Think Fast, Steely Dan | Summer Tour 2008

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The iconic and all too underrated Steely Dan is embarking on another summer tour that will pass through almost a dozen cities. The highlight of the tour is almost certainly the three night run in New York City’s Beacon Theater.

Steely Dan is a band that has blurred the lines of jazz, rock ‘n roll and R&B for over three decades. Known mainly for their perfection in the studio, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker put together an incredible ensemble for their shows. Some of the best jazz and R&B musicians in the business climb on board for these tours. Who knows — you may be lucky enough to catch a date where Michael McDonald unleashes his unflinchingly soulful voice on your eardrums.


THINK FAST, STEELY DAN SUMMER TOUR 2008

06/08/08 Sun Hard Rock Cafe Ft. Lauderdale, FL
06/09/08 Mon Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL*
06/11/08 Wed Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA*
06/13/08 Fri Beacon Theatre New York, NY
06/14/08 Sat Beacon Theatre New York, NY
06/17/08 Tue Beacon Theatre New York, NY
06/23/08 Mon Bank Of America Pavilion Boston, MA*
06/25/08 Wed Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT
06/27/08 Fri The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Atlantic City, NJ
06/28/08 Sat Susquehanna Bank Center (Formerly Tweeter Center) Camden, NJ*
07/01/08 Tue Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/ Place des Arts Montreal, QC
07/02/08 Wed Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/ Place des Arts Montreal, QC
07/03/08 Thu Casino Rama Rama, ON
07/05/08 Sat Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, ON
* w/ Sam Yahel

I’ve been lucky enough to catch the Dan twice in my life and was not disappointed either time; in fact, I was blown away both times. If you are one of the people reading this and saying, “Steely Dan, don’t they sing that song ‘Do It Again’ that I hear on my classic rock station sometimes?” then follow these directions. Go to your local record store, buy Aja or Gaucho, go home and put it on your iPod, and let yourself slip into some of the smoothest, most finely produced music this world has ever heard. If you do know what I’m talking about already, then go throw on “Razor Boy” and start daydreaming about seeing Fagen and Becker this summer. Here’s an added treat…

  • Zappa

    Do yourself a favor. Go see this tour! Berkeley last night was awesome. Sound was great, NOT overproduced, song selection was stellar as well. Sure I was a little bummed that I didn’t hear Babylon Sisters but c’mon, they can’t play ‘em all. That’s just it. They have so many songs that one is sure to get left out of the set list. If you’re going to cry about not hearing your favorite song then don’t go….you’ll be missing the point. Dan fans will LOVE IT! I’m still in awe of Keith Carlock. The man is a machine.

  • Zappa

    Do yourself a favor. Go see this tour! Berkeley last night was awesome. Sound was great, NOT overproduced, song selection was stellar as well. Sure I was a little bummed that I didn’t hear Babylon Sisters but c’mon, they can’t play ‘em all. That’s just it. They have so many songs that one is sure to get left out of the set list. If you’re going to cry about not hearing your favorite song then don’t go….you’ll be missing the point. Dan fans will LOVE IT! I’m still in awe of Keith Carlock. The man is a machine.

  • Zappa

    Do yourself a favor. Go see this tour! Berkeley last night was awesome. Sound was great, NOT overproduced, song selection was stellar as well. Sure I was a little bummed that I didn’t hear Babylon Sisters but c’mon, they can’t play ‘em all. That’s just it. They have so many songs that one is sure to get left out of the set list. If you’re going to cry about not hearing your favorite song then don’t go….you’ll be missing the point. Dan fans will LOVE IT! I’m still in awe of Keith Carlock. The man is a machine.

  • http://sbcglobal.net todd

    does anyone know the title of the solo becker sang last night in berkeley at the Greek?

  • http://sbcglobal.net todd

    does anyone know the title of the solo becker sang last night in berkeley at the Greek?

  • http://sbcglobal.net todd

    does anyone know the title of the solo becker sang last night in berkeley at the Greek?

  • The Dean

    Becker sang “Gaucho” from the album of the same name. Donald Fagen sang the recorded version of the song.
    ____________________

    Steely Dan is not a “pop” or “rock” band, per se, and you shouldn’t expect them to act like one. Unlike most pop bands, Steely Dan has never been in the hit-making business. They produce some of the most intricate and intelligent music of the past 50-100 years. Becker and Fagen are song writers who use elements of jazz, R&B;, pop, rock, etc, to create this amazing music that is a genre of its own. Some of the songs, because they are so good, and due to many other factors (radio formats of the 70’s, for example) became radio hits. This, in no way, indicates that these songs were the best in the band’s portfolio.

    “Real” Dan fans, who have followed the band for years, and know all the songs from all the albums, are not worried about them playing their radio “hits”. Those who are disappointed that they didn’t hear some of the songs they are familiar with, are likely not big fans of the band. You have a choice when you hear a song that you haven’t heard: listen to it to discover new wonders, or bitch about the fact that you don’t know it.

    Those that take the time to listen, will discover new favorites. Steely Dan has remained vital and popular over a long period of time by NOT catering to the whims of the fan. Rather, they concentrate on making the best music on the planet and know that real music connoisseurs will find it, whether or no it is played on the radio.

  • The Dean

    Becker sang “Gaucho” from the album of the same name. Donald Fagen sang the recorded version of the song.
    ____________________

    Steely Dan is not a “pop” or “rock” band, per se, and you shouldn’t expect them to act like one. Unlike most pop bands, Steely Dan has never been in the hit-making business. They produce some of the most intricate and intelligent music of the past 50-100 years. Becker and Fagen are song writers who use elements of jazz, R&B;, pop, rock, etc, to create this amazing music that is a genre of its own. Some of the songs, because they are so good, and due to many other factors (radio formats of the 70’s, for example) became radio hits. This, in no way, indicates that these songs were the best in the band’s portfolio.

    “Real” Dan fans, who have followed the band for years, and know all the songs from all the albums, are not worried about them playing their radio “hits”. Those who are disappointed that they didn’t hear some of the songs they are familiar with, are likely not big fans of the band. You have a choice when you hear a song that you haven’t heard: listen to it to discover new wonders, or bitch about the fact that you don’t know it.

    Those that take the time to listen, will discover new favorites. Steely Dan has remained vital and popular over a long period of time by NOT catering to the whims of the fan. Rather, they concentrate on making the best music on the planet and know that real music connoisseurs will find it, whether or no it is played on the radio.

  • The Dean

    Becker sang “Gaucho” from the album of the same name. Donald Fagen sang the recorded version of the song.
    ____________________

    Steely Dan is not a “pop” or “rock” band, per se, and you shouldn’t expect them to act like one. Unlike most pop bands, Steely Dan has never been in the hit-making business. They produce some of the most intricate and intelligent music of the past 50-100 years. Becker and Fagen are song writers who use elements of jazz, R&B, pop, rock, etc, to create this amazing music that is a genre of its own. Some of the songs, because they are so good, and due to many other factors (radio formats of the 70’s, for example) became radio hits. This, in no way, indicates that these songs were the best in the band’s portfolio.

    “Real” Dan fans, who have followed the band for years, and know all the songs from all the albums, are not worried about them playing their radio “hits”. Those who are disappointed that they didn’t hear some of the songs they are familiar with, are likely not big fans of the band. You have a choice when you hear a song that you haven’t heard: listen to it to discover new wonders, or bitch about the fact that you don’t know it.

    Those that take the time to listen, will discover new favorites. Steely Dan has remained vital and popular over a long period of time by NOT catering to the whims of the fan. Rather, they concentrate on making the best music on the planet and know that real music connoisseurs will find it, whether or no it is played on the radio.

  • Paul

    Also saw SD at the Greek on Sat. night in Berkeley. Amazing. The sound was spectacular. DF’s voice got better into the evening. The ensemble of studio talent was out of this world. Also loved the 2 back-up singers who did help DF on the vocals. Have to also say the lighting tech did a spectacular job. Overall a memorable evening with 2 of the greatest talents from the glory days of rock and jazz.

  • Paul

    Also saw SD at the Greek on Sat. night in Berkeley. Amazing. The sound was spectacular. DF’s voice got better into the evening. The ensemble of studio talent was out of this world. Also loved the 2 back-up singers who did help DF on the vocals. Have to also say the lighting tech did a spectacular job. Overall a memorable evening with 2 of the greatest talents from the glory days of rock and jazz.

