Sunday night Steely Dan played the 2nd night of their two night run at the Nokia Theatre. The first night was Aja and greatest hits, and Sunday was all greatest hits. Steely Dan is easily one of the greatest live bands to this day. What is it that makes their show so amazing? First off it is a fantastic band that has every part down from the original recordings. Since Steely Dan is just two members Donald Fagen (keyboards/ lead vocals) and Walter Becker (guitar, vocals), their albums all had session musicians. A band of top players recreate their incredible sounds live as they have one of the finest bands. After Becker and Fagen parted ways in 1981, the duo came back 12 years later and have been going strong since and released 2 albums in the past decade. Steely Dan’s current band consists of 10 members with a 4-piece horn section and 3 back up singers. All members are great individually but as a band their one of the tightest and grooviest. Laying down the foundation was Keith Carlock (Drums) and ‘Ready’ Freddie Washington (Bass). What I love about Steely Dan's sound is their combination of Jazz & Blues with Pop & Rock.
Around 8:15 the band took the stage and started playing “Blueport.” At the end of the intro out came Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. They went right into “Your Gold Teeth,” and by the third song they were playing the title track of one of their greatest albums “Aja.” The hits just kept coming with songs like “Hey Nineteen,” “Show Biz Kids,” “Black Cow, and “Black Friday.” What’s so great about a Steely Dan show is knowing every song and the “tightness” of the band meaning no one misses a note and keeps the groove going. Always one of the big highlights for me is the solos Carlock plays. For being around 40 years Steely Dan still sounds phenomenal and the songs are as great as ever. Although Fagen’s voice wasn’t perfect the whole show he still sounds great at 65. It’s always fun to see Fagen on the pianica which is a combination of a piano and harmonica. Steely Dan played around 2 hours before walking off the stage to come back for an encore of “Kid Charlemagne,” and the band closed with the Untouchables theme as Becker and Fagen walked off stage. Whether you go one a night where Steely Dan plays a full album such as Gaucho or Aja or come for the greatest hits you get an unforgettable show. What’s better than hearing allof your favorite Steely Dan songs performed by an incredible band backing Fagen and Becker? If you missed Steely Dan this summer make sure you catch them next time they come around.
(Gerry Mulligan cover) (The Bipolar Allstars only)
Your Gold Teeth
Show Biz Kids
Time Out of Mind
Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
(Walter Becker sings)
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Do It Again
I Want to (Do Everything for You)
(Joe Tex cover) (Band Intros by Walter Becker)
My Old School
Reelin' in the Years
(Nelson Riddle cover) (The Bipolar Allstars only)