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Steely Dan announces first tour dates since Walter Becker's death

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Steely Dan has announced its first tour dates since the death of co-founder Walter Becker, who died of unspecified causes on September 3rd at age 67.

Becker had last performed with Steely Dan on May 27th and was absent from the band's two high profile concerts in July as part of the Classic West and East shows in L.A. and New York City.

The new dates come as no shock to fans, as Donald Fagen had specified that the band would continue on during his recent heartfelt tribute to Becker, which said in part: "I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band."

When we last caught up with Donald Fagen, he recalled to us how in recent years, he had pushed Walter Becker to handle the more of the high profile guitar duties in concert: "Walter had been playing really well, I felt. So I actually encouraged him to. Before we’d start calling people, I’d say ‘Hey, look, why don’t you try it?’ ’Cause, y'know, he’s a great guitar player, but he always had kind of a low confidence level. We’ve both improved a lot since the '70s, as far as our technique goes. And, I thought he did a great job, and gives it more of a unity to it."

Just Announced: Steely Dan North American tour dates (subject to change):

October 13 - Thackerville, OK - WinStar World Casino and Resort
October 16 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
October 17 - Buffalo, NY - Shea’s Performing Arts Center
October 19 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama Resort
October 20 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor
October 22 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
October 24 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
October 25 - National Harbor, MD -  MGM National Harbor

Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers tour dates (subject to change):

September 12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 13 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount
September 15 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
September 16 - San Francisco, CA - Masonic
September 23, 24 - Yokohama, Japan - Yokohama Blue Note Jazz Fest
October 25 - National Harbor, MD - MGM National Harbor


Check it out: Steely Dan in concert on July 22, 2015 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Steely Dan: July 22, 2015

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Steely Dan: July 22, 2015
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