Steely Dan Lines Up 7-Show NYC Beacon Residency

Steely Dan will undertake a seven-night residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre this fall, and each night will feature a special setlist.

The residency will take place from September 30-October 8, and shows will be held every night in that range except October 2 and October 6. Some nights will see the band performing one of its classic albums in full, including Aja, Royal Scam and Gaucho. Each of these nights will also hear select greatest hits from the bands career. Some nights will include just a greatest hits set, and October 5 will be a special audience request night. Fans can submit one request on Ticketmaster’s checkout page when they purchase tickets, and the group will build a set from these submissions.

This series of shows will cap off a busy year for Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, who have been on the road since July. Select other dates on the tour also will receive these special set shows, including two Los Angeles dates (August 24-25), Atlanta (September 7), Bristow, Va. (September 20) and two nights in Boston (September 24-25). The special sets will vary by show.

The shows are still being included under the tour heading “Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day,” which I still haven’t been able to decipher since I first wrote about it earlier this year. As with all shows this year, Fagan and Becker will be backed by a group they’ve dubbed the Bipolar Allstars, which includes Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards and Jon Herington on guitar. Obviously the band got carried away naming their backing groups, also dubbing the three “sublime” backup singers the Borderline Brats.

This is the band’s sixth tour since 2006, which is apparently making up for the decades the band didn’t to tour together: the group was off the road from 1974-1994.