  • Paul

    Also saw SD at the Greek on Sat. night in Berkeley. Amazing. The sound was spectacular. DF’s voice got better into the evening. The ensemble of studio talent was out of this world. Also loved the 2 back-up singers who did help DF on the vocals. Have to also say the lighting tech did a spectacular job. Overall a memorable evening with 2 of the greatest talents from the glory days of rock and jazz.

  • craig

    Wow, people disappointed with a set list?? Others whining about spending $75 for a ticket. I have spilled more than that in my recliner on a good night. Discovering new sounds at each of the last 6 or 7 Steely Dan shows has been a great part of the show. I got hooked on “Don’t Take Me Alive” only after hearing it live. The same with “Third World Man” and “Book of Liars” (I had to toss in a Walter-toon). It doesn’t matter to me whether they play the Top-40 stuff or their more obscure stuff, as long as they keep coming to Detroit every now and again. I did get a chance to see Donald’s solo tour, which allowed him to play from the Trilogy, before it his solo stuff was considered a trilogy. The kids pack a mean orchestra, and their set-lists are outstanding.
    craig

  • craig

    Wow, people disappointed with a set list?? Others whining about spending $75 for a ticket. I have spilled more than that in my recliner on a good night. Discovering new sounds at each of the last 6 or 7 Steely Dan shows has been a great part of the show. I got hooked on “Don’t Take Me Alive” only after hearing it live. The same with “Third World Man” and “Book of Liars” (I had to toss in a Walter-toon). It doesn’t matter to me whether they play the Top-40 stuff or their more obscure stuff, as long as they keep coming to Detroit every now and again. I did get a chance to see Donald’s solo tour, which allowed him to play from the Trilogy, before it his solo stuff was considered a trilogy. The kids pack a mean orchestra, and their set-lists are outstanding.
    craig

  • craig

    Wow, people disappointed with a set list?? Others whining about spending $75 for a ticket. I have spilled more than that in my recliner on a good night. Discovering new sounds at each of the last 6 or 7 Steely Dan shows has been a great part of the show. I got hooked on “Don’t Take Me Alive” only after hearing it live. The same with “Third World Man” and “Book of Liars” (I had to toss in a Walter-toon). It doesn’t matter to me whether they play the Top-40 stuff or their more obscure stuff, as long as they keep coming to Detroit every now and again. I did get a chance to see Donald’s solo tour, which allowed him to play from the Trilogy, before it his solo stuff was considered a trilogy. The kids pack a mean orchestra, and their set-lists are outstanding.
    craig

  • Emmett

    Set list looks too barren of songs from the last two albums, IMO. If you are not going to draw heavily from your last two albums, it *is* a victory lap tour.

  • Emmett

    Set list looks too barren of songs from the last two albums, IMO. If you are not going to draw heavily from your last two albums, it *is* a victory lap tour.

  • Emmett

    Set list looks too barren of songs from the last two albums, IMO. If you are not going to draw heavily from your last two albums, it *is* a victory lap tour.

  • http://myspace.com/abdullahdabutcha Malaki the Most Hi

    saw SD last night here in DEEEETROOOIIIIT!
    amazing, end all be all type of shit.
    Ive been a fan since , well before I was actually a fan, was raised on classic rock but got my own collections of jazz, rock fusion and psych around the age of 15, they bring it all into 1!!!

    I was not dissapointed but wanted to hear a few songs tha they didnt do, like a few comments before me, real real mature, to put y person wants, desires before the genius of musical masterpiece.
    Go to the show and learn to love the songs you do hear as much as the ones you hear at home!!!
    sd for presindent 2008!!!

  • http://myspace.com/abdullahdabutcha Malaki the Most Hi

    saw SD last night here in DEEEETROOOIIIIT!
    amazing, end all be all type of shit.
    Ive been a fan since , well before I was actually a fan, was raised on classic rock but got my own collections of jazz, rock fusion and psych around the age of 15, they bring it all into 1!!!

    I was not dissapointed but wanted to hear a few songs tha they didnt do, like a few comments before me, real real mature, to put y person wants, desires before the genius of musical masterpiece.
    Go to the show and learn to love the songs you do hear as much as the ones you hear at home!!!
    sd for presindent 2008!!!