MA Wang Theatre 09/28/2011 Boston MA Wang Theatre 09/23/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/22/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/20/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/19/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/17/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/16/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/14/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/14/2011 New York NY Beacon Theatre 09/10/2011 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 09/09/2011 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 09/03/2011 Aspen CO Jazz Aspen Snowmass 08/31/2011 Omaha NE Orpheum Theatre Omaha 08/30/2011 Saint Paul MN Minnesota State Fair Grandstand 08/28/2011 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 08/27/2011 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 08/25/2011 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 08/24/2011 St. Louis MO Fabulous Fox Theatre 08/21/2011 Orange Beach AL The Wharf 08/20/2011 Tuscaloosa AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 08/17/2011 Louisville KY Louisville Palace 08/15/2011 Interlochen MI Kresge Auditorium 08/13/2011 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 08/12/2011 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion 08/09/2011 Charleston WV Clay Center 08/07/2011 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 08/06/2011 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 08/04/2011 Durham NC Durham Performing Arts Center 08/02/2011 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 08/01/2011 Portsmouth VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion 07/30/2011 Atlantic City NJ The Borgata Outdoor Entertainment Complex 07/29/2011 Mashantucket CT The Mgm Grand At Foxwoods 07/26/2011 Lenox MA Tanglewood 07/25/2011 Danbury CT Ives Concert Park 07/23/2011 Canandaigua NY Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center 07/22/2011 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/20/2011 Toledo OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre 07/19/2011 Cincinnati OH PNC Pavilion 07/16/2011 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 07/15/2011 Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre 07/13/2011 Thackerville OK WinStar World Casino 07/12/2011 Tulsa OK Brady Theater 07/09/2011 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 07/08/2011 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 07/06/2011 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 07/05/2011 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery 07/03/2011 Portland OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 07/02/2011 Seattle WA WaMu Theater
Steely Dan Tour Dates 2009
date city state venue 11/29/2009 Montreal PQ Salle Wilfrid Pelletier - Place Des Arts (USE Place de Arts) 11/28/2009 Montreal PQ Salle Wilfrid Pelletier - Place Des Arts (USE Place de Arts) 11/26/2009 Toronto ON Massey Hall 11/25/2009 Toronto ON Massey Hall 11/23/2009 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall 11/22/2009 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall 11/20/2009 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 11/19/2009 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 11/17/2009 Akron OH EJ Thomas Hall 11/16/2009 Akron OH EJ Thomas Hall 11/14/2009 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 11/13/2009 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 11/11/2009 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre 11/10/2009 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre 11/08/2009 Minneapolis MN Northrop Auditorium 11/07/2009 Merrillville IN Star Plaza Theatre 10/29/2009 Denver CO Bellco Theatre 10/27/2009 Phoenix AZ Web Theatre 10/25/2009 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center 10/24/2009 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center 10/23/2009 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center 10/21/2009 San Jose CA City National Civic 10/20/2009 San Jose CA City National Civic 10/16/2009 Temecula CA Pechanga Entertainment Center 10/13/2009 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre 10/12/2009 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre 09/06/2009 Detroit MI MotorCity Casino Hotel 09/04/2009 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 09/03/2009 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 09/01/2009 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 08/31/2009 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 08/28/2009 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 08/25/2009 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 08/24/2009 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre