Steely Dan, one of the most critically lauded bands of the past 35 years, will once again hit the road performing several concerts as part of their Think Fast, Steely Dan Summer Tour 2008 beginning June 8 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The first 14 concert dates have been released and will see the Grammy award-winning duo swing through several East Coast cities before headlining a concert in Canada at the prestigious Ottawa Jazz Festival on July 5. Additional dates for the remainder of the summer are expected to be announced shortly.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will draw from their deep, powerful, three-decade-plus catalog of signature hits and album favorites, all of uncompromising quality. The dapper duo will be supported, as always, by their tight, sophisticated band of world-class R&B and jazz players. Set lists may also sample from Fagen’s just released “Nightfly Trilogy” and Becker’s upcoming solo album, “Circus Money” due June 10. They will hand select the opening acts, including rising jazz star Sam Yahel and his Organ Trio for several dates.
Steely Dan have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the ’70s with hits including “F.M.,” “Bodhisattva,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Deacon Blues,” “Peg,” “Babylon Sisters,” and “Hey Nineteen,” culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 (including 1977’s groundbreaking “Aja”). They reunited in the early ’90s and have toured throughout the decade and beyond, releasing multi-Grammy winner “Two Against Nature” in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up “Everything Must Go” in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Think Fast, Steely Dan summer tour 2008 itinerary:
June 8 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
June 9 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall *
June 11 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
June 13 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
June 14 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
June 17 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
June 23 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion *
June 25 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
June 27 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
June 28 Camden, NJ SusquehannaBank Center
July 1 Montreal, QUE Montreal Jazz Festival (Salle Wilfrid Pelletier)
July 2 Montreal, QUE Montreal Jazz Festival (Salle Wilfrid Pelletier)
July 3 Toronto, ONT Casino Rama
July 5 Ottawa, ONT Ottawa Jazz Festival
* (with The Sam Yahel Organ Trio)
Last Updated on March 26, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen