Steely Dan, will perform for the first time at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa on Saturday, September 21, at 8pm.
Steely Dan’s blend of rock, jazz, traditional pop and R&B will be on display as they perform hits like “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ In The Years,” “Dirty Work,” and many more.
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, May 18, at 8 am with seats going for $125 to $175. You can get more info here.
Steely Dan was formed by two college friends in New York, Donald Fagen (keyboards/vocals) and Walter Becker (guitar/bass), whose shared enjoyment of jazz, R&B, comic novels and science fiction led to their composing songs together as students, performing in school bands and on recording sessions, and later in the backing band for 60s pop hitmakers Jay and the Americans. Donald and Walter garnered so much experience as studio musicians, playing with some of New York’s most respected session players, that by the early 70s they were ready for their own songs to be showcased and they relocated to Los Angeles to become staff songwriters at ABC/Dunhill Records while putting their own band together for their “special material.” The original Steely Dan group included Donald, Walter, guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff Baxter and drummer Jim Hodder. Their debut album, Can’t Buy A Thrill, launched them with immediate hit singles and radio airplay and was followed throughout the decade by the albums Countdown to Ecstasy, Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho. Musicians joining the Steely Dan lineup during that era included drummer Jeff Porcaro and keyboard/vocalist Michael McDonald.
Donald and Walter decided to split up and work separately during the 1980s, each writing for and producing other artists. Donald also created the New York Rock & Soul Revue, featuring a revolving group of artists including Charles Brown, Phoebe Snow, Chuck Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and more. After Walter joined the Revue in 1992, they put together an all new Steely Dan group in 1993, becoming one of the top international touring bands worldwide. Their first new Steely Dan album in 20 years, Two Against Nature, was released in 2001 and won four Grammys including Album of the Year. That year Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In between Steely Dan tours, Donald toured with his old Rock & Soul Revue co-stars Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs in a supergroup they called the Dukes of September. He and Walter both released more solo albums as Steely Dan focused on live touring, partnering on major shows with the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Steve Winwood and Elvis Costello and the Imposters.