Steely Dan announce plans special shows for Boston

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Steely Dan, the “jazz-rock ambassadors to the world”, have revealed plans for a special three-night stand in Boston as part of their upcoming North American tour. The band will take over Boston’s Wang Theatre for shows on Wednesday, September 28, Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1. Each of the shows will have a unique theme and setlist. Tickets for the shows, which range in price from $48 to $198, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Telecharge.

At each of the Boston shows, Steel Dan will deliver a different setlist with a unique theme. On night #1, which has been dubbed “Dawn of the Dan”, the group will play songs from their first three albums: 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill, 1973’s Countdown to Ecstasy and 1974’s Pretzel Logic. Night #2 will be called “Takin’ It To the Seats”, where the band will play a night of requests, which fan can submit to the band through an online form before the show. The third and final show will be dedicated to performing their classic 1976 album The Royal Scam in its entirety. Each of the shows will also include a set of greatest hits.

Steely Dan masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will be backed by their Miles High Big Band featuring Keith Carlock (drums), Jon Herington (guitar), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keys), Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Jim Pugh (horns); along with their trio of backup singers called the Embassy Brats: Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle and Catherine Russell.

The Boston shows will come after a week of similar themed-shows in New York City and the band’s extensive “Shuffle Diplomacy” summer tour, which include three New England stops: The Ives Center in Danbury, Connecticut on Monday, July 25, Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on Tuesday, July 26 and the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday, July 29.

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  1. jensenlee says:

    Steely Dan’s 1976 hit “Kid Charlemagne” was loosely inspired by LSD high priest and chemist Owsley Stanley. Rockaeology at has the lyrics and their meanings: With “You’d go to LA on a dare and you’d go it alone,” Becker and Fagen reference a trip Owsley made as described in Ken Kesey’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”: the move to Los Angeles from Berkeley to mass produce LSD in 1965.

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