Steely Dan Lines Up 7-Show NYC Beacon Residency
: June 18, 2013
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 Septe ...
Steely Dan Book Hefty Mood Swings Tour for 2013
: April 16, 2013
There have been times in the career of Steely Dan when the group rarely, if ever, toured. However, those times apparently are gone. [Choose your own Reelin’ in the Years joke her ...
Steely Dan Line Up 7 Shows at NY Beacon Theatre
: May 19, 2011
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen really love New York's Beacon Theatre. On the pair's recent tours, the Manhattan venue has been a consistent stop. Steely Dan is making their return ...
Steely Dan Roll Out 45-Date Summer Tour
: March 12, 2011
Steely Dan, the rock group that has been around for decades, will be embarking on a tour in the summer of 2011. It will begin in Seattle, Washington on July 2 and will wind up in B ...
steely dan Biography
The American rock band Steely Dan was formed in 1972 by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen while at Bard College in New York. The popularity of the band peaked during the late 1970s. Steely Dan released seven albums that blended elements of pop, R&B, funk, rock and jazz. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Steely Dan was the Seventies perfect musical antiheroes.
The music of the band is characterized by its complex harmonies and jazz-influenced structures played by Fagen and Becker along with a cast of revolving pop and rock studio musicians. Their eccentric, wry and cerebral lyrics are filled often with sharp sarcasm with themes touching on crime, love affairs and drugs. The duo are infamous for being perfectionists while recording. At least 11 engineers, and 42 studio musicians were used over the course of a year for them to record the set “Gaucho” in 1980, an album of only seven songs.
From 1972 through 1974, Steely Dan toured. However starting in 1975, they were a studio based act exclusively. During the late 1970s Steely Dan released several moderately successful albums and singles. The group broke up in 1981. Over the next decade, Becker and Fagen were mostly inactive. The group however continued to build and maintain a cult following. Steeley Dan started to play live concerts once again in 1993 and the band released two albums in the early 21st century. The band has sold over 30 million worldwide albums and in March 2001 became Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.