Steely Dan Embarks on ‘Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven’ Tour July 2
Just as they did in 2009 for their “Rent Party Tour,” Steely Dan will play some of their classic albums, in their entirety, at select stops during their forthcoming “Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven” tour.
In 2009, Steely Dan took turns playing three of classic albums all the way through: Aja (1977), Gaucho (1980), and The Royal Scam (1976).
Let’s assume that they won’t play those three albums again. Let’s also assume that they won’t select the last two albums of their discography: Two Against Nature (2000) and Everything Must Go (2003). Those are great albums but they’re not “classic” enough to be showcased during a live performance.
After making all those assumptions we’re left with just four Steely Dan albums: Can’t Buy A Thrill (1972) containing the classic songs “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ in the Years;” Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) which features “My Old School” and “Bodhisattva;” Pretzel Logic (1974) noted for the singles “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and the album’s title track; and Katy Lied (1975) made famous on the strength of “Black Friday” and “Bad Sneakers.”
If Land of Punt had to pick just one album, we’d pick Katy Lied, although we’d wager that Pretzel Logic is a shoo-in. The long shot is Can’t Buy A Thrill.
Don’t worry if Steely Dan doesn’t pick your favorite album, or the album containing your favorite song. There’s still a good chance the band will play your most beloved tune.
For one, the self-proclaimed “Jazz-Rock Ambassadors to the Galaxy” will also be playing their greatest hits and some “deep cuts.” If you’re still not confident you’ll hear your favorite track at the Steely Dan concert you have tickets to, you can always go to their Web site and vote. The band is using an online polling system to determine its set list.
Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven gets underway July 2 with a Steely Dan concert in Seattle, Washington at the WaMu Theater. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will be on the road through the end of September. They end their trek with nine shows in three cities.
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania hosts back-to-back Steely Dan concerts at the Tower Theatre on Sept. 9 and 10.
Steely Dan plays four shows on four different nights at New York City’s famed Beacon Theatre. Those dates are Sept 13, 14, 16, and 17.
The Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven tour comes to end on Sept. 27, 28 and 30. That’s when Steely Dan visits Boston, Massachusetts for three shows at the historic Wang Theatre.
Other cities hosting multi-night gigs include Steely Dan in Los Angeles, California on July 8 and 9; Steely Dan in Atlanta, Georgia on Aug. 6 and 7; Steely Dan in Chicago on Aug. 12 and 13 for the Ravinia Festival at Highland Park; and Steely Dan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Aug. 27 and 28.
So they can say it’s a “tour of North America” without reprisal from their record label’s legal department, the band has routed one date in Canada. Steely Dan tickets will be sold for a Toronto, Ontario show happening July 22 at the Molson Amphitheater.
Other major stops on the forthcoming Steely Dan tour include Portland, Oregon on July 3, Indianapolis, Indiana on July 15, and Nashville, Tennessee on Aug. 19.
Performing the opening duties for the entire trek is jazz artist Sam Yahel.
Backing up the Becker and Fagen is the exceptional Miles High Big Band. They are composed of guitarist Jon Herington, bassist Freddie Washington, drummer Keith Carlock, and keyboardist Jim Beard. Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, and Jim Pugh form the band’s brass section.
Steely Dan’s backup singers, Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizella, and Catherine Russell, are now performing under the name, The Embassy Rats.